Investment trusts, due to their closed-ended structure, offer investors the chance of picking up a potential bargain. Such an opportunity arises when a trust’s share price is lower than the underlying investments held by the trust (the net asset value, or NAV).
However, a trust trading on a discount to NAV is not necessarily a buying opportunity. There’s likely a good reason why the trust is cheap, such as subdued short- or long-term performance, or poor investor sentiment towards how it invests.
In our weekly series, interactive investor highlights the 10 biggest investment trust discount moves over the past week. We publish this article every Friday, using data up to the close of trading the previous day.
In total, nearly 400 investment trusts have been screened, with the data sourced from Morningstar. Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) have been excluded. We also strip out trusts with less than £20 million in assets and those that are not available on the interactive investor platform.
A diverse range of investment trust sectors made up this week’s Discount Delver list, as global and UK stocks fell slightly in value.
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The most dramatic discount move was from HydrogenOne Capital Growth, which moved from a 44.1% discount to a 53.6% discount. The trust buys listed and unlisted companies involved in the emerging field of hydrogen power. It was a bad week generally for technology shares due to disappointing results from Meta (formerly Facebook) and Alphabet (Google’s owner), with the Nasdaq 100 index dropping about 2% in sterling terms.
Another growth-focused trust moving to an even wider discount this week was Augmentum Fintech, which now sits on a 48% discount to net asset value. Other big discounts available on this week’s Discount Delver list include International Public Partnerships (25% discount); Gore Street Energy Storage Fund (43.7% discount); and Miton UK Microcap (12.4% discount).
|Trust||Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Sector||Current discount (%)||Change in discount (percentage point)*|
|HydrogenOne Capital Growth||Renewable Energy Infrastructure||-53.57||-9.48|
|Residential Secure Income||Property - UK Residential||-47.26||-6.83|
|Dunedin Enterprise||Private Equity||-19.61||-5.65|
|CT UK High Income||UK Equity Income||-9.12||-4.77|
|Augmentum Fintech||Financials & Financial Innovation||-48.08||-4.72|
|International Biotechnology||Biotechnology & Healthcare||-7.85||-4.62|
|International Public Partnerships||Infrastructure||-25.00||-4.50|
|Miton UK Microcap||UK Smaller Companies||-12.39||-4.48|
|Gore Street Energy Storage Fund||Renewable Energy Infrastructure||-43.66||-4.46|
|Doric Nimrod Air Two||Leasing||-3.95||-4.34|
Source: Morningstar. *Data from close of trading 17 October 2023 to close of trading 26 October 2023.
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