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Friday 06 January, 2012


RNS Number : 1641V
Caledonia Investments PLC
06 January 2012
 



Caledonia Investments plc

Interim Management Statement for the quarter ended 31 December 2011

 

Caledonia Investments plc ("Caledonia" or the "Company") is one of the UK's largest investment trusts and is self-managed. The ability to identify opportunities through an extensive network, invest in significant stakes and become involved with the managements of investee companies underpins its investment approach, through which it seeks to deliver both a long term shareholder return in excess of the FTSE All-Share Total Return and maintain a progressive annual dividend.

 

Caledonia presents its interim management statement for the quarter ended 31 December 2011 and up to the date of publication.

 

 

Material events

 

o

Investments during the period totalled £51.7m, including £24.0m through the Unquoted pool for a 20% preferred equity stake in Bowers & Wilkins, a private UK company engaged in the design, manufacture and distribution of high-end audio equipment.



o

Realisations during the period totalled £35.0m, including £14.6m from the sale of Novae, the UK listed wholesale insurance underwriter, from the Quoted pool.



o

Investments and realisations each included some £11m relating to rebalancing of the Income & Growth pool. The net amount invested in global large and mid-cap equity securities through this pool at 31 December 2011 was £80.0m. This pool will continue to be dynamically managed to maximise returns.



o

During the period, the Company acquired 210,500 of its own shares for cancellation at a cost of £3.0m. These shares were bought at an average discount to NAV of 24.9%, thus benefitting NAV per share. In addition, the 572,230 shares previously held in treasury were cancelled when the discount was 27.7%.



o

An interim dividend of 11.7p per share was declared on 22 November 2011, an increase of 5.4% over last year. The dividend, totalling £6.7m, was paid on 5 January 2012 to holders of ordinary shares on the register on 9 December 2011. The ex-dividend date was 7 December 2011.



o

On 1 October and 1 November 2011 respectively, Rod Kent and Robert Woods joined the board as independent non-executive directors.

 

 

Financial position and performance summary

 


At 31 Dec 2011 

At 30 Sep 2011 

Net assets

£1,071m 

£1,091m 

NAV per share

1850p 

1876p 

Share price

1365p 

1495p 

Discount

26.2% 

20.3% 

FTSE All-Share index

2858 

2654 

1.

NAVs per share are calculated on a diluted, cum-income basis.

2.

31 December 2011 was the latest date on which an NAV per share was prepared.

 

At 31 December 2011, the Company had £13.5m of cash and £35.0m of debt, compared with £1.7m of cash and £15.0m of debt at 30 September 2011. The debt was drawn on the Company's £100m of committed term bank facilities through two bilateral agreements for £50m revolving credit facilities with ING and The Royal Bank of Scotland, expiring in July 2013. The company also has an overdraft facility of £10m, which is undrawn.

 

 

Investment portfolio

 

Ten largest holdings as at 31 December 2011

Name

Business

£m 

% 

Close Brothers

Financial services

121.7 

11.0 

British Empire Securities

Investment trust

85.9 

7.8 

Cobepa

Investment company

84.6 

7.7 

Bristow Group

Helicopter services

74.3 

6.7 

A.G.Barr

Soft drinks

40.2 

3.6 

Avanti Communications

Satellite communications

36.8 

3.3 

London & Stamford Property

Property investment

36.2 

3.3 

Oval

Insurance broking

32.2 

2.9 

Satellite Information Services

Broadcasting services

29.2 

2.7 

Capital Today China

Private equity funds

28.1 

2.5 



569.2 

51.5 

Other investments


539.9 

48.8 

Cash and other items


(3.0)

(0.3)

Total assets


1,106.1 

100.0 

Borrowings


(35.0)


Net assets


1,071.1 


 

 

6 January 2012

 

 

Enquiries

Caledonia Investments plc

College Hill

Will Wyatt, Chief Executive

Tony Friend

Stephen King, Finance Director

Antonia Coad

Tel: 020 7802 8080

Tel: 020 7457 2020

 

END

 

Caledonia publishes monthly fact sheets, which give further details of the investment and other activities during each month. These fact sheets and other information are available on the Company's website at www.caledonia.com. Neither the contents of the Company's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.


This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange
 
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