Investment Trust Buybacks Accelerate

Investment Trust Buybacks Accelerate

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Many of my recent recommendations in Soda have focused more on the discount to net asset value than the portfolio itself. Assuming the assets acquired are credible and diversified, the opportunity to purchase them at a price below their fair value is an opportunity too good to miss. Currently, the London market provides rich pickings.

Not only can investors buy these discounted investment trusts, but the trusts themselves are buying back their own shares. Buyback programmes make a great deal of sense when the assets trade below their intrinsic value.

A simple example: if a trust had a million shares worth 100p each based on liquid assets held, and the market price is 50p per share, investors hold 100p per share of value that can be traded for 50p per share. If the company could buy back 500,000 shares at 80p each, costing £400,000, the remaining investors would now hold £600,000 of assets worth £1.20 per share. The scale of buying in the market would inevitably close the discount, and the shares might now trade at (say) 100p per share as they become scarcer. Win-win.

Buybacks are a powerful tool for realising shareholder value.

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