Last week I posted the results of Schroder Oriental Income which operates in the same areas but with slightly differing weightings for each country.
I last posted on HFEL following the results last November. Yesterday they issued full year results to end August 2014 (link via Investegate).
Building on last years total return of 8.8%, the Company have reported a share price total return increase of 13.5% compared to the benchmark MSCI Asia Pacific index increase of 13.3%.
HFEL is the highest yielding of my 3 Asia-focussed investment trusts. Together they comprise around 9% of my investment trust portfolio. Over the year, dividends (paid quarterly) have been lifted by a very respectable 7% from 17p to 18.2p giving a yield of 5.6% at the current price of 324p. The dividend was comfortably covered by revenue income of 19.3p per share.
Dividends have risen by an average of 7.5% CAGR in each of the past 7 years. At this rate, the dividends will double every decade.
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Last year, Henderson agreed to take a reduction in their annual management fee from 1.0% to 0.9% of the total value of the fund's net assets - there is no performance fee. Fees and expenses for the past year were £4.0m - around 1.2% of net assets and a welcome reduction from the previous year’s 1.4%.
Although capital appreciation is a little weak compared to say Schroder Oriental, the dividend yield is much higher and is very welcome in today's low inflation/low interest rate economy. I am happy to continue holding for the longer term.