Australian Shares Income Fund
- Class A

APRIL 2024, At a Glance:
  • 9.6% p.a. yield² since inception¹
  • 0.7% p.a. outperformance vs benchmark since inception¹
1Inception date 9 September 2011.
2Including franking credits. The 1 month number in Jan, Feb, Apr, May, July, Aug, Oct and Nov include the accrued but not distributed income.
3Benchmark is the S&P/ASX 200 Franking Credit Adjusted Daily Total Return Index (Tax-Exempt).
All data is as at 30 April 2024 unless indicated otherwise.
Fund returns are after applicable fees, costs and taxes. All p.a. returns are annualised. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.


Source: Plato Investment Management


Source: Iress, Plato Investment Management
Cash rate = RBA Cash Rate
ASX200 = S&P/ASX 200 Franking Credit Adjusted Daily Total Return Index (Tax-Exempt)
Fund = Plato Australian Shares Income Fund.


As at 30 April 2024, the Plato Australian Shares Income Fund (‘Fund’) delivered a total return of 11.6% p.a.2 (after fees) and a yield of 9.6% p.a.2 (incl. franking) since inception1 compared to the S&P/ASX 200 Franking Credit Adjusted Daily Total Return Index (Tax-Exempt) (‘Benchmark’) return of 10.9% p.a.2 and a yield of 5.6% p.a.2

The Australian market fell 2.9% (including franking credits) in April, as the Australian 10yr bond yield rose 45bps, retracing previous falls in bond yields as inflation in Australia and the U.S. is proving to be stickier than central banks had hoped for.  Pricing at the end of April suggested the next move in interest rates could be up, albeit the probability of this outcome is very low, especially given the dynamic of slowing retail sales, showing the previous interest rate increases are impacting the spending patterns of borrowers in particular.  Gold (+8.0%) stocks continued their rally as Newmont rose 19%, retracing some of its recent underperformance after announcing good production numbers.  Utilities (+4.8%) stocks rose, driven by a rise in power prices.  In contrast, Real Estate (-7.6%) and Consumer Discretionary (-5.3%) stocks lagged, sectors which are both impacted by the rise in bond yields.

The largest positive contributors to the Fund’s performance during the month were overweight positions in Rio Tinto, Origin Energy and Ramelius Resources as well as underweight positions in Xero and Mirvac. However, overweight positions in Woodside and Brambles as well as underweight positions in South32, Newmont and Fortescue detracted from relative performance.

The Fund remains actively positioned to seek superior income than the benchmark.

Companies mentioned are illustrative only and not a recommendation to buy or sell any particular security.

1Stocks listed are the largest 10 yielding stocks in our portfolio with a greater than 0.5% portfolio weight. 2Yield is calculated as the dividends (including specials and franking credits) paid over the last 12mths divided by the price as at the report date.


Source: Iress, Plato Investment Management



Senior Portfolio Manager

Peter is a founder of Plato and has twelve years investment experience. Peter is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Plato and manages the Plato Australian Shares Income Fund.

Peter received 1st Class Honours and a PhD from The University of New South Wales where his thesis topic was behaviour of Australian active investment managers. He has previous worked at Macquarie Bank, Mercer and ING.


Managing Director

Don is the founding Managing Director of Plato Investment Management. He is well known as a leader in the practical application of after-tax investing.

Prior to forming Plato, Don was Head of Active Equities, Asia Pacific at State Street Global Advisors. Don has also held various positions at Westpac Investment Management, including Chief Investment Officer and Head of Equities where he managed a $1B Imputation Fund.

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  • To provide an annual gross yield (including franking) that exceeds the gross yield of the Benchmark after fees.
  • The Fund also aims to outperform the Benchmark after fees.
2 BENCHMARK S&P/ASX 200 Franking Credit Adjusted Daily Total Return Index (Tax-Exempt)

The Fund is intended to be managed for low tax investors who can utilise franking credits. These investors include, but are not limited to, superannuation funds and charities.

4 MANAGEMENT COSTS 0.90% p.a. (inclusive of the net effect of GST and RITC).

+0.20% / -0.20%.

  • Indirect investors: refer to the operator of your service.
  • Direct investors: minimum initial investment $15,000.
12 RISK/RETURN PROFILE This product is likely to be appropriate for a consumer seeking regular income to be used as a small allocation within a portfolio where the consumer has a minimum investment timeframe of 3-5 years, and a high risk/return profile.

This strategy is specifically managed for low tax investors, thus providing an aligned investment strategy for pension and charity investors. The Fund aims to generate higher income (including franking credits) than its Benchmark. A distinguishing feature of the strategy is that it aims to deliver higher yield without taking on large sector biases, such as overweighting banks.

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This communication is prepared by Plato Investment Management Limited (‘Plato’) (ABN 77 120 730 136, AFSL 504616) as the investment manager of the Plato Australian Shares Income Fund (ARSN 152 590 157) (‘the Fund’). Pinnacle Fund Services Limited (‘PFSL’) (ABN 29 082 494 362, AFSL 238371) is the product issuer of the Fund. PFSL is not licensed to provide financial product advice. PFSL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pinnacle Investment Management Group Limited (‘Pinnacle’) (ABN 22 100 325 184). The Product Disclosure Statement (‘PDS’) and Target Market Determination (‘TMD’) of the Fund are available via the links below. Any potential investor should consider the PDS and TMD before deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold units in, the Fund.
Link to the Product Disclosure Statement
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For historic TMD’s please contact Pinnacle client service Phone 1300 010 311 or Email
This communication is for general information only. It is not intended as a securities recommendation or statement of opinion intended to influence a person or persons in making a decision in relation to investment. It has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Any persons relying on this information should obtain professional advice before doing so. Past performance is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of future performance.
Whilst Plato, PFSL and Pinnacle believe the information contained in this communication is reliable, no warranty is given as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness and persons relying on this information do so at their own risk. Subject to any liability which cannot be excluded under the relevant laws, Plato, PFSL and Pinnacle disclaim all liability to any person relying on the information contained in this communication in respect of any loss or damage (including consequential loss or damage), however caused, which may be suffered or arise directly or indirectly in respect of such information. This disclaimer extends to any entity that may distribute this communication.
Any opinions and forecasts reflect the judgment and assumptions of Plato and its representatives on the basis of information available as at the date of publication and may later change without notice. Any projections contained in this presentation are estimates only and may not be realised in the future.
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The Zenith Investment Partners (ABN 27 103 132 672, AFS Licence 226872) (“Zenith”) rating (assigned Plato Australian Shares Income Fund (Class A) – June 2023) referred to in this piece is limited to “General Advice” (s766B Corporations Act 2001) for Wholesale clients only. This advice has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any individual, including target markets of financial products, where applicable, and is subject to change at any time without prior notice. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product(s). Investors should seek independent financial advice before making an investment decision and should consider the appropriateness of this advice in light of their own objectives, financial situation and needs. Investors should obtain a copy of, and consider the PDS or offer document before making any decision and refer to the full Zenith Product Assessment available on the Zenith website. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology, ratings definitions and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessments and at Fund Research Regulatory Guidelines.

The Lonsec Rating (Plato Australian Shares Income Fund (Class A) assigned September 2023) presented in this document is published by Lonsec Research Pty Ltd ABN 11 151 658 561 AFSL 421 445. The Rating is limited to “General Advice” (as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) and based solely on consideration of the investment merits of the financial product(s). Past performance information is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of future performance. It is not a recommendation to purchase, sell or hold Plato product(s), and you should seek independent financial advice before investing in this product(s). The Rating is subject to change without notice and Lonsec assumes no obligation to update the relevant document(s) following publication. Lonsec receives a fee from the Fund Manager for researching the product(s) using comprehensive and objective criteria. For further information regarding Lonsec’s Ratings methodology, please refer to our website at:

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