Australian Shares Income Fund
- Class A

April 2022, At a Glance:
  • 9.6% p.a. yield² since inception¹
  • Plato is aiming to generate a FY22 gross yield² of above 12%
  • 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 2022 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.

DISTRIBUTION HISTORY

Source: Plato Investment Management

REALISED YIELD

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.

Summary

As at 30 April 2022, the Plato Australian Shares Income Fund (‘Fund’) delivered a total return of 12.3% p.a.2 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 11.6% p.a.2 and a yield of 5.6% p.a.2

The Australian market fell 0.9% (including franking credits) in April, strongly outperforming the U.S. market which fell 8.8%. A key driver of the fall was rising inflation leading to more hawkish central bank (including the RBA) commentary which pushed up the Australian 10yr bond yield from 2.84% to 3.13%. The technology sector, after performing strongly in March, resumed its underperformance as Block (formerly Afterpay) and Wisetech posted double digit falls. Materials and Consumer Discretionary sectors also underperformed. In contrast, defensive stocks rose strongly as investors sought the safe havens of Utilities, Transport, Insurance and Staples.

The largest positive contributors to the Fund’s performance during the month were overweight positions in Graincorp, Macquarie and QBE Insurance as well as underweight positions in Block and Rio Tinto. However, overweight positions in Aristocrat Leisure, BHP and South32 underperformed and underweight positions in Transurban and Fortescue detracted from relative performance.

The Fund remains actively positioned to seek superior income than the benchmark. Our proprietary dividend cut model indicates that the proportion of stocks forecast to cut dividends has returned to a below normal level, and after a strong reporting season for both earnings and dividends as well as the completion of an off market buyback for JB Hi-fi in April, we have increased our gross dividend forecast for FY22 for the Fund to over 12%.

1Inception date 9 September 2011.
2Net returns, including franking credits and special dividends.
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.

CUMULATIVE PERFORMANCE - GROWTH OF $10,000

Source: Iress, Plato Investment Management

ABOUT THE FUND MANAGERS

DR PETER GARDNER

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.

DR DON HAMSON

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.

ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT:
$2,284 Million

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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.
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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.
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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 2021) 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 October 2021) 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: https://www.beyond.lonsec.com.au/intelligence/lonsec-ratings.

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