Australian Shares Income Fund
- Class A

May 2022, At a Glance:
  • 9.5% p.a. yield² since inception¹
  • Plato is aiming to generate a FY22 gross yield² of above 12%
  • 0.6% 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 31 May 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.


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 31 May 2022, the Plato Australian Shares Income Fund (‘Fund’) delivered a total return of 11.9% p.a.2 and a yield of 9.5% 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 11.3% p.a.2 and a yield of 5.6% p.a.2

The Australian market fell 6.8% before recovering to end down 2.6% (including franking credits) in May, underperforming global equities which finished roughly flat. The RBA kicked off its interest rate hike cycle during the Australian election campaign, raising rates by 25bps which helped to fuel an increase in the Australian 10yr bond yield from 3.13% to 3.35%. Anthony Albanese was elected Australian Prime Minister however this is likely to have little impact on markets given the economic policies of each party were similar. The underperforming sectors during the month were Property, particularly industrial property which fell after Amazon announced that it required less industrial space than previous forecast, and the technology sector, which continued to de-rate as bond yields continued their rally. In contrast, materials was the best performing sector as increased stimulus as well as easing Covid restrictions in China gave the market hope that Chinese demand for commodities would increase.

The largest positive contributors to the Fund’s performance during the month were overweight positions in South32, Amcor, Mineral Resources and BHP as well as an underweight position in Fortescue. However, overweight positions in Macquarie, CSR, Charter Hall, JB Hi-fi and Goodman Group underperformed detracting 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 BHP’s Spinoff of its oil and gas assets to Woodside in the form of a fully franked dividend, 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.


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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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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Interests in the Plato Australian Shares Income Fund (ARSN 152 590 157) (‘Fund’) are issued by Pinnacle Fund Services Limited, ABN 29 082 494 362 AFSL 238371. Pinnacle Fund Services Limited is not licensed to provide financial product advice. A copy of the most recent Product Disclosure Statement (‘PDS’) and Target Market Determination (‘TMD’) of the Fund can be located at You should consider the current PDS and TMD in its entirety before making an investment decision. Plato Investment Management Limited AFSL 504616 ABN 77 120 730 136 (‘Plato’) is the investment manager of the Fund. Pinnacle Fund Services Limited and Plato believe the information contained in this communication is reliable, however its accuracy, reliability or completeness is not guaranteed. Any opinions or forecasts reflect the judgment and assumptions of Plato and its representatives on the basis of information at the date of publication and may later change without notice. The information 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. This communication is for general information only. 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 relevant to their particular circumstances, needs and investment objectives. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

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.

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