Income Maximiser Limited - ASX:PL8

PERFORMANCE AND COMPANY UPDATE

As at 31 August 2021, the Company’s investments delivered a total return of 10.7%1 p.a. since inception2 and a distributed yield of 7.5%1 p.a. since inception2 compared to the S&P/ASX 200 Franking Credit Adjusted Daily Total Return Index (Tax-Exempt) (‘Benchmark’) return of 11.3%1 and a yield of 5.2%1.

1Including franking credits. 2Inception date 28th April 2017.
MONTHLY DIVIDENDS

During July, the Board of Plato Income Maximiser Limited (ASX: PL8) resolved to pay three fully-franked dividends of $0.0045 per share payable in July, August and September 2021 which is an increase of 12.5% on the level of dividends paid in the June 2021 quarter, reflecting an improved dividend environment whilst acknowledging the continuing impact of the COVID-19 virus.

Portfolio Performance1
1Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Performance is quoted in AUD net of portfolio related fees, costs and taxes. All p.a. returns are annualised.
2Total return including franking credits. Distributed income including franking credits.
3Inception date 28th April 2017.
Company Snapshot
10.82% p.a. inclusive of the net impact of GST and RITC.
2Pre-tax NTA includes tax on realised gains or losses and other earnings, but excludes any provision for tax on unrealised gains or losses.
market overview

The Australian market continued its rally in August, rising 2.6% even as the Sydney and Melbourne Covid outbreak worsened and lockdowns were extended. The vaccine roll-out is gathering pace, with NSW forecast to reach the targets of 70% of adults vaccinated in mid-October and 80% by early November when restrictions can reduce. ACT is on a similar schedule with Victoria about 3 weeks behind. The gains in August were led by the Technology sector after Afterpay received a takeover offer from the U.S. company Square and Wisetech delivered a strong beat in its result. The Consumer Staples and Healthcare sectors also outperformed. Mining stocks fell 9% during the month despite reporting strong earnings and record dividends, as the Chinese government put restrictions on steel output, resulting in a 25% fall in the iron ore price.

The largest positive contributors to the Company’s investments during the month were overweight positions in Suncorp, James Hardie and Charter Hall as well as underweight positions in Transurban and Cochlear. However, overweight positions in BHP, Rio Tinto and Mineral Resources underperformed and underweight positions in Afterpay Touch and Wisetech detracted from relative performance.

Our proprietary dividend cut model indicates that the proportion of stocks forecast to cut dividends has returned to a below normal level after being elevated from March-October last year, and after a strong reporting season for both earnings and dividends, we have increased our Australian market gross dividend forecast from 4.8% to 5.2%. The Fund remains actively positioned to seek superior income than the benchmark.

1Including franking credits.

1Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Performance is quoted in AUD net of portfolio related fees, costs and taxes. All p.a. returns are annualised.
2Total return including franking credits.
3Distributed income including franking credits.
1NTA calculations exclude Deferred Tax Assets relating to capitalised cost deductions and carried forward tax losses of $0.006. The Franking Account Balance (not reflected in NTA) is $0.008 per share.
2Pre-tax NTA includes tax on realised gains or losses and other earnings, but excludes any provision for tax on unrealised gains or losses.
3Post-tax NTA includes tax on realised and unrealised gains or losses and other earnings.

PL8 Share Price v NTA1,2

Source: Iress, Plato Investment Management.
1NTA calculations exclude Deferred Tax Assets relating to capitalised cost deductions and carried forward tax losses of $0.006. The Franking Account Balance (not reflected in NTA) is $0.008 per share.
2Pre-tax NTA includes tax on realised gains or losses and other earnings, but excludes any provision for tax on unrealised gains or losses.
About the Fund Managers

DR PETER GARDNER

Senior Portfolio Manager

Peter is a founder of Plato and has fifteen 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.

DISCLAIMER

Plato Investment Management Limited (ABN 77 120 730 136, AFSL 504616) (‘Plato’) is the investment manager of Plato Income Maximiser Limited ACN 616 746 215 (‘PL8’ or the ‘Company’). PL8 is the issuer of the shares in the Company under the Offer Document. Any offer or sale of securities are made pursuant to definitive documentation, which describes the terms of the offer (‘Offer Document’) available at https://plato.com.au/lic-overview/ This communication is not, and does not constitute, an offer to sell or the solicitation, invitation or recommendation to purchase any securities and neither this communication nor anything contained in it forms the basis of any contract or commitment. Prospective investors should consider the Offer Document in deciding whether to acquire securities under the offer. Prospective investors who want to acquire under the offer will need to complete an application form that is in or accompanies the Offer Document. The Offer Document is an important document that should be read in its entirety before deciding whether to participate in the offer. Prospective investors should rely only on information in the Offer Document and any supplementary or replacement document. Prospective investors should contact their professional advisers with any queries after reading the Offer Document. 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.

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