Income Maximiser Limited - ASX:PL8

PERFORMANCE AND COMPANY UPDATE

As at 31 May 2021, the Company’s investments delivered a total return of 10.1%1 and distributed a yield of 7.6%1 since inception2 compared to the S&P/ASX 200 Franking Credit Adjusted Daily Total Return Index (Tax-Exempt) (‘Benchmark’) return of 10.4%1 and a yield of 5.3%1.

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

The Company aims to pay regular monthly dividends. The PL8 Board has resolved to pay three fully franked dividends of $0.004 per share for April, May and June 2021. This is a continuation of the previous recent monthly dividends of $0.004 per share, and is a level the Board feels is prudent given current economic conditions.

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.
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 May, rising 2.5% including franking credits. These gains were led by the major banks which all provided positive trading updates during the month, with lower impairments leading to earnings and dividend upgrades. May saw the 9th consecutive month of earnings upgrades across the market which is the longest streak in over two decades. Consumer Discretionary and Healthcare stocks also rose during the month in contrast to Technology and Utility stocks which fell as the market appeared to position for higher inflation during the month. The Australian Federal Budget on May 11th was materially positive for equities, as the announcement of $96 billion in stimulus over 5 years was significantly more than expected. The iron ore price also continued its rally to above US$200 a tonne, further supporting the major iron ore miners who are on schedule to deliver substantial dividends in the upcoming reporting season.

The largest positive contributors to the Company’s investments during the month was an overweight position in BHP which is benefiting from high iron ore prices as well as underweight positions in Afterpay Touch and Xero (which reversed last month’s strong performance), A2 Milk (which had its fourth earnings downgrade in the last year) and Sydney Airport which fell as the Australian vaccine roll-out continues to lag expectations and budget documents only assumed a return to international travel in mid-2022. However, overweight positions in Macquarie (who reported a strong result but didn’t provide earnings guidance for next year, potentially disappointing investors after recent strong performance), Costa (which reported a disappointing result) and Sonic Healthcare underperformed and underweight positions in CSL and Treasury Wines (which has been relatively successful at sourcing alternative markets for its wine after the China tariffs put a brake on its Chinese business) 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 so that we are comfortable with our Australian market gross dividend forecast of 4.8%. The Company 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.
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 $0.012 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 $0.012 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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