Volta Finance Limited (VAT / VTAS) – May 2021 monthly report
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Fordrnsey, June 9 2021
AXA IM has published the monthly report of Volta Finance Limited (the “Company” or “Volta Finance” or “Volta”) for the month of May. The full report is attached to this press release and will soon be available on Volta’s website (www.voltafinance.com).
PERFORMANCE and PORTFOLIO ACTIVITY
Volta continued to perform well in May with + 0.4%, reaching a total return of 8.9% for the first five months of 2021.
This time around, performance was driven almost uniformly by the good performance of transactions in CLO shares, CLO debt tranches and bank balance sheet transactions. This month, the USD depreciation cost 0.7% of monthly performance.
The monthly performance of the asset classes ** was: + 1.4% for bank balance sheet transactions, + 1.6% for CLO equity tranches; + 1.2% for the CLO debt; -2.6% for Cash Corporate Credit and ABS (together representing 3.1% of GAV).
In terms of fundamentals, 12-month default rates continued to decline in May, hitting new post-Covid lows with a default rate of 1.7% for both US and EU loans. We expected default rates to converge between the United States (where the impact of Covid has been greatest) and Europe thanks to a faster economic recovery in the United States at some point in 2021. It came earlier than expected and towards a weaker default (we thought we should expect a convergence of around 2 / 2.5%).
This relatively low default rate is manageable for the CLOs and the improvement of the situation should be favorable to the Company. This gives ground to our strategy of strengthening our CLO Equity compartment over the past few years.
In terms of cash flow, May is structurally a weak month for Volta. Interest and coupons received during the month amount to the equivalent of € 1.7 million. Over 6 rolling months, Volta received the equivalent of € 20.7 million at the end of May, i.e. an annualized cash flow return of 15.9%, based on the NAV at the end of May. We still expect the overall cash flow to continue increasing over the next few months / quarters.
In May, Volta transformed a USD CLO warehouse into a new CLO and an existing USD CLO tranche was reset. In total, the equivalent of € 2.3 million has been allocated to these operations. On average, under standard market assumptions, the projected IRR of these add-ons was around 13%.
At the end of May 2021, Volta’s NAV was € 260.6 million, or € 7.12 per share.
Cash at the end of the month was € 14.5 million.
* It should be noted that approximately 9.5The% of Volta’s GAV includes investments for which the corresponding NAVs at the month-end date are normally only available after the publication of Volta’s NAV. It is Volta’s policy to publish its net asset value as quickly as possible in order to provide shareholders with appropriately updated Volta net asset value information. Therefore, these investments are valued using the last available net asset value for each fund or the quoted price for that subordinated security.s. The fund’s net asset value or the most recent quoted price was 8.5% like a 3April 0 2021 and 1.0% to 31 March 2021.
** “performances“ asset classes are calculated as the Dietz performance of the assets in each sub-fund, taking into account the Mark-to-Market of the assets at the period ends, payments received from assets during the period, and ignoring changes in to cross–change rate. However, certain residual currency effects could have an impact on the aggregate value of the portfolio when each sub-fund is aggregated.
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ABOUT VOLTA FINANCE LIMITED
Volta Finance Limited is incorporated in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Act 2008 (as amended) and listed on Euronext Amsterdam and on the main market of the London Stock Exchange for listed securities. The home Member State of the Volta for the purposes of the EU Transparency Directive is the Netherlands. As such, Volta is subject to the regulation and supervision of the AFM, being the regulator of the financial markets in the Netherlands.
Volta’s investment objectives are to preserve capital throughout the credit cycle and to provide a stable income stream to its shareholders through dividends. Volta seeks to achieve its investment objectives primarily through diversified investments in structured finance assets. Assets in which the Company may invest directly or indirectly include, but are not limited to: business loans; sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt; residential mortgage loans; and, auto loans. The Company’s approach to investing involves vehicles and arrangements that essentially provide leveraged exposure to the portfolios of these underlying assets. The Company has appointed AXA Investment Managers Paris an investment management company with a division specializing in structured credit, for the investment management of all of its assets.
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All target information is based on certain assumptions about future events which may not be true. executed. Due to the uncertainty surrounding these future events, targets are not intended to be and should not be viewed as profits or profits or any other type of forecast. There can be no assurance that any of these objectives will be achieved. Furthermore, no assurance can be given that the investment objective will be achieved.
Figures provided which relate to past months or years and past performance cannot be taken as a guide to future performance or interpreted as a reliable indicator of future performance. Throughout this review, the citation of specific transactions or strategies is intended to illustrate some of Volta Finance’s investment methodologies and philosophies, as implemented by AXA IM. AXA IM’s historical success or belief in the future success of any of these transactions or strategies is not indicative of and has no bearing on future results.
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Volta – Monthly Report – May 2021