Volta Finance Limited (VAT / VTAS) – September 2021 monthly report
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Fordrnsey, 12 Octoberbre 2021
AXA IM has published the monthly report of Volta Finance Limited (the “Company” or “Volta Finance” or “Volta”) for the month of September. 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
September’s performance, including the dividend of € 0.14 per share paid at the end of September, was remarkable at 1.9% compared to the negative performance of most equity markets. The total return of the company since the beginning of the year is 15.0%.
This recently observed decorrelated performance may result from a majority investment in variable rate instruments (loans to companies via CLOs) and of a relatively short duration. Noting that this negative correlation may be temporary.
With continued cash flow at a rate close to 20% (annualized), Volta’s strategy should differ from investments like equity strategies (especially growth stocks) which may be more sensitive to long-term interest rates. . Thus, Volta appears to be a perfect complement to the classic exposure to equities, with a performance that depends less on dividend growth and long-term profitability and more on the solvency of companies in the short and medium term.
At the end of September, the 12-month default rate was 0.5% for American loans and 0.8% for European loans. Companies can more easily refinance their debt, and M&A activity frequently provides an exit strategy for some of the stocks that have suffered the most from the Covid crisis. Regardless of the exit strategy pursued so far, many loans have found a way to refinance and the maturity wall is lengthened around 2027-2028, dramatically reducing the probability of default for the next several years.
In detail, the monthly performance of the asset classes ** was: + 0.8% for bank balance sheet transactions, + 2.1% for CLO equity tranches; + 0.2% for the CLO debt; + 0.3% for Cash Corporate Credit and ABS (together representing 3.0% of NAV). In September, the appreciation of the dollar against the euro contributed + 0.8% to overall performance
As usual, September is a relatively low volume month in terms of interest and coupons, with the foreign exchange equivalent of 1.3 million euros being received. On a rolling 6-month basis, Volta had received the foreign currency equivalent of € 26.5 million at the end of September, representing an annualized cash return of 20.0%, based on the end-of-year net asset value. month.
In September, Volta called a BB tranche of € 1m and made no new investments. At the end of September, Volta had nearly € 12 million in cash available for reinvestment. The pipeline in the primary market for CLO issues, both in the US and in Europe, is extremely high for October (with unprecedented annual volume) and we expect spread widening and the possibility of reinvesting cash at attractive levels.
At the end of September 2021, Volta’s NAV was € 264.8 million, or € 7.24 per share.
* It should be noted that approximately 8.0The% 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 1.7% like a 31 August 2021, 5.5% as of July 31, 2021, and 0.8% like a 30 June 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–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 – September Monthly Report