Witan is an investment trust which aims to grow shareholders’ wealth and outperform through active investment primarily in listed individual companies across a broad spread of global equity markets.
We select our strategic asset allocation and structure our portfolio to offer our shareholders a broad range of investment opportunities using a variety of approaches. Our portfolio is monitored on an ongoing basis and adjusted when considered appropriate.
Managers employ a range of approaches to select from a broad universe of high-quality companies throughout the world.
The core portfolio includes companies with enduring cash flows, underappreciated growth prospects or undervalued, often cyclical businesses.
Managers with the potential to deliver superior growth through specialist regional or sectoral expertise.
Direct Holdings in collective funds. Actively managed with no fixed allocation.
Provides exposure to specialist asset classes and other opportunities including Emerging Markets, Climate Change, Private Equity and Life Sciences.
Choosing our managers
The Executive team works closely with the Board to select third-party managers from across the world. The team uses of a variety of networks, databases and comprehensive due diligence to identify and interview potential managers. Shortlisted managers present to the Board, which takes the final decision on appointment.
What we look for from our Managers
We aim to appoint managers with the following attributes who have an identifiable ‘edge’ to enable them to outperform over the long term
People Talented and accountable investment leadership, committed to serving their clients’ interests
Process High-conviction portfolio construction, using clear and simple processes, with analysis taking account of secular change
Portfolio Investments characterised by long-term growth in sustainable cash flows and the integration of ESG principles
Performance Potential for material outperformance over the long term, after fees
The Executive team seeks to add to performance by varying the use of gearing and a range of additional levers to adapt to different conditions.
Capital allocation framework
The Company seeks to set gearing at levels appropriate for market conditions, borrowing more when markets are attractively valued and less when returns are expected to be poorer.
Witan uses derivatives as transparent, cost-effective tools for efficient portfolio management and to help control risk.
We aim to generate total returns which exceed the benchmark over the long term.
Outperformance of benchmark0 / 0 years to 31/12/2020
Dividend growth over past ten years0 % p.a to 31/12/20
NAV total return over past ten years
Please note that past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and the income from it can fall as well as rise as a result of currency and market fluctuation and you may not get back the amount originally invested.
Discrete performance (%) †
|Net Asset Value‡||28.0||8.7||2.8||-8.9||37.3|
Relative numbers may not add up due to rounding.
† Source: Morningstar / Witan, total return includes the notional reinvestment of dividends.
‡ The Net Asset Value figures value debt at fair value and include the notional reinvestment of dividends.
# Witan’s benchmark is a composite of 85% Global (MSCI All Country World Index) and 15% UK (MSCI UK IMI Index). From 01.01.2017 to 31.12.2019 the benchmark was 30% UK, 25% North America, 20% Asia Pacific, 20% Europe (ex UK), 5% Emerging Markets. From 01.10.2007 to 31.12.2016 the benchmark was 40% UK, 20% North America, 20% Europe (ex UK) and 20% Asia Pacific.
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