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Artemis Alpha Trust plc

All data as at 31 May 2016 except where specified
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The fund’s aims

The fund aims to achieve above average rates of total return over the longer term and to achieve a growing dividend stream.

Investment policy

The company's investment portfolio comprises mainly UK and selected international equities, with the potential for investment in limited liability hedge funds, cash and bonds, unquoted investments, derivative instruments and other investments and securities as appropriate.

Current prices

Share price (ordinary)235.00p
Share price (subscription)4.50p
Dividend yield1.6%

Fund manager review

The FTSE All-Share edged marginally higher in May. The Company’s net asset value was unchanged. Beneath this, however, there was encouraging news from a number of holdings that had hitherto weighed on returns. Most notable was a 24% gain in Hurricane Energy. The recent improvement in the oil price has lifted sentiment towards the energy sector. For its part, Hurricane has issued new shares successfully, thereby securing the funding it needs to drill ‘Lancaster’, one of the largest undeveloped fields in the North Sea.

The value of our stake in retailer Majestic Wine, meanwhile, rose by 8%.

May also brought the welcome sight of improved performance from Pittards, the leather producer. Although we have long believed there is considerable unfulfilled potential in this business, it has been at times a frustrating investment for us. There has been a significant amount of change of late: a new chairman is overseeing a strategic review and new money has been raised, enabling it to buy the freehold of its tannery in Yeovil. In May, it appointed a new finance director. Although a slowing in the market for luxury goods means demand for leatherware is subdued, we believe the opportunities are there for Pittards to add to its customers.

The value of our stake in retailer Majestic Wine, meanwhile, rose by 8%. Its acquisition of Naked Wines, a fast-growing retailer of wine online in the UK and US, looks increasingly well-judged. It is using the cash generated by its existing wine warehouses to fund the much faster growth of its online business, encouraging investors to award it a higher p/e.

Value of £100 invested at launch to 31 May 2016

Value of £100 invested at launch to 31 May 2016

Relative performance, value of £100 invested on 30 May 2003, the date Artemis was appointed as investment manager.
Source: Artemis/Lipper Limited, bid to bid in sterling with dividends reinvested. All figures show total returns. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Asset allocation

Asset allocation

Without cash. The figures above include adjustments to the unquoted investment holdings made after the period end. Source: Artemis as at 31 May 2016. Please note figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

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Risk warnings

This information does not constitute an offer, invitation or solicitation to deal in securities.

The value of shares in Artemis Alpha Trust PLC, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise as a result of market and currency fluctuations and you may not get back the amount originally invested. Stockmarket prices, currencies and interest rates can move irrationally and can be affected unpredictably by diverse factors, including political and economic events.

How the shares have performed in the past is not a guide to how they will perform in the future.

A proportion of the investment trust may be invested in emerging markets. Investment in emerging markets can involve greater risk than is customarily associated with more mature markets meaning above average price movements both positive and negative can be expected.

The investment trust may invest in the securities of smaller and/or medium sized companies. This can involve greater risk than is customarily associated with investment in larger, more established companies. The market for securities in smaller companies is often less liquid than that for securities in larger companies, meaning above average price movements both positive and negative can be expected.

The investment trust may borrow money in order to make further investments, which is known as 'gearing'. This can enhance investment returns in rising markets but conversely may reduce returns in falling markets.

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This information is issued by Artemis Fund Managers Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Financial advisers and retail investors

The Company currently conducts its affairs so that the ordinary and subscription shares in issue can be recommended by financial advisers to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the Financial Conduct Authority’s (“FCA’s”) rules in relation to non-mainstream investment products and intends to do so for the foreseeable future. The ordinary and subscription shares are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products because they are shares in an investment trust.

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