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Investment Case

 

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There are six pillars to the Liontrust strategy to ensure we continue growing our AuMA, revenue and profitability through organic growth and acquisitions. These are:

 

  1. Be a responsible company and investor
  2. Deliver strong long-term investment performance
  3. Expand our distribution and products
  4. Acquire and develop talent
  5. Enhance the investor experience
  6. Ensure strong operations and infrastructure

Why invest in Liontrust?

Growth of AuMA

Liontrust’s AuMA has grown from £1.3 billion at the end of the 2010/11 financial year to £33.5 billion at the end of 2020/21 and £38.5 billion as at 7 April 2022.

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Increasing revenue and adjusted profit

Revenue has risen from £51.6 million in the financial year 2016/17 to £163.8 million in 2020/21 while adjusted profit has increased from £17.2 million to £64.3 million over the same period. Adjusted profit before tax was £43.1 million in the first six months of the 2021/22 financial year.

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Dividends

The total dividend has gone from 15p per share in the 2016/17 financial year to 47p per share in 2020/21. The First Interim dividend was 22p per share in the 2021/22 financial year, an increase of 100% compared to the Interim payment in the previous financial year.

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Investment excellence

The quality of our investment teams is one of our key competitive advantages.

Each investment team applies rigorous and documented investment processes to managing funds and portfolios to ensure the way they manage money is predictable and repeatable. Research conducted by Research in Finance consistently shows that professional fund buyers and retail investors regard Liontrust as having the best sustainable investment team.

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Long-term performance

Over five years to 31 March 2022, 85.7% of Liontrust’s UK-domiciled funds are in the 1st or 2nd quartile of their respective IA sectors (source: Financial Express, as at 31.03.22, total return, net of fees, income reinvested. This excludes the Liontrust Multi-Asset Funds, most of which do not have sector benchmarks, and funds in the IA Specialist sector.). Over three years, 82.8% of UK-domiciled funds are in the 1st or 2nd quartile of their respective IA sectors. Twelve funds have the 5-Crown rating from FE fundinfo (January 2022).

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Independent recognition

Liontrust has regularly won industry awards for the company, investment teams and individual funds over recent years.

In 2021, Liontrust was named Group of the Year at Incisive Media’s Fund Manager of the Year Awards, Asset Manager of the Year at the Financial News Awards and the Fund Group of the Year at the Shares Awards.

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Sales and Marketing

The breadth and depth of our client base and the relationships we have with our investors are competitive advantages.

In the 2021/22 financial year, Liontrust generated net retail sales of £2.5 billion. We had net sales of more £1 billion in each of the first three quarters of 2021/22. In the 2021 calendar year, we had the second highest net retail sales in the UK and the fifth highest gross retail sales (source: Pridham Report).

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Brand profile

Liontrust has a strong and distinct brand. Our brand is accessible and engaging, and represents our strength, conviction, independence, innovation, excellence, transparency and ethics. 

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Investor communications and service

We communicate clearly and frequently with our investors, regularly updating them on the performance of each of our funds and portfolios, the effectiveness of the investment processes applied to each of our funds and portfolios and the progress of the business as a whole. Liontrust is investing in developing our online services and digital communications to enhance client awareness, engagement and service.

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Operations

The support provided to our clients, fund managers and the sales and marketing teams by operations is another key potential competitive advantage.

We have a single Operations division, designed to support a fast-growing business, and have moved to one fund administrator – Bank of New York Mellon.

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Acquisitions

Liontrust has a successful track record of acquisitions.

Since 2017, the acquisitions of the Sustainable Investment team as part of Alliance Trust Investments, Neptune Investment Management, the Architas UK Investment Business and Majedie Asset Management were quickly integrated, ensuring as seamless a transition as possible for clients. Each acquisition has enhanced our investment and distribution capabilities.

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“Liontrust takes great pride in our role as active and responsible investors. We are guardians of our clients’ assets, seeking to help investors to achieve their financial goals. We also have an important role to play in supporting businesses and innovative companies, working to allocate capital towards positive outcomes that benefit the economy and society.”