Total return of 20.7% for Merchants Trust Date: Thursday 07 Apr 2011 LONDON (ShareCast) - New chairman Simon Fraser declared himself pleased with the performance of The Merchants Trust last year, a year in which the trust achieved a total return that topped that achieved by FTSE 100 Index and the FTSE 350 Higher Yield Index. Net asset value (NAV) per share increased by 14.6% to 427.1p in the 12 months to 31 January, 2011, and when dividends are thrown into the pot as well, the total return for the year was 20.7%, against a total return of 16.8% for the FTSE 100 and 12.2% for the FTSE 350 Higher Yield indices. Net Revenue Return per share rose by 12.2% to 21.22p. This year's earnings include a release of a provision of £862,086 against finance costs in First Debenture Finance PLC. The board has recommended a final dividend of 5.7p per share, taking the full year pay-out up to 22.8p, up 1.3% on the previous year. --- jh
with mrch. However the nav published yesterday was around 3.54. So quite a discount for mrch which often trades above nav for the yield. Some of the Barclays EDFS were yielding 10% last Jan when mrch yield would have been the same. I agree to good to be true and when the loans have to be paid off beware. Some time away yet though.
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