European Assets Trust

Sam Cosh
Director, Portfolio Manager, European Equities

The Trust seeks to generate attractive long-term capital growth through investment in quoted small and medium-sized companies in Europe, excluding the UK. As well as capital growth the company aims to offer an attractive dividend, with payments made in January, April, July and October of each year.

  • A high-conviction trust that taps into the huge potential of small and medium-sized companies in Europe
  • Attractive combination of capital growth and income; 6% of the year end NAV paid to shareholders as dividends*
  • Under researched asset class which offers the potential for significant performance from stock picking

Objectives

Long-term capital growth

To aim to secure long-term growth of capital through investment in quoted small and medium-sized companies in Europe, excluding the United Kingdom. A high distribution policy has been adopted and dividends have been paid mainly out of other reserves.

A focused portfolio

The Company invests in small and medium sized companies in Europe, excluding the UK, defined as those with a market capitalisation below that of the largest company in the Euromoney Smaller European Companies (ex UK) Index. The Trust will not invest more than 20 per cent of its total assets in any one company and does not take legal or management control of any company in which it invests. The Trust does not restrict its investments to any specific industrial sectors and a diversified geographical spread has been maintained. The Trust does not seek to create a portfolio to take advantage of anticipated currency fluctuations. The Trust has the powers under its Articles to borrow an amount up to 20 per cent of its securities portfolio.
* The Board has stated that barring unforeseen circumstances it will pay an annual dividend equivalent to 6% of the NAV. The dividend is funded from a combination of accumulate capital gains and income but the dividend may fluctuate. Dividend payments may constitute a return of capital in whole or in part and may be achieved by foregoing future capital growth.

Investment Risks

The value of your investments and any income from them can go down as well as up and you may not get back the original amount invested. Investments in smaller companies carry a higher degree of risk as their shares may be less liquid and investment values can be volatile. Changes in rates of exchange may also reduce the value of your investment. Gearing is used for investment purposes to obtain, increase or reduce exposure to an asset, index or investment. The use of gearing can enhance returns to investors in a rising market, but if the market falls the losses may be greater.

Fund Facts and Key Dates

Fund Facts

Investment manager
Columbia Threadneedle Investment Business Limited
Benchmark
Euromoney Smaller European Companies (ex-UK) Index
AIC sector
European Smaller Companies
Total assets
£364.6 million (as at 30.06.2022)
Dividend Yield*
8.27% (as at 30.06.2022)
Currency
EUR
ISIN
GB00BHJVQ590
SEDOL
BHJVQ59
Ticker symbol
EAT.L

Key Dates

Launch date
1972
Annual general meeting
May
Shareholders’ and Investors’ Briefing
May
Year end
31 December
Dividend payment date(s)
January, April, July and October
Calculated with reference to December 31 net asset value with dividend payments made in January, April, July and October of each year. The yield is calculated using the dividends declared for the company’s current financial year and the closing share price and exchange rate as at the end of the relevant month

Sustainability and ESG

Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) issues are the three central factors in measuring sustainability and can present both opportunities and threats to the long-term investment performance the Company aims to deliver to Shareholders. The Board is therefore committed to taking a responsible approach to ESG matters. There are two strands to this approach. The Company’s own responsibilities on matters such as governance and the impact it has through the investments that are made on its behalf by its Manager.

Find out more about our approach to sustainability and ESG issues here

The Board

Jack Perry CBE
Chairman and Chair of the Management Engagement Committee
Julia Bond OBE
Senior Independent Director and Chair of Remuneration and Nomination Committee
Stuart Paterson
Chair of Audit and Risk Committee
Martin Breuer
Non-Executive Director
Pui Kei Yuen
Non-executive Director

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