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Monash Investors – Proposed Fund Merger

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Monash Investors Pty Limited (Monash Investors) proposes that, subject to unitholder and any necessary regulatory approvals, the AQUA traded Monash Investors Small Companies Trust (Hedge Fund) (ASX: MAAT) be merged into its equivalent unlisted fund, Monash Investors Small Companies Fund (MAIF).

Both funds are operated by The Trust Company (RE Services) Limited (ACN 003 278 83) (AFSL 235150) as the responsible entity (Perpetual) and are managed by Monash Investors (as investment manager) using the same investment strategy and investment process.

The proposed merger will significantly reduce the ongoing operating costs for MAAT investors and the one-off anticipated costs of the merger have already been provided for in MAAT’s daily unit price.

Importantly, this merger, if implemented, will mean that MAAT unitholders will continue to have access to Monash Investors’ smaller companies investment strategy with its impressive and demonstrated track record. MAIF, which has the same investment strategy and process as MAAT, has returned 9.8% pa (after fees) over almost 12 years, outperforming the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries total return by 3.7% pa[1].

In order for the merger to proceed, it must be approved by a special resolution of MAAT unitholders. A copy of the notice of meeting and explanatory memorandum is attached. Perpetual engaged BDO Corporate Finance (East Coast) Pty Ltd (ACN 050 038 170) (BDO) to provide an independent expert’s report in relation to the proposed merger and BDO has opined that the merger is fair and reasonable and in the best interests of the MAAT unitholders (a copy of BDO’s report is included in the attached explanatory memorandum).

The proposed MAAT unitholder meeting will be held on 13 June 2024.

Concurrently, Monash Investors is announcing its own anticipated merger with ASX microcap specialist fund manager, DMX Asset Management. This merger will bring together two similarly-sized firms with a shared objective of delivering differentiated portfolio exposures, strong investment returns, and clear, transparent communications to investors.

[1] Returns calculated from inception date 2 July 2012 to 30 April 2024. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance

 

 

 

ASX Code: MAAT

Listed on the ASX, MAAT is an Exchange Traded Product (“ETP) offering investors an Australian equity exposure with a strategy of outperforming the S&P ASX Small Ordinaries Total Return Index over the medium term (5 years).

This fund is appropriate for investors with “High” and “Very High” risk and return profiles. A suitable investor for this fund is prepared to accept high risk in the pursuit of capital growth with a medium to long investment timeframe. Investors should refer to the TMD for further information.

Ways to invest
  1. Invest through the ASX
  2. Invest directly with the Fund by completing an application form
  3. Speak to a Financial Advisor

Investors should read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) prior to investing. The Fund’s Target Market Determination(TMD) can be accessed here. There are differences between buying and selling Units on the ASX and applying for Units or making a withdrawal request to the Responsible Entity. These differences include, but are not limited to, the unit price Investors will receive for their application or redemption For more information on investing in MAAT and the differences between buying and selling Units on the ASX and applying for Units or making a withdrawal request to the Responsible Entity, please refer to sections 11 and 12 in the Fund’s PDS “Investing in the Fund” .

Latest Daily Unit Price

The iNAV reflects the estimated NAV per Unit updated for movements in the Fund’s portfolio stocks by individual stock domicile and is also updated in respect of stocks that have live market prices during the ASX Trading Day. If there are no stocks held by the Fund that have live market prices during the ASX Trading Day, movements in the iNAV will only reflect foreign exchange movements. The iNAV will not be updated for market-based movements such as movements in stock market indices. The iNAV is provided by Interactive Data and is updated during Australian Securities Exchange trading hours. It is indicative and for reference purposes only, and is subject to

ASX Announcements

To view more information including monthly updates on MAAT’s units on issue and redemptions and other ASX announcements please visit the ASX website.

Latest Monthly Report

Monthly Performance Report: April 2024

The market fell somewhat in April after rising strongly over the previous 5 months. The Fund fell -1.9% after fees outperforming the S&P/ASX Small Ords which fell -3.1%. This continues our recent pattern of monthly outperformance with the Fund up 7.8% after fees for the calendar year to date compared to the Small Ords 4.3% and also well ahead of the S&P/ASX 100 which was only up 2.1%.

Our mining and mining related exposures delivered positive returns in an otherwise weak month for other sectors. Drags on our performance came from holding Johns Lyng, Credit Corp and Lovisa (ASX: JLG, CCP & LOV) which all fell around 12% for the month.

Sandfire Resources (ASX: SFR) was up 7.4% with the copper price recently reaching all-time highs due to its use for power generation and transmission and an emergent supply deficit. Sandfire represents one of the few pure copper leveraged producers listed in Australia. The company operates two high quality assets in two robust mining jurisdictions – MATSA in Spain and Motheo in Botswana.

Boss Energy (ASX: BOE) was up 3.6% with uranium stabalising at about US$90 /lb having fallen from trading above US$100 in February. BOE is focused on the restart of the Honeymoon project in South Australia, which represents one of the few uranium projects globally that is ready to come on-stream in the early stages of the current uranium bull market. During April, Boss announced that it produced its first drum of uranium at Honeymoon.

Austin Engineering (ASX: ANG) was up 3.1%. Austin supplies replacement trays and buckets for heavy mining machinery. It is expanding its customer base because there is a quick pay back for purchasing its gear. The company is increasing its capacity as it seeks to keep up with demand. It is also lowering its costs through greater scale, specialising its plants and group buying. We expect further upgrades to revenues and profit margins.

At Monash Investors our focus is to find and invest in high quality small cap stocks, with a particular focus on businesses likely to experience some sort of step change in outlook. The market tends to under appreciate these step changes in the short term. However, sooner or later share prices reward such stocks. We continually assess stock valuations, and exit when a share is being priced by the market for its future business success.

The market has taken longer than usual to reward such stocks over the last 2 years, given its lower risk tolerance because of the upward momentum in inflation and interest rates. Against this background the large cap stocks tended to do well, due to their strong balance sheets, more stable businesses, and better share market liquidity. In particular, inflation has tended to benefit the revenue growth and profits of large companies, which are more likely than small companies to have the pricing power to pass on inflationary pressures to preserve, or even grow, their margins.

However, now that inflation is moderating and the market is anticipating interest rate cuts, we are moving into a much more favourable environment for small caps. Looking forward the large cap stocks generally have modest growth outlooks, while the headwinds to small cap growth are abating. If history is any guide to the future, investors will increasingly look to invest in the smaller end of the market.

We are well positioned to benefit from this phase of the market cycle.

The Fund’s major exposures continue to be to Healthcare, Consumer Discretionary, IT, Energy and Electrification (via Uranium, Copper and Lithium) and Mining Services. 

Return Summary Since Inception1(after all fees)

MAAT Performance Table

as at April 2024
Monash Investors Small Companies Trust (ASX MAAT) S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries (Total Return) Outperformance
1 Month -1.9% -3.1% 1.2%
3 Months 7.6% 3.3% 4.3%
1 Year 5.0% 7.4% -2.4%
2 Years (p.a.) 3.8% -1.4% 5.2%
Since Inception (p.a.) 1.3% -0.1% 1.4%
Since inception date 28 May 2021. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance

Fund Strategy

The Monash Investors Small Companies Trust (ASX MAAT) is a high conviction fund with a strategy of outperforming the S&P ASX Small Company Index over the medium term (5 yrs).

The target universe is Australian Small Companies, defined as all stocks outside the S&P ASX 100 Index.  However, should our research uncover compelling opportunities within the S&P ASX 100 Index, up to 20% of the Fund can be invested there.  When this research uncovers a company likely to suffer material adverse business conditions we have the flexibility to invest up to 20% of the Fund in shorting these opportunities.

The Fund seeks to only invest in compelling opportunities. To identify these investment ideas, Monash Investors primarily employs fundamental, bottom-up company research and the judgement of its experienced portfolio managers.

About the Fund

ASX Code MAAT
Bloomberg Code MAAT AU
IRESS Code MAAT.AXW
Trading Hours 10.00-16.00 (AEST)
iNAV IRESS Code MAAT-AUINAV
Investment Manager Monash Investors Pty Limited
Responsible Entity (RE) The Trust Company (Re Services) Limited ("Perpetual")
Management Fee 1.3833$ p.a, of the NAV out of which the Responsible Entity's management fee is also paid
Performance Fee Hurdle RBA cash rate + 5%
Performance Fee 20% excess return above the Benchmark after management fee
APIR Code PIM5260AU
ARSN 642 280 331
Minimum Investment If buying on the ASX, $Nil
If applying directly with RE, $10,000

Unit Price

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How to Invest

Investors can invest in the Fund by buying Units on the ASX or applying for Units directly by completing an Application Form and giving it to the Responsible Entity. Investors can invest in the Fund by purchasing Units via their trading platform or stockbroker. An Application Form is not required to be completed by Investors acquiring Units on the ASX as they will settle the purchase of their Units in the same way they would settle purchases of listed securities by the ASX CHESS settlement service. Units may also be acquired by completing the Application Form . The application will generally be accepted if you provide a correctly completed Application Form, identification documents (if applicable) and cleared application money before or at 2.00pm (Sydney time) on a Business Day. You will generally receive the Application Price calculated for the Business Day. There are differences between buying and selling Units on the ASX and applying for Units (or making a withdrawal request) to the Responsible Entity. These differences include, but are not limited to, the unit price Investors will receive for their application, and whether minimum investment amounts apply to their investment.

FAQs

What is the minimum initial investment amount?

If you invest on the ASX there is no initial minimum investment amount. The minimum initial investment amount for Investors applying for Units directly with the Responsible Entity is $10,000. Additional investments can be made into an existing account at any time. A minimum amount may apply to  additional investments depending on the method of your payment. Please also refer to sections 11 and 12 of the PDS.

What is the difference between ASX and NAV price?

The daily unit price reflects the Net Asset Value (NAV) at the end of the trading day.

As an active ETF, MAAT will publish an indicative NAV (“iNAV”) which reflects the real time movements in stock markets during the ASX Trading Day and, for securities not trading during the ASX Trading Day, listed proxy instruments. The iNAV represents the best estimate of the value per unit MAAT throughout the trading day. The iNAV calculation is performed by ICE Data and then provided to Macquarie Securities (Australia) Limited, the market maker which acts as an agent of MAAT.

What are the fees?

Please refer to section 10 “Fees and other costs” of the PDS.

How to withdraw my investment in the Fund?

Investors can exit the Fund either by directly making a withdrawal request to the Responsible Entity using a Withdrawal Form or by selling Units on the ASX. You need to hold your Units on the issuer sponsored sub-register to make a withdrawal request directly to the Responsible Entity. Your stockbroker can assist you with this process if you hold your Units on a HIN. The method by which you enter the Fund does not affect the method by which you can exit the Fund. If you enter the Fund by buying Units on the ASX you can exit the Fund by selling Units on the ASX or by withdrawing directly with the Responsible Entity. If you enter the Fund by applying for Units directly with the Responsible Entity you can exit the Fund by selling Units on the ASX or by withdrawing directly with the Responsible Entity. There are important differences between entering and exiting the Fund via the ASX or by applying for and withdrawing Units directly with the Responsible Entity. An investor who redeems Units directly with the Responsible Entity is likely to receive a different price for their Units in the Fund to an investor who sells their Units on the ASX at the exact same time.  These differences in prices received by investors may result in a different return from an investment in the Fund.

Become an investor

This information is issued by Monash Investors Pty Limited ABN 67 153 180 333, AFSL 417 201 (“Monash Investors”) as authorised representatives of Sanlam Private Wealth Pty Ltd ABN 18 136 960 775, AFSL 337 927 (“Sanlam”) for the provision of general financial product advice in relation to the Monash Absolute Active Trust (Hedge Fund) ARSN 642 280 331 (“Fund”). Monash Investors is the investment manager of the Fund. The Trust Company (RE Services) Limited ABN 45 003 278 831, AFSL 235 150 (“Perpetual”) is responsible entity of, and issuer of units in, the Fund. The inception date of the Fund is 28 May 2021.

The information provided in this document is general information only and does not constitute investment or other advice. The content of this document does not constitute an offer or solicitation to subscribe for units in the Fund or an offer to buy or sell any financial product. Accordingly, reliance should not be placed on this document as the basis for making an investment, financial or other decision. This information does not take into account your investment objectives, particular needs or financial situation. Monash Investors, Sanlam and Perpetual do not accept liability for any inaccurate, incomplete or omitted information of any kind or any losses caused by using this information. Any investment decision in connection with the Fund should only be made based on the information contained in the disclosure document for the Fund. A Product Disclosure Statement (“PDS”) issued by Perpetual dated 21 May 2022 together with a Target Market Determination (“TMD”), both issued by Perpetual, is available for the Fund. You should obtain and consider the PDS and TMD for the Fund before deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold, an interest in the Fund. A copy of the PDS and TMD is available on this website.

Performance figures contained on this Website are not necessarily indicative of future returns and should be used as a general guide only. Returns on investments necessarily are volatile and subject to change and likely to vary from year to year. Total returns shown for the Fund have been calculated using exit prices after taking into account all ongoing fees and assuming reinvestment of distribution. No allowance has been made for taxation Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Comparisons are provided for information purposes only and are not a direct comparison against benchmarks or indices that have the same characteristics as the Fund. Reference to Target Distributions, is a target return only. There is no guarantee that the Fund will meet its investment objective. The payment of a quarterly distribution is a goal of the Fund only and neither Monash Investors or Perpetual provide any representations or warranty (whether express or implied) in relation to the payment of any quarterly cash income. The Trust reserves the discretion to amend its distribution policy Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Comparisons are provided for information purposes only and are not a direct comparison against benchmarks or indices that have the same characteristics as the Fund.

Monash Investors, Sanlam and Perpetual do not guarantee repayment of capital or any particular rate of return from the Fund and do not give any representation or warranty as to the reliability, completeness or accuracy of the information contained in this document. All opinions and estimates included in this document constitute judgments of Monash Investors as at the date of this document are subject to change without notice. Perpetual is not responsible for this document.

The rating contained on this website is issued by SQM Research Pty Ltd ABN 93 122 592 036 AFSL 421913. SQM Research is an investment research firm that undertakes research on investment products exclusively for its wholesale clients, utilising a proprietary review and star rating system. The SQM Research star rating system is of a general nature and does not take into account the particular circumstances or needs of any specific person. The rating may be subject to change at any time. Only licensed financial advisers may use the SQM Research star rating system in determining whether an investment is appropriate to a person’s particular circumstances or needs. You should read the product disclosure statement and consult a licensed financial adviser before making an investment decision in relation to this investment product. SQM Research receives a fee from the Fund Manager for the research and rating of the managed investment scheme

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