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Henderson Far East Income aims to provide investors with a high level of dividends and capital appreciation over the long term, from a diversified portfolio of investments traded on the Pacific, Australasian, Japanese and Indian stock markets (Asia Pacific region). The fund is classified by the AIC in the Asia Pacific ex-Japan category and, while it does not have a benchmark, sees the FTSE All-World Asia Pacific ex-Japan index as providing the most appropriate comparator. While the fund does hold Japanese investments, they are not expected to be a substantial part of total assets.
Henderson Far East Income (HFEL) continues to reward its investors with a c 6% dividend yield, fully covered by revenues and growing year-on-year (4.9% CAGR over five years), as well as capital growth (total returns of c 8–14% a year over three, five and 10 years). Manager Mike Kerley notes that payout ratios across the Asia-Pacific region are increasing, supported by the strong cash position of many companies, although at an index level it is hard to observe the improvement, because of the huge growth of non-yielding Chinese internet stocks. The manager holds a relatively concentrated (c 50 names) portfolio of stocks that are broadly evenly split between those with a high starting yield and those offering good dividend growth prospects, and are diversified by sector and geography.