£689m market cap
582p last close
LWDB’s investment objective is to achieve long-term capital growth in real terms and steadily increasing dividend income to shareholders. The aim is to achieve a higher rate of total return than the FTSE All-Share index through investing in a global portfolio diversified both geographically and by industry. LWDB’s independent professional services (IPS) business provides a regular flow of income, which enhances the dividend income from the equity portfolio.
The Law Debenture Corporation (LWDB)’s NAV total return outperformed its benchmark FTSE All-Share Index in FY18, protecting investors from c 40% of the market decline. While returns for the year were negative, LWDB has performed well in absolute terms over three, five and 10 years to 31 January 2019, producing strong NAV and share price total returns under managers James Henderson and Laura Foll. The independent professional services (IPS) business, which makes up c 14% of LWDB’s NAV on a fair value basis, performed strongly in its first full year under the new executive team of Denis Jackson (CEO) and Katie Thorpe (CFO), with 9% net revenue growth after seven years of broadly flat returns, contributing c 37% of LWDB’s revenue earnings per share. With c 75% of LWDB’s assets invested in the UK, a planned move from AIC Global to a UK sector should facilitate comparison with more similarly invested funds.