Volta Finance was established in December 2006 and its investment objective is to preserve capital across the credit cycle and provide a stable income stream to its shareholders through investment in a diversified portfolio of structured finance assets providing leveraged exposure to portfolios composed of a broad range of cash-generative debt assets.
Volta’s (VTA’s) 12-month NAV total return (TR) at end-October 2019 (-3.5%) is below its five-year average of 11.2%. This mostly comes from the declining prices of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), with the average price of Volta’s USD CLO debt decreasing by 11.5pp of par value y-o-y). The ytd return was mildly positive at 3.1% after a harsh Q418. While market sentiment weighs on valuations, the underlying loan collateral performs well (assisted by record-low default rates), generating strong cash flows (in total, Volta has received €38m in interest and coupons ytd, up 11% year-on-year). Volta’s investment manager steadily increases exposure to long-dated equity tranches at the expense of debt tranches in response to the cycle turn.