Volta Finance Limited (VAT /VTA) – April 2022 monthly report
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Fordrnsey, 12 May 2022
AXA IM has published the monthly report of Volta Finance Limited (the “Company” or “Volta Finance” or “Volta”) for the month of April. The full report is attached to this press release and will soon be available on Volta’s website (www.voltafinance.com).
PERFORMANCE and PORTFOLIO ACTIVITY
April saw a continued recovery from the losses suffered in February following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. During the month of April, the fund gained 2.3%, leaving year-to-date performance at +1.4%. Part of this good performance is due to the USD exposure to Volta (+1.6% contribution in April).
Concerning the major asset classes, the monthly performances** are: +0.8% for bank balance sheet transactions, +0.9% for CLO equity tranches; +0.5% for CLO debt; +0.7% for Cash Corporate Credit and ABS (together representing 2.8% of NAV).
Most markets were relatively flat in April, including lending markets in the US and Europe. Compared to year-end levels, loan prices were down about 1% in the US and 1.5% in Europe on average. Both markets are now 1% lower in average prices.
Our view is unchanged: we still think we could see an increase in default rates: 1-2% for 2022 and 2-3% for 2023 seem reasonable expectations for both credit markets.
As central banks battle inflation, we could see volatility continue for the rest of the year. Given the large weight of CLO Equities, Volta’s outlook depends mainly on the magnitude of the positive impacts (buying loans at a discount and new loans at higher spreads) to offset the negative result coming from higher default rates .
One thing that is clear and positive is the fact that most of Volta’s CLO equity positions have been sourced, refinanced or reset in 2021 with relatively low cost of debt and relatively long reinvestment periods. If loan spreads are to be higher for a period of time, we will benefit from the increase in the weighted average spread of the underlying loan pools while the cost of leverage has been set relatively low.
For the next quarters, there is no indication that Volta could suffer from a diversion of cash flows from its CLO Equity positions. Receiving a continued high level will allow us to take advantage of opportunities arising from the current market environment while paying a strong quarterly dividend.
In April, Volta received the equivalent of 9.7 million euros in terms of interest and coupons. For the 6 months ended April 2022, Volta received €22.5 million in interest and coupons representing an annualized return of 17.0% on the NAV.
At the end of April 2022, Volta’s NAV was €264.1 million or €7.22 per share.
*It should be noted that approximately 9.4% of Volta’s GAV includes investments for which the relevant NAVs at the month-end date are normally only available after publication of the Volta’s NAV. It is Volta’s policy to publish its net asset value as soon as possible in order to provide shareholders with up-to-date information on Volta’s net asset value. Accordingly, these investments are valued using the most recent net asset value available for each fund or the quoted price for that subordinated rating.s. The most recent net asset value or quoted price available for the fund was 3.0% like to March, 31st 2022, 5.9% like a 31 January 2022, and 0.5% at 3December 1 2021.
** “performances” asset classes are calculated as the Dietz performance of the assets of each sub-fund, taking into account the Mark-to-Market of the assets to be period endspayments received from assets during the period, and ignoring changes in–exchange rate. Nevertheless, some residual currency effects could impact the aggregated value of the portfolio during aggregation. each bucket.
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ABOUT VOLTA FINANCE LIMITED
Volta Finance Limited is incorporated in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Act 2008 (as amended) and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam and the main market of the London Stock Exchange for listed securities. Volta’s home member state for the purposes of the EU Transparency Directive is the Netherlands. As such, Volta is subject to the regulation and supervision of the AFM, which is the financial markets regulator in the Netherlands.
Volta’s investment objectives are to preserve capital throughout the credit cycle and to provide a stable stream of income to its shareholders through dividends. Volta seeks to achieve its investment objectives primarily through diversified investments in structured finance assets. Assets in which the Company may invest directly or indirectly include, but are not limited to: corporate credits; sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt; residential mortgages; and, car loans. The Company’s approach to investing is through vehicles and arrangements which essentially provide leveraged exposure to portfolios of these underlying assets. The Company has entrusted AXA Investment Managers Paris with a management company with a division specializing in structured credit, for the financial management of all of its assets.
ABOUT AXA INVESTMENT MANAGERS
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This press release is issued by AXA Investment Managers Paris (“AXA IM”), in its capacity as alternative investment fund manager (within the meaning of Directive 2011/61/EU, the “AIFM Directive”) of Volta Finance Limited (the “Volta Finance”) whose portfolio is managed by AXA IM.
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This communication is only being distributed and directed to (i) persons located outside the United Kingdom or (ii) investment professionals falling under section 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”) or (iii) high net worth companies, and other persons to whom they may lawfully be disclosed, falling under section 49(2)(a ) to (d) of the Order (all such persons being collectively referred to as “Relevant Persons”). The securities referred to herein are only available to relevant persons and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or acquire such securities will only be entered into with relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents. Past performance cannot be taken as an indication of future performance.
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All target information is based on certain assumptions about future events which may not turn out to be executed. Due to the uncertainty surrounding such future events, the targets are not intended to be and should not be considered earnings or profit or any other type of forecast. There can be no assurance that any of these objectives will be achieved. Furthermore, no assurance can be given as to the achievement of the investment objective.
Figures provided which relate to past months or years and past performance cannot be taken as an indication of future performance or construed as a reliable indicator of future performance. Throughout this review, the citation of specific businesses or strategies is intended to illustrate some of Volta Finance’s investment methodologies and philosophies, as implemented by AXA IM. Historical success or AXA IM’s confidence in the future success of any of these businesses or strategies is not indicative and has no bearing on future results.
The valuation of financial assets may differ significantly from the prices that AXA IM could obtain if it sought to liquidate the positions on behalf of Volta Finance due to market conditions and the general economic environment. Such valuations do not constitute a fairness opinion or similar opinion and should not be relied upon as such.
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