Volta Finance Limited (VAT / VTAS) – April 2021 monthly report
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Fordrnsey, 12 Can 2021
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
Volta continued to perform well with + 2.1% in April, reaching a total return of 8.4% for the first four months of 2021.
In April, Volta paid € 0.14 per share dividend to shareholders (around 8% annualized return), an increase of € 0.02 over the January dividend payment, testifying to the improvement in the situation. from Volta.
This time around, performance was driven almost evenly by the strong performance of the CLO equity and CLO debt tranches. This month, unlike March, the depreciation of the USD cost almost 1% of monthly performance.
The monthly performance of the asset classes ** was: + 0.9% for bank balance sheet transactions, + 3.2% for CLO equity tranches; + 3.7% for the CLO debt; + 6.2% for Cash Corporate Credit operations (this category includes funds that are one month late in publishing their NAV); and + 0.0% for ABS.
In terms of fundamentals, default rates over the past 12 months continued to decline in April. Most rating agencies have downgraded their default rate forecasts for 2021. Most of them are now forecasting default rates of around 2%, for both US and European loans. . This is manageable for CLOs and should not trigger any diversion of cash flow from CLO equity positions held by the company.
In terms of cash flow, April is structurally a good month for Volta. Interest and coupons received amount to the equivalent of € 8.6 million. On a rolling 6-month basis, Volta received the equivalent of € 21.5m at the end of April (an increase of € 0.4m since the end of March), representing an annualized cash return of 16.8%, based on the NAV at the end of April. . We still expect the overall cash flow to continue increasing over the next few months / quarters.
In April, Volta did not buy any new assets, although the equivalent of 1.1 million euros was called up by the US warehouse in which we invested recently. This warehouse should now be transformed into a new CLO in the coming weeks. The performance of this warehouse will be as expected in the 20s area.
At the end of April 2021, Volta’s NAV was € 259.3 million, or € 7.09 per share.
Cash at the end of the month amounted to € 13.1 million.
* It should be noted that approximately 4.4The% of Volta’s GAV includes investments for which the corresponding NAVs at the month-end date are normally only available after the publication of Volta’s NAV. It is Volta’s policy to disclose its net asset value as quickly as possible in order to provide shareholders with appropriately updated Volta net asset value information. Therefore, these investments are valued using the most recent net asset value available for each fund or the quoted price for that subordinate note.s. The fund’s net asset value or the most recent quoted price was 3.4% like a 31 March 2021 and 1.0% to 31st December 2020.
** “performances“ asset classes are calculated as the Dietz performance of the assets in each sub-fund, taking into account the market value of the assets at the period ends, payments received from assets during the period, and ignoring changes in–exchange rate. However, certain residual currency effects could have an impact on the aggregate value of the portfolio when each sub-fund is aggregated.
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ABOUT VOLTA FINANCE LIMITED
Volta Finance Limited is incorporated in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Act 2008 (as amended) and listed on Euronext Amsterdam and on 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, being the regulator of the financial markets in the Netherlands.
Volta’s investment objectives are to preserve capital throughout the credit cycle and to provide a stable income stream 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: business loans; sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt; residential mortgage loans; and, auto loans. The Company’s approach to investing is through vehicles and arrangements that essentially provide leveraged exposure to the portfolios of these underlying assets. The Company has appointed AXA Investment Managers Paris an investment management company with a division specializing in structured credit, for the investment management of all of its assets.
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This press release is published by AXA Investment Managers Paris (“AXA IM”), in its capacity as manager of alternative investment funds (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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All target information is based on certain assumptions about future events which may not be true. realized. Due to the uncertainty surrounding these future events, targets are not intended to be and should not be viewed as profits or profits or any other kind of forecast. There can be no assurance that any of these objectives will be achieved. Furthermore, no assurance can be given that the investment objective will be achieved.
The figures provided which relate to past months or years and to past performance cannot be taken as a guide to future performance or interpreted as a reliable indicator of future performance. Throughout this review, the citation of specific transactions or strategies is intended to illustrate some of Volta Finance’s investment methodologies and philosophies, as implemented by AXA IM. AXA IM’s historical success or belief in the future success of any of these transactions or strategies is not indicative of and has no bearing on future results.
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