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Athelney Trust PLC

27 July 2021

Athelney Trust PLC

Legal Entity Identifier:

213800ON67TJC7F4DL05

27 July 2021

Half Yearly Financial Report for the Period ended 30 June 2021

Athelney Trust PLC (LSE: ATY) is a company making investments in the equity securities of quoted United Kingdom companies including smaller companies.

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Trust is to provide long-term growth in dividends and capital, with the risks inherent in small cap investment minimised through a spread of holdings in quality small cap companies that operate in various industries and sectors. The Fund Manager also considers that it is important to maintain a progressive dividend record.

Investment Policy

The assets of the Trust are allocated predominantly to companies with either a full listing on the London Stock Exchange or a trading facility on AIM or AQSE. The assets of the Trust have been allocated in two main ways: first, to the shares of those companies which have grown steadily over the years in terms of profits and dividends but, despite this progress are undervalued by the market when compared to future earnings and dividends; second, those companies whose shares are undervalued by the market when compared with the value of land, buildings, other assets or cash on their balance sheet.

Chairman's Statement

Dear Shareholder

I am pleased to present the Interim Financial Report for the half year to 30 June 2021.

Period Highlights

-- Unaudited Net Asset Value (NAV) increased by 8.8% to 277.8p and this improvement lagged the FTSE 250 by just 0.4%

-- The Trust now heads the AIC's 'Next Generation of Dividend Heroes' table published each March - with a yield at that time of 4.8% after 18 years of dividend growth

-- Total return to shareholders increased by 11.8%. This is calculated as the change in net asset value (NAV) during the half year including dividend paid

-- Gross revenue has increased to GBP82,309 an increase of 56% compared to the same period last year (GBP52,578)

   --      Revenue return per ordinary share was 3p (31 Dec ember 2020: 5.9p, 30 Jun 2020:  1.7p) 

-- An interim dividend of 1.7p was paid in September 2020 and a final dividend of 7.7p was paid in April 2021 making the total dividend 9.4p (2020: 9.3p)

   --      Our interim dividend will be 2.0p. 

Performance

I am pleased to report your Company has produced very strong comparable investment performance with more than twice the percentage increase of the FTSE 250 index in the past three months.

The NAV return for the half year period was 8.81% compared to 9.21% for the FTSE 250 Index, a lag of just 0.4 percentage points. Further information on portfolio activity and the drivers behind recent performance and six months of contrasting quarters, is contained in the Managing Director's Report below. We have a great deal of confidence in Manny Pohl as he leads investment decisions, particularly in such unusual and challenging times; I would like to thank him personally for his attention to detail, application of clear and beneficial process and commitment to a disciplined approach over the past 18 months: All shareholders benefit, I hope you agree.

I am very encouraged to see the share price recover to 250p and the discount to NAV narrow to 10.0% (NAV at 277.8p) as the half year concludes. Most investment trusts this time last year were running at deep discounts and our small fund, at -27.4% was no exception. As we look back over the past 12 months, it has been quite a journey as COVID-19 laid waste to plans from the small, for example family level, to the large at country level. Unfortunately the journey still continues as we try to discern what changes are temporary and which are permanent, as we assess the depth of economic scarring, all against a background of continuing, uncertainty as Delta and other variants threaten the rate of recovery.

We now have a concentrated portfolio reflecting conviction, subject to process for both investment and divestment, that is delivering consistent performance for the investor wishing to reduce risk over the long term. Investment in this company means you benefit from closed-end status and our dividend policy, which has marked us out in an 18 month period when many others have faltered.

Dividends

According to Link Group, the pandemic accounted for a 41.6% drop in UK dividend payouts (GBP44.8bn from Q2 2020 to Q1 2021) as two thirds of companies reduced or pulled their dividends. Banking dividends are returning, albeit at low levels and oil and gas companies are also showing signs of increasing payouts.

As a result we are seeing a very welcome increase in our Company's dividend revenue of 56.6% to GBP82,309 in this period, compared to last year. Link Group expects underlying dividends to rise 5.6% for the year. We would rather see slow, steady progress in the current direction for UK dividends than more volatility and uncertainty.

Your board is delighted that the Company topped the AIC's 'Next Generation Heroes' table published each year in March with dividend yield of 4.81% as we extended the run of consecutive years of dividend growth to eighteen. To provide more context, eight trusts lost their place in that table since March 2020, as they maintained or cut their dividend.

Your board has decided to pay an interim dividend of 2.0p; we will pay this on 24 September 2021 to all shareholders on the register of members at close of business on 10 September 2021.

We will review the case for a final dividend in Q1 2022, and subject to shareholder approval, pay any final dividend on 13 April 2022 to all shareholders on the register at 11 March 2022.

Shareholder Relations

The Board held the AGM on 30 March 2021 in Yorkshire, in order to safeguard the health of its shareholders, officers and service providers. It intends to hold the AGM for the current financial year in London on 5 April 2022.

Outlook

Just five months ago I wrote in our Annual Report that there may be pent-up enthusiasm from shoppers and a possible spending spree might lead to upside risk and inflationary pressures. Given the unbalancing effect that COVID-19 has had on supply and demand, with a very variable impact by sector and sub-sector, inflation is now being forecast to rise to a peak between 3% and 4%. Members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) still differ on how temporary this will be or to be more precise, how quickly we may return to a more normal condition at or below the 2% target for CPI.

Other areas of life, including the amount of time spent working from the office, the use of online versus store-based shopping, seem unlikely ever to return to the pre-Covid normal. Several false dawns have passed on travel, whether locally or internationally for business or pleasure and it still seems likely to be a long time before the world's population approaches vaccination-based protection that allows more normal free movement.

Even as we are about to move to Step 4 and release restrictions in England, it still does not feel like a return to normal. Despite nearly 90% of the UK population being vaccinated with at least one dose and over 60% with both doses, there are still enough concerns within government to have delayed the release by a month and now also to issue guidance for each of us to continue to be cautious as cases are high and rising, driven by the Delta variant. Disruption from being required to isolate by the NHS Test and Trace app seems to be higher than at any other time in the past 12 months, including for schoolchildren and workplaces. Some businesses struggle to stay open and others run restricted services, especially in the leisure/restaurant industry, where supply of labour, which used to be bolstered by EU workers is now outstripped by demand. Here also a new normal will need to be created.

Supply and demand as a general topic is much in the news lately. Globally, there are still examples of supply chain problems, in particular in microchip manufacture (tin supplies), steel production (Chinese steel mills increased production, but iron ore supply problems exist in Australia and Brazil leading to record high prices), and also shipping (some evidence of retail majors bringing forward shipping of Christmas stocks to the UK, to reduce risk). More locally, Brexit teething problems continue and at least one member of the MPC believes there may be little spare capacity in the UK economy.

In summary, consumer and business confidence still seem fragile, and imbalances or bottlenecks in the supply-demand equation can soon lead to a drag on growth and problems with productivity or the rate of return to normal employment levels.

However we do know that in the face of uncertainty and also growth opportunities which are definitely on the rise, better management teams, with access to funds for development will be well placed.

The review process conducted by Manny Pohl and his team ensures both the potential for growth (e.g. competitive advantage) and the conditions for growth (e.g. quality balance sheet and management team) are evident in investee companies, and ultimately will provide comparative advantage to Athelney shareholders.

We each continue to have our lives impacted directly or indirectly by the virus, and this will be the case for some time to come. I wish you patience and stamina in completing the journey and look forward to the AGM next year when we might, I hope, be able to meet in person once more.

Frank Ashton

Chairman

27 July 2021

Other Matters

The important events that have occurred during the period under review and the key factors influencing the financial statements are set out above.

Directors' Responsibility Statement

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Half Yearly Financial Report in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

-- The condensed set of Financial Statements for the six months to 30 June 2021 have been prepared in accordance with FRS 104 "Interim Financial Reporting", gives a fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the Company.

   --    The Half Yearly Financial Report includes a fair review of the information required by: 

a) rule 4.2.7R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

b) rule 4.2.8R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Company during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last Annual Report that could do so.

The Half Yearly Financial Report for the six months ended 30 June 2021 comprises an Interim Management Report, in the form of the Chairman's Statement and Other Matters, the Managing Director's Report, Portfolio Information and a set of Financial Statements which have not been reviewed or audited by the Company's Auditor.

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

The Board considers that the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company, other than as set out below, remain the same as those disclosed in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2020 on pages 12 and 13 and pages 36 and 37. These risks include, but are not limited to, market risk, investment and strategic risk, regulatory risk, operational risk, financial risk and liquidity risk.

Global Pandemic

The global pandemic COVID-19 declared by WHO on 11 March 2020 has emerged as a significant risk which has impacted global commercial activities. The board has been monitoring the development of the pandemic and has considered the impact it has had to date and assessed the impact it may have in the future. The Chairman's Statement and Managing Director's Report cover this in more detail.

On behalf of the Board

Frank Ashton

Chairman

27 July 2021

Managing Director's Report

Portfolio Commentary

As we reach the half-way mark in the financial year it is remarkable to consider the current position against the outlook from 12 months ago. Thinking back to July 2020 we had witnessed an unprecedented market decline and were hopeful of a recovery against the backdrop of a worldwide pandemic. Future economic prospects of the economy relied heavily on the development and rollout of vaccines and the ongoing coordinated stimulus from government and central banks.

Over the last 18 months, the number of individuals becoming involved in financial markets has increased dramatically. However, the mob-like behaviours of the WallStreetBets crowd have been a truly unique phenomenon as has been the activist nature of retail investors in the US against companies that had been targeted by short-sellers. This culminated in the Dow Jones Industrial Index being up by 12.7% over the six-month period to June 2021.

After a substantial improvement in the second half of last year, the UK market was up by 9.21% over the first six months of this financial year as can be seen from the Chart above. By comparison, our portfolio performed exceptionally well and after providing for a 7.7p dividend in March, the NAV went up by 8.81% over the same six-month period, albeit with two quarters of vastly different results as shown in the table below.

 
 Month       NAV      Month       Three-month   Six-month   FTSE 250    Three-month   Six-month 
              Pence    on Month    movement      movement    Movement    movement      movement 
              per      Movement 
              Share 
 Dec 2020    255.30 
            -------  ----------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------  ---------- 
 Jan 2021    256.20       0.35%                                -1.27% 
            -------  ----------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------  ---------- 
 Feb 2021    253.20      -1.17%                                 3.37% 
            -------  ----------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------  ---------- 
 Mar 2021    253.30       0.04%        -0.78%                   2.91%         5.03% 
            -------  ----------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------  ---------- 
 Apr 2021    274.20       8.25%                                 4.55% 
            -------  ----------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------  ---------- 
 May 2021    279.30       1.86%                                 0.83% 
            -------  ----------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------  ---------- 
 Jun 2021    277.80      -0.54%         9.67%       8.81%      -1.36%         3.98%       9.21% 
            -------  ----------  ------------  ----------  ----------  ------------  ---------- 
 

This can be attributed to the fact that during the first quarter as the vaccine rollout gained momentum and restrictions were being lifted, stock market commentary focused on inflationary pressures and the likely BOE response to this. The impact that this had on the equities market was dramatic in the sense that previously outperforming (growth) stocks were evaluated using a higher discount rate for their long-dated earnings reducing their present value while value stocks with current earnings became more attractive and saw an improvement. This shift was relatively short lived and was not as evident in the overall market as was the case for Athelney where our investment process as outlined below does favour growth companies.

Dividend revenue in the current financial year increased by 56.6% as compared to same period last year which is a welcome sign of business conditions returning to normal. As detailed elsewhere in this report, the number of stocks in the portfolio has been reduced further to the current holding of 30 stocks. Consequently, the Company realised capital profits before expenses arising from the sale of investments during the period in the sum of GBP149,653 (30 June 2020: GBP241,205).

Even though we are now coming off a much higher base, we expect the earnings of our portfolio companies to increase materially over the next five years which provides some reassurance at a time when valuations (PE multiples) are stretched. While it is almost certain that there will be further COVID outbreaks in the months ahead despite the success of the vaccine program, the past year has shown how resourceful and resilient quality growth companies can be. This provides us with the confidence to face the next six months and to make the most of the opportunities ahead of us as the ongoing volatility in the financial markets will provide us with welcome opportunities to deploy our capital.

Sustainable Investing

Athelney Plc is committed to responsible investment and we believe that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors have a material impact on long-term investment outcomes. The consideration of ESG factors is an integral part of our decision-making process and is fully integrated through asset selection and portfolio management procedures. ESG issues are central to understanding and framing the contextual, systematic and idiosyncratic elements of the business and to this end we have adopted a Quality Franchise framework comprising six distinct pillars into our research process. This framework ensures that companies are analysed in a systematic way to ensure they are sustainable over the long-term as well as able to improve shareholder returns. Furthermore, through the application of this six-pillar framework, our investment process aims to mitigate our portfolio against ESG and sustainability risks through placing a material emphasis on Sustainability and Management by being two of the six distinct pillars:

-- The sustainability pillar focuses on areas of a business where there may be risk to the predictability of business operations through time. This assists our mitigation of default risk and uncertainty of business expansion.

-- The management pillar focuses on the trustworthiness of management. This assists our mitigation of uncertainty by reducing the risk of managerial conduct or failure of business strategy execution.

The other pillars are the Industry, the Business, the Competition and the Financials.

Our investment philosophy and corporate values steer us away from companies that have the potential to harm society, and moreover, help us avoid companies where there is a risk to the sustainability of their business operations. It is also important to note that we also exclude a number of industries including weapons, tobacco, gambling, thermal coal, petroleum, old-forest logging, palm oil, and pesticides - a list that is reviewed annually.

Investment Philosophy

As far as portfolio investments are concerned, our investment philosophy is clear:

   I.        The economics of a business drives long-term investment returns; and 

II. Investing in high quality, growth businesses that have the ability to generate predictable, above-average economic returns will produce superior investment performance over the long-term.

In essence, this means that in assessing potential investments we:

   a)             Value long-term potential, not just performance 
   b)            Choose sustainable, growing businesses; and 
   c)             Ignore temporary market turbulence. 

The key attributes that will define our investments are:

(1) Organic Sales Growth: Quality franchises organically growing sales above GDP growth that can do so (sustainably) because they have a large, growing market opportunity and compelling competitive advantage which will drive ongoing market share gains are attractive.

(2) A Proven Track Record: This encompasses both the management's capability and the strength of the business' model. Generally, a firm that consistently delivers a Return on Equity of greater than 15% indicates a Quality Franchise for us. Our investment philosophy is built on the belief that a stock's long-term return to shareholders is driven by the return on capital of the underlying business.

(3) Company's future profits: In essence we are backing a proven management team and a successful business model. Management are the key decision makers regarding the company's strategy and its competitive position in the marketplace and it is critical that we have confidence in the company's ability to sustainably execute its strategy and grow their earnings, even in a tough environment like the current Covid-19 and Brexit conundrum.

(4) Low Leverage: We require investments to operate with low levels of debt, which ensure that they have sufficient resources to execute their strategy. An Interest Coverage above 4x provides sufficient bandwidth in times of economic trouble. As a long-term investor, capital preservation is the highest priority. There is nothing that changes a management team's focus toward the short term quicker than impending debt refinancing when market conditions suddenly change for the worse. We need to be comfortable that this will not happen and that the company has a strong enough balance sheet so that it will retain optionality and can quickly and efficiently execute its strategy over the long-term.

Dr Manny Pohl AM

Managing Director

27 July 2021

Investment Portfolio at 30 June 2021

Top 20 Holdings

 
                               Holding     Value              % 
                                             GBP   of portfolio 
 Liontrust Asset Management     33,000   619,740           10.6 
 AEW UK REIT                   430,000   412,370            7.1 
 Games Workshop                  3,500   398,650            6.8 
 Tritax Big Box                170,000   333,540            5.7 
 Jarvis Securities             116,000   290,580            5.0 
 Treatt                         21,000   244,650            4.2 
 LondonMetric Property         100,000   231,200            4.0 
 XP Power Ltd                    4,000   223,200            3.8 
 Lok'n Store Group              33,000   208,890            3.6 
 Close Brothers                 13,500   204,390            3.5 
 Gamma Communications           10,000   198,800            3.4 
 Rightmove                      30,000   194,760            3.3 
 Clarke T                      145,000   188,863            3.2 
 Clinigen                       30,000   185,550            3.2 
 Abcam                          13,000   179,400            3.1 
 Target Healthcare REIT        150,000   172,800            3.0 
 S & U                           6,000   159,600            2.7 
 Homeserve                      16,000   152,800            2.6 
 LXI REIT                      106,923   142,208            2.4 
 4Imprint                        5,000   133,500            2.3 
 

Income Statement

For the Six Months Ended 30 June 2021

 
                                                                                                   Audited 
                                                                                                 Year ended 
                                     Unaudited                           Unaudited               31 December 
                               6 months ended 30 June                6 months ended 30 
                                        2021                              June 2020                 2020 
 
                 Notes    Revenue     Capital      Total       Revenue    Capital      Total        Total 
                            GBP         GBP         GBP          GBP        GBP         GBP          GBP 
 Gains/(Loss) 
  on 
  investments 
  held at fair 
  value                           -    149,653      149,653           -    241,205     241,205      (30,695) 
 Income from 
  investments                82,309          -       82,309      52,578          -      52,578       160,876 
 Investment 
  Management 
  expenses                  (2,120)   (19,230)     (21,350)     (1,903)   (17,136)    (19,039)      (38,002) 
 Other 
  expenses                 (15,545)   (35,734)     (51,279)    (14,420)   (42,039)    (56,459)     (105,508) 
 
 Net return 
  on ordinary 
 activities 
  before 
  taxation                   64,644     94,689      159,333      36,255    182,030     218,285      (13,329) 
 
 Taxation          2              -          -            -           -          -           - 
 
 Net return 
  on ordinary 
 activities 
  after 
  taxation                   64,644     94,689      159,333      36,255    182,030     218,285      (13,329) 
 
 
 Dividends 
  Paid: 
 
 Dividend                 (166,157)          -    (166,157)   (200,683)          -   (200,683)     (237,367) 
 
 Transferred 
  to reserves             (101,513)     94,689      (6,824)   (164,428)    182,030      17,602     (250,696) 
                        ===========  =========  ===========  ==========  =========  ==========  ============ 
 
 Return per 
  ordinary 
  share            3             3p       4.4p         7.4p        1.7p       8.4p       10.1p        (0.6p) 
 
 

The total column of this statement is the statement of comprehensive income of the Company prepared in accordance with Financial Reporting Standards ("FRS"). The supplementary revenue return and capital return columns are prepared in accordance with the Statement of Recommended Practice issued in October 2019 by the Association of Investment Companies ("AIC SORP").

All revenue and capital items in the above statement derive from continuing operations.

The revenue column of the Income statement includes all income and expenses. The capital column includes the realised and unrealised profit or loss on investments

Statement of Changes in Equity

For the Six Months Ended 30 June 2021

 
                                            For the Six Months Ended 30 June 2021 (Unaudited) 
                           Called-up               Capital      Capital                       Total 
                               Share     Share     Reserve      Reserve    Retained   Shareholders' 
                             Capital   Premium    Realised   Unrealised    Earnings           Funds 
                                 GBP       GBP         GBP          GBP         GBP             GBP 
 Balance at 1 
  January 2021               539,470   881,087   2,030,550    1,727,408     329,506       5,508,021 
 Net profits on 
  realisation                      -         -     149,653            -           -         149,653 
   of investments 
 Increase in unrealised            -         -           -      494,478           -         494,478 
   appreciation 
 Expenses allocated 
  to                               -         -    (54,964)            -           -        (54,964) 
   capital 
 Profit for the 
  period                           -         -           -            -      64,644          64,644 
 Dividend paid 
  in period                        -         -           -            -   (166,157)       (166,157) 
 Shareholders' 
  Funds at 30 June 
  2021                       539,470   881,087   2,125,239    2,221,886     227,993       5,995,675 
                          ==========  ========  ==========  ===========  ==========  ============== 
 
 
                                            For the Six Months Ended 30 June 2020 (Unaudited) 
                           Called-up               Capital      Capital                       Total 
                               Share     Share     Reserve      Reserve    Retained   Shareholders' 
                             Capital   Premium    Realised   Unrealised    Earnings           Funds 
                                 GBP       GBP         GBP          GBP         GBP             GBP 
 Balance at 1 
  January 2020               539,470   881,087   1,916,502    1,982,060     439,598       5,758,717 
 Net profits on 
  realisation 
   of investments                  -         -     241,205            -           -         241,205 
 Decrease in unrealised 
   appreciation                    -         -           -    (870,649)           -       (870,649) 
 Expenses allocated 
  to 
   capital                         -         -    (59,175)            -           -        (59,175) 
 Profit for the 
  period                           -         -           -            -      36,255          36,255 
 Dividend paid 
  in period                        -         -           -            -   (200,683)       (200,683) 
 Shareholders' 
  Funds at 30 June 
  2020                       539,470   881,087   2,098,532    1,111,411     275,170       4,905,670 
                          ==========  ========  ==========  ===========  ==========  ============== 
 
 
                                              For the Year Ended 31 December 2020 (Audited) 
                           Called-up               Capital      Capital                       Total 
                               Share     Share     Reserve      Reserve    Retained   Shareholders' 
                             Capital   Premium    Realised   Unrealised    Earnings           Funds 
                                 GBP       GBP         GBP          GBP         GBP             GBP 
 Balance at 1 
  January 20120              539,470   881,087   1,916,502    1,982,060     439,598       5,758,717 
 Net profits on 
  realisation 
   of investments                  -         -     223,957            -           -         223,957 
 Decrease in unrealised            -         -           -    (254,652)           -       (254,652) 
   appreciation 
 Expenses allocated 
  to                               -         -   (109,909)            -           -       (109,909) 
  Capital 
 Profit for the 
  year                             -         -           -            -     127,275         127,275 
 Dividend paid 
  in year                          -         -           -            -   (237,367)       (237,367) 
                          ----------  --------  ----------  -----------  ----------  -------------- 
 Shareholders' 
  Funds at 31 December 
  2020                       539,470   881,087   2,030,550    1,727,408     329,506       5,508,021 
                          ==========  ========  ==========  ===========  ==========  ============== 
 
   Statement of Financial    Position As at 30 June 2021 
 
 
                                                                                          Audited 
                                                  Notes   Unaudited       Unaudited     31 December 
                                                            30 June         30 June 
                                                               2021            2020            2020 
 
                                                                GBP             GBP        GBP 
 Fixed assets 
 Investments held at 
  fair value through 
  profit and loss                                         5,844,023       4,724,305       5,310,661 
                                                         ----------  --------------  -------------- 
 
 Current assets 
 Trade receivables                                          124,709         124,342         142,136 
 Cash at bank and in 
  hand                                                       36,912          74,101          72,601 
                                                            161,621         198,443         214,737 
 
 Creditors: amounts falling 
  due within one year                                       (9,969)        (17,078)        (17,377) 
                                                         ----------  --------------  -------------- 
 
 Net current assets                                         151,652         181,365         197,360 
                                                         ----------  --------------  -------------- 
 
 Total assets less current 
  liabilities                                             5,995,675       4,905,670       5,508,021 
 
 Provisions for liabilities                                       - 
  and charges                                                                     -               - 
 
 Net assets                                               5,995,675       4,905,670       5,508,021 
                                                         ==========  ==============  ============== 
 
 
 Capital and reserves 
 Called up share capital                                    539,470         539,470         539,470 
 Share premium account                                      881,087         881,087         881,087 
 Other reserves (non 
  distributable) 
            Capital reserve - realised                    2,125,239       2,098,532       2,030,550 
            Capital reserve - unrealised                  2,221,886       1,111,411       1,727,408 
 Revenue reserves (distributable)                           227,993         275,170         329,506 
 
 Shareholders' funds 
  - all equity                                            5,995,675       4,905,670       5,508,021 
                                                         ==========  ==============  ============== 
 
 Net Asset Value per 
  share                                             4        277.8p          227.3p          255.3p 
 Number of shares in 
  issue                                                   2,157,881       2,157,881       2,157,881 
 
 

Statement of Cash Flows

   For the Six Months Ended 30 June   2021 
 
                                  Unaudited   Unaudited       Audited 
                                   6 months    6 months 
                                      ended       ended    Year ended 
                                                30 June   31 December 
                               30 June 2021        2020          2020 
                                        GBP         GBP           GBP 
 
 Cash flows from operating 
  activities 
 Net revenue return                  64,644      36,255       127,275 
 Adjustments for: 
 Expenses charged to 
  capital                          (54,964)    (59,175)     (109,909) 
 (Decrease)/Increase 
  in creditors                      (7,408)     (5,031)       (4,732) 
 Decrease/(Increase) 
  in debtors                         17,427      99,389        81,597 
 
 Cash from operations                19,699      71,438        94,231 
                              -------------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 Cash flows from investing 
  activities 
 
  Purchase of investments         (344,385)   (481,304)   (1,137,856) 
 Proceeds from sales 
  of investments                    455,154     593,748     1,262,691 
 
 Net cash from investing 
  activities                        110,769     112,444       124,835 
                              -------------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 Equity dividends paid            (166,157)   (200,683)     (237,367) 
 
 Net Decrease                      (35,689)    (16,801)      (18,301) 
 
 Cash at the beginning 
  of the period                      72,601      90,902        90,902 
 
 Cash at the end of the 
  period                             36,912      74,101        72,601 
                              =============  ==========  ============ 
 
 

Notes to the Financial Statements

For the Six Months Ended 30 June 2021

   1.      Accounting Policies 
   a)      Statement of Compliance 

The Company's Financial Statements for the period ended 30 June 2021 have been prepared under UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (UK GAAP) and the Statement of Recommended Practice, 'Financial Statements of Investment Trust Companies and Venture Capital Trusts' issued in October 2019 ('the SORP') issued by the Association of Investment Companies.

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020.

   b)      Financial information 

The financial information contained in this report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial information for the period ended 30 June 2021 and 30 June 2020 have not been audited or reviewed by the Company's Auditor pursuant to the Auditing Practices Board guidance on such reviews. The information for the year to 31 December 2020 has been extracted from the latest published Annual Report and Financial Statements, which have been lodged with the Registrar of Companies, contained an unqualified auditor's report and did not contain a statement required under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

   c)       Going concern 

The Company's assets consist mainly of equity shares in companies listed on a recognised stock exchange which, in most circumstances, are realisable within a short timescale under normal market conditions. The Directors believe that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements. In assessing the Company's ability to continue as a going concern, the Board has fully considered the impact of COVID-19.

   2.   Taxation 

The tax charge for the six months to 30 June 2021 is nil (year to 31 December 2020: nil; six months to 30 June 2020: nil).

The Company has an effective tax rate of 0% for the year ending 31 December 2020. The estimated effective tax rate is 0% as investment gains are exempt from tax owing to the Company's status as an Investment Trust and there is expected to be an excess of management expenses over taxable income.

3 . The calculation of earnings per share for the six months ended 30 June 2021 is based on the attributable return on ordinary activities after taxation and on the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period.

 
           6 months ended 30 June 2021 
                    Revenue   Capital     Total 
                   --------  ----------  -------- 
                    GBP       GBP         GBP 
                   --------  ----------  -------- 
 Attributable 
  return on 
  ordinary 
  activities 
  after taxation    64,644    94,689      159,333 
                   --------  ----------  -------- 
 Weighted 
  average number 
  of shares                   2,157,881 
                   --------  ----------  -------- 
 Return per 
  ordinary 
  share             3.0p      4.4p        7.4p 
                   --------  ----------  -------- 
 
 
           6 months ended 30 June 2020 
                    Revenue    Capital     Total 
                   --------  ----------  -------- 
                      GBP        GBP        GBP 
                   --------  ----------  -------- 
 Attributable 
  return on 
  ordinary 
  activities 
  after taxation    36,225    182,030     218,285 
                   --------  ----------  -------- 
 Weighted 
  average number 
  of shares                   2,157,881 
                   --------  ----------  -------- 
 Return per 
  ordinary 
  share             1.7p      8.4p        10.1p 
                   --------  ----------  -------- 
 
 
            12 months ended 31 December 
                        2020 
                    Revenue    Capital     Total 
                   --------  ----------  --------- 
                      GBP        GBP        GBP 
                   --------  ----------  --------- 
 Attributable 
  return on 
  ordinary 
  activities 
  after taxation    127,275   (140,604)   (13,329) 
                   --------  ----------  --------- 
 Weighted 
  average 
  number of 
  shares                      2,157,881 
                   --------  ----------  --------- 
 Return per 
  ordinary 
  share             5.9p      (6.5p)      (0.6p) 
                   --------  ----------  --------- 
 

4. Net Asset Value per share is calculated by dividing the net assets by the weighted average number of shares in issue 2,157,881.

   5.    Financial Instruments 

Fair value hierarchy

The fair value hierarchy consists of the following three classifications:

Classification A - Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. Quoted in an active market in this context means quoted prices are readily and regularly available and those prices represent actual and regularly occurring market transactions on an arm's length basis.

Classification B - The price of a recent transaction for an identical asset, where quoted prices are unavailable. The price of a recent transaction for an identical asset provides evidence of fair value as long as there has not been a significant change in economic circumstances or a significant lapse of time since the transaction took place. If it can be demonstrated that the last transaction price is not a good estimate of fair value (e.g. because it reflects the amount that an entity would receive or pay in a forced transaction, involuntary liquidation or distress sale), that price is adjusted.

Classification C - Inputs for the asset or liability that are based on observable market data and unobservable market data, to estimate what the transaction price would have been on the measurement data in an arm's length exchange motivated by normal business considerations.

The Company only holds classification A investments (2020: classification A investments only).

6. Related Party Transactions

Dr. E. C. Pohl is the sole beneficial owner of E C Pohl & Co Pty Limited, which owns 54.1% of the issued share capital of Global Masters Fund Limited on behalf of itself and clients whose portfolios it manages. E C Pohl & Co Pty Limited held 496,000 (2020: 339,054), Global Masters Fund Limited held Nil (2020: 204,951) shares in the Company as at 30 June 2021.

Copies of the Half Yearly Financial Statements for the six months ended 30 June 2021 will be available on the Company's website www.athelneytrust.co.uk as soon as practicable.

For further information:

Debbie Warburton

Company Secretary

01326 378 288

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