Bell Potter LIC Weekly: KKR investment incentives

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KKR investment incentives

In recognition of the discrepancy between the current unit price and net asset backing, KKR Australia Investment Mgmt, in capacity as the Manager; and Perpetual, as Responsible Entity of the KKR Credit Income Fund (KKC), are set to introduce a 10% buy-back and an amended distribution schedule. The on-market buy-back period will commence on May 3rd and continue until May 2nd 2022. Distributions will also be paid on a regular monthly basis from the beginning of next financial year, with the Manager maintaining guidance on distributions as originally specified in the PDS of 4-6% p.a. We view this as a positive advancement, however the recent restructure, which caused a temporary pause in the posting of twice-weekly NTA estimates, along with portfolio interest rate duration, could explain reversal in the discount normalisation.

Metrics institutional placement

Perpetual, as Responsible Entity of the MCP Master Income Trust (MXT), is proposing to issue up to 95m new ordinary fully paid units at a placement price of $2.00 to wholesale investors, netting a potential $190m. Metrics had previously intended to raise an additional $638m via an entitlement and shortfall offer, eventually being withdrawn last year in March as fixed interest LITs traded at large discounts. MXT continues to deliver on monthly income with a targeted return equal to the RBA Cash Rate plus 3.25% p.a. We calculate a capital return and distribution return of -0.2% p.a. and 5.3% p.a. since inception. The Trust remains attractive with stable cash yields and a widening spread to the RBA Cash Rate.

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About Hayden Nicholson

Hayden Nicholson is an ETF/LIC Specialist at Bell Potter Securities. Hayden provides comprehensive coverage of the ETF and LIC sectors, producing a range of highly regarded reports covering investment fundamentals, asset class structure and cost, and the role of managed investments in portfolios.

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