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RNS

Half-year Report

Released 07:00 02-Nov-2018

RNS Number : 1112G
Scottish Mortgage Inv Tst PLC
02 November 2018
 

RNS Announcement

 

 

 

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC

 

 

 

Legal Entity Identifier: 213800G37DCS3Q9IJM38

 

 

 

Results for the six months to 30 September 2018

 

The following is the unaudited Interim Financial Report for the six months to 30 September 2018 which was approved by the Board on 1 November 2018.

 

 

Interim management report

 

           

 

Investment Approach

The Managers have not changed their investment approach. If a company, public or private, has the potential to grow substantially over the next 5 to 10 years, then it is a good place to start looking for long term value creation for shareholders. Over this timeframe and beyond, equity investment returns are primarily driven by just a very few, extraordinary companies. There is a real asymmetry to the possible returns from investing in such businesses, as the potential upside is significantly larger than the possible risk to the capital invested. The Managers are focused on trying to find and own these outliers on behalf of Scottish Mortgage's shareholders.

The discipline to focus on your core skill set where you might be able to have a competitive advantage matters in investment, just as it does for the portfolio's businesses. The Managers believe it is much easier to search for the potential for value creation within companies which are capitalising on relatively predictable long run structural trends, than to divine the movement of equity markets in the near term. For these reasons, they focus on their task and do not also try to decipher the intervening path of their portfolio companies' share prices. The value of Scottish Mortgage's shares will therefore be subject to the same vagaries of short term markets as those of the portfolio's own companies. This means that Scottish Mortgage is best suited to those who share the Managers' long term approach to investing.

 

Performance

The six months results are set out in the table below, but once again the Managers provide them only with the caution that this is too short a time over which to judge the success or otherwise of this investment approach. The value of the portfolio can and will fluctuate over such short periods. We are inclined to view such times more as an opportunity than a cause for serious concern

 

Results for 6 months to 30 September 2018

%

Net Asset Value per share

19.0

Share price

22.4

FTSE All-World Index

11.3

 

Source: Baillie Gifford/Refinitiv. Net asset value is after deducting borrowings at book.

 

The Managers are proud to say that they have continued to deliver good long term returns for shareholders. The total return from investing in Scottish Mortgage over the last 5 years to the end of September was 206%, with a corresponding performance in the underlying net asset value (NAV) of 188%. For comparison, the return from simply passively investing in the broader global equity market as a whole over the same time period was considerably lower. The FTSE All-World Index's total return over the last 5 years was just under 94%. The five year and ten year performance records are illustrated in the graphs attached (see link below).

 

http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/1112G_1-2018-11-1.pdf

 

Earnings and Dividend

The Managers look for companies which prioritise investing for their future growth, rather than returning cash to shareholders. As a result, the portfolio tends to generate a relatively low level of income.  Earnings per share were 1.35p over the six months to 30 September 2018, whilst the earnings per share over the same period last year were 0.82p. The majority of the year on year increase resulted from the decision to allocate all of the management fee and finance costs to capital, as highlighted in the Company's most recent Annual Report. Without this accounting change, earnings would have been 0.90p per share.

As a reminder, while Scottish Mortgage has a total return based investment objective, shareholders should anticipate that returns will primarily come through in the form of long term capital appreciation, rather than from the Company's dividend payments. The Board acknowledges, however, that many investors do value the income received from their shares in the Company and stands by its guidance on the Company's dividend policy provided by the Chairman in the 2018 Annual Report. Provided that it remains appropriate, the Board intends to continue to pay a relatively small dividend, with a modest year on year increase. This will be paid from the Company's earnings and supplemented from capital profits, provided that Scottish Mortgage's long term returns continue to justify this. With this in mind and the earnings received so far this year, the Board proposes to pay an interim dividend of 1.39p. This is unchanged from the same period last year.

The Board will review the position again at the end of the financial year, once the final figures are known.

 

Liquidity

There continued to be a good level of natural market liquidity in Scottish Mortgage's shares on the London Stock Exchange. The Company also robustly supported strong net demand for its shares through its liquidity policy, as set out in the Annual Report. Scottish Mortgage issued nearly 55 million shares over the period. As a result, shareholders' funds increased by over £286 million over the period. The Company did not buy back any shares into treasury over this period.

 

Portfolio

In recent years, Scottish Mortgage has taken advantage of its investment trust structure to provide its shareholders with access to unquoted companies, which would not normally be accessible to public equity market investors, and to do so within its own low cost structure. Many of these investments have still only been held for a relatively short period, and, of those now listed on an exchange, most have only been public for a few months, so it is still relatively early days.

Until now, the Managers have focused their published comments on this unquoted part of the portfolio on the individual companies themselves. It is only now that the beginnings of a sensible data set is emerging, from which it might be possible to draw out some overall observations. The Managers have therefore taken this opportunity to highlight the progress to date from such investments. It should be emphasised, however, that these companies are not a separate or homogenous group within the portfolio.

In total, such holdings have so far made an absolute contribution in sterling terms to portfolio returns of just under 17%, if one only takes account of the returns generated in the period for which they remained private.  This misses one of the important advantages that Scottish Mortgage has when investing in such companies, which is the potential for continued or increased ownership in the event of a public listing. The absolute contribution in sterling terms to the portfolio returns from holding such companies to the end of September was actually just under 30%, when the subsequent returns they generated in the public markets are included.

Put another way, from June 2010 when the Managers made their first unquoted investment to the end of September 2018, the entire Scottish Mortgage portfolio generated a total return of 344%, but the total return from just the subset of holdings that had started out as unlisted investments over the same period was 419%. For context the FTSE All-World Index's total return over the same period was 163%.

 

The Managers would suggest that, just as with the overall portfolio, the performance of these private and private/public company holdings should be judged over the long term and over their full holding periods.

The chart attached (see link below) shows the individual returns from all of the private company investments which have now become public.

 

http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/1112G_1-2018-11-1.pdf

 

 For each company, there are three lines: the absolute return from the company as a private investment (purple line), the return from the initial public offering (IPO) date to the end of September 2018 (grey line) and the return from the investment throughout its holding period (the lilac line). An example may help. Scottish Mortgage invested in Alibaba in 2012 as a private company. The return from holding this as a private company in the portfolio until its IPO in September 2014 was over 270%. As at the end of September, the sterling based return from the investment since the IPO was roughly 200%. The total holding period return, however, was over 1,000%.

The power of long term compounding returns is, though, only one aspect of the importance of access to such companies. The European success story, Spotify, was highlighted in the last Annual Report and became a public company in April this year. Already the benefits in return terms of being able to invest in the company at an earlier stage can be seen but, while the value of the relationship developed with Daniel Ek is harder to measure, it may be at least as important to generating long term returns for Scottish Mortgage shareholders from here.

The Managers have frequently commented on the benefits of being able to develop relationships in this way with those at the companies which are driving significant changes in their industries. For private companies, such insights are not available to purely public equity investors, yet, for example, understanding the business model and growth of Airbnb is crucial to thinking about the future of the hotel and broader travel industry, as well as that particular company. Hearing the thoughts of Jack Ma at Alibaba, both before and after the IPO in 2014, has been critical to understanding the development of the consumption economy within China. 

There are more benefits too in terms of the ability to access new investments. This can be direct, as with Grail and Illumina and with Alibaba and Ant Financial. Alternatively, it may simply be by virtue of earning a reputation in the sector for being long term constructive shareholders, as with Uptake.

Illumina and Grail have already been commented on at length, though both remain important. The relationship developed with Alibaba as a private company and then the Managers' steady support through the inevitable market volatility in the share price post IPO, led to the Managers getting the opportunity to invest a significant amount into Alibaba's financial technology company, Ant Financial. This business is driving the digital provision of a wide range of financial services in China, but it has the potential to become a global, financial services platform business. It is hardly an undiscovered gem but few can actually gain access to invest.

Of course some of these companies will encounter challenges. Digital survey and data analytics company, Survey Monkey, struggled following the tragic sudden death of its Chief Executive, Dave Goldberg. The Managers gave the company time and patient support. It has found its way forward and is now a public company. Two companies that have so far been more disappointing in terms of their returns, are HelloFresh (delivered meal kits) and Home24 (online furniture retail).

To date, there have been very few of the private companies where the Managers have sold the position and these have all been the result of takeovers. The return of 40% in one year (2015-2016) for Skyscanner, due to its takeover by Ctrip, might have seemed respectable in isolation, but was in fact disappointing as it capped the investment's upside. The same can be said of the investments in Chewy and Flatiron.

The Board and Managers are keen to set realistic expectations for Scottish Mortgage's own shareholders. Overall the Managers would suggest that, if anything, the results from investing in such companies so far for Scottish Mortgage have been unduly good. Just as with the publicly listed holdings, some will not work and a number may fail outright. Only a handful will really drive the returns.

It is hard to predict exactly where the level of the unlisted holdings might be in future, given that the number of new investments, IPOs, takeovers and public market returns all play a part, but it is anticipated that private companies will remain an important part of the portfolio. The Managers and Board continue to believe that the range of benefits from Scottish Mortgage's ability to invest in these businesses while they are still private companies will continue to be a key differentiating factor in creating value for shareholders over the years to come.

 

 

 

Outlook

The Managers believe in the benefits of listening to and learning from those who are cleverer than they are. Jack Ma, in his last letter to shareholders as Chairman of Alibaba, made the following observations:  "Recently, the global economy has found itself in a state of turmoil. Uncertainties abound in trade relations, consumer trends, stock markets and the manufacturing industry. US-China trade tensions create increased risk of instability.…our past experience tells us there are huge opportunities behind the anxiety and friction. The only question is how we should pivot. Monumental challenges give rise to monumental opportunities..."  The Managers agree. In the long run, only businesses which retain this flexibility to change direction thrive.

The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company are set out at the end of this document.

 

1 November 2018

 

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Total return information sourced from Morningstar.

See disclaimer at end of this document.

 

 

Responsibility statement

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

a)   the condensed set of Financial Statements has been prepared in accordance with FRS 104 'Interim Financial Reporting';

b)   the Interim Management Report includes a fair review of the information required by Disclosure and Transparency Rules 4.2.7R (indication of important events during the first six months, 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

c)   the Interim Financial Report includes a fair review of the information required by Disclosure and Transparency Rules 4.2.8R (disclosure of related party transactions and changes therein).

 

By order of the Board

Fiona McBain

Chairman

1 November 2018

 

Income statement (unaudited)

 

 

For the six months ended

 30 September 2018

For the six months ended

 30 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

£'000

Capital*

£'000

Total

£'000

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

 

Gains on sales of investments

243,621 

243,621 

130,477 

130,477 

Changes in investment holding gains and losses

976,343 

976,343 

729,073 

729,073 

Currency (losses)/gains

(12,186)

(12,186)

11,714 

11,714 

Income from investments and interest receivable

22,481 

22,481 

19,199 

19,199 

Investment management fee (note 3)

(11,270)

(11,270)

(2,172)

(6,516)

(8,688)

Other administrative expenses

(2,080)

(2,080)

(1,583)

(1,583)

Net return before finance costs and taxation

20,401 

1,196,508 

1,216,909 

15,444 

864,748 

880,192 

Finance costs of borrowings

(14,259)

(14,259)

(2,714)

(8,141)

(10,855)

Net return on ordinary activities before taxation

20,401 

1,182,249 

1,202,650 

12,730 

856,607 

869,337 

Tax on ordinary activities

(1,194)

(1,194)

(1,356)

(1,356)

Net return on ordinary activities after taxation

19,207 

1,182,249 

1,201,456 

11,374 

856,607 

867,981 

Net return per ordinary share (note 4)

1.35p

83.03p

84.38p

0.82p

61.84p

62.66p

Dividends proposed per ordinary share (note 5)

1.39p

 

 

1.39p

 

 

 

*      From 1 April 2018, the investment management fee and finance costs are charged 100% to capital (previously 25% to revenue and 75% to capital).

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Financial Statements.

The total column of this statement is the profit and loss account of the Company. The supplementary revenue and capital return columns are prepared under guidance published by the Association of Investment Companies.

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

A Statement of Comprehensive Income is not required as all gains and losses of the Company have been reflected in the above statement.

Balance sheet (unaudited)

 

 

At 30 September 2018

 

£'000

At 31 March 2018

(audited)

£'000

Fixed assets

 

 

Investments held at fair value through profit or loss (note 6)

8,308,747 

6,646,015 

Current assets

 

 

Debtors

8,376 

2,764 

Cash and cash equivalents

68,801 

34,974 

 

77,177

37,738 

Creditors

 

 

Amounts falling due within one year:

 

 

Bank loans (note 7)

(279,897)

(231,679)

Other creditors

(30,194)

(10,282)

 

(310,091)

(241,961)

Net current liabilities

(232,914)

(204,223)

Total assets less current liabilities

8,075,833 

6,441,792 

Creditors

 

 

Amounts falling due after more than one year:

 

 

Loan notes (note 7)

(274,517)

(104,743)

Debenture stocks

(149,058)

(149,293)

 

(423,575)

(254,036)

 

7,652,258 

6,187,756 

Capital and reserves

 

 

Share capital

72,502 

71,086 

Share premium account

595,702 

352,375 

Capital redemption reserve

19,094 

19,094 

Capital reserve

6,945,753 

5,741,352 

Revenue reserve

19,207 

3,849 

Shareholders' funds

7,652,258 

6,187,756 

Net asset value per ordinary share

(after deducting borrowings at book)*

527.7p

443.5p

Ordinary shares in issue (note 9)

1,450,055,880 

1,395,363,209 

*          See Glossary of Terms at the end of this report.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Financial Statements.

 

 

*         

Statement of Changes in Equity (unaudited)

 

For the six months ended 30 September 2018

 

Share
capital

£'000

Share premium account

£'000

Capital redemption reserve

£'000

Capital

reserve*

£'000

Revenue reserve

£'000

Shareholders'
funds

£'000

Shareholders' funds at 1 April 2018

71,086

352,375

19,094

5,741,352 

3,849 

6,187,756 

Net return on ordinary activities after taxation

-

-

-

1,182,249 

19,207 

1,201,456 

Shares sold from treasury (note 9)

-

91,044 

-

42,069 

133,113 

Shares issued (note 9)

1,416

152,283 

-

153,699 

Dividends paid during the period (note 5)

-

-

-

(19,917)

(3,849)

(23,766)

Shareholders' funds at 30 September 2018

72,502

595,702

19,094

6,945,753 

19,207 

7,652,258 

 

 

For the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

Share
capital

£'000

Share premium account

£'000

Capital redemption reserve

£'000

Capital

reserve*

£'000

Revenue reserve

£'000

Shareholders'
funds

£'000

Shareholders' funds at 1 April 2017

71,086

216,808

19,094

4,537,789

28,814 

4,873,591 

Net return on ordinary activities after taxation

-

-

-

856,607

11,374 

867,981 

Shares sold from treasury (note 9)

-

98,487

-

54,609

153,096 

Dividends paid during the period (note 5)

-

-

-

-

(22,264)

(22,264)

Shareholders' funds at 30 September 2017

71,086

315,295

19,094

5,449,005

17,924 

5,872,404 

 

* The Capital Reserve balance at 30 September 2018 includes investment holding gains on fixed asset investments of £4,368,413,000 (30 September 2017 - gains of £3,376,894,000).

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Financial Statements.

Cash flow statement (unaudited)

 

 

Six months to

 30 September 2018

 

£'000

Six months to

 30 September 2017

 

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

Net return on ordinary activities before taxation

1,202,650 

869,337 

Gains on investments

(1,219,964)

(859,550)

Currency losses/(gains)

12,186 

(11,714)

Finance costs of borrowings

14,259 

10,855 

Overseas withholding tax refunded

1,665 

Overseas withholding tax incurred

(1,194)

(1,454)

Changes in debtors and creditors

763 

3,443 

Cash from operations

10,365 

10,917 

Interest paid

(12,437)

(9,732)

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating activities

(2,072)

1,185 

Net cash outflow from investing activities

(430,173)

(144,149)

Equity dividends paid (note 5)

(23,766)

(22,264)

Stamp duty paid on shares bought back

(67)

Shares sold from treasury

133,113 

158,225 

Shares issued

150,995 

-  

Bank loans repaid

(28,221)

(132,775)

Bank loans drawn down and loan notes issued (note 7)

226,207 

136,921 

Net cash inflow from financing activities

458,261 

140,107 

Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

26,016 

(2,857)

Exchange movements

7,811 

(5,325)

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

34,974 

76,643 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period*

68,801 

68,461 

 

†      Cash and cash equivalents represent cash at bank and short term money market deposits repayable on demand.

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Financial Statements.

 

Holding period of investments as at 30 September 2018

 

More than 5 years

 

 

2-5 years

 

Less than 2 years

Name

 

% of total assets

 

Name

 

% of total assets

 

Name

 

% of total assets

Amazon.com

10

10.5

 

Netflix

 

3.2

 

Ant International

U

2.3

Illumina

 

8.7

 

Spotify Technology

p

2.5

 

Delivery Hero

 

2.0

Alibaba Group

p

5.7

 

NVIDIA

 

2.2

 

NIO Inc

p

1.4

Tencent

10

5.7

 

Zalando

 

1.4

 

Indigo Agriculture

U

1.0

Tesla Inc

 

4.6

 

Bluebird Bio Inc

 

1.4

 

Grail

U

0.8

Baidu

10

3.5

 

Kinnevik

 

1.2

 

Uptake

U

0.8

Kering

10

3.3

 

Meituan Dianping

p

1.0

 

Rubius Therapeutics

p

0.8

Ferrari

 

3.0

 

TransferWise

U

0.8

 

Eventbrite

p

0.6

ASML

 

2.8

 

Rocket Internet

 

0.8

 

Tanium

U

0.6

Inditex

 

2.2

 

Tableau

 

0.7

 

Lyft

U

0.5

Alphabet

10

1.9

 

Denali Therapeutics

p

0.6

 

Pinduoduo

 

0.5

Intuitive Surgical

 

1.6

 

Funding Circle

p

0.6

 

Grubhub

 

0.5

Ctrip.com

 

1.4

 

HelloFresh

p

0.5

 

HeartFlow

U

0.5

Workday

 

1.4

 

Ginkgo Bioworks

U

0.5

 

Unity Biotechnology

p

0.5

Facebook

 

1.2

 

You and Mr Jones

U

0.5

 

Shopify

 

0.4

Housing

  Development

  Finance

  Corporation

10

0.9

 

Essence Healthcare

U

0.4

 

Orchard Therapeutics

U

0.4

JAND Inc (Warby

  Parker)

U

0.4

The Production Board

U

0.4

Tempus Labs Inc

U

0.4

Thumbtack

U

0.3

Carbon

U

0.4

Atlas Copco

10

0.9

 

Palantir Technologies

U

0.3

 

Bolt Threads

U

0.3

Renishaw

 

0.8

 

Home24

p

0.3

 

Clover Health

U

0.3

Dropbox

p

0.5

 

CureVac

U

0.3

 

Full Truck Alliance

U

0.3

Innovation Works

  Development

  Fund

U

0.3

 

Airbnb

U

0.3

 

Auto1

U

0.3

Alnylam

  Pharmaceuticals

 

0.3

 

KSQ Therapeutics

U

0.2

 

Zipline

U

0.2

WI Harper Fund VII

U

0.1

 

SurveyMonkey

p

0.3

 

Slack Technologies

U

0.1

Level E Maya Fund

 

0.1

 

Anaplan

U

0.2

 

VIR Biotechnology

U

0.1

 

 

 

 

ZocDoc

U

0.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Udacity

U

0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sinovation Fund III

U

0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intarcia Therapeutics

U

0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WI Harper Fund VIII

U

0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARCH Ventures Fund

  IX

U

0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

61.1

 

Total

 

21.7

 

Total

 

16.6

 

U        Denotes unlisted security.

p            Denotes listed security previously held in the portfolio as an unlisted security.

10          Denotes security held for more than 10 years.

Net liquid assets represent 0.6% if total assets. See Glossary of Terms at the end of this announcement.

List of investments at 30 September 2018 (unaudited)

 

Name

Business

Fair value

30 September 2018

£'000

% of total assets

Contribution to absolute performance*

%

Notes

Fair value

31 March

2018

£'000

Amazon.com

Online retailing and cloud computing

875,121

10.5

4.6 

 

661,339

Biotechnology equipment

723,576

8.7

4.2 

 

433,312

Online retail

480,386

5.7

 

497,643

Internet services

477,671

5.7

(1.1)

 

500,986

Electric cars, autonomous driving and

  solar energy

384,128

4.6

0.6 

 

324,503

Online search engine

292,362

3.5

0.6 

 

265,268

Luxury goods producer and retailer

279,579

3.3

1.4 

 

231,740

Subscription service for TV shows and

  movies

266,561

3.2

1.2 

 

195,159

Luxury automobiles

253,532

3.0

0.8 

 

195,552

Lithography

231,884

2.8

0.1 

 

207,437

Online music streaming service

210,302

2.5

0.9 

Significant addition

  following IPO

62,505

Online financial services platform

191,710

2.3

0.1 

New purchase

-

Visual computing

186,602

2.2

0.6 

 

143,346

Global clothing retailer

184,167

2.2

0.3 

Significant reduction

239,840

Online food delivery service

166,141

2.0

Significant addition

67,124

Holding company for Google and

  associated ventures

160,375

1.9

0.5 

 

128,777

Surgical robots

133,778

1.6

0.7 

 

89,464

Designs and manufactures electric and

  autonomous vehicles

120,208

1.4

0.2 

Significant addition

  following IPO

17,822

Travel agent

117,526

1.4

(0.3)

 

137,095

International clothing retailer

116,531

1.4

(0.5)

 

151,205

Enterprise information technology

115,196

1.4

0.3 

 

93,244

Provider of biotechnological products

  and services

114,615

1.4

(0.1)

 

124,535

Social networking site

104,275

1.2

0.2 

Significant reduction

130,886

Investment company

98,877

1.2

 

108,283

Local services aggregator

87,720

1.0

0.3 

Significant addition

  following IPO

26,774

Analyses plant microbiomes to increase

   crop yields

59,944

0.7

0.5 

Increase in fair

  valuation

24,950

Analyses plant microbiomes to increase

  crop yields

23,005

0.3

<0.1 

Participated in

  additional funding

  round

-

 

82,949

1.0

0.5 

 

24,950

Indian mortgage provider

78,795

0.9

(0.1)

 

84,710

Engineering

77,274

0.9

Sold shares in Epiroc

  received following

   spin-off

106,975

 

Name

Business

Fair value

30 September 2018

£'000

% of total assets

Contribution to absolute performance*

%

Notes

Fair value

31 March

2018

£'000

Transferwise Ltd Series D

  Pref. U

Online money transfer

34,103

0.4

0.2 

 

20,238

Transferwise Ltd Series

  Ord U

Online money transfer

14,496

0.2

0.1 

 

8,602

Transferwise Ltd Series A

  Pref. U

Online money transfer

7,931

0.1

<0.1 

 

4,707

Transferwise Ltd Series B

  Pref. U

Online money transfer

7,214

0.1

<0.1 

 

4,281

Transferwise Ltd Series E

  Pref. U

Online money transfer

4,125

<0.1 

<0.1 

 

2,448

Transferwise Ltd Series

  Seed Pref. U

Online money transfer

1,930

<0.1 

<0.1 

 

1,145

Transferwise Ltd Series C

  Pref. U

Online money transfer

303

<0.1 

<0.1 

 

180

 

 

70,102

0.8

0.4 

Increase in fair

  valuation

41,601

Renishaw

Electronic equipment

68,635

0.8

0.1 

 

65,218

Grail Inc Series B Pref. U

Clinical stage biotechnology company

68,166

0.8

0.2 

Increase in fair

  valuation

53,485

Rocket Internet

Internet start-up factory

67,389

0.8

0.1 

 

61,456

Uptake Technologies Inc

  Series D Pref. U

Designs and develops enterprise

  software

67,025

0.8

0.1 

 

60,814

Rubius Therapeutics Inc p

Biotechnology

62,889

0.8

0.4 

Addition following

  IPO

28,863

Tableau Sorftware

Analytics software

58,905

0.7

0.3 

Significant addition

33,609

Denali Therapeutics p

Biotechnology

48,487

0.6

0.1 

 

40,800

Funding Circle p

Facilitates loans to small and medium

  enterprises

47,522

0.6

0.1 

Significant addition

  following IPO

25,218

Eventbrite Inc p

Online ticketing service

47,498

0.6

0.4 

Increase in fair

  valuation

17,822

Tanium Inc Class B

  Common U

Security and systems management

  solutions

46,777

0.6

New purchase

-

Lyft Inc Series G Pref. U

Ridesharing services

33,882

0.4

0.1 

 

26,441

Lyft Inc Series H Pref. U

Ridesharing services

11,876

0.1

<0.1 

 

9,267

 

 

45,758

0.5

0.1 

Increase in fair

  valuation

35,708

HelloFresh p

Grocery retailer

45,494

0.5

(0.1)

Significant addition

44,416

Ginkgo Bioworks Inc

  Series C Pref. U

Bio-engineering company

22,371

0.3

 

21,444

Ginkgo Bioworks Inc

  Series D Pref. U

Bio-engineering company

23,005

0.3

 

20,853

 

 

45,376

0.6

 

42,297

Dropbox p

Online storage

44,974

0.5

(0.1)

 

49,008

You and Mr Jones Class

  A Units U

Digital advertising

43,710

0.5

0.1 

Increase in fair

  valuation

34,538

Pinduoduo Inc

Chinese e-commerce

41,873

0.5

0.1 

New purchase

-

Grubhub

Online food services

41,478

0.5

0.1 

New purchase

-

 

Name

Business

Fair value

30 September 2018

£'000

% of total assets

Contribution to absolute performance*

%

Notes †

Fair value

31 March

2018

£'000

HeartFlow Inc Series E

  Pref. U

Develops software for cardiovascular

   disease diagnosis and treatment

40,035

0.5

 

37,423

Unity Biotechnology p

Clinical stage biotechnology company

40,024

0.5

Significant addition

   following IPO

25,836

Essence Healthcare

  Series 3 Pref. U

Cloud-based health provider

37,741

0.4

Increase in fair

  valuation

27,837

JAND Inc (Warby Parker)

  Series D Pref. U

Online and physical glasses retailer

18,296

0.2

 

16,844

JAND Inc (Warby Parker)

  Series A Common U

Online and physical glasses retailer

11,798

0.1

 

10,862

JAND Inc (Warby Parker)

  Series E Pref. U

Online and physical glasses retailer

4,447

0.1

 

4,094

 

 

34,541

0.4

 

31,800

Shopify

Cloud-based commerce platform

32,874

0.4

New purchase

-

Orchard Therapeutics

  Series B U

Gene therapy for rare diseases

26,592

0.3

0.1 

Increase in fair

  valuation

16,076

Orchard Therapeutics

  Series C U

Gene therapy for rare diseases

5,791

0.1

<0.1 

Participated in

  additional funding

  round

-

 

 

32,383

0.4

0.1 

 

16,076

The Production Board U

Holding company for food technology

   companies

30,674

0.4

New purchase

-

Tempus Labs Inc Series

  E Pref. U

Molecular diagnostics tests for cancer

  and aggregates clinical oncology

  records

30,674

0.4

New purchase

-

Carbon Inc Series D

  Pref. U

Manufactures and develops 3D printers

30,278

0.4

 

28,514

Bolt Threads Inc Series D

  Pref. U

Natural silk fibres and fabrics

  manufacturer

27,125

0.3

 

24,950

Clover Health Investments

   Series D Pref. U

Healthcare insurance provider

25,390

0.3

0.1 

Increase in fair

  valuation

20,714

Thumbtack Inc Series G

   Pref. U

Online directory service for local

  businesses

25,006

0.3

 

24,963

Palantir Technologies

  Inc Series J Pref. U

Data integration software and service

  provider

24,843

0.3

 

22,573

Home24 AG p

Online furniture retailer

24,678

0.3

 

29,936

CureVac AG Series B U

Biotechnology

24,500

0.3

Increase in fair

  valuation

21,918

Airbnb Inc Series E

  Pref. U

Online market place for travel

  accommodation

23,233

0.3

 

20,750

Full Truck Alliance Ltd

  Series A-15 Pref. U

Freight-truck matching platform

23,005

0.3

New purchase

-

Innovation Works

  Development Fund U

Venture capital

22,253

0.3

0.1 

Return of capital and

  increase in fair

  valuation

19,784

Auto1 Group GmbH

  Series E U

Online retailer of used cars

22,235

0.3

 

21,918

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Biotechnology

21,944

0.3

(0.1)

 

27,763

SurveyMonkey p

Online surveys

21,714

0.3

0.1 

Significant addition

  following IPO

10,920

Name

Business

Fair value

30 September 2018

£'000

% of total assets

Contribution to absolute performance*

%

Notes †

Fair value

31 March

2018

£'000

Anaplan Inc Series E

  Pref. U

Enterprise planning software

15,331

0.2

0.1 

 

11,647

Anaplan Inc Series F

  Pref. U

Enterprise planning software

3,988

<0.1

<0.1 

 

3,030

 

 

19,319

0.2

0.1 

Increase in fair

  valuation

14,677

KSQ Therapeutics Inc

  Series C Pref. U

Biotechnology company

19,171

0.2

New purchase

-

ZocDoc Inc Series D-2

  Pref. U

Online platform for searching for

  doctors and booking appointments

18,976

0.2

 

16,900

Zipline International Inc

  Series C Pref. U

Logistics company that designs,

  manufactures and operates drones to

  deliver medical supplies

14,160

0.2

New purchase

-

Udacity Inc Series D

  Pref. U

Online education

9,842

0.1

Decrease in fair

  valuation

10,155

WI Harper Fund VII U

Venture capital

9,371

0.1

Increase in fair

  valuation

7,806

Sinovation Fund III U

Venture capital

8,682

0.1

Additional investment

  and increase in fair

  valuation

5,320

Slack Technologies Inc

  Series H Pref. U

Enterprise messaging platform

8,435

0.1

New purchase

-

Vir Biotechnology Inc

  Series A Pref. U

Biotechnology company developing

  anti-infective therapies

7,898

0.1

 

7,200

Intarcia Therapeutics Inc

   Series EE Pref. U

Biotechnology

7,608

0.1

(0.1)

Decrease in fair

  valuation

16,705

WI Harper Fund VIII U

Venture capital

5,931

0.1

Additional

  investment

5,171

Level E Maya Fund

Artificial intelligence based algorithmic

  trading

5,220

0.1

 

5,174

ARCH Ventures Fund

 IX U

Venture capital fund to invest in biotech

   start-ups

5,085

0.1

Significant addition

  and increase in fair

  valuation

2,575

Total Investments

 

8,308,747

99.4

 

 

 

Net liquid assets

 

46,983

0.6

 

 

 

Total Assets

 

8,355,730

100.0

 

 

 

Contribution to absolute performance has been calculated on a total return basis over the period 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018.

†  Significant additions and reductions to investments have been noted where the change is at least a 20% movement from the value of the holding at 31 March 2018. The change in value over the period also reflects the share price performance and the movement in exchange rates.

U  Denotes unlisted security. 

p   Denotes listed security previously held in the portfolio as an unlisted security.

The following investments were sold during the period: BASF, Marketaxess Holdings, Prudential, Rolls-Royce Group, Svenska Handelsbanken and Underarmour.

 

The following investments were taken over during the period: Flatiron, Flipkart and Mobike.

 

Source: Baillie Gifford/StatPro. See disclaimer at the end of this report.

 

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Distribution of assets* (unaudited)

 

 

 

At

30 September 2018

%

At

31 March 2018

%

North America

52.8

48.1

 

United States

52.4

48.1

 

Canada

0.4

0.0

Europe

24.1

27.7

 

United Kingdom

2.6

2.9

 

Eurozone

16.9

19.9

 

Developed Europe (non Euro)

4.6

4.9

Asia

23.1

24.2

 

China

22.2

22.5

 

India

0.9

1.7

Total assets (before deduction of loans and debentures)

100.0

100.0

         

 

 

 

 

Listed Equities

%

Unlisted Equities

%

Net Liquid Assets

%

Total

%

30 September 2018

84.4

15.0

0.6

100.0

31 March 2018

84.6

15.0

0.4

100.0

 

*      Total assets before deduction of debentures, long and short term borrowings. See Glossary of Terms at the end of this announcement.

 

 

Notes to the condensed financial statements (unaudited)

 

1.    

The condensed Financial Statements for the six months to 30 September 2018 comprise the statements set out in the previous pages together with the related notes below. They have been prepared in accordance with FRS 104 'Interim Financial Reporting' and the AIC's Statement of Recommended Practice issued in November 2014 and updated in February 2018 with consequential amendments. They have not been audited or reviewed by the Auditor pursuant to the Auditing Practices Board Guidance on 'Review of Interim Financial Information'. The Financial Statements for the six months to 30 September 2018 have been prepared on the basis of the same accounting policies as set out in the Company's Annual Report and Financial Statements at 31 March 2018. From 1 April 2018, the investment management fee and finance costs are charged 100% to capital (previously they were charged 25% to revenue and 75% to capital).

 

Going Concern

The Directors have considered the nature of the Company's assets, its liabilities, projected income and expenditure together with its investment objective and policy, dividend policy and principal risks and uncertainties, as set out at the end of this document. The Company's assets, the majority of which are in quoted securities which are readily realisable, exceed its liabilities significantly. All borrowings require the prior approval of the Board. Gearing levels and compliance with borrowing covenants are reviewed by the Board on a regular basis. Accordingly, the Directors considered it appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing these Financial Statements and confirm that they are not aware of any material uncertainties which may affect the Company's ability to continue in operational existence for a period of at least twelve months from the date of approval of these Financial Statements.

2.    

The financial information contained within this Interim Financial Report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in sections 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial information for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been extracted from the statutory accounts which have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The Auditor's Report on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain statements under sections 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. The Auditor's Report on those accounts did contain a statement of an emphasis of matter which related to the approval of revised accounts by the Directors on 22 May 2018 in replacement of those originally approved accounts by the Directors on 11 May 2018.

3.    

Baillie Gifford & Co Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baillie Gifford & Co, has been appointed by the Company as its Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) and Company Secretary. The investment management function has been delegated to Baillie Gifford & Co. The management agreement can be terminated on six months' notice. The annual management fee is 0.30% on the first £4 billion of total assets less current liabilities (excluding short term borrowings for investment purposes) and 0.25% thereafter, calculated and payable quarterly.   

4.    

Net return per ordinary share

Six months to

 30 September 2018

£'000

Six months to

30 September 2017

£'000

Revenue return on ordinary activities after taxation

19,207

11,374

Capital return on ordinary activities after taxation

1,182,249

856,607

Total net return

1,201,456

867,981

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue

1,423,915,955

1,385,138,611

Net return per ordinary share figures are based on the above totals of revenue and capital and the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during each period.

There are no dilutive or potentially dilutive shares in issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to the condensed financial statements (unaudited) (ctd)

 

5.    

Dividends

Six months to

 30 September 2018

£'000

Six months to

30 September 2017

£'000

Amounts recognised as distributions in the period:

 

 

Previous year's final dividend of 1.68p (2017 - 1.61p), paid 2 July 2018

23,766

22,264

 

23,766

22,264

Dividends proposed in the period:

 

 

Interim dividend for the year ending 31 March 2019 of 1.39p (2018 - 1.39p)

20,156

19,402

 

20,156

19,402

 

The interim dividend was declared after the period end date and has therefore not been included as a liability in the Balance Sheet. It is payable on 30 November 2018 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 16 November 2018.  The ex-dividend date is 15 November 2018. The Company's Registrars offer a Dividend Reinvestment Plan and the final date for elections for this dividend is 19 November 2018.

6.    

Fair Value

The fair value hierarchy used to analyse the basis on which the fair values of financial instruments held at fair value through the profit and loss account are measured is described below. Fair value measurements are categorised on the basis of the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

Level 1 - using unadjusted quoted prices for identical instruments in an active market;

Level 2 - using inputs, other than quoted prices included within Level 1, that are directly or indirectly observable (based on

               market data) and;

Level 3 - using inputs that are unobservable (for which market data is unavailable).

The Company's investments are financial assets designated at fair value through profit or loss. An analysis of the Company's financial asset investments based on the fair value hierarchy described above is shown below.

 

Investments held at fair value through profit or loss

 

As at 30 September 2018

Level 1

£'000

Level 2

£'000

Level 3

£'000

Total

£'000

 

Equities/funds

7,053,559

5,220

-

7,058,779

 

Unlisted ordinary shares

-

-

359,814

359,814

 

Unlisted preference shares

-

-

890,154

890,154

 

Total financial asset investments

7,053,559

5,220

1,249,968

8,308,747

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 March 2018 (audited)

Level 1

£'000

Level 2

£'000

Level 3

£'000

Total

£'000

 

Equities/funds

5,604,854

37,666

-

5,642,520

 

Unlisted ordinary shares

-

-

168,083

168,083

 

Unlisted preference shares

-

-

835,412

835,412

 

Total financial asset investments

5,604,854

37,666

1,003,495

6,646,015

               

 

Notes to the condensed financial statements (unaudited) (ctd)

 

 

During the period investments with a book cost of £227,051,000 were transferred from Level 3 to Level 2 on becoming listed and investments with a book cost of £16,292,000 were transferred from Level 2 to Level 1 following conversion to a different share class. The fair value of listed investments is bid value or, in the case of holdings on certain recognised overseas exchanges, last traded price. Listed investments are categorised as Level 1 if they are valued using unadjusted quoted prices for identical instruments in an active market and as Level 2 if they do not meet all these criteria but are, nonetheless, valued using market data.

 

 

Unlisted Investments

The Company's holdings in unlisted investments are categorised as Level 3. Unlisted investments are valued at fair value by the Directors following a detailed review and appropriate challenge of the valuations proposed by the Managers. The Managers' unlisted investment policy applies methodologies consistent with the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation guidelines ('IPEV'). These methodologies can be categorised as follows:

¾    Market Approach (a. Price of Recent Investment; b. Multiples; c. Industry Valuation Benchmarks; and d. Available Market Prices);

¾    Income Approach (Discounted Cash Flows); and

¾    Replacement Cost Approach (Net Assets).

The nature of the unlisted portfolio currently will influence the valuation methodology applied. The price of a recent investment or available market prices for secondary transactions may be the most appropriate approach for investments in young, rapidly growing companies using technology to create new, or disrupt existing, business models. The policy, however, recognises that the robustness of a transaction based valuation will erode as the length of time from the relevant transaction increases. Additionally, the background to the transaction must be considered. In these cases, alternative techniques consistent with IPEV guidelines will be employed. Methodologies using multiples or discounted cash flows are utilised where appropriate, particularly in those companies with established earnings. An absence of relevant industry peers may preclude the application of the Industry Valuation Benchmarks method.

The unlisted investments are valued according to a three monthly cycle of measurement dates. The fair value of the unlisted investments will be reviewed before the next scheduled three monthly measurement date on the following occasions:

¾    At the year end and half year end of Scottish Mortgage; and

¾    Where there is an indication of a change in fair value as defined in the IPEV guidelines (commonly referred to as 'trigger' events).

7.

The total value of the borrowings (at book) is £703,472,000 (31 March 2018 - £485,715,000).

The bank loans falling due within one year are a US$200 million revolving 2 year loan with National Australia Bank Limited ('NAB'), a US$80 million revolving 3 year loan with The Royal Bank of Scotland plc ('RBS') and a US$85 million revolving 2 year loan with RBS (31 March 2018 - US$200 million revolving 2 year loan with NAB, a US$40 million revolving 1 year loan with RBS and a US$85 million revolving 2 year loan with RBS).

There are no bank loans falling due in more than one year (31 March 2018 - none).

During the period the Company issued the following private placement unsecured loan notes:

¾    £30 million at a coupon of 2.91% maturing on 4 June 2038

¾    £50 million at a coupon of 2.94% maturing on 4 June 2041

¾    £90 million at a coupon of 2.96% maturing on 4 June 2048

Additionally, the US$40 million 1 year revolving loan with RBS was replaced with a US$80 million revolving 3 year loan with RBS.  

8.

The fair value of the borrowings at 30 September 2018 was £744,427,000 (31 March 2018 - £535,814,000).

 

 

 

Notes to the condensed financial statements (unaudited) (ctd)

 

 

9.

                                  

 

At

 30 September 2018

Number of shares

At

31 March 2018

(audited)

Number of shares

Share capital: Ordinary shares of 5p each

 

 

Allotted, called up and fully paid

1,450,055,880

1,395,363,209

Treasury shares

-

26,367,671

 

1,450,055,880

1,421,730,880

 

In the six months to 30 September 2018, the Company sold 26,367,671 ordinary shares from treasury at a premium to net asset value raising net proceeds of £133,113,000 (year to 31 March 2018 - 50,800,000 shares sold from treasury raising net proceeds of £207,559,000) and issued 28,325,000 ordinary shares at a premium to net asset value raising net proceeds of £153,699,000 (year to 31 March 2018 - nil). At 30 September 2018 the Company had authority to issue or sell from treasury a further 114,441,320 ordinary shares.

In the six months to 30 September 2018 no ordinary shares were bought back (year to 31 March 2018 a total of 14,006,276 ordinary shares were bought back into treasury at a total cost of £62,951,000). At 30 September 2018 the Company had authority remaining to buy back 210,484,065 ordinary shares.

10.

Transaction costs on acquisitions within the portfolio amounted to £517,000 (30 September 2017 - £250,000) and transaction costs on sales amounted to £246,000 (30 September 2017 - £189,000). These costs are included in the book cost of acquisitions and in the net proceeds of disposals.

11.

Related Party Transactions

There have been no transactions with related parties during the first six months of the current financial year that have materially affected the financial position or the performance of the Company during that period and there have been no changes in the related party transactions described in the last Annual Report and Financial Statements that could have had such an effect on the Company during that period.

Glossary of Terms

 

Active Share

Active share, a measure of how actively a portfolio is managed, is the percentage of the portfolio that differs from its comparative index. It is calculated by deducting from 100 the percentage of the portfolio that overlaps with the comparative index. An active share of 100 indicates no overlap with the index and an active share of zero indicates a portfolio that tracks the index.

 

Discount/Premium

As stockmarkets and share prices vary, an investment trust's share price is rarely the same as its NAV. When the share price is lower than the NAV per share it is said to be trading at a discount. The size of the discount is calculated by subtracting the share price from the NAV per share and is usually expressed as a percentage of the NAV per share.

If the share price is higher than the NAV per share, this situation is called a premium.

 

Gearing

At its simplest, gearing is borrowing. Just like any other public company, an investment trust can borrow money to invest in additional investments for its portfolio. The effect of the borrowing on the shareholders' assets is called 'gearing'. If the Company's assets grow, the shareholders' assets grow proportionately more because the debt remains the same, but if the value of the Company's assets falls, the situation is reversed. Gearing can therefore enhance performance in rising markets but can adversely impact performance in falling markets.

 

Potential gearing is the Company's borrowings expressed as a percentage of shareholders' funds.

 

Gearing represents borrowings at par less cash and cash equivalents (including any outstanding trade or foreign exchange settlements) expressed as a percentage of shareholders' funds.

 

Net Asset Value

Net Asset Value (NAV) is the value of all assets held less all liabilities (including liabilities in the form of borrowings). The NAV per share is calculated by dividing this amount by the number of ordinary shares in issue and is stated on a cum-income basis.

 

Net Asset Value (Borrowings at Fair Value)

Borrowings are valued at an estimate of their market worth. The value of the borrowings on this basis is set out in note 8 above.

 

Net Asset Value (Borrowings at Book/Shareholders' Funds)

Borrowings are valued at adjusted net issue proceeds. The value of the borrowings on this basis is set out in note 7 above.

 

Net Liquid Assets

Net liquid assets comprise current assets less current liabilities (excluding borrowings).

 

Ongoing Charges Ratio

The total expenses (excluding borrowing costs) incurred by the Company as a percentage of the average net asset value (with debt at fair value).

 

Total Assets

The total value of all assets held less all liabilities (other than liabilities in the form of borrowings).

 

Total Return

The total return is the return to shareholders after reinvesting the net dividend on the date that the share price goes ex-dividend.

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

The principal risks facing the Company are financial risk, unlisted investments risk, investment strategy risk, discount risk, regulatory risk, custody and depositary risk, operational risk, leverage risk and political risk. An explanation of these risks and how they are managed is set out on pages 8 and 9 of the Company's Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year to 31 March 2018 which is available on the Company's website: www.scottishmortgageit.com.‡ The principal risks and uncertainties have not changed since the date of that report.

Shareholders will be notified on or around 14 November 2018 that the Interim Financial Report has been published and will be available on the Scottish Mortgage page of the Managers' website www.scottishmortgageit.com.

 

 

None of the views expressed in this document should be construed as advice to buy or sell a particular investment.

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC is an actively managed, low cost investment trust, investing in a concentrated global portfolio of companies with the aim of maximising its total return over the long term. It looks for strong businesses with above-average returns and aims to achieve a greater return than the FTSE All-World Index (in sterling terms) over a five year rolling period.

 

You can find up to date performance information about Scottish Mortgage on the Scottish Mortgage page of the Managers' website at www.scottishmortgageit.com

 

‡      Neither the contents of the Managers' website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Managers' website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.

 

Scottish Mortgage is managed by Baillie Gifford & Co, the Edinburgh based fund management group with over £177 billion under management and advice in active equity and bond portfolios for clients in the UK and throughout the world (as at 1 November 2018).

 

Investment Trusts are UK public limited companies and are not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.  The value of an investment and any income from it is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount invested. This is because the share price is determined by the changing conditions in the relevant stock markets in which the Company invests and by the supply and demand for the Company's shares.

 

1 November 2018

 

For further information please contact:

 

Campbell MacKenzie, Baillie Gifford & Co  

Tel: 0131 275 3174

 

Roland Cross, Director, Four Broadgate

Tel: 0203 697 4200 or 07831 401309

Automatic Exchange of Information

 

In order to fulfil its obligations under UK tax legislation relating to the automatic exchange of information, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC is required to collect and report certain information about certain shareholders.

The legislation requires investment trust companies to provide personal information to HMRC on certain investors who purchase shares in investment trusts. Accordingly, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust PLC will have to provide information annually to the local tax authority on the tax residencies of a number of non-UK based certificated shareholders and corporate entities. Shareholders, excluding those whose shares are held in CREST, who come on to the share register will be sent a certification form for the purposes of collecting this information.

For further information, please see HMRC's Quick Guide: Automatic Exchange of Information - information for account holders on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exchange-of-information-account-holders.

 

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