Diverse Income Trust

UK Equity Income

Update: 6 August 2019: Diverse Income - on performance watch
Full details regarding why we have taken this decision can be found here.

Rated Fund 2016-19. Good for small company exposure

Diverse Income is a relatively new trust, but managers, Gervais Williams and Martin Turner, have plenty of experience. ­

The trust yields 3.8% and its quarterly dividends are well-supported, reflecting the fact that the trust has enough reserves to pay dividends for the coming year.

Although it can invest in UK companies of any size, it has a bias towards small and medium-sized companies. At the end of 2013 around a third of the portfolio was invested in Alternative Investment Market stocks.

Smaller firms are often overlooked and under-researched by investors, so the managers feel these offer more potential for growth than larger companies do.

­The managers do have 18.5% in large companies, but their caution about this area of the market is exemplified by a ‘put’ option on the FTSE 100 worth 1.6% of assets. ­ is insures against the index falling in value via an option to sell the index at a particular price, with a view to buying it back at a lower price. ­

The managers try to find companies they believe are best placed to increase their productivity. ­They particularly favour firms able to introduce product changes repeatedly to stay ahead of the competition.

Shares in the trust have traded within a range of a discount of 9% (after the Brexit vote) to a premium of 4.2% over the past three years.

Narrative and ratings content all as of 01 January 2019.

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Diverse Income Trust
Miton Asset Management Limited
Closed Ended Investment Company
UK Equity Income
1.15 %
Risk Rating
3 Year Sharpe
3 Year Alpha
4.1 %
Fund Size
£ 316.25 million
Discount Premium
The company will invest primarily in quoted or traded UK companies with a wide range of market cap but a long-term bias toward small and mid-cap equities. The company will also invest in large cap companies, including FTSE 100 constituents, where it is believed that this may increase shareholder value. The Company may utilise derivative instruments including index-linked notes, contracts for differences, covered options and other equity-related derivative instruments. The company may invest in unquoted companies however the aggregate investments in such companies will not exceed 5% of the value of the Funds investment portfolio as at the time of investment.
Holding %
SafeCharge International Group Ltd 2.74 %
Charles Taylor PLC 1.72 %
Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd 1.71 %
Diversified Gas & Oil PLC 1.69 %
Phoenix Group Holdings PLC 1.62 %
Highland Gold Mining Ltd 1.58 %
Strix Group PLC 1.49 %
Manolete Partners PLC 1.42 %
Zotefoams PLC 1.40 %
4imprint Group PLC 1.39 %
Region %
United Kingdom 85.18 %
Sector %
Financial Services 28.27 %
Industrials 15.27 %
Basic materials 12.47 %
Consumer Cyclical 11.88 %
Energy 8.57 %
Technology 8.01 %
Consumer Defensive 6.02 %
Miton Asset Management Limited
EC4M 8AB, London, United Kingdom
Legal Structure
Closed Ended Investment Company


Gervais Williams
Joined 04/28/2011

Gervais joined the Company in 1993 and heads Gartmore's award-winning smaller companies team. He has over fifteen years experience in smaller company investment. Believing that strong management is one of the keys to smaller company share price performance, Gervais and the team attend around 700 company meetings each year. These meetings are the cornerstone to their rigorous stock selection process.Prior to 1993, Gervais spent three years at Thornton Investment Management where he was responsible for a new investment strategy for the smaller companies unit. Gervais previously spent five years at Throgmorton Asset Management as a director responsible for segregated smaller company portfolios. Gervais graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1980 with an Honours degree in Engineering.

Martin Turner
Joined 04/28/2011

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