Up to a maximum of 20% of the Company’s total assets (at the time of investment) may be invested in companies incorporated and/or listed outside the Asia Pacific Region (as defined above); at least 25% of their economic activities (at the time of investment) are within the Asia Pacific Region and this proportion is expected to grow significantly over the longer term.
Stewart Investors, which has been the Company’s Investment Manager since 1 July 2010, adopt a sustainable investment strategy in selecting the investments that make up the Company’s investment portfolio.
They aim to invest in companies which benefit from, and contribute to, the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific Region.
Since the launch of the Stewart Investors Asia Pacific and Emerging Markets team’s first product in 1988, sustainable investment has been an integral part of the team’s investment philosophy and stock-picking process.
At the heart of this philosophy is the principle of stewardship.
Stewart Investors believe their job is to invest in good quality companies with strong management teams and sound long-term growth prospects.
Each investment is a decision to purchase part of a real business with all the rights and responsibilities that go with this ‘share’ of the ownership of the company.
They take these rights and responsibilities seriously.
All Stewart Investors investment strategies strive to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into every investment decision.
The Sustainable Funds Group take this one step further by focusing on long-term sustainable development as a key driver of the investment process.
The portfolio manager of the Company is
David Gait, supported by Douglas Ledingham.
David is responsible for leading the Stewart Investors Sustainable Funds Group and generating investment ideas across all sectors in emerging and developed markets. He is also Joint Managing Partner of Stewart Investors. David joined the team in 1997.
David holds an MA with Honours in Economics from Cambridge University and a Master of Science in Investment Analysis from Stirling University.
Douglas joined the team in January 2016 and is responsible for generating investment ideas for the Stewart Investors Sustainable Funds Group across all sectors in emerging and developed markets.
Prior to joining the team Doug worked as an analyst in the Stewart Investors Asia Pacific team for three years upon graduation from university.
Douglas holds an MA in Business Studies and Accountancy from the University of Edinburgh.
For more information about the Stewart Investors team, click here.
Stewart Investors traces its history back to The Scottish American Investment Company, which was established in Edinburgh in 1873.
Stewart Fund Managers was set up as a distinct company in 1961 and merged with Ivory & Co to form Stewart Ivory in 1985.
In its more recent form, Stewart Investors began when Angus Tulloch joined Stewart Ivory in 1988 to set up its Asia Pacific and subsequently Global Emerging Markets investment operations.
Stewart Ivory was acquired by Australian financial services group Colonial in 2000 and in the same year Colonial was purchased by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The overseas fund management business of Colonial was merged with Stewart Ivory to form First State Investments (FSI). In 2012, the Asia Pacific/GEM team became First State Stewart, a stand-alone investment management boutique within FSI.
On 1 July 2015, the First State Stewart investment team split to form two new teams; one primarily based in Edinburgh (Stewart Investors) and the other in Hong Kong (First State Stewart Asia). This enabled the two teams to develop as smaller, more dynamic investment management groups, recognising that this has been critical to their success. Both teams remained part of First State Investments, part of Colonial First State Global Asset Management.
In July 2019, Colonial First State Global Asset Management and its subsidiaries, were acquired by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation.
Stewart Investors are long-term investors.
Their willingness to differ substantially from index weightings, both country and company, means they are not obliged to invest in any company or country if they have particular sustainability concerns.
Stewart Investors Sustainable Funds Group (SFG) also recognise there is no such thing as a perfect company.
They are active owners and stewards of the companies in which they invest.
Although they do no formal negative screening, they are unlikely to invest in companies operating in high risk sectors, such as gambling and tobacco, because of their poor long-term sustainable development positioning.
The SFG invest in those companies which they believe are particularly well-positioned to deliver positive long-term returns in the face of the huge sustainable development challenges facing all countries today.
Their emphasis is on sustainable development and not ‘green’, ‘clean tech’ or ‘ethical’ investing.
The root causes of the sustainable development challenges the world is facing are numerous and complex.
They include population pressure, land and water scarcity and degradation, resource constraints, income inequality, ethnic and gender inequalities and extreme levels of poverty.
In order to tackle these challenges, both developed and developing countries will have to shift from a resource-intensive, consumption-driven, debt-dependent model of development and growth towards a more sustainable one.
To find out more about the SFG and Sustainability click here.
To find out more about our Board of Directors click here.
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Before finding out more about Pacific Assets Trust plc ("the Company”), it is important that you first read and understand the information set out below. The Company is an investment company within the meaning of section 833 of the Companies Act 2006 and incorporated in Scotland with registered number SC091052. The Company's shares have been admitted to the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and admitted to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange plc. The Company is an alternative investment fund for the purposes of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive ("AIFMD") and acts as its own alternative investment fund manager ("AIFM"). The Company is registered as a small registered UK AIFM. The Company has delegated certain portfolio management responsibilities to First State Investment Management (UK) Limited (registered company number SC079063) (“FSIM”) which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 119367 and whose registered office is at 23 St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 1BB. First State Investment Management (UK) Limited has further delegated certain portfolio management activities to First Sentier Investors (Australia) IM Limited. FSIM forms part of First Sentier Investors, a member of MUFG, a global financial group.
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Please remember that the value of investments and the income from them may go down as well as up and that you may not get back the amount you originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.
Changes in exchange rates will affect the value of investments overseas. Gearing, where borrowing is used to fund further investment, can increase the returns in rising markets and decrease the returns in market downturns.
Investments in emerging markets may involve a higher risk than investments in more developed markets. Investors should consider whether or not an investment in funds or companies which invest in such markets is either suitable for or should constitute a substantial part of an investor’s portfolio.
Investments in the Company may be less liquid than the securities of a larger company, or an investment trust which invests in larger companies, or in more developed economic regions. Securities in smaller companies or an investment trust (such as the Company) which invests in emerging markets may possess greater potential for capital appreciation, but also involve risks, such as limited product lines, markets and financial or managerial resources and trading in such securities may be subject to more abrupt price movements than trading in the securities of larger companies.
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1.2. The "Company" means Pacific Assets Trust plc and any of its subsidiaries and related companies (including, for these purposes, First State Investment Management (UK) Limited, trading as Stewart Investors, to whom Pacific Assets Trust plc has delegated certain portfolio management responsibilities), and references to "the Company’s website" are to the website available at www.pacific-assets.co.uk and also include, but are not limited to, the text, documents, images, links, sounds, graphics, and video sequences displayed on the website (the "Materials").
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1.6. The Shares may not be acquired or held by, or transferred to, (i) an "employee benefit plan" as defined in Section 3(3) of the US Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended ("ERISA"), that is subject to Title I of ERISA; (ii) a "plan" as defined in Section 4975 of the US Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "US Tax Code"), including an individual retirement account or other arrangement that is subject to Section 4975 of the US Tax Code; (iii) an entity which is deemed to hold the assets of any of the foregoing types of plans, accounts or arrangements that is subject to Title I of ERISA or Section 4975 of the US Tax Code; or (iv) a governmental, church, non-US or other employee benefit plan that is subject to any federal, state, local or non-US law that is substantially similar to the provisions of Title I of ERISA or Section 4975 of the US Tax Code, and whose purchase, holding, or disposition of the Shares would constitute or result in a non-exempt violation of any such substantially similar law.
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4.4. First State Investment Management (UK) Limited is part of First Sentier Investors (“FSI”) a member of MUFG, a global financial group. FSI includes a number of entities in different jurisdictions, operating in Australia as First Sentier Investors and as First State Investments elsewhere. MUFG and its subsidiaries do not guarantee the performance of any investment or entity referred to in this document or the repayment of capital. Any investments referred to are not deposits or other liabilities of MUFG or its subsidiaries, and are subject to investment risk including loss of income and capital invested.
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