LIC sector up

The Listed Investment Companies and Trusts Association (LICAT) has announced the listed investment companies (LICs) and listed investment trusts (LITs) sector has seen its market capitalisation rise 32% from a year ago.

This was helped by two initial public offering (IPO) capital raisings in June, amounting to $300 million at the end of June.

When excluding IPO capital, the sector also performed strongly at an underlying level and was up 31.4%, driven by increasing value of investment portfolios and the share price of the LICs and LITs themselves.

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“Investors who bought LICs/LITs when they were trading cheaply relative to asset backing in 2020 have been able to generate particularly high returns,” LICAT’s chief officer Ian Irvine said.

“Not only have they benefited from the upswing in the market value of shares generally, but they have also received a supplementary return as the LIC/LIT shares themselves returned to a more normal trading level relative to asset backing.”

According to Irvine, it was also very encouraging to see the income/yield segment of the LIC/LIT sector performing well, with fixed income LITs continuing to pay unitholders regular monthly income.

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