Cadence Opportunities Fund returned a positive gross performance of 0.5% in February, compared to the All Ordinaries Accumulation Index which was up 1.2% for the month. The top contributors to performance during the month were Meta Platforms, QBE Insurance, Smartgroup, Netflix and Iris Energy. The largest detractors from performance were Whitehaven Coal, Strike Energy, Stanmore Resources, Westgold Resources and BHP.

Smartgroup shares finished the month up 13% after releasing strong full year results. As expected, the government’s policy to abolish fringe benefits tax on electric vehicles that are on a novated lease, has driven strong demand for salary packaging and novated leasing.  Electric vehicles were 41% of Smartgroup’s new car orders in H2 2023, compared to about 10% overall in Australia.

Our largest detractors from performance were all resource companies.  February was a challenging month for resource companies, with the S&P ASX 200 Resources Index down 6%.  BHP was down 7% for the month which was driven by a fall in the iron ore price due to weak demand from steelmakers in China.

Westgold Resources share price also fell in February but has since climbed 26% so far in March. This is primarily due to a strong gold price, with gold reaching an all-time high of USD 2,180 per ounce as at the time of writing this newsletter.

Fully Franked Half-Year Dividend

On the 26 February the Company announced a 6.5 cents per share fully franked interim dividend. This interim dividend equated to an 8.1% annualised fully franked yield or a 11.6% gross yield (grossed up for franking credits) based on the share price on the date of the announcement of $1.60 per share. After paying this dividend the Company has 22.5 cents per share of profits reserves to pay future dividends.

The Ex-Date for the dividend is the 15 April 2024. The payment date for the dividend is the 30 April 2024.

DRP Operating for Interim Dividend

The dividend re-investment plan (DRP) will be in operation for this interim dividend. We would encourage shareholders to participate in the DRP as an efficient mechanism to add to existing holdings in the fund. The DRP will be priced at the weighted average share price over the relevant DRP pricing period. The Company will buy-back the shares it issues under the DRP. This buy-back will operate when the CDO share price is trading at a discount to the Pre-Tax NTA.

If you are not registered for the DRP and you would like to participate, please contact Boardroom on 1300 737 760.

CDO Share Price discount to NTA

At the time of writing this newsletter, CDO is trading at a pre-tax NTA discount of around 20% whilst holding some cash balances. If all the shares in the portfolio fell by 21% the pre-tax NTA would still be above the share price.

Half-Year Audiocast

In the coming weeks we will be releasing the half-year audiocast which will discuss the Company’s half year performance and dividend, the portfolio composition, its current investment themes and holdings, and the outlook for the rest of the year.

Fund NTA

Fund Performance

Historic Portfolio Exposure

Portfolio Sector Analysis

Franked Dividends Declared


To watch CDO’s AGM Investor Briefing please click here. In this AGM Investor Briefing, Karl Siegling starts by giving an update on CDO’s past and current year performance, discusses the portfolio and talks about some important market trends. Karl Siegling and Chris Garrard then discuss in detail some of the portfolio’s positions, namely Whitehaven Coal, Stanmore Resources, Westgold Resources, Newmont, Tietto Minerals, Boral, Netflix and Meta Platforms. Karl Siegling then closes with the outlook for 2024.

To view all previous Cadence webcasts and interviews please visit the Media Section of the website.

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10 Books To Read Before Buying Your Next Stock

Funds management involves a lot of synthesis of information and reading. Over the years we all end up reading many investment books and refer to them from time to time.

The team at Cadence has compiled a list of books that have influenced our investment style, or helped provide insight into the investment process.

Whilst not an exhaustive list, the 10 titles contained in this eBook provide a good starting point for any interested investor.

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