Shires Income PLC

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An update from our investment manager, Iain Pyle - 19 March 2021

After a difficult start to the year, February delivered better progress as the world continues its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. In the UK specifically, the current lockdown is having the desired effect in reducing positive cases and hospitalisations. There is still some way to go, but the faster than expected roll out of the vaccine program provides some confidence that further national lockdowns will not be necessary.

The recovery outlook combined with continued expansionary central bank policy and government support globally means that the market is understandably beginning to look ahead to inflation and potentially even increases in base rates. This has had the effect of decreasing bond prices and in equity markets has led to some outperformance of value sectors, most notably banks and energy. The recovery also means that the UK market’s best performers tend to be those names that were most impacted by the pandemic in 2020.

For the Trust this creates something of a short term headwind to relative performance. Those stocks that are performing best generally are not yet paying dividends and often fail on the high quality test we set for companies in the portfolio. In the medium term however, it is helpful. We believe many of these stocks will eventually be dividend payers again and the pool of opportunities for Shires will increase. In the meantime the focus remains on delivering resilient income and a dividend yield that is at a significant premium to the market, rather than chasing short term gains.

Key people

Iain Pyle

Iain Pyle

Investment Director

Iain has been an Investment Director in the UK Equities team for Aberdeen Standard Investments since 2015. He is the lead manager of Shires Income plc and is deputy manager for Murray Income Trust and Aberdeen Standard Equity Income Trust plc. Within his role, he manages the UK Equity High Income Fund and the Bothwell UK Equity Income Fund and has sector responsibility for oil & gas and banks.

Iain has been covering analyst for the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. He is also a member of the Pan-European fund management team. Prior to joining Standard Life Investments, Iain was a Vice President on the number one ranked European Oil & Gas research team at Sanford Bernstein from 2007. He also worked as a management consultant at PwC. Iain holds an MSc, Masters in Chemical Engineering, ACA, CFA and is a qualified accountant.

Charles Luke

Charles Luke

Senior Investment Director

Charles Luke is a Senior Investment Director on the UK and European equities team having joined Aberdeen in 2000. Charles started his career at Framlington Investment Management in 1998, covering UK equities.

Charles graduated with a BA in Economics and Japanese Studies from Leeds University and an MSc in Business and Economic History from the London School of Economics.

  • Iain Pyle

    Iain Pyle

    Investment Director

    Iain has been an Investment Director in the UK Equities team for Aberdeen Standard Investments since 2015. He is the lead manager of Shires Income plc and is deputy manager for Murray Income Trust and Aberdeen Standard Equity Income Trust plc. Within his role, he manages the UK Equity High Income Fund and the Bothwell UK Equity Income Fund and has sector responsibility for oil & gas and banks.

    Iain has been covering analyst for the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. He is also a member of the Pan-European fund management team. Prior to joining Standard Life Investments, Iain was a Vice President on the number one ranked European Oil & Gas research team at Sanford Bernstein from 2007. He also worked as a management consultant at PwC. Iain holds an MSc, Masters in Chemical Engineering, ACA, CFA and is a qualified accountant.

  • Charles Luke

    Charles Luke

    Senior Investment Director

    Charles Luke is a Senior Investment Director on the UK and European equities team having joined Aberdeen in 2000. Charles started his career at Framlington Investment Management in 1998, covering UK equities.

    Charles graduated with a BA in Economics and Japanese Studies from Leeds University and an MSc in Business and Economic History from the London School of Economics.

Robert Talbut

Robert Talbut

Chairman

Robert Talbut was formerly Chief Investment Officer of Royal London Asset Management and has over 30 years of financial services experience. He has represented the asset management industry through the chairmanship of both the ABI Investment Committee and the Asset Management Committee of the Investment Association. He has also been a member of the Audit & Assurance Council of the FRC and the FCAs Listing Authority Advisory Panel. He is a member of the M&G With Profits Committee and a non-executive director of Pacific Assets Trust plc, JPMorgan American Investment Trust PLC and Schroder UK Mid Cap Fund plc.

Robin Archibald

Robin Archibald

Non-Executive Director

Robin Archibald has a wide range of experience in advising and managing transactions in the UK closed-ended funds sector over his thirty five year career as a corporate financier including with Samuel Montagu, S G Warburg and Natwest Markets. He retired from Winterflood Investment Trusts in May 2014, where he was formerly Head of Corporate Finance and Broking. He is currently a non-executive director of Albion Technology & General VCT PLC, Ediston Property Investment Company PLC, Capital Gearing Trust PLC and Henderson European Focus Trust plc. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Marian Glen

Marian Glen

Non-Executive Director

Marian Glen is a non-executive director of Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust Plc and The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland. She was a non-executive director of Murray Income Trust Plc, Friends Life Group Limited and other companies in the Friends Life group of companies. She was formerly the General Counsel of AEGON UK and prior to that was a corporate partner and head of funds and financial services at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

Jane Pearce

Jane Pearce

Non-Executive Director

Jane Pearce is a Co-opted External Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the University of St Andrews. She had an executive career as an Equity Analyst at leading investment banks and latterly was an Equity Strategist at Lehman Brothers and Nomura International. She is a Chartered Accountant and was a Member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland from 1999-2000.
  • Robert Talbut

    Robert Talbut

    Chairman

    Robert Talbut was formerly Chief Investment Officer of Royal London Asset Management and has over 30 years of financial services experience. He has represented the asset management industry through the chairmanship of both the ABI Investment Committee and the Asset Management Committee of the Investment Association. He has also been a member of the Audit & Assurance Council of the FRC and the FCAs Listing Authority Advisory Panel. He is a member of the M&G With Profits Committee and a non-executive director of Pacific Assets Trust plc, JPMorgan American Investment Trust PLC and Schroder UK Mid Cap Fund plc.

  • Robin Archibald

    Robin Archibald

    Non-Executive Director

    Robin Archibald has a wide range of experience in advising and managing transactions in the UK closed-ended funds sector over his thirty five year career as a corporate financier including with Samuel Montagu, S G Warburg and Natwest Markets. He retired from Winterflood Investment Trusts in May 2014, where he was formerly Head of Corporate Finance and Broking. He is currently a non-executive director of Albion Technology & General VCT PLC, Ediston Property Investment Company PLC, Capital Gearing Trust PLC and Henderson European Focus Trust plc. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

  • Marian Glen

    Marian Glen

    Non-Executive Director

    Marian Glen is a non-executive director of Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust Plc and The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland. She was a non-executive director of Murray Income Trust Plc, Friends Life Group Limited and other companies in the Friends Life group of companies. She was formerly the General Counsel of AEGON UK and prior to that was a corporate partner and head of funds and financial services at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

  • Jane Pearce

    Jane Pearce

    Non-Executive Director

    Jane Pearce is a Co-opted External Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the University of St Andrews. She had an executive career as an Equity Analyst at leading investment banks and latterly was an Equity Strategist at Lehman Brothers and Nomura International. She is a Chartered Accountant and was a Member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland from 1999-2000.

 

Financial calendar

Year End 31 March
Accounts published June
Annual General Meeting July
Dividend Paid January, April, July, October

Trust details

Shires Income PLC

Registered Office:
Bow Bells House,
One Bread Street,
London
EC4M 9HH

Registered in England as an Investment Company Number 386561

Launch Date: March 1929

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