Volta Finance Ltd. (VTA / VTAS) – tenBer 2021 monthly report
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Isnsey 12 January 2021
AXA IM has published a monthly report on Volta Finance Limited (the “Company”, “Volta Finance” or “Volta”) for the month of December. The full report is attached to this release and will be available on Volta’s website shortly (www.voltafinance.com).
performance and portfolio activity
Volta performed positive again in December, rising 0.3%, including a dividend of €0.15 per share accounted for in the period. This brings the total return for the entire calendar year to 17.9%. Again this month, Volta’s portfolio performance carried little correlation with the broader markets: loan cash flows remained resilient and no meaningful news emerged to change expectations that defaults would remain low and cash flows strong.
The fundamental performance of the company’s assets, and even the performance of the market brand, was little affected by the new Omicron Covid variant, and for the time being, it did not react to the hawkish tone of US Federal Reserve policy. The market now appreciates that the Fed will act more quickly than it did a few months ago, and we are likely to see more volatility in fixed rate instruments in the coming months.
Volta invests primarily in CLO tranches, the performance of which will not be adversely affected by the projected future course of interest rates as long as these rate increases are not so numerous that they begin to significantly impair companies’ ability to service their debt and refinance on time. a path. When looking at what happened on this front (inflation/monetary policy) in 2021, it worked for Volta’s assets: we had much more inflation than in previous years, and most companies were able to adjust selling prices so that companies could make EBIT and taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and earnings. They have increased significantly (expected to be 10-15% for the whole of 2021) while no interest rate increases have reduced the cost of corporate debt. As a result, the usual measure of default rates in loan markets ended the year at a very low level: 0.3% in the US and 0.6% in Europe (on a last 12-month basis).
For 2022, we expect debt erosion to continue to help companies roll over their debt, and the maturity wall of loan markets to continue to migrate into 2028/2029 so that it is reasonable to expect default rates to remain relatively low in 2022 (and possibly 2023). The result will be that Volta will continue to receive high cash flows from its investments (especially considering that nearly two-thirds of the portfolio are CLOs).
December is generally a relatively low volume month in terms of CLO benefits and coupons with the equivalent of €0.8 million being received. On a rolling basis for 6 months to the end of December, Volta received the equivalent of €23.6 million, representing an annual cash return of 17.7%, based on net asset value at the end of the month.
In December, we took advantage of the modest decline in loan rates to open a new US CLO warehouse. We expect that this warehouse will be transferred to the US CLO Equity Center at the end of the first quarter of 2022. The sooner the CLO manager can purchase loans at a discount, the better for the future CLO equity position.
Turning to detailed asset classes, the monthly performance was**: + 3.5% for bank balance sheet transactions, + 0.4% for CLO equity tranches; + 1.2% for CLO debt; -0.8% for corporate cash credit and ABS (together they represent 3.0% of NAV). Long exposure to the US dollar negatively contributed to the monthly performance by 0.3%.
At the end of December, Volta was fully invested and CLO Debt / Equity / Warehouses represented 90% of the assets. Month by month we are gradually converting the Volta towards being a pure CLO and this process will continue with the remaining non-CLO assets remaining through 2022.
At the end of December 2021, Volta had a net asset value of €265.8 million, or €7.27 per share.
* It should be noted that approximately 7.5Percentage of Volta’s GAV includes investments for which the relevant NAV as at the month-end date is not available until after Volta’s NAV has already been published. It is Volta’s policy to publish its NAV as timely as possible to provide shareholders with appropriately updated NAV value information from Volta. Thus, these investments are valued using the latest available NAV for each fund or the listed price for these subordinated bondss. The last available price for the available fund or the displayed price was 6.9% as in 30 newBer 2021And 0.6% as on September 30, 2021.
** “Offers“ Asset classes be Calculated as Dietz’s performance of the assets in each group, taking into account the mark-to-market for the assets in period ends, payments received from assets during the period, ignoring changes in intersection–Exchange Rates. However, some residual currency effects may affect the total value of the portfolio when each group is compiled.
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ABOUT VOLTA FINANCE LIMITED
Volta Finance Limited was incorporated in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Act 2008 (as amended) and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam and the main market of the listed London Stock Exchange. The member country of Volta for the purposes of the European Union Transparency Directive is the Netherlands. As such, Volta is regulated and supervised by the AFM, being the regulator for the financial markets in the Netherlands.
Volta’s investment objectives are to preserve capital across the credit cycle and to provide a steady stream of income to its shareholders through dividends. Volta pursues its investment objectives predominantly through diversified investments in structured finance assets. Assets in which the company may invest directly or indirectly include, but are not limited to: corporate credits; sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt; Residential mortgage loans and auto loans. The Company’s approach is to invest through instruments and arrangements that primarily provide leveraged exposure to portfolios of these underlying assets. The company has appointed AXA Investment Managers Paris, an investment management firm with a division specializing in structured credit, to manage the investment of all of its assets.
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The figures provided relating to past months or years and past performance cannot be relied upon or interpreted as a reliable indicator of future performance. Throughout this review, citations of specific deals or strategies are intended to illustrate some of Volta Finance’s investing methodologies and philosophies, as implemented by AXA IM. The historical success or belief of AXA IM in the future success of any such trades or strategies is not indicative and has no bearing on future results.
The valuation of financial assets can differ significantly from the rates that AXA IM would obtain if it sought to liquidate positions on behalf of Volta Finance due to market conditions and the general economic environment. These ratings do not constitute fairness or similar opinion and should not be considered.
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