Henderson Smaller Companies Inv Trust (HSL)

Sector:

Investment Firms

Index:

FTSE 250

773.00p
   
  • Change Today:
      2.00p
  • 52 Week High: 877.00
  • 52 Week Low: 629.00
  • Currency: UK Pounds
  • Shares Issued: 74.70m
  • Volume: 19,748
  • Market Cap: £577.44m
  • RiskGrade: 165

Sunday share tips: Restaurant Group, Alnwick Garden Trust, Scottish Mortgage

By Alexander Bueso

Date: Sunday 08 Mar 2020

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - The Sunday Times's Sabah Meddings told readers that shares of Restaurant Group were best avoided given the issues surrounding its legacy operations.
The businesses, which include brands like Chiquito and Frankie & Benny's, form what the company calls its Leisure Division.

Onerous leases and falling like-for-like sales at retail and leisure parks have pummeled their profitability and the company is understood to be looking at its options for hiving them off.

But it has yet to find the way of doing so without letting go of the sucessful Wagamama chain that it purchased at the end of 2018.

Like-for-like sales at Wagamama jumped by 8.5% in 2019 and is plotting an expansion into the US through a joint-venture.

"However, it will be some time before it manages to untangle itself from its fading Frankie & Benny's sites. Avoid."



Investors may want to take a serious look at an upcoming ten-year charity bond sale by the Alnwick Garden Trust, The Mail on Sunday's Midas column said.

Set up 25 years ago by the Duchess of Northumberland to help raise funds for local projects, the garden receives over 300,000 visitors each year and has a track record for generating sales - more than ?5m in 2019 alongside a surplus of ?251,000 even after all the costs for its social impact work are taken into account.

The bond, which will be sold by the likes of AJ Bell and Equiniti, is expected to raise between ?10m and ?15m to fund the Lilidorei project - an all-weather play village that will create 300 new jobs, mostly for Armed Forces veterans - and increase Alnwick's visitors by more than 250,000.

"Coronavirus has driven fear through financial markets and many shares have tumbled in recent weeks," Midas said.

"The Alnwick Garden Trust Bond offers an alternative form of investment, with a generous annual income and the added benefit that the money will be used for a genuinely good cause."



For his part, the Mail on Sunday's Jeff Prestridge, touted six investment trusts that had been hit by the coronavirus but which he said "should look healthy in the long run".

They included: Scottish Mortgage, Murray International, Henderson Smaller Companies, Ballie Gifford Japan, Finsbury Growth&Income and JP Morgan Emerging Markets.



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HSL Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Share Price 773.00p
Change Today 2.00p
% Change 0.26 %
52 Week High 877.00
52 Week Low 629.00
Volume 19,748
Shares Issued 74.70m
Market Cap £577.44m
RiskGrade 165

HSL Star Ratings

Compare performance with the sector and the market.
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Key: vs Market vs Sector
Value
59.89% below the market average59.89% below the market average59.89% below the market average59.89% below the market average59.89% below the market average
10.44% below the sector average10.44% below the sector average10.44% below the sector average10.44% below the sector average10.44% below the sector average
Price Trend
6.31% above the market average6.31% above the market average6.31% above the market average6.31% above the market average6.31% above the market average
20.83% below the sector average20.83% below the sector average20.83% below the sector average20.83% below the sector average20.83% below the sector average
Income
20.31% below the market average20.31% below the market average20.31% below the market average20.31% below the market average20.31% below the market average
49.78% above the sector average49.78% above the sector average49.78% above the sector average49.78% above the sector average49.78% above the sector average
Growth
91.18% above the market average91.18% above the market average91.18% above the market average91.18% above the market average91.18% above the market average
92.18% above the sector average92.18% above the sector average92.18% above the sector average92.18% above the sector average92.18% above the sector average

HSL Dividends

  Latest Previous
  Interim Final
Ex-Div 08-Feb-24 24-Aug-23
Paid 05-Mar-24 09-Oct-23
Amount 7.50p 19.00p

Trades for 04-Mar-2024

Time Volume / Share Price
10:13 2,042 @ 773.73p
09:54 1,500 @ 773.73p
09:54 1,500 @ 774.72p
09:49 129 @ 773.75p
09:23 383 @ 775.22p

HSL Key Personnel

Chair Penelope Anne Freer

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