Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc

Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc ASL

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The next Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc dividend is expected to go ex in 5 months and to be paid in 6 months.
The previous Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc dividend was 12.95p and it went ex 2 months ago and it was paid 29 days ago.
There are typically 2 dividends per year (excluding specials), and the dividend cover is approximately 1.0.

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Per share 12.95p Sign Up Required
Declaration date 26 Jul 2023 (Wed) 26 Jan 2024 (Fri)
Ex-div date 03 Aug 2023 (Thu) 08 Feb 2024 (Thu)
Pay date 25 Aug 2023 (Fri) 06 Mar 2024 (Wed)

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The table below shows the full dividend history for Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc
Status Type Decl. date Ex-div date Pay date Decl. Currency Forecast amount Decl. amount Accuracy
Forecast Final 23 Jan 2026 12 Feb 2026 04 Mar 2026 GBP Sign up
Forecast Interim 23 Jul 2025 07 Aug 2025 22 Aug 2025 GBP Sign up
Forecast Final 24 Jan 2025 06 Feb 2025 05 Mar 2025 GBP Sign up
Forecast Interim 24 Jul 2024 08 Aug 2024 23 Aug 2024 GBP Sign up
Forecast Final 26 Jan 2024 08 Feb 2024 06 Mar 2024 GBP Sign up
Paid Interim 26 Jul 2023 03 Aug 2023 25 Aug 2023 GBP 13p 12.95p 😄
Paid Special 27 Jan 2023 09 Feb 2023 08 Mar 2023 GBP 8.3p
Paid Final 27 Jan 2023 09 Feb 2023 08 Mar 2023 GBP 26.7p 26.95p 😄
Paid Interim 26 Jul 2022 04 Aug 2022 26 Aug 2022 GBP 11.5p 12.05p 😃
Paid Final 28 Jan 2022 10 Feb 2022 08 Mar 2022 GBP 24.1p 24.25p 😄
Paid Interim 27 Jul 2021 05 Aug 2021 27 Aug 2021 GBP 10.9p 10.95p 😄
Paid Final 29 Jan 2021 11 Feb 2021 09 Mar 2021 GBP 22.9p 22.9p 😄
Paid Interim 28 Jul 2020 06 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020 GBP 10.5p 10.4p 😄
Paid Special 29 Jan 2020 06 Feb 2020 06 Mar 2020 GBP 4p
Paid Final 29 Jan 2020 06 Feb 2020 06 Mar 2020 GBP 21.8p 22p 😄
Paid Interim 26 Jul 2019 08 Aug 2019 30 Aug 2019 GBP 9.99p 10p 😄
Paid Special 25 Jan 2019 07 Feb 2019 07 Mar 2019 GBP 7.75p
Paid Final 25 Jan 2019 07 Feb 2019 07 Mar 2019 GBP 21p 20.75p 😃
Paid Interim 25 Jul 2018 09 Aug 2018 31 Aug 2018 GBP 9.5p 9.5p 😄
Paid Special 26 Jan 2018 08 Feb 2018 06 Mar 2018 GBP 6.7p 6.7p 😄
Paid Final 26 Jan 2018 08 Feb 2018 06 Mar 2018 GBP 19.75p
Paid Interim 27 Jul 2017 03 Aug 2017 24 Aug 2017 GBP 9p 9.05p 😄
Paid Special 27 Jan 2017 09 Feb 2017 03 Mar 2017 GBP 2.75p
Paid Final 27 Jan 2017 09 Feb 2017 03 Mar 2017 GBP 18.75p
Paid Interim 27 Jul 2016 04 Aug 2016 25 Aug 2016 GBP 8.5p 8.6p 😃
Paid Special 27 Jan 2016 11 Feb 2016 04 Mar 2016 GBP 2.75p
Paid Final 27 Jan 2016 11 Feb 2016 04 Mar 2016 GBP 17.85p
Paid Interim 29 Jul 2015 06 Aug 2015 27 Aug 2015 GBP 8.15p
Paid Final 29 Jan 2015 12 Feb 2015 05 Mar 2015 GBP 17p
Paid Interim 25 Jul 2014 06 Aug 2014 28 Aug 2014 GBP 7.75p
Paid Final 28 Jan 2014 05 Feb 2014 06 Mar 2014 GBP 16.15p
Paid Interim 31 Jul 2013 22 Aug 2013 GBP 7.35p
Paid Final 06 Feb 2013 28 Feb 2013 GBP 15.25p
Paid Interim 01 Aug 2012 23 Aug 2012 GBP 7p
Paid Interim 03 Aug 2011 26 Aug 2011 GBP 6.45p
Paid Final 02 Feb 2011 25 Feb 2011 GBP 13p
Paid Final 31 Dec 2009 31 Dec 2009 GBP 6p
Paid Final 31 Dec 2008 31 Dec 2008 GBP 19p
Paid Final 31 Dec 2007 31 Dec 2007 GBP 19p
Paid Final 31 Dec 2006 31 Dec 2006 GBP 16.5p
Year Amount Change
2006 16.5p
2007 19.0p
2008 19.0p
2009 6.0p
2010 13.0p
2011 6.45p
2012 22.25p
2013 23.5p
2014 24.75p
2015 26.0p
2016 27.35p
2017 28.8p
2018 30.25p
2019 32.0p
2020 33.3p
2021 35.2p
2022 39.0p
2023 Sign Up Required
2024 Sign Up Required
2025 Sign Up Required

Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc Optimized Dividend Chart

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4.9% on 22 January 2023
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2.7% on 08 February 2023
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About Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc

Aberforth Partners is an investment management firm that provides investors with a high level of resource focussed exclusively on small UK quoted companies.

Aberforth  Smaller Companies Trust plc is an investment trust whose shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange.  It is the largest trust within the UK Smaller Company sector.  It was launched, and received its listing on the London Stock Exchange, on 10 December 1990 with net issue proceeds amounting to £14.7m.

Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust’s objective is to achieve a net asset value total return (with dividends reinvested) greater than on the Hoare Govett Smaller Companies Index (Excluding Investment Companies) over the long term by investing in a diversified portfolio of small UK quoted companies. It has a widely diversified portfolio and has a formidible track record of dividend increases.

Aberforth Split Level Income Trust was formed following the planned wind up of Aberforth Geared income trust. The dividend history up to fiscal year 2017 is for Aberforth Geared income trust. From fiscal year 2018 onwards the dividends are for Aberforth Split level income trust.

Financial Services
United Kingdom
Share Price
£12.60 (yesterday's closing price)
Shares in Issue
84 million
Market Cap
Dividend Cover
How many times is the dividend covered by company income. A cover of 1 means all income is paid out in dividends
The Consecutive Annual Dividend Increases - the number of years this company has been increasing its dividends
Market Indices
FTSE 350, FTSE 250
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Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc Audited Final Results for the year to 31 December 2012The following is an extract from the Company's Annual Report and Accounts for the year to 31 December 2012. The Annual Report is expected to be posted to shareholders on 2 February 2013. Members of the public may obtain copies from Aberforth Partners LLP, 14 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7NS or from its website at www.aberforth.co.uk. A copy will also shortly be available for inspection at the National Storage Mechanism at: www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM facility.FEATURESNet Asset Value Total Return +31.9%Benchmark Index Total Return +29.9%Ordinary Share Price Total Return +43.9%Second Interim Dividend increased by 6.6% to 15.25p per Ordinary ShareThe objective of Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc (ASCoT) is to achieve a net asset value total return (with dividends reinvested) greater than on the Numis Smaller Companies Index (excluding Investment Companies) over the long term. ASCoT is managed by Aberforth Partners LLP.CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT TO SHAREHOLDERSReview of 2012 PerformanceThe history books will record 2012 as an excellent year for UK smaller companies. Larger companies, as represented by the FTSE 100, gave a total return (including reinvested dividends) of 10.0%, while the FTSE All-Share,which is also heavily weighted towards large companies, gave a return of 12.3%. Meanwhile, the Numis Smaller Companies Index (excluding Investment Companies) (NSCI (XIC)), your Company's benchmark, gave a return of 29.9%.Over the same period, your Company's net asset value total return was 31.9%,while the share price return (including reinvested dividends) was 43.9%.Returns of this magnitude require a health warning. They are unlikely to be matched in 2013.Importantly for your Company, the year witnessed a stirring in the fortunes of value investing within the NSCI (XIC), your Company's investment universe.Over the five calendar years from 2007-11 inclusive, value stocks within the NSCI (XIC) underperformed growth stocks by 9.4% p.a.. In 2012, there was a reversal of this trend. The year also saw exceptionally strong relative performance from the FTSE SmallCap Index, which beat the FTSE 250 Index for only the second year out of the last nine. This, too, is important since your Company's portfolio is positioned towards the lower end of the capitalisation range. The Managers' report expands in more detail on these themes and the interconnected influences of style and size.While 2012 witnessed a "rebranding" of your Company's investment benchmark which is now known as the Numis Smaller Companies Index (excluding Investment Companies), Shareholders should be aware the underlying data series and index methodology remains unaltered. Since your Company's formation in 1990, the NSCI (XIC) has risen by 10.8% p.a. By comparison, your Company's net asset value total return has increased by 13.3% p.a..DividendsIn 2012, the dividend experience from investee companies in general, continued to be positive. Your Company's investment objective is total return orientated rather than income orientated. However, as value investors, your Board and the Managers are acutely aware of the importance of the role that income plays in generating long term returns for both UK equities in general and your Company specifically. In this context, your Board is pleased to declare a second interim dividend, in lieu of a final dividend, of 15.25p. This results in total dividends for the year of 22.25p, representing an increase of 7.2% on 2011. Based on the year end share price of 695.5p, your Company's shares deliver a 3.2% yield.
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Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc half yearly report for the Six Months ended 30 June 2012Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc (ASCoT) invests only in small UK quoted companies and is managed by Aberforth Partners LLP. All data throughout this Half Yearly Report are to, or as at, 30 June 2012 as applicable, unless otherwise stated.The investment objective of ASCoT is to achieve a net asset value total return (with dividends reinvested) greater than on the Numis Smaller Companies Index (excluding Investment Companies) over the long term.CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENTFor the six months to 30 June 2012, Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc (ASCoT) achieved a net asset value total return of 13.0%, which compares with a total return of 11.6% from your Company's investment benchmark, the Numis Smaller Companies Index excluding Investment Companies (NSCI (XIC)), formerly known as the RBS Hoare Govett Smaller Companies Index. Meanwhile, the larger company oriented FTSE All-Share Index registered a total return of 3.3%. Over the period, smaller companies thus delivered a return that was 8.3 percentage points higher than on the FTSE All-Share, while ASCoT's NAV return exceeded the FTSE All-Share by 9.7 percentage points. The NSCI (XIC) represents a change in name only for your Company's investment benchmark. The data and series continue to be provided by London Business School and represent an unbroken series since 1955.The Managers' Report provides greater insight into the influences that have affected markets and your Company during the period. It has once again been a volatile period for markets with events in the Eurozone continuing to cast a shadow. Around the world, investors remain cautious, often favouring safer havens, and this, together with the actions of central banks has driven some government bond yields to their lowest levels for well over a hundred years.Against such a global backdrop, it is encouraging that for your Company we have seen a continuation of the recent trends of rising dividends and gradually increasing merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, which has frequently been referenced in our recent Annual and Interim Reports to Shareholders.For long term investors, dividends are a key contributor to overall returns, while for the value investor that role is amplified. The dividend environment continues to be favourable and is allowing your Board to pursue the Company's progressive dividend policy with an 8.5% rise in the first interim dividend to 7.0p per Ordinary Share. The interim dividend will be paid on 23 August 2012.For Shareholders participating in ASCoT's Dividend Re-Investment Plan, the last date for submission of Forms of Election is 2 August 2012. With the introduction of recent tax changes allowing investment companies to distribute capital gains, Shareholders should be reassured that the increased dividend has been delivered via the revenue account while also allowing an increase in the "old fashioned" revenue reserves which now stand at 28.1p per share. Those revenue reserves, while playing a minor role in your Company's longer term dividend record, were utilised in the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis.At the Annual General Meeting on 7 March 2012, all resolutions were passed, including that which renewed the authority to buy-in up to 14.99% of ASCoT'S Ordinary Shares. During the six months to 30 June 2012, 251,000 Ordinary Shares were purchased under this authority for a total consideration of£1,469,000 at an average discount of 17%. Your Board keeps under review the circumstances under which the authority is utilised in relation to the overall objective of seeking to manage the discount.Based on the dual influences of rising dividends and M&A activity, last year's Interim Report expressed cautious optimism, but this proved misplaced as the second half of 2011 saw dysfunctional European credit markets re-emerge as the central issue for investors. A re-run of last year cannot be ruled out, but nor can it be taken as a given.Uncertainty is always present and, while real economic challenges lie ahead, the equity market's ability, eventually, to work through such periods is not in question. Indeed, for investors with a long term horizon, a heightened level of uncertainty can also represent an opportunity. Your Board fully understands the Managers' portfolio positioning in favour of the smaller small companies in the NSCI (XIC) universe. This provides valuation support with the added benefit of balance sheet flexibility at the investee company level.Your Board remains confident that the Managers' experience and consistency of approach will benefit ASCoT over the long term.Professor Paul Marsh Chairman18 July 2012
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