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Tuesday 10 June, 2008

JPMorgan Progressive

Interim Results

RNS Number : 4207W
JPMorgan Progressive Multi-Strategy
10 June 2008
 



JPMORGAN PROGRESSIVE MULTI-STRATEGY FUND LIMITED


PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31ST MARCH 2008



Chairman's Statement


As shareholders will be only too aware the six month period to 30th March 2008 was a rollercoaster ride for global markets and, accordingly, continued to test the Company's diversification strategy. 


Under such difficult markets conditions, the return on net assets was negative. However, when compared to the Company's benchmark, the MSCI World Index (hedged into Sterling), it is pleasing to see that the benefits of investing across asset classes have helped the Company weather the storm rather better. The Company remained ungeared throughout the period. 


As a Board we look forward to seeing how the Company's strategy will perform under more normal market conditions. 


Please refer to the Investment Manager's report for detailed analysis of the Company's performance on a month by month basis. 


Christopher Sherwell

Chairman 

10th June 2008


  Investment Manager's Report


JPMorgan Progressive Multi-Strategy Fund Limited ('the Company') aims to deliver equity like returns with significantly lower levels of volatility than the market over the medium to long term.


The last six months have seen equity and bond markets continue to pose difficulties for investors as the 'credit crunch' deepened over the course of Q4 2007 and into the first three months of 2008. This translated into extremely volatile market conditions with levels of volatility in January and March passing levels seen in August, when the sub-prime crisis and subsequent liquidity withdrawal across financial markets started in earnest.


Over the period the NAV of the consolidated Group returned -4.0% compared with a return of -14.6% from the benchmark, giving an outperformance of 10.6%, with a level of volatility of nearly half that of the MSCI World Index (hedged into Sterling). The volatility of the Company saw a slight rise to 5.35%. In contrast the volatility of the benchmark, the MSCI World Index (hedged into Sterling) rose to 10.33% since launch, up from 7.15% last September. 


A full breakdown of the Company's performance is shown below:


Date

NAV

Group's NAV as at 30th September 2007

97.00p

Company's NAV as at 31st October 2007

99.64p

Company's NAV as at 30th November 2007

97.50p

Company's NAV as at 31st December 2007

96.42p

Company's NAV as at 31st January 2008

93.44p

Company's NAV as at 29th February 2008

95.10p

Group's NAV as at 31st March 2008

93.10p

Source: JPMAM PAG



Looking back over the period under review October saw world equity markets rise but there was significant dispersion at the sector level with concerns regarding the long term implications of the sub-prime crisis in the financial sector offsetting a strong performance in commodity based companies. The Company's NAV rose 1.32% over the month. All of the components were positive contributors with hybrid alpha, and equity and bond beta doing particularly well. At the underlying fund level there were notable contributions from the Asian and Emerging Markets elements of the portfolio.


Equity markets fell in November as a result of several factors. Firstly investors were concerned that the US may go into recession. Secondly, there was further newsflow surrounding the impact of the 'credit crunch' on a number of companies. The result was that markets questioned the future earnings of companies and hence the accuracy of their valuations. Once again the benefits of diversification, both across asset classes and alpha and beta, led the Company to outperform equities, with the NAV down just 2.15%. The positive returns of bond beta helped to offset the falls in equity and property beta, whilst the alpha baskets were broadly flat.

The equity markets continued their period of poor performance through December, with a late year end rally failing to offset the overall decline. Both the Pure Alpha and Hybrid Alpha buckets were positive for the month. However these gains were not enough to offset the falls in the Equity Beta and Real Estate Beta which were a result of mounting concerns over the prospect of a US recession. Speculation surrounding further interest rates moves from the Central Banks led to the Bond Beta bucket producing a negative return for the month. 


Concerns over future economic growth and the subsequent impact on company earnings led the equity markets to fall substantially at the beginning of 2008. The MSCI World Index (hedged into Sterling) returned -8.37%. The diversification across different asset classes aided a return for the Company over the month of -3.09%. Bond beta was the only positive contributor towards the return, as the market sought more defensive asset classes but this positive return from bonds was offset by Equity beta and Hybrid alpha, both of which suffered from the market's volatility. 


Markets remained cautious throughout February as investors continued to pore over economic and corporate data to try and determine the state of the economy and corporate earnings. The MSCI World Index (hedged into Sterling) returned -1.57%. The Company's NAV delivered a positive return of 1.78%, with all the buckets contributing positively. 


Global equity markets suffered another month of negative returns in March with volatility exceeding levels last seen in January 2008 and August 2007 as concerns increased over the stability of the financial systems across the globe. Fears that a US led recession would have far reaching effects were partially eased by the Fed's 75bps rate cut mid-month. March saw negative returns with the MSCI World Index (hedged into Sterling) returning -2.01%. Despite this volatility our pure alpha strategies produced a positive contribution for the month, along with the bond beta strategies. The hybrid alpha, equity beta and property beta strategies were all negative performers resulting in the NAV returning -1.81% for the month.


Overall


Since inception, the maximum drawdown experienced by the Company was -6.22%, compared with the MSCI World Index which experienced a drawdown of -15.94% and the percentage of months that have experienced positive returns are 50%, notably higher than the benchmark at 30%. Given the testing conditions that have been experienced over the period we remain pleased that the fund is behaving as we would expect, protecting against the downside relative to equities with a lower level of volatility. 


Chris Complin        

Investment Manager

10th June 2008

  Consolidated Income Statement

for the six months ended 31st March 2008


 
 
(Unaudited)
(Audited)
 
 
Six months ended
Period from 14th February 2007
 
 
31st March 2008
to 30th September 2007
 
Revenue
Capital
Total
Revenue
Capital
Total
 
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
Investment income
 120
-
 120
 159
-
159
Other income
   16
-
 16
   60
-
 60
 
 136
-
 136
 219
-
219
(Losses)/gains on investments held at fair value through profit or loss
 
-
  
(548)
 
(548)
 
-
 
658
 
 658
Net foreign exchange (losses)/gains
-
(1,592)
(1,592)
-
174
 174
Total income/(loss)
 136
(2,140)
(2,004)
 219
832
1,051
Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
Management fee
(172)
-
 (172)
(133)
-
(133)
Other administrative expenses
(236)
-
 (236)
(105)
-
(105)
(Loss)/profit before finance costs and taxation
 
(272)
 
(2,140)
 
(2,412)
 
(19)
 
832
 
813
Finance costs
-
-
-
   (2)
-
 (2)
(Loss)/profit before taxation
(272)
(2,140)
(2,412)
 (21)
832
811
Taxation
   (8)
-
       (8)
   (8)
-
 (8)
Net (loss)/profit
(280)
(2,140)
(2,420)
 (29)
832
803
Attributable to:
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Equity holders of the parent
(244)
(1,585)
(1,829)
 (29)
815
786
  Minority interest
 (36)
   (555)
   (591)
-
 17
 17
 
(280)
(2,140)
(2,420)
 (29)
832
803
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Loss)/earnings per share (note 4)
(1.0)p
(6.3)p
(7.3)p
(0.1)p
3.2p
3.1p

 

 



The 'Total' column of this statement represents the Group's Income Statement, prepared in accordance with IFRS. The supplementary 'Revenue' and 'Capital' columns are prepared under guidance published by the Association of Investment Companies.

All items in the above statement derive from continuing operations. No operations were acquired or discontinued in the period. Details of the period covered by the comparative results are given in note 2.

  Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

Six months ended 31st March 2008 (Unaudited)


 

 
(Unaudited)
 
 
Six months ended 31st March 2008
 
 
 
 
 
        Other
 
 
 
 
 
Share
Share
Other
capital
Revenue
 
Minority
Total
 
capital
premium
reserve
reserves
reserve
Total
interest
equity
 
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
Balance at 30th September 2007
 
 -
 
-
 
24,614
 
    (282)
 
      (29)
 
24,303
 
11,199
 
35,502
Shares issued
 -
-
-
       -
     -
    -
     375
    375
Exchange gain on translation
 -
-
-
     856
      -
   856
    -
   856
Loss for the period
 -
-
-
     -
 (1,829)
(1,829)
   (591)
(2,420)
Transfer to other capital reserve
 
   -
 
-
 
-
 
 (1,585)
 
   1,585
 
   -
 
     -
 
     -
Balance at 31st March 2008
   -
-
24,614
   (1,011)
    (273)
23,330
10,983
34,313

 

 

 
(Audited)
 
Period from 14th February 2007 to 30th September 2007
 
 
 
 
        Other
 
 
 
 
 
Share
Share
Other
capital
Revenue
 
Minority
Total
 
capital
premium
reserve
reserves
reserve
Total
interest
equity
 
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
£’000
Proceeds of share placing
-
25,060
    -
 -
-
25,060
   -
25,060
Costs of share placing
-
 (446)
   -
 -
-
  (446)
   -
  (446)
Minority interest on acquisition of subsidiary
 
-
 
      -
 
    -
 
 -
 
-
 
    -
 
11,182
 
11,182
Cancellation of share premium
 
-
 
(24,614)
 
24,614
 
 -
 
-
 
   -
 
    -
 
    -
Exchange loss on translation
-
       -
    -
(1,097)
-
(1,097)
   -
(1,097)
Profit for the period
-
       -
    -
   -
786
    786
    17
    803
Transfer to other capital reserve
 
-
 
      -
 
    -
 
   815
 
(815)
 
     -
 
     -
 
    -
Balance at 30th September 2007
 
-
 
      -
 
24,614
 
(282)
 
 (29)
 
24,303
 
11,199
 
35,502

 




  Consolidated Balance Sheet

as at 31st March 2008


 
(Unaudited)
(Audited)
 
 
31st March
 
30th September
 
    2008
   2007
 
 £’000
 £’000
Non current assets
 
 
Investments held at fair value through profit or loss
33,573
35,096
Current assets
 
 
Other receivables
      39
      51
Derivative financial instruments at fair value through profit or loss
        -
   205
Cash and cash equivalents
 1,330
   740
 
  1,369
   996
Current liabilities
 
 
Other payables
  (142)
 (140)
Amounts falling due within one year
   (487)
 (450)
Net current assets
    740
   406
Net assets
34,313
35,502
 
 
 
Equity attributable to equity holders
 
 
Called up share capital
        -
        -
Other reserve
24,614
24,614
Capital reserves
(1,011)
   (282)
Revenue reserve
  (273)
    (29)
Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent
 23,330
24,303
Minority interest
10,983
11,199
Total equity
 34,313
35,502
Net asset value per share (note 5)
    93.1p
   97.0p

 

 

 



  Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

for the six months ended 31st March 2008

 

 
(Unaudited)
    (Audited)
 
 
Six months ended
    31st March
Period from 14th    February 2007
to 30th September
 
        2008
       2007
 
        £’000
      £’000
Operating activities
 
 
(Loss)/profit before taxation
   (2,412)
       811
Add back interest paid
        -
          2
Losses/(gains) on investments held at fair value through profit or loss
       548
     (658)
Losses on foreign exchange
      282
       205
Net sales/(purchases) of investments held at fair value through profit or loss
    
       814
 
(11,405)
Decrease/(increase) in other receivables
       12
     (51)
Increase in other payables
        8
     134
Net cash outflow from operating activities before interest payable and taxation
 
 (748)
 
(10,962)
Interest paid
      -
       (2)
Tax paid
      (8)
       (8)
Net cash outflow from operating activities
 (756)
(10,972)
Investing activities
 
 
Acquisition of subsidiary
      -
(12,763)
Net cash outflow from investing activities
     -
(12,763)
Financing activities
 
 
Net proceeds from the issue of shares
    375
 24,620
Net cash inflow from financing activities
    375
 24,620
(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents
   (381)
      885
Cash and cash equivalents at start of the period
    740
       -
Effect of foreign exchange translation
    971
   (145)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period
1,330
    740

 

 

  Notes to the Accounts

for the six months ended 31st March 2008m


1. The principal activity 

The principal activity of JPMorgan Progressive Multi-Strategy Fund Limited (the 'Company') is that of an investment company, incorporated and domiciled in Guernsey. The principal activity of its subsidiary, JPMorgan Progressive Multi-Strategy Fund ('PM-S Fund') a sub-fund of JPMorgan Portfolio Strategies II (a Luxembourg SICAV), is also that of an investment company.

The Group comprises the Company and PM-S Fund.


2. Comparative accounting period

The comparative accounts cover the period from the date of incorporation of the Company on 14th February 2007 to 30th September 2007. The proceeds of the share Placing were received by the Company on 15th May 2007. The consolidated accounts include the results of the Company and PM-S Fund from 1st June 2007, which is the date when the Company's control of PMS-Fund commenced.


3. Accounting policies

The accounting policies applied to these half year accounts are consistent with those applied in the accounts for the period ended 30th September 2007.


4. (Loss)/earnings per share


 
(Unaudited)
(Audited)
 
 Six months    ended
31st March 2008
Period ended
30th September 2007
 
    £’000
    £’000
Net revenue loss attributable to shareholders
    (244)
 (29)
Net capital (loss)/gains attributable to shareholders
 (1,585)
   815
 
 (1,829)
   786
Weighted average number of shares in issue during each period
25,060,000
25,060,000
Revenue loss per share
     (1.0)p
 (0.1)p
Capital (loss)/earnings per share
    (6.3)p
   3.2p
Total (loss)/earnings per share
    (7.3)p
   3.1p
 
 
 

 

5. Net asset value per share


 
(Unaudited)
(Audited)
 
   Six months    ended                 31st March                            2008
 
Period ended
    30th September   2007
Shareholders funds (£’000)
     23,330
24,303
Number of shares in issue at each period end
25,060,000
25,060,000
Net asset value per share
     93.1p
97.0p

 

 

 

 


6.  Publication of non-statutory accounts

The financial information for the six month period ended 31st March 2008 is unaudited and does not constitute statutory accounts for the purposes of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 1994.


7.  Comparative information

The information for the period ended 30th September 2007 has been extracted from the latest published audited financial statements. Those accounts included the report of the auditors which was unqualified.


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