Investec downgrades Schroders ex-Woodford trust to sell

Q3 update sobering reading

Kathleen Gallagher
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In a note issued yesterday (30 November) on Schroder UK Public Private trust (SUPP), Investec said it remained concerned about the medium-term outlook and the “immature portfolio and legacy issues” were likely to be a drag on returns as it downgraded the trust to a sell.

The former Woodford Patient Capital trust has benefited from the legacy invest in Oxford Nanopore, which contributed 94% of the Q3 NAV increase of 15.9%, according to Investec. The biotech firm set an offer price of 425 pence per share, which would have given the firm a total market capitalisation of approximately £3.4bn. However, the stock opened considerably higher at 545 pence per share before rising as high as 622 pence per share, up 47% on its initial offer price. However, away from the success of the IPO the trust is struggling with the portfolio it inherited from Neil Woodford....

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