volta finance limited (VTA / SALES) – September twentytwotwo monthly report
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AXA IM has published the monthly report of Volta Finance Limited (the “Company” or “Volta Finance” or “Volta”) for September. The full report is attached to this release and will be available on Volta’s website shortly (www.voltafinance.com).
PERFORMANCE and PORTFOLIO OF ACTIVITY
This month, the structured debt market has been significantly affected by the “liquidity” crisis which resulted in Volta’s net asset value (“NAV”) decreasing by -7.2%, fully reversing the improvement in the NAV of +7.2% observed in July/August.
Examining the underlying asset subclasses, monthly returns** were: +1.3% for bank balance transactions, -5.6% for CLO share tranches; -8.7% for CLO debt; and -0.2% for Corporate Credit in Cash and ABS (jointly representing 2.3% of NAV).
In our opinion, the fall in prices in the second half of September is the direct result of many investors having to deal with huge margin calls from currency hedging and/or synthetic duration management (LDI: Liability Driven Investing) and become forced sellers in order to generate cash, in a context of new record volatility of currencies and interest rates.
Volta avoided the need to raise cash by selling assets at cut prices, as it accumulated enough cash in August.
In the CLO markets, we saw an increase in BWIC (Competing Solicited Offers) listings with sometimes a very short turnaround time window (less than a few hours); the usual practice, under normal market conditions, is to ask for offers for the following day.
As a consequence, prices of CLO debt in particular have been temporarily reduced even though there was still almost no trading in CLO equity tranches as the vast majority of BWICs were AAA or AA debt tranches. of CLOs with a high focus on European CLO debt.
As for the fundamentals, as expected, there have been more loan downgrades than upgrades in September, but the overall amount remains relatively low. There has been no significant increase in the ratio of CCC loans to CLOs and the CLO loan default rate remains very low (0.4% in Europe and 0.9% in the US over the last 12 months).
For the next month, the focus will be on the earnings release for the third quarter of 2022, but the general outlook is not expected to change: we continue to expect a rise in loan market default rates next year, but not at a level that would cause a cash diversion. cash flows for CLO Equity positions in 2023. Volta is expected to receive all of its cash flows from its CLO Equity position in October. We expect to continue generating a high level of coupons, we seek to take advantage of the investment opportunities of the current liquidity crisis.
Last week we opened a European CLO warehouse. No loans have been purchased yet, but we expect to purchase some loans in the coming weeks/months at a significant discount to later build a very profitable CLO equity position from this warehouse.
In September, Volta received the equivalent of 0.8 million euros in interest and coupons. During the 6 months ended September 2022, Volta received €24 million of interest and coupons representing an annualized cash flow of 22.4% relative to NAV.
At the end of September 2022, Volta’s net asset value was €212.3 million or €5.80 per share.
*It should be noted that approximately 7.twoVolta’s GAV % comprises investments for which the relevant NAVs as of the month-end date are typically available only after Volta’s NAV has already been published. Volta’s policy is to publish its Net Asset Value as soon as possible in order to provide shareholders with up-to-date information on Volta’s Net Asset Value. Accordingly, such investments are valued using the most recent net asset value available for each fund or the quoted price of such subordinated note.s. The net asset value of the most recent available fund or the quoted price was 1.0% like in 31 August 20225.7% as of July 31, 2022 and 04% at 30 June 2022..
** “performances” of asset classes are calculated as the Dietz return on assets in each segment, taking into account the Mark-to-Market of assets in period endspayments received on assets during the period and ignoring changes in–Exchange rates. However, some residual currency effects could affect the added value of the portfolio by adding every bucket.
For the Investment Manager
AXA Investment Managers Paris
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Secretary and administrator of the company
BNP Paribas Securities Services SCA, Guernsey Branch
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ABOUT VOLTA FINANCE LIMITED
Volta Finance Limited is incorporated in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Act 2008 (as amended) and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam and the London Stock Exchange Main Market for listed securities. Volta’s home member state for the purposes of the EU Transparency Directive is the Netherlands. As such, Volta is subject to the regulation and supervision of the AFM, being the regulator of the financial markets in the Netherlands.
Volta’s investment objectives are to preserve capital throughout the credit cycle and to provide a steady stream of income to its shareholders through dividends. Volta seeks to achieve 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 loans; sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt; residential mortgage loans; and car loans. The Company’s investment approach is through vehicles and arrangements that essentially provide leveraged exposure to portfolios of such underlying assets. The Company has appointed AXA Investment Managers Paris as an investment management company with a specialized structured credit division, for the investment management of all its assets.
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