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Key facts

  • Total assets £976 million*
  • Launch date 1 July 1889
  • Average Annual Return 12.3%**
  • Annual charge 0.90%***
ABOUT THE TRUST * As at 31 March 2017
** Source: Morningstar, performance period 30 June 1985 to 28 February 2017, TR net of fees, GBP
*** As at 30 September 2016, includes: management fee 0.70%, marketing and administration costs


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British Empire Share Price
NAV: 757.17
Dividend Yield: 1.74
As of 27/04/17 , Currency: GBX

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Price Performance

December 2006 to December 2016

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BTEM’s NAV increased by a subdued 0.5% in March as Sterling strength and a widening portfolio discount (26.1% from 24.9%) acted as headwinds to performance. Wendel, Jardine Strategic, Investor AB, Pargesa, Exor, Digital Garage, and NB Private Equity Partners were the largest contributors; Hudson’s Bay, Symphony, Aker, and Adler all detracted from returns. Jardine Strategic […]


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About British Empire

British Empire Trust p.l.c. (British Empire) is a closed-end investment trust with shares listed on the London Stock Exchange and part of the FTSE 250 index. The investment objective is to achieve capital growth through a focused portfolio of investments, particularly in companies whose share prices stand at a discount to estimated underlying net asset value.

British Empire is managed by Asset Value Investors Limited (AVI). Working closely with British Empire Trust, AVI specialise in seeking positive results from opportunities that others fail to spot.

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What is an Investment Trust?

An investment trust is simply a public limited company that issues shares in exchange for cash from investors. These cash funds are then pooled and reinvested in assets such as other stock market shares, bonds or property.

It’s the role of asset management companies such as AVI to plan and oversee investments on behalf of investment trusts and to ensure they deliver as profitable a return as possible for trust shareholders.

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