Investment companies in the Renewable Energy Infrastructure sector have suffered the smallest losses of all the peer groups categorised by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), during one of the most volatile periods in a generation
The covid-19 pandemic has caused widespread falls in markets with the FTSE 100 and S&P 500 down 27% and 13% respectively over the past six weeks.
The AIC has published the 10 sectors that have held up since 31 January 2020, with Renewable Energy Infrastructure topping the list to post the shallowest fall of 3.2%.
This was followed by Debt – Direct Lending (-4.4%), Growth Capital (-5.8%), Hedge Funds (-7.2%) and Infrastructure (-8.6%).
AIC’s analysis of individual investment trusts also showed two responsibly-invested companies – the US Solar Fund and Aquila European Renewables Income fund (both sitting in the Renewable Energy Infrastructure sector) performed better than the majority of their peers and were in the top 10.
Annabel Brodie-Smith, communications director of the AIC, said: “It’s been an alarming few weeks for investors and all investment company sectors have suffered losses. Renewable Energy Infrastructure has held up the best during the market downturn. The sector has been in strong demand for its high yields and the underlying assets of these investment companies such as wind farms, solar parks and energy storage have a lower correlation to the wider stock market. Other sectors that focus on alternative assets, such as infrastructure, hedge funds, and debt, have also suffered shallower losses than the market.”
The top 10 performing investment company sectors since 31 January 2020
|Rank||AIC sector||% share price total return 31/01/2020 – 13/03/2020|
|Average investment company (ex. VCTs)||-16.2|
|1||Renewable Energy Infrastructure||-3.2|
|2||Debt – Direct Lending||-4.4|
|7||Debt – Structured Finance||-10.3|
|8||Biotechnology & Healthcare||-10.3|
|9||Debt – Loans & Bonds||-11.1|
The top 10 performing investment companies since 31 January 2020
|Rank||Investment company||AIC sector||% share price total return 31/01/2020 – 13/03/2020|
|Average investment company (ex. VCTs)||Peer group weighted average||-16.2|
|1||BH Global USD||Hedge Funds||21.5|
|2||BH Macro USD||Hedge Funds||19.3|
|4||Ashmore Global Opportunities GBP||Global Emerging Markets||9.8|
|5||BH Global GBP||Hedge Funds||9.2|
|6||Hadrian’s Wall Secured Investments||Debt – Direct Lending||8.4|
|7||BH Macro GBP||Hedge Funds||7.9|
|8||Marble Point Loan Financing||Debt – Structured Finance||5.7|
|9||US Solar Fund||Renewable Energy Infrastructure||5.1|
|10||Aquila European Renewables Income Fund||Renewable Energy Infrastructure||4.7|
Source: AIC/Morningstar. Performance is share price total return in sterling terms.