View the article online at http://citywire.co.uk/money/article/a723696
Invesco begins liquidating Woodford small caps as outflows mount
(Update) Invesco Perpetual has sold shares in Capita and dumped its entire stake in one of Neil Woodford’s favoured smaller companies.
The Neil Woodford sell-off continues with Invesco Perpetual disclosing the sale of a slug of Capita shares on the same day it dumped other stocks to raise money for investors exiting Neil Woodford's funds.
According to an announcement on the London Stock Exchange this afternoon, Invesco sold nearly £70 million of shares in the outsourcing giant on 5 December. It still owns 21% of the company. The shares closed 6p lower at £9.99, 1% down on their level a week ago.
Yesterday Invesco revealed it had trimmed other holdings and had sold its entire stake in one of Neil Woodford’s favoured smaller companies on the same date.
This included the disposal of all 92 million shares it held in Assura Group (AGRP.L), an investor in medical property that Woodford (pictured) has owned for at least seven years. The sale netted Invesco around £35 million; Assura's share price today is 38p, down 2.5% over the past week.
The group also offloaded 1.3 million shares in Provident Financial (PFG.L), another of Woodford’s long-standing picks, for approximately £20 million. That disposal occurred on 5 December, and Provident Financial’s share price today is 1.9% ahead over the past week at £16.26. Invesco has retained a 24% stake in the credit provider.
Meanwhile another £22 million has been taken from Drax (DRX.L) after Woodford sold 2.8 million shares in the power producer on 5 December. Invesco still owns 29% of Drax, whose share price has surged by 14.5% to £7.84 over the past week.
Woodford’s flagship Income and High Income funds have suffered significant outflows since his departure was announced in October, shedding more than £500 million in that month alone. The Financial Times has since estimated that Invesco has suffered redemptions worth more than £2 billion from Woodford's funds over this period. He is due to leave the group to set up on his own in April.
On the same day that Invesco sold its Assura stock, Artemis snapped up 43.6 million shares in the firm, taking its ownership of Assura from 8.8% to 17.1%.
News sponsored by:
Making the most out of Europe’s potential means seeing things differently. Learn more about how BlackRock’s focused approach to investing in Europe helps investors unlock the continent’s vast potential.
In this guide to investment trusts, produced in association with Aberdeen Asset Management, we spoke to many of the leading experts in the field to find out more.
More about this:
Look up the funds
Look up the shares
Look up the fund managers
More from us
- Woodford investors withdraw £450m from Income fund
- Invesco left swinging as it denies 'levy' on Woodford sellers
- Eight top income contenders for Woodford’s crown
- Woodford's High Income cut from Citywire Selection: here are some alternatives
- Mark Barnett: I’m more flexible than Woodford
- Investors seek alternatives after Woodford quits Invesco
- Neil Woodford to leave Invesco Perpetual
Tools from Citywire Money
From the Forums
Weekly email from The Lolly
Get simple, easy ways to make more from your money. Just enter your email address below
An error occured while subscribing your email. Please try again later.
Thank you for registering for your weekly newsletter from The Lolly.
Keep an eye out for us in your inbox, and please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list so we don't get junked.