Asia Dragon Trust PLC

Capturing growth from world-class Asian companies


Morningstar rating:
4 out of 5

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Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Company's AGM is scheduled to be held on Thursday, 10 December 2020. In the light of developing UK and Scottish Government guidance and measures relating to Covid-19, including restrictions on public gatherings and maintaining social distancing, and the likelihood that these measures will remain in place until at least the end of the year, the Board has determined that this year's AGM will follow the minimum legal requirements. This means that physical attendance at the meeting is extremely unlikely to be possible and the Chairman may, in his or her sole discretion, limit the number of individuals able to attend the meeting. Arrangements will be made by the Company to ensure that the minimum number of shareholders required to form a quorum will attend the meeting in order that the meeting may proceed and the business concluded. A presentation from the Investment Manager, along with the AGM results, will be made available to shareholders on the Company’s website shortly after the AGM.

Shareholders are strongly advised not to attempt to attend the AGM in person and instead exercise their votes in respect of the meeting in advance. The Company's 2020 Annual Report, AGM details and related documents can be found below.

Latest news

An update from our investment managers, Adrian Lim and Pruksa Iamthongthong - 20 November 2020

Asian equities rose in October amid the region’s continued economic rebound, even as major Western economies struggled with rising Covid-19 infections. Positive earnings updates and US-dollar weakness also supported regional stocks. However, simmering US-China tensions capped gains. The Trump administration was reportedly considering curbs on Ant Group and Tencent’s payment platforms, though its approval for certain sensor makers to sell to Huawei was seen as positive. Market uncertainty ahead of US elections and fading hopes for a stimulus deal there also dampened sentiment.

We remain cautious as stock markets are likely to remain volatile in the final quarter of the year. Our view comes in light of a resurgence of Covid-19 in parts of the world, alongside uncertainty over the timeline of a potential vaccine. In addition, tensions between the world’s two largest economies have spilled over from trade to other areas such as technology. Given bipartisan US political consensus towards some kind of economic decoupling from China, this is unlikely to change even after the presidential elections. 

On a more positive note, we expect governments and central banks to continue to shore up their economies, which would be supportive of markets. The current rotation from growth to value and cyclical stocks should also benefit the portfolio. In the longer term, the post-Covid-19 world is likely to accelerate existing trends, to which many of our portfolio holdings already have significant exposure. These include Asia’s increasing urbanisation and infrastructure needs, growing demand for healthcare and wealth management, as well as global shifts towards cloud computing, electric vehicles and 5G networks. We see promising prospects for quality Asian stocks with solid fundamentals that stand to benefit from the region’s structural growth.

About us

Capturing growth from world-class Asian companies

As a long-term, cornerstone investment in Asian equity markets, Asia Dragon Trust seeks to provide investors with access to high quality companies - companies we believe to be attractively valued with effective management, good cash flows and healthy balance sheets.

Leading: in a market of diverse corporate quality, our intensive approach seeks to bring together world-class, quality Asian companies that are transforming their sector and setting governance standards.

Long term: as one of the largest Asian investment trusts, our size and extensive manager experience make Asia Dragon a solid cornerstone investment looking to drive steady, long-term growth from a volatile but unmissable region.

Local: at the heart of Asia for over 30 years, our broad and deep in-country presence gives us regional insight from a global perspective and outstanding corporate access across this complex, wide-ranging and fast-changing market.

Key people

Adrian Lim

Adrian Lim

Investment Director

Adrian Lim is a senior investment manager on the Asia Pacific (ex Japan) equity team. Adrian originally joined Aberdeen in 2000 as a manager in private equity, on the acquisition of Murray Johnstone, but transferred to his current post soon afterwards. Previously, Adrian worked for Arthur Andersen LLP as an associate director advising clients on mergers & acquisitions in the region.

Adrian graduated with a BAcc from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a CFA Charterholder.

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Pruksa Iamthongthong

Pruksa Iamthongthong

Investment Director

Pruksa Iamthongthong is an Investment Director on the Asian Equities team

Pruksa graduated with a BA in Business Administration from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Flavia Cheong

Flavia Cheong

Head of Equities - Asia Pacific ex Japan

Flavia Cheong is Head of Asia Pacific ex Japan Equity on the Asian Equities team, where, as well as sharing responsibility for company research, she oversees regional portfolio construction. Before joining Aberdeen Standard Investments (Asia) in 1996, she was an economist with the Investment Company of the People’s Republic of China, and earlier with the Development Bank of Singapore. Flavia graduated with a BA in Economics and an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Auckland. She is a CFA charterholder.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute

  • Adrian Lim

    Investment Director

    Adrian Lim is a senior investment manager on the Asia Pacific (ex Japan) equity team. Adrian originally joined Aberdeen in 2000 as a manager in private equity, on the acquisition of Murray Johnstone, but transferred to his current post soon afterwards. Previously, Adrian worked for Arthur Andersen LLP as an associate director advising clients on mergers & acquisitions in the region.

    Adrian graduated with a BAcc from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a CFA Charterholder.

    CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute

  • Pruksa Iamthongthong

    Investment Director

    Pruksa Iamthongthong is an Investment Director on the Asian Equities team

    Pruksa graduated with a BA in Business Administration from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and is a CFA Charterholder.

    CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute

  • Flavia Cheong

    Head of Equities - Asia Pacific ex Japan

    Flavia Cheong is Head of Asia Pacific ex Japan Equity on the Asian Equities team, where, as well as sharing responsibility for company research, she oversees regional portfolio construction. Before joining Aberdeen Standard Investments (Asia) in 1996, she was an economist with the Investment Company of the People’s Republic of China, and earlier with the Development Bank of Singapore. Flavia graduated with a BA in Economics and an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Auckland. She is a CFA charterholder.

    CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute

James Will

James Will

Chairman of Board and Chairman of Nomination and Management Engagement Committees

James Will, appointed on 1 October 2018 and Chairman since 3 July 2019, is a former Chairman of law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP where he was a senior corporate partner, heading its financial sector practice. He has experience of working with companies in a wide range of industry sectors including financial services, technology, energy and life sciences. He is Chairman of The Scottish Investment Trust plc and Audit Chairman of Herald Investment Trust plc.
gaynor coley

Gaynor Coley

Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman

Gaynor Coley, appointed on 3 July 2019, is a qualified chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience in private and public sector finance and governance. She is currently the Audit Committee Chairman of Lowland Investment Company and SQN Secured Investment Fund. She is also chairman of The Wave Group Ltd and a number of private companies. She was previously the Director of Public Programmes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Managing Director of the Eden Project in Cornwall and Director of Finance at Plymouth University.
Kathryn Langridge

Kathryn Langridge

Non-Executive Director

Kathryn Langridge, appointed on 29 October 2012, has 30 years’ experience in the investment industry. She is currently head of global emerging markets equity at Manulife. She was previously fund management director for global emerging equities at Jupiter Asset Management, head of global emerging markets team at Lloyd George Management, where she was responsible for developing investment strategy and managing equity portfolios across a range of emerging markets. She also worked at INVESCO Perpetual for 17 years where she had been head of Asian investments and head of international equity products. She began her career in Asia with Jardine Fleming.
Peter Maynard

Peter Maynard

Non-Executive Director

Peter Maynard qualified as a solicitor and was Group Legal Director at Prudential plc from 1998 to 2009 and Company Secretary from July 1999. Prior to that he was with HSBC for 14 years during which time he was variously a Director of HSBC Investment Bank, President and Chief Executive Officer of James Capel Inc in New York and finally Deputy Group Legal Adviser. Recently he has been the Head of Group Governance and Regulatory Compliance at Old Mutual plc. He is a former chairman of the GC100 and was a supervisory board member of the London Business School Centre for Corporate Governance. He is a non-executive director of Brunner Investment Trust plc .
Charlie Ricketts

Charlie Ricketts

Senior Independent Non-executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman

Charlie Ricketts, appointed on 19 April 2016, has over 30 years' experience within the investment funds arena. He was, until 2014, the head of investment funds at Cenkos Securities, providing equity capital markets services to the fund management industry and to investment trust companies. He was previously a managing director of UBS Investment Bank and head of investment funds. He began his investment career as an investment director of Johnson Fry and then head of marketing and investment product development at Gartmore Investment Management. Charlie is a non-executive director of Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust and is co-Founder of the charity Carefreebreaks.
Susan Sternglass Noble

Susan Sternglass Noble

Non-executive Director

Susan has over 30 years’ experience of investment management and analysis, specialising in financial sector equities, with focus on global, European and Asian mandates. She holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University and a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and is a Mandarin Chinese speaker. Susan held senior roles at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, CQS and AXA Investment Managers. More recently she has held a number of board, advisory and policy roles with a focus on corporate governance and investment stewardship. Susan is a non-executive director of Unity Trust Bank, a senior adviser to The Investor Forum and trustee of the charity, Link Age Southwark. She was previously a specialist adviser to the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons and a Commissioner on the Dormant Assets Commission.
  • James Will

    Chairman of Board and Chairman of Nomination and Management Engagement Committees

    James Will, appointed on 1 October 2018 and Chairman since 3 July 2019, is a former Chairman of law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP where he was a senior corporate partner, heading its financial sector practice. He has experience of working with companies in a wide range of industry sectors including financial services, technology, energy and life sciences. He is Chairman of The Scottish Investment Trust plc and Audit Chairman of Herald Investment Trust plc.
  • Gaynor Coley

    Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman

    Gaynor Coley, appointed on 3 July 2019, is a qualified chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience in private and public sector finance and governance. She is currently the Audit Committee Chairman of Lowland Investment Company and SQN Secured Investment Fund. She is also chairman of The Wave Group Ltd and a number of private companies. She was previously the Director of Public Programmes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Managing Director of the Eden Project in Cornwall and Director of Finance at Plymouth University.
  • Kathryn Langridge

    Non-Executive Director

    Kathryn Langridge, appointed on 29 October 2012, has 30 years’ experience in the investment industry. She is currently head of global emerging markets equity at Manulife. She was previously fund management director for global emerging equities at Jupiter Asset Management, head of global emerging markets team at Lloyd George Management, where she was responsible for developing investment strategy and managing equity portfolios across a range of emerging markets. She also worked at INVESCO Perpetual for 17 years where she had been head of Asian investments and head of international equity products. She began her career in Asia with Jardine Fleming.
  • Peter Maynard

    Non-Executive Director

    Peter Maynard qualified as a solicitor and was Group Legal Director at Prudential plc from 1998 to 2009 and Company Secretary from July 1999. Prior to that he was with HSBC for 14 years during which time he was variously a Director of HSBC Investment Bank, President and Chief Executive Officer of James Capel Inc in New York and finally Deputy Group Legal Adviser. Recently he has been the Head of Group Governance and Regulatory Compliance at Old Mutual plc. He is a former chairman of the GC100 and was a supervisory board member of the London Business School Centre for Corporate Governance. He is a non-executive director of Brunner Investment Trust plc .
  • Charlie Ricketts

    Senior Independent Non-executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman

    Charlie Ricketts, appointed on 19 April 2016, has over 30 years' experience within the investment funds arena. He was, until 2014, the head of investment funds at Cenkos Securities, providing equity capital markets services to the fund management industry and to investment trust companies. He was previously a managing director of UBS Investment Bank and head of investment funds. He began his investment career as an investment director of Johnson Fry and then head of marketing and investment product development at Gartmore Investment Management. Charlie is a non-executive director of Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust and is co-Founder of the charity Carefreebreaks.
  • Susan Sternglass Noble

    Non-executive Director

    Susan has over 30 years’ experience of investment management and analysis, specialising in financial sector equities, with focus on global, European and Asian mandates. She holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University and a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and is a Mandarin Chinese speaker. Susan held senior roles at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, CQS and AXA Investment Managers. More recently she has held a number of board, advisory and policy roles with a focus on corporate governance and investment stewardship. Susan is a non-executive director of Unity Trust Bank, a senior adviser to The Investor Forum and trustee of the charity, Link Age Southwark. She was previously a specialist adviser to the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons and a Commissioner on the Dormant Assets Commission.

 

Financial calendar

Year End 31 August
Accounts Published November
Annual General Meeting December
Dividend Paid December

Trust details

Asia Dragon Trust plc

Registered Office:
1 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2LL

Registered in Scotland as an Investment Company Number SC106049

Launch Date: September 1987

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