Asia Dragon Trust PLC

Capturing growth from world-class Asian companies


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Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 2020 Annual General Meeting had to be held behind closed doors but the Manager has prepared the following presentation which we hope Shareholders find useful. The Board hopes, and intends, that the 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held in person.

Latest news

An update from our investment managers, Adrian Lim and Pruksa Iamthongthong - 22 April 2021

Rising inflation is emerging as a cause for concern. We believe this will be temporary, driven by higher energy and food prices as well as bottleneck effects as economies re-open. The fiscal stimulus in the US and elsewhere is also unlikely to lead to sustained inflation given the amount of slack in the global economy, among other factors. Hence, we expect major central banks to keep policy loose for now. This underpins the recovery story, as well as Asian stock valuations which remain reasonably attractive compared to developed markets, such as the US.

In an environment of rising inflation and input costs, companies with stronger pricing power, such as those that we own, should fare better. They will likely be able to pass costs through to their customers and protect margins. We stay watchful of macroeconomic developments and monitor their potential impact on the portfolio through earnings and company guidance, among others. While we track market developments closely, we invest based on a long-term horizon. We believe many of the changes sparked by the pandemic are here to stay, including faster adoption of cloud computing, e-commerce and 5G networks. In addition, Asia’s burgeoning middle class will fuel rising demand for healthcare services and wealth management, while the region’s urbanisation and infrastructure needs remain vast. We remain focused on quality Asian companies that are best-placed to capitalise on these structural growth opportunities.

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

Flavia Cheong is the Head of Asia Pacific Equities on the Asian Equities team at Aberdeen Standard Investments, where, as well as sharing responsibility for company research, she oversees regional portfolio construction. Before joining Aberdeen Asset Management 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 registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Flavia Cheong

    Flavia Cheong

    Head of Equities - Asia Pacific

    Flavia Cheong is the Head of Asia Pacific Equities on the Asian Equities team at Aberdeen Standard Investments, where, as well as sharing responsibility for company research, she oversees regional portfolio construction. Before joining Aberdeen Asset Management 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 registered 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.
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

    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.
  • 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.

 

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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