Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust PLC

Investing in locally chosen, high quality, Asia-Pacific companies


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Latest news

An update from our investment manager, James Thom - 28 August 2020

We remain cautious about the near-term outlook for Asia given the apparent disconnect between equity prices, economic and corporate fundamentals. The recent jump in Covid-19 infections in Asia and other parts of the world further confuses the outlook for the region. As the market attempts to put a finger on when conditions will normalise against a shifting pandemic, we expect volatility to persist in the coming months.

Also complicating matters is a worrying geopolitical backdrop, especially as provocations between the US and China intensify in the lead-up to the US presidential elections in November. Nevertheless, we see a silver lining in the form of better data through the second half of the year as economies re-open. Already, this is borne out by improving leading manufacturing indicators for most Asian countries. Accommodative central banks also provide some support for stocks.

Asia remains home to a surfeit of good quality companies, with robust balance sheets, clear earnings drivers and healthy cash levels. These qualities position them well to ride out the difficult conditions. In addition, the region remains the fastest-growing in the world, with structural growth drivers that will continue to play out in years to come. These include trends that have accelerated during the pandemic, such as e-commerce and online activity, and secular shifts, including rising demand for healthcare and infrastructure. We stay disciplined in putting capital to work on our best ideas: ensuring the fund's largest weights are in quality companies with the highest potential returns.

Key people

James Thom

James Thom

Investment Director

Personal Details

Joined AAM: August 2010

Nationality: British

Location: Singapore

Education and Experience

James Thom is an investment manager on the Asian Equities Team. James joined Aberdeen in 2010 from Actis, the emerging markets Private Equity firm, based in Singapore and covering Southeast Asia.

James graduated with an MBA from INSEAD, an MA from Johns Hopkins University and a BSc from University College London.

Gabriel Sacks

Gabriel Sacks

Investment Director

Chartered Financial Analyst, MA in Land Economy from Cambridge University. Joined ASI in 2008 as part of the London-based Global Emerging Markets Equities team and transferred to Asian Equities in 2018.

  • James Thom

    Investment Director

    Personal Details

    Joined AAM: August 2010

    Nationality: British

    Location: Singapore

    Education and Experience

    James Thom is an investment manager on the Asian Equities Team. James joined Aberdeen in 2010 from Actis, the emerging markets Private Equity firm, based in Singapore and covering Southeast Asia.

    James graduated with an MBA from INSEAD, an MA from Johns Hopkins University and a BSc from University College London.

  • Gabriel Sacks

    Investment Director

    Chartered Financial Analyst, MA in Land Economy from Cambridge University. Joined ASI in 2008 as part of the London-based Global Emerging Markets Equities team and transferred to Asian Equities in 2018.

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Donald Workman

Chairman

Donald Workman was appointed as an independent non-executive Director of the Company on 1 October 2018. He had an executive career at The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC until 2016 where, over a period of 23 years, he held a number of senior positions which latterly included acting as Executive Chairman of the group’s Asia Pacific business. He was a member of the RBS Group Executive Committee from 2014. He was also an independent non-executive director of Standard Life Private Equity Trust plc between 2006 and 2013. He is currently non-executive Chairman of JCB Finance Limited.

Susie Rippingall

Susie Rippingall

Non-Executive Director

Susie Rippingall has over 25 years of fund management experience in Asian markets and was, until 2013, portfolio manager of Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies Trust Plc. She is currently a non-executive director of Sovereign Asset Management Limited, NTAsian Discovery Fund and NTAsian Emerging Leaders Fund.
Marion Sears

Marion Sears

Non-Executive Director

Marion Sears had an executive career in stockbroking and investment banking and was latterly a Managing Director of Investment Banking at JPMorgan. She is also a non-executive director of Dunelm Group plc and Fidelity European Values plc. She is the Senior Independent Director.

Hugh Young

Hugh Young

Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region

BA in Politics from Exeter University. Started investment career in 1980. In charge of ASI’s Far East funds since 1985. He is managing director of Aberdeen Standard Investments (Asia) Limited, responsible for all the Standard Life Aberdeen Group's investments in Asia.

He is also a director of Aberdeen Asian Income Fund Limited, Aberdeen Standard Asia Focus PLC (alternate) and The India Fund Inc.

Stephen Souchon

Stephen Souchon

Non-Executive Director

Stephen Souchon is a Chartered Accountant and a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee of SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited. He had an executive career at Morgan Stanley until 2015 where he was latterly Head of the EMEA Corporate Financial Control Group. He was a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Morgan Stanley's Swiss Bank during which time he oversaw the development of the Swiss wealth management business within Asia. He was also the Audit Committee Chair of Morgan Stanley's Spanish wealth management subsidiary and its Russian bank and broker dealer. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee.
  • Donald Workman

    Chairman

    Donald Workman was appointed as an independent non-executive Director of the Company on 1 October 2018. He had an executive career at The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC until 2016 where, over a period of 23 years, he held a number of senior positions which latterly included acting as Executive Chairman of the group’s Asia Pacific business. He was a member of the RBS Group Executive Committee from 2014. He was also an independent non-executive director of Standard Life Private Equity Trust plc between 2006 and 2013. He is currently non-executive Chairman of JCB Finance Limited.

  • Susie Rippingall

    Non-Executive Director

    Susie Rippingall has over 25 years of fund management experience in Asian markets and was, until 2013, portfolio manager of Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies Trust Plc. She is currently a non-executive director of Sovereign Asset Management Limited, NTAsian Discovery Fund and NTAsian Emerging Leaders Fund.
  • Marion Sears

    Non-Executive Director

    Marion Sears had an executive career in stockbroking and investment banking and was latterly a Managing Director of Investment Banking at JPMorgan. She is also a non-executive director of Dunelm Group plc and Fidelity European Values plc. She is the Senior Independent Director.

  • Hugh Young

    Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region

    BA in Politics from Exeter University. Started investment career in 1980. In charge of ASI’s Far East funds since 1985. He is managing director of Aberdeen Standard Investments (Asia) Limited, responsible for all the Standard Life Aberdeen Group's investments in Asia.

    He is also a director of Aberdeen Asian Income Fund Limited, Aberdeen Standard Asia Focus PLC (alternate) and The India Fund Inc.

  • Stephen Souchon

    Non-Executive Director

    Stephen Souchon is a Chartered Accountant and a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee of SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited. He had an executive career at Morgan Stanley until 2015 where he was latterly Head of the EMEA Corporate Financial Control Group. He was a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Morgan Stanley's Swiss Bank during which time he oversaw the development of the Swiss wealth management business within Asia. He was also the Audit Committee Chair of Morgan Stanley's Spanish wealth management subsidiary and its Russian bank and broker dealer. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

 

Financial calendar

Year End 30 April
Accounts published July
Annual General Meeting September
Dividend Paid January, September

Trust details

Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust PLC

Registered Office:
Bow Bells House,
1 Bread Street,
London
EC4M 9HH

Registered in England and Wales as an Investment Company Number 2377879

Launch Date: May 1989

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