Reserves were used to increase the dividend paid to shareholders by the City of London Investment Tr...
Reserves were used to increase the dividend paid to shareholders by the City of London Investment Trust, managed by Hendersons. A fourth interim dividend of 2.00p was paid on 31 August 2002, making a total net dividend for the year of 7.94p, up 5.9% on the previous year. Some £0.95m was taken from the trust's £12.27m reserve to supplement the income received, which fell by £830,000 on the same period the previous year. A statement from the trust in its unaudited accounts to 30 June said: 'Going forward, your board is aware that many shareholders rely upon annual dividend growth and will continue to consider using part of these reserves to supplement dividend flows when income received by the company is disappointing.' Managed by Job Curtis, the trust will pay Hendersons an increased management fee, partly made up of a performance fee for outperforming the FTSE All-Share Total Return Index in the past 12 months. Total expenses amounted to 0.68% of assets under management.
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