Shareholder Information

In this section, investors can find all the information and contact details you need to manage your investment with us. If you don’t find what you need, this section also tells you how to contact us.

Key Dates

AGM May
Year End 31 January
Annual Financial Report Final published in April, Half-yearly published in September
Dividend Pay Dates February/March, May, August, November
Dividend XD Dates January, April, July, October

AGM Presentation and Proxy Voting Figures

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most by investors.

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How do I invest in AllianzGI-managed Investment Trusts?

You can buy shares in the Trusts through:

  • A third party provider - see ‘How to Invest’ on this website, where you will find links to a range of these platforms, many of which allow you to hold the shares within an ISA, Junior ISA, SIPP and/or savings scheme.
  • A stockbroker.
  • A financial adviser.

Where can I buy or sell shares?

Shares can be purchased or sold via an online platform, a stockbroker or a financial adviser (see How do invest in AllianzGI-managed Investment Trusts?) Additionally, if you are already a certificated shareholder of one of our Trusts, you can buy additional shares or sell existing shares through Link Asset Services.

Can I invest through you directly?

We do not operate our own Savings Scheme; shares can be purchased through an intermediary – please refer to the buy / sell FAQ in this section. Should you require financial advice you can find details of an IFA in your area at www.apfa.net or www.unbiased.co.uk

How do I get advice?

We recommend that you seek financial advice prior to investing. If you do not currently have a financial adviser, details of authorised financial advisers in your area can be found at www.apfa.net or www.unbiased.co.uk

When is the next dividend due?

Dividend details are announced to the market 4-6 weeks prior to the payment date – this information will include the record date, payment date and the dividend rate. This information is also published on the Trust website.

Can I reinvest my dividends in more shares?

 Yes. Many platforms offer this service. For investors holding share certificates, Capita Registrars offer a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP). Details of this are available by contacting Link Asset Services.

When is the Annual General Meeting held each year?

The AGM is usually held in May. Details of date, time and venue are published in the annual report which is published and distributed well in advance. The latest annual report is always available via our online Literature Library

Where is the AGM?

See above

Can I come to the AGM?

Shareholders are welcome to attend. If you hold share though a Savings Scheme or nominee (e.g. via a platform), please bring along a recent statement as evidence of your ownership.

What is the current yield?

The yield is published on the home page, if applicable.

Is there an annual management charge?

There is no annual management charge for shareholders electing to hold a share certificate

What is the Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF)?

The OCF represents the overall cost of running the company and is published in the annual report and available on this website (updated annually).

Where can I obtain a list of the Trust’s holdings?

A full list of the investments held in the portfolio (one month in arrears) is available from Investor Services.

Where are the share prices shown?

Share prices are available on this website. They are also available in the Financial Times (www.ft.com) and from the London Stock Exchange (www.londonstockexchange.com)

Can you give me an historical share price?

These are available on this website.

Can I be added to your mailing list as I invest in shares through a nominee?

Yes, you can. To receive monthly fact sheets  and occasional news, sign up on the Trust’s home page.  To receive annual and half-yearly reports, please email us here or call Link Asset Services on 0371 664 0300 (locally charged call) who will arrange for you to be added to the distribution list. 

I want to transfer my shares to my spouse, children……

If you hold your shares via a nominee or a Savings Scheme, you should contact the nominee or Scheme Administrator directly and they can arrange this for you. If you hold your shares as a share certificate you should contact Link Asset Services on 0371 664 0300 (locally charged call) to obtain a Stock Transfer Form.

What do I need to do when someone has died?

If the shares are held via a nominee or a Savings Scheme, you should contact the respective nominee or Scheme Administrator. If the shares are held as a share certificate you should contact Link Asset Services on 0371 664 0300 (locally charged call). Both will guide you through their requirements for registering the death certificate and obtaining probate where necessary.

I’ve lost / can’t find my share certificate

You should contact Link Asset Services on 0371 664 0300 (locally charged call) who will advise you of the procedure and cost of obtaining a replacement.

I’ve moved house, can I give you my new address?

Change of addresses need to be notified to either your nominee, scheme administrator or, if you hold a share certificate, Link Asset Services.

My dividend hasn’t arrived / I didn’t receive any dividend cheque

If the shares are held via a nominee or a Savings Scheme, you should contact the respective nominee or Scheme Administrator. If your shares are held in certificated format you should contact Link Asset Services on 0371 664 0300 (locally charged call). Both will guide you through their requirements for obtaining a replacement.

Can a dividend be paid into my bank?

Yes. If the shares are a nominee or a Savings Scheme, you should contact the nominee or Scheme Administrator; if the shares are held on a share certificate you should contact Link Asset Services on 0371 664 0300 (locally charged call). Both will guide you through their procedure for setting this up.

Registrar details

Link Asset Services is the Trust’s registrar. They can help you with many things, such as questions about your holding, lost certificates, registered details and other administrative queries.

  • Address
  • Link Asset Services
  • The Registry
  • 34 Beckenham Road
  • Beckenham
  • Kent
  • BR3 4TU

Contact Investor Services

If you have any other queries regarding our investment trusts, you can contact our Investor Services team.

Sarah Woodcock

Investor Services

© Allianz Global Investors GmbH 2018, Registered Office: Frankfurt am Main, Register: HRB 9340, Local court: Frankfurt am Main. All Rights Reserved. The Merchants Trust PLC is incorporated in England and Wales. (Company registration no. 28276). Registered Office: 199 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TY. The Company is a member of the Association of Investment Companies - Category: UK Equity Income.