Aberdeen New India Investment Trust PLC

Looking for world-class, well governed companies at the heart of India's growth story


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An update from our investment manager, Kristy Fong - 18 September 2020

As long as Covid-19 cases continue to spread, localised lockdowns are likely to hinder economic recovery. Worries over slowing domestic growth, as well as concerns over liquidity and solvency issues in the non-bank financing sector, persist. The government’s commitment to protecting its sovereign-debt rating by limiting its fiscal deficit has held back its infrastructure spending. Meanwhile, the market awaits more reform to revive construction, industrial activity, employment and consumer demand.

For the longer-term, several trends favour India’s stock market. It is home to many of Asia’s most successful companies which have proven themselves in earlier economic crises. Moreover, it benefits from a rapidly growing middle-class that is both upwardly-mobile as well as increasingly affluent.

The portfolio contains high-quality companies with robust balance sheets and good management that may help them to weather the storm better than most. Although we are now more defensive in our positioning in light of expected post-pandemic challenges, we are also adding to quality stocks that had been unduly punished during indiscriminate sell-offs. Our focus remains on identifying companies with deep barriers to entry, clear prospects for earnings growth, and prudent capital management. We believe these companies have the potential to deliver sustainable returns over time.

About us

Looking for world-class, well governed companies at the heart of India's growth story

The first-hand quality seeker: intensive first-hand research and regular company engagement help us to identify world-class organisations that we believe can deliver sustainable long-term growth and weather Indian market volatility.

The independent-minded investor: we are not afraid to be different by focusing on those companies and sectors that offer sustained potential to share in India’s long-term growth story, regardless of their index or sector weightings.

The governance champion: we actively engage with companies to improve the treatment of minority shareholders and reject companies we perceive to have poor management, regardless of their short-term momentum or high market profile.

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Key people

Kristy Fong

Kristy Fong

Investment Director

Kristy Fong is an investment manager on the Asian equities team. Kristy joined Aberdeen in 2004 from UOB KayHian Pte Ltd where she was an analyst.

Kristy graduated with a BA (Hons) in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is a CFA Charterholder.

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

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.

  • Kristy Fong

    Investment Director

    Kristy Fong is an investment manager on the Asian equities team. Kristy joined Aberdeen in 2004 from UOB KayHian Pte Ltd where she was an analyst.

    Kristy graduated with a BA (Hons) in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is a CFA Charterholder.

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

  • 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.

Hasan Askari

Hasan Askari

Chairman

Mr Askari began his career as an investment banker in the City of London in 1975 at S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd (now UBS) and has subsequently worked, as Managing Director, in JP Morgan Chase Investment Bank in HongKong and in Barclays Capital (previously BZW) in Tokyo and London. Most recently, he was at Old Mutual plc, London as a member of the Executive Committee responsible for Old Mutual’s operations in the U.K., Europe and Asia-Pacific. He is a director of Lloyd George Indian Ocean Fund, Hong Kong.
Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes

Senior Independent Director

Appointed a Director on 7 September 2016, Michael Hughes became Senior Independent Director on 23 September 2020. He is a Director of T. Bailey Asset Management Limited and acting investment consultant to various family offices and charities. He was a Director of Baring Asset Management Limited from 1998, and Chief Investment Officer from 2000, until his retirement in 2007. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of Barclays Capital (previously BZW) and Chairman of the Board of pension trustees. Before ‘Big Bang’ he was a Partner at stockbrokers de Zoete and Bevan.

Michael Hughes is chairman of JPMorgan Mid Cap Investment Trust plc.

Stephen White

Stephen White

Chairman of Audit Committee

Appointed a Director on 26 September 2013, Stephen became Chairman of the Audit Committee on 11 September 2014. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC before starting a career in investment management. He has more than 35 years' experience of managing investment portfolios, most notably twenty years as Head of European Equities at F&C Asset Management and ten years as Head of European and US Equities at British Steel Pension Fund. He is a non-executive Director and chairman of the audit committee of Blackrock Frontiers Investment Trust plc and a non-executive director of JP Morgan European Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc and Polar Capital Technology Trust plc.

Rebecca Donaldson

Rebecca Donaldson

Non-Executive Director

Rebecca Donaldson was appointed as a Director of the Company on 1 September 2020. She has led the development of global marketing, communications and investor relations solutions for a broad range of investment companies, most recently as Head of Channel Marketing, EMEA at BMO Global Asset Management, and previously with Fidelity Worldwide Investments, Dexion Capital plc (now Fidante Partners) and UBS Global Asset Management AG.

  • Hasan Askari

    Chairman

    Mr Askari began his career as an investment banker in the City of London in 1975 at S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd (now UBS) and has subsequently worked, as Managing Director, in JP Morgan Chase Investment Bank in HongKong and in Barclays Capital (previously BZW) in Tokyo and London. Most recently, he was at Old Mutual plc, London as a member of the Executive Committee responsible for Old Mutual’s operations in the U.K., Europe and Asia-Pacific. He is a director of Lloyd George Indian Ocean Fund, Hong Kong.
  • Michael Hughes

    Senior Independent Director

    Appointed a Director on 7 September 2016, Michael Hughes became Senior Independent Director on 23 September 2020. He is a Director of T. Bailey Asset Management Limited and acting investment consultant to various family offices and charities. He was a Director of Baring Asset Management Limited from 1998, and Chief Investment Officer from 2000, until his retirement in 2007. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of Barclays Capital (previously BZW) and Chairman of the Board of pension trustees. Before ‘Big Bang’ he was a Partner at stockbrokers de Zoete and Bevan.

    Michael Hughes is chairman of JPMorgan Mid Cap Investment Trust plc.

  • Stephen White

    Chairman of Audit Committee

    Appointed a Director on 26 September 2013, Stephen became Chairman of the Audit Committee on 11 September 2014. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC before starting a career in investment management. He has more than 35 years' experience of managing investment portfolios, most notably twenty years as Head of European Equities at F&C Asset Management and ten years as Head of European and US Equities at British Steel Pension Fund. He is a non-executive Director and chairman of the audit committee of Blackrock Frontiers Investment Trust plc and a non-executive director of JP Morgan European Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc and Polar Capital Technology Trust plc.

  • Rebecca Donaldson

    Non-Executive Director

    Rebecca Donaldson was appointed as a Director of the Company on 1 September 2020. She has led the development of global marketing, communications and investor relations solutions for a broad range of investment companies, most recently as Head of Channel Marketing, EMEA at BMO Global Asset Management, and previously with Fidelity Worldwide Investments, Dexion Capital plc (now Fidante Partners) and UBS Global Asset Management AG.

 

Financial calendar

Year End 31 March
Accounts Published July
Annual General Meeting September
Dividend Paid n/a

Trust details

Aberdeen New India Investment Trust PLC

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

Registered in England and Wales as an Investment Company Number 2902424

Launch Date: February 1994
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