Merill SICAV 8th AGM marks another year of success

Last Updated on Thursday, 4 April, 2024 at 1:36 pm by Andre Camilleri

Merill SICAV plc successfully conducted its 8th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on February 15, 2024, in which it presented the financial statements for the year ended 31st July 2023. Following the AGM, Mr Jesmond Mizzi, managing director of the fund manager, Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors, highlighted the performance of the funds during 2023. Mr. Mizzi stated that despite challenging market conditions, the sub-funds demonstrated strong performance, he also  outlined its strategic vision for 2024.

Exceptional Growth Across Funds

Merill SICAV’s Net Asset Value (NAV) experienced substantial growth, reaching €153 million as of January 2024, compared to €146 million in January 2023. Notably, the Merill Total Return Income Fund saw an increase from €14 million in Seed Capital in February 2016 to over €41 million. Similarly, the Merill High Income Fund has shown remarkable growth reaching the €62 million mark underscoring the effectiveness of Merill’s investment strategies and fund management expertise.

Market Overview and Fund Performance

The AGM provided an insightful overview of the market conditions in 2023, including the impact of geopolitical tensions, economic policy adjustments, and significant events such as the Silicon Valley Bank collapse. Despite these challenges, Merill SICAV’s funds demonstrated resilience and adaptability, with positive performance across the board. The Merill Total Return Income Fund and the Merill High Income Fund both registered a total return of 6.2 per cent with reinvested income. The Merill Global Equity Income fund registered a total return of just over ten per cent and the Merill Strategic Balance Fund which is denominated in US Dollars gained 6.6 per cent.

Key Resolutions and Corporate Governance

During the AGM, shareholders approved key resolutions that are expected to shape the future direction of Merill SICAV. Notably, the financial statements for the year ended July 31, 2023, were approved, reflecting the fund’s strong financial health and operational success. Shareholders also reappointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as auditors, ensuring continuity in maintaining high standards of financial accountability and transparency.

Furthermore, the AGM saw the reappointment of directors, affirming the board’s commitment to strategic leadership and governance excellence. These resolutions underscore Merill SICAV’s dedication to upholding the highest standards of corporate governance and shareholder engagement.

Strategic Adjustments and Forward-Looking Statements

In response to the evolving market landscape, Merill SICAV has made strategic adjustments to its investment approach, focusing on high-quality bonds and reducing exposure to volatile assets. This proactive strategy aims to maintain stable income levels while minimizing risk and capitalizing on potential market opportunities.

Looking ahead to 2024, Merill SICAV anticipates potential challenges such as a global economic slowdown and geopolitical uncertainties. However, the fund remains optimistic about its ability to navigate these challenges, thanks to its strategic planning, diversified investment approach, and the expertise of its fund managers and advisors.

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