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VSL Speciality Lending

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VSL Speciality Lending

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Postby yieldhog » November 3rd, 2023, 1:56 pm

Back in June VSL indicated they would continue to pay quarterly dividends for at least a year at the current rate of 2p pershare.
I haven't heard anything to the contrary and so will assume we will see a December dividend of this amount. Has anyone seen a more up-to-date announcement?
NAV has ticked up to around 93 and discount is still around 26%
The market appears to be moving in VSL's favour (interest rates stabalising) so for anyone prepared to be
patient (4-5 year time horizon) this might be a good time to buy - if that's still possible.

I own some but will not be buying any more.

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Re: VSL Speciality Lending

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Postby 88V8 » November 3rd, 2023, 4:10 pm

yieldhog wrote:Back in June VSL indicated they would continue to pay quarterly dividends for at least a year at the current rate of 2p pershare.
I haven't heard anything to the contrary and so will assume we will see a December dividend of this amount. Has anyone seen a more up-to-date announcement?
NAV has ticked up to around 93 and discount is still around 26%
The market appears to be moving in VSL's favour (interest rates stabilising) so for anyone prepared to be
patient (4-5 year time horizon) this might be a good time to buy - if that's still possible.

Their August fact sheet shows a 68% exposure to the US, so the NAV is a bet on the US economy.

Even if the NAV is off, a 26% margin gives some comfort, with a gross running yield exceeding 11% it looks pretty tempting at the mo.
If buying in a tax-exposed account, bear in mind that the income is taxed as interest, rather than dividend.
I hold some and may buy more when I have headroom in my ISA.

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Re: VSL Speciality Lending

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Postby yieldhog » November 3rd, 2023, 5:06 pm

yieldhog wrote:If buying in a tax-exposed account, bear in mind that the income is taxed as interest, rather than dividend.


The only VSL I own are in my SIPP, so no tax consequences.
The only reason I'm not buying more is that liquidity is likely to disappear and at the moment we don't have much idea about how they are managing the liquidation. All the same, given the discount, the running yield and market, there is a possibility a buyer could make a total return of at least 40 - 50 % over the next 3 - 5 years.

I might reconsider when more information comes out ( 2023 Annual Report ?)

LSE stats show quite good volume around the 69 level this week.

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Re: VSL Speciality Lending

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Postby 88V8 » November 3rd, 2023, 7:46 pm

yieldhog wrote:
yieldhog wrote:If buying in a tax-exposed account, bear in mind that the income is taxed as interest, rather than dividend.

The only VSL I own are in my SIPP, so no tax consequences.
The only reason I'm not buying more is that liquidity is likely to disappear and at the moment we don't have much idea about how they are managing the liquidation.

Yes, the spread might widen. I think one should reckon on holding to extinction.

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Re: VSL Speciality Lending

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Postby yieldhog » November 13th, 2023, 4:20 pm

88V8 wrote:Yes, the spread might widen. I think one should reckon on holding to extinction.


Greed got the better of me today. I couldn't resist buying a few more below 70 to average down my cost price. If they go down any more I still have room to average down again.

I was surprised how liquid they still are given that they are liquidating.

Before buying any more I will wait to see there is any payoff during the last quarter as they indicated earlier in the year. It will be interesting to see how the payoff is structured with respect to dividend and return of principal, not that it has much significance to me since I hold them in my SIPP.

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Re: VSL Speciality Lending

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Postby 88V8 » November 13th, 2023, 4:47 pm

yieldhog wrote:
88V8 wrote:Yes, the spread might widen. I think one should reckon on holding to extinction.


Greed got the better of me today. I couldn't resist buying a few more below 70 to average down my cost price. If they go down any more I still have room to average down again.
I was surprised how liquid they still are given that they are liquidating.

I see the Oak Bloke ran an eye over them in October, based on their June portfolio. Positive pov.

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Re: VSL Speciality Lending

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Postby yieldhog » November 14th, 2023, 6:59 am

Oak wrote,

"I wish you well in making your own investment decisions."

That was a very reassuring article very well researched. Thank you for that.

Who knows, if more investors get to see the opportunity we may see the price edge back to nearer the NAV. The combination of more 10% + dividends to come and a price uplift might even allow me to get out with a decent profit. Other things being equal of course.

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Re: VSL Speciality Lending

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Postby yieldhog » November 18th, 2023, 7:20 am

I see that VSL has announced an unchanged dividend of 2p for payment December 21st, xd November 30th.
No indication as yet on capital repayments.

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