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Woodford traders left ‘in limbo’

Hundreds of traders within the Woodford Fairness Earnings fund have been left ‘in limbo’ three years after the fund was suspended.

The fund was initially suspended on 3 June 2019, with the suspension initially because of be lifted in December 2019.

On the time of its suspension the fund was valued at £3.5bn. This dropped to £2.9bn by January 2020 when capital started being repaid.

To this point £2.5bn has been paid out, with traders nonetheless ready for £140m to be returned.

Ryan Hughes, head of funding analysis at AJ Bell, mentioned the delays have broken the status of the entire trade.

He mentioned: “Hyperlink have indicated that the winding up course of could even run into 2023, dragging out the distress for traders. Over the previous three years, traders have obtained 4 funds totalling £2.54bn (see desk). However the final of those was again in December 2020, with Hyperlink clearly struggling to dump the 9 highly-illiquid corporations remaining – together with the well-known Atom Financial institution – at a wise value.

“Buyers will probably really feel Hyperlink and the FCA may have finished higher by way of this era. There’s a delicate stability between winding up the fund and getting a good value for the remaining belongings. After three years I think many traders would like to attract a line below this, settle for a lower cost and transfer on. Nevertheless, the furore that occurred when Hyperlink offered belongings to Acacia Analysis for £224m – a few of which had been then shortly offered for large earnings – will little question have made them cautious of accusations they’ve offered belongings on a budget.

“Finally, the truth that this saga has dragged on for thus lengthy has been damaging for the status of the entire trade. Little question we are going to hear the acquainted phrases ‘classes will probably be discovered’ as soon as the ultimate evaluation is concluded by the FCA, however I think that will probably be of little consolation to the 1000’s of traders impacted and it’ll take a very long time to regain the belief of those folks.”

Over 8 in 10 (86%) traders hit by the suspension of the Woodford Fairness Earnings fund in June 2019 suffered a ‘destructive influence’ to their funds, in accordance with analysis from the Affiliation of Funding Corporations in October. 

The AIC additionally discovered that three-quarters of advisers have modified their funding processes on account of the collapse of Woodford Funding Administration.

Buyers within the Woodford Fairness Earnings fund had been advised in March that the wind up might not be concluded till 2023.

The fund’s authorised company director, Hyperlink Fund Options, mentioned the delays in liquidating the remaining belongings had been because of it looking for “the most effective final result for traders” and the character of the fund’s remaining belongings.

The fund holds shareholdings in Atom Financial institution, Benevolent AI, Drayson, Mafic, Nexeon, Origin, RM2, Rutherford Healthcare and Sabina Estates.



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