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Woodford traders left ‘in limbo’



Hundreds of traders within the Woodford Fairness Revenue 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 attributable to 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.

Up to now £2.5bn has been paid out, with traders nonetheless ready for £140m to be returned.

Ryan Hughes, head of funding analysis at AJ Bell, stated the delays have broken the popularity of the entire business.

He stated: “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 acquired 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 smart worth.

“Traders will probably really feel Hyperlink and the FCA might have executed higher by way of this era. There’s a delicate stability between winding up the fund and getting a good worth for the remaining belongings. After three years I believe many traders would like to attract a line below this, settle for a cheaper price and transfer on. Nonetheless, the furore that occurred when Hyperlink bought belongings to Acacia Analysis for £224m – a few of which had been then shortly bought for big earnings – will little question have made them cautious of accusations they’ve bought belongings on a budget.

“In the end, the truth that this saga has dragged on for therefore lengthy has been damaging for the popularity of the entire business. Little doubt we are going to hear the acquainted phrases ‘classes will likely be realized’ as soon as the ultimate overview is concluded by the FCA, however I believe that will likely 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 Revenue fund in June 2019 suffered a ‘detrimental influence’ to their funds, based on 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.

Traders within the Woodford Fairness Revenue fund had been informed in March that the wind up is probably not concluded till 2023.

The fund’s authorised company director, Hyperlink Fund Options, stated the delays in liquidating the remaining belongings had been attributable to it looking for “the very best end 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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