Portfolio & performance

Summary balance sheet

SUMMARY BALANCE SHEET 31 March 2018
(£'000)
31 October 2017
(£'000)
Change % Total return %
Equity investments 725,436 801,303    
Net current assets 58,964 43,896    
Total assets 784,400 845,199    
Borrowings at par -83,774 -83,737    
Pension liability -1,091 -1,091    
Shareholders' funds 699,535 760,371    
         
NAV with borrowings at market value 861.0p 924.4p -6.9 -4.9
NAV with borrowings at par 889.8p 956.8p -7.0 -5.1
Share price 789.0p 843.0p -6.4 -4.3
Discount to NAV with borrowings at market value 8.4% 8.8%    
Gearing 4.0% 5.0%    

*with borrowings at market value

NAV is net asset value per share.
In line with our reporting policy, the NAVs are calculated taking the valuation of investments at closing bid or last price, as the case may be. The latest NAVs are unaudited.
Borrowings at par is the nominal value of the borrowings less any unamortised issue expenses.
Borrowings at market value is the company’s estimate of the “fair value” of its borrowings. The current estimated fair value of the company’s borrowings is based on the redemption yield of the relevant existing reference gilt plus a margin derived from the spread of BBB UK corporate bond yields (15 years+) over UK gilt yields (15 years+). The reference gilt for the secured bonds is the 6% UK Treasury Stock 2028 and the reference gilt for the perpetual debenture stocks is the longest dated UK Treasury stock listed in the Financial Times.
Total assets means total assets less current liabilities.
Gearing is based on figures with borrowings at par.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. The value of shares and the income from them can go down as well as up as a result of market and currency fluctuations and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. The Scottish Investment Trust has a long-term policy of borrowing money to invest in equities in the expectation that this will improve returns and, should stockmarkets fall, such borrowings would magnify losses on these investments. The company can buy back and cancel its own shares. All other things being equal, this would have the effect of increasing gearing. For planning purposes, an investment in the Scottish Investment Trust should be viewed as a long-term commitment.

All sources the Scottish Investment Trust, unless otherwise stated.