Wilson Asset Management Capital has reported an operating profit after tax of $14.5 million in the 2019 financial year, plunging by 88.4 per cent from the year before.
The after-tax figure was boosted by $8.5 million from its profit before tax of $6 million, accounting for franking credits received on franked dividend income from investee companies.
WAM Capital saw its revenue from ordinary activities sink by 86.3 per cent to $25.7 million.
Management fees revenue generated a loss of $13.6 million, while other revenue accounted for $44.1 million.
The investment manager said its full-year profit reflected the performance of its investment portfolio during “heightened volatility in the Australian equity market”.
“We remain cautious about the direction of the Australian market, as the record-low interest rates have driven up valuations and increased speculation,” WAM chairman Geoff Wilson said.
WAM Capital had an unrealised loss of $18.3 million from its financial investments.
The company’s net tangible assets before tax slipped by 1.3 per cent in the year to $1.84.
The board declared fully franked final dividend of 7.75 cents.
WAM Capital now has 80,000 shareholders across its six listed investment companies.
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