IHT AIM update 6 – October 2017

AIM IHT Portfolio

Today’s post is an update on the AIM IHT portfolio, which we finally implemented in September.

AIM IHT Portfolio

Before we check on the status of the portfolio, a reminder of the rules:

  • It’s a 50-stock portfolio, designed to shelter a portion of family assets from inheritance tax.
  • The idea is that it will be relatively safe (for AIM) and will protect the original capital.
  • We are not trying to shoot the lights out in terms of capital growth.

Over the summer, I subscribed to Stockopedia, largely to have more data with which to support my claims that I’m choosing from the safer end of the AIM pool.

Here are the selection criteria I’m using at the moment:

  1. No financials, property companies, miners or energy stocks.
  2. No market caps below £50M.
  3. No loss-making companies (PE missing in Stockopedia).
  4. Risk Rating of Conservative / Balanced / Adventurous (3 from 5).
  5. Positive or Neutral Stock Style.
  6. Stock Rank above 50, sub-Ranks all above 20.
  7. PE below 20 (ideally) or 25 (hopefully).

In practice, that didn’t quite generate 50 stocks and I had to take a few with higher PEs.

Performance to date

I’m going to use percentages with this portfolio, rather than real numbers of pounds.

  • It’s early days, but the portfolio is up around 2.8% (though there is a catch to this – see below).

As mentioned in recent posts on the SGAP, Google Finance is withdrawing its Portfolio feature for some unfathomable reason.

  • So this is the first portfolio that I’ve analysed using the Stockopedia tools.

AIM HIT 171029

Here’s the Stockopedia progress graph (I’ve removed the numbers on the vertical axis).

  • It’s quite similar to the Google Portfolios charts, with one omission.

I can’t find a way to overlay an index (or a stock) onto a chart.

  • I’m hoping that this is just me being stupid, and someone will explain how to do this in the comments.
  • But if not, it’s a pretty basic error in software that has been around for several years.

Stockopedia provides some free analytics on your portfolio, so let’s work through them.

AIM HIT style 171029

Here’s the style analysis, which as I hoped shows that we have a Small Cap Blend portfolio.

AIM HIT health 171029

Here’s the health analysis, which I think is fine for an AIM portfolio.

  • The real value of this chart will be looking at how it moves over the life of the portfolio.

AIM HIT ratios 171029

This chart shows some metrics relative to the market:

  • Our PE is 14.7, which is close to the market.
  • EPS growth is 11%, compared to 13% for the market.
  • The PEG is 2.1, which is expensive.
    • I put this down to a “safety premium” on AIM, particularly on those stocks that are suitable for IHT portfolios.
  • Dividend yield is 3.1%, which is good for AIM.
  • Dividend cover is 2.6, which is also good.

AIM HIT sectors 171029

This is the sector analysis.

  • Consumer cyclicals is our biggest sector, which is something of a concern given our position in the economic cycle.

AIM HIT sector weights 171029

This chart shows the sector weights relative to the market, and puts the previous chart into some perspective.

  • We are not using the financials and energy sectors, which account for 32% of the market.
See also:  AIM IHT Portfolio Update 18 - October 2018

So our adjusted weighting for consumer cyclicals should be closer to 19% rather than 12%.

  • We’re still 16% overweight, mind.

It would be useful to exclude sectors from this analysis, but Stockopedia doesn’t allow this.

AIM HIT position weights 171029

The last chart shows the position sizes of the stocks, within a lower and an upper limit.

  • The format can’t cope with 50 stocks, so the names of half of the holdings are missing.

We have 50 stocks, so the default weighting is 2%.

  • I’ve set the limits at 1% and 5%.
  • Stockopedia should notify me automatically when these limits are breached.
Bad stocks

We have two rules for weeding out bad stocks:

  1. Share price fall of 20% (stop loss).
  2. Stockopedia score below 50 (or sub-ranks below 20).

I hope that this won’t generate too many signals each month.

AIM IHT losers 171029

Here are all the stocks in the portfolio that have dropped by more than 5%.

  • I’ve greyed out the numbers that show the size of the portfolio’s holdings.

There are none that are currently down by 20%.

  • CCT did fall by more than 20% when it announced that profits would be hit by the Toys r Us bankruptcy in the US, but it has started to recover.
  • I’ll only be checking the prices once a month, so CCT escapes for now.

The other stock to note is ACRL, which is currently suspended.

  • It’s likely to return (if it does) at a price that is more than 20% down, so it will probably be thrown out next month.

It’s also the reason why the headline 2.8% gain for this month should be taken with a pinch of salt.

  • ACRL is 1.8% of the portfolio, and if it delists the gains would drop to 1.0%.

AIM IHT low rankings 171029

Here are the ten stocks from the portfolio with the lowest Stockranks.

  • Only James Halstead (JHD) scores less then 50, at 47.
  • JHD is also classed as a Falling Star – the only negative Style Rank in the portfolio.
  • None of these stocks have sub-ranks below 20.

Since JHD’s momentum is its lowest sub-rank, I took a look at the chart:

JHD 171030

I think that the price might have bottomed out in September, and is now starting to recover.

  • So I will stick with it for another month.

Further up the table, CCT (which we’ve already discussed) scores 13 for momentum.

VCP scores 20 for value, so I looked at the chart:


That is a very good looking chart, so we’ll stick with VCP for now.

New candidates

We have no spaces for new stocks.

  • So there’s no need to re-run our concatenation and filtering of the nine screens and tables that contribute to our master list of “safe” AIM stocks.

We did find five suitable candidates ( KETL, NWF, EMR, ADT and  YOU) during our recent update on the SmallCap Growth AIM Portfolio (SGAP).

  • For now, these will be considered for the SGAP.

We can always move them over to the IHT portfolio if we need to.

Gold list

I received some submissions from readers of their own IHT portfolios, and of handouts from professional portfolios.

The following stocks have been added to the Gold List:

  1. Frontier Developments (FDEV)
  2. First Derivatives (FDP)
  3. Redde (REDD)
    • Note that REDD is in the financials sector, so unlikely to make it into our own IHT portfolio.
  4. Shepherd Neame (SHEP)
  5. Hotel Chocolate (HOTC)
  6. Lok’n’Store (LOK)
  7. Bohoo.com (BOO)
  8. Allergy Therapeutics (AGY)
  9. Good Energy (GOOD)
  10. Nasstar (NASA)
  11. Cohort (CHRT)
  12. Harvey Nash (HVN)
  13. IG Design (IGR)
  14. Swallowfield (SWL)
  15. Tracsis (TCRS)
See also:  Stockopedia for AIM #4

The Gold List now has around 90 stocks on it, and will soon run into the 100-stock limit on Stockopedia portfolios.

Until next time.

Mike is the owner of 7 Circles, and a private investor living in London. He has been managing his own money for 40 years, with some success.

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8 Responses

  1. Mike,
    Enjoying yr follow ups on AIM IHT portfolio.
    I have a question about the property aspect of a company’s portfolio and how this might influence the HMRC when it came to judgement day
    eg. Young and Co’s Brewery (YNGA)
    I like the business and the long term viability of the share but have always held back on buying them because they have so many properties,which I think are all owned?
    I would welcome your views on this as it has put me off of investing in other companies such as Watkinn Jones.
    Kind regards

    • Mike Rawson says:

      I share your concerns about property in general, though I would argue that Youngs are trading from premises rather than trading in premises.

      The crucial point for me is that they appear on my “Gold List” of stocks which have appeared in AIM IHT portfolios operated by the professionals. So if the pros think they qualify for BPR, then that’s good enough for me.

  2. Mike,
    Many thanks for yr response

  3. Mike- I would welcome yr understanding on the following:
    If I invest £1000 in an IHT share and 2 years later its value is £3000 and I wish to sell all
    1…Do I have to re-invest the full £3000 in another share? or
    2…Can I, for instance, reinvest the whole £3000 in 3 different IHT shares at say £1000 each?

    Bloody pain about Accrol– I have sold out at a heavy loss
    Feel some skullduggery and misrepresentation by the management–hope financial authorities investigate this!

    Kind regards

    • Mike Rawson says:

      Hi Barry,

      My understanding is that you can move proceeds into any number of new qualifying assets. You can even leave it in cash for quite a while, too. Note that this is all theory from me at this stage, so DYOR.

      Re: Accrol – c’est la vie. Three of the fifty stocks in the portfolio have now blown up in the first 10 weeks. At that rate, 30 will have hit trouble by the time we reach the end of the qualifying period!

      Good luck,


  4. Mike you have confirmed my own views so tku
    The time you can leave in cash is 3 years I believe
    Sorry that you have 3 blown up so far—It can only get better from here.

  5. Robert TUCKER says:

    G’day Mike,

    Another interesting article on AIM IHT for which thank you,

    On the matter of the Gold list, I had intended to invest in both First Derivatives and Loknstore but when I checked them on the Investors Champion facility it declared that First Derivative was not qualified and that Locknstore was only part qualified. If you have confidence in other sources of information relating to these companies it would be helpful to know. My only source is the Investors champion and publications from IHT professionals. It is a rather critical area of decision making when looking to limit IHT liabilities. I don’t wish to invest significant amounts of money in the riskier end of the market without strong confidence in the tax advantage.

    Best regards

    Robert Tucker

    • Mike Rawson says:

      Hi Robert,

      First Derivatives comes from Octopus and Lok’n’Store from Midas.

      As always, you need to DYOR and make a personal decision. I don’t have either of those stocks in my IHT portfolio at the moment.


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IHT AIM update 6 – October 2017

by Mike Rawson time to read: 4 min