Edinburgh funds improve

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The Independent Online
FRESH from its success over the weekend in winning control of the Drayton Asia investment trust, Edinburgh Fund Managers yesterday announced pre-tax profits up 4.5 per cent to pounds 5m, writes Peter Rodgers.

Funds under management increased 25 per cent to pounds 2.4bn, not counting the acquisitions since the year-end of Drayton Asia, with pounds 120m of funds, and the Target Unit Trusts, with pounds 110m.

Drayton is to be merged with the Edinburgh manager's existing trust, EFM Dragon. EFM will be paying pounds 1.3m to Invesco MIM, previous managers of Drayton Asia, as half of the termination cost of the management contract.

Colin Ross, chairman of EFM, said: 'World economies are at different stages in the cycle but, with low inflation and a falling trend in interest rates in most countries, the outlook for equity markets is generally favourable.'

EFM's dividend was raised 3.8 per cent to 13.5p for the year, with a final of 8.5p.

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