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Data Table - High Livez Performance

Annual performance (% per annum) Distribution Return Growth Return Total Return*
Current Month Annualised 6.15% 0.43% 6.58%
1 year 6.74% 1.71% 8.45%
3 year 4.39% 0.20% 4.60%
5 year 4.02% 0.21% 4.23%
10 year 4.37% 0.09% 4.46%
Since inception# 4.94% 0.44% 5.37%

Past performance is not indicative of future performance

# inception date was 29 March 2011

Understanding the data
High Livez Fund investments are floating rate, which receive a fixed margin above a base rate. This means that in the event of inflation and rising interest rates, the Fund’s distribution returns are likely to rise, whilst if interest rates fall, distributions are also likely to fall. The correlation between the Fund’s distribution rate and the RBA’s official cash rate is illustrated in the above graph. The investments held by the High Livez Fund are loans, which means that in the event a borrower defaults, the High Livez Fund (and accordingly its investors) will not benefit from returns from that loan. All loans are subject to borrower default risk, and in a higher rate environment, this risk may be higher. An investment in the High Livez Fund is at risk, and is a different asset class to cash which is displayed by the RBA Cash Rate. Accordingly, an investment in the High Livez Fund is of a higher risk than an investment in cash. By displaying this graph, it is intended to show how the High Livez Fund’s returns may be affected by changes in the RBA Cash Rate, and it is not intended to compare an investment in the High Livez Fund to a cash holding.

Performance Summary

Fund Objective

The Trust aims to provide stable monthly income returns from a diversified portfolio of Asset-Backed Securities supplemented by a small allocation towards Short Term Money Market Securities.

The Trust will invest in Asset-Backed Securities and Short Term Money Market Securities which are normally only available to professional and institutional investors.

Our Investment Committee is pleased with the results of our fund, delivering on our objectives of capital stability and regular monthly income. We also maintain and manage liquidity closely across our fund should Unit Holders choose to redeem at any month end.

Fund Update

During March, the Fund Unit Price increased from 1.0536 to 1.0581, the highest Unit Price in two years. The increase was due to strong demand in credit markets for the underlying bond instruments in which our fund invests. The momentum is broad spread across most credit markets.

Unit Price volatility has remained low within a very narrow band. This is consistent with the fund objective of providing stable monthly income for our unit holders.

The fund has experienced low Unit Price volatility of an annualised 1% (calculated since August 2012). This means that the movement in Unit Price is quite narrow, tracking closely to the mean. This is consistent with a low risk managed fund.

For the month of March 2024, our fund distributed an annualised 6.15%, representing a margin above the RBA cash rate of 1.80%.

The RBA has now lifted the cash rate target thirteen times for a total of 4.25%. This has resulted in a corresponding increase in the one month bank bill rate off which our fund investments reset above. The investments of the fund are all floating rate Notes which reset monthly. Hence, a rising cash rate will result in higher coupon receipts, increasing the distribution return of the fund. This means that increased collections, and therefore distributions, are anticipated in the future, continuing the trend illustrated in the above chart.

The RBA Cash rate and BBSW1m are 99.4% correlated over a ten year period. The RBA cash rate is widely understood and provides a useful explanation of fund returns, i.e. demonstrating that the fund returns are heavily influenced by changes in the RBA cash rate, as of course BBSW1m is highly correlated with the RBA cash rate.

Underlying asset quality remains strong, with low delinquencies across the underlying residential mortgages. We are pleased with our portfolio resilience however we do anticipate some increase in delinquencies associated with increasing mortgage rates. We expect all investments to be comfortably within tolerance over the months ahead.

The Total Return for the past 10 years was 4.46% per annum.

It is recommended that unitholders invest with a timeframe of 3-5 years. Over the past year three years, the Total Return was 4.60% per year, and over the past five years was 4.23% per annum.

The High Livez Fund is not capital guaranteed.

Australian Economic Update

Australian economic indicators released in March were mixed strength. Q4 GDP grew only 0.2% q-o-q, 1.5% yoy from 0.3% q-o-q, 2.1%       y-o-y in Q3. February retail sales rose 0.3% m-o-m consolidating with the 1.1% m-o-m gain in January. Housing indicators weakened in January with the value of home loans down 4.6% m-o-m and home building approvals down by 1.0% m-o-m. The labour market was much stronger than expected in February with employment up 116,500 and the unemployment rate falling sharply from 4.1% in January to 3.7% in February. The February CPI showed annual inflation at 3.4% y-o-y, unchanged from January. The RBA’s interest rate setting committee left the cash rate unchanged at 4.35% at its mid-March meeting and indicated that it was ruling nothing in or out concerning the economic and interest rate outlook.

Australian Credit Markets

Markets continued its rally over March granted at a moderated pace driven by reduced investor optimism for the timings of the rate easy cycling. Australian risk assets mirrored the sentiment seen in other global markets, with the Australian iTraxx flat at 64 basis points. Physical credit assets performed well with significant issuances across Corporates, Bank senior and Tier 2 and Structured. The strength of the domestic Tier 2 market was demonstrated in the HSBC 10NC5 Tier 2 transaction which had over A$5.8bn of interest for a $1.5bn transaction (largest ever demand for Tier 2 transaction), eclipsing the A$4.97bn record set by Macquarie in February. Continuing the recent record-breaking streak, Westpac then priced an A$ 10NC5 at 188bp which was not only the tightest Major Bank print since August 2021, but the largest ever orderbook for a Major Bank A$ Tier 2 deal at A$4.32bn. These two deals take the total A$ Tier 2 supply for the quarter to over A$8bn which is the largest quarter ever and well above the A$4.25bn in Q1 last year.

Historical performance assumptions

*Total Return for the 10 years to 31 March 2024 and 5.37% since inception on 29 March 2011. The total return is the Fund’s consolidated performance over the period referenced. Performance is calculated on an initial investment of $10,000 with distributions reinvested. Ongoing fees and expenses have been applied however individual taxes are excluded. This website is prepared and issued by Firstmac Limited ACN 094 145 963 (Firstmac) the holder of Australian financial services licence (AFSL) number 290600 in respect of Firstmac High Livez ARSN 147 322 923 (Fund). Perpetual Trust Services Limited ACN 000 142 049, the holder of AFSL number 236648 is the responsible entity (RE) and the issuer of the units in the Fund (Units). A target market determination for the Fund is available at or by contacting Firstmac on 13 12 20. This website has been prepared without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before investing in the Fund, you should consider whether an investment in the Fund is appropriate having regards to your objectives, financial situation and needs and obtain appropriate professional advice. Prior to making a decision about whether to acquire, hold or dispose of Units you should consider the product disclosure statement (PDS) for the Fund available at Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance and may not be repeated. Restrictions may apply to the amount and timing of withdrawal requests – refer to the PDS for full details.

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