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APQ Global raises £20mln to progress emerging markets strategy

In June, APQ said it was mulling a fund raise of between £20-25mln

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Russia is one of APQ's favoured investment areas

Emerging markets income trust APQ Global Limited (LON:APQ) has raised just over £20mln through a convertible loan issue backed by major shareholder Old Mutual.

Some £20.1mln CULS have been issued with a coupon of 3.5% and a conversion price of about 105.4p, a 10% premium to the book value of 95.8p.

In June, APQ said it was mulling a fund raise of between £20-25mln.

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South African life insurance giant Old Mutual PLC (LON:OML), which has a 23% stake, is investing £4mln, a related party transaction under AIM rules.

APQ specialises in equities, currency instruments and bonds in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The trust’s objective is to pay a fully covered dividend yielding 6% while ensuring book value grows by between 5%-10% each year.

Its biggest exposures are Brazil, Russia and its experts like the financial services and natural resources sectors.

The CULS are being issued in denominations of £5,000 each.

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Price: 22.5 GBX

Market: AIM
Market Cap: £17.63 m

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