Impax Environmental Markets PLC (LON:IEM) has noted the strong price performance of the company's shares for long periods of 2018, and the consequent material re-rating of the shares during the course of the year.
The £475mln company, which invests in things such as renewable energy, sustainable food and water, said this reflects both the growing recognition of the merits of its environmental investment thesis, as well as the credentials of its long-term investment manager, who has been responsible for the portfolio since Impax’s launch in February 2002.
Since late September, the shares have generally traded at a premium to net asset value; and in December, the firm issued shares out of the treasury in order to satisfy the demand that could not readily be met in the secondary market.
Impax added that it has 45.5mln shares available to issue and it will be undertaking a number of one-to-one marketing meetings with shareholders and potential investors over the coming weeks.
“Given the potential for further share issuance, the board recognises that existing shareholders and potential investors alike will welcome some clarification on its intentions regarding premium and discount management,” read a statement on Tuesday.
“The board, therefore, confirms that it remains committed to using its powers, including those to issue and buy back shares, in a proactive manner with the aim of seeing the shares, in normal market conditions, trading close to net asset value on a consistent and long-term basis.”
Impax shares were up 0.6% to 266p in late-morning trading on Tuesday.