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FIDELITY EUROPEAN VALUES PLC - Half-yearly Report

July 29, 2014

Fidelity European Values PLC Preliminary announcement of unaudited Half-Yearly results for the six months ended 30 June 2014 Contents Interim Reports Investment Objective and Performance Summary 1 Financial Summary 2 Half-Yearly Report 3 Twenty Largest Investments 6 Interim Management Report Principal Risks and Uncertainties 7 Related Party Transactions 7 Going Concern 7 Directors' Responsibility Statement 7 Financial Statements Income Statement 8 Reconciliation of Movements in Shareholders' Funds 10 Balance Sheet 12 Cash Flow Statement 13 Notes to the Financial Statements 14 Information for Shareholders Shareholder Information 19 Glossary of Terms 21 Investing in Fidelity European Values PLC 24 Warning to Shareholders 25 Investment Objective and Performance Summary The investment objective of the Company is to achieve long term capital growth from the stockmarkets of continental Europe. Performance (Total Return) (%) Six From months launch to 5 30 November June 1991 2014 Net Asset Value ("NAV") per Share Total Return +3.1 +2,013.9 Share Price Total Return +5.6 +1,884.5 FTSE World Europe (ex UK) Index* Total Return +3.1 +641.4 *The Company's Benchmark Index Standardised performance (Total Return) (%) 30/06/13 30/06/12 30/06/11 30/06/10 30/06/09 to to to to to 30/06/14 30/06/13 30/06/12 30/06/11 30/06/10 NAV per Share +10.5 +26.8 -12.0 +30.5 +14.9 Share Price +16.3 +30.5 -12.1 +37.0 +7.0 FTSE World Europe (ex UK) +16.4 +27.9 -20.0 +29.4 +15.1 Index1 1 Data prior to the period ended 30 June 2011 is on a net of tax basis Sources: Fidelity and Datastream Past performance is not a guide to future returns The Company is a member of the Association of Investment Companies Financial Summary 30 31 June December 2014 2013 Assets Total portfolio exposure1 £743.5m £741.9m Shareholders' funds £713.0m £711.2m Total portfolio exposure in excess of shareholders' 4.3% 4.3% funds (Gearing) NAV per share (cum-income)2 170.80p 168.58p NAV per share (ex-income)2 167.60p 165.58p Stockmarket data FTSE World Europe (ex UK) Index3 432.45 430.40 Share price2 158.00p 152.50p Discount (ex-income basis) 5.7% 7.9% Discount (cum-income basis) 7.5% 9.5% Results for the six months to 30 June - see pages 8 2014 2013 and 9 Revenue return per ordinary share2 3.19p 3.08p Capital return per ordinary share2 1.86p 13.91p Total return per ordinary share2 5.05p 16.99p Total returns (includes reinvested income) for the 2014 2013 six months to 30 June NAV per share +3.1% +11.9% Share price +5.6% +9.7% FTSE World Europe (ex UK) Index3 +3.1% +10.9% 1 The total exposure of the investment portfolio, including exposure to the investments underlying the long CFDs 2 Prior period figures have been adjusted to reflect the ten for one ordinary share sub-division which took place on 2 June 2014 (see Notes 4, 6 and 7 in the Notes to the Financial Statements on pages 15 to 18) 3 Benchmark Index Sources: Fidelity and Datastream Past performance is not a guide to future returns Half-Yearly Report PERFORMANCE During the first six months of the year the net asset value ("NAV") total return was 3.1%, exactly matching the total return of 3.1% for the FTSE WorldEurope (ex UK) Index (the Company's Benchmark Index). The share price total return was 5.6% which is ahead of the NAV total return as a consequence of a narrowing in the share price discount to NAV. The discount narrowed from 7.9% at the beginning of the year to 5.7% at the end of the reporting period, based on the NAV excluding income. (All figures in UK sterling.) MARKET REVIEW After a very strong run in 2013, continental European markets rose more modestly in the first half of 2014. Currency exposure was the key differentiator of stock performance during the first months of the year. Companies exposed to the domestic European economy performed best, especially those listed in `peripheral' markets. Global multi-nationals suffered, most notably those doing more of their business in emerging markets which continued to struggle on a range of concerns, from the Fed's "tapering" to the crisis in Ukraine. The second quarter of the year has proved more challenging for the market overall, with almost no progress made in UK sterling terms. There were, however, changes in market leadership, with some of the key trends in recent years reversing. For instance, larger companies which have typically lagged their smaller brethren during the market rally of the last two years, saw some healthy rises, led by sectors such as energy and utilities. High profile mergers and acquisitions ("M&A") involving larger companies, such as the mooted acquisition of AstraZeneca by Pfizer or the proposed take-over of much of Alstom by GE, catalysed a reappraisal of larger company valuations. The half year ended in listless trading with volatility back to low pre-crisis levels across most geographies and asset classes. There may be some structural reasons why this is so, such as less proprietary trading by investment banks and the effects of quantitative easing, but often market calms are followed by more stormy conditions or, at least, more volatile conditions. PORTFOLIO MANAGER'S REPORT The Company's net asset value matched the Benchmark Index over the period. At the stock level, there were some strong performances from companies listed in the so-called `peripheral' economies such as Spain and Italy. In particular the two Spanish regulated utilities held by the Company benefited from an on-going reduction in sovereign bond yields and, in the case of Red Electrica, more clarity in regulation. The strong performance of these holdings off-set the negative impact of being generally underweight in the `peripheral' markets of Europe. Novo-Nordisk, the leading diabetes care company, which suffered an indifferent 2013, rebounded strongly, early on in 2014, as investors became less concerned about the economic impact of a contract loss and as the company published a more optimistic time-line on the potential approval of a key drug in the US market. Iliad, a French telecoms company, surged as it became apparent that the French regulator was in favour of in-market consolidation. Although no deal has yet been consummated, the share price has held up well in anticipation that a combination with another telecom company is still probable. The Company's bank holdings gave up some of their gains of the previous year as the costs of regulation and litigation continued to mount for the sector. BNP Paribas, in particular, struggled as it became clear that the cost of breaking sanctions placed by the US on countries such as Iran would be much higher than analysts had expected. Indeed, the threat of more litigation and regulation cast a long shadow over the sector, impacting other holdings, such as UBS, who are still subject to a number of litigation risks, in particular relating to foreign exchange trading. The Portfolio Manager believes that, at some stage, these costs will wane and the underlying strength and dividend capacity of these franchises will justify higher share prices. It has, however, been a painful wait. GEARING The Company continues to gear through the use of long Contracts For Difference ("CFDs"). As at 30 June 2014, the level of gearing was 4.3%. The Board has set a gearing range of 0-10% and in the six month period gearing made a marginally positive contribution to performance. SUB-DIVISION OF SHARES At the Annual General Meeting on 15 May 2014, shareholders approved the sub-division of the Company's ordinary share of 25 pence each into ten ordinary shares of 2.5 pence each. Following completion of the sub-division, 41,792,173 ordinary shares of 25 pence each converted into 417,921,730 new ordinary shares of 2.5 pence each. The new ordinary shares commenced trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange on 2 June 2014. DISCOUNT MANAGEMENT The Board continues to adopt an active discount management policy and share buybacks have been made during the period. Whilst the primary purpose of our policy is to reduce share price volatility in relation to NAV, buying in shares at a discount also results in an enhancement to NAV per share. In the period from 1st January to 1st June 2014, 395,520 ordinary shares of 25 pence each were repurchased for cancellation at an average price of 1,525.45 pence per share. In the period from 2nd June to 30th June 2014, 481,232 ordinary shares of 2.5 pence each were repurchased for cancellation at an average price of 157.53 pence per share. Since the period end, 992,588 ordinary shares of 2.5 pence each have been repurchased for cancellation at a price of 151.99 pence per share. The issued share capital as at 28 July 2014 was 416,447,910 ordinary shares of 2.5 pence each. The discount at 30 June 2014 was 7.5% on a cum-income NAV basis and 5.7% on an ex-income NAV basis. REGULATORY MATTERS As stated in the Annual Report, the Board has worked with its advisors in order to achieve compliance with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive ("AIFMD") which came into force on 22 July 2014. The Board has appointed FIL Investment Services (UK) Limited (a Fidelity group company) to act as the Company's Alternative Investment Fund Manager. FIL Investment Services (UK) Limited has delegated the portfolio management to FIL Investments International who previously acted as the Company's Manager. FIL Investments International will continue to act as the Company Secretary. An additional requirement of the AIFMD was to appoint a depositary on behalf of the Company to oversee the custody and cash arrangements of the Company. JP Morgan Chase Bank act as the Company's current banker and custodian and will continue to do so. The Board have extended this arrangement and appointed J.P.Morgan Europe Limited, part of the same group of companies as JP Morgan Chase Bank, to act as the Company's Depositary. OUTLOOK The Portfolio Manager has become more cautious about prospects for continental European stock markets. This is reflected in a lower level of gearing which was 4.4% at the date of this report. Share prices have risen while the earnings of continental European companies have not, partly due to the strength of the Euro. Valuations are now more attractive to sellers than buyers. This is evidenced by the rise in issuance, particularly initial public offerings ("IPOs") from private equity companies. There are some other warning signs, the recent pick-up in M&A activity being one example. This could well herald the usual weaker seasonal spell from May to September. Beyond that, the direction of the market will be determined by the delivery of earnings and dividend growth, which is much needed to give fundamental support to continental European stock markets. The recent measures announced by the European Central Bank ("ECB"), ostensibly to counter the threat of deflation, will provide some help. The ECB monetary easing may also start to weaken the relative strength of the Euro, particularly if the US Federal Reserve continues to curtail its own asset purchases. The Portfolio Manager's focus will continue to be on attractively-valued companies, with sound balance sheets, which can deliver consistent dividend growth. Although the direction of markets is unclear, the good news is that the majority of these consistent dividend growers, which had become relatively expensive during the sovereign debt crisis, have lagged the rally over the last two years such that, in general, they now appear to be relatively attractive in terms of valuation. By order of the Board FIL Investments International 28 July 2014 Twenty Largest Investments as at 30 June 2014 Twenty Largest Investments, including long Exposure Fair Exposure2 CFDs £'000 value1 % £'000 NestlÉ 46,100 46,100 6.2 Packaged food Roche 32,101 32,101 4.3 Pharmaceuticals Sanofi (CFD) 30,002 868 4.0 Pharmaceuticals Novo-Nordisk 29,175 29,175 3.9 Healthcare services Anheuser-Busch InBev 27,040 27,040 3.6 Brewing SAP 25,573 25,573 3.4 Software solutions and consultancy Schneider Electric 22,753 22,753 3.1 Electricity distribution and automation management UBS 21,691 21,691 2.9 Financial services BNP Paribas 21,273 21,273 2.9 Financial services Sampo 20,710 20,710 2.8 Property and casualty insurance Volkswagen 20,452 20,452 2.8 Automobiles Christian Dior 18,511 18,511 2.5 Clothing and accessories KBC Groep 18,454 18,454 2.5 Financial services Statoil 17,638 17,638 2.4 Energy Hennes & Mauritz 17,351 17,351 2.3 Business services Linde (CFD) 17,029 1,735 2.3 Gases and engineering GAM Holding 16,597 16,597 2.2 Asset managers Deutsche Boerse 15,185 15,185 2.0 Financial services SES 14,180 14,180 2.0 Broadcasting and entertainment ASML Holding 14,068 14,068 1.9 Semiconductors Twenty Largest Investments 445,883 401,455 60.0 Other Investments 297,652 297,652 40.0 Total Portfolio (including long CFDs) 743,535 699,107 100.0 1 Fair value represents the carrying value in the Balance Sheet on page 12 2 % of the total exposure of the investment portfolio, including exposure to the investments underlying the long CFDs Interim Management Report The Company is required to make the following disclosures in its Half-Yearly Report: PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES The Board, with the assistance of the Manager, has developed a risk matrix which, as part of the risk management and internal control process, identifies the key risks that the Company faces. The Board believes that the principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Company continue to fall into the following categories: market risk; performance risk; income/dividend risk; discount control risk; gearing risk; tax and regulatory risks; and operational risks. Information on each of these risks can be found in the Strategic Report section of the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2013. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS There have been no related party transactions during the six month period to 30 June 2014, and therefore, there is nothing to report on any material effect by such a transaction on the financial position or the performance of the Company. GOING CONCERN The Board receives regular reports from the Manager and the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the financial statements as outlined in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2013. The next continuation vote will be put to shareholders at the Annual General Meeting in 2015. DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT The Directors confirm to the best of their knowledge that: a) the condensed set of financial statements contained within the Half-Yearly Financial Report has been prepared in accordance with the UK Accounting Standards Board's Statement `Half-Yearly Financial Reports'; and gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and net return of the Company as required by the UK Listing Authority Disclosure and Transparency Rules ("DTR") 4.2.4R; and b) the Interim Management Report (which incorporates the Half-Yearly Report on pages 3 to 5) includes a fair review of the information required by DTR Rules 4.2.7R and 4.2.8R. The Half-Yearly Financial Report has not been audited or reviewed by the Company's Independent Auditor. The Half-Yearly Financial Report was approved by the Board on 28 July 2014 and the above responsibility statement was signed on its behalf by Mr Humphrey van der Klugt, Chairman. Income Statement six months year six months ended ended ended 30.06.14 31.12.13 30.06.13 unaudited audited unaudited revenue capital total revenue capital total revenue capital total Notes £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 Gains on - 6,334 6,334 - 95,243 95,243 - 57,054 57,054 investments designated at fair value through profit or loss Gains on - 1,537 1,537 - 12,044 12,044 - 2,913 2,913 derivative instruments held at fair value through profit or loss Income 2 18,055 - 18,055 21,066 - 21,066 17,622 - 17,622 Investment (2,981) - (2,981) (5,821) - (5,821) (2,839) - (2,839) management fees Performance - - - - - - - (502) (502) fees Other (414) - (414) (803) - (803) (384) - (384) expenses Exchange (35) (84) (119) 4 108 112 (9) (98) (107) (losses)/ gains on other net assets ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Net return 14,625 7,787 22,412 14,446 107,395 121,841 14,390 59,367 73,757 before finance costs and taxation Finance (107) - (107) (279) - (279) (140) - (140) costs ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Net return 14,518 7,787 22,305 14,167 107,395 121,562 14,250 59,367 73,617 on ordinary activities before taxation Taxation on 3 (1,134) - (1,134) (1,505) - (1,505) (1,097) - (1,097) return on ordinary activities ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Net return 13,384 7,787 21,171 12,662 107,395 120,057 13,153 59,367 72,520 on ordinary activities after taxation for the period ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= Return per 4 3.19p 1.86p 5.05p 2.98p 25.29p 28.27p 3.08p 13.90p 16.98p ordinary share1 ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= 1 Prior period figures have been adjusted to reflect the ten for one ordinary share sub-division which took place on 2 June 2014 A Statement of Total Recognised Gains and Losses has not been prepared as there are no gains and losses other than those reported in this Income Statement. The total column of the Income Statement is the profit and loss account of the Company. All revenue and capital items in the above statement derive from continuing operations. No operations were acquired or discontinued in the period. These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the Association of Investment Companies Statement of Recommended Practice issued in January 2009. Reconciliation of Movements in Shareholders' Funds Notes share share capital capital revenue total capital premium redemption reserve reserve equity £'000 account reserve £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 £'000 Opening 10,781 58,615 5,044 523,187 18,647 616,274 shareholders' funds at 1 January 2013 Repurchase of 6 (207) - 207 (11,641) - (11,641) ordinary shares Net return on - - - 59,367 13,153 72,520 ordinary activities after taxation for the period Dividend paid 5 - - - - (11,921) (11,921) to shareholders ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Closing 10,574 58,615 5,251 570,913 19,879 665,232 shareholders' funds at 30 June 2013 ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= Opening 10,781 58,615 5,044 523,187 18,647 616,274 shareholders' funds at 1 January 2013 Repurchase of 6 (234) - 234 (13,239) - (13,239) ordinary shares Net return on - - - 107,395 12,662 120,057 ordinary activities after taxation for the year Dividend paid 5 - - - - (11,901) (11,901) to shareholders ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Closing 10,547 58,615 5,278 617,343 19,408 711,191 shareholders' funds at 31 December 2013 ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Opening 10,547 58,615 5,278 617,343 19,408 711,191 shareholders' funds at 1 January 2014 Repurchase of 6 (111) - 111 (6,821) - (6,821) ordinary shares Net return on - - - 7,787 13,384 21,171 ordinary activities after taxation for the period Dividend paid 5 - - - - (12,535) (12,535) to shareholders ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- Closing 10,436 58,615 5,389 618,309 20,257 713,006 shareholders' funds at 30 June 2014 ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= ======= Balance Sheet Company No. 2638812 30.06.14 31.12.13 30.06.13 unaudited audited unaudited Notes £'000 £'000 £'000 Fixed assets Investments designated at fair 696,504 669,216 608,057 value through profit or loss ---------- ---------- ---------- Current assets Derivative assets held at fair 2,603 19,980 21,484 value through profit or loss Debtors 3,432 2,463 2,409 Fidelity Institutional 8,025 31 32 Liquidity Fund plc Cash at bank 4,206 21,326 35,346 ---------- ---------- ---------- 18,266 43,800 59,271 ---------- ---------- ---------- Creditors Other creditors (1,764) (1,825) (2,096) ---------- ---------- ---------- (1,764) (1,825) (2,096) ---------- ---------- ---------- Net current assets 16,502 41,975 57,175 ---------- ---------- ---------- Total net assets 713,006 711,191 665,232 ========== ========== ========== Capital and reserves Share capital 6 10,436 10,547 10,574 Share premium account 58,615 58,615 58,615 Capital redemption reserve 5,389 5,278 5,251 Capital reserve 618,309 617,343 570,913 Revenue reserve 20,257 19,408 19,879 ---------- ---------- ---------- Total equity shareholders' 713,006 711,191 665,232 funds ========== ========== ========== Net asset value per ordinary 7 170.80p 168.58p 157.28p share1 ========== ========== ========== 1 Prior period figures have been adjusted to reflect the ten for one ordinary share sub-division which took place on 2 June 2014 Cash Flow Statement six year six months months ended ended ended 30.06.14 31.12.13 30.06.13 unaudited audited unaudited £'000 £'000 £'000 Operating activities Investment income received 14,101 14,631 12,037 Income received on long CFDs 1,287 3,009 2,835 Deposit interest received 17 44 19 Investment management fee paid (2,995) (5,619) (2,736) Performance fee paid - (2,243) (2,243) Directors' fees paid (66) (104) (72) Other cash payments (341) (660) (335) ---------- ---------- ---------- Net cash inflow from operating 12,003 9,058 9,505 activities ---------- ---------- ---------- Finance costs Interest paid on long CFDs (106) (281) (141) ---------- ---------- ---------- Net cash outflow from finance costs (106) (281) (141) ---------- ---------- ---------- Taxation recovered 130 651 550 ---------- ---------- ---------- Financial investments Purchase of investments (135,153) (156,750) (60,500) Disposal of investments 114,534 167,459 94,015 ---------- ---------- ---------- Net cash (outflow)/inflow from (20,619) 10,709 33,515 financial investments ---------- ---------- ---------- Derivative activities Net proceeds/(payments) from long 18,914 5,765 (4,870) CFD positions closed ---------- ---------- ---------- Net cash inflow/(outflow) from 18,914 5,765 (4,870) derivative activities ---------- ---------- ---------- Dividends paid to shareholders (12,535) (11,901) (11,921) ---------- ---------- ---------- Net cash (outflow)/inflow before use (2,213) 14,001 26,638 of liquid resources and financing ---------- ---------- ---------- Cash flow from management of liquid resources Fidelity Institutional Liquidity (7,994) (1) - Fund plc ---------- ---------- ---------- Net cash outflow from management of (7,994) (1) - liquid resources ---------- ---------- ---------- Net cash (outflow)/inflow before (10,207) 14,000 26,638 financing ---------- ---------- ---------- Financing Repurchase of ordinary shares (6,829) (13,232) (11,642) ---------- ---------- ---------- Net cash outflow from financing (6,829) (13,232) (11,642) ---------- ---------- ---------- (Decrease)/increase in cash (17,036) 768 14,996 ---------- ---------- ---------- Notes to the Financial Statements 1 ACCOUNTING POLICIES The half-yearly financial statements have been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies set out in the Company's Annual Report and financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2013. 30.06.14 31.12.13 30.06.13 unaudited audited unaudited £'000 £'000 £'000 2 INCOME Income from investments designated at fair value through profit or loss Overseas dividends 15,843 16,599 13,834 Overseas scrip dividends 332 728 561 UK dividends 578 686 371 ---------- ---------- ---------- 16,753 18,013 14,766 Income from derivatives held at fair value through profit or loss Dividends on long CFDs 1,287 3,009 2,835 ---------- ---------- ---------- 18,040 21,022 17,601 Other income Deposit interest 15 44 21 ---------- ---------- ---------- Total income 18,055 21,066 17,622 ========== ========== ========== 30.06.14 31.12.13 30.06.13 unaudited audited unaudited £'000 £'000 £'000 3 TAXATION ON RETURN ON ORDINARY ACTIVITIES Overseas taxation suffered 2,081 2,558 2,039 Overseas taxation recovered (947) (1,053) (942) ---------- ---------- ---------- Current taxation charge 1,134 1,505 1,097 ========== ========== ========== 4 ACCOUNTING POLICIES The return per ordinary share is based on the net return on ordinary activities after taxation for the period divided by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period. 30.06.14 31.12.13 30.06.13 unaudited audited unaudited £'000 £'000 £'000 Net revenue return on ordinary 13,384 12,662 13,153 activities after taxation for the period Net capital return on ordinary 7,787 107,395 59,367 activities after taxation for the period ---------- ---------- ---------- Net total return on ordinary 21,171 120,057 72,520 activities after taxation for the period ========== ========== ========== Weighted average number of ordinary 419,592,982 424,578,870 426,955,590 shares in issue during the period ========== ========== ========== 30.06.14 31.12.13 30.06.13 unaudited audited unaudited pence pence pence Revenue return per ordinary share 3.19 2.98 3.08 Capital return per ordinary share 1.86 25.29 13.90 ---------- ---------- ---------- Total return per ordinary share 5.05 28.27 16.98 ========== ========== ========== The weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue at 31 December 2013 and 30 June 2013 have been adjusted to reflect the ten for one ordinary share sub-division which took place on 2 June 2014, as disclosed in Note 6 below. On the original basis, as stated in the prior period financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2013, the net returns per ordinary share were: revenue return 29.82 pence, capital return 252.94 pence and total return 282.76 pence, and for the six months ended 30 June 2013: revenue return 30.81 pence, capital return 139.05 pence and total return 169.86 pence (based on the weighted average number of Existing Ordinary Shares in issue for the year ended 31 December 2013: 42,457,887 and for the six months ended 30 June 2013: 42,695,559). 30.06.14 31.12.13 30.06.13 unaudited audited unaudited £'000 £'000 £'000 5 DIVIDENDS PAID Dividend of 29.75 pence per 12,535 - - ordinary share paid for the year ended 31 December 2013 Dividend of 27.75 pence per - 11,901 11,901 ordinary share paid for the year ended 31 December 2012 ---------- ---------- ---------- 12,535 11,901 11,901 ========== ========== ========== No dividend has been declared in respect of the six months to 30 June 2014. If the pence per ordinary share dividend rates actually paid, as shown above, are adjusted to reflect the ten for one ordinary share sub-division which took place on 2 June 2014, as disclosed in Note 6 below, the adjusted dividend rates would be: dividend of 2.975 pence per ordinary share paid for the year ended 31 December 2013 and dividend of 2.775 pence per ordinary share paid for the year ended 31 December 2012. 30.06.14 31.12.13 30.06.13 unaudited audited unaudited Number £'000 Number £'000 Number £'000 of shares of shares of shares 6 SHARE CAPITAL Existing Ordinary Shares of 25 pence each Issued, allotted and fully paid Beginning of 42,187,693 10,547 43,127,073 10,781 43,127,073 10,781 the period Repurchase (395,520) (99) (939,380) (234) (830,679) (207) of ordinary shares ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- 41,792,173 10,448 42,187,693 10,547 42,296,394 10,574 Ordinary (41,792,173) (10,448) - - - - shares cancelled on the sub-division ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- End of the - - 42,187,693 10,547 42,296,394 10,574 period ========== ========== ========== ========== ========== ========== New Ordinary Shares of 2.5 pence each Issued, allotted and fully paid Beginning of - - - - - - the period Ordinary 417,921,730 10,448 - - - - shares issued on the sub-division ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- 417,921,730 10,448 - - - - Repurchase (481,232) (12) - - - - of ordinary shares ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- End of the 417,440,498 10,436 - - - - period ========== ========== ========== ========== ========== ========== On 2 June 2014, the Existing Ordinary Shares of 25 pence each were sub-divided. Ten New Ordinary Shares of 2.5 pence each were issued for each existing share. The new shares rank pari passu with each other and are subject to the same rights and restrictions as the shares they replaced. A holding of New Ordinary Shares following the sub-division represents the same proportion of the issued share capital of the Company as the corresponding holding in the Existing Ordinary Shares. 7 NET ASSET VALUE PER ORDINARY SHARE The net asset value per ordinary share is based on net assets of £713,006,000 (31 December 2013: £711,191,000 and 30 June 2013: £665,232,000) and on 417,440,498 (31 December 2013: 421,876,930 and 30 June 2013: 422,963,940) New Ordinary Shares, being the number of ordinary shares in issue at the period end. The number of ordinary shares in issue at 31 December 2013 and 30 June 2013 have been adjusted to reflect the ten for one ordinary share sub-division which took place on 2 June 2014, as disclosed in Note 6 above. On the original basis, as stated in the prior period financial statements, the net asset value per ordinary share was 1,685.78 pence per share at 31 December 2013 and 1,572.79 pence per share at 30 June 2013 (based on the number of Existing Ordinary Shares in issue at 31 December 2013: 42,187,693 and 30 June 2013: 42,296,394). 8 INVESTMENT TRANSACTION COSTS Transaction costs are incurred on the acquisition and disposal of investments. These are included in the gains on investments designated at fair value through profit or loss in the capital column of the Income Statement and are summarised below: 30.06.14 31.12.13 30.06.13 unaudited audited unaudited £'000 £'000 £'000 Purchases 205 247 71 Sales 137 188 109 ---------- ---------- ---------- 342 435 180 ========== ========== ========== 9 UNAUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS The results for the six months ended 30 June 2014 and 30 June 2013, which are unaudited, constitute non-statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The figures and financial information for the year ended 31 December 2013 are extracted from the latest published financial statements. These financial statements, on which the Independent Auditor gave an unqualified report, have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. Shareholder Information CONTACT INFORMATION Private investors: call free on 0800 41 41 10 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Financial advisers: call free on 0800 41 41 81 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. www.fidelity.co.uk/its Existing shareholders who have a specific query regarding their holding or need to provide updated information, for example a change of address, should contact the appropriate administrator. Holders of ordinary shares Capita Asset Services, Registrars to Fidelity European Values PLC, The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4TU. Telephone: 020 8639 3399 (lines are open 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday). email: shareholderenquiries@capita.co.uk Details of individual shareholdings and other information can also be obtained from the Registrars' website: www.capitaassetservices.com Fidelity Share Plan investors Fidelity Investment Trust Share Plan, PO Box 12062, Mellon House, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 9LX. Telephone: 0845 358 1107 (calls to this number are charged at 3.95p per minute from a BT landline dependent on the tariff. Other telephone service providers' costs may vary). Fidelity ISA investors Fidelity, using the freephone numbers given above, or by writing to: UK Customer Service, Fidelity Worldwide Investment, Oakhill House, 130 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9DZ. General enquiries General enquiries should be made to the Secretary, FIL Investments International, at the Company's registered office: FIL Investments International Investment Trusts, Beech Gate, Millfield Lane, Lower Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 6RP. Telephone: 01732 36 11 44 Fax: 01737 836 892 www.fidelity.co.uk/its Dividend Reinvestment Plan This is a convenient way to build up your shareholding by using your cash dividends to buy more shares in the Company. If you prefer to receive shares for your next dividend instead of cash please complete an application form online at www.capitashareportal.com or call Capita IRG Trustees on 0871 664 0300 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras) from the UK or +44 20 8639 3399 from overseas. FINANCIAL CALENDAR 30 June 2014 - Half-Yearly period end July 2014 - Announcement of Half-Yearly results August 2014 - Publication of Half-Yearly Report 31 December 2014 - Financial year end March 2015 - Publication of Annual Report May 2015 - Annual General Meeting Shareholder Information Board, Manager and Advisors BOARD OF DIRECTORS Humphrey van der Klugt (Chairman) James Robinson (Chairman of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director) Simon Fraser Robin Niblett Marion Sears ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUND MANAGER (AIFM) FIL Investment Services (UK) Limited Oakhill House 130 Tonbridge Road Hildenborough Tonbridge Kent TN11 9DZ PORTFOLIO MANAGER, SECRETARY AND REGISTERED OFFICE FIL Investments International Beech Gate Millfield Lane Lower Kingswood Tadworth Surrey KT20 6RP FINANCIAL ADVISERS AND STOCKBROKERS Winterflood Investment Trusts The Atrium Building Cannon Bridge 25 Dowgate Hill London EC4R 2GA INDEPENDENT AUDITOR Grant Thornton UK LLP Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditor 30 Finsbury Square London EC2P 2YU BANKERS AND CUSTODIAN JP Morgan Chase Bank (London Branch) 125 London Wall London EC2Y 5AJ DEPOSITARY J.P. Morgan Europe Limited 25 Bank Street London E14 5JP REGISTRARS Capita Asset Services The Registry 34 Beckenham Road Beckenham Kent BR3 4TU LAWYERS Slaughter and May One Bunhill Row London EC1Y 8YY Speechly Bircham LLP 6 New Street Square London EC4A 3LX Glossary of Terms AIF Alternative Investment Fund. The Company is an AIF. AIFM Alternative Investment Fund Manager. The Board has appointed FIL Investment Services (UK) Limited to act as the Company's AIFM. AIFMD The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive is a European Union Directive and came into force on 22 July 2013. The implementation date was 22 July 2014. BENCHMARK INDEX FTSE World Europe (ex UK) Index against which the performance of the Company is measured. CONTRACT FOR DIFFERENCE (CFD) A Contract For Difference is a derivative. It is a contract between the Company and an investment bank at the end of which the parties exchange the difference between the opening price and the closing price of the underlying asset of the specified financial instrument. It does not involve the Company buying or selling the underlying asset, only agreeing to receive or pay the movement in its share price. A Contract For Difference allows the Company to gain access to the movement in the share price by depositing a small amount of cash known as margin. The Company may reason that the asset price will rise, by buying ("long" position) or fall, by selling ("short" position). If the Company holds long positions, dividends are received and interest is paid. If the Company holds short positions, dividends are paid and interest is received. The Company only uses long Contracts For Difference. DERIVATIVES Financial instruments whose value is derived from the value of an underlying asset. The main categories of derivatives are Contracts For Difference, futures and options. DISCOUNT If the share price of the Company is lower than the net asset value per share, the Company's shares are said to be trading at a discount. The discount is shown as a percentage of the net asset value. The opposite of a discount is a premium. It is more common for an investment trust's shares to trade at a discount than a premium. FAIR VALUE The fair value is the best estimate of the value of the investments, including derivatives, at a point in time and this is measured as: • Listed investments valued at bid prices, or last market prices, where available, otherwise at published price quotations; • Unlisted investments valued using an appropriate valuation technique in the absence of an active market; and • Contracts For Difference valued as the difference between the settlement price of the contract and the value of the underlying shares in the contract (unrealised gains or losses). GEARING Gearing describes the level of a Company's exposure and is expressed as a percentage of shareholders' funds. It reflects the amount of exposure the Company uses to invest in the market. It can be through the use of bank loans, bank overdrafts or derivatives in order to increase a Company's exposure to investments. If assets rise in value, gearing magnifies the return to ordinary shareholders. Correspondingly, if the assets fall in value, gearing magnifies the fall. The Company uses long Contracts For Difference to gain exposure to the price movements of certain shares without buying the underlying shares directly. GEARING PERCENTAGE In a simple example, if a company has £100 million of net assets and a total portfolio of £108 million, with £8 million of borrowings (either via bank loans or long derivatives) then the shareholders' funds are 8% geared. Normally, the higher the gearing percentage, the more sensitive the Company's shares will be to movements up and down in the value of the investment portfolio. HEDGING A strategy aimed at minimising or eliminating the risk or loss through adverse movements, normally involving positions in two different markets, with one offsetting the other. The Company uses derivatives for gearing and investment rather than hedging purposes. NET ASSET VALUE (NAV) Net asset value is sometimes also described as "shareholders' funds", and represents the total value of the Company's assets less the total value of its liabilities. For valuation purposes it is common to express the net asset value on a per share basis. NAV PER SHARE (CUM-INCOME) The net asset value per share including the net revenue on ordinary activities after taxation for the period, as shown in the revenue column of the Income Statement. NAV PER SHARE (EX-INCOME) The net asset value per share excluding the net revenue on ordinary activities after taxation for the period. PREMIUM If the share price of the Company is higher than the net asset value per share, the Company's shares are said to be trading at a premium. The premium is shown as a percentage of the net asset value. The opposite of a premium is a discount. RETURN The return generated in the period from the investments: • Revenue Return reflects the dividends and interest from investments and other income net of revenue expenses, finance costs and taxation; • Capital Return reflects the return on capital, excluding any revenue returns; • Total Return reflects the aggregate of capital and revenue returns in the period. SHAREHOLDERS' FUNDS Shareholders' funds are also described as "net asset value" and represent the total value of the Company's assets less the total value of its liabilities. TOTAL PORTFOLIO EXPOSURE The total of fixed asset investments at fair value plus the fair value of the underlying securities within the Contracts For Difference. TOTAL RETURN PERFORMANCE The return on the share price or net asset value per share taking into account the rise and fall of share prices and the dividends paid to shareholders. Any dividends received by the shareholder are assumed to have been reinvested in additional shares (for share price total return) or the Company's assets (for net asset value total return). Investing in Fidelity European Values PLC Further Information For application forms or more information about any of the investment options described here, please call the Fidelity Investment Trust Line on 0800 41 41 10 and talk to a Fidelity customer representative (9am to 6pm). Alternatively, you may like to visit the Fidelity London Investor Centre at 25 Cannon Street, next to St Paul's Cathedral. You can also find out more by visiting fidelity.co.uk/its or contacting your Financial Adviser. The Fidelity Individual Savings Account ("ISA") and Junior ISA are offered and managed by Financial Administration Services Limited. The Fidelity Investment Trust Share Plan is managed by FIL Investments International. Both companies are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The value of savings and eligibility to invest in an ISA will depend on individual circumstances and all tax rules may change in the future. With effect from 22 July 2014, Fidelity's investment trusts are managed by FIL Investment Services (UK) Limited, the Alternative Investment Fund Manager. They were previously managed by FIL Investments International. Fidelity only gives information about its own products and services and does not provide investment advice based on individual circumstances. Should you wish to seek advice, please contact a Financial Adviser. Please note that the value of investments and the income from them may fall as well as rise and the investor may not get back the amount originally invested. Past performance is not a guide to future returns. For funds that invest in overseas markets, changes in currency exchange rates may affect the value of your investment. Investing in small and emerging markets can be more volatile than older developed markets. Reference in this document to specific securities should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell these securities, but is included for the purposes of illustration only. Investors should also note that the views expressed may no longer be current and may have already been acted upon by Fidelity. Fidelity, Fidelity Worldwide Investment, the Fidelity Worldwide Investment logo and symbol are trademarks of FIL Limited. The content of websites referenced in this document does not form part of this document. Warning to Shareholders SHARE FRAUD WARNING Share fraud includes scams where investors are called out of the blue and offered shares that often turn out to be worthless or non-existent, or an inflated price for shares they own. These calls come from fraudsters operating in `boiler rooms' that are mostly based abroad. While high profits are promised, those who buy or sell shares in this way usually lose their money. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found most share fraud victims are experienced investors who lose an average of £20,000, with around £200m lost in the UK each year. PROTECT YOURSELF If you are offered unsolicited investment advice, discounted shares, a premium price for shares you own, or free company or research reports, you should take these steps before handing over any money: 1. Get the name of the person and organisation contacting you. 2. Check the FCA Register at www.fca.org.uk/register to ensure they are authorised. 3. Use the details on the FCA Register to contact the firm. 4. Call the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768 if there are no contact details on the Register or you are told they are out of date. 5. Search the FCA list of unauthorised firms and individuals to avoid doing business with. 6. REMEMBER: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! If you use an unauthorised firm to buy or sell shares or other investments, you will not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong. REPORT A SCAM If you are approached about a share scam you should tell the FCA using the share fraud reporting form at www.fca.org.uk/scams, where you can find out about the latest investment scams. You can also call the Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768. If you have already paid money to share fraudsters you should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 Fidelity, Fidelity Worldwide Investment, the Fidelity Worldwide Investment logo and symbol are trademarks of FIL Limited Printed on FSC® certified paper. 100% of the inks used are vegetable oil based 95% of press chemicals are recycled for further use and on average 99% of any waste associated with this production will be recycled. The FSC® logo identifies products which contain wood from well-managed forests certified in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council®. This document is printed on Cocoon Silk; a paper made using 50% recycled fibre from genuine waste paper and 50% virgin fibre. The unavoidable carbon emissions generated during the manufacture and delivery of this document, have been reduced to net zero through a verified, carbon offsetting project.




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