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About the Fund

A portfolio of undervalued companies constructed without regard to index weights, aiming to deliver monthly income with downside protection.

Sustainable income paid monthly and majority franked.
A focus on downside protection through fundamental research.
A benchmark unaware approach to portfolio construction.

Why this Fund

The Fund suits investors with a view to invest for at least five years and are seeking high levels of return and are comfortable with a moderate level of volatility.

Access to a portfolio of high free cash flow producing companies selected without reference to the benchmark.
Aims to provide reliable and consistent monthly income, predominantly from franked dividends. 
Utilises a derivatives overlay to remove a large part of the volatility associated with traditional equities portfolios.

Fund Facts

About this fund
Unit prices (at 28 Sep 2023)
Buy $1.18 / Sell $1.17
Buy/sell spread (at 13 Oct 2022)
0.20% / 0.20%
Inception date
30 Sep 2005
70% S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index / 30% Bloomberg Ausbond Bank Bill Index
Fund size (at 31 Aug 2023)
Distribution Frequency
Suggested Min Timeframe
At least five years
Portfolio Managers
Neil Margolis
Fund IDs
090 578 171
Fees / Pricing
Management Costs
Performance Fee (if applicable)
Minimum Investment

Interests in the Merlon Australian Share Income Fund ARSN 090 578 171 are offered by Fidante Partners Limited (ABN 94 002 835 592 AFSL 234 668) (Fidante Partners). Fidante Partners has appointed Merlon Capital Partners Pty Ltd (ABN 94 140 833 683 AFSL 343753) as the investment manager of the Fund. 

Fund Performance & Distributions

Performance Table
Cumulative Performance
Distribution History

Fund Performance (Net) as at 30 Sep 2023

1M 3M 1YR 3YR (p.a) 5YR (p.a) 10YR (p.a) SI (p.a)
Fund -2.66% -1.66% 13.84% 12.86% 5.88% 5.75% 5.20%

Data powered by FE fundinfo. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The inception date of the Fund is 30 September 2005.

FE fundinfo calculates performance using the Australian FSC Standard by constructing a total value index series that reflects the percentage change in investments assuming the reinvestment of all distributions. A total value index series is constructed using the Ex-Distribution exit price, which is calculated at the end of a distribution period by deducting the distribution amount by the Cum distribution exit price.

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Performance is calculated on a bid-to-bid basis with income reinvested. It is important to know that unit prices reflect the value of the underlying assets of the funds and so can go down as well as up.

Past performance is not indicative of future performance. Where a fund invests in overseas securities, the unit prices may also rise and fall purely on account of exchange rate fluctuations.

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Performance figures are calculated on an exit – exit basis and shown in Australian Dollars.


You should read the Fund's TMD and PDS to ensure the key attributes of the Fund as described in the TMD and PDS aligns with your objectives, financial situation and needs before making a decision about whether to acquire or continue to hold the Fund.

Closed Funds 

Merlon also manages the following funds.  These funds are closed to new investors.  Existing investors can continue to make additional investments into each fund. 

Merlon Australian Equity Income Fund (APIR: WAR0002AU) - TMD Unit Price History I Additional Investments

MCP Australian Share Income Fund (APIR: EQI0004AU) - TMD I Unit Price History I Additional Investments


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The Morningstar Analyst Rating™ for Merlon Australian Share Income Fund is Neutral as of 10/2022.  © 2023 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither Morningstar, its affiliates, nor the content providers guarantee the data or content contained herein to be accurate, complete or timely nor will they have any liability for its use or distribution. This report or data has been prepared for clients of Morningstar Australasia Pty Ltd (ABN: 95 090 665 544, AFSL: 240892) and/or New Zealand wholesale clients of Morningstar Research Ltd, subsidiaries of Morningstar, Inc. Any general advice has been provided without reference to your financial objectives, situation or needs. For more information refer to our Financial Services Guide at You should consider the advice in light of these matters and if applicable, the relevant Product Disclosure Statement before making any decision to invest. Morningstar’s publications, ratings and products should be viewed as an additional investment resource, not as your sole source of information. Morningstar’s full research reports are the source of any Morningstar Ratings and are available from Morningstar or your adviser. Past performance does not necessarily indicate a financial product’s future performance. To obtain advice tailored to your situation, contact a financial adviser. 

The Zenith Investment Partners (ABN 27 103 132 672, AFS Licence 226872) (“Zenith”) rating (assigned June 2022) referred to in this piece is limited to “General Advice” (s766B Corporations Act 2001) for Wholesale clients only. This advice has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any individual, including target markets of financial products, where applicable, and is subject to change at any time without prior notice. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product(s). Investors should seek independent financial advice before making an investment decision and should consider the appropriateness of this advice in light of their own objectives, financial situation and needs. Investors should obtain a copy of, and consider the PDS or offer document before making any decision and refer to the full Zenith Product Assessment available on the Zenith website. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology, ratings definitions and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessments and at Fund Research Regulatory Guidelines.