Aura Private Credit Income Fund

(previously Aura High Yield SME Fund)

The Aura Private Credit Income Fund aims to provide monthly income with target returns of 9%-12% per annum from a broadly diversified portfolio of loans to businesses in Australia.

All information provided is as of 30 June 2024 and intended for Wholesale Investors only.

NAV per unit as at 30 June 2024: $1.00 and has been maintained over the life of the Fund.

About the Fund

The Aura Private Credit Income Fund (previously called the Aura High Yield SME Fund) is an open-ended unlisted fund that provides funding to non-bank lenders that specialise in providing finance to businesses in Australia.

The Fund invests in diversified pools of business loans via a select group of lenders across various industries capturing the higher interest rate premium of business loans. This provides a layer of diversification in the portfolio and the borrower industry. By carefully analysing the merits of businesses requiring short-term loans, deep due diligence can reduce risk while offering an attractive income yield. Since its inception, there has been no loss of capital in the Fund.

The Fund was previously known as the Aura High Yield SME Fund and was renamed in July 2024.

Monthly Performance


0.75%

1-Month net return after fees *

9.64%

Return since inception annualised*

88.94%

Return since inception*

100%

Years of Outperformance*

Overview

The June ’24 distribution was the 83rd since the inception of the Fund. We have delivered annual compound returns of 9.87% in the last 12 months, and annualised returns since inception of 9.64%, net of fees and expenses on a distribution reinvestment basis.

The Fund has outperformed the ASX200 and S&P Australia High Yield Corporate Bond Index on a cumulative returns basis, with stability in the return profile.​​

Fund Performance (as at 30 June 2024)

1-Month 3-Month 6-Month 1-Year 2-Year 3-Year 5-Year Since Inc. (p.a.) Since Inc. (cum)1
APCIF 0.75% 2.36% 4.80% 9.87% 9.43% 9.10% 9.12% 9.64% 88.94%
Benchmark2 0.77% 2.35% 4.73% 9.67% 9.18% 7.87% 6.93% 7.12% 60.88%
RBA Cash Rate 0.36% 1.09% 2.18% 4.35% 3.88% 2.63% 1.73% 1.91% 13.99%
Outperformance -0.02% 0.01% 0.07% 0.20% 0.25% 1.23% 2.19% 2.52% 28.07%

*Performance net of fees and expenses (1) Inception date 1-Aug-17, (2) RBA cash rate plus 5% p.a.
**Returns assume reinvestment of all distributions. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Distribution History (%)

Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
2017/18 0.84% 0.87% 0.91% 0.89% 0.93% 0.93% 0.84% 0.93% 0.86% 0.92% 0.88%
2018/19 0.91% 0.90% 0.87% 0.90% 0.86% 0.90% 0.82% 0.79% 0.85% 0.79% 0.84% 0.83%
2019/20 0.75% 0.74% 0.75% 0.78% 0.72% 0.72% 0.73% 0.73% 0.75% 0.72% 0.73% 0.72%
2020/21 0.74% 0.76% 0.74% 0.73% 0.72% 0.74% 0.75% 0.67% 0.74% 0.73% 0.74% 0.65%
2021/22 0.75% 0.72% 0.71% 0.71% 0.71% 0.66% 0.73% 0.63% 0.62% 0.64% 0.60% 0.61%
2022/23 0.67% 0.67% 0.68% 0.70% 0.68% 0.73% 0.79% 0.68% 0.79% 0.74% 0.75% 0.78%
2023/24

0.81%

0.80%

0.79%

0.77%

0.77%

0.81%

0.78%

0.77%

0.81%

0.78%

0.81%

0.75%

Who is the Aura Private Credit Income Fund Designed For?

The Fund may be suitable for wholesale clients looking for an investment that seeks to provide:


Unique Access to business debt capital


Strong Track Record and Risk-Adjusted Returns

 

Inflation Buffer and Reduced Volatility


Alternative Diversification to Complement Equity and Property Portfolios

Fund Terms

  • Eligible Investors

  • Type, Frequency & Target Return

  • Minimum Funds & Investment Period

  • Fees

  • Benchmark

Wholesale clients as defined by the Corporations Act who have an accountant’s certificate confirming a gross income of over $250,000 p.a. in each of the previous two years and or net assets of at least $2.5 million. Alternatively, you may qualify without an accountant’s certificate if you invest $500,000 or more. 

The Aura Private Credit Income Fund is an open-ended fund that provides monthly distributions with a target return of 9-12% p.a. net of fees and expenses.

Aura Group Funds have a minimum investment of A$500,000, however, investments of $100,000 and above will be considered. Each Unit must be on issue for one month before it is eligible for redemption. A Unit on issue for less than one month is called a Redemption Locked Unit.

The following fees apply: 

  • Management Fees: 1.25% p.a. plus ordinary Fund expenses
  • Performance Fees: 20% of returns in excess of the benchmark.

Fees show are exclusive of GST.

RBA Cash Rate + 5.0% p.a.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Aura Private Credit Income Fund.

Aura Group Funds have a minimum investment of A$500,000. If you meet the criteria for wholesale and sophisticated clients as defined by the Corporations Act 2001, we will consider a minimum investment of A$100,000.

Before making an application for units in the Fund, please read the Information Memorandum.

Meet the Team

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Brett Craig

Director

 

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Brian Ho

Associate Director

 

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Natalie Kolenda

Investment Associate

 

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James Chapman

Investment Associate

 

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Jack Remond

Analyst

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Was the Fund previously named the Aura High Yield SME Fund?

Yes, the Fund was renamed in July 2024 and was previously known as the Aura High Yield SME Fund.

The new name was chosen based on feedback from industry participants, stakeholders, and internal teams to better reflect the Fund’s objectives, investment strategy, and lending activities.

Is this Fund suitable for me?

The Fund has a medium-term (2-5 years) objective suitable for wholesale clients seeking a reliable monthly income solution.

Investment in the Fund can only be made by persons who are wholesale clients as defined in Section 761G and Section 761GA of the Corporations Act.

The Fund is offered under an Information Memorandum and is an open-ended unit trust that is not registered with ASIC as a managed investment scheme.

What is the Fund's investment objective?

The Fund aims to provide a 9%-12% yield, distributed as a reliable monthly income from a diversified portfolio of lending businesses that offer small short-term loans to Australian businesses.

Where does the Fund invest?

The portfolio invests across a select group of lenders that provide small, short-term loans to Australian businesses across various industries. The Fund invests in high-quality asset-backed business loans, director guaranteed business loans, and senior loans to non-bank lenders.

The Fund invests in lenders that satisfy the following criteria:

  1. There is an underlying exposure to businesses;
  2. There are processes for robust credit assessments of the underlying business borrowers;
  3. The lender has a scalable business model with a robust medium-term outlook to ensure the debts will be serviced to a high standard to maturity; and
  4. The lender’s management team has a proven track record.

The Fund will also invest in other forms of debt with underlying exposures to businesses, including senior debt, asset-backed securities such as notes, and bonds issued by securitisation trusts (including covered bonds) and loans made via peer-to-peer lending platforms.

Please refer to Section 4: Investment Plan on page 12 of the IM for further information on the Fund's investment plan.

What is the minimum initial investment?

The minimum investment and minimum wholesale client balance are $100,000.

You may also add to your initial investment through a lump sum additional investment. Additional investments are accepted every month and will be processed on the first business day of each month (provided an application is made before 5 pm on the last business day of the preceding month and the application monies are received by the issue date.)

The Fund’s net asset value is determined on the last business day of the preceding month before processing an application.

How often is income paid?

Since its inception, the Fund has paid a monthly distribution every month. It is intended that the Fund will continue to make monthly income distributions to investors.