European Opportunities Trust

The Company invests in securities of European companies that offer good prospects for capital growth, taking into account economic trends and business development.

European Opportunities Trust PLC is a closed-ended investment trust whose shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange.

European Opportunities

Our approach

We seek to identify ‘special’ companies, structural winners, who can withstand competitors and regulatory environment, to grow through the cycles and flourish in a variety of economic circumstances.

Alexander Darwall has been the lead portfolio manager of the European Opportunities Trust PLC since its incorporation in November 2000.

He has applied a consistent approach to the investment of the company’s portfolio throughout its life in the belief that a thorough analysis and understanding of investee companies is the best way to identify long-term superior growth prospects.

European Opportunities Investment Trust

How to Invest

There are a number of ways to invest in the European Opportunities Trust PLC. Please see listed below a full list of options:

Invest through a financial adviser, stockbroker or bank

We recommend that you discuss any financial decisions with a financial adviser, particularly if you are unsure whether an investment is suitable, as Devon is unable to provide investment advice. A financial adviser can provide advice on and facilitate investment into the company. Consider using or to find a financial adviser near to you.

Invest through an execution-only platform

An investment in an investment trust can also be executed through an execution-only platform. A transaction charge and other charges are payable to the platform for the provision of this service. A selection of platforms are shown below:

AJBell Youinvest

Bestinvest / Tilney
Charles Stanley Direct

Hargreaves Lansdown
Halifax Share Dealing

Interactive Investor
Share Centre



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Non-mainstream pooled investment products

The Company currently conducts its affairs, and intends to continue to conduct its affairs, so that the Company’s ordinary shares can be recommended by Independent Financial Advisers to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA’s rules in relation to non-mainstream pooled investment products (NMPI).The Company’s ordinary shares are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream pooled investment products because they are shares in an investment trust.

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Dividend Reinvestment Plan

Shareholders may elect for the company’s registrar, Link Asset Services, to reinvest dividends automatically on their behalf. Click here for further details.

Dividend Reinvestment Plan Terms and Conditions are available upon request via the Link Shareholder Helpline on 0371 664 0381* (Overseas +44 (0) 371 664 0381*), by email to or through**.

*Calls to this number are charged at the standard geographical rate and will vary by provider. Calls outside of the United Kingdom will be charged at the applicable international rate. Lines are open from 09.00 – 17.30 Monday to Friday. 3rd party calls may be recorded.

**Signal shares also allows you to manage your shareholding online. If you are a direct investor you can view your shareholding, change the way the registrar communicates with you or the way you receive your dividends, and buy and sell shares. If you haven’t used this service before, all you need to do is enter the name of the company and register your account. You’ll need your Investaor code (IVC) printed on your share certificate in order to register.

When making an investment in an investment trust you are buying shares in a company that is listed on a stock exchange. The price of the shares will be determined by supply and demand. Consequently, the share price of an investment trust may be higher or lower than the underlying net asset value of the investments in its portfolio and there can be no certainty that there will be liquidity in the shares.

Market and exchange rate movements can cause the value of an investment to fall as well as rise, and you may get back less than originally invested.

European Opportunities Trust PLC can borrow money and use it to invest, also known as ‘gearing’ or ‘leveraging’. The risk with gearing is that when the borrowed money has to be repaid the value of the Trust’s investments may not be enough to repay it and any interest and the Trust will make a loss. If the value of the Trust’s investments falls, any invested borrowings will increase the value of this loss. Investors may get back nothing at all if the fall in value is sufficiently large. The company invests in a small number of holdings and as such carries more risk than companies which invest across a larger number of holdings. The company invests mainly in shares and it is likely to experience fluctuations in price which are larger than companies that invest only in bonds and/or cash.

Before making an investment decision, please read the PRIIPS Key Information Document which is available from Devon on request. Past performance is no guide to the future. Company examples are for illustrative purposes only and are not a recommendation to buy or sell.


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