Have you ever wished that you owned part of a brewery or one of the many pub chains that have emerged recently? Well now you have the opportunity of turning that dream into reality. If you are an existing member of CAMRA , you are eligible to join the CAMRA Investment Club.
For a minimum of five pounds per month you could start making an investment in the many companies in which the Club holds shares. These include: Adnams, Belhaven, Black Sheep, Brakspears, Burtonwood, Duvel Moortgat, Enterprise Inns, Fuller’s, Gales, Greene King, Hardys & Hansons Heavitree, Honeycombe Leisure, Interbrew, Jennings, Mitchells & Butler, Punch Taverns, Shepherd Neame, Scarisbrick Hotel, Thwaites, Wadworth, J D Wetherspoon, and Youngs.
The Club operates like a unit trust and members can pay in a fixed sum each month from £5 up to a maximum of £83. Payments can also be made annually, (£60 minimum and £1,000 maximum) all by standing order from your bank. The amount can be altered at any time and, if necessary, can be stopped and you investment left to “ride”. Alternatively your investment can be cashed in.
At the end of September 2004 the CAMRA Investment Club held shares in breweries and pub chains worth £4,012,047.63 the highest it has ever been. The unit value was £2.348 also an all time high.
By holding a growing share in a particular company, the Club’s votes at their annual general meetings could make a difference to either a take-over bid or other hostile actions. Having a voice in the Boardrooms of the pub owning groups, could help influence their beer policies which is becoming increasingly important in the market where the smaller breweries are competing with the giants.
Dividends received from the profits of all companies are reinvested in more shares. All rights issues are normally taken up to maintain our holdings.
For members benefits, the CAMRA Investment Club organises tours of breweries in which it has shares. These visits normally present the opportunity of meeting the Directors of the company as well as viewing their brewing operations…
A quarterly report is distributed free to all members of the Club. This includes details of the investments that we hold, updated unit price, financial news, forthcoming purchases, brewery visits and dates, and other interesting information, including the opportunity for members of the club to voice their opinions.
Each year the club holds a lunch for members at which there is a guest speaker from the Industry. This year the lunch was held on Saturday 26th June at The Victoria Hotel, Beeston , near Nottingham. The guest speaker was beer writer Roger Protz, current editor of The Good Beer Guide. 110 members attended the lunch this year and had a very enjoyable time.
Further details about the Club and standing order forms can be obtained from the Melsonby Terrace, 31 Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 3AD Tel 0845 130 2337, Fax 01204 459993 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Club members can phone 0845 130 2337 to check their investments and also book places on forthcoming brewery trips…
* Please note that the value of shares can go down as well as up and any investment should be regarded as medium to long term.*