BLACKROCK FRONTIERS INVESTMENT TRUST PLC - Portfolio Update

Mittwoch, 21.09.2016 17:20 von

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BLACKROCK FRONTIERS INVESTMENT TRUST PLC
All information is at 31 August 2016 and unaudited.
Performance of ordinary share portfolio at month end with net income reinvested.

   

One month
%
Three months
%
One
year
%
Three
years
%
Five
years
%
Since 
Launch*
%
Sterling:
Share price -2.0 12.9 27.4 25.8 92.6 49.2
Net asset value 1.2 14.8 21.7 29.7 84.9 52.6
MSCI Frontiers Index (NR) 0.2 7.4 12.9 18.5 44.6 22.8
MSCI Emerging Markets Index (NR) 3.9 24.4 31.3 22.1 21.7 10.5
US Dollars:
Share price -3.3 1.6 8.5 6.7 55.2 25.8
Net asset value -0.2 3.3 3.9 9.9 49.0 28.5
MSCI Frontiers Index (NR) -1.1 -3.4 -3.8 0.3 16.3 3.1
MSCI Emerging Markets Index (NR) 2.5 11.9 11.8 3.4 -2.1 -7.2

   

Sources: BlackRock and Standard & Poor’s Micropal
* 17 December 2010.
At month end - Ordinary Shares
US Dollar
Net asset value - capital only: 161.72c
Net asset value - cum income: 164.83c
Sterling:
Net asset value - capital only: 123.47p
Net asset value - cum income: 125.85p
Share price: 125.00p
Total assets (including income): £206.8m
Discount to cum-income NAV: 0.7%
Gearing: nil
Gearing range (as a % of gross assets): 0-20%
Net yield*: 4.1%
Ordinary shares in issue: 164,333,108
Ongoing charges**: 1.5%
Ongoing charges plus taxation and performance fee: 1.6%
*The Company’s yield based on dividends announced in the last 12 months as at the date of the release of this announcement is 4.1% and includes the 2015 final dividend of 4.15 cents per share declared on 18 December 2015, paid to shareholders on 19 February 2016 and the 2016 interim dividend of 2.60 cents per share announced on 16 May 2016 and paid to shareholders on 1 July 2016.
**Calculated as a percentage of average net assets and using expenses, excluding performance fees and interest costs for the year ended 30 September 2015.
The following relates specifically to the ordinary share portfolio.
Benchmark
Sector Analysis Gross assets(%)* Country Analysis Gross assets(%)*
Financials 37.1 Argentina 13.1
Consumer Staples 18.4 Pakistan 12.5
Telecommunication 10.2 Romania 11.6
Utilities 7.9 Bangladesh 9.4
Materials 7.5 Kazakhstan 8.8
Energy 6.7 Sri Lanka 7.4
Health Care 6.2 Vietnam 6.6
Industrials 5.2 Morocco 5.8
Information Technology 4.3 Ukraine 5.7
Consumer Discretionary 2.2 Kenya 5.1
            ----- Kuwait 3.6
Total 105.7 Nigeria 3.3
===== Eurasia 2.4
Estonia 2.1
Slovenia 2.1
Saudi Arabia 2.0
Caribbean 1.8
Philippines 1.6
Egypt 0.8
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Total 105.7
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Short positions 0.0
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*reflects gross market exposure from contracts for difference (CFDs).

   

Market Exposure
30.09
 2015
    %
31.10
 2015
    %
30.11
 2015
    %
31.12
 2015
    %
31.01
 2016    %
29.02
 2016
    %
31.03
 2016
    %
30.04
 2016
    %
31.05
 2016
    %
30.06
 2016
    %
31.07
 2016
    %
31.08
 2016
    %
Long 101.8 99.6 100.3 99.5 102.5 102.2 108.1 109.2 108.8 110.5 103.4 105.7
Short  1.0 1.2 1.7  1.7  1.4  1.1  1.2  1.3  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0
Gross 102.8 100.8 102.0 101.2 103.9 103.3 109.3 110.5 108.8 110.5 103.4 105.7
Net 100.8 98.4 98.6 97.8 101.1 101.1 106.9 107.9 108.8 110.5 103.4 105.7
Ten Largest Equity Investments
Company Country of Risk % of gross assets
MCB Pakistan 4.1
KazMunaiGas Exploration Production Kazakhstan 3.6
Banco Macro Argentina 3.6
Grupo Financiero Galicia Argentina 3.4
BRD Groupe Societe Generale Romania 3.3
Halyk Bank Kazakhstan 3.3
Square Pharmaceuticals Bangladesh 3.3
MHP Ukraine 3.2
Electrica Romania 3.1
S.N.G.N. Romgaz Romania 3.1

Commenting on the markets, Sam Vecht, representing the Investment Manager noted:

In August, the Company’s NAV marginally declined by 0.2%, but outperformed the MSCI Frontier benchmark by 0.9% (on a US Dollar basis with net income reinvested). The MSCI Emerging Markets Index rose by 2.5%.

August performance was broadly driven by stock specifics, while being relatively spread out across countries and sectors. Kazakhstan financial, Halyk Bank, was the largest individual contributor, gaining 25% over the month, after a strong second quarter earnings report. The bank saw a net profit beat of KZT 34.2bn in the second quarter of 2016, up 21% from the previous year, driven by higher-than-expected net interest income. Similarly, Romanian bank, BRD, also benefitted the portfolio (+16%) on the back of good results and positive macroeconomic momentum. Following news of a corporate restructure last month, Sri Lankan Consumer Staple, Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka (‘DCSL’), continued to perform well in August, gaining 11% ahead of the final shareholder approval vote in early September.

On the other hand Kenyan financial, Equity Group, weighed on the portfolio, falling by 27% in August, following legislation that caps the interest rates of new loans at 400bps above the base rate set by the CBK. As a result, investors remain cautious over the earnings outlook of the banking sector, while raising questions over the current administration’s handling of future economic policy. Ukrainian IT name, Luxoft, was also among the period’s largest individual detractors, losing 13% as results proved disappointing to the markets. We trimmed our exposure to Argentine utility, Pampa Energia, taking some profits following strong performance this year.

21 September 2016

ENDS

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