London, October 18
|BLACKROCK NORTH AMERICAN INCOME TRUST plc |
All information is at 30 September 2016 and unaudited.
Performance at month end with net income reinvested
| ||One |
(24 Oct 2012)
|Net asset value||-0.2%||5.1%||17.9%||33.7%||55.4%||74.1%|
|Russell 1000 Value Index||0.6%||6.5%||19.7%||35.5%||64.6%||99.3%|
|At month end|
|Net asset value – capital only:||148.02p|
|Net asset value – cum income:||149.93p|
|Discount to cum income NAV:||3.0%|
|Total assets including current year revenue:||£103.4m|
|Ordinary shares in issue**:||68,949,044|
|* Based on dividends of 1.20p per share declared on 3 August 2016 and 4 May 2016 and 1.10p per share declared on 18 February 2016 and 4 November 2015. |
** Excluding 31,412,261 ordinary shares held in treasury.
|*** Ongoing charges represent the management fee and all other operating expenses excluding interest as a % of average shareholders’ funds for the year ended 31 October 2015.|
|Sector Analysis||Total Assets (%)|
|Net current assets||3.5|
|Country Analysis||Total Assets (%)|
|Net current assets||3.5|
|Ten Largest Investments|
|Company||Country of Risk||Total Assets (%)|
|Bank of America||USA||3.0|
|Bob Shearer and Tony DeSpirito, representing the Investment Manager, noted:|
For the one month period ended 30 September 2016, the Company’s NAV decreased by 0.2% while the share price increased by 3.1% (all on a total return basis in sterling). The Company’s benchmark, the Russell 1000 Value Index, gained 0.6% for the period.
The largest contributor to relative performance during the month was stock selection in the health care sector. Notably, an overweight to UnitedHealth Group and Quest Diagnostics in the health care providers & services industry proved to be beneficial. An underweight to the real estate sector also added to relative performance, as did stock selection in telecom services. Lastly, stock selection in financials contributed modestly to relative returns for the month.
The largest detractor from relative performance was stock selection in the energy sector. Notably, an overweight to Occidental Petroleum and not owning benchmark holding EOG Resources proved to be costly. Stock selection in the information technology and consumer discretionary sectors also dampened relative returns, as did stock selection in the industrials and consumer staples sectors. Notable stock-level detractors for the month included The Kroger Co., a grocery store operator, and Wells Fargo, a diversified U.S. bank.
Transactions: During the month of September we increased our allocation to the energy sector by adding to our positions in Hess Corporation and Suncor Energy. Conversely, we decreased our allocation to the tobacco industry by trimming our positions in Altria Group and Reynolds American Inc. Lastly, we trimmed our exposure to Home Depot and used the proceeds to increase our position in Publicis Groupe SA.
Options: As at 30 September 2016, the Company’s options exposure was 17.87% and the delta of the options was 90.07%.
The Company is currently overweight to the health care, industrials, consumer discretionary, financials, and materials sectors. We are underweight to the real estate, energy, consumer staples, telecom, utilities, and information technology sectors.
|18 October 2016|
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