BlackRock Emerging Europe (BEEP) seeks long-term capital growth by investing in companies doing business primarily in eastern Europe, Russia, central Asia and Turkey. Its shares are quoted in sterling, but its accounts are presented in US dollars. Its report for the year to 31 January 2018 shows shareholders’ assets of £145 million*. Sam Vecht has managed BEEP since May 2009, with Chris Colunga as co-manager since March 2016. The portfolio holds 20 to 30 high conviction holdings and derivatives are used for hedging and investment purposes.
Annual report summaries
BlackRock Latin American Investment Trust (BRLA) targets long-term capital growth by investing primarily in quoted securities in Latin America. In the year to 31 December 2017 it reports shareholders’ funds of US$280 million (£197 million). Will Landers has managed BRLA since March 2006. He favours mispriced/undervalued companies with proven management, good governance, good medium-term earnings prospects, plus strong balance sheets and cash flows. Investment decisions also incorporate a macroeconomic overview.
BlackRock North American Income Trust (BRNA) seeks to provide an attractive and growing income plus capital appreciation over the long term.
British Empire Trust (BTEM) targets capital growth through a focused portfolio of mainly listed investments.
BlackRock Income & Growth Investment Trust (BRIG) aims for growth in capital and income over the longer term.
BlackRock Throgmorton Trust (THRG) invests in UK mid-sized and smaller companies, primarily for capital growth. Its report and accounts for the year to 30 November 2016 show shareholders’ assets of £301 million. The trust deploys a long-only portfolio of UK equities alongside a portfolio of contracts for difference (CFD) representing around 30 per cent of net assets.
BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust (BRSC) targets long-term capital growth through investment in smaller UK-quoted companies.
Allianz Technology Trust (ATT) targets long-term capital growth through investments in listed technology companies worldwide.
The proportion invested outside the FTSE 100 rose from 11 per cent to 36 per cent over the last decade.
It offers a ‘one stop shop’ for investors by targeting long-term capital and dividend growth from a portfolio of global and UK equities.