Annual report summaries

BlackRock Smaller Companies’ stunning 15 years

BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust (BRSC) targets long-term capital growth through investment in smaller UK-quoted ­ firms, with up to 50 per cent in Aim-quoted holdings. Its report and accounts for the year to 28 February 2018 show shareholders’ funds of £721 million.

Insightful stock selections are generating strong returns

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.

Brazil and small caps focus good for earnings prospects - annual report summary

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.

Clever use of "shorting" boosts gains for UK small-cap trust

January 16, 2018

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.