Factsheet: Bluefield Solar Income Fund
Rated Fund 2017-2018. A popular trust for income seekers
This trust acquires and runs a portfolio of large-scale UK-based solar energy infrastructure assets to deliver long-term, stable dividends that grow in line with inflation. In the third quarter of 2017, it had 82 solar photovoltaic projects � 41 large-scale sites, 40 micro sites and one rooftop site � across England and Wales. Investors' returns are paid principally in the form of quarterly income distributions. The trust's yield at the end of 2017 was 5 per cent. Investment is in the hands of a team at solar energy expert Bluefield Partners, led by three founding partners, James Armstrong, Mike Rand and Giovanni Terranova. As the trust pays out all its income in dividends, the managers use debt to finance their investments. In 2016, they agreed a competitive long-term debt facility with Aviva Investors. The managers are confident that the cost of this debt can be covered without impacting the trust's dividends.
The managers target long-life investments expected to generate stable renewable energy output over a 25-year asset life. Single investments are limited to a maximum of 25 per cent of the portfolio on acquisition. Besides acquiring existing assets, the trust also funds the construction of new projects, which the managers point out is enabling them to create a tailor-made portfolio rather than having to wait for assets to become available in the smaller and more competitive secondary market. The trust has proved popular with income-seekers and its shares were on a premium approaching double digits at the end of 2017, but they do regularly dip down to close to net asset value, providing attractive entry points.
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