The City of London Investment Trust Plc
UK Equity Income
Rated Fund 2015-2018. A dependable 'dividend hero'
City of London has a formidable reputation as an income-producing investment trust, becoming one of just three to reach the milestone of 50 consecutive years of rising dividends in March 2016.Job Curtis has run the trust since 1991. He manages it conservatively, focusing on high-yielding, cash-generative businesses.It has a good yield of 3.9 per cent and pays a quarterly dividend. It is one of the largest of the UK equity income trusts, with one of the lowest ongoing charge ratios of 0.42 per cent.Head of value and income at Janus Henderson Investors, Curtis is a value investor who looks for companies that are undervalued on a medium-term basis that he can invest in over the long term. He has, however, been focusing on overseas earners as opposed to UK domestic names, despite their valuations being higher, given what he views as an unprecedented level of economic uncertainty in the UK.Around 69 per cent of the portfolio is invested in UK blue-chip companies, typically businesses operating globally and investing in economies likely to grow faster than the UK. A further 19 per cent is in medium-sized UK companies and the remaining 12 per cent is in companies listed overseas.The portfolio is well-diversified with more than 100 holdings. The manager likes to run his winners so portfolio turn-over is low.Shares in the trust typically trade at a small premium to net asset value. Over the past three years their widest discount to NAV was 2.5 per cent (in March 2016) and loftiest premium 4.6 per cent (in June of the same year).
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Job Curtis joined Henderson Global Investors in 1992 following Henderson’s acquisition of Touche Remnant. Henderson Global Investors merged with Janus Capital Group in May 2017. Job started at Touche Remnant in 1987 as a Unit Trust and Investment Trust Manager, he was then appointed Portfolio Manager of the City of London Investment Trust in 1991. Prior to joining Touche Remnant, he was an assistant fund manager at Cornhill Insurance (1985-1987), and a graduate trainee at Grieveson Grant stockbrokers (1983-1985). Job has a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and is an Associate Member of the Society of Investment Professionals (ASIP).
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