Henderson International Income Trust

Global Equity Income

Rated Fund 2018-19. Targets UK-like yield further afield

Henderson International Income does not invest in the UK, which is facing political headwinds, so its recent performance has been a tad disappointing. In mitigation, it is actively underweighting the stronger-performing US market on valuation grounds. The trust has 32% in the US, compared to 66% of the MSCI World ex UK index, which makes it liable to lag its benchmark when the US is doing well.

Highly commended in the Best Global Income Trust category of Money Observer’s 2017 trust awards, it targets a similar yield to UK equity income trusts. This makes it an interesting candidate for investors who prefer to source UK levels of income elsewhere. It is on a reasonable 3.4% yield and pays income quarterly.

Run by Ben Lofthouse since launch in 2011, the trust offers well-diversified exposure with none of its three regional portfolios (North America, Europe and the Far East) accounting for more than half of its investments.

Lofthouse says he aims to create a core savings product that does not drift too far in any geographical direction. He aims to provide a high and rising level of dividends as well as long-term capital growth, and has a bias toward ‘value’ investing – buying stocks that are unloved by the market. Regional allocations depend on the value on offer, which resulted in the trust’s US exposure being trimmed early in 2016.

Lofthouse manages the US and European sections of the portfolio, drawing support from fellow members of Janus Henderson’s global equity income team.

The trust traded at a small premium to net asset value for most of 2018. Its widest recent discount was almost 9% in early 2016.

Narrative and ratings content all as of 01 January 2019.

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Henderson International Income Trust
Janus Henderson Investors Ltd
Closed Ended Investment Company
Global Equity Income
0.83 %
Risk Rating
3 Year Sharpe
3 Year Alpha
3.4 %
Fund Size
£ 307.64 million
Discount Premium
The Company seeks to provide Shareholders with a growing total annual dividend, as well as capital appreciation from a focused and internationally diversified portfolio of securities outside the UK. The portfolio is expected to be diversified by factors such as geography, industry sub-sector and investment size. The Company will not invest in issuers whose securities are, at the time of investment, listed only in the UK. The portfolio will be made up of interests in 50-80, with no single investment accounting for more than 5% of NA at the time of investment.
Holding %
Nestle SA 3.64 %
Microsoft Corp 3.62 %
Coca-Cola Co 2.77 %
Chevron Corp 2.67 %
Sanofi SA 2.55 %
Cisco Systems Inc 2.54 %
Pfizer Inc 2.46 %
Basf SE 2.36 %
Verizon Communications Inc 2.27 %
Roche Holding AG Dividend Right Cert. 2.22 %
Region %
Eurozone 32.01 %
United States 29.92 %
Europe - ex Euro 12.70 %
Asia - Developed 10.07 %
Asia - Emerging 6.77 %
Sector %
Financial Services 19.78 %
Technology 13.01 %
Healthcare 10.54 %
Communication Services 9.31 %
Energy 9.27 %
Consumer Defensive 8.82 %
Basic materials 8.41 %
Consumer Cyclical 7.12 %
Industrials 6.97 %
Janus Henderson Investors Ltd
EC2M 3AE, London, United Kingdom
Legal Structure
Closed Ended Investment Company


Ben Lofthouse
Joined 04/15/2011

Ben Lofthouse is Head of Global Equity Income at Janus Henderson Investors, a position he has held since 2018. Prior to this, Ben was a director and has been part of the Global Equity Income Team since joining Henderson in 2004. Additionally, he is a Portfolio Manager for the Global Equity Income and Global Dividend & Income strategies and has managed a range of equity income mandates since 2008. Prior to Henderson, Ben worked as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he started his career in 1998. Ben graduated with a BA degree (Hons) in business economics from Exeter University. He is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (CA) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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