BlackRock Income and Growth Investment Trust

Last updated 11 December 2019

BRIG aims to provide investors with a rising dividend, as well as capital growth over the long term...

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BlackRock Income and Growth Investment Trust

BlackRock Income & Growth (BRIG) targets growth in both income and capital over the long term. With an extensive team that also runs a successful open-ended UK equity income product, BlackRock have been running BRIG since 2012; the open-ended fund has successfully increased its distribution every year for the past 30 years.

Whilst there is significant overlap between the trust and its open-ended relation, the managers, Adam Avigdori and David Goldman, are keen to take best advantage of the trust structure for this product. The managers have greater scope to invest in smaller, less liquid names, enabled by the closed-ended structure and relatively modest size of BRIG’s assets (c. £50m) enables, balancing opportunities for both capital and income growth.

Income is an important feature of the trust, but the management team are equally concerned with growing distributions as with providing a headline yield. Whilst the portfolio’s overall level of income is considered important, not all stocks are expected to contribute to it.

The managers seek to run a concentrated portfolio of around 40 stocks, and to ensure that stock-specific factors are the main driver of returns. Portfolio construction places stocks into three ‘buckets’:

  1. Yield & free cash flow opportunities;
  2. Growth opportunities; and
  3. Turnaround opportunities.

The portfolio is heavily weighted towards the first category, but around 20-40% will be held in the latter two buckets, which the managers believe can help drive capital growth.

Recent performance has improved, driven in large part by stock-specific factors, with previous sector headwinds proving less of a factor in 2019 thus far. BRIG has successfully grown its dividend under the stewardship of Adam and David, with total growth significantly outstripping inflation since BlackRock took over management of the trust. The present yield of c. 3.6% is well covered, with sizeable revenue reserves.

The board operates an active discount control policy, looking to buy back shares tactically when the trust is trading on a discount to net asset value (NAV), and reissue them from treasury when the trust is at a premium. This has helped contribute to reasonably constrained discount volatility.

Callum Stokeld
Callum joined Kepler as an investment trust analyst in July 2019. Prior to this he worked as a senior investment analyst on a range of multi-manager, multi-asset portfolios, having previously worked at IFA firms in roles focused on oversight of fund selection and asset allocation. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with an honours degree in Law.

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Investment objective

To provide growth in capital and income over the long term through investment in a diversified portfolio of principally UK listed equities

As at:

06/12/19

Trust Name

BlackRock Income and Growth

Ticker

BRIG

Management Company

BlackRock Inc

Manager Name

Adam Avigdori; David Goldman;

Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Sector

UK Equity Income

12 Mo Yield

3.6%

Dividend Distribution Frequency

Semi-Annually

Latest Market Capitalisation

£44,538,714

Latest Net Gearing (Cum Fair)

107%

Latest Ongoing Charge Ex Perf Fee

1.10%

Turnover Ratio

48.6%

Shares Outstanding

22,958,100

(Discount)/ Premium (Cum Fair)

-4.1%

Daily Closing Price

194p

Source: Morningstar, AIC

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