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BlackRock World Mining Trust

Last update 26 November 2018
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Investment objective

To maximise total real returns to shareholders through a world-wide portfolio of mining and metal securities.

Group/Investment

BlackRock World Mining Trust

Ticker

BRWM

Management Company

BlackRock Inc

Manager Name

Evy Hambro;Olivia Markham;

Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Sector

Sector Specialist: Commodities & Natural Resources

12 Mo Yield

4.0%

Dividend Distribution Frequency

None



Latest Market Capitalisation

£602,167,776

Latest Net Gearing (Cum Fair)

16%

Latest Ongoing Charge Ex Perf Fee %

0.98

Turnover Ratio %

31.9

Shares Outstanding

176,330,242

Discount % (Cum Fair)

-13.3

Daily Closing Price

341.5p

BlackRock World Mining Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Over the last 25 years, the team has demonstrated a strong track record and is now one of the most experienced teams of specialist investors in the metals and mining sector globally. Over this time, the team has developed strong relationships with company management teams, which helps them fully understand each company’s aims and strategy.

As we noted earlier in the year, the managers went into 2018 relatively bullish on the prospects for the sector. Whilst this confidence has not yet been rewarded, the managers’ central investment thesis remains that mining companies will be disciplined in terms of capital expenditure, and will continue to prioritise deleveraging and returning cash to shareholders for much longer than the market is giving them credit for. As such, BlackRock continues to believe shareholders will enjoy the benefit of strong dividends from underlying companies over the short term, but over the medium term, once the wider market catches on to the fact that capital discipline is here to stay, the managers expect a rerating.

Aside from electric vehicles, which remains a major theme within the trust through copper, lithium and cobalt exposure, the team is developing a “green metals” theme in the portfolio. Recognising increasingly strict environmental regulations, as well as the evolving preferences of consumers, the managers have been investing in companies which can produce aluminium either carbon free (Alcoa and Rio Tinto), or with a significantly reduced environmental impact (such as high grade iron-ore). The managers are also looking at how demand for metals will change over time, and as such have introduced a new holding in Umicore, which specialises in the recycling of metals and battery components.

On it’s 25th Anniversary, BRWM has achieved strong returns for investors since it’s launch, both relative to generalist global funds and the MSCI ACWI. Whilst there have been good and bad periods to time an investment since then, the trust has made strong returns over the benchmark (demonstrating the benefits of being an active manager), and this has shown that it pays to take a long-term view on the sector.

BRWM’s outperformance has usually been achieved during periods of positive sentiment. 2016 and 2017 gave grounds for optimism on performance, but over five years, the trust is marginally behind the benchmark, with much of the underperformance attributable to the write-off of the Marampa royalty in the summer of 2014. So far this year, performance has been more challenging. However, the managers observe that whilst global equities are near all-time highs in terms of historical valuation ranges, the mining sector has struggled to make ground, which may mean it has an element of relative protection should the current “growth correction” become more entrenched.

The trust’s historic dividend yield is 4.5%. The managers use the company’s low-cost gearing to ensure that investors have a full exposure to equities, but benefit from a diversified income stream stemming from other investments in bonds, convertibles, and the Avanco royalty contract. Aside from these revenue sources, the managers also make use of option writing to boost income from the portfolio.

The trust’s discount has remained resolutely wider than the 10% level. Indeed, the board has been buying back shares since the interim results, with the last buyback on a 16% discount. This is in marked contrast to Global investment trusts which have seen their discounts continue to narrow.

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