Fixed Income

BlackRock Corporate Bond Fund

Overview

Important Information: Capital at Risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

The value of your investment and the income from it will vary and your initial investment amount is not guaranteed.


Some or all of the Manager’s annual charge for the Fund is taken from capital rather than from income. This increases the income, but reduces the potential for capital growth. Two main risks related to fixed income investing are interest rate risk and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in the market value of bonds. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the issuer of the bond will not be able to repay the principal and make interest payments. The Fund invests in high yielding bonds. Companies which issue higher yield bonds typically have an increased risk of defaulting on repayments. In the event of default, the value of your investment may reduce. Economic conditions and interest rate levels may also impact significantly the values of high yield bonds.

All currency hedged share classes of this fund use derivatives to hedge currency risk. The use of derivatives for a share class could pose a potential risk of contagion (also known as spill-over) to other share classes in the fund. The fund’s management company will ensure appropriate procedures are in place to minimise contagion risk to other share class. Using the drop down box directly below the name of the fund, you can view a list of all share classes in the fund – currency hedged share classes are indicated by the word “Hedged” in the name of the share class. In addition, a full list of all currency hedged share classes is available on request from the fund’s management company

The Fund’s investments may have low liquidity, which often causes the value of these investments to be less predictable. In extreme cases the Fund may not be able to realise the investment at the latest market price or at a price considered fair.
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Performance

Performance

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30-Jun-2016
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Total Return (%)

as of 30-Jun-21

8.42 2.09 6.79 5.51 4.28
Benchmark (%)

as of 30-Jun-21

6.66 0.56 6.63 6.72 2.66
  1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
3.81 5.68 4.37 - 5.65
Benchmark (%)

as of 31-Aug-21

3.14 5.56 3.23 - 5.28
  YTD 1m 3m 1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
0.07 0.21 1.79 3.81 18.03 23.87 - 46.19
Benchmark (%)

as of 31-Aug-21

-1.24 -0.27 2.27 3.14 17.63 17.21 - 42.74

The figures shown relate to past performance. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of current or future results and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product or strategy.

Share Class and Benchmark performance displayed in GBP, hedged Share Class Benchmark performance is displayed in GBP.

Performance is shown on a Net Asset Value (NAV) basis, with gross income reinvested where applicable. The return of your investment may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations if your investment is made in a currency other than that used in the past performance calculation. Source: Blackrock

Key Facts

Key Facts

Size of Fund (Millions) as of 24-Sep-21 GBP 1,270.737
Price Yield as of 24-Sep-21 2.00
Number of Holdings as of 31-Aug-21 119
Base Currency British Pound
Fund Launch Date 24-Jul-95
Share Class launch date 02-Oct-14
Asset Class Fixed Income
Benchmark Index ICE BofAML Sterling Corporate & Collateralized Index
Investment Association Category £ Corporate Bond
Domicile United Kingdom
Regulatory Structure UCITS
Management Company BlackRock Fund Managers Ltd
Ongoing Charges Figures 0.02%
ISIN GB00BQJZV592
Bloomberg Ticker MRCHBDA
Annual Management Fee 0.00%
Initial Charge 0.00%
Performance Fee 0.00%
SEDOL BQJZV59
Bloomberg Benchmark Ticker MH2-HP
Dealing Settlement Trade Date + 3 days
Dealing Frequency Daily, forward pricing basis
Minimum Initial Investment GBP 10,000,000.00
Minimum Subsequent Investment GBP 50.00
Use of Income Accumulating

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

Weighted Average YTM as of 31-Aug-21 1.62%
3y Volatility - Benchmark as of 31-Aug-21 6.89
3y Beta as of 31-Aug-21 0.924
5y Volatility - Benchmark as of 31-Aug-21 6.16
5y Beta as of 31-Aug-21 0.876

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics can help investors integrate non-financial, sustainability considerations into their investment process. These metrics enable investors to evaluate funds based on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. This analysis can provide insight into the effective management and long-term financial prospects of a fund.


The metrics below have been provided for transparency and informational purposes only. The existence of an ESG rating is not indicative of how or whether ESG factors will be integrated into a fund. The metrics are based on MSCI ESG Fund Ratings and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind Sustainability Characteristics, using links below.

MSCI ESG Fund Rating (AAA-CCC) as of 07-Sep-21 AA
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of 07-Sep-21 7.42
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of 07-Sep-21 41.05
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of 07-Sep-21 89.80
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of 07-Sep-21 Bond GBP Corporates
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of 07-Sep-21 130.91
Funds in Peer Group as of 07-Sep-21 380
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of 07-Sep-21, based on holdings as of 31-Mar-21. As such, the fund’s sustainable characteristics may differ from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings from time to time.

To be included in MSCI ESG Fund Ratings, 65% of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities covered by MSCI ESG Research (certain cash positions and other asset types deemed not relevant for ESG analysis by MSCI are removed prior to calculating a fund’s gross weight; the absolute values of short positions are included but treated as uncovered), the fund’s holdings date must be less than one year old, and the fund must have at least ten securities. For newly launched funds, sustainability characteristics are typically available 6 months after launch.

Business Involvement

Business Involvement

Business Involvement metrics can help investors gain a more comprehensive view of specific activities in which a fund may be exposed through its investments.


Business Involvement metrics are not indicative of a fund’s investment objective, and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind the Business Involvement metrics, using links below.

MSCI - Controversial Weapons as of 31-Aug-21 0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of 31-Aug-21 0.75%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of 31-Aug-21 0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of 31-Aug-21 0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of 31-Aug-21 0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands as of 31-Aug-21 0.00%
MSCI - Tobacco as of 31-Aug-21 6.08%

Business Involvement Coverage as of 31-Aug-21 76.55%
Percentage of Fund not covered as of 31-Aug-21 23.45%
BlackRock business involvement exposures as shown above for Thermal Coal and Oil Sands are calculated and reported for companies that generate more than 5% of revenue from thermal coal or oil sands as defined by MSCI ESG Research. For the exposure to companies that generate any revenue from thermal coal or oil sands (at a 0% revenue threshold), as defined by MSCI ESG Research, it is as follows: Thermal Coal 0.78% and for Oil Sands 1.28%.

Business Involvement metrics are calculated by BlackRock using data from MSCI ESG Research which provides a profile of each company’s specific business involvement. BlackRock leverages this data to provide a summed up view across holdings and translates it to a fund's market value exposure to the listed Business Involvement areas above.


Business Involvement metrics are designed only to identify companies where MSCI has conducted research and identified as having involvement in the covered activity. As a result, it is possible there is additional involvement in these covered activities where MSCI does not have coverage. This information should not be used to produce comprehensive lists of companies without involvement. Business Involvement metrics are only displayed if at least 1% of the fund’s gross weight includes securities covered by MSCI ESG Research.

ESG Integration

ESG Integration

ESG integration is the practice of incorporating material environmental, social and governance (ESG) information or insights alongside traditional measures into the investment decision process to improve long term financial outcomes of portfolios. Unless otherwise stated in Fund documentation or included within the Fund’s investment objective, inclusion of this statement does not imply that the Fund has an ESG-aligned investment objective, but rather describes how ESG information is considered as part of the overall investment process.


The Fund manager includes ESG considerations in combination with other information in the research and due diligence phase of the investment process. ESG information may be sourced internally, via collaboration with the BlackRock Investment Stewardship team in engaging issuers on material environmental, social or governance topics, or from third-party providers. The Fund manager’s ongoing monitoring of the portfolio involves regular portfolio risk reviews with the Risk and Quantitative Analysis group. These reviews include discussion of the portfolio’s exposure to material ESG risks, as well as exposure to sustainability-related business involvements, climate-related metrics, and other factors.

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Ratings

Ratings

Morningstar Rating

4 stars
Overall Morningstar Rating for BlackRock Corporate Bond Fund, Class X, as of 31-Aug-21 rated against 445 GBP Corporate Bond Funds.

Morningstar Analyst Rating

Morningstar Analyst Rating - Silver
Morningstar has awarded the Fund a Silver medal. Fewer than 10% of US open-end funds hold medalist ratings. (Effective 29-Aug-19)

Holdings

Holdings

as of 31-Aug-21
Name Weight (%)
UK CONV GILT 1.25 07/22/2027 3.78
UK CONV GILT 4.25 09/07/2039 3.33
TESCO PROPERTY RegS 2.61
BAT INTERNATIONAL FINANCE PLC MTN RegS 4 09/04/2026 2.31
UK CONV GILT 0.875 10/22/2029 2.11
Name Weight (%)
WELLS FARGO & COMPANY MTN RegS 2 07/28/2025 2.07
TIME WARNER CABLE LLC 5.75 06/02/2031 2.01
BUPA FINANCE PLC RegS 1.75 06/14/2027 1.98
COMCAST CORPORATION 1.5 02/20/2029 1.82
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE SA MTN RegS 5.875 12/31/2049 1.79
Holdings subject to change

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

as of 31-Aug-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 31-Aug-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 31-Aug-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Allocations subject to change.
as of 31-Aug-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 31-Aug-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 31-Aug-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Negative weightings may result from specific circumstances (including timing differences between trade and settle dates of securities purchased by the funds) and/or the use of certain financial instruments, including derivatives, which may be used to gain or reduce market exposure and/or risk management. Allocations are subject to change.

Pricing & Exchange

Investor Class Currency Distribution Frequency NAV NAV Amount Change NAV % Change 52wk High 52wk Low Bid Price ISIN TIS
Class X GBP None 1.45 -0.01 -0.48 1.46 1.41 1.44 GB00BQJZV592 -
Class D GBP Daily 1.23 -0.01 -0.57 1.27 1.22 1.22 GB00B4T5JV79 -
Class S GBP None 1.45 -0.01 -0.55 1.48 1.42 1.45 GB00BK1PJT53 -
Class S GBP Daily 1.18 -0.01 -0.51 1.22 1.17 1.18 GB00BK1PK476 -
Class D GBP None 3.89 -0.02 -0.51 3.95 3.81 3.87 GB00B4QC3311 -
Class A GBP Daily 1.16 -0.01 -0.51 1.21 1.16 1.16 GB0003749982 -
Class A GBP None 3.70 -0.02 -0.51 3.77 3.64 3.68 GB0005769541 -

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Ben Edwards

Ben Edwards, CFA, Managing Director, is a Portfolio Manager in the Sterling Bond Portfolio team within BlackRock's Global Fixed Income Group. Mr. Edwards is the lead fund manager of the BlackRock Corporate Bond Fund and co-manager of the BlackRock Sterling Strategic Bond Fund.

Literature

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