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About this investment trust

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 Company aims to provide shareholders with long-term capital growth and an attractive total return by investing primarily in UK smaller companies and mid-capitalisation companies traded on the London Stock Exchange.

Why choose it?

The BlackRock Throgmorton Trust looks to back the UK’s strongest emerging companies. An unusual feature of the Trust is its ability to ‘short’ companies that we find unattractive, enabling us to profit if the share price falls. This gives the Trust’s manager the opportunity to back investment ideas with real conviction, within a strong risk framework.

Suited to…

Investors who want a dynamically managed portfolio of growing companies but are comfortable with a limited degree of ‘short’ exposure.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • An investment trust is a public limited company that aims to make money by investing in a range of companies carefully chosen by a professional fund manager: it lists on an exchange, has a board of directors and trades like a normal share. It is an easy and tax-efficient way of investing in a variety of different companies.

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  • You can buy shares in an investment trust via a stockbroker or an online platform during market hours.

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  • Selling shares in an investment trust can be done during market hours through a stockbroker or online platform.

  • You can see the recent performance of the Trust here. To get an up to date valuation of your holding in the Trust, you will need to ask your stockbroker or online platform. 

  • The interim dividends are paid in August and final dividends are paid in April.

  • The Trust was incorporated in December 1957 and BlackRock took over management of the Trust on 1 July 2008.

  • The Board of Directors oversee the Trust, ensuring the portfolio managers are investing in line with its objectives. They are there to protect investors' interests, hold managers to account and report to shareholders on performance and progress.

    Find out more about our directors here

  • If you are not entirely satisfied with any aspect of the service you have received, we want to help. Details of our complaints handling process are available at www.blackrock.com/uk/individual/about-blackrock/contact-us.

    You can also write to the Investor Services Team, at our Registered Office, 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL or e-mail them at cosec@blackrock.com.

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

    Complex derivative strategies: Derivatives may be used substantially for complex investment strategies. These include the creation of short positions where the Investment Manager artificially sells an investment it does not physically own. Derivatives can also be used to generate exposure to investments greater than the net asset value of the fund / investment trust. Investment Managers refer to this practice as obtaining market leverage or gearing. As a result, a small positive or negative movement in stock markets will have a larger impact on the value of these derivatives than owning the physical investments. The use of derivatives in this manner may have the effect of increasing the overall risk profile of the trusts.

    Financial Markets, Counterparties and Service Providers: The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as safekeeping of assets or acting as counterparty to derivatives or other instruments, may expose the Trust to financial loss.

    Gearing risk: Investment strategies, such as borrowing, used by the Trust can result in even larger losses suffered when the value of the underlying investments fall.

  • Find out more about our fees and charges here.

  • The KID document provides important information about the Trust – including costs and charges, its investment objectives and risk ratings. You can view it by clicking this link here.

  • Please write to the Investor Services Team, at our Registered Office, 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL or e-mail them at cosec@blackrock.com.

  • The AGM is held in March every year. All shareholders are welcome to attend.

  • Yes. Investment trusts can be held in an ISA wrapper, which is a tax-efficient wrapper in which you can buy, hold and sell investments. It is available to all UK resident taxpayers.

  • The interim results are announced in July, while the final results are announced in February.

  • The dividend yield will vary with market conditions and the Trust’s share price. The current net dividend yield can be found on our performance and holdings page here.

  • We have over 25 years’ experience in running investment trusts. Our managers can draw on unparalleled proprietary research capabilities across the globe when choosing where to invest your money. We have regular meetings with senior company management to delve into their strategy and prospects.

    Investment is not just about knowing where to invest, but also about knowing the pitfalls. With that in mind, we have sophisticated risk management teams that help our fund managers understand where they are taking risks and how to manage it. We are trusted by millions of people across the globe to manage their money effectively and responsibly.

    This material is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or financial product or to adopt any investment strategy.

AJ Bell Best Investment Trust for Growth logo    AJ Bell UK Smaller Companies – Active logo    Kepler Growth Rating logo   

AJ Bell Online Personal Wealth Awards 2021: As at 8 March 2021.
AJ Bell Award: As at 3 September 2021.
Kepler: As at 1 January 2022.

Awards/Ratings have not been superseded to date.
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product or strategy.

What are the risks?

  • 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.
  • Net Asset Value (NAV) performance is not the same as share price performance, and shareholders may realise returns that are lower or higher than NAV performance.
  • The Trust’s investments may have low liquidity which often causes the value of these investments to be less predictable. In extreme cases, the Trust may not be able to realise the investment at the latest market price or at a price considered fair.
  • Investment strategies, such as borrowing, used by the Trust can result in even larger losses suffered when the value of the underlying investments fall.
  • The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as safekeeping of assets or acting as counterparty to derivatives or other instruments, may expose the Fund to financial loss.
  • Derivatives may be used substantially for complex investment strategies. These include the creation of short positions where the Investment Manager artificially sells an investment it does not physically own.
  • Derivatives can also be used to generate exposure to investments greater than the net asset value of the fund/investment trust. Investment Managers refer to this practice as obtaining market leverage or gearing. As a result, a small positive or negative movement in stockmarkets will have a larger impact on the value of these derivatives than owning the physical investments. The use of derivatives in this manner may have the effect of increasing the overall risk profile of the Funds.

Useful 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.

Fees & Charges

Annual Expenses as at Date: 30/11/2021

Ongoing Charge (including any Performance Fee): 1.38% as at 30/11/2021

Management Fee Summary: Management fee of 0.35% of the gross assets value of the Company’s long only portfolio plus the gross economic exposure of the total long and short portfolio. The fee structure includes a performance fee of 15% of the NAV (total return) outperformance against the Numis Smaller Companies plus AIM (excluding Investment Companies) Index, measured over a two year rolling basis and applied on average gross assets over two years. A cap on total management fees of 1.25% of average gross assets over a two year period will also apply. As the performance fee model operates on a rolling two year period, there is an annual cap of circa 0.9% on average gross assets over two years. On first day of the financial year outperformance from the previous financial year can be carried forward and accrued in the daily NAV released to the London Stock Exchange on that day. The maximum annual accrual under these circumstances is circa 0.9% of average gross assets.

  • ISIN: GB0008910555

    Sedol: 0891055

    Bloomberg: THRG.LN

    Reuters: THRG.L

    LSE code: THRG

  • Name of Company: BlackRock Fund Managers Limited

    Telephone: 020 7743 3000

    Email: cosec@blackrock.com

    Website: www.blackrock.com/uk

    Correspondence Address: Investment Trusts

    BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited

    12 Throgmorton Avenue

    London

    EC2N 2DL

    Name of Registrar: Computershare PLC

    Registered Office: 12 Throgmorton Avenue

    London

    EC2N 2DL

    Registrar Telephone: +44 (0)370 707 4016

    Place of Registration: England

    Registered Number: 594634

  • Year End: 30 November

    Results Announced: July (interim), February (final)

    AGM: March

    Dividends Paid: August (interim), April (final)

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Fund manager commentary

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

30 April 2022

Please note that the commentary below includes historic information in respect of the performance of portfolio investments, index performance data and the Company’s NAV and share performance.

The figures shown relate to past performance.  Past performance is not a reliable indicator of current or future results.

The Company returned -6.4%1 in April, underperforming the benchmark, the Numis Smaller Companies +AIM (ex Investment Companies) Index, which returned -1.6%1. This is particularly disappointing given the fact most of our investments have continued to deliver very positive updates during the month, but this was a challenging month with the same narrow market leadership (resources) and bifurcation between growth and value that has characterised the year. Notably, and as is often the case during periods of heightening uncertainty and risk-off environments, small and mid-caps are being disproportionately punished, despite positive trading updates. The current dynamic reflects the high level of uncertainty caused by the interplay of three factors:

(i)  war in Ukraine and its impact on energy and wider commodity prices;
(ii)  ongoing supply disruptions; particularly the increased COVID-19 lockdowns in China during April; and
(iii) the ongoing debate about inflation, interest rate policy and the growing risk of a recession.

Two of the largest detractors were IntegraFin and Impax Asset Management, which have seen mark to market downgrades on falling equity markets. We heard from both companies during the month, and while assets under management have fallen, it was encouraging to see that the businesses have continued to see net inflows during the first quarter which we believe demonstrates the strength of these two franchises and their ability to continue to take share in their respective markets where he long term growth dynamics remains very positive. Shares in Watches of Switzerland also fell in April which we would attribute to ongoing concerns around the outlook for the consumer. Whilst the outlook for the consumer has deteriorated, we do not see the “cost of living” crisis a particularly acute problem for high end luxury watches where demand continues to far exceed supply.

The two largest contributors during the month were Oxford Instruments and Spectris, both industrial companies that have featured in recent updates following the unsuccessful attempt by Spectris to acquire Oxford Instruments. It was reassuring to have updates from both companies in the month, highlighting the strength of recent trading activity in their respective end markets and their confidence in the outlook. The third largest contributor to performance was our holding in US listed pool and spa business, Leslie’s Inc. The shares rose after the company delivered record second quarter sales that were ahead of expectations with upgrades to full year guidance.

We are disappointed to have to report this performance in April, particularly as we had hoped for a recovery after the lows of sentiment in mid-March. While it is fair to say that there were some disappointments in the April reporting this was certainly not universally true and many of our investment reported very encouraging results (Oxford Instruments, GBG Group, Grafton, Leslie’s). The broader macro-outlook has deteriorated in recent weeks, from Chinese lock-downs to ongoing inflationary pressures exacerbated by the Russia/Ukraine conflict, with a Federal Reserve that has exhibited an aggressive stance to curb inflation. The cost of debt is rising, a headwind we feel is yet to be felt by many of our short positions and certainly not captured in today’s valuations. As the world slows and uncertainty abounds, we can be sure of one thing which that its impact will not be felt evenly, and it remains our view that well-financed companies with strong and enduring growth prospects is a good place to be, particularly post the large retracement in valuations we have seen.  We are working hard to ensure we cut shares where the investment case has changed but overall, we see plenty of rebound potential once the current level of uncertainty/fear in markets abates and as companies can continue to deliver profit growth. We thank shareholders for your ongoing support during this challenging environment.

Source:
Unless otherwise stated all data is sourced from BlackRock as at 30 April 2022. 
 1  Datastream as at 30 April 2022

Any opinions or forecasts represent an assessment of the market environment at a specific time and are not intended to be a forecast of future events or a guarantee of future results.  This information should not be relied upon by the reader as research, investment advice or a recommendation.

Risk: Reference to the names of each company mentioned in this communication is merely for explaining the investment strategy and should not be construed as investment advice or investment recommendation of those companies.

Portfolio manager biography

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.

Daniel Whitestone, Managing Director, is Head of the Emerging Companies team, within the Fundamental Equity Division of BlackRock's Active Equity business. He is the lead Portfolio Manager for BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc, BlackRock UK Emerging Companies Hedge Fund and BlackRock UK Emerging Companies Absolute Return Fund.

Dan's service with the firm dates back to 2013. Prior to joining BlackRock, Dan worked for UBS, where he was the head of the UK small and mid-cap sales desk and ranked the number one salesperson in the Extel Small/Mid-Cap sales ratings in 2011 and 2012. Prior to working at UBS, Dan joined Noble and Co in 2006 as a UK small and mid-cap salesman. He began his career at Accenture, in 2003 as a strategy consultant.

Dan earned a BA Hons degree in Combined Studies from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Portfolio Manager
Dan Whitestone
Dan Whitestone

Board of directors

All the Directors are non-executive, independent of the Investment Manager and members of the Audit Committee, Management Engagement Committee and the Nomination Committee.

Christopher Samuel (Chairman) was appointed to the Board in June 2016. He was Chief Executive of Ignis Asset Management from 2009 until its sale to Standard Life Investments in 2014. He was previously Chief Operating Officer at Gartmore and Hill Samuel Asset Management and was a partner at Cambridge Place Investment Management. He is a Non-Executive Director of UIL Limited, its subsidiary UIL Finance Limited and Quilter plc. He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of JP Morgan Japanese Investment Trust plc and Quilter Financial Planning. Mr Samuel was formerly a Non-Executive Director of the Alliance Trust plc. He graduated from Oxford with an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

Angela Lane was appointed to the Board in June 2020. She had previously spent 18 years working in private equity at 3i, becoming a partner in 3i's Growth Capital business managing the UK portfolio. Since 2007, Angela has held several non-executive and advisory roles for small and medium capitalised companies across a range of industries including business services, healthcare, travel, media, consumer goods and infrastructure. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Pacific Horizon Investment Trust plc and Dunedin Enterprise Investment Trust plc, where she is also Chairman of the audit committees, as well as a Non-Executive Director of Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc.

Loudon Greenlees was appointed to the Board in March 2014. He was previously Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Thames River Capital from 1999 until 2007 and then Commercial Director until May 2013, prior to this he had been Group Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer of Rothschild Asset Management and Group Finance Director of Baring Asset Management. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974.

Louise Nash was a UK Small and Mid-Cap Fund Manager, firstly at Cazenove Capital and latterly at M&G Investments which she left in 2015. She now works for family wine business Höpler. She also acts as a consultant to JLC Investor Relations. Louise holds an MA in German and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and the IMRO Investment Management Certificate.

Nigel Burton was appointed to the Board in December 2020. He has spent over 14 years as an investment banker at leading City institutions including UBS Warburg and Deutsche Bank, including as the Managing Director responsible for the energy and utilities industries. Nigel has also spent 15 years as Chief Financial Officer or Chief Executive Officer of a number of private and public companies. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of AIM listed companies DeepVerge plc, Microsaic Systems plc, eEnergy Group plc and Location Sciences Group plc. He was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Digitalbox plc, Corcel plc, Modern Water plc, Alexander Mining plc, Mobile Streams plc and Chairman of Remote Monitored Systems plc.

Merryn Somerset Webb was appointed to the Board in March 2021. She has significant experience of financial matters through her role as Editor-in-Chief of MoneyWeek, the UK personal finance magazine and writes extensively on this subject across radio and television. She brings valuable investment trust specific experience and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Murray Income Investment Trust plc, Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon Public Limited Company and Netwealth Investments Limited.

Our approach to ESG

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.

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is often conflated or used interchangeably with the term “sustainable investing.” BlackRock has identified sustainable investing as being the overall framework and ESG as a data toolkit for identifying and informing our solutions. BlackRock has defined ESG Integration as the practice of incorporating material ESG information and consideration of sustainability risks into investment decisions in order to enhance risk-adjusted returns. BlackRock recognises the relevance of material ESG information across all asset classes and styles of portfolio management. The Investment Manager may incorporate sustainability considerations in its investment processes across all investment platforms. ESG information and sustainability risks are included as a consideration in investment research, portfolio construction, portfolio review, and investment stewardship processes.

The Investment Manager considers ESG insights and data, including sustainability risks, within the total set of information in its research process and makes a determination as to the materiality of such information in its investment process. ESG insights are not the sole consideration when making investment decisions and the extent to which ESG insights are considered during investment decision making will also be determined by the characteristics or objectives of the Company. The Investment Manager’s evaluation of ESG data may be subjective and could change over time in light of emerging sustainability risks or changing market conditions. This approach is consistent with the Investment Manager’s regulatory duty to manage the Company in accordance with its investment objective and policy and in the best interests of the Company’s investors. The Investment Manager’s Risk and Quantitative Analysis group will review portfolios, in partnership with the portfolio managers, to ensure that sustainability risks are considered regularly alongside traditional financial risks, that investment decisions are taken in light of relevant sustainability risks and that decisions exposing portfolios to sustainability risks are deliberate, and the risks diversified and scaled according to the investment objectives of the Company.

BlackRock’s approach to ESG integration is to broaden the total amount of information the Investment Manager considers with the aim of improving investment analysis and understanding the likely impact of sustainability risks on the Company’s investments. The Investment Manager assesses a variety of economic and financial indicators, which may include ESG data and insights, to make investment decisions appropriate for the Company objectives. This can include relevant third-party insights or data, internal research or engagement commentary and input from BlackRock Investment Stewardship.

Sustainability risks are identified at various steps of the investment process, where relevant, from research, allocation, selection, portfolio construction decisions, or management engagement, and are considered relative to the Company’s risk and return objectives. Assessment of these risks is done relative to their materiality (i.e. likeliness of impacting returns of the investment) and in tandem with other risk assessments (e.g. liquidity, valuation, etc.).

ESG integration does not change the Company’s investment objective or constrain the Investment Manager’s investable universe, and does not mean that an ESG investment strategy or exclusionary screens has been or will be adopted by the Company. Similarly, ESG integration does not determine the extent to which the Company may be impacted by sustainability risks.

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Contact
To get in touch contact us on:
Telephone: 020 7743 3000
Email: cosec@blackrock.com