F & C Investments

F&C UK High Income Trust plc

  • A relatively conservative investment profile

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  • Key facts

    • F&C UK High Income Trust plc aims to provide shareholders with an attractive level of income together with the opportunity for Trust growth.
    • The majority of the Company's assets are invested in an equities portfolio comprising large and mid-size UK companies.
    • The trust has two classes of share - A shares and B shares - which pay the same level of quarterly cash distributions. The cash distributions on the A shares are paid as dividends while those on the B shares are paid by way of capital distributions and therefore taxed under capital gains tax (CGT) rules which can provide tax benefits to certain types of investors. The net asset value attributable to each class of shares is the same.
    • The shares may also be traded as units. Each unit consists of three A shares and one B share.
  • Fund manager commentary

    Over the month, the Company’s net asset value total return was 4.5% and this compares with the return from the FTSE All-Share 5% Capped Index of 3.3%.

    In recent months, there has been a substantial reduction in assets allocated to the Higher Yield portfolio in light of the low level of yields available on corporate bonds, particularly on higher quality, investment grade corporate bonds. The proceeds raised from the reduction in the Company’s corporate bond exposure has been reinvested across a wide range of existing holdings in the Equities portfolio.

    Over the past month, there have been a number of new positions introduced to the Equities portfolio. These include Berkeley Group which is a relatively unique business within the UK house-building sector. The company has good revenue visibility, a strong land bank, a well-regarded management team and is well placed to benefit from any recovery in housing transactions.

    We sold our position in Sky following the proposed takeover by US media giant 21st Century Fox amid concerns that the deal may be blocked due to competition issues. The transaction has subsequently been referred to the UK regulator Ofcom. We reduced our position in Melrose Industries. In August last year Melrose acquired Nortek, a US based manufacturing group, which management believed was significantly underperforming its potential. Progress in turning the business around has been rapid resulting in substantial appreciation in Melrose’s share price.

    Equity markets performed well over the month with the UK market registering new all-time highs as concerns over the potential impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union receded. The UK market has benefitted significantly from the effect of the devaluation of sterling on its predominantly international earnings base while in the US markets have been buoyed by the improvement in the macroeconomic backdrop and the expansionary pro-business rhetoric from the new US administration.

    As at 28 February 2017

  • Suitability for retail distribution

    The Company is an investment trust and therefore its shares are not subject to the Financial Conduct Authority's rules relating to the restrictions on the retail distribution of unregulated collective investment schemes and close substitutes which came into effect on 1 January 2014. The Company conducts its affairs so that its shares can be recommended by Financial Advisers to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the Financial Conduct Authority's rules relating to non-mainstream investment products and intends to continue to do so.

  • Fund facts
    Investment manager F&C Investment Business Limited
    Benchmark FTSE All-Share Capped 5% Index
    AIC sector UK Equity & Bond Income
    Launch date 1 March 2007
    Total assets £148 million (as at 28.02.17)
    Currency Sterling
    ISIN (Units) GB00B1N4H933
    (A Shares) GB00B1N4G299
    (B Shares) GB00B1N4H594
    SEDOL (Units) B1N4H93
    (A Shares) B1N4G29
    (B Shares) B1N4H59
    Key dates
    Annual general meeting June
    Year end 31 March
    Dividend payment date(s) August, November, February and May
    Ex-dividend date(s) July, October, January and April
  • Past performance is not a guide to future results. The value of investments can go down as well as up.

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