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Oil play, 5.5% yield (income paid quarterly),8% discount to assets, BREXIT currency hedge..what more do you want?
Black Rock Commodities Income Investment Trust –ISIN GB00B0N8MF98-BRCI
Oil remains one of the strongest major commodities this year and despite recent exemptions from Iranian sanctions, looks likely to stay well supported.
The major companies themselves Royal Dutch #RDSB, BP #BP, Total, Eni, Norsk Hydro etc have been major beneficiaries of the stronger spot price and, with greater capital discipline, have rebuilt balance sheets and engaged in shareholder friendly actions whether dividend increases or share buy-backs.
One way of accessing this sector is through the Black Rock Commodities Income Investment Trust.
The object of this investment trust is to achieve an annual dividend target, (currently 4p), and over the long term, capital growth, by investing primarily in securities of companies operating in the mining and energy sector.
- The fund predominantly invests in large quoted equities, the split between oil and mining being approximately oil, majors plus exploration/production 42%, and mining 56%, as at end September 2018.
- Underlying major mining companies, have for the large part responded to the historic weaker trend in resource prices, maintaining balance sheet discipline and adjusting their cost bases. There have been some examples of spectacular self-help stories e.g. Glencore and Anglo-American Mining.
- Recent mining conferences have highlighted the need for increased use of Lithium, Cobalt, Nickel and Copper relating to Electronic Vehicles.BRCI has been building exposure to these elements over the last couple of years. For example, Glencore (5.2% of assets) is now one of the leading global suppliers of Cobalt, a vital component for rechargeable batteries.
- Rising economic growth projections, supply constraints and a changing OPEC stance have significantly helped the prospects of the major oil companies held. Royal Dutch and BP have both recently announced good third quarter figures and both have annual dividend yields near 6%. Statoil and Total also confirmed the more favourable trend for oil majors.
- As at End September 2018, the Fund ‘s major holdings featured BHP (8.9%), Royal Dutch (6.7%) Rio Tinto (6.2%), First Quantum (5.7%), Glencore (5.2%), Exxon (4.2%), and Teck Resources (4. 5%). The top ten holdings represented over 55% of the total portfolio, a relatively concentrated stance.
- The global nature of these companies provides exposure to non-sterling currencies, especially the US dollar. This can benefit both capital and income when sterling is on a weaker trend. In this regard, the instrument may be seen partially as a no-deal BREXIT hedge.
- On a TECHNICAL NOTE, it should be noted that energy and material stocks represent about 27% and 24% of the FTSE100 index and the FT All-Share index respectively. If using these as benchmarks, the weighting in these sectors can materially affect the relative performance of UK active and passive funds.
- As well as targeting financially strong dividend paying equities the company also employs option writing strategies and an element of gearing, currently near 10%, to further improve the sources of income.
- On an annual yield, over 5.5%, (payable quarterly), this trust represents a high-income longer-term value play, but investors should be aware of the volatility of the underlying sector-maybe another reason to adopt a pooled approach. The trust currently trades at a current discount to net assets of near 8%, near the ten year’s low, compared with the premium on which it traded for most 2008-2016 period (see graph below). The company operates a discount management procedure from time to time.
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Apollo Minerals Limited (ASX:AON) is an Australian Securities Exchange listed tungsten-gold company with projects in the Pyrenees region of Southern Europe. In May 2016 the company was restructured with new management and capital that enabled it to acquire an 80% interest in the Couflens Project (July 2017) in southern France and a 75% interest in the Aurenere Project (April 2018) in northern Spain.
The key metals sought are tungsten and gold….
Tungsten prices are increasing, up 54% in the last 12 months….
Management has an enviable track record in project development….
Valuation: Based on historical production figures, remaining resources, updated capital and operating costs….
Link to view the full research note: Apollo Minerals Limited – Reopening the world’s highest grade tungsten mine
Multichannel Podcast – Alan Green talks to Hugo Schumann, Chief Commercial Officer at Apollo Minerals ASX: #AON
Multichannel Podcast – Alan Green talks to Hugo Schumann, Chief Commercial Officer at Apollo Minerals ASX: #AON. Hugo discusses the recent A$6m fundraising and the participation of major mining institutional investors Blackrock and Old Mutual Global Investors. The funds will be used to explore and develop the Couflens project in S France, which includes Salau, the World’s highest grade tungsten mine. The project also includes a significant gold resource. Hugo also looks at the mining and labour reforms in France, and moves by French President Macron to streamline the mining license application process. Key investor takeaway points include: 1) Couflens is an early stage tungsten and gold project with big exploration upside 2) the project is underpinned by solid economics of the world’s highest grade tungsten mine 3) Company chaired by Ian Middlemas, who has a great track record chairing Papillon Resources and Berkeley Energia