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Bankers Investment Trust (The)

Outperforming benchmarks old and new

Review | Investment Companies | 29 May 2018

The Bankers Investment Trust (BNKR) is celebrating its 130th anniversary with a 51st consecutive year of annual dividend growth, and a new FTSE World index benchmark that better reflects its investment approach. Recent performance has been strong, buoyed by good returns from the US portfolio and eye-catching outperformance in China, while dividends grew ahead of forecasts in FY17. Manager Alex Crooke cautions that recent sterling strength could be a headwind for overseas dividend income in the current period, although the trust’s large revenue reserve (1.8x the FY17 dividend) and focus on stocks with attractive dividend growth should help to ensure that BNKR’s long record of year-on-year growth is maintained. Crooke has recently been appointed co-head of equities at Janus Henderson Investors, but remains committed to overseeing BNKR.

Bankers Investment Trust (The)

Stock selection drives positive performance

Review | Investment Companies | 02 Oct 2017

The Bankers Investment Trust (BNKR) invests globally, with the aim of generating higher long-term total returns for its largely UK investor base than it could have achieved in its home market. Share price and NAV returns are ahead of the benchmark FTSE All-Share Index over both the short and longer term, with annualised NAV total returns of more than 15% pa over five years. BNKR also aims to grow its dividend ahead of inflation, and has the second-longest record of unbroken dividend growth of any investment company, on track for a 51st year in FY17. Lead manager Alex Crooke, at the helm since 2003, has slightly reduced the North America allocation as leading economic indicators begin to look less favourable, diverting resources to European portfolio manager Tim Stevenson, who is finding good value opportunities particularly among financial stocks.

Bankers Investment Trust (The)

50 years of growing dividends

Review | Investment Companies | 14 Mar 2017

The Bankers Investment Trust (BNKR) aims to reward investors who take the additional risk of investing overseas with total returns in excess of those they could have achieved at home (as measured by the FTSE All-Share Index). The trust has a diversified approach, with lead manager Alex Crooke setting the geographical allocation, and regional sub-portfolios managed by specialists at Henderson Global Investors. Value and income are key tenets of the investment process, and the trust has recently achieved a record 50th year of annual dividend growth. BNKR has a long-term record of outperformance versus its benchmark. In the past year it has simplified its fee structure and acted as one of two rollover vehicles for investors in Henderson Global Trust, boosting assets under management by c £60m.

Henderson Global Trust

Proposed rollover with choice of strategies

Review | Investment Companies | 31 Mar 2016

On 1 February 2016 the directors of Henderson Global Trust (HGL) announced that they had agreed in principle to combine the trust with stablemate Henderson International Income Trust (HINT), with an option for shareholders in HGL to roll their investment over into the Henderson-managed Bankers Investment Trust (BNKR) if they wished to continue to follow a global growth strategy. HGL had a market capitalisation of £138.9m at 23 March and had traded at an average discount of c 10% over one, three and five years in spite of an active share buyback programme. HINT has traded at an average premium of 1.1% since launch in 2011, and it was felt that combining to create a bigger trust under the HINT strategy would be in the interests of current and future shareholders. In this note we explain the rollover options for HGL investors and outline the timescale for action.

Bankers Investment Trust (The)

Global portfolio with 49 years of dividend growth

Review | Investment Companies | 14 Mar 2016

The Bankers Investment Trust (BNKR) is a long-established, globally invested fund with a focus on achieving long-term capital growth greater than that of the FTSE All-Share index, and above-inflation dividend growth. Lead manager Alex Crooke makes use of the substantial resources of Henderson Global Investors, delegating ex-UK stock selection to regional specialists. BNKR has recently achieved its 49th consecutive annual dividend increase, the joint-longest record in the investment company sector. A proposal to merge its stablemate Henderson Global Trust with Henderson International Income Trust could see BNKR o which will be offered as a rollover option to investors who wish to retain a global growth mandate o receive a boost to its assets under management.

Bankers Investment Trust (The)

Global growth with growing income

Review | Investment Companies | 13 Jul 2015

The Bankers Investment Trust (BNKR) is a global investment trust that aims to deliver capital growth in excess of the return on the FTSE All-Share index, as well as growing its dividend by more than the rate of UK inflation. Lead manager Alex Crooke looks after UK stock selection (c 38% of the portfolio) and sets the geographical asset allocation; regional portfolios are run by specialists from Henderson Global Investors' well resourced fund management team. While there is no overall ‘house style', all the managers are focused on not overpaying for growth. 12-month returns to 30 June have been particularly strong versus the benchmark and the trust is on track to grow its dividend for a 49th successive year.

Bankers Investment Trust (The)

Global generalist with 47 years of dividend growth

Initiation | Investment Companies | 10 Dec 2014

The Bankers Investment Trust (BNKR) invests in global equities with the objective of beating the FTSE All-Share capital return and increasing its dividend annually ahead of RPI inflation. Managed by Alex Crooke at Henderson Global Investors, it has a relatively high weighting (c 40%) in the UK, although this is expected to fall gently in the coming years. BNKR has one of the highest yields in the AIC Global sector (2.5% at 8 December), which may have helped propel it to a premium to NAV in late 2013/early 2014, and has raised its dividend for 47 successive years. It has fallen to a slight discount in the recent spell of market volatility, which may represent a more attractive entry point for long-term investors.