F&C Investment Trust PLC

Fund Facts and Key Dates

Launched in 1868, the trust was the world’s oldest collective investment fund. A lot has happened in the world over the last 150 years. And investment opportunities have changed, too. A glance at the companies that the trust invests in today shows how the financial landscape has transformed over the years. Alongside giants like BP and Unilever sit powerful newcomers like Amazon, Netflix and Facebook, and rising star companies in developing markets.

Key Dates
Annual general meeting

May

Year end 31 December
Dividend payment date(s) February, May, August, November (Quarterly)
Announcement dates March (final) July (half yearly)
Fund Facts
Investment manager BMO Investment Business Limited
Benchmark FTSE All World TR index (Pre 01/01/2013 60% FTSE World ex UK TR Index/40% FTSE All Share TR Index).
AIC sector Global
Launch date 1868
Total assets

£4.3 billion (as at 29.02.20)

Currency Sterling
ISIN GB0003466074
SEDOL 346607
Ticker symbol FCIT

Performance

These tables show you how the fund has performed over the last five years. The fund has achieved positive growth over these periods, but please remember that past performance is not a guide to future results and the value of investments can go down as well as up.

Cumulative performance 1 month Year to date 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years
NAV

-5.59

-6.91

5.34

19.51

58.49

Share price

-9.07

-11.83

1.02

24.78

61.62

Benchmark

-5.15

-5.77

8.23

18.87

58.43

Discrete annual performance 2020/2019 2019/2018 2018/2017 2017/2016 2016/2015
NAV

5.34

1.53

11.74

33.27

-0.49

Share price

1.02

5.56

17.02

34.20

-3.48

Benchmark

8.23

2.38

7.28

36.96

-2.66

Useful definitions

NAV – Net Asset Value. This is the value of the fund’s assets (e.g. investments, stocks, shares, bonds) less its liabilities (i.e. costs that need to be paid out of the value of the fund)

Benchmark: The FTSE All-World (Total Return) Index

Performance (%) as at 29.02.20

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Source: Lipper. Basis: share price, percentage growth, bid to bid, net income reinvested. Basis in accordance to the regulations of the Financial Conduct Authority. The discrete annual performance table refers to 12 month periods, ending at the date shown. The cumulative performance table refers to cumulative periods ending 29.02.20

Note: The performance figures shown here will differ to those shown in the Key Information Document (KID) as they are based on actual past performance data. The performance information in the KID is presented on a forward-looking basis using economic models based on historical prices and volatility of the product (as prescribed by regulations).

Market Update - Coronavirus

We have been of the view that equity markets would remain supported by a reasonable growth backdrop and accommodative policy, as investors had recently viewed the dovish moves by the likes of the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank positively, considering the reduction of interest rates as warranting higher valuations on future earnings, despite the increased risks.

The rise and spread of Covid-19, coronavirus, has seen risks increase, and global equities have recently been subject to heightened volatility as investor sentiment fluctuates between optimism around containment and fears of a full-blown global pandemic, following the accelerating rate of new infections outside China and the number of countries seeing new cases. The situation is fast moving and there is no certainty on whether it will become a global pandemic or if the number of cases will stabilise, peak out, and ultimately decline, although many market participants appear to be leaning towards the former outcome. Were this to be the case, economic disruption will extend and spread, increasing recessionary risks and hitting corporate earnings. Indeed, we are already seeing companies, from banks to airlines, releasing negative announcements and cutting earnings guidance in response to the virus. In this scenario it is likely that central banks will ease policy, but this is not a shock that is addressable through monetary action alone; we would expect both monetary and fiscal stimulus were the situation to materially worsen.

At this stage we do not think Covid-19 will tip us into a prolonged marked bear market, although recessionary risks have risen materially and the short-term outlook remains mired in uncertainty. Were there to be an economic downturn, we would not expect it to be overly deep or extended. While not our base case, investors should be prepared for the end of the long bull market. We are still finding plenty of opportunities and remain well placed to withstand the inevitable short-term volatility. We resolutely retain our long-term focus and believe that equity markets will continue to deliver attractive returns for the patient investor.

Investment Risks

The value of your investments and any income from them can go down as well as up and you may not get back the original amount invested. Changes in rates of exchange may also reduce the value of your investment. Gearing is used for investment purposes to obtain, increase or reduce exposure to an asset, index or investment. The use of gearing can enhance returns to investors in a rising market, but if the market falls the losses may be greater.

Holdings

F&C Investment Trust PLC holds stock in over 450 companies. These are the twenty companies we hold most stock in:

Companies % of Portfolio

Amazon

2.2

Microsoft

2.0

Alphabet

1.7

Facebook

1.5

Apple

1.1

Mastercard

1.0

Alibaba

1.0

Dollar General

0.9

UnitedHealth

0.9

Visa

0.9

JPMorgan Chase

0.7

Novo Nordisk

0.7

Comcast

0.7

Chevron

0.6

SAP

0.6

AstraZeneca

0.6

Broadcom

0.6

Anthem

0.6

GlaxoSmithKline

0.6

Lowe

0.6

As at 29 February 2020

Dividend

Our focus is to maintain our record of long-term growth ahead of the rate of inflation.

Definitions for terminology used in table below:

Record Date: This is the date we calculate the dividend you’ll receive.
Ex-dividend: This is the date by which a purchaser must have bought shares in order to receive the dividend. If shares in F&C Investment Trust PLC change hands on or after this date, the seller will receive the dividend rather than the buyer.

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