BMO UK High Income Trust

Philip Webster

Director, Portfolio Manager, European Equities

Philip Webster is a Director in the European Equity team. Philip joined BMO Global Asset Management in May 2016 from Aberdeen Asset Management where he was a Senior Investment Manager with the Pan-European Equity Team. Philip had responsibilities across UK and European mandates while being lead manager of Aberdeen Smaller Companies Income Trust which he managed for 8 years. Phil graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in Economics, holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and is a CFA Charterholder.

  • BMO UK High Income Trust PLC aims to provide shareholders with an attractive level of income together with the opportunity for capital growth.
  • The Trust invests predominantly in UK equities and equity-related securities of companies across the market capitalisation spectrum.
  • The trust has two classes of share – Ordinary shares and B shares – which pay the same level of quarterly cash distributions. The cash distributions on the Ordinary 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 Ordinary shares and one B share.


The Trust aims to provide an attractive return to shareholders each year in the form of dividends and/or capital repayments, together with prospects for capital growth.

In pursuit of its objective, the Company invests predominantly in UK equities and equity-related securities of companies across the market capitalisation spectrum.

The objective will be to achieve a total return in excess of that of the FTSE All-Share Index. The Manager will approach investment portfolio construction with the aim of maintaining a diversified portfolio with approximately 40 holdings at any given time. No single investment in the portfolio may exceed 10 per cent of the Company’s gross assets at the time of purchase. In addition, the Manager expects few individual holdings to exceed five per cent of the Company’s gross assets at the time of purchase. There are no maximum levels set for exposures to sectors.

Income may be enhanced from the investment portfolio by writing call options, but only where the portfolio has an existing holding and the holding is greater than the amount of stock subject to the call option. The percentage of the portfolio that may be used to generate call premium is limited to 5 per cent. by value at any one time. The Company may use derivatives for efficient portfolio management from time to time.

The Company has the power under its Articles of Association to borrow an amount up to 100 per cent. of the Company’s Adjusted Capital and Reserves. The Directors currently intend that the aggregate borrowings of the Company will be limited to approximately 20 per cent. of the Company’s gross assets immediately following drawdown of any new borrowings. The Directors will however retain flexibility to increase or decrease the level of gearing to take account of changing market circumstances and in pursuit of the Company’s investment objectives.

As required by the Listing Rules, the Company has a policy to invest no more than 15 per cent of gross assets in other listed investment companies.

Any material change to the investment policy of the Company will only be made with shareholders approval.


Stock market movements may cause the value of investments and the income from them to fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

A fund investing in a specific country carries a greater risk than a fund diversified across a range of countries.

Changes in rates of exchange may have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of investments. If markets fall, gearing can magnify the negative impact on performance.

Past performance is not a guide to future performance

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. Investments which are concentrated in a specific sector or country may result in less diversification and hence more volatility in investment values. 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.

Fund Facts and Key Dates

Fund Facts

Investment manager
BMO Investment Business Limited
FTSE All-Share Index
AIC sector
UK Equity Income
Launch date
1 March 2007
Total assets
£115.8 milion (as at 29.04.2022)
(Units) GB00B1N4H933 (Ordinary Shares) GB00B1N4G299 (B Shares) GB00B1N4H594
(Units) B1N4H93 (Ordinary Shares) B1N4G29 (B Shares) B1N4H59
Ticker symbol
BHI (Ordinary shares) BHIB (B shares) BHIU (Unit trust)

Key Dates

Annual general meeting
Year end
31 March
Dividend payment date(s)
August, November, February and May
Ex-dividend date(s)
July, October, January and April

Sustainability and ESG

Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) issues are the three central factors in measuring sustainability and can present both opportunities and threats to the long-term investment performance the Company aims to deliver to Shareholders. The Board is therefore committed to taking a responsible approach to ESG matters. There are two strands to this approach. The Company’s own responsibilities on matters such as governance and the impact it has through the investments that are made on its behalf by its Manager.

Find out more about our approach to sustainability and ESG issues here

The Board

John Evans


John was appointed in 2013. He has worked in the investment management industry for over 30 years. He retired from Aberforth Partners, a specialist investment management firm in 2011 having been one of its founding partners in 1990. He is Chairman of Securities Trust of Scotland plc and a non-executive director of JPMorgan Mid Cap Investment Trust plc.

Andrew Watkins

Senior Independent Director

Andrew was appointed in 2017. He has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years and was head of Client Relations for Investment Trusts at Invesco Perpetual from 2004 until his retirement in June 2017. He is currently a non-executive director and chairman of Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust plc and a non-executive director of Chelverton UK Dividend Trust PLC and The European Investment Trust plc.

Helen Galbraith (nee Driver)

, Audit Committee Chair
Audit Committee Chair

Helen was appointed on 6 May 2020. Helen has over 20 years’ experience in the Insurance and Asset Management industry as Head of Investor Relations at Aviva plc, Head of Global Equities at Aviva Investors and managing UK equities as Investment Director at Standard Life Investments. Helen is the founder of Moneyready, an online financial education platform for young people. Helen is currently a non‑executive director of Orwell Housing Association and member of the Audit & Risk Committee, and a Director at Orwell Homes.

Stephen Mitchell

Stephen was appointed on 6 May 2020. He has worked in investments for 40 years, most recently as a global equity specialist, previously on Japanese and Asia‑Pacific equities. He worked at Flemings then JPMorgan Asset Management and Private Bank for 24 years, subsequently at Caledonia Investment Trust running a global equity income fund and then Jupiter Asset Management. Latterly he also covered investment strategy and multi‑asset allocation.  Stephen is currently a Trustee of National Trust for Scotland and chair of its investment committee, and a member of the investment committee at Westminster Almshouses.

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