Investment trusts, due to their closed-ended structure, offer investors the chance of picking up a potential bargain. Such an opportunity arises when a trust’s share price is lower than the underlying investments held by the trust (the net asset value, or NAV).
However, a trust trading on a discount to NAV is not necessarily a buying opportunity. There’s likely a good reason why the trust is cheap, such as subdued short- or long-term performance, or poor investor sentiment towards how it invests.
In our weekly series, interactive investor highlights the 10 biggest investment trust discount moves over the past week. We publish this article every Friday, using data up to the close of trading the previous day.
In total, nearly 400 investment trusts have been screened, with the data sourced from Morningstar. Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) have been excluded. We also strip out trusts with less than £20 million in assets and those that are not available on the interactive investor platform.
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Property funds remain out in the cold, with investors looking elsewhere for income. With lower-risk assets – cash and short-dated UK government bonds – offering yields of around 4.5% to 5% - income investors have more choice and are less incentivised to take on greater levels of risk.
Commercial property is a bellwether for the wider economy, meaning it is an economically sensitive asset class. With a potential recession on the cards in 2024, many investors are cautious about the prospects of investing in bricks and mortar. As a result, the average discount for UK commercial property trusts is -25.6%. Over the past year, the average trust has lost 13.3% in share price total return terms.
Four property-focused trusts feature in this week’s table: abrdn Property Income Trust (LSE:API), Impact Healthcare REIT (LSE:IHR), Balanced Commercial Property (LSE:BCPT), and Ground Rents Income Fund (LSE:GRIO).
Troy Income & Growth (LSE:TIGT) is among the 10 biggest discount risers over the past week. This trust usually trades around par, meaning it seldom offers investors the chance to buy on a big discount, due to it having a discount control mechanism in place. However, the trust said last week that it has suspended this mechanism due to a possible merger with another investment trust. As a result, its discount has widened.
|Investment trust||Sector||Current discount (%)||Discount/premium change over past week* (%)|
|Eurocastle Investment (EURONEXT:ECT)||Debt - Loans & Bonds||-35.61||-8.30|
|Foresight Sustainable Forestry (LSE:FSF)||Farmland & Forestry||-34.96||-6.60|
|abrdn Property Income Trust (LSE:API)||Property - UK Commercial||-44.13||-4.20|
|Impact Healthcare REIT (LSE:IHR)||Property - UK Healthcare||-26.41||-4.20|
|Balanced Commercial Property (LSE:BCPT)||Property - UK Commercial||-44.79||-4.10|
|Troy Income & Growth (LSE:TIGT)||UK Equity Income||-7.21||-3.10|
|Ground Rents Income Fund (LSE:GRIO)||Property - UK Residential||-67.76||-3.10|
|US Solar Fund (LSE:USF)||Renewable Energy Infrastructure||-41.19||-3.00|
|Literacy Capital (LSE:BOOK)||Private Equity||-8.69||-2.80|
|Aurora (LSE:ARR)||UK All Companies||-12.33||-2.80|
Source: Morningstar. *Data from close of trading 2 November 2023 to close of trading 9 November 2023.
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