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Discount Delver: the 10 cheapest trusts on 30 June 2023

30th June 2023 10:01

by Kyle Caldwell from interactive investor

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We reveal the biggest investment trust discount changes over the past week.  

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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.

Investment trusts generating income outside the two mainstream asset classes, shares and bonds, continue to see their discounts widen in response to interest rate rises.

Rate rises have triggered a re-pricing of risk assets due to the fact that investors can, for the first time in more than a decade, obtain a decent level of income on low-risk assets such as cash and bonds.

With yields of 4% and 5% available on cash and relatively low-risk bonds, there’s less appeal in trying to obtain bigger returns for a higher amount of risk.

As a result, discounts for infrastructure investment trusts have been widening, with the top three movers over the past week being HydrogenOne Capital Growth (LSE:HGEN), Ecofin US Renewables Infrastructure (LSE:RNEW), and Digital 9 Infrastructure (LSE:DGI9).

Property-focused mandates are also being negatively impacted by the same trend. Two trusts among the 10 biggest discount movers of the past week are Life Science REIT (LSE:LABS) and AEW UK REIT (LSE:AEWU).

Investment trustSectorDiscount/premium change over past week* (%)Current discount (%)
HydrogenOne Capital Growth (LSE:HGEN)Renewable Energy Infrastructure-10.8-36.1
Ecofin US Renewables Infrastructure (LSE:RNEW)Renewable Energy Infrastructure-9.4-36.4
Digital 9 Infrastructure (LSE:DGI9)Infrastructure-7.6-45.5
Majedie Investments (LSE:MAJE)Flexible Investment-7.2-24.2
JPMorgan Global Core Real Assets (LSE:JARA)Flexible Investment-7.0-15.8
Schiehallion Fund (LSE:MNTN)Growth Capital-6.7-42.3
Life Science REIT (LSE:LABS)Property - UK Commercial-6.7-24.7
AEW UK REIT (LSE:AEWU)Property - UK Commercial-5.1-11.8
Oryx International Growth (LSE:OIG)UK Smaller Companies-4.9-28.7
NB Distressed Debt Inv Extended Life (LSE:NBDX)Debt - Loans & Bonds-4.8-43.5

Source: Morningstar. *Data from close of trading 22 June 2023 to close of trading 29 June 2023.

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