Investment Trusts

BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust


BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust

  • Price (GBX)1,992.00
  • Today's Change-6.00 / -0.30%
  • Shares traded36.50k
  • 1 Year change+51.60%
  • Beta1.2447
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About the company

BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc is a United Kingdom-based investment trust. The Company’s primary activity is portfolio investment. The Company’s investment objective is to achieve long term capital growth for shareholders through investment mainly in smaller United Kingdom quoted companies, which are listed on the London Stock Exchange or on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The Company is focused on investing in various sectors, including oil & gas, basic materials, industrials, consumer goods, health care, consumer services, financials, technology and utilities. BlackRock Fund Managers Limited is the alternative investment manager of the Company. BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited is the investment manager of the Company.

  • Revenue in GBP (TTM)127.73m
  • Net income in GBP119.29m
  • Incorporated1906
  • Employees0.00
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Management group(s)--
AIC sectorUK Smaller Companies
Launch date02 May 1906
Share typeOrdinary Share
Base currencyGBP


To achieve its investment objective the Company invests predominantly in UK smaller companies with securities admitted to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange or AIM. The Company may also invest in securities which are listed overseas but have a secondary UK quotation.

Managed by

Roland Arnold

Management & contract fees

The management fee will be paid at 0.60% in respect of the first GBP 750m of the total assets of Company less current liabilities, reducing to 0.50% thereafter. The Company will no longer pay a performance fee. The contract is terminable on 6 months notice.

Peer analysis

Key Information
CompanyRevenue (TTM)Net income (TTM)Market capEmployeesPrice/earnings (TTM)Price/book value (MRQ)Price/cash flow (TTM)Price/sales (TTM)EPS (excl. extraordinary items, TTM)EPS (incl. extraordinary items, TTM)Revenue per share (TTM)Book value per share (MRQ)Asset turnover (TTM)Inventory turnover (TTM)Receivables turnover (TTM)Revenues per employee (TTM)Return on avg assets (TTM)Return on avg assets (5 yr avg)Return on investment (TTM)Return on investment (5 yr avg)Gross margin (TTM)Gross margin
(5 yr avg)
Net profit margin (TTM)Net Profit margin
(5 yr avg)
Quick ratio (MRQ)Interest coverage (TTM)Total debt to capital (MRQ)Payout ratio
(5 yr avg)
(YOY change %)
(5 yr growth rate)
Net income
(YOY change %)
Net income
(5 yr growth rate)
Capital expenditure
(5 yr growth rate)
(5 yr growth rate)
Henderson Smaller Companies Inv Trst PLC377.85m368.65m908.37m0.002.460.9149--2.404.934.935.0613.290.4179--97.50--40.7713.2243.5213.9997.7694.4997.5793.92----0.082915.57821.91--749.04----9.63
Bmo Global Smaller Companies PLC334.94m328.34m927.75m0.002.950.9439--2.770.56070.56070.56881.750.3672--79.75--36.0011.6636.4011.9798.5094.6998.0393.26----0.04149.25414.9167.32388.5476.17--10.34
Law Debenture Corporation plc300.01m257.91m934.14m152.003.511.103.613.,973,750.0029.317.2030.227.3798.0694.2285.9763.84--50.090.124141.65-75.546.70-97.7331.9157.9811.16
Baillie Gifford Japan Trust PLC170.55m160.66m934.79m0.005.670.9784--5.481.751.751.8410.130.1684--99.36--15.8610.0015.9010.2995.6092.7494.2090.60----0.12963.29203.2613.37242.2113.36----
Fidelity Special Values PLC57.29m50.96m939.99m0.0017.421.23--16.410.17220.17220.1972.440.0803--14.39--7.141.507.271.5390.9464.9288.9655.36----0.00146.54-342.71---269.89----11.60
BH Macro Ltd53.39m84.05m945.95m0.007.141.08--17.724.964.963.1432.800.1002--2.16--15.773.6616.913.7180.5176.99157.4330.87----0.000.00103.5236.95205.29------
Blackrock Throgmorton Trust PLC309.42m299.62m946.26m0.002.921.07--
Schroder AsiaPacific Fund plc427.96m414.57m965.62m0.002.370.8756--2.262.482.482.566.700.456--64.70--44.1713.4745.1213.9798.1994.1696.8792.64----0.0011.79624.31--965.41----13.75
Biopharma Credit PLC82.40m67.42m969.89m0.0014.380.976--11.770.06770.06770.08280.9980.0816--7.83--6.68--6.76--83.60--81.82------0.00---27.10---27.13------
BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc127.73m119.29m975.62m0.008.181.12--7.642.442.442.6217.840.1401--22.11--13.0811.7713.1911.8794.2292.6793.4091.92----0.093315.6226.6231.8728.1635.85--13.73
Fidelity Emerging Markets Ltd180.89m167.83m1.01bn0.006.010.8665--5.581.381.381.499.590.1653--25.26--15.343.3615.423.3894.9177.7892.7868.02--173.700.0039.76-146.45---196.86------
SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust PLC37.83m32.41m1.03bn0.0015.691.12--27.220.07270.07270.08101.020.0743--33.77--6.36--6.37--88.90--85.65------0.00--160.92--179.06------
AVI Global Trust PLC448.08m442.23m1.03bn0.002.450.9826--2.314.174.174.2210.380.4484--137.60--44.259.3446.049.4897.9990.1098.6987.78----0.095818.15-74.13---108.11----7.12
Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust PLC305.53m299.82m1.04bn0.003.081.14--3.391.
JPMorgan Japanese Investment Trust PLC350.34m341.50m1.04bn0.003.130.9944--2.962.,553.4533.991,111.6535.38--12.74
Murray Income Trust plc167.30m161.22m1.04bn0.005.480.9502--6.211.621.621.719.350.1861--25.35--17.948.4618.118.7497.4093.9096.3691.38----0.097839.86782.4439.31640.7142.81--1.36
Data as of Oct 20 2021. Currency figures normalised to BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust's reporting currency: UK Pound GBX

Institutional shareholders

51.67%Per cent of shares held by top holders
HolderShares% Held
BlackRock Investment Management (UK) of 30 Sep 20215.81m11.90%
Rathbone Investment Management of 07 May 20214.61m9.44%
Hargreaves Lansdown Stockbrokers of 02 Aug 20212.92m5.99%
Investec Wealth & Investment of 07 May 20212.71m5.54%
Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLPas of 02 Aug 20212.21m4.53%
West Yorkshire Pension Fundas of 02 Aug 20211.56m3.19%
Royal London Asset Management of 07 May 20211.54m3.15%
Hargreaves Lansdown Asset Management of 02 Aug 20211.43m2.94%
Legal & General Investment Management of 02 Aug 20211.34m2.75%
M&G Investment Management of 02 Aug 20211.10m2.26%
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Data from 31 Mar 2020 - 01 Oct 2021Source: FactSet Research Systems Inc.
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