BLACKROCK LATIN AMERICAN INVESTMENT TRUST PLC: Portfolio Update

BLACKROCK LATIN AMERICAN INVESTMENT TRUST PLC 
All information is at 31 July 2012 and unaudited. 
Performance at month end with net income reinvested 
                      One     Three      One   Three   ^^Since   Five 
                    month    months     year   years  31.03.06  years
Sterling:
Net asset value^         1.7%     -6.0%   -16.6%   26.3%     72.7%  25.5%
Share price              3.8%     -8.1%   -13.0%   25.4%     68.2%  20.5%
MSCI EM Latin America    1.4%     -5.2%   -10.0%   27.8%     93.1%  41.4%
US Dollars:
Net asset value^         1.6%     -9.3%   -20.4%   19.3%     56.1%  -3.2%
MSCI EM Latin America    1.3%     -8.5%   -14.1%   20.8%     74.4%   9.1% 
^cum income - bond at par
^^Date which BlackRock took over the investment management of the Company. 
Sources: BlackRock, Standard & Poor's Micropal 
At month end 
Net asset value - capital only:                     548.67p
Net asset value - cum income:                       559.18p
Net asset value - capital only and with
bond at fair value:                                 544.79p
Net asset value - cum income and with
bond at fair value:                                 555.30p
Net asset value - capital with bond
converted:                                          544.79p
Net asset value - cum income and with
bond converted:                                     555.30p
Share price:                                        519.00p
Total Assets*:                                     £283.17m
Discount(share price to cum income NAV
with bond at fair value***):                           6.5%
Average discount** over the month - cum income:        8.7%
Gearing**:                                            10.9%
Net yield:                                             3.6%
Ordinary shares in issue~:                       41,574,247 
*Total assets include current year revenue.
**Gearing is calculated using debt at par, less cash and cash
equivalents and fixed interest investments as a percentage of net assets.
***To the extent that the US dollar Net Asset Value on an income inclusive with
bond at fair value basis exceeds the current conversion price of $8.98 for the
convertible bond, the discount is calculated using the share price as a
percentage of the fully diluted cum income Net Asset Value in sterling terms.
Where the Net Asset Value on an income inclusive with bond at fair value basis
does not exceed the conversion price, the discount is calculated using the
share price as a percentage of the cum income Net Asset Value with bond at fair
value. 
~Excluding 2,267,065 shares held in treasury. 
Geographic Regional Exposure % Total Assets 
Brazil                                    60.9
Mexico                                    20.1
Chile                                      4.2
Colombia                                   2.4
Peru                                       2.1
Panama                                     1.3
Argentina                                  0.8
Net current assets (inc.Fixed interest)    8.2 
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Total                                    100.0 
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Ten Largest Equity Investments(in percentageorder)
Company                       Country of Risk      % of Company 
Vale                          Brazil                    9.7
América Móvil                 Mexico                    8.9
Petrobrás                     Brazil                    7.4
Banco Bradesco                Brazil                    4.9
Fomento Economico Mexicano    Mexico                    4.0
Itau Unibanco                 Brazil                    3.6
Groupo Televisa               Mexico                    3.4
AmBev                         Brazil                    2.9
CCR                           Brazil                    2.7
Natura Cosméticos             Brazil                    2.1 
Commenting on the markets, Will Landers, representing the investment
Manager noted; 
Performance 
For the month of July 2012, the Company posted a 1.7% increase in its NAV while
the shares appreciated by 3.8% (all in sterling) while the Trust's benchmark,
the MSCI EM Latin America Index returned 1.4%. 
Positive contributions to performance during the month stemmed primarily from
an underweight position and stock selection in Chile, an off-benchmark position
in Colombia via Pacific Rubiales, stock selection in Mexico and the gearing.
The largest individual positive contributors for the month included Mexican
consumer goods name Kimberly-Clark, Brazilian utility Sabesp, Banco do Brasil
and not owning Coca-Cola Femsa. Weighing on performance for the month was an
overweight position in Panama via Copa Airlines. Individual negative
contributions to performance for the month came from Vale, beverage name Femsa,
wireless name TIM and not owning Itausa or Brasil Telecom. 
Transactions/Gearing 
During the month we increased exposure to Mexican broadcaster Televisa and
introduced exchange Bolsa Mexicana and Brazilian utility TAESA. We also
increased exposure to Brazilian steel name Gerdau and Mexican consumer goods
name Kimberly-Clark. These moves were funded by exiting Brazilian utility name
CTEEP, mining name Grupo Mexico as well as homebuilders PDG and Rossi and
reducing exposure to Femsa and CCR. Net gearing was 10.9% at the end of July. 
Positioning 
The prospects for the Latin American region continue to look positive - in the
countries that the fund invests in, macroeconomic policies are generally sound,
financial systems are well capitalized, strong middle classes are in the
process of being established, and corporate governance is comparable to any
market in the world. Short-term market direction will undoubtedly be guided by
events in the Eurozone, and to a lesser extent China, but over time,
region-specific fundamentals should once again be positive catalysts for the
market. 
We remain overweight Brazil and underweight Mexico but continue to favour
domestically oriented stocks in both countries. We continue to be underweight
materials but are overweight Vale given attractive valuations and the expected
benefits from a weaker Brazilian Real. Despite a generally positive attitude
towards Chile, Peru and Colombia, we maintain our large underweight to the
Andean region given challenging valuations and low liquidity. However, we
remain vigilant in our pursuit of companies that should benefit from attractive
growth levels in the region. 
14 August 2012 
ENDS 
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