BLACKROCK LATIN AMERICAN INVESTMENT TRUST PLC: Portfolio Update

BLACKROCK LATIN AMERICAN INVESTMENT TRUST PLC 
All information is at 31 August 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^         -0.4%     2.7%  -12.3%     17.1%    72.1%    29.8%
Net asset value ^^       -0.1%     3.6%   -9.3%     17.0%    71.9%    29.6%
Share price              -2.9%     0.0%  -13.9%      9.5%    63.3%    23.8%
MSCI EM Latin America    -1.9%     1.5%   -7.5%     20.7%    89.5%    41.9%
US Dollars:
Net asset value^          1.0%     6.0%  -14.4%     14.1%    57.6%     2.2%
Net asset value^^         1.3%     6.9%  -11.4%     14.0%    57.4%     2.1%
MSCI EM Latin America    -0.5%     4.7%   -9.7%     17.6%    73.5%    11.7% 
^cum income - bond at par
^^cum income - bond at fair value since 15 September 2009
^^^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:               546.12p
Net asset value - cum income:                 553.97p
Net asset value - capital only and with 
                  bond at fair value:     544.13p
Net asset value - cum income and with 
                  bond at fair value:     551.98p
Net asset value - capital with bond 
                           converted:     544.13p
Net asset value - cum income and with 
                      bond converted:     551.98p
Share price:                                  500.75p
Total Assets*:                               £280.33m
Discount(share price to cum income NAV 
          with bond at fair value***):       9.3%
Average discount** over the month - cum income:  9.9%
Gearing**:                                       9.6%
Net yield:                                       3.8%
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                                        60.7
Mexico                                        19.6
Chile                                          5.3
Colombia                                       2.1
Peru                                           1.6
Panama                                         1.3
Argentina                                      0.8
Net current assets (inc.Fixed interest)        8.6 
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Total                                        100.0 
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Ten Largest Equity Investments (in percentage order) 
Company                        Country of Risk    % of Company 
América Móvil                           Mexico      8.0
Vale                                    Brazil      7.9
Petrobrás                               Brazil      7.7
Banco Bradesco                          Brazil      5.3
Fomento Economico Mexicano              Mexico      4.4
Itau Unibanco                           Brazil      4.3
Groupo Televisa                         Mexico      3.5
CCR                                     Brazil      2.9
AmBev                                   Brazil      2.8
Banco do Brasil                         Brazil      2.2 
Commenting on the markets, Will Landers, representing the investment
Manager noted; 
Performance 
For the month of August 2012, the Company posted a 0.4% fall in its undiluted 
NAV while the shares fell by 2.9% (all in sterling) and the Company's benchmark, 
the MSCI EM Latin America Index returned -1.9%.  
Positive contributions to performance during the month stemmed primarily from
stock selection in Brazil and, an off-benchmark position in Colombia via Pacific
Rubiales.  The largest individual positive contributors for the month included
Banco Bradesco, toll road operator CCR, oil & gas producer Queiroz Galvao and
Banco do Brasil.  Weighing on performance was stock selection in Colombia,
which was somewhat offset by our underweight position in the country. 
Individual negative contributions to performance for the month came from Vale,
software name Totvs, Bancolombia and Cemig. 
Transactions/Gearing 
During the month we increased exposure to Banco Itau and Brazilian steel name
Gerdau.  We also initiated a position in Chilean chemical name Soquimich based
on its growth potential and unique asset base.  These moves were partially
funded by reducing exposure to Vale given concerns about China, and related
falling iron ore prices.  We also reduced exposure to telecoms in Mexico and
Brazil due to concerns about the challenging regulatory landscape.  Finally, we
exited Peruvian gold name Buenaventura.  
Positioning 
The portfolio's key overweight is Brazil where we are positioned to benefit
from a recovery in the domestic market during the second half of 2012 and into
2013.  We are just beginning to see the positive impact on the Brazilian
domestic economy from the interest rate easing cycle which started just over 1
year ago.  Interest rates in Brazil are at the lowest levels ever seen in
Brazil's modern history.   While we are underweight the Mexican equity market,
we have looked to increase where possible, exposure to companies that should
benefit from the expected reform agenda.  We continue to be underweight the
Andean countries given lower liquidity and rich valuations. 
14 September 2012 
ENDS 
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END
-0- Sep/14/2012 10:53 GMT
 
 
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