BLACKROCK LATIN AMERICAN INVESTMENT TRUST PLC: Portfolio Update

BLACKROCK LATIN AMERICAN INVESTMENT TRUST PLC 
All information is at 31 July 2013 and unaudited. 
Performance at month end with net income reinvested 
                       One    Three     One    Three     Five  ^^^Since 
                     month   months    year    years    years  31.03.06
Sterling:
Net asset value^         -0.4%   -14.2%   -2.4%   -15.6%     7.0%     68.6%
Net asset value^^        -0.4%   -14.3%   -2.8%   -13.1%     6.1%     67.1%
Share price              -0.6%   -16.6%   -7.9%   -21.1%    -1.8%     54.9%
MSCI EM Latin America    -1.0%   -13.9%   -5.9%   -11.9%    11.1%     81.7%
US Dollars:
Net asset value^         -0.4%   -16.4%   -5.5%   -18.3%   -18.1%     47.4%
Net asset value^^        -0.4%   -16.6%   -5.9%   -15.8%   -18.8%     46.1%
MSCI EM Latin America    -1.0%   -16.1%   -8.9%   -14.7%   -15.0%     58.8% 
^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 and 
              with bond at par value~:    518.38p
Net asset value - cum income and 
              with bond at par value~:    528.87p
Net asset value - capital only and with 
                  bond at fair value~~:   512.42p
Net asset value - cum income and with 
                  bond at fair value~~:   522.90p
Net asset value - capital with bond 
                           converted~~~:  512.42p
Net asset value - cum income and with 
                      bond converted~~~:  522.90p
Share price:                                  462.00p
Total Assets#:                               £250.16m
Discount(share price to cum income NAV 
          with bond at fair value*):        11.6%
Average discount* over the month - cum income:  10.3%
Gearing at month end**:                          8.3%
Gearing range (as a % of net assets):           0-25%
Net yield:                                       4.2%
Ordinary shares in issue***:               39,361,585 
~Par value refers to the par-value of the convertible bond which is also the
amount repayable to holders on the maturity of the bond.
~~Fair value refers to the price at which the bond is currently traded in the
market. The variance in the NAV performance using these different methods to
value the bond is to illustrate the effects of dilution should the bond be
converted.
~~~Where the current Net Asset Value (including income) in US dollar terms with
bond at fair value exceeds the conversion price of US$9.83 for the convertible
bond, the Net Asset Value is shown on a fully diluted basis, reflecting the
impact of converting the bond at a lower value.  Where the current Net Asset
Value (including income) in US dollar terms with bond at fair value does not
exceed the conversion price, the Net Asset Value will be the same as that
without the conversion of the bond.
#Total assets include current year revenue.
*The Discount is calculated based on the methodology for calculation of the Net
Asset Value (expressed in sterling terms) as set out in the preceding statement
**Gearing is calculated using debt at par, less cash and cash equivalents and
fixed interest investments as a percentage of net assets.
***Excluding 2,212,662 shares held in treasury. 
Geographic Regional Exposure                                                


                                                                      
                                               %      % of                 
                                           Total    Equity    MSCI EM Latin
                                          Assets Portfolio*   American Index


                                                                       
Brazil                                      56.8      63.1             55.1
Mexico                                      23.6      26.2             28.0
Chile                                        3.2       3.6              8.7
Colombia                                     2.8       3.1              6.1
Peru                                         2.2       2.4              2.1
Panama                                       1.4       1.6              0.0
Net current assets (inc.Fixed interest)     10.0       0.0              0.0 
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Total                                      100.0     100.0            100.0 
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*excluding net current assets & fixed interest                             
Ten Largest Equity Investments (in percentage order)                             


                      
                                                                                


                  
Company                     Country of Risk   % of equity portfolio  % of 
benchmark 
                                                                             
                  
Itau Unibanco               Brazil                    6.5                 4.5
Vale                        Brazil                    5.2                 5.8
FEMSA                       Mexico                    4.4                 2.7
CCR                         Brazil                    4.2                 1.0
Grupo Televisa              Mexico                    4.0                 2.0
BM & F Bovespa              Brazil                    3.6                 1.4
Brasil Foods                Brazil                    3.4                 1.4
America Movil               Mexico                    3.3                 5.7
Banco Bradesco              Brazil                    3.2                 4.8
BB Seguridade               Brazil                    2.9                 0.7 
Commenting on the markets, Will Landers, representing the investment
Manager noted; 
Summary of Performance over the period 
For the month of July 2013, the Company's NAV fell by 0.4% (NAV at Fair Value)
while the share price fell by 0.6% (all in sterling terms).  The Company's
benchmark, the MSCI EM Latin America Free Index fell by 1.0%.  
Fund Manager's Commentary 
Positive contributions to performance stemmed primarily from an underweight to
Chile and stock selection in Mexico.  In Mexico, positive contributions came
from overweight positions in Televisa and Banorte.  Pacific Rubiales, Copa
Holdings and not owning Latam Airlines also contributed positively during the
month.  Weighing on performance was an underweight to Colombia.  The largest
individual detractors were names we didn't own - Ecopetrol and Grupo Mexico. 
Of the names we held, Minerva and Vale weighed on performance. 
Net gearing was 8.3% at the end of July (including bonds as cash). 
During the month we rotated some Brazilian bank exposure from Bradesco to Itau
and increased exposure to Cemex and BB Seguridade.  We initiated positions in
Gerdau (Brazilian steel), Hypermarcas (Brazilian retailer) and Grana Y Montero
(Peruvian construction).  These moves were partially funded by reducing
exposure to Petrobras and BM&F Bovespa and exiting Soquimich and Qualicorp. 
The portfolio is overweight Brazil where we prefer domestic related stocks
versus global cyclical stocks with a continued focus on select banks, consumer
discretionary and infrastructure names.  The Brazilian economic recovery has
been weaker than expected, with inflation remaining at the high end of the
target range - the successful auctioning of infrastructure projects will be key
for improved growth prospects as we head into 2014.   Valuations in Mexico
remain among the highest in the emerging world, but the potential for progress
on the reform agenda during the second half of 2013 keeps us cautiously
optimistic on the prospects for Mexico for the remainder of the year.  The
underweight to the Andean region is based on our ongoing concerns regarding
expensive valuations and lower liquidity. 
16 August 2013 
ENDS 
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END 
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