AXA Framlington Biotech R

Specialist biotech fund with a large exposure to US listed companies.

  • 230.30p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 229.90p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 5.50% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.75%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.83%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.00%
    Yield

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Prices as at 18 September 2020, fund data last updated 16 October 2012

The fund targets long term capital appreciation by investing principally in the equity securities of companies in the biotechnology, genomic and medical research industries. The fund invests worldwide in companies of all sizes, but the bulk of the portfolio will consist of US stocks, reflecting the location of much of the biotech industry.

Fund summary

Sector Specialist
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched November, 2001
Size £481m
Yield 0.00%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 30 Apr, 31 Oct

Charges

Standard initial charge 5.50%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.75%
Ongoing charges figure 1.83%

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Investment process

The fund’s investment universe consists of around 1000 public quoted biotech companies worldwide. These are filtered for such factors as ability to fund future operations and trading liquidity, reducing the universe to around 400-500 names which undergo qualitative analysis. Companies are assessed through contact with company management, attendance at conferences, consultation with industry experts and through consultation with other AXA Framlington fund managers. The manager targets companies with characteristics including: a strong product pipeline; quality management; robust clinical trial processes; market leading technologies. The process can also incorporate investment themes, such as the effects of the bird flu outbreak. Company sizes in the portfolio may be adjusted to reflect market conditions, with large, profitable companies favoured in more volatile environments.

This is one of the few authorised funds investing in this highly specialist sector. Long term drivers for the area remain strong but performance can be volatile, so investors should also consider healthcare funds, which offer more diversified exposure. The current manager Ms Linden Thompson took over from Gemma Game in July 2012 and currently has too little experience for us to rate this fund.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.40%
  • 16/17 -0.40%
  • 17/18 0.10%
  • 18/19 0.10%
  • 19/20 0.35%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.18%
  • 5 years -0.05%
  • Career -0.01%
  • 3 years 71.90%
  • 5 years 52.40%
  • Career 61.00%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Linden Thompson

Thompson joined the Healthcare team at AXA IM in June 2011. She started her career in 2004 at Goldman Sachs and spent five years as a healthcare analyst within the Global Investment Research division. Her coverage responsibility was the European biotechnology sector. She has since worked for the London-based, healthcare hedge fund, Clear River Capital. She was responsible for fundamental stock research across the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Thompson holds a degree in Medical Microbiology from the University of Edinburgh.

Track record

Linden Thompson has 8.2 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.01%. During the worst period of relative performance (from October 2012 - November 2019) there was a decline of 14% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 29%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -29.00% (July 2015 - March 2016)
Relative -14.00% (October 2012 - November 2019)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.

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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 31 July 2020

7.73% Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc
7.35% Amgen Inc
5.76% Biogen Inc
4.54% Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc
4.46% Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc
4.28% Gilead Sciences Inc
4.16% Seattle Genetics Inc
3.33% Incyte Corp
3.26% Biomarin Pharmaceutical
3.11% Illumina Inc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Biotechnology/Medical 85.00%
Pharmaceuticals 6.00%
Technology 4.00%
Money Market 3.00%
Pharmaceuticals 1.00%

Portfolio

Approximately 100 stocks.

Constraints

Minimum market cap £10m.

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