FSSA Asian Equity Plus III GBP

Cautious large & mid-cap Asia Pacific ex-Japan equity growth fund.

  • 2147.72p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 2147.72p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.00%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.04%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 1.30%
    Yield

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Prices as at 30 July 2021, fund data last updated 22 February 2021

The fund aims to achieve capital growth over time rather than to simply outperform any benchmark, through investment in large and mid-sized Asian (ex Japan) and Australasian equities. Manager Martin Lau invests with an absolute return mindset and aims to identify companies with strong management teams, franchises and balance sheets. He adopts a pragmatic medium to long-term investment approach with a flexible style that will adapt to prevailing economic conditions. He is prudent with risk/reward and avoids companies that are too highly priced.

Fund summary

Sector
Structure OFFSHORE FUND
Launched June, 2014
Size £5,330m
Yield 1.30%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid Feb, Aug

Charges

Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.00%
Ongoing charges figure 1.04%

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Investment process

Bottom-up stock selection forms the foundation of the investment process. The team identifies companies with strong competitive advantages, franchise, balance sheet or management that have sustainable long-term earnings per share growth prospects. The team have a strong valuation discipline, not wanting to diminish the upside and increase the downside risk by over paying for a company. Company visits are considered paramount, and the team undertakes approximately 1000 one-to-one company meetings each year. The team's research analysts have significant input on stock ideas and recommendations for the portfolio. Team discussions around assumptions, potential risks and rewards, valuations and macro-overlays take place formally and informally. The manager is responsible for forming and managing the portfolio, deciding on price, quantity, timing of purchases and sales.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 -0.13%
  • 17/18 0.54%
  • 18/19 0.01%
  • 19/20 0.10%
  • 20/21 0.41%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.17%
  • 5 years 0.19%
  • Career 0.53%
  • 3 years 87.50%
  • 5 years 93.90%
  • Career 99.80%

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

Martin Lau

Lau joined First State in April 2002 as a Senior Portfolio Manager, and is responsible for Asia Focus, Greater China and regional funds- the former now officially separated from Tulloch’s Asia Pacific Leaders fund. He was appointed Director, Greater China Equities, in October 2003 following the merger of their Edinburgh-based Asia Pacific team with the Hong Kong and Singapore Asian teams. He started his investment career at Invesco in 1995 and assumed responsibility for their Greater China fund in 1998; other responsibilities included a smaller companies fund and regional portfolios. Lau graduated from Cambridge University with a BA and Masters in Engineering, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Lau is based in Hong Kong.

Track record

Martin Lau has 23.3 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.53%. During the worst period of relative performance (from January 1998 - February 2000) there was a decline of 35% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 54%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -54.00% (February 1998 - August 1998)
Relative -35.00% (January 1998 - February 2000)

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 January 2021

7.5% Taiwan Semiconductor Manu
5.1% Tencent
4.9% Samsung Electronics
4.5% HDFC
3.2% CSL
3.2% NAVER
3.2% Midea Group
2.9% Tata Consultancy Services
2.7% China Mengniu Dairy
2.7% ResMed
Source: FSSA

Portfolio

The portfolio is fairly diversified, containing 40-100 securities.

Constraints

Max individual position 5% at purchase.

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