Janus Henderson European Focus A

A relatively concentrated core European (ex UK) equity portfolio.

  • 330.10p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.70%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.10%
    Yield

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Prices as at 27 November 2020, fund data last updated 08 September 2017

The fund targets capital growth by investing in a fairly focused portfolio of large and mid-cap continental European equities. Manager John Bennett looks to identify sector themes, often by looking at trends in other parts of the globe, then looks for attractively valued companies that will capitalise on them. As a result the fund’s sector weightings may diverge sharply from the index. The portfolio typically has a slight bias to growth, though Henderson describes Bennett as style agnostic and his belief in mean-reversion means he can be contrarian.

Fund summary

Sector Europe Excluding UK
Structure OEIC
Launched January, 2001
Size £204m
Yield 0.10%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only

Charges

Standard initial charge 5.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.70%

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Investment process

The process begins with the identification of stock or sector themes that would generate growing customer demand. Bennett believes that themes travel so he looks elsewhere in the world to find trends that might be mirrored in Europe. He and his analysts then look for potential winners in their business fields that have the capacity and ability to grow. A universe of some 600 companies is screened, using various valuation metrics, such as EV/Sales, EV/EBIT margin, P/E and dividend yield to find low-valued stocks. Among the latter the team looks for businesses set to or undergoing change – this could be a change in behaviour, or a turning point in a cyclical sector. Regular company meetings are an essential part of the investment process, allowing Bennett to gain insights into the businesses he invests in. These meetings serve either to validate or change Bennett's investment thesis on a company. The manager constructs the fund using a concentrated, unconstrained approach, holding up to 50 stocks. Strategic thinking is combined with tactical asset allocation, and earnings momentum also allows the manager to top or tail his holdings.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.20%
  • 16/17 0.33%
  • 17/18 0.31%
  • 18/19 0.25%
  • 19/20 0.00%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.05%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 91.80%

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

John Bennett

Bennett joined Henderson in 2011 as Director of European Equities following its acquisition of Gartmore. He manages a number of Continental and Pan European funds as well as European long/short funds. He had joined Gartmore in 2010, where he was a Senior Investment Manager in the European Equity Team. Prior to that he worked at GAM from 1993, and before that he was a Senior Fund Manager at Ivory & Sime, responsible for Continental European equity portfolios. He qualified in 1986 as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.

Track record

John Bennett has 23.1 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.05%. During the worst period of relative performance (from June 1994 - September 1999) there was a decline of 28% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 46%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 92%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -46.00% (August 2000 - March 2003)
Relative -28.00% (June 1994 - September 1999)

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

8.023% Lafargeholcim Ltd
5.0646% Nestle Sa
3.8917% Upm-Kymmene Oyj
3.6572% Sap Se
3.6301% Akzo Nobel Nv
3.6016% Asml Holding Nv
3.5251% Roche Hldg Ag
3.1032% Kion Group Ag
2.9236% Sandvik Ab
2.6384% Dometic Group Ab
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 30.00%
Consumer Goods 17.00%
Health Care 13.00%
Financials 11.00%
Basic Materials 11.00%
Technology 10.00%
Utilities 5.00%
Money Market 2.00%
Oil & Gas 1.00%

Portfolio

30 to 50 stocks.

Constraints

VP 12.00.

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