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Liontrust SF European Growth 2

Invests in continental European equities screened for social and environmental responsibility.

  • 216.42p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.75%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.93%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 1.40%
    Yield

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Prices as at 30 March 2020, fund data last updated 02 January 2020

The fund's aim is to achieve long-term capital growth by investing in a diversified portfolio of continental European companies that meet the firm's social and environmental criteria. The managers use both positive and negative screening to analyse companies and seek to profit from three major themes of sustainable investment: resource efficiency, healthier & higher quality of life and safer & more resilient. The portfolio has a bias to quality companies with strong growth prospects. It is fossil fuel and tobacco free.

Fund summary

Sector Europe Excluding UK
Structure OEIC
Launched February, 2001
Size £239m
Yield 1.40%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only

Charges

Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 0.93%

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Investment process

The investment process has three stages. It starts with the universe of 500 stocks (typical minimum £1bn market cap), which is screened on sustainability and “quality”. The managers then select 100-150 stocks based on predicted future financial returns and valuation upside. They then construct an end portfolio of 40-50 stocks using standard risk modelling across sectors. Stage 1) Liontrust SF have their own sustainability matrix, which assigns a rating to each company based on their management (1-5, 5 being worst) and product sustainability rating (A-E, E being worst). They use MSCI data plus internal analysis. An A rating indicates a company whose products or services contribute to sustainable development i.e. renewable energy. An E rating would be tobacco stocks. The management axis is a qualitative measure of policies and practices in place for managing its ESG risks and general management quality. Companies must score C3 or higher to be considered for portfolio inclusion. Stage 2) The primary metrics they measure companies on are ROE and sales growth. They are looking on a 3-5 year time horizon, but use historic multiples to derive a 3-year future predicted stock value. The managers then add stocks they believe have >30% upside potential or have an attractive ROE relative to peers - this leaves the universe at 100-150 stocks to construct the portfolio. Stage 3) Portfolio construction - from the 100-150 stocks left the managers select the best 40-60 stock combination that diversifies risk across sectors/ regions and uncorrelated growth themes and reduces volatility of returns relative to the benchmark. The portfolio is reviewed by an independent advisory committee, which meets at least three times a year to monitor the social and environmental impact of the portfolio.

Managers Neil Brown and Peter Michaelis specialise in sustainable investing and have worked in the area for many years, having managed a number of funds in the Sustainable Future range at Alliance Trust prior to its merger with Liontrust. They are benchmark aware and aim to outperform the mainstream benchmark and peer group. They have a solid track record which demonstrates some defensive characteristics, frequently outperforming the benchmark in down markets. Their key mantra is "Investing for tomorrow, today" so they look for companies that are early adaptors or innovators in their sectors.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.68%
  • 16/17 -0.22%
  • 17/18 0.02%
  • 18/19 -0.43%
  • 19/20 0.71%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.10%
  • 5 years 0.15%
  • Career 0.11%
  • 3 years 81.30%
  • 5 years 92.70%
  • Career 95.50%

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

Neil Brown / Peter Michaelis

Brown is the lead manager of the Liontrust SF European fund. He started his career in the investment industry in 2002 before undertaking a number of European analyst and SRI fund manager roles at Threadneedle, Aviva Investors and Alliance Trust. He holds an MSc in development economics, a BA in economics and the IMC. Brown has also passed CFA level I and level II. Michaelis is the lead manager of the Liontrust UK Ethical and Liontrust SF UK Growth funds. He joined the investment industry in 1999 and Aviva Investors in 2000 as a fund manager on the sustainable and responsible investment team. He joined Alliance Trust in 2012 before the team were acquired by Liontrust in 2016. Michaelis holds a MA in physics from Oxford University, an MSc (Distinction) in energy and environmental engineering and a PhD in environmental economics from the University of Surrey. He also holds the CFA Society of the UK, Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

Track record

Neil Brown / Peter Michaelis has 8.7 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.11%. During the worst period of relative performance (from May 2016 - January 2019) there was a decline of 8% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 19%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 96%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -19.00% (July 2011 - November 2011)
Relative -8.00% (May 2016 - January 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 29 February 2020

7.5725% Roche Hldg Ag
4.9706% Cellnex Telecom Sa
4.6606% Asml Holding Nv
4.2837% Unilever Nv
3.9227% Sap Se
3.5937% Dnb Asa
3.5405% Kingspan Group
3.3387% Kerry Group Plc
3.3019% Air Liquide(L`)
3.2112% Svenska Handelsbanken Ab
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 17.00%
Financials 16.00%
Information Technology 14.00%
Health Care 14.00%
Materials 10.00%
Consumer Staples 9.00%
Consumer Discretionary 7.00%
Communications 5.00%
Utilities 4.00%
Money Market 4.00%

Portfolio

40-60 stocks. Three year typical holding period. 80-85% active share. 3-7% tracking error.

Constraints

Fossil fuel and tobacco free.

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