Stewart Investors Latin America A

A multi-cap fund investing in quality Latin American equities.

  • 194.45p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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  • 1.75%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.96%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 1.10%
    Yield

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Prices as at 29 September 2020, fund data last updated 13 July 2010

A focused, multicap portfolio of high quality Latin American equities. They favour stocks with long-term growth prospects, trading at reasonable valuations. This investment style has tended to provide greater downside protection relative to stock market indices, although it can also lead it to lag in strongly rising markets. The fund is likely to remain underweight the largest index stocks as the team tend to find most opportunity in the mid caps, especially in Brazil and Mexico. Brazil dominates the Latin American Index.

Fund summary

Sector Specialist
Structure OEIC
Launched April, 2009
Size £120m
Yield 1.10%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only

Charges

Standard initial charge 4.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.75%
Ongoing charges figure 1.96%

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Investment process

The Emerging markets and Asian team at First State considers about 300 Latin American companies investable out of a universe of >1100. The manager's focus is on quality and valuation. An evaluation of company reputation, franchise, company financials, shareholder rights, corporate governance and balance sheet strength narrows the list of investable stocks to about 100 companies. Many ideas are found in the mid caps (market cap $1bn to $5bn) and although some companies have a limited free float, First State's focus on quality and low valuation can be expected to reduce the risks associated with investing in illiquid stocks. The manager pays little attention to the composition of the regional benchmarks and as a result the fund is expected to retain a bias to mid caps. The fund should also retain exposure to smaller markets like Peru, although generally it will mostly invest in Brazil and Mexico which are the deepest and broadest local markets.

This fund benefits from the experience of the Stewart Investors team known for its thorough investment process, which favours good quality companies. The mandate is more orientated towards domestic sectors and rising middle class consumer in the Latin American region and is skewed towards mid and small companies. Stewart Investors believe that the region’s markets will become more diversified in future as small and mid sized companies outside the resources sector will grow to represent more of Latin America’s market capitalisation. From 1st January 2012, the fund was soft-closed to new investors due to capacity constraints, which means the full initial charge will apply to any new investments.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.00%
  • 16/17 -0.24%
  • 17/18 0.26%
  • 18/19 -0.33%
  • 19/20 0.58%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.17%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.07%
  • 3 years 69.20%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 65.20%

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

Dominic St George

St George joined the Stewart Investors team as a graduate in November 2010. He holds a BA in Geography from Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Track record

Dominic St George has 4.2 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.07%. During the worst period of relative performance (from May 2017 - December 2019) there was a decline of 12% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 39%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 65%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -39.00% (July 2019 - March 2020)
Relative -12.00% (May 2017 - December 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

6.9% Inversiones Aguas Metropolitanas
6.6% Compania Cervecerias Unidas Sa
6.3% Quinenco Sa
6.3% Fomento Economico Mexcano Sab De Cv
5.4% Grupo Herdez Sab De Cv
4.9% Klabin Sa
4.3% Kimberly-Clark De Mexico Sab De Cv
3.9% Raia Drogasil Sa
3.8% Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Sa
3.5% Grupo Lala Sab De Cv
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Consumer Staples 41.00%
Industrials 14.00%
Financials 14.00%
Utilities 10.00%
Materials 10.00%
Consumer Discretionary 7.00%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 4.00%

Portfolio

Typically 30 stocks. Structurally underweight the largest benchmark stocks. High degree of commonality with Lat. Am. exposure in First State's GEMs funds.

Constraints

High conviction positions are normally maximum 5% of the fund, but can be higher.

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