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GF Absolute Return Bond Fund

Fund launch date 25/06/2018
Fund size $132,042,113.05
Number of holdings 89
Managed by current team for 3 years
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The Fund

The Fund has been managed since launch in June 2018 by Phil Milburn and Donald Phillips. The Fund aims to generate positive absolute returns over a rolling 12-month period irrespective of market conditions through a combination of capital growth and income. The fund managers seek to achieve this objective by investing in bond and credit markets worldwide (including developed and emerging markets). The fund managers seek to take advantage of market inefficiencies through understanding the economic environment, bottom up stock analysis and flexibility over duration, credit, sector and geographical allocations. The managers only commit cash to the market when they believe investors will receive a return that justifies the risk they are taking.

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and the income generated from it can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you originally invested.
Key Information
Manager Inception Date of Fund
26/06/2018
Class Launch Date
26/06/2018
Comparator Benchmark 1
IA Targeted Absolute Return
Price
Single Price
$10.539
Offer Price
-
Price Date
13/05/2022

Awards and Ratings

Sauren Fondsmanager rating Sauren Fund Manager Rating: Double Gold David Roberts

Meet the team

Before joining Liontrust in early 2018, David Roberts and Phil Milburn worked together at Kames Capital for 14 years, where David was Head of the Fixed Income team and Phil was Head of Investment Strategy. Donald Phillips also joined Liontrust in 2018 and was previously an investment manager in the Credit team at Baillie Gifford and worked with David and Phil at Kames Capital for three years.

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Our Investment Process

The process is designed to take advantage of inefficiencies in fixed income markets through a thorough understanding of the economic environment and detailed bottom up stock analysis.
The process uses the same framework to garner a thorough understanding of the economic environment and for bottom up stock analysis: fundamentals, valuations and technicals (FVT). 
These three factors are examined regardless of whether the managers are considering a duration position or an investment in a speculative grade rated company. In judging whether a company is attractive long-term investment, the managers analyse the following factors, which they call PRISM.
  • Protections: operational and contractual, such as structure and covenants
  • Risks: credit, business and market
  • Interest cover: leverage and other key ratios
  • Sustainability: of cash flows and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors
  • Motivations: of management and shareholders
Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and the income generated from it can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you originally invested.

Performance

Performance since manager inception date (%)

Discrete performance (%)

As at previous quarter 12 months ending: Mar 22 Mar 21 Mar 20 Mar 19 Mar 18
Liontrust GF Absolute Return Bond -1.7 6.9 -0.8 - -

Cumulative performance (%)

As at previous day end 1 month 3 months 6 months YTD 1 year 3 years 5 years 10 years Since Inception
Liontrust GF Absolute Return Bond -1.2 -2.3 -3.3 -3.4 -3.4 2.2 - - 5.4

Source: FE fundinfo as at 13/05/2022. Performance figures are shown in USD. Total return performance figures are calculated net of costs and charges, on a bid price to bid price basis (mid to mid for OEICs) with net income (dividends) reinvested. Where applicable the quartile rank is for the primary share class within the sector. If your investment is made in a currency other than that used in the past performance calculation the return may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations.

Current positioning

Top 10 Holdings (%)

DELL BANK INTERNATIONAL 0.5% BDS 27/10/26 EUR100000REG S 1.82
PERSHING SQUARE HLDGS LTD 1.375% BDS 01/10/27 EUR1000000REG S 1.76
DAIMLER TRUCKS FINANCE NA 2% GTD 14/12/26 USD150000REG S 1.71
ORACLE CORP 1.65% BDS 25/03/26 USD2000 1.67
HPHT FINANCE 21 1.5% BDS 17/09/26 USD200000REG S 1.67
MONDELEZ INTL HLDGS NETH BV 1.25% BDS 24/09/26 USD200000144A 1.67
ASHTEAD CAPITAL INC 1.5% SRN 12/08/26 USD200000 144A 1.65
NATWEST MARKETS N.V 7.75% SUB NTS 15/5/2023 USD1000 SER`B` 1.64
SOCIETE GENERALE SA 5% BDS 17/01/24 USD200000 1.52
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC 1.9% BDS 19/03/27 EUR100000 1.50

Sector Breakdown (%)

Banks 18.09
Health Care 16.11
Real Estate 11.06
Financial Services 9.90
Telecommunications 7.08
Electronics 5.76
Capital Goods 4.83
Consumer Goods 4.70
Cash Derivatives 4.29
Insurance 4.29
Media 3.66
Services 2.77
Transport 2.39
Automotive 2.01
Utilities 1.69
Fixed Interest 1.30

Geographic Breakdown (%)

USA
44.53
UK
10.61
Netherlands
7.89
Germany
5.67
Ireland
4.75
Luxembourg
4.53
Money Market
4.29
Japan
2.98
France
2.79
Italy
2.58
Spain
2.06
Hong Kong
1.80
Singapore
1.67
Venezuela
1.30
Sweden
0.91
Switzerland
0.79
New Zealand
0.78

Source: Liontrust as at 29/04/2022.

Credit Rating *

Source: UBS Delta and Liontrust as at 28/02/2022

Key features of the Fund

The investment objective of the Fund is to generate positive absolute returns over a rolling 12 month period, irrespective of market conditions. There is no guarantee the investment objective will be achieved over this or any other time period. The Fund aims to achieve its investment objective through investment in corporate and government fixed income markets worldwide, including developed and emerging markets. In achieving its objective, the Fund also aims to minimise volatility and reduce the possibility of a significant drawdown (i.e. a period where the Fund is worth less than the initial investment at the start of a 12 month period). The Fund invests in a wide range of bonds issued by companies and governments, from investment grade through to high yield. The Fund invests in developed and emerging markets, with a maximum of 20% of its net assets invested in emerging markets. Investments are made in US Dollar denominated assets or non-US Dollar denominated assets that are predominately hedged back into US Dollar. Up to 10% of the Fund's currency exposure may not be hedged (i.e. the Fund may be exposed to the risks of investing in another currency for up to 10% of its assets). The Fund may invest both directly, and through the use of derivatives. The use of derivatives may generate market leverage (i.e. where the Fund takes market exposure in excess of the value of its assets). The Fund has both Hedged and Unhedged share classes available. The Hedged share classes use forward foreign exchange contracts to protect returns in the base currency of the Fund. The fund manager considers environmental, social and governance ("ESG") characteristics of issuers when selecting investments for the Fund.
5 years or more.
2 (Please refer to the Fund KIID for further detail on how this is calculated)
Active
The Fund is actively managed without reference to any benchmark meaning that the Investment Adviser has full discretion over the composition of the Fund's portfolio, subject to the stated investment objectives and policies.
The Fund is a financial product subject to Article 8 of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
Additional Information
Minimum initial investment
$5,000,000
Minimum additional investment
$1,000
Ex-dividend date
1 January, 1 April, 1 July, 1 October
Distribution date
Sedol code
BD85PP7
ISIN code
IE00BD85PP71
Charges
Initial charge
5.00%
Ongoing Charges Figure
0.38%
Included within the OCF is the Annual Management Charge
0.30%
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Key Risks 

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and the income generated from it can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you originally invested. The issue of units/shares in Liontrust Funds may be subject to an initial charge, which will have an impact on the realisable value of the investment, particularly in the short term. Investments should always be considered as long term.

 

Investment in the GF Absolute Return Bond Fund involves foreign currencies and may be subject to fluctuations in value due to movements in exchange rates. The value of fixed income securities will fall if the issuer is unable to repay its debt or has its credit rating reduced. Generally, the higher the perceived credit risk of the issuer, the higher the rate of interest. Bond markets may be subject to reduced liquidity. The Fund may invest in emerging markets/soft currencies and in financial derivative instruments, both of which may have the effect of increasing volatility. The Fund may invest in derivatives. The use of derivatives may create leverage or gearing. A relatively small movement in the value of a derivative's underlying investment may have a larger impact, positive or negative, on the value of a fund than if the underlying investment was held instead.

 

Disclaimer

This is a marketing communication. Before making an investment, you should read the relevant Prospectus and the Key Investor Information Document (KIID), which provide full product details including investment charges and risks. These documents can be obtained, free of charge, from www.liontrust.co.uk or direct from Liontrust. Always research your own investments. If you are not a professional investor please consult a regulated financial adviser regarding the suitability of such an investment for you and your personal circumstances. 

 

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