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GF European Strategic Equity Fund

Fund launch date 15/02/2012
Fund size €102,905,403.02
Number of holdings 222
Managed by current team for 8 years
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The Fund

The Fund has been managed since launch in April 2014 by James Inglis-Jones and Samantha Gleave. The fund managers seek to deliver a positive absolute return over the long term by taking long and short positions, primarily in European companies. The Fund buys companies that can generate strong cash returns from their capital and appear cheap on these cash flows and shorts companies that are both expensive and struggling to generate cash.

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
25/04/2014
Class Launch Date
25/04/2014
Comparator Benchmark 1
MSCI Europe
Price
Single Price
€19.084
Offer Price
-
Price Date
19/05/2022

Awards and Ratings

Citywire fund manager rating Citywire Manager Rating: AA
FEfundinfo Crown Rating FE fundinfo Crown Rating: 5
Morningstar Rating Morningstar Rating: 4
Morningstar Sustainability rated 4 Morningstar Sustainability Rating: 4

Meet the team

James Inglis-Jones formed the Cashflow Solution team on joining Liontrust in March 2006 and was joined by Samantha Gleave in 2012. James and Samantha jointly manage the GF European Smaller Companies Fund having first worked together in 1998 and with an average industry experience of 25 years. James previously managed funds at Fleming Investment Management, JP Morgan Fleming and Polar Capital. Samantha began her career at Sutherlands and, among others, previously worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she won awards for Top Stock Pick and Earnings Estimates. 

More about the team
Meet the tea

"In the world of investment, it seems we should beware the wisdom of crowds, especially when levels of investor anxiety are elevated."

Our Investment Process

The fund managers focus on the historic cash flows generated and invested by companies to support their forecast profits growth. As forecasts are often unreliable, the scale of cash invested to support forecasts is key.
The fund managers seek to own companies that generate significantly more cash than they need to sustain their planned growth yet are lowly valued by investors on that measure and are run by managers committed to an intelligent use of capital. 
They sell short stocks that are expensive, are struggling to generate any cash and are run by management investing heavily for future growth.
To identify companies’ annual cash flow, balance sheet development and valuation efficiently across all equity markets the fund managers have developed a simple screen as a starting point for further qualitative analysis. The investment screen consists of two cash flow ratios that are combined equally to highlight the process characteristics that they seek.
The two cash flow measures are:
  • Cash flow relative to operating assets
  • Cash flow relative to market value
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 European Strategic Equity 28.9 28.2 -13.9 4.2 0.3
MSCI Europe 9.3 35.3 -13.5 5.5 -0.4

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 European Strategic Equity -0.3 3.3 18.8 13.1 25.4 53.2 55.2 - 90.8
MSCI Europe -6.2 -5.7 -9.5 -10.1 0.3 20.6 23.3 - 56.5

Source: FE fundinfo as at 20/05/2022. Performance figures are shown in EUR. 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 (%)

UNITED STATES OF AMER TREAS BILLS 0% TB 14/07/22 USD100 26.28
K&S AG 5.39
BANK OF IRELAND GROUP PLC 3.73
IPSOS 3.65
TETHYS OIL AB 3.50
GSK PLC 3.49
DEUTSCHE PFANDBRIEFBANK AG 3.40
NOVO NORDISK A/S 3.31
ROCHE HLDG AG 3.26
RELIANCE STEEL & ALUMINIUM 3.03

Sector Breakdown (%)

Money Market 46.45
Government Bonds 26.28
Industrials 11.73
Materials 9.90
Financials 8.86
Energy 6.62
Communications 1.99
Consumer Discretionary 0.52
Real Estate -0.11
Health Care -0.62
Consumer Staples -1.24
Utilities -2.07
Futures -2.35
Information Technology -6.02

Geographic Breakdown (%)

Money Market
46.45
USA
27.32
UK
11.55
Denmark
7.56
Switzerland
6.20
France
4.78
Germany
3.18
Ireland
2.81
Bermuda
1.15
Netherlands
0.37
Cayman Islands
-0.19
Canada
-0.31
Austria
-0.38
Finland
-0.47
Portugal
-0.51
Belgium
-0.64
Italy
-0.88
Luxembourg
-1.16
Spain
-1.97
Norway
-2.07
Sweden
-2.86

Source: Liontrust as at 29/04/2022.

Source: FE fundinfo
Additional Information
Minimum initial investment
€1,000
Minimum additional investment
€1,000
Ex-dividend date
1 January
Distribution date
Sedol code
BLG2W00
ISIN code
IE00BLG2W007
Charges
Initial charge
-
Ongoing Charges Figure
1.75%
Included within the OCF is the Annual Management Charge
1.50%
Fund insights

Key features of the Fund

The investment objective of the Fund is to achieve a positive absolute return over the long term for investors through a portfolio of long, synthetic long and synthetic short investments primarily in European equities and equity related derivatives. The Fund may invest anywhere in the world but will primarily invest in European companies either directly or via derivatives. The Fund may use financial derivative instruments for investment purposes and for efficient portfolio management (including hedging). The Fund will take both long and short positions in derivatives meaning the gross exposure of the Fund will typically be greater than 100% of the net asset value of the Fund. The Investment Adviser will alter the ratio of long and short exposures in the Fund depending on the Investment Adviser’s confidence in the investment process’ ability to generate returns from the short positions. Where sufficient short opportunities can be found, the Fund will have an approximately equal weighting in long and short positions. At other times, the Fund will have a net long position i.e. more long positions than short positions held in the Fund. Where investments are held in a currency other than the base currency, the exposure to currency risk may be minimised by hedging. The Fund expects to provide a positive absolute return under all market conditions over the medium to long term. However, there is no guarantee this will be achieved over this or any other time period. Income from the Fund's investments is reinvested. 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.
5 years or more.
5 (Please refer to the Fund KIID for further detail on how this is calculated)

Active
The Fund is considered to be actively managed in reference to MSCI Europe Index and the HFRX Equity Hedge (EUR) Index (the “Benchmarks”) by virtue of the fact that it uses the Benchmarks for performance comparison purposes. The Benchmarks are not used to define the portfolio composition of the Fund and the Fund may be wholly invested in securities which are not constituents of the Benchmarks.

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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 Fund involves foreign currencies and may be subject to fluctuations in value due to movements in exchange rates. The Fund may invest in emerging markets/soft currencies 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.



A performance fee of 20% is calculated and accrued at each valuation point. Payment is subject to the Fund's net asset  value exceeding an Adjusted Prior Net Asset Value which is a High Water Mark adjusted by any new subscriptions or redemptions and a 4% hurdle per calendar year. No Performance Fee will be payable with respect to a Fund class in any Performance Period unless such class has recovered any accumulated underperformance for previous Performance Periods. Any performance fees are only payable on the positive difference between the NAV and the Adjusted Prior Net  Asset Value. Details of the Fund's performance fee in the last financial year can be found in the Key Investor Information Document (KIID) which can be obtained free of charge from the Liontrust website.


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