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GF High Yield Bond Fund

Fund launch date 07/06/2018
Fund size $89,248,014.08
Number of holdings 84
Managed by current team for 3 years
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The Fund

The GF High Yield Bond Fund has been managed since launch in June 2018 by Phil Milburn and Donald Phillips. The aim of the Fund is to maximise the total return over a long-term horizon (at least 5 years) through a combination of income and capital. The Fund invests predominantly in high yield and selected investment grade 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
08/06/2018
Class Launch Date
08/06/2018
Comparator Benchmark 1
ICE BofA Global High Yield Hedge USD
Comparator Benchmark 2
IA Sterling High Yield
Price
Single Price
$10.913
Offer Price
-
Price Date
20/05/2022

Awards and Ratings

Morningstar Rating Morningstar Rating: 5 Liontrust GF High Yield Bond Fund

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 High Yield Bond -2.1 23.8 -7.2 - -
ICE BofA Global High Yield Hedge USD -3.3 24.2 -7.3 - -

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 High Yield Bond -5.4 -7.6 -10.8 -11.2 -9.6 3.4 - - 9.1
ICE BofA Global High Yield Hedge USD -4.2 -7.3 -10.7 -11.0 -9.9 3.9 - - 10.4

Source: FE fundinfo as at 20/05/2022. 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 (%)

VIRGIN MEDIA VENDOR FINANCING NOTES III DAC 4.875% BDS 15/07/28 GBP100000REG S 2.68
PAYMENTSENSE LTD 8% BDS 15/10/25 GBP1000REG S 2.63
GRANITE HOLDINGS US ACQU 11% BDS 01/10/27 USD1000 2.39
PHOENIX GROUP HLDGS PLC FXD RT RST PERP REST T1 WD NTS GBP200000 2.28
CHEPLAPHARM ARZNEIMITTEL 4.375% BDS 15/01/28 EUR1000 2.26
CASTELLUM AB 0% UNDATED BDS EUR100000REG S 2.17
VIVION INVESTMENTS 3.5% BDS 01/11/25 EUR100000REG S 2.12
MILLICOM INTERNATIONAL CELLULAR S.A. 5.125% BDS 15/01/28 USD200000 2.09
SPA HLDGS 3 4.875% BDS 04/02/28 USD200000 1.90
FIRSTCASH, INC. 4.625% BDS 01/09/28 USD1000144A 1.81

Sector Breakdown (%)

Telecommunications 19.17
Health Care 12.99
Capital Goods 12.26
Financial Services 10.71
Real Estate 8.51
Banks 6.79
Services 5.84
Insurance 5.39
Cash Derivatives 4.55
Basic Industries 3.25
Electronics 3.17
Automotive 3.15
Media 1.99
Energy 1.26
Utilities 0.89

Geographic Breakdown (%)

USA
27.52
UK
16.63
Luxembourg
11.49
Germany
6.89
Netherlands
5.93
France
5.88
Money Market
4.55
Ireland
4.51
Sweden
3.85
Italy
2.75
Finland
1.90
Japan
1.81
Belgium
1.59
Austria
1.52
Canada
1.18
Norway
1.07
Spain
0.85

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 maximise total returns over the long term through a combination of income and capital growth, through investment in the global fixed income market. The Fund invests at least 50% of its assets in high yield bonds (i.e. bonds classified as below investment grade) issued by companies worldwide which are denominated in US Dollar or non-US Dollar bonds that are hedged back into US Dollar. Although the focus is on high yield corporate bonds, the Fund may also invest in investment grade corporate bonds, government bonds, cash or assets that can be turned into cash quickly. The Fund invests in developed and emerging markets, with a maximum of 20% of its net assets invested in emerging markets. Where the Fund invests in non-US Dollar assets, the currency exposure of these investments will generally be hedged back to US Dollar. Up to 5% 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 5% 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.
4 (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 the ICE BofAML Global High Yield Hedge USD Index (the “Benchmark”) by virtue of the fact that it uses the Benchmark for performance comparison purposes. The Benchmark is 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 Benchmark.
The Fund is a financial product subject to Article 8 of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
Additional Information
Minimum initial investment
$1,000
Minimum additional investment
$1,000
Ex-dividend date
1 January, 1 April, 1 July, 1 October
Distribution date
31 January (Final), 30 April, 31 July, 31 October
Sedol code
BFXZFF6
ISIN code
IE00BFXZFF67
Charges
Initial charge
-
Ongoing Charges Figure
1.18%
Included within the OCF is the Annual Management Charge
1.10%
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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 High Yield 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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