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Liontrust Global Innovation Fund

May 2022 review
Past performance does not predict future returns. You may get back less than you originally invested. Reference to specific securities is not intended as a recommendation to purchase or sell any investment.

The Liontrust Global Innovation Fund returned -6.5% in May. The MSCI All-World Index comparator benchmark returned -0.3% and the average return in the IA Global sector, also a comparator benchmark, was -1.7%*.

PAR Technology (+13.4%) was among the top performers over the month following the announcement of its Q1 2022 results. The company reported revenues of $80.3 million for period, a 47.4% increase compared to $54.5 million for the same period in 2021, highlighting product revenue growth of 35% from Q1 last year, demonstrating strong demand from its enterprise restaurant customers for their unified commerce offerings.


As a reminder, PAR is a turn-around business that for over forty years has provided point-of-sale hardware to major fast-food chains (including McDonalds, KFC and Taco Bell) and is today focused on building a unified software operating system to modernise the whole restaurant. Fast-food restaurants today face major challenges due the need to cater to customers through multiple channels, including mobile ordering and curb-side pick-up, and manage the workflow throughout the overall operation.


AI lending platform Upstart (-33.0%) fell sharply following the announcement it was cutting its full-year revenue outlook. While the company reported revenue of $310 million, an increase of 156% from the first quarter of 2021, it also reduced expectations for its 2022 revenue forecast to $1.25 billion from a prior estimate of $1.4 billion, citing a slight deterioration in economic conditions. The company, which makes lending more efficient by using artificial intelligence to gauge creditworthiness, also said climbing interest rates were hurting loan volumes. “In addition to increasing rates for approved borrowers, this also has the effect of lowering approval rates for applicants on the margin”.


Upstart will remain volatile in the near-term as it achieves scale in the AI lending industry – however, we are long-term investors in this company which is disrupting the traditional banking industry and expect periods of volatility as the business scales. Long-term, the opportunity for Upstart is significant, however, in the short term we are focused on managements ability to scale the business efficiently without taking undue risks.


Dutch multinational banking and financial services company ING (+19.7%) was among the notable contributors over the month. The company focused on operating system innovation over a decade ago and has now built a leading software infrastructure offering for the Dutch bank. Enabling the company to expand digital financial services across its banking footprint quickly and effectively to meet customer expectations. Importantly, the company has moved mobile only customers from 17% of total customers to 51% in 2021.

By building out an in-house software offering, the Dutch conglomerate has a leadership position in Europe as it can build on-top of current digital infrastructure. In addition, unlike other incumbent European banks, ING focuses on Net Promoter Score (NPS) differentiating its customer proposition in an archaic industry.

Top performers:

ING (+19.7%), Progressive (+10.8%), PAR Technology (+13.4%), Pinduoduo (+16.5%), Danaher (+4.7%)


Bottom performers:

Upstart (-33.0%), Lululemon (-17.7%), Topicus (-16.0%), Costco (-12.6%), Plane Fitness (-12.4%)


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*Source: FE Analytics as at 30.04.22


**Source: FE Analytics as at 31.03.22. Quartile generated on 05.04.22.

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