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Liontrust European Dynamic Fund

April 2024 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 Fund returned -1.0% in sterling terms in April. The MSCI Europe ex-UK Index comparator benchmark returned -2.1% and the average return made by funds in the IA Europe ex-UK sector, also a comparator benchmark, was -1.4%.

Shares in Europe fell in April as the prospect of interest cuts in the US weakened following higher-than-expected inflation readings. While cuts in the US appear to have been pushed back, economic data in the Eurozone was more encouraging and suggested that the ECB may continue on its plans to cut rates in June. In terms of sector performance, energy (+4.6%), real estate (+0.3%) and utilities (+0.1%) were among the positive contributors, while information technology (-5.6%), consumer discretionary (-4.8%) and materials (-2.6%) were a drag.

In a busy month of earnings releases for our portfolio companies, the top performer was Finnish marine and energy company Wartsila (+23%), which performed strongly on the release of robust Q1 results. Net sales fell 10% to €1.3 billion, primarily due to the lumpy nature of equipment sales, some of which are now expected to feed through in the second half of the year. However, services sales grew by 13%, order intake increased by 11% to €1.9 billion, and the company commented that it expects to see an improvement in the demand environment over the next 12 months.

On the final day of the month, CaixaBank (+10%) announced a 17.5% increase in net profit for Q1 due to higher loan revenue and solid performance from its insurance subsidiary. Slightly above analyst estimates, CaixaBank's net interest income rose 27.4% year-on-year in the quarter to €2.78 billion.

Atlas Copco (+6.9%) was also among the top performers after the Swedish manufacturer of industrial equipment reported stronger-than-expected Q1 order intake, while predicting that demand would remain at current levels in the near term.

Dutch payments company Adyen (-28%) was the biggest detractor over the month after it missed revenue estimates for Q1. Adyen reported net revenue of €438 million, marking a 21% increase from the previous year and below average expectations. Looking forward, Adyen expects annual revenue growth to persist at a rate between the low and high twenties percentage range through to 2026.

Tenaris (-15%), the manufacturer and supplier of seamless steel pipe products, was also among the poor performers. The company’s share price first took a hit mid-month following a ratings downgrade, and then fell further towards the end of the month after announcing a poorly received Q1 earnings update. Tenaris revealed a 17% year-on-year decrease in sales to $1.4 billion. Despite this decline, the company also reported an increase in EBITDA for the period, reaching $987 million.

Electronics manufacturer Logitech (-12%) fell after the company received a ratings downgrade.

Positive contributors to performance included:

Wartsila (+23%), Caixabank (+10%), Atlas Copco (+6.9%)

Negative contributors to performance included:

Adyen (-28%), Tenaris (-15%), Logitech (-12%)

Discrete years' performance (%) to previous quarter-end**:

 

Mar-24

Mar-23

Mar-22

Mar-21

Mar-20

Liontrust European Dynamic I Inc

18.7%

8.2%

15.9%

54.9%

-8.3%

MSCI Europe ex UK

12.7%

8.6%

5.5%

33.5%

-8.3%

IA Europe Excluding UK

12.3%

6.5%

4.2%

39.6%

-9.4%

Quartile

1

2

1

1

2


*Source: Financial Express, as at 30.04.24, total return (net of fees and income reinvested), bid-to-bid, institutional class. Non fund-related return data sourced from Bloomberg.

**Source: Financial Express, as at 31.03.24, total return (net of fees and income reinvested), bid-to-bid, primary class.

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