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Liontrust European Dynamic Fund

May 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 2.6% in sterling terms in May. The MSCI Europe ex-UK Index comparator benchmark returned 3.5% and the average return made by funds in the IA Europe ex-UK sector, also a comparator benchmark, was 2.8%.

Global markets performed strongly in May as investors continued to anticipate interest rate cuts from central banks. Despite economic data showing that eurozone CPI increased to 2.6% in May from 2.4% in April, investors in Europe continue to expect a 25 basis point rate cut when the ECB meets in June. Sector returns for the MSCI Europe Index were largely positive in May with the exception of energy (-1.4%). The financials (+6.4%), utilities (+6.4%) and industrials (+5.2%) sectors led the way with strong returns for the period.

Having fallen sharply last month after receiving a ratings downgrade, electronics manufacturer Logitech (+24%) bounced back and was among the top performers in May after an encouraging Q4 earnings release. The electronic device maker reported a 5% increase in Q4 sales versus the same period last year to $1.01 billion, translating into a 235% increase in operating income. Logitech delivered a prudent outlook, expecting fiscal sales of $4.3 billion – $4.4 billion, which was in-line with analysts’ expectations.

Swiss bank UBS (+17%) was among the top performers in May, returning to profit after two straight quarterly losses, driven by its wealth management and investment banking divisions. The company reported net profit of $1.8 billion in the first three months of the year, well ahead of analyst estimates. Its wealth management business posted new assets of $27 billion, with revenues up $500 million to $6.1 billion, driven by the Americas, Switzerland and Asia-Pacific markets.

French carmaker Renault (+19%) performed strongly towards the end of the month following two separate ratings upgrades.

Greek lottery and sports betting operator Opap (-6.3%) fell throughout May, although it ended the month with a positive earnings update. The company reported a strong start to the year, with notable performance in its online segment and a successful revamp of its draw-based games portfolio.

Bekaert (-4.5%), the Belgian steel-wire company, was also among the detractors after announcing weaker than expected Q1 sales – a14% decrease in consolidated sales compared to the same quarter the previous year. Looking forward, the company remains optimistic about achieving modest sales growth throughout the year, with a full-year sales target of €4.3 billion and EBIT of at least €400 million.

Swedish gaming company Evolution (-6.0%) continued its slide following a lacklustre earnings release last month.

Positive contributors to performance included:

Logitech International (+24%), Renault (+19%) and UBS Group (+17%)

Negative contributors to performance included:

Evolution (-6.0%), Opap (-6.3%) and Bekaert (-4.5%)

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*Source: Financial Express, as at 31.05.24, 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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