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The European Income process

Investment philosophy

The fund managers have three objectives in managing the funds:

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    A fund yield that is higher than the European market

  2. 2

    An income stream that grows in the long run

  3. 3

    Long-term capital growth that is at least in line with inflation

The fund managers seek to achieve these aims through investing in established and sustainable companies with low ongoing capital requirements that are able to pay out high and expanding dividends. They use dividends as a more stable proxy for earnings – and expect to see dividends rising over time as companies increase pay outs to shareholders from growing earnings. Since dividends are paid out in cash, companies with increasing pay outs will need to produce high quality cash earnings, with less scope for artificial inflation through financial manipulation or lower quality numbers.

The fund managers also expect the value of companies with strong and growing dividends to increase at least in line with inflation over the long term. They believe a company targeting shareholder pay outs should also improve management focus on capital discipline, which can help to sustain higher valuations and avoid value-destroying actions.

They are typically more stable, mature and secure companies, whose asset base and business has been built up over many years and is defended by an economic moat – an economic edge, competitive advantage or assets that are hard to replicate by new entrants, such as a strong brand, niche products or a dominant market position. 

Investment process

Owning the types of companies described above may not alone produce market outperformance. To produce superior risk-adjusted returns, the fund managers look for companies with these characteristics that are also undervalued. They are generally seeking quality companies (cash generative and well-established businesses with hard-to-replicate assets) with a good record of dividend performance and where the market has mispriced or underestimated their future earnings potential. In searching for mispriced assets, the fund managers look to take advantage of:

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    Growth opportunities: where the market underestimates future dividend growth

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    Value opportunities: where the market undervalues the expected dividend potential

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    Special situations: where there are opportunities for corporate change that will drive improved dividends

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The European Income team
Olly Russ (right) & Oisin O’Leary (left)

Olly Russ joined Liontrust from Argonaut Capital in July 2016, having started his career at investment boutique Orbitex in 1998. Oisin O’Leary joined Liontrust in June 2017, having previously been an investment analyst at Argonaut Capital Partners across the company’s range of funds.

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Key Risks

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Do remember that the value of an investment and the income generated from them can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed, therefore, you may not get back the amount originally invested and potentially risk total loss of capital. Investment in Funds managed by the European Income team involves foreign currencies and may be subject to fluctuations in value due to movements in exchange rates. The Fund’s expenses are charged to capital. This has the effect of increasing dividends while constraining capital appreciation. Investment in the Liontrust European Enhanced Income Fund writes out of the money call options to generate additional income. These call options will be “covered”. Unitholders should note that potential capital growth of the Fund would be capped if these call options are exercised against the Fund and the Fund’s capital returns could therefore be lower than the market in periods of rapidly rising share prices.


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