Mike Appleby

Five companies to watch in Sustainable Future funds

Mike Appleby

This article was first published by Alliance Trust Investments on 1 March 2016.

Mike Appleby, Investment Manager, identifies five companies to watch which demonstrate our investment philosophy in practice. These include Vectura PLC, Sophos Group PLC, NXP Semiconductors, CHR Hansen Holdings, SAP.

Below are five companies the team has identified which demonstrate our investment philosophy in practice. This is not a recommendation to buy or sell.

Vectura PLC 
A UK based company exposed to the growing demand for their specialist inhaler products, which are used to treat lung disease such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Their products are licensed to pharmaceutical companies in return for royalty payments. COPD affects older people who smoke or are exposed to polluted air, and is projected by the World Health Organisation to be the fifth largest burden of disease world-wide. Vectura’s products help treat and manage these lung conditions.

Sophos Group PLC 
A UK listed company providing security software to protect users from cyber crime. There is increasing demand for security as we use more online systems for banking payments and keeping personal data and as our world becomes more interconnected through communications and data networks. Sophos provide a solution to a key challenge for society, which is to keep our data and information secure and is part of our broad resilience investment theme. 

NXP Semiconductors 
A Dutch company that specialises in semiconductors used in mobiles, consumer electronics, security applications, autos and networking. We believe this company is set to benefit from increased digitisation and connectivity, especially within autos (as electrical content and sensors increase to improve efficiency and safety) as well as identification technologies to improve security (as used in e-government identification and e-banking). 

CHR Hansen Holdings 
A Danish listed company we identified as having exposure to healthy eating and wellness, through their development and production of natural ingredients for nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Their products are based on natural cultures and enzymes as opposed to the synthetic alternatives and we believe this will capture more demand than their conventional peers and drive sales for the company. 

A German company that develops business software to help large companies manage their business as well as customer and supplier relationships. By adopting their comprehensive software applications companies can improve how their business is run. The company’s HANA system, quickly and cost effectively, gets large warehoused volumes of data to interact with more structured types of data, which ultimately saves management time and money. Information from this analysis can be used to better manage supply chains and customers and it can also assist companies in managing the environmental and social impacts of their business.


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Thursday, March 10, 2016, 12:00 AM