Liontrust Global Dividend Fund

Q2 2021 review

The Liontrust Global Dividend Fund returned 5.8% in the second quarter, compared with 7.6% from the MSCI World Index and 4.8% from the IA Global Equity Income sector (both comparator benchmarks)*.

 

Across the market, some companies benefited from a pull forward in demand, such as Dell, however some companies have experienced an acceleration in demand growth. For the Fund, one of those holdings displaying sustained demand in Q2 was Adobe (+16.3%) recording 23% year-on-year sales growth in Q2.  A comparison that isn’t flattered by any negative Covid-19 impact in 2020, as Adobe’s trading has been largely unscathed by the pandemic. For the quarter, Adobe reported revenue of $3.8bn, above expectations in every segment. Adobe had an outstanding second quarter as Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud continue to transform work, lean, and play in a digital-first world. These results highlight how the business benefiting from the rush of all businesses to create a digital presence. 

As the shift online accelerates, Alphabet (+18.2%) remains one of the top beneficiaries of a favourable digital ad-spending environment driven by its dominant position in search and online videos. Q1 results showed Alphabet delivered a phenomenal quarter, bolstered by a strong ad-spending environment and steady growth across its Cloud and Android Play store segments. We believe both the YouTube and Cloud businesses have the potential to sustain top-line growth of over 40% through next year, which could combine with core search-ads business to drive sustained 20% top line growth. Importantly, YouTube’s expanding advertiser base is helping it close ad-pricing gaps with Facebook.

A steady performer for the Fund, Roper (+16.5%) reported another strong set of results, supported by higher software mix and broad end-markets recovery. Recurring revenue across Roper’s software segments grew 6% organically, aided by SaaS adoption and renewals. Drags on the business include, Transcore, 35% of Network segment sales, remains a drag, down 13% organically, yet should improve in 2H. Process technologies should also drive a rebound in 2H with resumption of deferred projects and field services demand. The strong results highlighted the strength of the underlying business and has reminded investors of the ability of the management team to drive organic growth across the business.

Alternatively, Antofagasta (-18.1%) fell after a Chilean bill to racket up royalties on mining companies in the world’s top copper producing nation could, if unaltered, put at risk some 1 million tons of annual output, representing around 4% of global copper supply. The legislation, which faces multiple procedural hurdles, would impose a royalty as high as 75% on sales of copper as prices rise to pay for socials program during the Covid-19 pandemic. This regulatory development motivated us to sell the position as the increased political risk makes the future operating environment very difficult for the company.

Rebounding after a difficult Q1, Contact Energy (+17.7%), the New Zealand based hydroelectric power producer, announced it will proceed with the development of a new 152-megawatt geothermal power station at Tauhara and raise $400 million of equity to support funding of the development. The geothermal project is New Zealand’s best low-carbon renewable electricity opportunity. It will operate 24/7, is not reliant on the weather and is ideal for displacing baseload fossil fuel generation from the national grid which will significantly reduce New Zealand’s carbon emissions. Importantly, this project will provide a new source of profit growth over the next five years enabling the company to return to dividend growth within the next three years.

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

 

 

Jun-21

Jun-20

Jun-19

Jun-18

Jun-17

Liontrust Global Dividend C Acc GBP

26.5

9.9

17.2

8.8

13.3

MSCI World

24.4

5.9

10.3

9.3

21.6

IA Global Equity Income

21.2

-2.6

8.4

3.6

19.2

Quartile

1

1

1

1

4

 

*Source: FE Analytics as at 30.06.21

 

**Source: FE Analytics as at 30.06.21. Quartile generated on 07.07.21


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Thursday, July 29, 2021, 10:09 AM