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NAV on 2019/11/14
NAV on 2019/11/13 16842.03
52 week high on 2019/04/23 17078.54
52 week low on 2019/01/02 14618.13
Total Expense Ratio on 2019/09/30 0.67
Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2019/09/30 0.08
NAV Incl Dividends
1 month change 4.08% 4.08%
3 month change 6.84% 8.52%
6 month change 2.82% 4.44%
1 year change 10.95% 13.95%
5 year change 2.95% 5.21%
10 year change 0% 0%
Price data is updated once a day.
  • Sectoral allocations
Basic Materials 1082.19 15.39%
Consumer Goods 909.42 12.93%
Consumer Services 549.44 7.81%
Financials 1050.05 14.94%
Health Care 104.61 1.49%
Industrials 653.15 9.29%
Liquid Assets 85.70 1.22%
Technology 656.55 9.34%
Telecommunications 210.60 3.00%
Offshore 1729.16 24.59%
  • Top five holdings
 BATS 530.75 7.55%
 NASPERS-N 427.63 6.08%
 ANGLO 324.35 4.61%
 NORTHAM 282.72 4.02%
 PROSUS 228.91 3.26%
  • Performance against peers
  • Fund data  
Management company:
Coronation Fund Managers Ltd.
Formation date:
ISIN code:
Short name:
South African--Equity--General
Composite index: 87.5% Equity; 12.5% International Equity
Contact details




  • Fund management  
Karl Leinberger
Karl is CIO and a member of the executive committee. He joined Coronation in 2000 as an equity analyst, was made head of research in 2005 and appointed CIO in May 2008. Karl co-manages the Coronation Houseview Portfolios as well as the Coronation Equity and Balanced Plus funds.
Sarah-Jane Alexander
Sarah-Jane joined the Coronation investment team in 2008 as an equity analyst. Her current responsibilities include co-managing the Coronation Industrial Fund and researching food producers and hospital stocks amongst others. Prior to joining Coronation, she formed part of the investment team at JP Morgan Asset Management in London where she was a European research analyst and then co-manager of their UK Smaller Companies Fund.
Adrian Zetler

  • Fund manager's comment

Coronation Equity comment - Sep 19

2019/10/21 00:00:00
The fund declined -0.4% for the third quarter of 2019 (Q3-19) compared to its benchmark return of -3.6%. It has performed well since inception and against its peer group over all meaningful time periods.
Our large weighting in global equities has made a positive contribution to fund performance over Q3-19 and the year respectively. Although Charter Communications (Charter) is a relatively new addition to the fund, it is already one of our largest international holdings. It has performed well since its introduction into the fund and is up 12% in rands over Q3-19 alone. In our view, the market is still overly focused on Charter’s declining video business and is not adequately rewarding them for their strong, incumbent position as one of the leading providers of broadband internet services. Broadband is a must-have, sticky product for consumers and offers attractive margins and a growing free cash flow profile to Charter. As consumers continue to shift to streamed video, broadband becomes the backbone of nextgeneration entertainment, the importance of which will continue to rise in our view. The Charter management team has proven to be very shareholder friendly and has been buying back shares continuously in recent years. With a declining capex profile and opportunity to grow profit margins, we believe Charter can grow its free cash flow per share at circa 20% p.a. over the next three years. Charter is currently trading on a 2020 free cash flow yield of around 8% - a very attractive level for a stock with these characteristics and such a growth profile.
Recent domestic economic data reinforced how dire the underlying economic situation really is. This has flowed through to corporate earnings and we have been bombarded with company profit warnings over Q3-19. Investor and consumer sentiment continue to remain very weak and government urgently needs to deliver on much-needed structural reform in order to restore consumer and corporate confidence and kickstart the economy. During September, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) held the policy rate unchanged at 6.5%, but the SARB's statement was more dovish than in July when it did cut rates. Although the SARB’s view is that monetary policy is not the solution to SA's poor growth outlook, we believe that given the weak domestic economy, contained inflation and favourable global rate expectations, the SARB has room to further cut rates. Against this challenging economic backdrop, the rand weakened by almost 7% against the US dollar. The fund was well positioned for this move.
Overall, the JSE experienced a disappointing quarter, with the JSE Capped SWIX All Share Index declining 5.1% (and with it dragging down rolling 12- month period returns to -2.4%). The weakness was broad-based, but the financial and resource sectors fared the worst – both down over 6% for the quarter. The industrial sector was down only 2.5%, with the large rand-hedge stocks such as Naspers (flat), British American Tobacco (+14%), Anheuser- Busch InBev (+16%) and Bidcorp (+6%) holding up well. Notwithstanding the challenging market returns, our equity holdings performed well on a relative basis. We believe that our equity holdings are currently offering compelling value and have used the weakness during Q3-19 to add to our position. It should, however, be noted that our domestic equity holdings continue to be skewed towards the global stocks that happen to be listed on the JSE. Although many domestic-facing businesses are starting to screen as extremely cheap, given the deteriorating macro environment, there is a high probability that many of them turn out to be value traps.
On the resources front, our large exposure to the platinum-group metals (PGM) sector contributed meaningfully to fund performance during Q3-19. Northam Platinum and Impala Platinum (Implats) were up 40% and 37% respectively. Deficits in PGMs have seen the three elements’ (platinum, palladium and rhodium) basket price continue to rise. Despite their strong run, we still view the PGM stocks as very attractive. Northam Platinum and Implats currently trade on between six and eight times our assessment of normal earnings and still offer material upside to our fair values.
The Sasol share price has collapsed over the past 12 months (down 54%) as further cost overruns relating to the Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) emerged and management also had to announce a delay in the reporting of their full-year results in order to further investigate a breach of internal controls. Our underweight position in Sasol over this time has added to performance. We believe that the results delay is as a result of control weaknesses identified around the LCCP budgeting process and not centred around the financial statements themselves. Although further cost overruns are unlikely, our biggest remaining concern is that the budgeted profitability for LCCP disappoints on the back of ramp-up issues or pressure on commodity prices. Nevertheless, we expect the company to now shift to a phase of debt reduction and improved free cash flow generation. Sasol trades on four times 2021 earnings, which is calculated using what we feel are relatively conservative currency and oil price assumptions. This is very attractive for a business of its quality. We have used the share price weakness to increase our exposure but remain cognisant of the risks surrounding recent announcements and are managing the position size carefully.
The quarter was also characterised by corporate actions in several fund holdings. Those worth mentioning include:
- Prosus, the newly established corporate entity that will house Naspers’ global internet portfolio, including its stake in Tencent and its interests in online classifieds, food delivery and online payments. During the quarter Naspers listed and part unbundled 26% of Prosus to its underlying shareholders. This listing is another positive step by management in their efforts to try and narrow the discount at which Naspers trades relative to its underlying intrinsic value. A foreign listing of Prosus will assist Naspers in pursuing its ambitions to become a leading global consumer internet business by giving it access to a wider pool of investors and capital. Furthermore, going forward, the two-tier corporate structure provides Naspers with more financial flexibility and the ability to more efficiently manage the discount to its underlying intrinsic value by using capital allocation tools such as share buybacks. In this corporate action, we elected to take the full allotment of Prosus shares, given the value unlock opportunity that we expected. - In July, global food and beverage conglomerate PepsiCo announced a takeover bid for Pioneer Foods, at a more than 50% premium to the Pioneer share price at the time. The subsequent repricing of our holdings in both Pioneer and Zeder (whose largest asset is its stake in Pioneer) contributed meaningfully to performance during the quarter. We used the rerating in Pioneer to sell out of our position and redeploy the proceeds into other more attractive investment opportunities. - Trencor recently announced that it will be unbundling its Textainer stake to its shareholders in the coming months. Coronation has been actively pushing for this unbundling over the last few years and we are extremely pleased that it is finally proceeding. The share price reacted positively - up 37% for the quarter – and this also contributed meaningfully to quarterly performance.
Our underweight position in listed property has contributed to performance. The property stocks have been battered by the weak economy, which is playing itself out through increasing vacancy levels, large rental reversions and reduced rental escalations. Much of the sector will struggle to show any distribution growth over the medium term.
In this volatile and uncertain world, our objective remains to build diversified portfolios that can absorb unanticipated shocks. We will remain focused on valuation and will seek to take advantage of attractive opportunities that the market may present and in so doing generate inflation-beating returns for our investors over the long term.
  • Fund focus and objective  
An emphasis on active stock selection and will remain fully invested in domestic equities at all times.

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