NAV on 2019/05/22
|NAV on 2019/05/21
|52 week high on 2018/09/05
|52 week low on 2019/01/04
|Total Expense Ratio on 2018/12/31
|Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2018/12/31
STANLIB Collective Investments (RF) Limited
South African--Multi Asset--High Equity
45% FTSE/JSE Shariah ALSI, 35% STeFI Composite (less 0.5%), 15% Dow Jones Islamic World Index (priced in ZAR), 5% 3-month USD LIBOR (priced in ZAR)
STANLIB Multi-Manager was established in 1999 and is the centre of excellence for multi-managed solutions within STANLIB. The investment team, led by Chief Investment Officer Joao Frasco, consists of an experienced team with a diverse set of investment skills. We have offices in Johannesburg and London, and currently have mandates in excess of R90 billion under stewardship.
STANLIB Multi-Manager Funds are designed to deliver superior investment returns more consistently than through a single asset manager or mandate. Our approach allows investors’ to outsource the fund / manager selection decision, which includes the ongoing due diligence of managers and construction of portfolios, to meet pre-defined objectives over time.
Risk management is a fundamental component of our investment philosophy and process and is therefore approached holistically. It permeates every part of our investment process, requiring participation and accountability from all individuals involved in the process.
Suhail joined STANLIB in 2010 as the Shari’ah Manager, responsible for Shari’ah compliance as well as product development and enhancement. He began his career with Oasis Asset Management in 2005 and has since worked in various industries including Property Development, B-BBEE and Retail.
Naweed joined the STANLIB Multi-Manager Research and Development Team at as a Quantitative Analyst. Prior to STANLIB, Naweed was a Portfolio Risk Analyst at Eminence Partners, a Johannesburg-based long/short equity hedge fund operated under the Peregrine fund platform.
STANLIB MM Shari'ah Balanced FoF comment - Sep 18
The global trade war between the United States and China continued to dominate headlines during the quarter. The US intensified tariffs on Chinese goods and China retaliated. Despite the tussle between the two economic giants, the US economy remains strong. This is visible in the rally of the US dollar and their robust labour market. These positive developments gave the Fed room to hike interest rates in September from 2.0% to 2.3%.
Unfortunately, the higher developed market (DM) interest rates and stronger US dollar do not bode well for emerging market (EM) assets such as South Africa, and most EM countries saw their currencies weaken. SA fared worse than its EM peers as signs of poor economic growth surfaced during the quarter, resulting in SA moving into a technical recession.
SA equities lost 1.6% over the quarter, driven largely by poor returns from industrials. SA property lost 1.0%, while SA bonds returned 0.8%. The weaker rand supported offshore returns, leading to a 7.4% total return from global equities.
The Fund returned 2.3% for the quarter, well ahead of the 1.2% average of ASISA MA High Equity peers. Since inception three and a half years ago, the Fund has returned 5.6% after fees, relative to general industry peers that have returned 4.2%. Relative to Shariah industry peers, the Fund continues to perform well. During this period of difficult local economic conditions, performance has been supported by the overweight position to resources and the high global equity exposure.
Last quarter we discussed our investment into the BCI Shariah Equity Fund, managed by Visio Capital. This concentrated equity portfolio has a balanced exposure to rand hedge shares such as Mondi Plc and Sasol, but also provides exposure to locally based shares such as AdvTech and Cashbuild. Visio believes many of these local shares are heavily undervalued given poor sentiment around the current economic conditions in SA and provide great bargain buys.
Kagiso’s Islamic Balanced Fund remains defensively positioned with an underweight allocation to domestic equities, in particular cyclical stocks. Their sukuk allocation is the largest single asset class exposure with a current yield of around 8%. They reduced their foreign exposure to less than 25% following significant currency depreciation. Kagiso remains convinced that their exposure to unique mid-cap stocks at very attractive valuations will deliver substantial outperformance over time.
The allocation of the Old Mutual Albaraka Balanced Fund to equities is approximately 60%, with the residual invested in Shari’ah-compliant short-term cash investments. Around 40% is invested in domestic equities and around 20% in offshore equities. Global exposure is around 25%, allowing the fund to achieve greater diversification and consequently a reduction in volatility, a primary objective of the fund.
Portfolio positioning and outlook
The largest themes in the Fund are overweight resources and rand hedge shares, which has benefited performance over the past year. Global positioning remains critical for diversification, while the underlying managers are well positioned in good quality local mid and small cap shares.
In addition to further rate hikes in the US, we expect trade wars to continue dominating headlines and this could weigh heavily on EM sentiment. Local asset prices have retreated to levels that may provide a good entry points for investors. However, the global and SA environment remains highly uncertain and we continue to emphasize the importance of having a long-term focus when making investment decisions.
The Fund is a multi-asset class (including foreign) Shari'ah compliant portfolio that is diversified across asset classes, sectors and asset managers. Its objective is to outperform the average return of investable peers i.e. the Shari'ah balanced peer average, at risk levels consistent with those of these peers.
The Fund aims to provide long-term growth of capital and income with volatility at levels consistent with Shari'ah balanced (± 60% equity) portfolios and is 28 compliant.