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98.65

NAV on 2019/09/16
NAV on 2019/09/13 97.61
52 week high on 2018/09/26 105.38
52 week low on 2019/08/28 90.5
Total Expense Ratio on 2019/06/30 1.67
Total Expense Ratio (performance fee) on 2019/06/30 0
NAV Incl Dividends
1 month change 8.74% 8.74%
3 month change -1.76% -1.76%
6 month change -1.71% -1.28%
1 year change -4.35% -1.94%
5 year change 0% 0%
10 year change 0% 0%
Price data is updated once a day.
  • Sectoral allocations
Basic Materials 51.65 23.27%
Consumer Goods 17.33 7.81%
Consumer Services 19.73 8.89%
Financials 58.11 26.18%
Health Care 3.69 1.66%
Industrials 26.52 11.95%
Liquid Assets 6.59 2.97%
Other Sec 0.49 0.22%
Technology 37.82 17.04%
  • Top five holdings
 NASPERS-N 37.82 17.04%
 FIRSTRAND 12.76 5.75%
 ABSA 11.16 5.03%
 SASOL 10.65 4.8%
 REMGRO 9.80 4.42%
  • Performance against peers
  • Fund data  
Management company:
Sygnia Collective Investments RF (Pty) Ltd
Formation date:
2016/01/19
ISIN code:
ZAE000207973
Short name:
U-SYGNGEQ
Risk:
Unknown
Sector:
South African--Equity--General
Benchmark:
JSE/FTSE Shareholder Weighted All Share Index (J403T)
Contact details

Email
info@sygnia.co.za

Website
www.SYGNIA.co.za

Telephone
021-446-4940

  • Fund management  
Kevin Williams
Sygnia Asset Management (Pty) Ltd.


  • Fund manager's comment

Sygnia Growth Equity Comment - Jun 19

2019/08/29 00:00:00
MARKET PERFORMANCE
Developed-market central-bank policy easing has contributed to the longest-ever economic expansion - over 10 years. Global monetary policy easing reached new highs as the universe of negative-yielding bonds jumped to a record $13tn, gold to six-year highs and the S&P500 to all-time highs. Both the US Fed and ECB vowed to cut rates if necessary. The Bank of Japan has continued to ease monetary policy, because, on the back of trade tensions, global-manufacturing confidence indices have fallen into contraction, Citi's Global Economic Surprise Index has experienced the longest period of disappointing economic data on record and the Brent crude oil price dropped 20%. Amid escalating disputes, the World Bank downgraded its global growth outlook to the weakest pace in three years, forecasting 2.6% this year. The largest threat to the economic outlook is U.S. President Donald Trump's trade and tech wars, the latter being of particular concern, as 27% of the S&P500 Tech sector's revenue is exposed to China. Trump has an incentive to keep the market buoyant with 2020 elections around the corner, but the risk of miscalculation is high when using untested tools. Trump said that his meeting with China's President Xi Jinping at the G20 leaders' summit in Osaka went far better than expected and that he would not increase tariffs. He added, however, that he was 'in no hurry' to cut a trade deal.
South Africa's Q1 GDP fell the most in a decade, down 3.2% on the back of loadshedding issues. Seven of nine areas of the economy are in decline: agriculture declined a massive 13%, with farmers still unsure of their property rights, and mining was down 10% on power concerns. The rand lost considerable ground, breaking above R15 to the USD, and the yield curve rose to its steepest levels on record in response to a statement by ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule that the organisation had decided to change the Reserve Bank mandate and begin 'quantity' easing. The ANC's economic transformation head, Enoch Godongwana, SARB governor Lesetja Kganyago, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the party would not seek to nationalise the central bank nor expand its mandate. The South African Chamber of Commerce expressed concern that the government is 'at war with itself'. The debt market is concerned about continuing to fund state-owned enterprises, after Ramaphosa announced more front-end loaded support for Eskom in his State of the Nation address. Inflation rose to 4.5% in May, but the SARB's forecasting model suggests there is room for interest rate cuts. The IHS Markit US manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) declined to 50.1, its lowest level since September 2009, and consumer confidence is at two-year lows. The Fed cut its inflation forecast and suggested a rate cut could happen as early as July unless trade tensions and economic data improve. The 10-year Treasury note yield fell below 2% as US rates markets moved to price in roughly three rate cuts from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) in 2019. This aggressive move is normally only associated with an economic recession, but the Fed is changing the reaction function that will encourage an inflation overshoot.
Eurozone inflation expectations plunged to a record low (1.1% on the five-year forward rate) as investors worry that the economy is slipping into 'Japanification', an inescapable period of stagnant growth and low interest rates. Unsatisfied with the market's view, Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, announced possible interest rates cuts and a fresh round of bond purchases. The TLTRO-III stimulus programme will start in September, and tax cuts have been announced in some of the major economies.
After three years of political deadlock over Brexit, the ruling Conservative Party is picking a new leader. Boris Johnson is the favourite to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, and the new prime minister should be in place by the end of July. Johnson vowed to deliver Brexit with or without a deal. Brussels has underlined that it will not reopen Britain's EU withdrawal deal, stressing that the next prime minister should honour the deal that Theresa May brokered.
China's central bank added 500 billion yuan ($72 billion) to the financial system, the second-largest injection on record. The financial support was required after the government's first seizure of a bank in more than two decades drove up funding costs. The Chinese services sector is holding up well despite a slowing manufacturing sector (Chinese factory output slowed to its weakest pace on record), and infrastructure investment is being encouraged in order to ensure growth does not slow beyond the government's 'reasonable range'.
India's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year, to 5.75%, the lowest level in nine years, and signalled the possibility of further easing in a bid to support growth. However, the central bank suffered a blow to its credibility after the resignation of deputy governor Viral Acharya.
Russia's central bank cut the key interest rate and hinted at future reductions. Australia's central bank cut interest rates to a record low of 1.25%.
Fitch and Moody downgraded Mexico's credit rating against the backdrop of rising trade tensions. Fortunately, President Trump 'indefinitely suspended' his plans for U.S. tariffs on Mexico, removing the threat of a 5% tariff on Mexican imports.
Turkey's opposition party, the Republican People's Party, secured 54.2% of the vote in a re-run Istanbul mayoral election, striking a blow to President Tayyip Erdogan.
FUND PERFORMANCE
The Sygnia Growth Equity Fund returned 0.8% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the FTSE/JSE SWIX Index, which returned 2.9%. The Fund was hurt by underweight positions in property and telecoms & media and an overweight position in Sasol. During the quarter the Fund marginally increased exposure to its SA-facing mid-cap holdings, in line with its investment objective of providing long-term capital appreciation by investing in companies that are expected to grow their earnings at aboveaverage growth rates.
  • Fund focus and objective  
The Sygnia Growth Equity Fund is a general equity portfolio that seeks to identify and invest in companies expected to grow their earnings at above average growth rates. The fund management approach will be to construct portfolios from the bottom-up, based on independent fundamental research and valuations. The manager will also look to identify those companies they consider to be in a growth phase, defined by the fact that they are entering or are already dominant in a market segment that is expected to enjoy above average growth prospects for the foreseeable future. While the fund will not be averse to investing in stocks with higher that average Price-Earnings ratios, the manager will also have the ability to invest in shares with low Price-Earnings ratios whom the manager deems to have above average earnings growth prospects. Assessment of management culture and business strategy will be key to this type of investment.
The Fund will primarily invest in large and mid-sized companies from a range of industry sectors, and will be a concentrated portfolio. This is to ensure that the return from investment opportunities is maximised and not diluted away by an over-diversified portfolio. The portfolio will consist of high-conviction positions, generated by company-specific investment cases that meet the growth criteria set out by the manager. A strong sell-discipline is key within this portfolio and positions will be trimmed as the expected return of any given position declines, either due to a change within the business, or due to share price appreciation.
The portfolios investment universe consists of financially sound equity securities, preference shares which generate capital growth as a result of their earnings growing faster than the average, property shares and property related assets in liquid form. The portfolio may also invest in participatory interests and other forms of participation in portfolios of collective investment schemes, registered in South Africa and other similar schemes operated in territories with a regulatory environment which is to the satisfaction of the manager and trustee of a sufficient standard to provide investor protection at least equivalent to that in South Africa and which is consistent with the portfolio's primary objective.
The portfolio may from time to time invest in financial instruments, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, and the Regulations thereto, as amended from time to time, in order to achieve the portfolio's investment objective. The manager may also include unlisted forward currency, interest rate and exchange rate swap transactions for efficient portfolio management purposes. The portfolio's equity exposure will always exceed 80% with the balance, if any, invested in assets in liquid form.
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