Henderson European Focus Trust plc: Half-Year Results 2023
Portfolio Manager, Tom O’Hara discusses the half-year results for Henderson European Focus Trust, including the key drivers of performance, areas where he is finding opportunities, energy market dynamics, and his outlook for European equities.
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- The Company’s NAV total return rose by 22.8%, outperforming its benchmark (FTSE World Europe ex UK Index) by 1.1% and AIC European sector peers by 0.5%. The share price saw a great rise of 28.3%, this was largely due to the narrowing of the discount over the period.
- Our semiconductor holdings (BE Semiconductor, ASM International, STMicroelectronics), Holcim and Kion contributed positively to performance. However, key detractors included Dutch insurer ASR Nederland, UPM-Kymmene and oil holdings (Shell and BP).
- Asset-light’ was a posterchild of the last decade, courtesy of monetary abundance, non-existent inflation, and a still largely unipolar world order. ‘Asset-heavy’ will have renewed significance in the next. In this realm, we believe Europe has winners.
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