Monthly fund manager comment

31/10/2017

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Fund performance and activity

October was a positive month for the fund in absolute terms although it underperformed its benchmark, rising 1.4% (on a total return basis) versus the FTSE All-Share Index which rose 1.9%. The largest contributor to performance was XP Power, which produces power converters for use across a range of industries such as healthcare and semiconductors. The company reported encouraging third quarter results in which organic growth continued to be very strong. During the month we reduced the holding. The shares are trading at a high earnings multiple versus history on what could be a cyclical high in earnings given the volatility in some of its end markets (particularly semiconductors). The largest individual detractor during the month was Redde, which provides services to the motor insurance industry (such as providing temporary hire cars in the case of an accident). We think the reason for the poor share price performance is weak UK new car sales data, along with poor results from some of the motor retailers such as Pendragon. This, however, should have little read across to Redde, where sales are more dependent on accident volumes and the cost of vehicle repair seeing as Redde takes a margin over and above the cost of fixing a car. We continue to like Redde for its attractive dividend yield (at around 7%) and strong management team. In terms of activity, the largest sales included insurer Hiscox, paving stones producer Marshalls, and aerospace components company Senior. All were reduced on valuation grounds.

Outlook/strategy

We continue to gently rotate the portfolio away from higher valued areas of the market towards areas that are more defensive with attractive dividend yields. We are undertaking this rotation slowly as at the moment it is those companies that have good earnings momentum, and are (often) higher valued, that are performing well. In contrast, value or recovery buying is not working. Therefore, our recent sales have been hurting performance (at the margin). We do not know how long these trends will continue and so we will continue to stick with our valuation disciplines - albeit in small sizes.

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and the income from it can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount originally invested.

The information in this article does not qualify as an investment recommendation.


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