Neptune European Opportunities

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Neptune European Opportunities

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Ranked 52/100 in Equity - Europe Excluding UK over 3 years

TOTAL RETURN over 1 month to 16/04/2014


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News about: Neptune European Opportunities

  • Fund information

    • Launch Date 29 Nov 2002
    • Share Class size £240.2m
    • Base Currency GBP
    • ISIN GB0032308594
  • Purchase Info

    • Minimum initial investment £1000
    • Minimum additional investment N/A
  • Charges

    • Annual management charge1.8%
    • Initial charge5%

Neptune European Opportunities

Rob Burnett, manager of the Neptune European Opportunities fund, has set his sights on a European recovery having gone overweight banks and other cyclicals earlier this year.

He is looking to peripheral Europe to bounce back and has raised the fund’s exposure to small and medium-sized companies.

Burnett believes the economic crisis in Europe is drawing to a close and this has led him to sell down stronger countries such as Switzerland, Germany and Scandinavia in favour of southern Europe.

‘We are a lot more optimistic about Italy. A couple of months ago we were worried about the coalition but [premier Enrico Letta’s recent vote of confidence victory in the Italian parliament] is a historic moment. Silvio Berlusconi has been bedevilling the country and will be thrown out of politics,’ he says.

A more certain climate has given him confidence to buy Italian banks such as UBI and Unicredit. He has also stepped into Portugal with an investment in Banco Espirito Santo.

Bank exposure

Financials are now the largest sector position at 29% of the portfolio, with French bank BNP Paribas a key holding. Burnett is also paying close attention to bank stress-testing, which will take place in 2014 under the stewardship of the European Central Bank.

Burnett expects this to lead some banks to raise capital or cut dividends. He thinks Deutsche Bank is at risk so has sold his position, and also sees uncertainties around Credit Suisse where his exposure has been reduced.

As competitiveness is starting to grow in the region, Burnett argues there is also less political risk than in the US.

This adds to his bullish outlook, which has seen him take his highest exposure to small and medium companies since 2007. The fund has 19% allocated to small caps, 21% to mid caps and 60% in large caps.

Cyclical moves

Company valuations are also behind a move into cyclical parts of the market. With blue chip companies that offer more secure growth characteristics having rallied in recent years, Burnett feels they are no longer attractively valued.

‘The price for security is high and things are getting better. This [portfolio exposure] isn’t about a simple dash for trash. It’s more to do with lower risk strategies being vulnerable. Things that look most compelling are in low valuation sectors.’

His view means he has underweight positions in health care and consumer staples. Other overweight sectors apart from financials include consumer discretionary, IT and industrials.

European recovery

The positive stance on Europe’s recovery has been implemented since the second half of 2012, although Burnett was too early to make his change which resulted in a challenging period. However, outperformance has been restored in recent months and so far this year, returns of 20.6% are just behind the index.

Burnett’s domestic focus has led to the fund having its smallest ever exposure to emerging market facing companies at 10%. This is mainly in the materials sector, where a key holding is the German multinational Heidelberg Cement.

‘The industry is pretty good but growth in India and Indonesia is tricky. A lot of companies are experiencing wage inflation, which has dented revenues. I’m not exceptionally bearish on emerging markets but it’s just that Europe domestically looks so good against the rest of the world.’

He thinks there is a knock-on effect, too, which means Europe now has a competitive advantage on wages. Car giants Renault and Volkswagen recently announced it is now 20% cheaper to hire someone in Spain than it was in 2007.

‘As growth improves, operational leverage improves and revenues and margins pick up. This will underpin the advance in European equities and I think the rise can happen for a while.’

Over five years to 30 September, the fund has returned 43.4% versus 47.7% for the FTSE World Europe ex UK index.

Citywire Selection verdict: Rob Burnett takes a macroeconomic view when shaping the portfolio and while his astute judgement during the credit crisis helped returns, the fund underperformed in 2011 and 2012.

While his positive view on stock markets has proved largely correct, Burnett admits to being too early to switch to a more growth-orientated portfolio. Signs from the second half of 2013 are that performance is back on track and the portfolio is positioned for a European recovery.

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