Summer Australian Equities

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Summer Australian Equities fund performance summary as at 31 March 2018. 

Fund at a glance

Unit price (as at 31 March 2018): $1.1475

Date the fund started: 19 September 2016

For information on fees, see our Fees page.

Further information can be found in the product disclosure statement

Fund objective and strategy

See the Australian Equities page for the Summary of investment objective and strategy.

Fund returns

 Annualised total since inception1 Month3 Months1 Year
Fund 8.65% -4.76% -6.39% 0.54%

Fund returns are calculated net of fund charges, trading expenses and accrued tax for a New Zealand resident individual paying tax at the highest Prescribed Investor Rate (28%). 

Top 10 investments

Asset name % of fund net assets
Commonwealth Bank of Australia Limited 8.29%
BHP Billiton Limited 7.29%
Westpac Banking Corporation  6.88%
ANZ Cash Deposit 5.63%
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited 3.97%
Woolworths Limited 3.88%
Rio Tinto Limited 3.67%
National Australia Bank Limited 3.63%
Macquarie Group Limited 3.61%
AGL Energy Limited 3.04%

The top 10 investments make up 49.89% of the fund.

Manager's comments

Fund Performance

Summer Australian Equities reported losses of 4.76% for the month and 6.39% for the three months to March, but delivered a return of 0.54% for the year.  It should be noted that the strength in the New Zealand dollar was the key reason for the quarterly loss, rising from approximately 0.91 cents in January to finish the quarter at over 0.94 cents against the Australian dollar.

Market Commentary

The March quarter was a disappointing one for the Australian equity market. In New Zealand dollar terms the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index declined by 7.05%. Although, the period was a difficult one, we believe that the decline reflects global dynamics. The February reporting season in Australia was perhaps the best in several years, in our view, and a large number of stock exposures held by the fund delivered sharply improved results including AGL Energy, Computershare, Lendlease and Qantas. Although Australian consumers remain conservative it was positive to note that the consumer staples sector also exceeded our expectations. The ongoing surge in capital expenditure was another theme evident in company earnings reports. According to our analysis, earnings in the first half of full year 2018 lifted by just over 6%.

Portfolio Positioning

The fund remains overweight in sectors and investment exposures with leverage to the global economy. For the first time since 2008, the world is experiencing synchronised growth. Led by the US, current momentum is forecast to extend into the second half of 2018. Accelerating earnings growth is also expected in Australia and we forecast company profits to grow by 8% this year. Nonetheless, as is usual, this overall figure disguises sharp differences between sectors. For example, companies with US earnings are growing substantially faster than those of domestically focused companies. Furthermore, although the banking sector offers value, sentiment remains neutral at best, a reflection of ongoing regulatory problems and lingering concern regarding the appropriateness of current capital levels. The fund retains banking exposures but the decision to do so reflects their attractive dividend flows rather than their near-terms growth prospects.    

Outlook

Looking ahead to the forthcoming quarter, the two-speed nature of the Australian equity market is expected to remain in place. As long as growth in the global economy remains intact, domestic focused companies are unlikely to outperform those with leverage to global dynamics. Consequently, the fund is likely to retain its current preference for exposure to companies with offshore earnings such as Bluescope Steel, BHP Billiton and RIO Tinto. Nonetheless, we expect that the current tension between interest rate sensitive stocks and growth exposures will remain in place over the forthcoming quarter, a theme that has lifted volatility levels. Therefore, we believe that a return to the more sanguine days of 2017 is unlikely.  Finally, given the sharp increase in volatility amongst technology stocks it is fortunate that the Australian market is underexposed to the sector. “Tech” stock exposures are similarly under-represented in the fund. 

 

For more information on the Summer Australian Equities fund, read the latest quarterly fund update.

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