Summer Australian Equities

Summer Australian Equities fund performance summary as at 31 December 2019. 

Fund at a glance

Unit price (as at 31 December 2019): $1.2869

Date the fund started: 19 September 2016

For information on fees, see our Fees page.

For more information on the Summer Australian Equities fund, read the latest quarterly fund update and 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 Year3 Years
Fund 7.07% -2.77% -3.26% 14.63% 6.86%

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
1 CSL Limited 10.45%
2 BHP Group Limited 10.10%
3 Commonwealth Bank of Australia Limited 8.37%
4 Westpac Banking Corporation Ltd 7.21%
5 National Australia Bank Limited 5.33%
6 Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited 4.10%
7 Wesfarmers Limited 4.09%
8 Woolworths Ltd 3.97%
9 ANZ transactional bank account 3.83%
10 Telstra Corporation Limited 3.69%

The top 10 investments make up 61.14% of the fund.

Market Commentary

Summer Australian Equities posted a return of -3.26% for the quarter, mostly a consequence of an appreciating New Zealand Dollar, which increased in value by close to 3.5% in relation to the Australian dollar. The fund delivered a return of 14.63% for the 12 months to 31 December 2019.

Portfolio Positioning

Summer Australian Equities disappointingly underperformed the S&P/ASX200 Accumulation Index (50% hedged to the NZD) in the quarter under review.  However, over half this underperformance was due to running a 15-20% hedged currency position versus a benchmark of 50% hedged as the NZD/AUD appreciated from .9279 to .9599.  As the portfolio transitioned from the retiring portfolio manager (Malcolm Davie) to the new portfolio manager (Jason Lindsay) we elected to approximate the portfolio’s investments to that of the S&P/ASX20 Index.  This was a short-term transition only, which performed largely as expected however the ASX20 Index did underperform the ASX200 index modestly (0.87%) during the quarter under review.  By year end we had reverted to our active strategy with the key themes being underweight banks, overweight resources, good exposure to a number of defensive names (Atlas Arteria, Goodman Group, Scentre Group, Transurban, Telstra, Viva Energy, Wesfarmers, and Woolworths) and a healthy smattering of growth stock exposures (including Aristocrat Leisure, Altium, a2 Milk, CSL, NEXTDC, REA, Resmed, Treasury Wines, and Webjet).

Outlook

The key investment decision over the next quarter will involve the strength of the global economy and the likelihood of a successful resolution to the trade war between the US and China plus managing tensions in the Middle East.  A positive outcome would be the catalyst for a sharp recovery in resource stocks and equities exposed to global growth in our view.  The Australian market continues to offer options in this regard and this strategy underpins the fund’s current composition.

 

We actively manage the fund’s foreign currency exposures.  As at 31 December 2019 these exposures represented 96.17% of the value of the fund; the remainder of the fund was held as New Zealand dollar cash or cash equivalents.  After allowing for foreign currency hedges in place, 82.27% of the value of the fund was unhedged and exposed to foreign currency risk.

 

 

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