Summer New Zealand Equities

Summer New Zealand Equities fund performance summary as at 31 December 2019.

Fund at a glance

Unit price  (as at 31 December 2019): $1.5073

Date the fund started: 19 September 2016

For information on fees, see our Fees page.

For more information on the Summer New Zealand Equities fund, read the latest quarterly fund update and the product disclosure statement

Fund objective and strategy

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

Fund returns

 Annualised total since inception1 Month3 Months1 Year3 Years
Fund 13.43% 0.77% 3.50% 23.49% 16.17%

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 The a2 Milk Company Limited 9.80%
2 Meridian Energy Limited 6.85%
3 Spark New Zealand Limited 6.75%
4 ANZ transactional bank account 6.29%
5 Infratil Limited 6.27%
6 Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited 6.21%
7 Contact Energy Limited 5.09%
8 Ebos Group Limited 4.84%
9 Mainfreight Limited 4.66%
10 Genesis Energy Limited 3.87%

The top 10 investments make up 60.63% of the fund.

Market Commentary

The New Zealand equity market posted a December quarter return of 5.34% (the return of the S&P/NZX 50 Gross with Imputation Index). In the same period, the Summer New Zealand Equities delivered a return of around 3.50%, taking the 12-month return to 23.49%.

Portfolio Positioning

Summer New Zealand Equities enjoyed a strong quarter in an absolute sense but did underperform the index primarily due to underweight exposures to Fisher and Paykel Healthcare (FPH), and Summerset (SUM), and overweight exposures to Z Energy (ZEL) and Genesis Energy (GNE).  During the quarter FPH upgraded its FY20 earnings guidance by 4% with the share price returning a quite astonishing 29%.  FPH is a high quality business which continues to deliver on a well-articulated growth story; however, we struggle to justify current valuation levels which are elevated versus any benchmark (even when growth adjusted).  During the quarter ZEL reported a soft 1H20 result and a pre-Christmas surprise downgrade citing very tough retail competition.  We had materially trimmed our ZEL exposure post the September quarter however in hindsight not nearly enough.  Looking forward we believe ZEL offers good value with retail conditions unlikely to deteriorate further, self-help (cost-out) opportunities, and an increased chance of takeover activity over the Tasman spilling into New Zealand.  On the positive side of the ledger, positive performance was achieved from our overweight exposures to Sanford and Chorus and an underweight exposure to Auckland International Airport.  A small number of stock exposures were added to the portfolio including Tilt Renewables, Marsden Maritime Holdings, and Tower.  Most notably we added Metlifecare to the portfolio at the start of October at NZ$4.44 however its stay in the portfolio looks likely to be short lived with a NZ$7 takeover offer received in the last few days of 2019.

Outlook

Economic issues remain highly influential.  After the Reserve Bank of New Zealand made the surprise decision to keep the Official Cash Rate on hold at 1 per cent in November and modestly improving economic data, there is now only a 50% chance of a further 25bp rate cut by Q3 this calendar year.  That being said rates are likely to remain low for some time with the portfolio positioned to benefit from a number of utility type exposures but also including a healthy selection of growth-at-a-reasonable-price stock exposures.

 

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