Fact sheet: Henderson European Focus IT

Rated Fund Information
Rated Funds Group
?Money Observer has arranged all its Rated Funds into easy to understand Rated Fund Groups, comprising funds and investment trusts.
EUROPEAN EQUITIES
Sector
IT Europe
Fund type
Investment Trust
Primary aim
GROWTH
Why Money Observer Rates Henderson European Focus IT

Rated Fund 2015-2017. Benefiting from a move from growth to value

This fund won highly commended status in Money Observer's 2015 Trust Awards. It is managed by John Bennett, who runs a high-conviction portfolio, with 50 to 60 holdings mainly in larger companies. He likes to focus on a few big themes and has done well over the past six years from a sizeable exposure to pharmaceuticals.

Bennett also runs open-ended European funds but says that the trust's closed-ended structure allows him to invest in special situations that are too small or illiquid for inclusion in those funds but which can provide a useful boost to medium-term returns.

When deciding where to invest, Bennett looks for change or inflexion points either at a sector level or company level. He says sectors and stocks are continually going in and out of fashion and it is sometimes necessary to look beyond Europe to spot when changes are going to happen.

But he stresses that no company will get into the portfolio unless its share price is right. He likes to know that there is a margin of safety and always considers the risk of making a loss. A key ingredient in his stock-selection process is also meeting company managements.

Bennett admits that he found 2016 a very challenging year. He is more bullish about 2017. He believes that investors will move from growth to a value-based approach this year and that Europe, being more of a value market, will benefit. Consequently, he thinks one of the most important sectors will be financials.

3 Year Performance
Fund Performance58.9%
Average of Rated Funds Group73.8%
Sector Performance50%
Fund information
Fund name
Henderson European Focus Trust Ord 50P
Fund manager company
Henderson Global Investors Ltd
Fund type
Investment Trust
Fund managers
  • John Bennettsince 01/12/2010
Accolades
Highly Commended - European Trust
Fund objective
The Company seeks to maximise total return from a focused portfolio of listed stocks, mainly in Contintenal Europe.
Benchmark
  • FTSE World Europe EX UK
Investment style
No data available.
Investment method
No data available.
Quick stats
1 Year return
42.2%
1 Year rank in sector
1/8
Sector
IT Europe
Yield
2%
Ongoing charge (OCF)
?A fund’s ongoing charges figure (OCF) is similar to the old-style total expense ratio. It reflects the annual charge to investors in the fund, in percentage terms, but does not include extra performance-related fees (where these are levied) or the fund’s trading expenses on its underlying investments.
0.82%
Fund size
£293m
FE Risk score
?FE Risk Scores measure the riskiness of instruments relative to the FTSE 100 index of shares. Weekly volatility is measured over three years with recent behaviour counting more heavily than earlier behaviour. Cash-type investments will have scores close to zero. Funds will tend to have scores in the 0-150 range. The FTSE 100 is always scored at 100. There is no upper limit.
143
Mid price
1396
NAV
?Net asset value. The NAV per share may be higher or lower than the share price, which in turn is trading at either a discount or a premium to NAV.
1377.2
Discount/Premium
?When the market price of an investment trust’s shares is less than the net asset value (NAV) per share then it is trading at a discount to NAV. A trust’s shares are on a premium when they trade at a higher price than the NAV.
+1.37
Gearing
?Investment trusts have the ability to borrow money which they invest with the aim of generating a higher return than the cost of the loan. An ungeared trust has a figure of 100. A figure of 110 would represent a trust with 10% gearing.
100
Top in this sector
Fund name1 Year
Hndrsn Erpn Fcs Tst42.2%
The European Inv Tr40.6%
JP Morgan European IT Gth38.9%
JP Morgan European IT Inc35.1%
Henderson Euro Trust34.8%
...more in IT Europe

Performance snapshot

Holdings snapshot

  • Germany21.1%
    Others12.9%
    Netherlands12.6%
    Switzerland11.5%
    Sweden9.3%
  • Financials27%
    Consumer Goods17.8%
    Industrials17%
    Health Care16.1%
    Basic Materials12.7%
  • German Equities21.1%
    International Equities12.9%
    Dutch Equities12.6%
    Swiss Equities11.5%
    Swedish Equities9.3%

Performance vs Sector

Cumulative performance
 1 mth3 mth6 mth1 yr3 yr5 yr
Fund-1.3%15.2%23.2%42.2%58.9%201.1%
Sector-1.9%11.4%18.4%33.7%50%143.9%
Rank within sector4 / 81 / 82 / 81 / 82 / 81 / 8
Quartile2nd1st1st1st1st1st
Calendar performance
 YTD - 20172016201520142013
Fund29.3%4.1%12.2%11.3%44.2%
Sector21.9%5.9%12.1%5.8%32.7%
Rank within sector1 / 87 / 86 / 81 / 81 / 8
Quartile1st4th3rd1st1st
Risk statistics
Alpha
?Alpha is a measure of a fund's over- or under-performance by comparison to its benchmark. If the Alpha is 5, the fund has outperformed its benchmark by 5%; so the greater the Alpha, the greater the outperformance.
-0.73
Beta
?Beta estimates a fund's volatility by comparison to that of its benchmark. A fund with a beta close to 1 means that the fund will move generally in line with the benchmark. Higher than 1 and the fund is more volatile than the benchmark and vice versa.
1.23
Sharpe
?This commonly-used measure calculates the level of return over and above the return of a notional risk-free investment, such as cash. The difference in returns is then divided by the fund's volatility. The resulting ratio is an indication of the amount of excess return generated per unit of risk.
0.63
Volatility
?Volatility (or standard deviation), when applied to an investment fund, expresses its risk. It shows how widely a range of returns varied from the fund's average return over a particular period. For example, if a fund had an average return of 5%, and its volatility was 15, this would mean that the range of its returns over the period had swung between +20% and -10%.
17.71
Tracking error
?This measures the standard deviation of a fund's excess returns over the returns of an index or benchmark portfolio. As such, it can be an indication of 'riskiness' in the manager's investment style. A Tracking Error below 2 suggests a passive approach. At 3 and above the the manager will be deploying a more active investment style.
8.26
Information ratio
?This is a useful risk-adjusted measure of actively managed fund performance. It is calculated by deducting the returns of the fund's benchmark from the fund's overall returns, then dividing the result by its tracking error. The higher the Information Ratio the better. It is generally considered that a figure of 0.5 reflects a good performance, 0.75 very good, and 1.00 outstanding.
0.18
R-Squared
?An indication of how closely correlated a fund is to an index or a benchmark. Values for R-Squared range between 0 and 1, with 0 indicating no correlation at all and 1 showing a perfect match. Values upwards of 0.7 suggest that the fund's behaviour is increasingly linked to its benchmark.
0.81
Price movement
52 week high1415
52 week low1000
Current bid price1395
Current offer price1410
Current mid price1396
Region
1Germany21.1%
2Others12.9%
3Netherlands12.6%
4Switzerland11.5%
5Sweden9.3%
6France8.3%
7Belgium6.4%
8Italy5.7%
9Spain4.8%
Industry sector
1Financials26.98%
2Consumer Goods17.76%
3Industrials16.95%
4Health Care16.12%
5Basic Materials12.66%
6Oil & Gas6.34%
7Consumer Services6.03%
8Telecommunications4.31%
9Technology2.72%
Asset type
1German Equities21.1%
2International Equities12.9%
3Dutch Equities12.6%
4Swiss Equities11.5%
5Swedish Equities9.3%
6French Equities8.3%
7Belgian Equities6.4%
8Italian Equities5.7%
9Spanish Equities4.8%
Individual holdings
1NESTLE SA4.5%
2BAYER AG3.9%
3ROCHE HLDG AG3.7%
4NOVARTIS AG3.3%
5TESSENDERLO CHEMIE2.8%
6AUTOLIV INC2.7%
7SAP SE2.7%
8ING GROEP N.V.2.5%
9CONTINENTAL AG2.4%
Management
Fund manager group
Janus Henderson Investors
Fund manager company
Henderson Global Investors Ltd
Fund type
Investment Trust
Fund objective
The Company seeks to maximise total return from a focused portfolio of listed stocks, mainly in Contintenal Europe.
Benchmark
  • FTSE World Europe EX UK
Investment style
No data available.
Investment method
No data available.
Fund managers
NameSinceBiography
John Bennett01/12/2010John Bennett has a 28-year track record of managing European equities. He joined Henderson as a Director of European Equities in April 2011, as part of the Gartmore acquisition. John manages a number of Continental and Pan European funds as well as European long/short funds. John joined Gartmore in 2010 from GAM where he spent 17 years as a fund manager. During this time he managed their flagship European long only and European equity long/short hedge fund, which was launched in June 1998. Prior to GAM, John was a fund manager at Ivory and Sime and has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland since 1987.
Compliance
AIC Member
Domicile
No data available.
Fund for sale in
United Kingdom
Henderson European Focus Trust NAV
Initial charge-
Annual charge-
Min single investment£0
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)-
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price821.9466
CurrencyGBX
Price updated28/03/2013
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeWN81
Henderson European Focus Trust Ord 50P
Initial charge-
Annual charge0.65%
Min single investment£0
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISAYes
Ongoing charge (OCF)0.82%
Total expense ratio (TER)1.1%
Bid price1395
Offer price1410
Mid price1396
CurrencyGBX
Price updated20/07/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeNW58
Henderson European Focus Trust Ord 50p
Initial charge-
Annual charge-
Min single investment£0
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)-
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price1353.9
CurrencyGBX
Price updated19/07/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeNJHJ
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