Fidelity European Values PLC
Rated Fund 2019-20. Generates growth and income from quality companies
Fidelity European Values proved a great addition to our Rated Funds in 2019 – it is one of the best performers in the European investment trust sector over the past year. A “consistent and measured application of an established process” saw Morningstar upgrade its analyst rating on the trust from bronze to silver in 2019.
Manager Sam Morse has been at the helm since 2011. He aims to deliver both capital growth and income over the medium to long term by holding high-quality names. He defines quality as growth that can be translated into a cash return to shareholders. He favours firms with a strong track record, good return on capital, structural growth throughout the business cycle and an ability to generate cash. Valuation is important too; he is not prepared to pay any price for a good opportunity. In this regard, he is a ‘growth at a reasonable price’ (Garp) investor.
Morse views dividends as an indicator of a company’s ability to grow in a sustainable manner. The trust yields 3.4% and pays income half-yearly. Typically, it holds 50-60 stocks, and is well-diversified across countries, sectors and company sizes. When his conviction is high, Morse will use gearing to augment returns.
Given his focus on quality, the fund tends to protect capital better than peers in weaker markets, but it can lag when lower-quality stocks lead markets higher. Shares trade at a discount to net assets that has averaged 9.5% over the past three years.
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|Nestle SA||7.31 %|
|Roche Holding AG Dividend Right Cert.||5.74 %|
|SAP SE||4.16 %|
|LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE||4.05 %|
|Sanofi SACFD||3.81 %|
|Total SA||3.45 %|
|ASML Holding NV||3.32 %|
|Novo Nordisk A/S B||3.30 %|
|L'Oreal SA||3.18 %|
|Intesa Sanpaolo||3.03 %|
|Europe - ex Euro||31.72 %|
|Financial Services||18.42 %|
|Consumer Defensive||14.01 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||8.36 %|
|Basic materials||5.30 %|
Sam Morse assumed responsibility for Fidelity European Fund on 1 January 2010 and the portfolio of Fidelity European Values on 1 January 2011. Prior to becoming a portfolio manager, Sam spent two years as a research analyst with Fidelity, covering a range of sectors, then six years as an equity income fund manager at Fidelity. He also worked as Head of Equities and Head of UK Equities at M&G from 1997 to 2003.
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