Hermes Asia ex-Japan Equity Fund F GBP Acc
Rated Fund 2017-2018. A concentrated portfolio of 'quality deals'
This fund was named the Best Asia Pacific ex Japan Fund in the Money Observer 2016 fund awards, and was highly commended in 2017. Jonathan Pines has managed the fund since its launch in 2012. It has grown to almost �3 billion of assets. Taking a contrarian approach, Pines says he looks for quality deals rather than quality companies. This means that rather than pursuing a growth or value approach to investment, he seeks the best price-to-value propositions, which are often found in less popular parts of the market. He is most concerned about asymmetry � he wants to make great gains if he is right about a company but keep losses to a minimum if he is wrong. He is not afraid to back his conviction, which can see him materially at odds with standard benchmark positioning. The fund is unconstrained and high-conviction. At the end of 2017, it had 46 per cent of its portfolio in China and a further 29 per cent in Korea. There were 64 holdings and the top 10 accounted for almost 38 per cent of assets. Stocks that have done well for the fund in recent years include Baidu, the 'Google of China', and Kepco, Korea's monopoly electricity generator, both of which Pines bought when they were out of favour. Both beat the market's pessimistic earnings expectations and came back into favour. Ben Willis, head of research at Whitechurch Securities, which has used this fund as a core part of clients' Asian equity exposure since 2015, says: 'Pines' skill as a stock-picker has seen him deliver significant alpha [outperformance] over the years.'
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|ASE Technology Holding Co Ltd||4.77 %|
|JD.com Inc ADR||4.35 %|
|Baidu Inc ADR||4.22 %|
|Clsa P-Note Wuliangye 'a||3.88 %|
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR||3.70 %|
|Kunlun Energy Co Ltd||3.55 %|
|PetroChina Co Ltd H||3.41 %|
|Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co Ltd||3.23 %|
|Hyundai Steel Co||3.16 %|
|Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp||2.88 %|
|Asia - Emerging||56.82 %|
|Asia - Developed||43.18 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||16.54 %|
|Basic materials||12.14 %|
|Financial Services||9.57 %|
|Consumer Defensive||5.31 %|
Jonathan Pines joined Hermes Fund Managers in March 2009 as Portfolio Manager responsible for Asia (ex Japan) within the Emerging Markets team and launched the Hermes Emerging Asia Strategy at the start of 2010. Previously he was a Fund Manager at RAB Capital and Analyst at Orbis Investment Advisory in London. Jonathan grew up in South Africa, where he was a partner at PKF Johannesburg, Chief Investment Officer of Akul Capital (South Africa) and held non-executive directorships of several listed and private South African companies. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, is a CFA charter holder and is a chartered accountant.
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