Factsheet: LF Morant Wright Nippon Yield B Acc

Japanese Equities

Rated Fund 2013-2018. Taps into growing Japanese dividend culture

LF Morant Wright Nippon Yield made it into the Money Observer awards roll of honour for the first time in 2017, taking the Highly Commended Japan fund gong. This is one of the few Japan funds with an income orientation. At just over 2 per cent, it has one of the highest yields in the sector. It pays income half-yearly.

We also like the fund group's pure focus on investing in Japan. The fund's six-strong team, led by company founders Stephen Morant and Ian Wright, say they are value investors. When choosing their investments, of which there are around 70 in the portfolio, they start by looking at the company balance sheet, searching for companies with the potential to grow over the long term without undue risk. But although income and income growth over the long term are the managers' primary objectives, capital protection is also a cornerstone of the approach.

The managers regularly meet Japanese companies, and have commented on the welcome improvement in corporate governance. They noted recently that interest from private equity investors is helping to highlight the value in Japanese companies. Importantly from their perspective, the trend towards increased dividends and share buybacks seems to be continuing in Japan and as a result they are optimistic about the outlook for the fund.

Narrative and ratings content all as of 01 January 2018.

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LF Morant Wright Nippon Yield B Acc
Morant Wright Management Ltd (Link)
Open Ended Investment Company
1.19 %
Risk Rating
3 Year Sharpe
3 Year Alpha
2.1 %
The objective of the Fund is principally longer term income growth whilst preserving and growing the capital value through diversifi ed investment in Japanese equities and related instruments (convertible bonds and warrant bonds).There may be times in light of adverse conditions when the investment manager will wish to hold positions in collective investment schemes, money market instruments and warrants.
Holding %
FUJI Media Holdings Inc 2.89 %
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc 2.80 %
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc 2.74 %
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc 2.69 %
Tokio Marine Holdings Inc 2.57 %
Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd 2.52 %
Tokai Rika Co Ltd 2.43 %
MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Inc 2.40 %
Toyota Motor Corp 2.37 %
Honda Motor Co Ltd 2.36 %
Region %
Japan 100.00 %
Sector %
Consumer Cyclical 34.41 %
Industrials 24.27 %
Financial Services 20.53 %
Basic materials 9.31 %
Technology 9.02 %
Morant Wright Management Ltd (Link)
EC2V 7NQ, London, United Kingdom
Legal Structure
Open Ended Investment Company


Denis Clough
Joined 03/15/2010

Clough joined Schroders in 1983 as a senior analyst researching Japanese companies and the economy, and began managing the Schroder Tokyo Fund in 1985. In 1987 Clough was seconded to Schroders in Japan and returned to London at the end of 1989. Clough now manages Japanese equity portfolios for institutional funds. Clough is a Director of SIM International.

Andrew Millward
Joined 03/02/2009

Millward is fund manager at Morant Wright Management Limited . He joined the firm in March 2009.Mr. Millward is a C.F.A. charter holder. He holds an honours degree in Economics and Management from University of Oxford.

Stephen Morant
Joined 09/29/2008

Stephen Morant jointly founded Morant Wright Management in 1999. Previously he was a partner of Cazenove & Co. with overall responsibility for Japanese business. He joined Cazenove & Co. in 1978, becoming a partner in 1982. Between 1978 and 1984 he managed the Hong Kong office, which covered Asia generally, and returned to London in 1984 to concentrate on Japan. Previously he worked as an accountant in both industry and private practice. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a Member of the Securities Institute.

Richard Phillips
Joined 09/29/2008
Tom Mermagen
Joined 09/29/2008
Ian Wright
Joined 09/29/2008

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