Monthly Updates

Antipodes Emerging Markets (Managed Fund)

ARSN 096 451 393 APIR IOF0203AU
MONTHLY REPORT | 31 October 2023

Key Takeaways

  • Higher government bond yields and an increase in geopolitical tensions in the Middle East resulted in risk-off sentiment in global equities over the month.
  • Asian equities were lower over the month, led by Japanese equities, whilst Chinese equities were also lower despite positive data and signs of more
    fiscal support.
  • The Antipodes Emerging Markets (Managed Fund) underperformed the benchmark over the month, however remains ahead over 12 months.

Commentary*

The combination of higher government bond yields and an increase in geopolitical tensions in the Middle East resulted in a risk off move in October. Global equities were negative for the month in USD/AUD terms, however were higher in NZD due to exchange rate impacts (-1.1%). Utilities, information technology and consumer staples outperformed whilst consumer discretionary, industrials and energy underperformed. US equities outperformed (-0.4%) with macroeconomic data highlighting resilience within the economy despite a higher-for-longer rate environment. Further, US treasury bonds fell due to fears of a forecast increase in treasury issuance. European equities underperformed as macroeconomic data disappointed (-1.9%), and central banks reinforced a higher-for-longer scenario.

Asian equities underperformed (-2.2%). Chinese equities were lower (-1.9%) despite positive economic data and more fiscal support. Continued property sector overhang in addition to the tighter US restrictions on firms exporting AI chips to China weighed on investor sentiment. Japanese equities underperformed globally and regionally (-2.7%) as the Bank of Japan tightened monetary policy in line with increasing inflationary data.

Elsewhere, Brent Crude (-8.3% in USD) was volatile but ended lower, Gold (+7.3%) was higher benefiting from a flight to safety, whilst the US Dollar (+0.5%) saw a marginal appreciation.

* Companies mentioned are illustrative only and not a recommendation to buy or sell any particular security.

Net performance (%)

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Returns are quoted in AUD and net of applicable fees, costs and taxes. All p.a. returns are annualised.
Please note the strategy of the Fund changed effective 1 October 2022. The Antipodes Emerging Markets (Managed Fund) was previously known as the Antipodes Asia Fund which targeted companies listed on Asian exchanges and derive revenue from Asia. As of 1 October 2022, the Fund invests in companies that are exposed to emerging markets or listed on emerging market stock exchanges.

Top & bottom sector contribution1,2 (%)

Top & bottom stock contribution (%)

Market cap exposure3 (%)

Band Long Benchmark
Mega (>$100b) 29.4 30.3
Large (>$25b <$100b) 20.6 27.3
Medium (>$5b <$25b) 34.1 35.7
Small (<$5b) 14.1 6.8

Sector exposure2 (%)

Regional exposure3,4,5 (%)

Top 10 equity longs3 (%)

Name Country Weight
Taiwan Semiconductor Taiwan 8.7
Samsung Electronics Korea 8.4
Tencent China/HK 4.1
Hyundai Motor Korea 4.0
MediaTek Taiwan 3.8
Kingdee International Software Group China/HK 3.6
KE Holdings China/HK 3.4
Sendas Distribuidora Brazil 3.2
Fomento Economico Mexicano Mexico 3.1
HDFC Bank India 2.9

Performance & risk summary 6 (%)

Fund Facts

wdt_ID Characteristics -

Fund features

  • Objective to achieve absolute returns in excess of the benchmark over the investment cycle (typically 3-5 years)
  • The Fund invests in companies that are exposed to emerging markets or listed on emerging market stock exchanges.
  • In the absence of finding individual securities that meet minimum risk-return criteria, cash may be held to maximum 25%
  • Flexibility to hedge for risk management purposes:
    • Currency exposure of the underlying stock position (net short currency position not permitted)
    • Equity market exposure via exchange traded derivatives (limited to 10% of NAV)
    • Leverage not permitted
  • This product is likely to be appropriate for a consumer seeking capital growth to be used as a small allocation within a portfolio where the consumer has a minimum investment timeframe of 5 years, and a high risk/return profile.

Fund ratings

Further information

1300 010 311
invest@antipodespartners.com

Australia head office

Antipodes Partners Limited
Level 25, Australia Square
Tower
264 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000

UK office

Antipodes Partners Limited
Suite 823
125 Old Broad Street
London EC2N 1AR UK

1 Based on gross returns in AUD
2 GICS classification
3 Call (put) options represented as the current option value (delta adjusted exposure)
4 Antipodes classification
5 Where possible, regions, countries and currencies classified on a look through basis
6 All metrics are based on gross of fee returns in AUD terms since inception. The upside/downside capture ratio is the percentage of benchmark performance captured by the fund during months that the benchmark is
up/down. Standard deviation is a measure of risk with a smaller figure indicating lower return volatility. The Sharpe ratio measures returns on a risk adjusted basis with a figure > 1 indicating a higher return than the
benchmark for the respective levels of return volatility.

Disclaimer

This communication is prepared by Antipodes Partners Limited (‘Antipodes’) (ABN 29 602 042 035, AFSL 481580) as the investment manager of the Antipodes Emerging Markets (Managed Fund) (ARSN 096 451 393) (‘the Fund’). Pinnacle Fund Services Limited (‘PFSL’) (ABN 29 082 494 362, AFSL 238371) is the product issuer of the Fund. PFSL is not licensed to provide financial product advice. PFSL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pinnacle Investment Management Group Limited (‘Pinnacle’) (ABN 22 100 325 184). The Product Disclosure Statement (‘PDS’) and Target Market Determination (‘TMD’) of the Fund are available via below links. Any potential investor should consider the PDS and TMD before deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold units in, the Fund.

Link to Product Disclosure Statement

Link to Target Market Determination

For historic TMD’s please contact Pinnacle client service Phone 1300 010 311 or Email service@pinnacleinvestment.com

This communication is for general information only. It is not intended as a securities recommendation or statement of opinion intended to influence a person or persons in making a decision in relation to investment. It has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Any persons relying on this information should obtain professional advice before doing so. Past performance is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of future performance. Options exposure represents the market downside. For put options (typically used to limit potential downside) delta-adjusted exposure is used and for call options (typically used to capture potential upside) exposure is calculated using the current option value. Unless otherwise specified, all amounts are in Australian Dollars (AUD).

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Zenith Disclaimer: The Zenith Investment Partners (‘Zenith’) (ABN 27 103 132 672, AFSL 226872) rating (assigned Antipodes Emerging Markets (Managed Fund) – November 2022) referred to in this piece is limited to “General Advice” (s766B Corporations Act 2001) for Wholesale clients only. This advice has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any individual, including target markets of financial products, where applicable, and is subject to change at any time without prior notice. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product(s). Investors should seek independent financial advice before making an investment decision and should consider the appropriateness of this advice in light of their own objectives, financial situation and needs. Investors should obtain a copy of, and consider the PDS or offer document before making any decision and refer to the full Zenith Product Assessment available on the Zenith website. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology, ratings definitions and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessments and at Fund Research Regulatory Guidelines.

Lonsec Disclaimer: The Lonsec Rating (assigned May 2022) presented in this document is published by Lonsec Research Pty Ltd (‘Lonsec’) (ABN 11 151 658 561, AFSL 421445). The Rating is limited to “General Advice” (as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) and based solely on consideration of the investment merits of the financial products. Past performance information is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of future performance. They are not a recommendation to purchase, sell or hold Antipodes products, and you should seek independent financial advice before investing in these products. The Ratings are subject to change without notice and Lonsec assumes no obligation to update the relevant documents following publication. Lonsec receives a fee from the Fund Manager for researching the products using comprehensive and objective criteria. For further information regarding Lonsec’s Ratings methodology, please refer to our website at  https://www.lonsec.com.au/fund-manager/investment-product-ratings.