Data as of 11/08/2017

Risk level

Low

High

Recommended investment horizon : > 10 years

average annual performance since launch

9,59 %


Performance as at 11/08/2017

FUNDS
2014 6,90 %
2015 13,28 %
2016 -1,10 %
Since 01/01/2017 8,77 %
Over the last 12 months 9,27 %
Over 3 years 28,48 %
Since launch 53,36 %
Asset breakdown
Equities 94,93 %
Cash 5,07 %
Breakdown by currency
EUR 56,87 %
GBP 21,25 %
CHF 13,68 %
SEK 5,08 %
DKK 1,76 %
Others 1,35 %
Breakdown by region / by countries
United Kingdom 21,25 %
Germany 21,07 %
Switzerland 13,68 %
Belgium 11,35 %
Italy 6,40 %
Others 21,17 %
Main positions
Norma Group SE Namen 4,35 %
Loomis AB B 4,07 %
Britvic PLC 3,96 %
Ontex Group NV 3,87 %
Comet Holding AG 3,85 %

Investment objective and policy

BL-European Smaller Companies invests up to 80% of its net assets in shares of small and mid-cap European companies. The companies selected have high profitability due to exploiting their competitive advantage and offer favorable development prospects. In addition, they have a sound financial position and feature low levels of capital intensity. Management decisions will be based on strict valuation and quality criteria.

Management report - 2nd Quarter 2017

In the second quarter, the European markets made modest gains. The first two months were marked by strong rises. But towards the end of the quarter, June saw a correction. This contraction was prompted by a speech by ECB President, Mario Draghi. His remarks suggested that the monetary support that had been in place since the beginning of 2015 would no longer be needed to the same extent in the next few years. During the second quarter, the NAV of BL European Smaller Companies rose 3.24%, compared to 3.29% for the benchmark (MSCI Europe Small Cap). In the second quarter, the manager opened a new position in Royal Unibrew. The company operates mainly in Denmark, Finland and the Baltic countries and has found a niche among the major brewing groups. With a strategy based mainly on local brands, it is aiming to become established as a regional leader and avoid trying to compete with universal brewers like Heineken and Carlsberg. The company has a firm regional footing, a loyal customer base and a range of products to suit a variety of tastes. With its local brands, Royal Unibrew has successfully evolved as a regional craft brewer. Demand for craft beers has increased significantly in recent years. Royal Unibrew is set to reap the benefit of this trend with its vast range of craft beers. Alongside this investment, the manager also topped up the fund's investments in the following companies: Viscofan, Elior, Stabilus and Krones. No sales were made during the period.

General information

Net Asset Value 
Calculated Every business day
NAV class B capitalisation shares (11/08/2017) 153,05 EUR
NAV class A capitalisation shares (11/08/2017) 148,66 EUR
Latest dividend 1,34 EUR
Date of last dividend payment  01/02/2017
CODES Internal capitalisation code : 13890962
Internal distribution code : 13890913
ISIN capitalisation code : LU0832875438
ISIN distribution code : LU0832875354
WKN capitalisation code : A1J4V0
WKN distribution code : A1J4VZ
Net assets (million) 200,67 EUR
Launch date 20/11/2012

European tax regime

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Belgian tax regime

27% on dividends (distribution shares)

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