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BL European Smaller Companies

Equity funds

Data as of 21/02/2020

Risk level

Low High
Recommended investment horizon : > 10 years


Average annual performance since launch 8,88 %

Performance as at 21/02/2020

2017 15,02 %
2018 -11,75 %
2019 28,27 %
Since 01/01/2020 0,55 %
Over the last 12 months 16,02 %
Over 3 years 24,26 %
Since launch 84,57 %
Asset breakdown
Equities 96,66 %
Cash 3,34 %
Breakdown by currency
EUR 56,66 %
GBP 13,94 %
CHF 12,27 %
SEK 11,08 %
DKK 3,10 %
Others 2,94 %
Main positions
Amplifon SPA After Split Post Frazionamento 6,20 %
Carl Zeiss Meditec AG 5,97 %
Loomis AB B 4,61 %
Nibe Industrier AB B 3,89 %
CompuGroup Medical SE 3,78 %


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 - 4th Quarter 2019

The 4th quarter of 2019 saw a strong rebound in equity market prices in Europe. The markets were buoyed by Boris Johnson's victory in the UK's general election. With a strong majority in parliament, a deal between London and Brussels looks more achievable than previously. The markets then rebounded strongly, with UK stocks leading the field. Another positive factor was confirmation that the United States and China had reached a trade agreement. The benchmark index (MSCI Europe Small Cap Net Return EUR) gained 11.74% over the quarter. BL European Smaller Companies (retail accumulation share net of fees) was up 11.96%. The three biggest contributors were Mycronic (Sweden), Nibe Industrier (Sweden) and Comet (Switzerland). Their share price increases were mainly boosted by the publication of very good figures for the first nine months of the year. Stratec (Germany), Applus (Spain) and Interpump (Italy) came in at the other end of the scale. These three companies have seen a slowdown in activity since the start of the year. In a tense economic climate at the beginning of the year, their clients preferred to wait and delayed some of their orders. The entire investment in Elior was sold in October. After a lukewarm operating performance over the last few quarters and a fiercer competitive environment, the investment case started to unwind. The investments in Fevertree, De'Longhi, Draegerwerk, Compugroup and Applus were increased.

General information

Net Asset Value 
Calculated Every business day
NAV class B capitalisation shares (21/02/2020) 184,20 EUR
NAV class A capitalisation shares (21/02/2020) 178,00 EUR
Latest dividend 0,04 EUR
Date of last dividend payment  07/02/2020
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) 202,88 EUR
Launch date 20/11/2012

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