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BL Equities Japan

Equity funds

Data as of 21/02/2020

Risk level

Low High
Recommended investment horizon : > 10 years


Average annual performance since launch 11,42 %

Performance as at 21/02/2020

2017 22,93 %
2018 -13,49 %
2019 18,77 %
Since 01/01/2020 -5,68 %
Over the last 12 months 3,30 %
Over 3 years 17,27 %
Since launch 113,85 %
Asset breakdown
Equities 97,00 %
Cash 3,00 %
Breakdown by currency
JPY 84,80 %
EUR 10,99 %
USD 2,56 %
CHF 1,65 %
Main positions
SECOM Co Ltd 2,88 %
Sysmex Corp 2,81 %
Asahi Group Holdings Ltd 2,55 %
Bridgestone Corp 2,40 %
Pigeon Corp 2,37 %


Investment objective and policy

BL-Equities Japan invests in Japanese equities with no restriction with regard to market capitalization. The investment philosophy of the fund is based on the principles of "business-like investing". This approach implies that the fund manager considers every investment like a stake in a business with a long-term investment horizon. This means that he is on the look-out for quality companies with a tangible competitive advantage that results in high levels of profitability and strong potential for free cash flow generation. Such investments are likely to create long-term value for shareholders. Great importance is also attached to company valuation. The fund only invests in a company when its share price provides a safety margin compared to its intrinsic value. The structure of this fund is not linked to a benchmark index, but results from the addition of individual investment opportunities. The fund aims to achieve long term capital gains.

Management report - 4th Quarter 2019

The Japanese market enjoyed a very favourable fourth quarter and the MSCI Japan NR index gained 8.2% over the period. Investor sentiment remained bullish, especially after the progress made in the US-China trade negotiations. The NAV of BL Equities Japan B Cap (retail accumulation share, net of fees) was up 9.0%. The main reason for this good performance was the publication of positive news from a series of individual companies. Toshiba Plant Systems & Services rose sharply after its parent company Toshiba announced its intention to buy out minority shareholders and delist. The shares of Z Holdings (formerly Yahoo Japan) also surged after its parent company, Softbank, announced its intention to merge Yahoo Japan with the operator of the messaging app Line. Within the portfolio, the fund manager opened two new lines: Fuji Seal International, which provides packaging and labelling solutions for consumer and pharmaceutical products, and clothing retailer United Arrows. On the sales side, largely for valuation reasons, the fund manager sold the holding in Mandom, a male cosmetics company, and Minebea Mitsumi, manufacturer of electronic parts. The shares of Fujitsu and Toshiba Plant & Services were sold after they had reached their target sale price. Asics, sports equipment manufacturer, was sold for valuation reasons and due to ongoing uncertainties over its core business.

General information

Net Asset Value 
Calculated Every business day
NAV class B capitalisation shares (21/02/2020) 213,85 EUR
CODES Internal capitalisation code : 13974055
ISIN capitalisation code : LU0887931292
WKN capitalisation code : A1KCRH
Net assets (million) 550,07 EUR
Launch date 01/03/2013

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