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BL European Family Businesses

Equity funds

Data as of 21/02/2020

Risk level

Low High
Recommended investment horizon : > 10 years


Average annual performance since launch 7,72 %

Performance as at 21/02/2020

2017 22,33 %
2018 -17,43 %
2019 21,20 %
Since 01/01/2020 -0,22 %
Over the last 12 months 11,58 %
Over 3 years 16,24 %
Since launch 26,98 %
Asset breakdown
Equities 95,93 %
Cash 4,07 %
Breakdown by currency
EUR 87,67 %
CHF 8,87 %
DKK 1,82 %
SEK 1,41 %
USD 0,24 %
Others 0,00 %
Main positions
Stroeer SE + Co KGaA 3,77 %
SEB SA 3,24 %
Societe Virbac SA 3,11 %
Fluidra SA 3,06 %
Robertet SA 3,01 %


Investment objective and policy

The BL-European Family Businesses fund invests in european equities regardless of market capitalisation. Companies are defined as family businesses if the person or family that founded the company or acquired the company's capital owns at least 25% of its shares, or if the family in question controls the business's strategy and operations. The portfolio structure is the outcome of the addition of individual investment opportunities rather than a replication of a market benchmark. The sub-fund's objective is long-term capital growth.

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 solid majority in parliament, a deal between London and Brussels looks more achievable than previously. The markets subsequently rebounded sharply, with UK stocks leading the field. Another positive factor was confirmation that the United States and China had reached a trade agreement. During the period, the MSCI Europe Net Return index was up 5.7% and the MSCI Europe SMID Cap Net Return gained 11.7%. The BL European Family Businesses portfolio rose by 7.8%. The main contributions to performance came from Belimo, Bossard, Robertet, Datalogic and Lectra. Bossard's share price rallied after the publication of better-than-expected third quarter sales figures. Belimo, which is benefiting from structural growth in demand for energy efficiency and security systems in the construction industry, saw its share price climb after it announced the launch of its sensor activities and very strong performance in its other segments. Lectra, world leader in the design and manufacture of soft-material cutting systems for the automotive industry, demonstrated its resilience in a difficult context. In contrast, the portfolio's performance was undermined by Abéo, Groupe SEB, Sodexo, Savencia and STEF. Their shares all suffered from disappointing results or earnings forecasts with the deterioration of their end markets. Sodexo was dented by suspicions of a cartel in the restaurant-voucher market. During the quarter, De'Longhi, Biesse, Sodexo, Renishaw, Brembo, Fromagerie Bel, Savencia, FILA spa and Swatch were sold in order to concentrate the portfolio on the strongest convictions.

General information

Net Asset Value 
Calculated Every business day
NAV class B capitalisation shares (21/02/2020) 126,98 EUR
CODES Internal capitalisation code : 29290624
ISIN capitalisation code : LU1305479153
WKN capitalisation code : A1421F
Net assets (million) 106,66 EUR
Launch date 06/12/2016

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