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BL American Smaller Companies

Equity funds

Data as of 21/02/2020

Risk level

Low High
Recommended investment horizon : > 10 years


Average annual performance since launch 13,74 %

Performance as at 21/02/2020

2017 20,59 %
2018 0,87 %
2019 27,09 %
Since 01/01/2020 2,82 %
Over the last 12 months 16,69 %
Over 3 years 49,04 %
Since launch 73,24 %
Asset breakdown
Equities 92,95 %
Cash 7,05 %
Breakdown by currency
USD 97,53 %
CAD 2,19 %
EUR 0,28 %
Main positions
Resmed Inc 3,77 %
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd 3,27 %
Lamb Weston Holdings Inc 3,09 %
Church + Dwight Co Inc 2,87 %
Clorox Co 2,53 %


Investment objective and policy

BL-American Smaller Companies invests up to 80% of its assets in shares of American companies with a market capitalization below 20 billion USD. Selected companies have a well-defined business model with a clear market strategy. The fund invests in companies with a strong competitive advantage, showing a sustainable superior return profile and generating high and consistent levels of free-cash flow. In combination with a solid financial situation. Investment decisions are based on strict valuation and quality criteria.

Management report - 4th Quarter 2019

Last Christmas, the markets gave investors a fright. This year, to save us from tears, the central banks gave us something special. Equity markets delivered fantastic returns in 2019. Several factors helped drive equities higher in the final quarter of the year. The pick-up in the service sectors, and the resilience of overall employment to the weakness in manufacturing, has helped restore market confidence that a recession is not imminent. The fourth quarter also saw significant political risks avoided, at least for now. US tariffs on China were scheduled to increase on 15 December but a phase one trade deal avoided that outcome and provided a significant relief for equity markets. In this environment the BL-American Smaller Companies Fund (retail share class capitalization net of fees in USD) underperformed its Benchmark, the MSCI US Small + Mid Cap NR USD Index, by 0,71%. In absolute terms, the fund showed a positive performance of 6,74%. There were no outright sales or purchases made in the quarter. The top 5 contributors in the quarter were Align Technology, Lamb Weston, Resmed, CDW and Cognex. The top 5 detractors were Ball, Church & Dwight, Welbilt, Middleby and Idexx Laboratories.

General information

Net Asset Value 
Calculated Every business day
NAV class B capitalisation shares (21/02/2020) 173,78 USD
CODES Internal capitalisation code : 29339088
ISIN capitalisation code : LU1305478775
WKN capitalisation code : A1421A
Net assets (million) 341,20 USD
Launch date 13/11/2015

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