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BL American Small + Mid Caps

Equity funds

Data as of 10/06/2021

Risk level

Recommended investment horizon : > 10 years


Average annual performance since launch 16,48 %

Performance as at 10/06/2021

20180,87 %
201927,09 %
202026,28 %
Since 01/01/20219,38 %
Over the last 12 months34,89 %
Over 3 years67,62 %
Since launch133,90 %
Asset breakdown
Equities95,12 %
Cash4,88 %
Breakdown by currency
USD77,25 %
EUR21,15 %
CAD1,60 %
Main positions
Verisk Analytics Inc3,65 %
Jack Henry + Associates Inc3,19 %
Lamb Weston Holdings Inc3,00 %
Resmed Inc2,91 %
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd2,83 %


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 - 1st Quarter 2021

The first quarter of the year was dominated by rising bond yields and a value-led equity market rally. The two key drivers of this performance were the Democrat victory in Georgia at the start of the year, paving the way for massive further US fiscal stimulus, and the success of the vaccine rollout in the US. Small cap stocks, which tend to be more domestically focused, have performed particularly well. During this environment, the BL-American Small & Mid Caps Fund (retail share class capitalization net of fees in USD) underperformed its Benchmark, the MSCI US Small + Mid Cap NR USD Index, by 7,13%. In absolute terms, the fund showed a positive performance of 3,55%. During the quarter we initiated a new position in VeriSign. VeriSign plays a key role within the Internet infrastructure and is the sole authorized registry for several generic top-level domains, including the widely utilized .com and .net top-level domains. Additionally, the company operates two of the world's 13 root servers that are used to route Internet traffic. The key intangible asset VeriSign holds is the exclusive rights to .com and .net top-level domains. The .com and .net domains are the first and fifth most popular domains by market share (40% and 4%, respectively). VeriSign is granted exclusive rights to act as the registry for these domains by ICANN, the non-profit Internet protocol administrator. The contract runs for six years and has a "presumptive right of renewal" clause which renews for an additional six years assuming VeriSign maintains its service level agreements over the term of the contract. The presumptive right of renewal is key to VeriSign's wide moat, as the renewal process is not opened for bids by other entities as long as VeriSign abides by the existing contract. VeriSign has historically exceeded the service level agreements, which could specify downtime cannot exceed 15 minutes per year. The .com agreement runs through November 2024 and allows VeriSign to increase pricing by 7% each year in the final four years of the six-year agreement. Looking at the .net agreement, the deal runs through June 2023 and currently allows VeriSign to increase pricing by 10% each year of the agreement. We believe that VeriSign's strong operating history (over 21 years of continuous availability of the .net and .com domain name systems) makes it highly likely that it will continue to see its key contracts renewed. While projecting continued growth in .com and .net registrations (domain names have grown consistently over an extended period of time, with unit growth reaching 9% in good years, and moderating to 2% in difficult years), we think a risk remains that VeriSign will cede some market share in coming years as new top-level domains are introduced. However, we believe that VeriSign is in a strong defensive position as the importance of a .com registration is unlikely to diminish. Businesses are not willing to risk losing customers to save a nominal amount (less than $10 per year) on the .com domain registration. The top 5 contributors in the quarter were NIC (acquired by Tyler Technologies), Zebra Technologies, Tractor Supply, Middleby and CDW. The top 5 detractors were Checkpoint, Verisk Analytics, Chemed, Masimo and Resmed.

General information

Net Asset Value 
Calculated Every business day
NAV class B capitalisation shares (10/06/2021)234,62 USD
CODESISIN capitalisation code : LU1305478775
WKN capitalisation code : A1421A
Net assets (million)698,46 USD
Launch date13/11/2015

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