Data as of 19/10/2017

Risk level



Recommended investment horizon : > 10 years

average annual performance since launch

11,16 %

Performance as at 19/10/2017

2014 ---
2015 ---
2016 9,51 %
Since 01/01/2017 12,48 %
Over the last 12 months 16,03 %
Over 3 years ---
Since launch 22,60 %
Asset breakdown
Equities 92,71 %
Cash 7,29 %
Breakdown by currency
USD 99,97 %
EUR 0,03 %
Breakdown by region / by countries
USA 90,85 %
Israel 1,85 %
Main positions
Resmed Inc 3,43 %
Tractor Supply Co 3,07 %
International Flavors + Fragrances Inc 2,87 %
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc 2,83 %
Clorox Co 2,74 %

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 2016

The political storm that began in the UK with the June referendum result hit the US in November with the surprising victory of Donald Trump in the presidential election. After the result, investor focus quickly shifted to what a Trump administration will seek to achieve. The potential for deregulation, tax cuts and infrastructure spending boosted equity markets during the last quarter of the year. In this environment small caps hit new all-time highs and outperformed large caps by a very wide margin. Most of the small cap gains came from value stocks. In the fourth quarter of the year the Fund BL American Smaller Companies underperformed the Reference Index, the MSCI US Small + Mid Cap NR USD Index, by 3,51%. In absolute terms the fund showed a positive performance of 1.17%. During the 4th quarter we sold the entire position of WhiteWave Foods as Danone agreed to buy the company in an all-cash transaction. We further sold the position of Boston Beer, as the company reported another weak quarter with rising competition for shelf space and finally we sold Whole Foods, as we expect comps to remain negative in FY17 together with further margin pressure, as other retail chains are trying to grab a bigger share in this attractive category. On the other hand we initiated a position in Campbell Soup, who is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of branded convenience food products, most notably soup. We also bought Dr Pepper Snapple Group, an integrated brand owner, bottler, and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages. We further bought Manitowoc Foodservice, a leading global supplier of commercial foodservice equipment, Edwards Lifesciences, that designs, manufactures, and markets a range of medical devices and equipment for advanced stages of heart disease and lastly C.R. Bard, that designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of medical, diagnostic, and surgical devices that are primarily intended for one-time use.

General information

Net Asset Value 
Calculated Every business day
NAV class B capitalisation shares (19/10/2017) 122,98 USD
CODES Internal capitalisation code : 29339088
ISIN capitalisation code : LU1305478775
WKN capitalisation code : A1421A
Net assets (million) 172,77 USD
Launch date 13/11/2015

European tax regime


Belgian tax regime


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