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Artemis Pan-European Absolute Return Fund

All data as at 31 January 2017 except where specified
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The fund’s aims

The fund aims to achieve a positive return over the longer term, notwithstanding changing market conditions, investing principally in the shares of companies listed, quoted or traded in Europe, including the UK.

Current prices and yield
(class I)

As at noon, 24 February 2017
Mid price (GBP hedged acc shares)117.96p
Historic yield (GBP hedged acc shares)0.10%

Investment information
(class I)

Minimum lump sum investment£250,000
Ongoing charge (GBP acc hedged shares)1.00%

The initial charge is currently waived. The ongoing charge includes the annual management charge of 0.75% and is shown as at the date of the Key Investor Information Document (KIID). A performance fee is charged as 20% of any outperformance of the share class against the greater of the LIBOR 3 month index (in the relevant currency) or zero. A full explanation of the fund's charges can be found in the KIID.

Fund manager’s update

After a strong finish to 2016, European markets paused for breath in January. The fund, meanwhile, continued to build on its recent progress. Yields on 10-year German bunds doubled, albeit to just 44 basis points. These are hardly elevated levels but indicate that the lows are probably behind us and that yields will track higher alongside US Treasuries. Indications are that economic growth and business confidence across Europe are improving, which is likely to be helpful for the region’s equity markets.

Our best-performing sector was industrials, with gains spread across a number of positions. Materials also did well, thanks in large part to our holding in Rio Tinto.

The more cyclical areas of the market tended to perform rather better in January. The main exception to this was the energy sector and the fund’s holdings in this area were the biggest detractors from its performance. Considering how well many of these stocks have performed, we won’t complain too much about this small setback which we viewed as an opportunity to add to our positions. The fundamental outlook for demand is looking increasingly healthy. Our best-performing sector was industrials, with gains spread across a number of positions. Materials also did well, thanks in large part to our holding in Rio Tinto.

Other notable contributors in the long book included Swatch, Commerzbank and Adecco. The main disappointment came from clothing retailer Next, which seems to be struggling with online shoppers’ increasing tendency to buy clothes from brand consolidators. We don’t see enough value in the share price to wait for a response so have sold our position.

The start of the results season brought a number of profit warnings. The fund’s short book has been a beneficiary, with two of its short positions (one in media, one in support services) warning. In a nervy environment, investors don’t have much patience for underperforming companies and their stock prices are likely to fall. This means shorting should continue to add value.

14 February 2017

Paul Casson: Opportunities short and long …

A pick-up in European growth is leading to a strong recovery in the earnings of cyclical stocks. Meanwhile, there is a rotation out of defensive stocks. Paul Casson, manager of the Artemis Pan European Absolute Return Fund, talks to Artemis’ Vik Heerah about his current strategy.

Value of £1,000 invested at launch to 31 January 2017

Value of £1,000 invested at launch to 31 January 2017

Data from 14 July 2014. Source Lipper Limited, class I GBP hedged accumulation shares, mid to mid in sterling to 31 January 2017. All figures show total returns with dividends reinvested.

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Percentage growth (class I)

20162015201420132012
12 months to 31 December5.1%14.0%n/an/an/a
20172016201520142013
12 months to 31 January9.6%10.9%n/an/an/a
Please remember that past performance is not a guide to the future. Source: Lipper Limited, accumulation units, bid to bid in sterling. All figures show total returns with dividends reinvested. As the fund was launched on 14 July 2014, complete five year performance data is not yet available.

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About the fund

The Artemis Pan-European Absolute Return Fund is an equity ‘long/short’ fund. It aims to deliver a positive return over a rolling three-year period, irrespective of changing market conditions.

To achieve this, it combines a traditional portfolio of ‘long’ European stocks (where the manager expects a company’s share prices to rise) with a portfolio of ‘short’ positions (where he aims to make money from an anticipated fall in a share’s price).

This long/short structure allows manager Paul Casson to use his stock-picking skills to profit from falling, as well as rising, share prices. The fund aims to deliver returns with significantly less volatility than stockmarkets overall. The fund's holdings are well diversified across 60 to 100 'long' and 60 'short' positions in carefully researched companies. 'Short' positions are attained using a mechanism known as contracts for difference (CFDs), which allow the manager to speculate on expected falls in share prices.

In considering investment opportunities across the European market, he combines analysis of 'big picture' economic and market themes and trends to help determine where earnings growth (or reduction) might occur, and detailed accounting investigation to enable a clear understanding of the strengths (or weaknesses) of companies prior to investing.

The result is a more complex fund than those that buy shares solely with a view to them growing in value over time. With complexity comes increased investment risk.

  • A larger opportunity set: long-only funds can seek to profit only from shares that are likely to rise. But this fund's structure looks to profit from falling, as well as rising, share prices.
  • Proven investment process: the fund’s approach is based on a pan-European strategy with a proven performance record.
  • Flexible approach: the manager takes a flexible, practical approach to stock-picking, adapting the fund's investment style across ups and downs in the economy and stockmarkets.

Introducing the fund

Manager Paul Casson exlains the Artemis Pan-European Absolute Return Fund’s positioning and strategy.

Reasons to consider

The fund may be suitable for investors looking for:

  • positive returns in falling as well as rising markets
  • capital growth over the long-term
  • a fund which uses complex and technical investment instruments to achieve its objectives

The fund’s current SRRI rating is 5.

Risk warnings

THIS INFORMATION IS FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS ONLY and should not be relied upon by retail investors.

There is no guarantee that the fund will achieve a positive return over the longer term or any other time period and investors' capital is at risk.

The fund will use derivatives to meet its investment objective, to protect the value of the fund, to reduce costs and with the aim of profiting from falling prices.

The fund may hold large cash deposits.

The costs and benefits of currency hedging transactions will apply to hedged shares.

Artemis Fund Managers Limited is entitled to a performance fee per share.

The additional expenses of the fund are currently capped at 0.25%. This has the effect of capping the ongoing charge for the class I shares issued by the fund at 1%. Artemis reserves the right to remove the cap without notice.

Any research and analysis in this communication has been obtained by Artemis for its own use. Although this communication is based on sources of information that Artemis believes to be reliable, no guarantee is given as to its accuracy or completeness.

Any forward-looking statements are based on Artemis’ current expectations and projections and are subject to change without notice.

Issued by Artemis Fund Managers Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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