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Artemis European Opportunities Fund

All data as at 28 February 2017 except where specified
  • Summary
  • About the fund
  • Performance (class R)
  • Performance (class I)
  • Composition
  • Key facts
  • Investment insights
  • Literature
  • How to invest

The fund’s aims

The aim of the fund is to achieve long term growth from investments principally in European equities, excluding the UK.

Current prices and yield
(class R)

As at noon, 22 March 2017
Bid price (acc units)92.39p
Bid price (dist units)88.75p
Offer price (acc units)97.47p
Offer price (dist units)93.64p
Historic yield (acc units)0.62%
Historic yield (dist units)0.61%

Investment information
(class R)

Minimum lump sum investment£1,000
Ongoing charge (acc units)1.60%
Ongoing charge (dist units)1.60%

The initial charge is currently waived. The ongoing charge includes the annual management charge of 1.5% and is shown as at the date of the Key Investor Information Document (KIID), where a full explanation of the fund's charges can be found.

Fund managers’ update

The European equity market traded higher in February. Yields on both German and US government bonds backed away from their recent highs. However, concerns that the prospect of Marine Le Pen winning the French election had become slightly less remote, helped to push yields on French bonds higher.

However, concerns that the prospect of Marine Le Pen winning the French election had become slightly less remote, helped to push yields on French bonds higher.

The fund, meanwhile, had its fair share of good results. These included CTS Eventim (Europe’s biggest online ticket seller), DKSH (which helps other companies to grow their business in Asia), SES (satellites), Amundi (Europe’s biggest asset manager), Intrum Justitia (debt collection/purchase) and Grand Vision (the optical retailer). We even had a takeover approach (albeit short-lived) for Unilever and an activist shareholder asking for three seats on the board of GAM (despite having a stake of just 2.1%).

It wasn’t all good news, however. Metro, whose two businesses - cash & carry and electronics retailing - will soon become two separate quoted entities, produced disappointing numbers. So did Orkla, the Nordic food manufacturer whose offering includes toothpaste tubes of fish roe.

As is often the case, we weren’t overly active in February. We took the opportunity to reduce our holding in Unilever on the day that Kraft Heinz made its approach. We are still overweight - but less so than we were. Kraft’s approach may yet galvanise Unilever’s management into bringing its costs more into line with those of Kraft’s streamlined business (a shining example). We shall see. As we awaited the outcome of Roche’s trial on the use of Perjeta in combination with Herceptin we trimmed our holding in the Swiss healthcare stock to neutral (it is highly unusual for us to have an equal weight). In the event, the news was good.

We added two new stocks to the fund over the month. Ireland’s Kerry Group makes ‘taste solutions’ (flavours) and food products. In a world where the biggest food producers are being pressured by smaller and more nimble competitors, we prefer to be invested in a company that sells products to both. We also bought Vopak, which provides storage for bulk liquids such as oils and chemicals. Investors were disappointed by its guidance on profits for 2017 as well as by its payout ratio, sending the stock 7% lower. Over the course of its 400-year history, the company has shown a unique expertise in adapting its terminal network to constantly changing flows in commodities. It has been very successful in developing terminals in new markets and, as a result, its cashflows have grown by 10% per annum in the last decade. At the current price, the shares trade on a multiple of less than 15x earnings and yield roughly 3%. This it too cheap to ignore and we will show some patience.

Looking ahead, the prospect of elections in the Netherlands and France is keeping a lid on Europe’s relative performance. Will investors be looking back in two months’ time and thinking that this was a buying opportunity? We think so. Our fund trades on roughly a 10% premium to the market’s historic price-to-earnings ratio (we use historic earnings so as not to have to rely on leaps of faith). For that (small) premium we think investors get healthier growth in earnings over the longer term than that offered by the market and a trailing yield that is only 0.4% lower.

21 December 2016

Buying the dips …

Many investors are getting carried away with the idea of reflation and this is creating distortions in the market. A rich environment for stockpickers, say Mark Page and Laurent Millet.

Value of £1,000 invested at launch to 28 February 2017

Value of £1,000 invested at launch to 28 February 2017

Data from 28 October 2011. Source Lipper Limited, accumulation units, bid to bid in sterling to 28 February 2017. All figures show total returns with dividends reinvested.

Asset allocation

Asset allocation

Source: Artemis as at 28 February 2017. Please note figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Percentage growth (class R)

12 months to 31 December13.4%10.8%-0.1%26.0%23.3%
12 months to 28 February20.5%1.6%4.6%15.2%21.2%
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. All figures show total returns. As the fund was launched on 28 October 2011, complete five year performance data is not yet available.

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About the fund

The Artemis European Opportunities Fund invests in a focused portfolio of high-quality European stocks. The fund’s managers, Mark Page and Laurent Millet, take a longer-term view of a company’s potential returns than most investors. Together, Mark and Laurent have built an enviable record of outperforming in both up and down markets.  

  • A focus on excellence:  Europe is abundant with world-class companies. The managers believe that investing in European companies with sustainable competitive advantages will deliver superior returns over the long term – provided their shares are bought for the right price.
  • Experienced team:  the Artemis European Opportunities team is experienced and stable. Mark Page has over 20 years’ investment experience and has worked with Laurent Millet since 2007.
  • A flexible approach: while the team focus on investing in Europe’s highest-quality companies at a fair price, if they identify prime companies that are under-priced, they will invest opportunistically in stocks that are too cheap to ignore.
  • Disciplined process: a disciplined approach to stock selection and portfolio construction means that the fund holds no more than 60 stocks at any one time. This limit ensures every holding works hard to earn and retain its place.

Reasons to consider

The fund may be suitable for investors looking for:

  • exposure to quality European companies
  • the potential for long-term capital growth
  • experienced fund managers with a good track record

Introducing the fund

Mark Page introduces the Artemis European Opportunities Fund and outlines how he and fellow manager Laurent Millet make investment decisions.

Risk considerations

Before making an investment, investors should consider the level of risk they’re comfortable taking with their money.

  • This fund invests mostly in larger European companies, primarily substantial, stable businesses. The managers carefully scrutinise companies before investing, looking for those that will deliver good returns over the longer term.
  • Investors should be aware, though, that the usual risks of investing in stocks and shares apply – companies and stockmarkets can go through periods of turbulence and the value of your investment can go up and down.
  • This fund’s ‘SRRI’ risk rating, a measure of how volatile the fund’s performance has been over time, is currently 6, in a range of 1 (lower risk) to 7 (higher risk).

More detailed information on fund risks is included in the ‘risk warnings’ section below.

Risk warnings

To ensure you understand whether this fund is suitable for you, please read the Key Investor Information Document, which is available, along with the fund’s Prospectus, from

The value of any investment, and any income from it, can rise and fall with movements in stockmarkets, currencies and interest rates. These can move irrationally and can be affected unpredictably by diverse factors, including political and economic events. This could mean that you won’t get back the amount you originally invested.

The fund’s past performance should not be considered a guide to future returns.

The fund may have a concentrated portfolio of investments. This can be more risky than spreading investments over a larger number of companies.
The fund may use derivatives (financial instruments whose value is linked to the expected price movements of an underlying asset) for investment purposes, including taking long and short positions, and may use borrowing from time to time. It may also invest in derivatives to protect the value of the fund, reduce costs and/or generate additional income. Investing in derivatives also carries risks, however. In the case of a ‘short’ position, for example, if the price of the underlying asset rises in value, the fund will lose money.

The fund may invest in the shares of small and medium-sized companies. Shares in smaller companies carry more risk than larger, more established companies because they are often more volatile and, under some circumstances, harder to sell. In addition, information for reliably determining the value of smaller companies – and the risks that owning them entails – can be harder to come by.

The historic yield reflects distribution payments declared by the fund over the previous year as a percentage of its mid-market unit price. It does not include any preliminary charge. Investors may be subject to tax on the distribution payments that they receive.
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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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