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Artemis High Income Fund

All data as at 28 February 2017 except where specified
  • Summary
  • About the fund
  • Performance (class R)
  • Performance (class I)
  • Composition
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The fund’s aims

The fund aims to achieve an above average level of income together with the prospect of rising income and some capital growth over the longer term.

Current prices and yield
(class R)

As at noon, 30 March 2017
Bid price (quarterly dist units)79.59p
Offer price (quarterly dist units)84.66p
Distribution yield (as at 28 Feb 17)5.6%
Underlying yield (as at 28 Feb 17)4.3%

Investment information
(class R)

Minimum lump sum investment£1,000
Ongoing charge (quarterly dist units)1.32%

The initial charge is currently waived. The ongoing charge includes the annual management charge of 1.25% 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 manager’s update

With economic data from most areas of the global economy remaining stronger than expected, the seemingly relentless rise of ‘risk assets’ (such as equities and high-yield bonds) continued in February. Interest rates in the US now look almost certain to rise at the next Federal Reserve meeting. During the month we again saw the impact of political uncertainty. Volatility rose in French assets as the looming presidential election created concerns about a potential victory for Marine Le Pen, dampening the French equity market and creating demand for German government bonds despite the strong economic backdrop. However, the star performers among government bonds were UK gilts. While some of their outperformance can be explained by increased concerns about a slowing economy in the face of Brexit, the extent of the move is somewhat puzzling - particularly given the Bank of England’s gilt purchases are due to conclude in the middle of March.

The UK equity market shrugged off its torpid start to the year by registering a gain of 3.1% in February.

That the fund performed well in February was partly thanks to a very strong month for high yield and partly due to the continued outperformance of financials. We took advantage of the strength in risk assets to sell Dollar Financial Group, which has continued to suffer from changes to the regulatory environment for lending. While the new issue market was busy, that was mainly among higher-rated, lower-yielding bonds - so we only participated in a junior bond from Verallia, a packaging company with a coupon of 8.25%. In addition we took a new position in the French retailer IKKS. It has come under pressure the last couple of quarters because of poor fashion ranges, but with a change of designers and a traditionally strong brand we believe the yield is attractive given the turnaround potential.

The UK equity market shrugged off its torpid start to the year by registering a gain of 3.1% in February. As gilt yields fell there was some rotation into defensive equities, supported by the surprising - but short-lived - bid for Unilever.

Aside from a small reduction in Ashmore and an addition to Legal & General, the only transaction of note was the purchase of Nordea (a Swedish financial services group operating in the Nordic and Baltic region). It has an attractive yield and we see the current negative interest rates as an anomaly given the underlying inflation and growth rates in the region. Nordea has already generated decent returns but higher interest rates would be a significant help.

04 November 2016

Alex Ralph: The return of inflation …

Alex Ralph, manager of the Artemis High Income Fund, considers the implications of rising inflation on bond markets, but is still finding opportunities in financials and high yield.

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

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

Data from 9 September 2002, when Artemis took over management of the fund. Source Lipper Limited, quarterly distribution units, bid to bid in sterling to 28 February 2017. All figures show total returns with interest 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)

20162015201420132012
12 months to 31 December7.1%1.6%4.8%13.1%22.3%
20172016201520142013
12 months to 28 February13.9%-5.5%5.6%11.2%20.0%
Please remember that past performance is not a guide to the future. Source: Lipper Limited, quarterly distribution units, bid to bid in sterling. All figures show total returns with interest reinvested.

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About the fund

The Artemis High Income Fund combines bonds with higher-yielding equities to produce a yield greater than that of the Artemis Income Fund. As such, the High Income Fund is essentially a bond fund with a smaller equities component.

So the fund looks to achieve higher than average yield, combined with the prospects of rising income and some capital growth over the longer term.

  • Experience counts: manager Alex Ralph and the Artemis income team have many years’ collective experience of managing equity and bond funds. Their prudent approach makes them sound custodians of your money.
  • Proven record: the fund has delivered a healthy yield and significant capital growth since Artemis took over its management in 2002, applying the same successful investment approach that has served the Artemis Income Fund so well.
  • Balancing risk and reward: at present, low interest rates have underpinned demand for high-yield bonds, driving up their value and sending their yields steadily lower. The managers are aware that these conditions will change – so they are prudent in their search for income.
  • An attractive regular income: the fund combines bonds and higher-yielding equities with the aim of providing its investors with an attractive source of income. Investors can choose to have income paid quarterly or monthly.

Reasons to consider

The Artemis High Income Fund may be suitable for investors seeking:

  • an attractive source of income with the potential for capital growth
  • a fund that takes a higher level of risk than a ‘corporate bond’ fund but has the potential to provide a higher yield
  • a fund that invests predominantly in UK fixed-interest and preference shares

Introducing the fund

Adrian Frost explains how more about the fund.

Risk considerations

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

  • Higher-yielding bonds, in which the fund partly invests, are often issued by less creditworthy companies. Because they carry a higher level of risk, they usually pay a higher rate of income but also have a higher chance of not being paid, which would reduce the capital value of your investment.
  • Investors should be aware that the usual risks of investing in shares and bonds also apply. Companies, bond issuers and stockmarkets can go through periods of turbulence and the value of your investment can fall. Bonds can also be affected  by wider economic factors such as interest rates and inflation.
  • This fund’s ‘SRRI’ risk rating, a measure of how volatile the fund’s performance has been over time, is currently 3, 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 artemis.co.uk.

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.

Because one of the key objectives of the fund is to provide income, the annual management charge is taken from capital rather than income. This can reduce the potential for capital growth.

The fund may invest in fixed-interest securities. These are issued by governments, companies and other entities and pay a fixed level of income or interest. These payments (including repayment of capital) are subject to credit risks. Meanwhile, the market value of these assets will be particularly influenced by movements in interest rates and by changes in interest-rate expectations.

The fund may invest in higher yielding bonds, which may increase the risk to your capital. Investing in these types of assets (which are also known as sub-investment grade bonds) can produce a higher yield but also brings an increased risk of default, which would affect the capital value of your investment.
The fund holds bonds which could prove difficult to sell. As a result, the fund may have to lower the selling price, sell other investments or forego more appealing investment opportunities.

The distribution yield is an estimate of the income that you might expect to receive from your investment over the forthcoming year as a percentage of the fund’s mid-market unit price. It does not include any preliminary charge. Investors may be subject to tax on any distributions they receive. The underlying yield is calculated in the same way as the distribution yield, but is net of charges and therefore lower than the distribution yield.

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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