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Foord Equity Fund

For long-term investors in JSE-listed securities

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INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

The fund aims to outperform the FTSE/JSE Capped All Share Index over the long term, with lower risk of loss.

FOR SOUTH AFRICAN INVESTORS

  •    With a higher risk profile
  •    Seeking long-term growth over periods exceeding five years
  •    From a portfolio of JSE-listed equity, commodity and property stocks
  •    And able to withstand investment volatility in the short to medium term.

Performance

Returns
Year Fund Return % Benchmark Return % SA Inflation %
2002 (from 01/Sep) 5.3 -2.9 3.1
2003 22.4 16.1 0.3
2004 32.6 25.4 3.4
2005 49.5 47.3 3.6
2006 43.6 41.2 5.9
2007 14.2 19.2 8.9
2008 -18.5 -23.2 9.5
2009 32.3 32.1 6.3
2010 29.0 19.0 3.5
2011 9.8 2.6 6.1
2012 33.4 26.7 5.7
2013 30.0 21.4 5.4
2014 16.4 10.9 5.3
2015 2.9 5.1 5.2
2016 3.0 2.6 6.8
2017 5.4 21.0 4.7
2018 -12.2 -7.4 4.5
2019 5.9 10.5 4.0
2020 -0.3 6.5 3.1
2021 (to 30/Sep) 20.8 15.2 5.1

Characteristics
Benchmark

Total return of the FTSE/JSE Capped All Share Index.

Time horizon

Longer than five years.

Inception date

1 September 2002

Minimum investment

R50 000 lump sum or R1 000 per month

Significant restrictions

SA equity exposure between 80% and 100%, with balance invested in cash and oither JSE listed securities.

Income distributions

End-March and end-September each year.

Income characteristics

Low gross yield, similar to FTSE/JSE All Share Index dividend yield. Income distributions are reduced by the annual service charge, which varies with the relative performance of the fund against its benchmark.

Portfolio orientation

A portfolio of quality JSE shares that present compelling long-term investment value.

Risk of loss

High in periods shorter than one year. Lower in periods greater than three years.

Top 10
Security description Asset class Market Portfolio weight %
Aspen Equity ZA 8.9
Naspers "N" Equity ZA 8.8
BHP Group Equity ZA 6.6
FirstRand Equity ZA 5.9
Standard Bank Equity ZA 4.8
CF Richemont Equity ZA 4.2
Anglo American Equity ZA 4.0
Sasol Equity ZA 3.7
Anheuser-Busch Equity ZA 3.5
Prosus "N" Equity ZA 3.2
Commentary

Monthly Commentary – September 2021

  • Global equities (-4.1%) fell after seven straight months of gains—slowing global economic growth amid growing uncertainties around new COVID-19 variants, Evergrande contagion, energy supply issues in Europe and China, and global supply chain difficulties giving rise to higher inflation all dampened enthusiasm
  • Industrial commodities iron ore (-24.9%) and copper (-6.2%) fell on concerns of a slowdown in Chinese economic growth compounded by Chinese power supply constraints as oil (+7.6%), gas (+87.5%) and coal (+53.4%) rose sharply as alternatives—precious metals platinum (-4.8%), palladium (-22.6%), silver (-10.5%) and gold (-3.3%) moved lower on US dollar strength, with palladium impacted by continued auto production problems
  • The FTSE/JSE Capped All Share Index (-3.1% in rands) was dragged lower by another sharp fall in the resources sector (-9.3%) on lower precious metals prices in particular—industrials (-0.8%) also finished lower with financials (+2.1%) pulled up by select banks and life insurance companies
  • Fund outperformance was driven by the meaningful overweight allocation to healthcare (+16.4%) and the low allocation to commodity cyclicals (-7.8%) and precious metals miners (-12.8%)—the low weight to telecommunications stocks (+4.7%) via zero holding in large index stock MTN (+5.9%) was the only notable detractor
  • The longstanding investment in Aspen (+39.5%) rose sharply as the company continued to re-rate from an oversold position, as did the overweight allocation to Sasol (+27.4%) that was sharply higher on a surging oil price—stock selection in SA Inc. stocks continued to add value with quality mid-cap companies Omnia (+18.4%), Spurcorp (+12.0%) and Metair (+9.6%) all outperforming
  • The rand (-3.8% vs the US dollar) weakened on broad-based dollar strength and negative emerging market sentiment with investors now more actively positioning for a moderation of the prevailing accommodative US monetary policy and the subsequent rise in interest rates—the currency remains vulnerable as the short-term platinum group metals price terms of trade bonus starts to dissipate
Fees

The fee is a performance based fee that varies around the at-benchmark fee rate as disclosed on the fact sheet. The daily fee rate is adjusted up or down based on the portfolio’s one-year rolling return relative to that of its benchmark. Minimum fee rates apply.

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Using rand returns of Foord’s best investment view South African funds. ? In calculating the current value of your hypothetical investment, we have applied the returns of Foord Asset Management’s retirement fund track record from 1 January 1990 to 31 March 2008 (gross of fees) combined with the net returns of the Foord Flexible Fund of Funds from 1 April 2008. Any information provided is not intended nor does it constitute financial, tax, legal, investment, or other type of advice, and the suitability or potential value of any information or particular investment source is not guaranteed. Performance may be affected by changes in the market or economic conditions and legal, regulatory and tax requirements. Distributions may be subject to mandatory withholding taxes. Foord does not provide any guarantee either with respect to the capital or the performance return of investments.
Using US dollar returns of Foord’s best investment view global fund. ? In calculating the current value of your investment, we have applied the long-term returns of the Foord International Trust. These returns are calculated net of fees. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Foord Asset Management (Singapore) Pte. Limited disclaims any liability for any loss, liability, or damages (whether direct or consequential) of any nature whatsoever that may be suffered as a result of, or which may be attributable, directly or indirectly to the use of or reliance upon the information provided.
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