AFM Fund Profile — Firetrail Absolute Return Fund

Fund & Manager Details

Key Facts

Fund Type: Single Discretionary/Quantitative: Discretionary
Strategy: Equity Market Neutral FUM (millions): AU$203m
Style: Blend Fund Inception Date: Since 14 March 2018
Geographic Mandate: Australia/Global Latest Return Date: March 2024
Fund Domicile: Australia Investor Type: Wholesale & Retail
Status: Open Reporting Status: Current

Manager Details and Fund Description

Manager: Firetrail Investments Total FUM for all funds: AU$1,098m
Manager Overview:
Firetrail is an investment management boutique founded in 2018. The firm was established with a goal to align our people with our clients. Importantly, the firm is majority owned by our investment staff and the team is invested alongside our clients in the investment strategies.

Pinnacle Investment Management Limited are partners and minority shareholders in the business.

Prior to establishing Firetrail, the portfolio management team including Patrick Hodgens, Blake Henricks and James Miller worked together at Macquarie for over a decade. The team were responsible for managing the Macquarie High Conviction Fund, which delivered 10.6% p.a. (after fees) from inception in November 2005 to October 2017.
Fund/Strategy Overview:
The Fund aims to provide investors with access to an actively managed equities portfolio predominately comprised of long positions and short positions in Australian listed securities and constructed using the Fund's net market neutral Investment Strategy.

Net exposure will typically be between -5% to +5% of the Fund's NAV (with a maximum of -30% to +30% of the Portfolio's NAV). The Fund's strategy provides investors with the opportunity to gain exposure to mispriced securities identified by Firetrail using fundamental, bottom-up research. The Fund will typically invest in 30 to 40 fundamentally driven long positions and approximately 100 short positions (20 to 30 fundamentally driven short positions and 70 to 80 risk positions).

The Fund is typically expected to be net market neutral. Firetrail will aim to achieve net market neutrality by ensuring that the Fund's exposure to long positions (securities held physically or via a derivative) is approximately equal to the Fund's exposure to short positions (a negative amount of securities held physically or via a derivative).

The Fund is permitted to invest in listed securities, pre-IPO securities, derivatives, cash and cash equivalent investments. Notwithstanding this broad mandate, the Fund is expected to be predominantly comprised of long positions and short positions in Australian listed securities with limited exposure to international listed securities and pre-IPO securities.

Firetrail Investments may use derivatives to hedge the overall exposure of the portfolio or leverage its exposure to particular investments. The Fund may use both exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives including options, futures, forwards, swaps, participatory notes and contracts for difference.
Other funds operated by manager:
Firetrail Australian High Conviction Fund, Firetrail Australian Small Companies Fund, Firetrail S3 Global Opportunities Fund, Firetrail S3 Global Opportunities Fund (Hedged)

Investment Details

Investment Terms

Minimum Investment: Minimum Additional Investment: Minimum Term: Investment Frequency:
AU$20,000 AU$5,000 Daily
Regular Savings Option: Regular Savings Min. Amount : Regular Savings Max. Amount : Regular Savings Freq.:
No N/A 
Redemption Notice: Redemption Frequency: Notes:
Daily
Distributions: Distribution Frequency: Last Distribution Date: Last Distribution Amount:
Yes 6 Monthly N/A

Structure

Offshore/Onshore: Fund Structure: Share Classes: Trustee/Responsible Entity:
Onshore Unit Trust AU$ Pinnacle Fund Services Limited
Administrator: Prime Broker: Custodian: Legal:
Citigroup N/A Citigroup N/A

Fund Fees

Management Fee: Performance Fee: High Water Mark: Hurdle:
1.5% 20% Yes RBA Cash Rate
Buy Spread: Sell spread: Early Redemption Fee: Fees Notes:
0.350% 0.350% No

Performance & Risk

Returns

Latest Return Date: Latest Result: Fund Inception Date: Annualised Return:
March 2024 4.58% 14 March 2018 -1.42%
Latest 3 Months: Latest 6 Months: Latest 12 Months: Latest 2 Years p.a.:
-1.92% -5.01% -0.20% -6.16%
Latest 3 Years p.a.: Latest 4 Years p.a.: Latest 5 Years p.a.: Latest 7 Years p.a.:
-7.00% 3.64% 1.71% N/A

Performance Statistics

% Positive Months (S.I.): Average Return: Average +ve Return: Average -ve Return:
45.21% -0.07% 2.69% -2.34%
Best Month: Worst Month: Up Capture Ratio (S.I.): Down Capture Ratio (S.I.):
12.64% -6.89% -4.40% -12.82%
Largest Drawdown (S.I.): Longest Drawdown (S.I.): Current Drawdown (%): Current Drawdown (Months):
-23.73% 35 months -20.24% 35 months

Risk

Annualised Standard Deviation (S.I.): Downside Deviation (S.I.): Sortino Ratio (S.I.): -
11.37% 7.97% -0.36 -
Sharpe Ratio (12 months): Sharpe Ratio (3 years): Sharpe Ratio (5 years): Sharpe Ratio (S.I.):
-0.44 -1.00 0.08 -0.20
Please note, Sharpe and Sortino ratios are calculated using the Australian Risk Free Rate

Ranking, Research & Availability

Fund Quintile in its Peer Group (Equity Alternative - Australia) as at March 2024

AFM's Quintile Rankings show performance and Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) of Firetrail Absolute Return Fund compared to a peer group of funds with a similar strategy and geographic mandate. Each green square places a fund in one quintile (or 20%) of its peer group - five indicating that the fund is in the top (best) quintile for the corresponding KPI.

As a reference point the equivalent "quintile" performance of the peer group's underlying market index is also indicated by the red dot.

1 Year
3 Year
5 Year
7 Year
Firetrail Absolute Return Fund
ASX200 Total Return

External Research and Ratings: As reported by each Fund Manager.

Lonsec: Highly Recommended, September 2021
Zenith: Highly Recommended, February 2021

Availability:As reported by each Fund Manager.

Available on Investment Platforms:
BT Wrap, HUB24, Macquarie Wrap, Netwealth, Asgard, IOOF, MLC Wrap, AMP MyNorth, BT Panorama, MLC Navigator, uXchange, Linear, Mason Stevens

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Fund Documents

Manager's Report

Product disclosure/IM

Target Market Determination



Fund Performance

Historical Performance (all figures shown here are net of fees unless otherwise stated)

Year Jan % Feb % Mar % Apr % May % Jun % Jul % Aug % Sep % Oct % Nov % Dec % YTD %
2024 -4.95 -1.33 4.58 N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R -1.92
2023 -3.94 1.32 1.17 -0.97 3.92 0.73 1.66 0.49 -0.79 -0.73 -2.90 0.47 0.19
2022 -0.12 0.11 -4.40 -1.39 -0.63 -3.59 -5.13 -2.01 1.16 -2.36 0.85 2.44 -14.33
2021 3.01 5.43 -0.02 0.86 -0.79 -6.48 -2.69 3.46 1.67 3.18 -1.30 -2.03 3.77
2020 -2.40 -0.47 -6.89 12.64 4.23 -2.38 5.78 1.42 4.28 -1.96 1.89 3.14 19.48
2019 1.56 -1.11 -0.02 0.76 -5.03 -1.58 3.08 3.45 -1.05 -0.48 0.48 4.94 4.72
2018 N/R N/R -0.63 -0.12 -6.36 -3.29 0.87 -5.10 3.66 -1.48 -1.42 -3.15 -16.11

Historical Financial Year Performance (all figures shown here are are percentage per month net of fees unless otherwise stated)

Year Jul % Aug % Sep % Oct % Nov % Dec % Jan % Feb % Mar % Apr % May % Jun % FYTD %
2023/2024 1.66 0.49 -0.79 -0.73 -2.90 0.47 -4.95 -1.33 4.58 N/A N/A N/A -3.73
2022/2023 -5.13 -2.01 1.16 -2.36 0.85 2.44 -3.94 1.32 1.17 -0.97 3.92 0.73 -3.17
2021/2022 -2.69 3.46 1.67 3.18 -1.30 -2.03 -0.12 0.11 -4.40 -1.39 -0.63 -3.59 -7.78
2020/2021 5.78 1.42 4.28 -1.96 1.89 3.14 3.01 5.43 -0.02 0.86 -0.79 -6.48 17.12
2019/2020 3.08 3.45 -1.05 -0.48 0.48 4.94 -2.40 -0.47 -6.89 12.64 4.23 -2.38 14.78
2018/2019 0.87 -5.10 3.66 -1.48 -1.42 -3.15 1.56 -1.11 -0.02 0.76 -5.03 -1.58 -11.72
2017/2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A -0.63 -0.12 -6.36 -3.29 -10.12