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The Fund is an open ended, unlisted unit trust investing predominantly in ASX listed companies. Hybrid, debt & unlisted investments are also considered. The Fund is focused on investing in growing or strategic businesses and generating returns that, to the extent possible, are less dependent on the direction of the broader sharemarket. The Fund may at times change its cash weighting or utilise exchange traded products to manage market risk.
Investments will primarily be made in micro-to-mid cap companies listed on the ASX. Larger listed businesses will also be considered for investment but are not expected to meet the manager's investment criteria as regularly as smaller peers.
The Fund's 12-month up-capture and down-capture ratios, 245% and 84% respectively, indicate that, on average, it has outperformed during both the market's positive and negative months over that period.
The Fund returned -5.29% over the June quarter. Top contributors included Geo (NZX: GEO) and iSelect (ISU). Key detractors included Scout Security (SCT) and 8Common (8CO). Equitable Investors noted that, after a catalyst rich run for the fund earlier in FY21, the June quarter was a quiet one as the Fund's big movers (both up and down) didn't have any significant news to drive them.
Value catalysts are what Equitable Investors are looking for and they hope to see triggers for re-ratings across a number of key holdings in the December half. Stepping back from the individual investments to the broader market, they've observed a wide gap between the valuation multiples of larger and smaller stocks. They expect investors will be enticed to look at smaller stocks in a world where large caps are priced at extreme levels based on a number of measures.