New Zealand Equities Fund
The fund aims to achieve positive long-term returns by investing in selected New Zealand shares, subject to the risks associated with investments in share markets.
AS AT 4 May 2021
Month End Unit Price
As at 31 Mar 2021
Most equity markets delivered positive returns during the quarter, with New Zealand being the exception. Overall, the positive market dynamic was helped by better than expected company earnings, increasing confidence in the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, and a strong outlook for global growth due to the substantial level of fiscal stimulus being deployed by policy makers.
New Zealand equities had a positive return in March but still ended down for the quarter. Higher interest rates continued to impact negatively on the defensive dividend stocks. Weakness in large companies such as A2 Milk and the electricity retailers also helped drag the index down over the quarter.
The Forsyth Barr New Zealand Equities Fund decreased by -3.53% (gross of fees and tax) in the quarter ending March 2021, outperforming the reference index by 0.35%. This brings the 12 month return to 31.48% (gross of fees and tax), a period which begins just post the COVID-19 market low, outperforming the reference index by 2.55%.
Key contributors during the quarter under review included our overweight positions in Skellerup Holdings, Warehouse Group, Tower, EBOS Group, Vista Group, Fletcher Building, and our underweight position in Meridian Energy. Key detractors to performance included an overweight position in Contact Energy, a2 Milk, and Z Energy, and underweight positions in Auckland International Airport and dual listed Australian banks.
As we enter the second quarter of the year we have reason to remain cautiously optimistic. Those countries that have had successful starts to their vaccine programmes have shown the rest of the world how effective vaccines are in controlling the rate of infection and hospital admissions. Some countries are already starting to re-open their economies more widely than others. While there is still a long way to go, with many challenges remaining around the supply and distribution of vaccines for the whole world in the race against mutations and new variants, the signs so far look positive.
Long-term interest rates are rising because the growth outlook is a lot more positive and this is contributing to a lift in inflationary expectations. We regard this as a positive development for some sectors. Company earnings have been better than expected in many sectors and the earnings outlook should continue to be revised higher.
As at 31 Mar 2021
|Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited||11.01%|
|Spark New Zealand Limited||6.63%|
|Contact Energy Limited||5.57%|
|The a2 Milk Company Limited||5.56%|
|Ebos Group Limited||5.06%|
|Fletcher Building Limited||5.04%|
|Meridian Energy Limited||4.91%|
|Auckland International Airport Limited||3.68%|
|Major holdings as % of total portfolio||58.40%|
|Total portfolio holdings||46|
Performance over time
As at 31 Mar 2021
|1 Month||3 Months||1 Year||3 Years||Since commenced operation|
|Net Fund Return||1 Month 2.53%||3 Months -3.99%||1 Year 29.34%||3 Years 13.36%||Since commenced operation 11.77%|
|Gross Fund Return||1 Month 2.84%||3 Months -3.53%||1 Year 31.48%||3 Years 15.69%||Since commenced operation 14.10%|
|S&P/NZX 50 Gross with Imputation Index||1 Month 2.92%||3 Months -3.87%||1 Year 28.93%||3 Years 15.65%||Since commenced operation 12.40%|
The unit prices shown do not take into account any adjustment for PIE tax.
Net Fund Returns are calculated after deduction of fund charges, trading expenses and accrued tax for a New Zealand resident paying individual tax at the highest Prescribed Investor Rate (28%). Gross Fund Returns are calculated before deduction of taxes and fund charges but after deduction of trading expenses and including imputation credits where applicable. Market index returns do not have any deductions for fund charges, trading expenses or tax.
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As at 31 March 2021
This document tells you how the Forsyth Barr New Zealand Equities Fund has performed and what fees were charged. The document will help you to compare the fund with other funds.
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The risk indicator is rated from 1 (low) to 7 (high). The rating reflects how much the value of the relevant fund’s assets goes up and down (volatility). A higher risk generally means higher potential returns over time, but more ups and downs along the way. The risk indicator is based on the returns data for the five years to 31 March 2021. See more information about the risks of investing in the Product Disclosure Statement.
Target investment mix
|Cash and cash equivalents||5.00%|
|New Zealand fixed interest||0.00%|
|International fixed interest||0.00%|
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