Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders Sustainability Fund Class I EUR Dist

Investment objective and policy

The Fund aims to grow your investment.

The Fund invests at least 70% of its assets in shares of companies based in or having significant operations in the Asia Pacific region excluding Japan. The Fund invests in shares of large and mid-sized companies in the region. These companies generally have a total stock market value of at least US$1 billion. The Fund will not invest more than 50% of its assets in China A Shares. The Fund invests in shares of high quality companies which are positioned to benefit from, and contribute to, the sustainable development of the countries in which they operate. Investment decisions around high quality companies are based on three key points: (i) Quality of management. (ii) Quality of the company including its social usefulness, their environmental impacts and efficiency and responsible business practices. (iii) Quality of the company's finances and their financial performance. Sustainability is a key part of the approach. The Fund may invest up to 10% in other funds. The Fund may use derivatives to reduce risk or to manage the Fund more efficiently.

Fund information (as at 31/03/2021)

Fund launch date 18 February 2019
Share class launch date 18 February 2019
Fund size (€m) 906.7
Benchmark MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan Net Index
Number of holdings 42
Fund manager(s) David Gait & Sashi Reddy
Minimum investment €1000/€500 subsequent
Initial charge 0%^
Ongoing charges^^ 1.54%
Share type Distributing
Sedol BFY85N2
ISIN IE00BFY85N21
Research rating** Morningstar®:Silver

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Performance

Discrete annual performance (% in EUR) to 31/03/2021

Period 12 months to 31/03/21 12 months to 31/03/20 12 months to 31/03/19 12 months to 31/03/18 12 months to 31/03/17
Fund return 46.1 -12.8 11.4 -2.5 15.3
Benchmark return 48.1 -13.3 5.7 5.0 25.9

Discrete annual performance (% in EUR) to 31/03/2021

Fund return

12 months to 31/03/21
46.1
12 months to 31/03/20
-12.8
12 months to 31/03/19
11.4
12 months to 31/03/18
-2.5
12 months to 31/03/17
15.3

Benchmark return

12 months to 31/03/21
48.1
12 months to 31/03/20
-13.3
12 months to 31/03/19
5.7
12 months to 31/03/18
5.0
12 months to 31/03/17
25.9

Cumulative performance (% in EUR) to 31/03/2021

Period 3 months 6 months 1 year 3 years 5 years 10 years Since launch
Fund return 5.0 18.6 46.1 41.9 59.5 150.9 211.3
Benchmark return 6.9 22.1 48.1 35.8 79.5 122.1 172.3

Cumulative performance (% in EUR) to 31/03/2021

Fund return

3 months
5.0
6 months
18.6
1 year
46.1
3 years
41.9
5 years
59.5
10 years
150.9
Since launch
211.3

Benchmark return

3 months
6.9
6 months
22.1
1 year
48.1
3 years
35.8
5 years
79.5
10 years
122.1
Since launch
172.3

These figures refer to the past. Past performance including simulated past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. For investors based in countries with currencies other than EUR, the return may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. The past performance shown here includes fees, any reinvested income and tax.

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Holdings and breakdowns as at 31/03/2021

Top ten holdings

Stock name % Stock name %
Mahindra & Mahindra 5.3 HDFC 4.7
CSL 5.3 Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) 4.4
Hoya 5.1 Tech Mahindra 3.9
Tata Consultancy Services 5.0 Dr. Reddy's Laboratories 3.4
Unicharm 4.9 Techtronic Industries 3.2

Sector breakdown

Country breakdown

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Literature

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Risk and reward profile

The synthetic risk reward indicator (the SRRI) rating is not a measure of the risk of you losing your investment but describes how much the value of the Fund went up and down in the past.

The SRRI rating is based on historical data which may not be a reliable indication of the future risks and rewards of the Fund. We cannot guarantee that the rating of the Fund will remain the same: it may change over time.

Even the lowest rating 1 does not mean a risk free investment.

On a scale of 1 (less risky) to 7 (more risky), this Fund has a rating of 5 due to its past performance and the nature of its investments. Shares with a rating of 5 might have a higher risk, but also higher returns. Risk is taken in order to make a higher potential return; the more risk a fund takes, the higher the potential return but the greater the risk of loss.

The value of investments and any income from them may go down as well as up and is not guaranteed. Investors may get back significantly less than the original amount invested.

The Fund may also experience the following risks:

Emerging market risk: Emerging markets tend to be more sensitive to economic and political conditions than developed markets. Other factors include greater liquidity risk, restrictions on investment or transfer of assets, failed/delayed settlement and difficulties valuing securities.

Currency risk: The Fund invests in assets which are denominated in other currencies; changes in exchange rates will affect the value of the Fund and could create losses. Currency control decisions made by governments could affect the value of the Fund's investments and could cause the Fund to defer or suspend redemptions of its shares.

Single country / specific region risk: investing in a single country or specific region may be riskier than investing in a number of different countries or regions. Investing in a larger number of countries or regions helps spread risk.

For further information on risks, please refer to the Risk Factors section in the Company prospectus.

Investment should be made on the basis of the Prospectus and Key Investor Information Document. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of any of our funds for your investment needs, please seek independent financial advice.

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Important information

 

These figures refer to the past. Past performance including simulated past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. For investors based in countries with currencies other than EUR, the return may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. The past performance shown here includes fees, any reinvested income and tax.

The Share Class launched on 18 February 2019. The fund performance shown in the tables above includes simulated performance based on actual performance between 24 February 2010 and 14 February 2019 of an equivalent fund, the Class A Euro Distributing of Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders Fund, a sub-fund of First Sentier Investors ICVC, a UK-based investment fund. From 18 February 2019, it shows the performance of Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders Fund, class I Distributing Euro a sub-fund of First Sentier Investors Global Umbrella Fund plc.

All performance data for the Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders Sustainability Fund Class I (Distributing) EUR as at 31 March 2021. Source for fund - Lipper IM / Stewart Investors. Performance data is calculated on a net basis by deducting fees incurred at fund level (e.g. the management fee and other fund expenses), save that it does not take account of initial charges or switching fees (if any). Income reinvested is included on a net of tax basis. Source for benchmark - MSCI, income reinvested net of tax. Since inception performance figures have been calculated from 24 February 2010.

Country Classification
The fund aims to invest in companies listed in, incorporated in, or earning the greater part of their revenues or profits in Asia Pacific ex-Japan markets. The Japan exposure shown in the Country Breakdown represents companies that are listed on the Japanese Stock Market, but produce the majority of their revenues or profits in Asia Pacific ex-Japan markets.

^ An initial charge of up to 5% may be levied in certain circumstances, including on regular savings plans and may be remitted as commission to an intermediary.

^^ The ongoing charge figure (OCF) is calculated on the same basis as for the Key Investor Information Document and represents the charges you will pay over a year for as long as you hold your investment and may vary from year to year. The OCF is made up of the annual management charge and additional expenses, but excludes portfolio transaction costs. For further information about charges and costs please visit  https://www.firstsentierinvestors.com/uk/en/private/charges-overview.html.

** This does not constitute an investment recommendation and is not indicative of future results. Methodology available on rating provider's website.

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