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 30 Jul 2021
Month End Unit Price
As at 30 Jun 2021
The New Zealand Equity market delivered a modestly positive return over the June quarter, lagging the very strong returns of both the Australian and Global equity markets. NZ is seeing a very strong economic recovery in line with its global counterparts, driven by an employment recovery, government stimulus and low interest rates.
However, the ways to gain direct exposure to that backdrop in the listed NZ market are constrained by our preponderance of defensive and healthcare exposed sectors. Tourism exposed stocks also lagged the market as international travel resumption continues to be deferred, whilst A2 Milk struggled after providing disappointing earnings guidance as it attempts to clear excess inventory.
The Forsyth Barr New Zealand Equities fund delivered a gross return of 3.13% in the quarter ending June 2021, compared to the fund’s market index return of 0.86%.
We have now lapped the worst of the Covid-19 induced economic lockdowns, and stock performance is being driven by the anticipation and delivery of stronger earnings outcomes than expected just 6 to 9 months ago.
Key contributors to outperformance over the quarter were overweight positions in Refining NZ, Kathmandu and Contact Energy, assisted by underweights in Auckland Airport and Ryman Healthcare. Major detractors to performance included overweight positions in My Food Bag and Tower, and an underweight in Arvida.
The New Zealand economy, fiscal accounts and debt levels have recovered from the Covid-19 shock quicker and more powerfully than all commentators expected. This is leading to increases in both short and long term interest rates as the extraordinary measures the Reserve Bank took to offset the shock are no longer required. Inflation is rising towards the Reserve Bank’s target range.
Global growth and supply disruptions are also boosting export prices for many NZ export commodities, whilst a lack of international travel has spurred residential construction. This provides a strong back drop for continued earnings recovery, provided companies have the ability to pass on rising input costs such as materials and labour. Despite the roll out of vaccinations world-wide, global tourism is lagging our prior expectations and companies exposed to that theme are still in an earnings downgrade cycle.
China is a potential risk factor, as its economy is already slowing (it recovered from Covid-19 much quicker than western economies) at the same time as it is imposing trade barriers on some products.
As at 30 Jun 2021
|Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited||10.20%|
|Spark New Zealand Limited||7.01%|
|Contact Energy Limited||6.47%|
|Fletcher Building Limited||5.42%|
|Ebos Group Limited||4.47%|
|Meridian Energy Limited||4.32%|
|SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited||3.55%|
|Auckland International Airport Limited||3.44%|
|Major holdings as % of total portfolio||54.98%|
|Total portfolio holdings||48|
Performance over time
As at 30 Jun 2021
|1 Month||3 Months||1 Year||3 Years||Since commenced operation|
|Net Fund Return||1 Month 2.71%||3 Months 2.73%||1 Year 14.99%||3 Years 11.55%||Since commenced operation 11.77%|
|Gross Fund Return||1 Month 2.88%||3 Months 3.13%||1 Year 17.00%||3 Years 13.81%||Since commenced operation 14.08%|
|S&P/NZX 50 Gross with Imputation Index||1 Month 2.79%||3 Months 0.86%||1 Year 11.21%||3 Years 13.16%||Since commenced operation 12.22%|
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 30 June 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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