Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. - Class X

Profile

Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. (KEHDF) offers a diversified portfolio of European listed companies with an expected dividend yield of 2.75% at the time the company purchased for the first time. KEHDF invests in companies that are listed or do business in geographical Europe including Eastern Europe and Russia. The portfolio contains around 55 investments, which are approximately equally weighted.

KEHDF primarily aims to generate a better long-term total return than the MSCI Europe Total Return Index (net dividends reinvested), comprising capital gains plus net dividends. This index consists of about 500 companies in 15 countries.

KEHDF pays its dividend on a quarterly basis and aims to pay all the received net dividends to the shareholders. Share class X will only be available for distributors who submit orders on behalf of their clients, and who have been selected by the management company.

Management team

Jorik van den Bos, Joris Franssen, Joost de Graaf, Dimitri Willems, Luc Plouvier

Performance per 2019-08-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2019-08-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month -3.3 % -1.4 %
3 months -0.1 % 3.2 %
This year 6.5 % 14.9 %
2016 3.5 % 2.6 %
2017 11.0 % 10.3 %
2018 -7.8 % -10.6 %
1 year (on annual basis) -2.2 % 2.4 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 4.9 % 6.3 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 3.1 % 4.7 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 1.4 % 1.4 %
The results shown of the periods before 7 September 2016, the inception date of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. class X, are those of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. class N. Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges and including the reinvestment of dividend that has been paid out. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The dividend distribution of KEHDF (ex-date 01-08-2018) is included in the NAV per 31 July 2018 and is therefore included in the performance figures of July.
More information can be found on the documents page of this fund

Key figures

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Total fund size
EUR 537.03 M 2019-08-31
Share class size
EUR 58.34 M 2019-08-31
Number of shares
8,850,640 2019-08-31
Net Asset Value i
EUR 6.96 2019-09-20
Transaction price i
EUR 6.95 2019-09-20
Morningstar rating â„¢
Morningstar Analyst rating
Silver

Fund characteristics per 2019-08-31

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  Fund Benchmark
Number of holdings 52 441
Dividend yield i 5.44 % 3.68 %
Weighted average market capitalization i EUR 40,695 M EUR 71,623 M
P/E ratio i 11.00 14.09
Active share i 82.82 %
Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. (the Fund). KCM is authorised as a management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Fund is registered under the license of KCM at The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents are available on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds). The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Market developments per 2019-08-31

So far, 2019 has been a challenging year for KEHDF, the strategy has not been able to keep pace with the strong performance of the market and also lags the dividend universe. With increased uncertainty about the economic development it seems that investors are searching for safety and earnings visibility. Investors are finding this visibility in two groups of companies. Firstly, there are the growth companies where investors are expecting continued growth, independent of economic developments. Secondly, there are the ‘defensives’ such as consumer staples, companies where the underlying business is less impacted by the economic cycle. Cyclical companies on the other hand are eschewed. This has resulted in a further increase in the valuation dispersion, which was already high at the start of the year.

Although we can see the rationale behind the search for safety, the price you pay (valuation) for this (perceived) safety is extremely high at the moment. In our view the low expected returns do not provide sufficient compensation, even taking into account the lower business risk. The high valuations in these parts of the market provide no margin of safety for disappointment, and hence are riskier than investors might think. Therefore we have only limited exposure to these two groups of companies.

On the other hand, within the more cyclical end of the market quality companies are sold off as investors are concerned about the short-term earnings development. We are willing to take a longer-term view, and always assess the earnings power of a company over the cycle rather than just the next two years. Because of this we currently find opportunities in quality companies that trade at a significant discount to their over the cycle earnings potentials. The discount provides us with a large margin of safety, and because of this we are willing to accept somewhat lower short-term visibility. The higher expected returns compensate for taking this ‘risk’. By spreading the portfolio across multiple of these opportunities with various underlying drivers also avoid concentration risk in the portfolio.

Portfolio developments per 2019-08-31

The Kempen European Dividend strategy follows a disciplined valuation approach. We assess companies based on long-term earnings power and seek a margin of safety in the price we pay when we select our investments. For almost 13 years, we have used this clear investment framework that requires a minimum dividend yield of 2.5% to ensure a portfolio with a high-income component and protection against overvalued companies. This approach has led to a strong long-term track-record, and we believe it will pay-off in the future as well.

The strong dispersion in valuation offers a unique opportunity. The Kempen European Dividend strategy trades at an exceptional valuation discount versus the market. Historically, this has led to a strong relative performance on the medium-term. Also the absolute valuation of the Kempen European Dividend strategy is compelling. In summary, the current environment offers the opportunity to buy a well-diversified portfolio with solid earnings power at an attractive valuation.

KEHDF also had negative stock selection this month, particularly within financials, energy and industrials. In financials, banks continued to perform poorly as the interest rate environment got worse for them (with sometimes even negative long-term rates). In particular AIB Bank and Sydbank were weak in August. Within energy, Wood Group was weak. Although it repeated its full year outlook and announced an important disposal (resulting in reaching its deleveraging target), we were surprised that the shares kept drifting down during the month. Within industrials Valeo performed poorly without specific news, although the automotive sector was hit by renewed US-China trade tariff news. We often even see that companies that report in line of repeat their outlook, see their share prices fall as they are in ‘unloved’ sectors.

KEHDF now has a forward yield of around 5.5%.
Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. (the Fund). KCM is authorised as a management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Fund is registered under the license of KCM at The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents are available on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds). The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Performance per 2019-08-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2019-08-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month -3.3 % -1.4 %
3 months -0.1 % 3.2 %
This year 6.5 % 14.9 %
2016 3.5 % 2.6 %
2017 11.0 % 10.3 %
2018 -7.8 % -10.6 %
1 year (on annual basis) -2.2 % 2.4 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 4.9 % 6.3 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 3.1 % 4.7 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 1.4 % 1.4 %
The results shown of the periods before 7 September 2016, the inception date of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. class X, are those of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. class N. Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges and including the reinvestment of dividend that has been paid out. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The dividend distribution of KEHDF (ex-date 01-08-2018) is included in the NAV per 31 July 2018 and is therefore included in the performance figures of July.

Dividends

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Distributing
Yes
Last dividend
EUR 0.09
Ex-date last dividend
2019-08-06
Number of distributions per year
4
Dividend calendar
The dividend distribution of KEHDF (ex-date 01-08-2018) is included in the NAV per 31 July 2018 and is therefore included in the performance figures of July.

Risk analysis (ex post) per 2019-08-31

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  3 years Since inception
Maximum drawdown i -9.85 % -56.33 %
Tracking error i 2.99 % 3.01 %
Information ratio i -0.47 -0.00
Beta i 0.96 0.93
Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. (the Fund). KCM is authorised as a management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Fund is registered under the license of KCM at The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents are available on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds). The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Top 5 contribution (2019-08-31)

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  Contribution i Performance i
Hennes & Mauritz -B- 0.22 % 10.23 %
Unilever 0.21 % 8.72 %
Enel 0.14 % 6.37 %
Ahold Kon. 0.13 % 5.58 %
Danone 0.10 % 3.90 %

Bottom 5 contribution (2019-08-31)

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  Contribution i Performance i
Wood Group -0.65 % -26.77 %
AIB Group -0.46 % -25.74 %
Sydbank A/S -0.29 % -19.09 %
ING Groep -0.25 % -11.31 %
Valeo -0.25 % -12.54 %

Geographic allocation (2019-08-31)

23.8 %
United Kingdom
14.1 %
France
12.1 %
Netherlands
7.8 %
Germany
6.9 %
Switzerland
6.2 %
Sweden
4.9 %
Russia
4.5 %
Portugal
4.0 %
Norway
3.6 %
Italy
2.3 %
Cash
9.8 %
Overig
Total
100 %

Top 10 holdings (2019-08-31)

2.6 %
Danone
2.6 %
GlaxoSmithKline
2.5 %
Unilever
2.5 %
Nokia
2.4 %
Roche Holding
2.4 %
Hennes & Mauritz -B-
2.3 %
Swatch
2.3 %
Galp Energia
2.3 %
Lukoil (US)
2.3 %
Enel
Total
24.3 %

Sector allocation (2019-08-31)

25.1 %
Financials
13.3 %
Consumer goods
12.1 %
Oil & gas
11.4 %
Consumer services
8.7 %
Telecommunications
8.3 %
Basic Materials
7.9 %
Utilities
5.0 %
Health Care
3.4 %
Industrials
2.5 %
Technology
2.3 %
Other
Total
100 %
The cash position is included in ‘Other’.
Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. (the Fund). KCM is authorised as a management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Fund is registered under the license of KCM at The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents are available on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds). The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Ongoing charges

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Management fee i
0.40 %
Service fee i
0.15 %
Expected ongoing charges i
0.55 %
Ongoing charges last financial year i
0.50 %
The Ongoing Charges Figure of the last financial year relates to 2017/2018.

The service fee is determined annually on basis of the net asset value as of the last day of the previous financial year:
< or equal to EUR 200 million: 0.20%
Between EUR 200 million and EUR 700 million: 0.15%
>EUR 700 million: 0.10%
The service fee has been increased by 0.05% as of 1 October 2018. The expected ongoing charge factor of Fiscal Year 2018/2019 is therefore also increased by 0.05%.

Performance fee

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Potential performance fee
0 % - 0.20 %
Current performance fee
0 % per August 2019
Performance fee last financial year
0.03 %
The level of the performance fee is determined on a montly basis, based on the performance relative to the benchmark and does not exceed 0,20%.

Other costs

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Upward swing factor i
0.30 %
Downward swing factor i
0.15 %
As of 14 January 2019 the swing factor has been adjusted from 0.40%/0.15% to 0.30%/0.15%.
Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. (the Fund). KCM is authorised as a management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Fund is registered under the license of KCM at The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents are available on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds). The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Share class details

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Share class
X
Investor type
Institutional & Private
Distributing
Yes
Benchmark i
MSCI Europe Total Return Index (calculated in Euro)
Investment category
High Dividend Equity
Universum
European equities
Inception date
2016-09-06
Domicile
The Netherlands
May be offered to all investors in
The Netherlands
UCITS status i
Yes
Status
Open-end i
Base currency
EUR
Share class currency
EUR
Administrator
BNP Paribas Securities Services S.C.A.
Management company
Kempen Capital Management N.V.
Depositary and custodian
BNP Paribas Securities Services S.C.A.
Morningstar rating â„¢
Morningstar Analyst rating
Silver

Tradability

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Listed
no
Subscription/Redemption Frequency
Daily
ISIN i
NL0011843164
Details
Orders must be submitted via Vestima.
Class X of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. will only be available for orders submitted via the Vestima platform. Share class X will only be available for distributors who submit orders on behalf of their clients, and who have been selected by the management company.
Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. (the Fund). KCM is authorised as a management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Fund is registered under the license of KCM at The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents are available on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds). The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.
Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. (the Fund). KCM is authorised as a management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Fund is registered under the license of KCM at The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents are available on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds). The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Kempen's vision & mission

Kempen Capital Management is an asset manager that believes in stewardship and investment focusing on the long-term for the benefit of all stakeholders. Value creation is at the heart of the services we provide to our clients. We believe that being an engaged shareholder on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and retaining a long-term focus, is critical to helping our clients to preserve and create sustainable wealth that has positive real world impact and economic returns.

Kempen wide approach to responsible investment

We are committed to create sustainable alpha. The four pillars of our ESG-policy are:

  • ESG integration: Ensuring sustainability risks and opportunities are adequately considered in our investment analysis and processes.

  • Exclusion & avoidance: Not investing in companies involved in controversial activities or conduct.

  • Active ownership: Being responsible stewards of our clients’ capital and using our influence through engagement and voting to improve corporate behaviour on specific ESG issues and achieve positive change

  • Positive impact: Investing with an objective to achieve positive real world outcomes and impact, such as contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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To put our mission and vision into practice we engage with our investee companies on a wide array of strategic, financial, and ESG topics. As an active owner we use our influence to improve our investee companies’ ESG performance.  This helps us address some of the most pressing and important sustainability issues facing business and the world. Our focus themes for engagement are: human rights, labour rights, climate change and governance.

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Through collaboration with other investors and industry think tanks we contribute to the development of principles and standards of corporate responsibility both at sector levels, as well as investee company level.Â

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Our full voting records are available here.

Our fund approach to responsible investment

Kempen’s ESG policy is fully implemented in our fund’s investment process across the three relevant pillars of:  Exclusion, Integration and Active ownership.

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1. Exclusion

The fund follows the clear and transparent exclusion framework developed by Kempen. According to the framework the fund currently excludes companies involved in the production of controversial weapons and tobacco. Furthermore, the strategy avoids investments in companies that structurally violate ESG criteria, with no willingness to improve. In total 13 companies are excluded from the fund’s European equity universe.

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2. ESG integration

ESG criteria are an integral part of the investment process. The aim is to incorporate material ESG issues in our fundamental analysis. This means that portfolio managers perform an in-depth analysis of ESG data and material ESG risks and reflect them in the assumptions used in the valuation assessment. For example, as demonstrated in the chart on the right side, the ESG impact forms part of our Earnings Power Value (EPV) valuation model.

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3. Active ownership: Engagement

The aim of the engagements our fund participates in is to use our influence as a shareholder to encourage the companies we invest in to improve policies and practices in specific ESG issues. A successful engagement reduces the ESG risk and as a result unlocks value in the interest of our clients. In 2018 we held as a team over 200 company engagements on a range of topics. Â

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In order to lay out our guiding investment principles, we send a “welcome letter” to most of the companies we invest in. In this letter, we explain to the company why we made the decision to invest and what our long-term expectations are, including those in the areas of social and environmental responsibilities and corporate governance.Â

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Our fund also believes in the strength of collaborative engagement. Through cooperation with other investors and fund managers, we can increase the leverage of our engagement activities. In 2018, for example, we participated in the CIO Exchange Collaboration on Energy transition.

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Our engagement focus is on: climate change and energy efficiency, and corporate governance. For example recent activities include:Â

  • Shell: We engaged with senior management to set carbon targets with success as Shell announced that it will link its scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon targets to its remuneration. You can find the engagement factsheet here.

  • Severstal: We are monitoring Severstal’s health & safety efforts and encouraging the company to establish health & safety best practices that set an example to other Russian steel producers. As a result of the engagement, the company is working on a revised policy and process on labour. You can find the engagement factsheet here.

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3. Active ownership: Voting

Exercising our voting rights is also an essential part of the responsible investment philosophy of our fund. We analyse each vote on a case by case basis and often inform the company about our voting intention ahead of the meeting. Where there is a recommendation to vote against management, we ask the company to clarify their viewpoints. In 2018 we voted at a total of 104 shareholder meetings.

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Although Kempen Capital Management N.V.’s information providers, including without limitation, MSCI ESG Research LLC and its affiliates (the “ESG Parties”), obtain information from sources they consider reliable, none of the ESG Parties warrants or guarantees the originality, accuracy and/or completeness of any data herein. None of the ESG Parties makes any express or implied warranties of any kind, and the ESG Parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to any data herein. None of the ESG Parties shall have any liability for any errors or omissions in connection with any data herein. Further, without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall any of the ESG Parties have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

ESG Report
Screening MSCI Research
Screening MSCI Research
UN Global Compact
ESG integration in the EPV valuation model
ESG integration in the EPV valuation model
Source
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Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of Kempen European High Dividend Fund N.V. (the Fund). KCM is authorised as a management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Fund is registered under the license of KCM at The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents are available on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds). The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.