Kempen Lux Sustainable European Small-Cap Fund - Class I - GBP

Profile

Kempen International Funds SICAV - Kempen (Lux) Sustainable Small-cap Fund (the Fund) aims to generate strong long-term investment results by investing in a concentrated portfolio of smaller European companies that adhere to strict sustainability criteria integrating environmental, ethical, and social standards.

The Fund is managed on the basis of a bottom-up stock picking strategy that focuses on the identification of high quality companies and special situations. High quality companies have a proven and sustainable competitive advantage which is characterised by strong returns on invested capital, while special situations include companies that will benefit from a restructuring of their cost base or capital structure, a change in management, or for example, new regulation.

The fund manager believes that consistent investment results can be achieved using its investment philosophy that focuses on earnings as a key driver of stock prices in the long run, and change within a company as a catalyst. The Fund only invests when risk and reward are asymmetrically related.

Novethic has certified the Fund with the SRI Label. Novethic Research Centre is a non-profit organisation, that screens sustainable portfolios. Novethic guarantees that labelled funds systematically take into account ESG criteria and that their investment process and composition are transparent. This shareclass (I-GBP) is not active yet.

Management team

Mark McCullough, Tommy Bryson. Analysts: Karen McGrath, Michael Gray

Performance per 2018-03-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2018-03-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month -1.7 % -2.7 %
3 months -4.9 % -3.9 %
This year -4.9 % -3.9 %
2015 18.0 % 18.0 %
2016 15.1 % 19.5 %
2017 16.6 % 23.8 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 10.8 % 14.8 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 11.4 % 15.1 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 14.3 % 13.1 %
On 23 October 2013 Kempen SeNSe Fund (KSF) was merged with Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the Fund). In June 2011 the first institutional class of the Fund was launched. The results shown of the periods before June 2011 are those of KSF. KSF had a similar investment structure, a higher cost structure and a different tax regime that could have influenced the returns shown. Until 28 February 2017 the benchmark of the Fund was the MSCI Europe Small Cap Total Return Index, of which the constituents are adjusted by reducing the UK component by 50%. Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.
More information can be found on the documents page of this fund

Key figures

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Total fund size
EUR 253.28 M 2018-03-31
Number of shares
627 2018-03-31
Net Asset Value i
GBP 1,383.60 2018-04-19

Fund characteristics per 2018-03-31

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  Fund Benchmark
Number of holdings 31 994
Dividend yield i 2.44 % 2.35 %
Weighted average market capitalization i EUR 2,310 M EUR 2,855 M
P/E ratio i 20.31 15.14
Active share i 101.00 %
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The management company has entrusted, under its control and responsibility, Kempen Capital Management (UK) Ltd. with the execution of the investment policy of the Subfund. This investment firm is subject to regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority and registered under no. 166063.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Market developments per 2018-03-31

The European small-cap fund decreased in March, outperforming the benchmark. The best performing companies were IMA, FDM and Simcorp. Ion Beam Applications, Durr and Ascom were the worst performers.

The European small-cap index fell by 1.7% in March, continuing a downwards slide from February. More muted economic data from the region combined with growing concerns of a trade war led by the US and China were the main drivers of the sell-off. In Europe most economic indicators remained positive in absolute terms, though many fell short of expectations during March. PMIs rebased to a less extreme level, while still comfortably in ‘expansionary’ territory. Industrial Production and Business Confidence similarly retraced from recent highs. The labour market and consumer data held firm, with the exception of the UK where Brexit uncertainty remains a drag on the consumer. The protectionist trade tariffs enacted by the Trump Administration, and subsequent Chinese retaliation, weighed heavily on sentiment for global equities as a potential trade war looms. While we view this outcome as unlikely, volatility should remain high as this situation develops.

Ireland, Austria and the United Kingdom were the best performing countries during the month while Belgium, Switzerland Portugal were the worst. Real estate, utilities and health care were the strongest outperforming sectors with telecoms, information technology and industrials lagging.

Portfolio developments per 2018-03-31

There were no new complete purchases during March.

We completed the sale of our position in Dignity during the month. Following an acceleration in price competition in the burials division (69% of group sales) the company announced a repositioning of group strategy on 19th January. The price of a simple funeral was cut by 25% (7% of the burials business). A price freeze was placed on traditional funerals (60% of the burials business). Previously this segment had increased prices by 5-7% annually. Following the strategic update we had calls with the CEO and CFO and had a separate call with the Chairman of the Board. After a Price Target Review we took the decision to sell following thorough discussion and scenario analysis. We are skeptical of the new strategy and are concerned that further cuts to pricing will be required.

A growing number of our investee companies are identifying and selecting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with which their business most closely aligns, and where they can positively influence the Goal’s objective. While only five of our current holdings are publicly reporting these alignments to date, we are encouraged by the response from the management teams we have spoken to about the SDGs. The next phase of engagement concerns the companies setting targets with relation to the Goals. We have recently added this topic to our proprietary ESG questionnaire, allowing us to track through time the performance of our investments with regard to the SDGs.

Looking forward, European growth should remain robust and we expect further moderate monetary policy tightening from Central Banks. Given the greater domestic focus of European small-caps we believe the asset class is well placed to benefit from the macroeconomic improvement. Politics will remain an important influence on market sentiment - particularly the continuing evolution of Brexit negotiations. This combination of modest uncertainty in a favourable economic landscape provides good opportunity in seeking out our favoured combination of quality companies at attractive valuations.
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The management company has entrusted, under its control and responsibility, Kempen Capital Management (UK) Ltd. with the execution of the investment policy of the Subfund. This investment firm is subject to regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority and registered under no. 166063.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Performance per 2018-03-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2018-03-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month -1.7 % -2.7 %
3 months -4.9 % -3.9 %
This year -4.9 % -3.9 %
2015 18.0 % 18.0 %
2016 15.1 % 19.5 %
2017 16.6 % 23.8 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 10.8 % 14.8 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 11.4 % 15.1 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 14.3 % 13.1 %
On 23 October 2013 Kempen SeNSe Fund (KSF) was merged with Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the Fund). In June 2011 the first institutional class of the Fund was launched. The results shown of the periods before June 2011 are those of KSF. KSF had a similar investment structure, a higher cost structure and a different tax regime that could have influenced the returns shown. Until 28 February 2017 the benchmark of the Fund was the MSCI Europe Small Cap Total Return Index, of which the constituents are adjusted by reducing the UK component by 50%. Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Dividends

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Distributing
No

Risk analysis (ex post) per 2018-03-31

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  3 years Since inception
Maximum drawdown i -6.56 % -50.27 %
Tracking error i 4.01 % 5.04 %
Information ratio i -0.99 0.22
Beta i 0.95 0.98
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The management company has entrusted, under its control and responsibility, Kempen Capital Management (UK) Ltd. with the execution of the investment policy of the Subfund. This investment firm is subject to regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority and registered under no. 166063.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Top 5 contribution (2018-03-31)

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  Contribution i Performance i
Industria Macchine Automatiche 0.49 % 10.88 %
SimCorp 0.39 % 11.04 %
FDM Group Holdings 0.39 % 19.62 %
Hill & Smith 0.33 % 10.36 %
Brembo Spa 0.33 % 9.05 %
Percentages shown for contributions and performances are based on Euros.

Bottom 5 contribution (2018-03-31)

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  Contribution i Performance i
Ion Beam Applications -0.66 % -22.53 %
Duerr -0.53 % -11.64 %
Ascom -0.48 % -17.24 %
Takkt -0.33 % -14.26 %
Aurelius -0.24 % -6.00 %
Percentages shown for contributions and performances are based on Euros.

Geographic allocation (2018-03-31)

23.8 %
United Kingdom
13.1 %
Switzerland
10.3 %
Germany
9.9 %
Spain
9.7 %
Finland
8.9 %
Italy
8.2 %
Sweden
4.2 %
Ireland
4.1 %
Denmark
3.3 %
Netherlands
2.4 %
Cash
2.3 %
Belgium
Totaal
100 %

Top 10 holdings (2018-03-31)

4.8 %
Industria Macchine Automatiche
4.6 %
Cie Automotive
4.6 %
Greggs
4.3 %
Duerr
4.2 %
Kingspan Group
4.1 %
Amer Sports
4.1 %
Brembo Spa
4.1 %
SimCorp
4.0 %
Aurelius
3.7 %
Sweco
Totaal
42.4 %

Sector allocation (2018-03-31)

30.4 %
Industrial Goods & Services
12.6 %
Retail
11.9 %
Technology
10.3 %
Automobiles & Parts
7.1 %
Construction & Materials
6.8 %
Personal & Household Goods
6.5 %
Health Care
5.2 %
Food & Beverage
4.0 %
Financial Services
2.9 %
England
Totaal
98 %
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The management company has entrusted, under its control and responsibility, Kempen Capital Management (UK) Ltd. with the execution of the investment policy of the Subfund. This investment firm is subject to regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority and registered under no. 166063.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Ongoing charges

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Management fee i
0.70 %
Service fee i
0.20 %
Taxe d'abonnement i
0.01 %
Expected ongoing charges i
0.91 %

Other costs

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Upward swing factor i
0.50 %
Downward swing factor i
0.30 %
As of 1 January 2018 the swing factor has been adjusted from 0.45%/0.45% to 0.50%/0.30%.
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The management company has entrusted, under its control and responsibility, Kempen Capital Management (UK) Ltd. with the execution of the investment policy of the Subfund. This investment firm is subject to regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority and registered under no. 166063.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Share class details

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Share class
I - GBP i
Investor type
Institutional
Distributing
No
Benchmark i
MSCI Europe Small Cap Total Return Index
Investment category
Small-caps
Universum
Sustainable European Small- & Mid-caps
Inception date
2015-10-09
Domicile
Luxembourg
May be offered to professional investors only in
Luxembourg, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom
UCITS status i
Yes
Status
Open-end i
Base currency
EUR
Share class currency
GBP
Management company
Kempen Capital Management N.V.
Custodian
J.P. Morgan Bank Luxembourg S.A.

Tradability

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Minimum subscription
Initial subscription: €50,000, additional subscriptions: €10,000
Listed
no
Subscription/Redemption Frequency
Daily
ISIN i
LU1284756050
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The management company has entrusted, under its control and responsibility, Kempen Capital Management (UK) Ltd. with the execution of the investment policy of the Subfund. This investment firm is subject to regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority and registered under no. 166063.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The management company has entrusted, under its control and responsibility, Kempen Capital Management (UK) Ltd. with the execution of the investment policy of the Subfund. This investment firm is subject to regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority and registered under no. 166063.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

KCM Vision

Kempen Capital Management is an asset manager with a long-term investment approach. We strongly believe in engaged shareholdership that benefits all stakeholders. As a long-term responsible investor, we firmly believe that active ownership and shareholder engagement contribute to positive change across the board.

Our KCM wide approach to responsible investment

To put our vision into action we engage with our investment targets on a wide array of strategic, financial, environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics. Our long-term investment worldview paired with thorough analysis and an experienced and diverse ESG team allow us to use both voting and engagement as means to consistently encourage positive change. Through this process of constructive engagement, we are able to contribute to the development of principles and standards of corporate responsibility within companies that we invest in.

Our fund approach to Responsible Investment

Exclude

We exclude certain activities that are not aligned to a sustainable fund. These include alcohol, animal testing, tobacco, pornography, fur, gambling, nuclear energy and thermal coal.

Screen on controversies using MSCI ESG research.

Excludes investment in entities involved in the production of controversial weapons, such as cluster munitions, anti-personnel mines, nuclear warheads, chemical and biological weapons.

Integrate

We will only invest in companies that have either a Provisional or Pass rating

We undertake our own fundamental ESG research on each company then an independent sustainability consultant applies the scores which drive the rating.

If a company receives a Fail rating then we will not invest.

Engage

ESG engagement can enhance performance through increasing upside and mitigating downside risk.

We believe that all companies face material ESG issues and that it is important to address these before investment.

As long-term shareholders it is our fiduciary duty to consistently encourage positive change through engagement and exercising our proxy voting rights.

Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The management company has entrusted, under its control and responsibility, Kempen Capital Management (UK) Ltd. with the execution of the investment policy of the Subfund. This investment firm is subject to regulation of the Financial Conduct Authority and registered under no. 166063.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.