How does the Kempen Global Small-cap team look back on 2017?
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2. Double digitsAnother year of a double-digit return for our clients. We succeeded in earning a net return in excess of ten percent for the third year in a row. Moreover, the return of the past three years after fees was higher than that of our index each year. On average the fund outperformed the benchmark MSCI Smallcap World TR (net dividends) index) by five percent per annum over the last three years.
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3. Robust recoveryFirst Solar, the only stock with a significant negative contribution to the return in 2016, underwent a robust recovery in 2017 and was the stock that added most to the portfolio’s return in 2017.
4. Engaged shareholdershipWe believe in long-term value creation and give substance to this by conducting active dialogue with the management teams of the companies in which we invest. This dialogue encompasses the strategic direction of the companies, capital allocation decisions and ESG (environmental, social, governance) policies. The commercial traction of the fund (the size increased more than fivefold in 2017, to over 300 million euros) has been of assistance here. After all, our holdings in companies increase proportionally in line with the size of the fund.
5. The unexpectedBy definition, not everything will go smoothly in a portfolio containing some seventy stocks. The largest negative contribution to the return last year came from Norway’s Opera Software, which had to adjust its forecasts downwards on a couple of occasions. In 2017, we twice travelled to Oslo to talk to the management team and the CFO also visited us in Amsterdam in the summer. In spite of Opera’s worse than expected year, we continue to be confident about our investment case.
Looking back over the year, we are grateful for the confidence placed in us by our clients and look forward to the 2018 investment year.
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