Invesco European Growth Fund 4th-Quarter Performance Commentary

Industry overview

  • Worldwide fairness marketplaces posted gains in the fourth quarter as good information about COVID-19 vaccines outweighed considerations about sharply soaring infection prices and tightening social limitations.
  • In most global locations, equity industry management shifted as worth stocks outperformed development stocks.
  • Sectors that experienced been severely affected by the pandemic, including vitality and financials, were between the quarter’s top performers.
  • The European Union’s acceptance of a price range offer, recovery fund and Brexit trade offer with the Uk boosted European equities. Uk equities also benefited from the Brexit trade offer.

Positioning and outlook

  • We included several new holdings all through the quarter: Norway-based mostly electrical power corporation TGS NOPEC Geophysical (OSL:TGS), United kingdom-based mostly on the web gaming business Gamesys (LSE:GYS), Netherlands-primarily based world-wide brewer Heineken (XAMS:HEIA), Italy-based mostly health club gear maker Technogym (MIL:TGYM), United kingdom-based mostly transport companies organization Clarkson (LSE:CKN), Ireland-based developing components enterprise CRH (NYSE:CRH) and United kingdom-based rental machines business Ashtead (LSE:AHT) (1.37%, 1.06%, 1.08%, .86%, .81%, .50% and .47% of full web assets, respectively). We exited a few positions: Germany-dependent corporations Allianz (XTER:ALV) and SAP (NYSE:SAP) and United kingdom-primarily based RELX (RELX) (all .00% of total net belongings).
  • Regardless of the macroeconomic natural environment, we keep on being targeted on implementing our very well-established, lengthy-term, bottom-up EQV financial investment system that seeks to determine attractively valued, superior-good quality growth firms.

Overall performance highlights

Contributors to efficiency

  • Fund holdings in the purchaser staples sector outperformed those of the benchmark, adding to relative return. An underweight in the sector was also beneficial. Multinational tobacco corporation Philip Morris Intercontinental (PM) and Danish brewer Carlsberg (OCSE:CARL B) had been critical contributors through the quarter (2.11% and 1.38% of overall internet belongings, respectively).
  • A significant over weight in financials, put together with stock collection, extra to relative performance.
  • Inventory variety in communication products and services contributed to relative success. France-based mostly Criteo (CRTO) (.86% of total net belongings), an ecommerce marketing engineering firm, was a noteworthy contributor in just the sector.
  • Geographically, stock assortment in Switzerland, combined with an underweight, was the major contributor to relative effects. Exposure in Russia and Turkey also positively impacted relative return.
  • Russia-centered financials enterprise Sberbank (MIC:SBERP) was the most significant person contributor. The inventory benefited from the company’s robust nine-months earnings final result, paired with management’s maximize in 2020 earnings advice.

Detractors from effectiveness

  • The fund’s holdings in the buyer discretionary sector outperformed people of the benchmark sector. Nonetheless, an underweight in the sector, just one of the quarter’s very best-undertaking sectors, hampered relative return.
  • Stock range in the industrials sector detracted from relative return. In the sector, Uk-centered businesses DCC (LSE:DCC) and HomeServe (LSE:HSV) underperformed through the quarter. Absence of publicity to superior-accomplishing index stocks, like Airbus, Vestas Wind Techniques and Safran, also detracted from relative benefits.
  • Protection range and an underweight in information and facts technologies detracted from relative performance.
  • Geographically, inventory choice in France, the Netherlands and Germany, as very well as underweights in France and Germany, ended up between the largest detractors from relative return.
  • Offered the growing equity market, the fund’s money situation dampened relative outcomes. As a reminder, income is a by-solution of our bottom-up stock collection procedure.
  • Germany-dependent program firm SAP was the fund’s major specific detractor for the duration of the quarter. We exited the placement owing to deteriorating Earnings-Excellent-Valuation (EQV) traits.

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