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JPMorgan European Investment Trust plc - Income Shares


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JPMorgan European Investment Trust plc – Income Shares seeks out continental European companies that pay sustainable dividends in order to maintain an attractive quarterly income for shareholders.

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Manager Commentary

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Month in review

  • Positive contributors to relative returns included underweight positions in software & computer services and in healthcare equipment & services.
  • Detractors included stock selection in oil & gas producers and an overweight position in forestry & paper.
  • At the stock level, an underweight position in SAP, the German software corporation, was positive for relative returns in October. The company reported third-quarter operating profits that were below expectations due to a weaker mix effect, where the low margin cloud business performed better than higher margin divisions.
  • Our underweight position in Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Belgian brewing company, also contributed positively to returns this month. Shares fell following a weak quarterly earnings update, in which results missed analysts' estimates and the company cut the dividend by 50% in an effort to pay down debt to reduce leverage. Anheuser-Busch InBev continues to suffer from an industry-wide decline in beer sales, while flagship brands Budweiser and Bud Light have been losing market share.
  • On the other hand, our underweight position in Nestlé, the Swiss food and drinks company, contributed negatively to returns this month. In the face of a market selloff, Nestlé, along with traditional consumer staples companies, fared better than the rest of the market as investors looked to the relative safety of large cap defensive companies.
  • An underweight position to Linde was also negative. The industrial gas firm received approval from U.S. antitrust enforcers for its merger with Praxair, allowing the firm to form the world’s largest industrial gas supplier. The approval had taken a significant amount of time, which had added to the doubt around its possible success. As a result, the share price has risen strongly off the back of the news.
  • Looking ahead

  • Despite the recent slowdown in growth, we still expect eurozone GDP to rise by around 2.0% this year and 1.8% in 2019, and this underpins 2018 earnings growth expectations of around 7.0% and dividend growth of 6.3%.
  • The largest portfolio increase at the stock level was in Zurich Insurance, which was purchased due to its cheap valuation as well as our desire to reduce our financials underweight.
  • On the other hand, we sold our position in BASF after the firm missed its third-quarter targets, which, combined with the growing macro challenges, contributed to us no longer seeing a catalyst to change this negative momentum.
  • Valuation has become more attractive with the falls in prices, and when we take into account expected earnings and dividend growth of 10% and 7% respectively in 2019 then next year’s basis for valuations looks even more attractive.
  • The European Central Bank, although reducing accommodation, is still pursuing a loose monetary policy, and consumer confidence is high across the continent. We feel confident that stronger earnings can propel equity markets higher into the end of 2018, and we think that the balance of political risks will subside in the next six months.
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