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JPMorgan European Smaller Companies Trust plc


Charting a course for growth

JPMorgan European Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc focuses on generating long-term growth by scouring European markets for tomorrow’s European and global market leaders.

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Why invest in Europe?

Francesco Conte, Fund Manager, discusses the opportunities and challenges of investing in the European market.

Some of the themes discussed include:

  • What keeps investors wanting more out of Europe?
  • How Brexit could be an opportunity for UK investors looking at Europe
  • How smaller European companies can give you access to a global market
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Manager Commentary

Fund Managers

Month in review

  • The trust outperformed its benchmark over the month of September. This was largely due to a sector overweight in oil services and also due to stock selection in healthcare equipment & services. Detractors to performance included stock selection in construction & materials and in aerospace & defence.
  • Our overweight position in TOMRA, the Norwegian developer and manufacturer of ‘reverse vending’ bottle banks, contributed positively to performance over the month after the company reiterated its ambitious full-year guidance at its capital markets day. Another positive contributor to relative performance came from not owning Ambu, the medical device manufacturer, after the company’s share price fell following concerns that the potential market opportunity for its new products may be smaller than initially anticipated.
  • On the other hand, our position in Rubis detracted from performance following weaker-than-expected first half earnings, which were impacted by underutilisation of the Turkish storage terminal and provisions for the company’s stake in its Iranian asset.
  • Looking ahead

  • The largest stock increase over the month was the purchase of SBM Offshore, the Dutch supplier of floating production and mooring systems for the offshore oilfield service industry, after an agreement was reached with the Brazilian government to settle the long-running historical bribery allegations with Petrobras. The settlement means that SBM is now free to resume business with Petrobras, the world’s largest player in deepwater offshore oil and gas (SBM’s specialty).
  • On the other hand, a significant stock sale was Rémy Cointreau, the French sprits group, after strong year-to-date performance, combined with worries over Chinese demand due to the trade war, made the investment case less compelling.
  • Looking forward, the market is likely to be driven by concerns over the impact of central bank tightening and the threat of a global trade war as well as geopolitical concerns such as the Italian budget proposal, Brexit and waning popularity of the incumbent Christian Democrats in Germany. As a result, we have increasingly biased the portfolio to stocks such as defensives and insurance or stocks that are not dependent on general macroeconomic developments but rather depend on their sector specifics, such as oil services.
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