Overview

The Neptune Income Fund consists of a 33 equally-weighted stock portfolio with the aim of generating a yield in excess of the FTSE All-Share Index. Veteran income investor Robin Geffen has a strong focus on minimising dividend risk by maintaining a diversified portfolio, guarding against an overreliance on particular stocks. The Fund invests predominantly in UK companies but has the ability to invest up to 20% in income opportunities overseas.

Investment objective

To provide a rising level of income with the potential for some capital growth also. The Fund invests mainly in UK companies’ shares and fixed interest stocks (so called because they have a set interest rate), although it also invests overseas. The manager takes a high conviction approach, leading to a focused portfolio of 30-40 holdings that have been selected at their discretion.

There is no assurance that the investment objective will be achieved.

Ongoing charge (%) 0.86
Net yield (%) -
Minimum investment
Initial 250,000
Top up -
Regular -
Share class codes
ISIN GB00B8JCR452
Bloomberg CFNINCA:LN
SEDOL B8JCR45

Fund managers

Robin Geffen

Fund Manager

George Boyd-Bowman

Assistant Manager
  • Role at Neptune

    Investment Director, Head of US Equities

  • Time at Neptune

    8 years

  • Research focus

    Financials

Storm Uru

Assistant Manager
  • Role at Neptune

    Fund Manager

  • Time at Neptune

    4 years

  • Research focus

    Industrials

James O'Connor

Assistant Fund Manager
  • Role at Neptune

    Assistant Fund Manager

  • Time at Neptune

    3 years

  • Research focus

    Industrials and Materials

Performance

Cumulative performance (%)

1 mth 1 mth YTD 1 yr 3 yrs 5 yrs 10 yrs 15 yrs Launch
Fund -4.78 -2.39 -0.38 28.26 37.45 151.00 222.60 288.52
Benchmark -5.19 -4.37 -1.47 25.37 30.46 156.66 211.42 261.04
IA sector -5.43 -5.04 -3.62 16.07 28.39 161.97 195.16 245.12
IA rank 29/88 11/87 9/87 6/80 13/76 39/53 15/36 11/34
Quartile 2 1 1 1 1 3 2 2
Large chart

Calendar year performance (%)

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Fund 18.17 1.95 6.32 14.48 11.55
Benchmark 20.81 1.18 0.98 16.75 13.10
IA sector 26.57 3.55 6.58 9.07 11.63
IA rank 70/74 56/76 38/76 9/81 44/83
Quartile 4 3 2 1 3

Performance data supplied by Morningstar; C Accumulation share class performance, in sterling with net income reinvested and no initial charges. Launch date used is 31/12/2002, which is the launch of the A Accumulation share class. The C Accumulation share class was launched on 03/10/2012, so during the period from 31/12/2002 to 03/10/2012 the performance record is based on the pre-existing A Accumulation share class. Reported date prices used for cumulative and discrete performance tables. The performance of other share classes may differ.

IA sector rankings may change at any time as a result of closure, movement between sectors or price amendments by competitor funds. The Fund's IA sector is IA UK Equity Income and the benchmark is FTSE All-Share Index. Neptune’s funds are not tied to replicating a benchmark and holdings can therefore vary from those in the index quoted. For this reason, the comparison index should be used for reference only.

This Fund may have a high historic volatility rating and past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and any income from it can fall as well as rise as a result of market and currency fluctuations and you and your clients may not get back the original amount invested.

FE Crown Fund Rating applies to C Accumulation share class in pound sterling. FE Crown Fund Ratings do not constitute investment advice offered by FE and should not be used as the sole basis for making any investment decision. ©2018 FE. All rights reserved.

Calendar year performance (%)

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Fund 18.17 1.95 6.32 14.48 11.55
Benchmark 20.81 1.18 0.98 16.75 13.10
IA sector 26.57 3.55 6.58 9.07 11.63
IA rank 70/74 56/76 38/76 9/81 44/83
Quartile 4 3 2 1 3

Performance data supplied by Morningstar; C Accumulation share class performance, in sterling with net income reinvested and no initial charges. Launch date used is 31/12/2002, which is the launch of the A Accumulation share class. The C Accumulation share class was launched on 03/10/2012, so during the period from 31/12/2002 to 03/10/2012 the performance record is based on the pre-existing A Accumulation share class. Reported date prices used for cumulative and discrete performance tables. The performance of other share classes may differ.

IA sector rankings may change at any time as a result of closure, movement between sectors or price amendments by competitor funds. The Fund's IA sector is IA UK Equity Income and the benchmark is FTSE All-Share Index. Neptune’s funds are not tied to replicating a benchmark and holdings can therefore vary from those in the index quoted. For this reason, the comparison index should be used for reference only.

This Fund may have a high historic volatility rating and past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of an investment and any income from it can fall as well as rise as a result of market and currency fluctuations and you and your clients may not get back the original amount invested.

FE Crown Fund Rating applies to C Accumulation share class in pound sterling. FE Crown Fund Ratings do not constitute investment advice offered by FE and should not be used as the sole basis for making any investment decision. ©2018 FE. All rights reserved.

Portfolio

Data as at 31/10/2018

Top ten holdings (%)

FundIndex
CME Group 3.33 0.00
Halma 3.24 0.22
Croda 3.18 0.27
3i Group 3.16 0.00
Diageo 3.13 2.87
Microsoft 3.11 0.00
Motorola Solutions 3.10 0.00
BP 3.09 4.85
Apple 3.09 0.00
HSBC 3.08 5.68

Sector (%)

FundIndex
Financials 27.1 22.8
Materials 23.0 9.3
Information technology 20.9 1.5
Consumer staples 9.1 13.6
Energy 6.1 14.7
Alternatives 5.1 0.0
Healthcare 3.0 9.8
Industrials 2.9 10.4
Consumer discretionary 2.8 7.6
Communication services 0.0 4.9
Utilities 0.0 2.9

Top ten holdings (%)

FundIndex
CME Group 3.33 0.00
Halma 3.24 0.22
Croda 3.18 0.27
3i Group 3.16 0.00
Diageo 3.13 2.87
Microsoft 3.11 0.00
Motorola Solutions 3.10 0.00
BP 3.09 4.85
Apple 3.09 0.00
HSBC 3.08 5.68

Sector (%)

FundIndex
Financials 27.1 22.8
Materials 23.0 9.3
Information technology 20.9 1.5
Consumer staples 9.1 13.6
Energy 6.1 14.7
Alternatives 5.1 0.0
Healthcare 3.0 9.8
Industrials 2.9 10.4
Consumer discretionary 2.8 7.6
Communication services 0.0 4.9
Utilities 0.0 2.9

    Active share

    Active share 69.2%

    The Active Share is a measure of how different a portfolio is from its benchmark, i.e. how 'actively managed' a fund is relative to its respective Index. A score of 100% indicates the fund's holdings are completely different, whilst 0% indicates the portfolio exactly replicates the Index.

    Number of holdings

    No. of holdings 33

    Total number of holdings, excluding cash positions.

    Quarterly commentary

    Q3 2018

    Market overview

    Despite strong returns from global equity markets, the FTSE All-Share Index witnessed a higher degree of volatility and ended the quarter with a negative return of -0.82%. There were three major themes for UK investors to grapple with over the quarter: the uncertainty surrounding the potential for a no-deal Brexit, the fallout of the escalating trade war between the US and China and the Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates to the highest level since 2009 thanks to an improvement in UK growth. The concerns surrounding Brexit negotiations weighed on sterling, which combined with further evidence of a deteriorating outlook for the UK consumer, meant the more domestically-focused FTSE 250 Index struggled over the quarter. However, the market’s reaction to increased tariffs between the US and China, and its impact on global growth, meant mega-cap stocks that are heavily exposed to the global economy (particularly emerging markets) – such as mining and banks – underperformed as well.

    Portfolio positioning

    The Fund has, for some time, maximised its non-UK exposure and therefore it benefitted from sterling weakness. The main contributors to the Fund’s returns were its US tech holdings, which are a major differentiator compared to other IA UK Equity Income funds. Notable performers included Microsoft and Apple, though other US holdings such as CME Group and JPMorgan Chase, also contributed positively. The main detractors to the Fund’s performance were largely those with exposure to emerging markets, given sentiment towards the developing world waned considerably over the quarter thanks to US dollar strength and an escalation in trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. These included the likes of Glencore, Rio Tinto and HSBC.

    Little changed in terms of portfolio positioning over the quarter, with the Fund continuing to focus on stocks that are growing earnings, have strong pricing power and have the ability to cover their dividend. This focus has meant the Fund’s differentiation to major peers in the UK equity income space, increased further over the quarter following our disposal of Vodafone due to our concerns surrounding the sustainability of its dividend. This is a further example of our avoidance of bond proxies and so-called defensive areas of the market, which we believe trade at excessive valuations, yet have earnings that will continue to come under pressure.

    Two new additions to the portfolio were both turnaround stories: Reckitt Benckiser and Saga. Both have been hit hard over the past 18 months or so due to company specific issues, but we believe the underlying growth outlook is intact and therefore both stocks offer decent dividend growth potential and trade at very low valuations.

    Outlook

    While we are positive on the underlying income and capital growth for the portfolio, and are generally positive on global growth, we remain cautious on the UK economy and many of the largest stocks within the market. Its seems likely that Brexit negotiations (with certain major issues yet to be sorted), will continue to hurt sentiment towards the UK market, while the US-China trade war is likely to create shorter term volatility. In this environment, we believe it is important to remain diversified and to not follow the crowd – as shown by the fact that many of the popular ‘defensive’ areas of the market (such as tobacco stocks, telecoms and utilities) have performed poorly this year.

    Robin Geffen

    Fund Manager

    While we are positive on the underlying income and capital growth for the portfolio, we remain cautious on the UK economy and many of the largest stocks within the market

    Insights & analysis

    Prices

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    Share class Price Change (%) Date
    C Acc GBP 157.80 -0.32 14/12/2018
    C Inc GBP 122.60 -0.24 14/12/2018
    A Acc GBP 362.50 -0.30 14/12/2018
    A Inc GBP 171.40 -0.29 14/12/2018
    B Inc GBP 182.50 -0.27 14/12/2018

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    Codes & fees

    ISIN SEDOL Bloomberg Ongoing charge (%)
    C Acc GBP GB00B8JCR452 B8JCR45 CFNINCA:LN 0.86
    C Inc GBP GB00B8L7B355 B8L7B35 CFNINCI:LN 0.86
    A Acc GBP GB0032315516 3231551 CFNINAA:LN 1.71
    A Inc GBP GB0032325093 3232509 CFNINAI:LN 1.71
    B Inc GBP GB0032325101 3232510 CFNINBI:LN 1.21

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