Overview

The Neptune Japan Equity Fund offers investors exposure to Japan’s multinational companies, many of which dominate their global industries and derive the majority of their revenues from overseas. As a result, they are able to benefit from the translation benefits of a weak yen, enabling faster revenue growth. The Japan Equity Fund is a mirror portfolio of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund’s holdings but without the portfolio-wide yen hedge, allowing investors to manage their currency exposure according to their own investment views via different currency share classes.

Investment objective

To provide capital growth by investing predominantly, being 80% or more, in a focused portfolio of approximately 40-60 Japanese companies, selected at the manager's discretion.

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

Ongoing charge (%) 0.90
Minimum investment
Initial 250,000
Top up -
Regular -
Share class codes
ISIN GB00BXDZFF23
Bloomberg NJAPICG:LN
SEDOL BXDZFF2

Fund managers

Chris Taylor

Fund Manager

Storm Uru

Deputy Manager
  • Role at Neptune

    Fund Manager

  • Time at Neptune

    4 years

  • Research focus

    Industrials

George Boyd-Bowman

Assistant Manager
  • Role at Neptune

    Investment Director, Head of US Equities

  • Time at Neptune

    8 years

  • Research focus

    Financials

Performance

Cumulative performance (%)

1 mth 1 mth YTD 1 yr 3 yrs Launch
Fund 4.3 4.3 -14.5 45.7 26.7
Benchmark 2.4 2.4 -5.4 40.1 39.5
IA sector 3.4 3.4 -8.4 40.0 37.2
IA rank 17/77 17/77 68/76 12/72 59/69
Quartile 1 1 4 1 4
Large chart

Calendar year performance (%)

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Fund - - 30.8 20.5 -17.6
Benchmark - - 23.4 15.6 -8.4
IA sector - - 22.5 18.4 -11.3
IA rank - - 7/72 22/74 73/77
Quartile - - 1 2 4

Performance data supplied by Morningstar; C Accumulation share class performance, in sterling with net income reinvested and no initial charges. 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 Japan and the benchmark is TOPIX 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. ©2019 FE. All rights reserved.

Calendar year performance (%)

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Fund - - 30.8 20.5 -17.6
Benchmark - - 23.4 15.6 -8.4
IA sector - - 22.5 18.4 -11.3
IA rank - - 7/72 22/74 73/77
Quartile - - 1 2 4

Performance data supplied by Morningstar; C Accumulation share class performance, in sterling with net income reinvested and no initial charges. 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 Japan and the benchmark is TOPIX 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. ©2019 FE. All rights reserved.

Portfolio

Data as at 31/01/2019

Top ten holdings (%)

FundIndex
Nintendo 5.63 0.93
Keyence 5.24 1.22
Bandai Namco 3.99 0.22
Taisei 3.54 0.25
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings 3.51 0.27
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company 3.30 0.08
Sumitomo Osaka Cement 3.13 0.04
Toyota Motor 3.11 3.32
JX Holdings 3.03 0.45
Shin-Etsu 2.93 0.71

Sector (%)

FundIndex
Industrials 27.5 22.6
Materials 21.9 6.6
Information technology 14.2 10.1
Consumer discretionary 11.6 18.0
Financials 10.3 11.3
Communication services 5.7 8.1
Real estate 4.1 3.0
Energy 3.0 1.0
Consumer staples 0.0 9.2
Healthcare 0.0 8.0
Utilities 0.0 2.0
Cash 1.7000 0.0

Top ten holdings (%)

FundIndex
Nintendo 5.63 0.93
Keyence 5.24 1.22
Bandai Namco 3.99 0.22
Taisei 3.54 0.25
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings 3.51 0.27
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company 3.30 0.08
Sumitomo Osaka Cement 3.13 0.04
Toyota Motor 3.11 3.32
JX Holdings 3.03 0.45
Shin-Etsu 2.93 0.71

Sector (%)

FundIndex
Industrials 27.5 22.6
Materials 21.9 6.6
Information technology 14.2 10.1
Consumer discretionary 11.6 18.0
Financials 10.3 11.3
Communication services 5.7 8.1
Real estate 4.1 3.0
Energy 3.0 1.0
Consumer staples 0.0 9.2
Healthcare 0.0 8.0
Utilities 0.0 2.0
Cash 1.7000 0.0

    Active share

    Active share 82.3%

    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 41

    Total number of holdings, excluding cash positions.

    Quarterly commentary

    Q4 2018

    Market overview

    The Fund’s underperformance came principally from its equity holdings largely due to not being at all invested in the healthcare, telecoms and energy sectors which all did better than the overall market. By contrast, the Fund was overweight in the industrials, materials and IT sectors which did relatively badly.

    The TOPIX Index, in line with the rest of global markets, had a poor closing quarter to the year. The Index began October at its high of around 1,800 and then traded down to 1,600 by the end of the month ahead of the November US mid-term elections and fears of heavy Republican losses. Thereafter, the Index spent the next 6 weeks ranging between 1,600 and 1,700 as investors were in turn optimistic or pessimistic regarding US/China trade negotiations and tariff outcomes. A final swoon was seen in the run up to Christmas with the Index hitting a low of around 1,400 before moving back up to the 1,500 level by year-end.

    Portfolio attribution

    As in the previous quarter, the larger stocks continued their outperformance of the more speculative areas of the market, and despite the global headwinds. Some of this was due to the smaller firms’ average valuation levels now exceeding those of the other capitalization bands. In the short term, we expect the market to remain volatile in the face of the continued US China trade impasse. Some relief came from the Republicans gaining seats in the Senate and despite their losses in the Senate. In addition it is likely both US and Japanese Q4 earnings will not prove to be a disaster, whilst we believe fears of a global slowdown will also prove to be wide of the mark. Recent oil price weakness will begin to feed through into growth whilst in the meantime valuations have dropped sharply from their mid-January peak.

    Furthermore, over the coming months and years, we still expect the yen to gradually weaken as interest rates elsewhere begin to be consistently raised, whilst those in Japan remain at current levels. Likewise, economic growth rates will show similar patterns as Japan drifts, based on the lack of sustained wage growth and the country’s negative demographics. Moreover, the October 2% rise in the VAT rate to 10% will reinforce these negative trends. The impending February 2019 “shunto” wage talks will also indicate whether the middle class will see any improvement in their real take-home pay.

    Outlook

    The Neptune Japan Equity Fund will remain overweight in large, wellfinanced, industry-dominant Japanese multinationals that are set to benefit most from the currency’s likely weakening.

    Chris Taylor

    Fund Manager

    larger stocks continued their outperformance of the more speculative areas of the market, despite the global headwinds

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    Codes & fees

    ISIN SEDOL Bloomberg Ongoing charge (%)
    C Acc GBP GB00BXDZFF23 BXDZFF2 NJAPICG:LN 0.90
    C Acc GBP Hdg GB00BXDZFG30 BXDZFG3 NJPICGH:LN 0.96
    C Acc EUR Hdg GB00BXDZFJ60 BXDZFJ6 NJAICEH:LN 0.94
    C Acc USD Hdg GB00BXDZFL82 BXDZFL8 NJPICUH:LN 0.92
    D Acc GBP GB00BDHXQZ93 BDHXQZ9 NEJPDAG:LN 0.79

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