Overview

The first UK onshore portfolio investing solely in Russian equities, the Fund combines Manager Robin Geffen’s extensive experience of investing in Russia with Neptune’s in-house research process. This enables Robin to create a diversified portfolio of stocks that he believes are most likely to outperform, including those in sectors not typically represented in the benchmark. The Fund has a bias towards large, liquid stocks.

Investment objective

To provide capital growth by investing mainly in Russian and Greater Russian companies, selected at the manager's discretion.

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

Ongoing charge (%) 1.09
Minimum investment
Initial 250,000
Top up -
Regular -
Share class codes
ISIN GB00B86WB793
Bloomberg NEPRGBC:LN
SEDOL B86WB79

Fund managers

Robin Geffen

Fund Manager

Thomas Smith

Deputy Manager
  • Role at Neptune

    Investment Director, Co-Head of Emerging Market Equities

  • Time at Neptune

    9 years

  • Research focus

    Energy and Utilities

Ewan Thompson

Assistant Manager
  • Role at Neptune

    Investment Director, Co-Head of Emerging Market Equities

  • Time at Neptune

    12 years

  • Research focus

    Metals and Mining

Performance

Cumulative performance (%)

1 mth 1 mth YTD 1 yr 3 yrs 5 yrs 10 yrs Launch
Fund -3.06 8.10 5.40 87.71 19.17 123.07 279.89
Benchmark -2.46 12.03 17.81 92.06 20.49 117.14 197.54
Large chart

Calendar year performance (%)

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Fund 7.06 -46.04 12.04 72.69 5.30
Benchmark 0.49 -42.72 10.72 85.45 -2.36

Performance data supplied by Morningstar; C Accumulation share class performance, in sterling with net income reinvested and no initial charges. Launch date used is 31/12/2004, 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 31/12/2004 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.

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. Investments in emerging markets may be higher risk and more volatile than investments in developed markets.

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 7.06 -46.04 12.04 72.69 5.30
Benchmark 0.49 -42.72 10.72 85.45 -2.36
IA sector 3.56 4.19 -4.15 28.09 10.15
IA rank 66/180 197/197 17/213 19/220 152/223
Quartile 2 4 1 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 31/12/2004, 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 31/12/2004 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.

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. Investments in emerging markets may be higher risk and more volatile than investments in developed markets.

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
Norilsk Nickel 9.70 5.98
Novatek 9.64 8.73
Sberbank 9.63 17.59
Lukoil  9.61 20.70
Mail.Ru Group 4.75 0.00
Tatneft  4.72 10.27
Alrosa 4.66 2.21
EPAM Systems 4.52 0.00
Severstal 4.45 1.85
Gazprom Neft 4.37 0.00

Sector (%)

FundIndex
Energy 30.1 63.1
Materials 22.0 11.7
Financials 13.0 18.6
Communication services 10.5 2.3
Industrials 8.3 0.0
Consumer staples 7.2 4.3
Information technology 4.5 0.0
Consumer discretionary 0.6 0.0
Cash 3.8 0.0

Top ten holdings (%)

FundIndex
Norilsk Nickel 9.70 5.98
Novatek 9.64 8.73
Sberbank 9.63 17.59
Lukoil  9.61 20.70
Mail.Ru Group 4.75 0.00
Tatneft  4.72 10.27
Alrosa 4.66 2.21
EPAM Systems 4.52 0.00
Severstal 4.45 1.85
Gazprom Neft 4.37 0.00

Sector (%)

FundIndex
Energy 30.1 63.1
Materials 22.0 11.7
Financials 13.0 18.6
Communication services 10.5 2.3
Industrials 8.3 0.0
Consumer staples 7.2 4.3
Information technology 4.5 0.0
Consumer discretionary 0.6 0.0
Cash 3.8 0.0

    Active share

    Active share 46.9%

    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 27

    Total number of holdings, excluding cash positions.

    Quarterly commentary

    Q3 2018

    Market overview

    The third quarter of 2018 was a tricky one for emerging markets as tighter financial conditions in the US pressured EMs FX and the escalation of the global trade war raised questions over the outlook for the global economy. Against this backdrop, Russia continued to outperform other emerging markets, as the countries hit hardest were those with large current account and budget deficits such as Turkey and Argentina. Russia runs a current account and budget surplus, which isolates it to some degree from these global shocks.

    The oil price rallied by a further 4% during the third quarter, finishing very close to $83 a barrel. The ruble continued to lag the rising oil price, with ruble denominated oil prices up 9% during the quarter. The Russian economy continued to show signs of a gradual recovery, with growth of 1.3% during the first quarter accelerating to 1.9% in the second quarter. Inflation gradually ticked higher but at 3.4% in September, still remains well below the Central Bank’s target of 4%.

    Fund attribution

    Key contributors to performance in the third quarter were our large holdings in Novatek and Lukoil, although this was offset to a degree by weakness in X5 and Aeroflot. Relative performance was hampered by not owning shares in Gazprom or Rosneft which both rallied by nearly 20%. We remain concerned by capital allocation at these companies and do not believe current valuations represent an attractive investment proposition.

    The Russian benchmarks continue to be heavily weighted in the energy sector, with many sectors of the Russian economy underrepresented or not represented at all. The Neptune Russia & Greater Russia Fund continues to offer diversified exposure in sectors that are not present in the benchmark, such as the IT and industrials sectors.

    Outlook

    Despite the recent outperformance of the Russian market against broader emerging markets during the first half of 2018, Russia is still trading at a 48% discount to emerging markets, near the lowest levels seen in the past ten years and only marginally higher than at the peak of the crisis in late 2014.

    Robin Geffen

    Fund Manager

    The Neptune Russia & Greater Russia Fund continues to offer diversified exposure in sectors that are not present in the benchmark

    Insights & analysis

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    Share class Price Change (%) Date
    C Acc GBP 131.20 0.61 14/12/2018
    C Acc EUR 164.50 0.67 14/12/2018
    C Acc USD 127.30 -0.16 14/12/2018
    A Acc GBP 371.60 0.65 14/12/2018
    A Acc EUR 155.00 0.71 14/12/2018
    A Acc USD 123.40 -0.08 14/12/2018

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    Codes & fees

    ISIN SEDOL Bloomberg Ongoing charge (%)
    C Acc GBP GB00B86WB793 B86WB79 NEPRGBC:LN 1.09
    C Acc EUR GB00B60T5S14 B60T5S1 NEPRGBE:LN 1.09
    C Acc USD GB00B60T5V43 B60T5V4 NEPRGBU:LN 1.10
    A Acc GBP GB00B04H0T52 B04H0T5 CFNRUAA:LN 2.04
    A Acc EUR GB00B60T5R07 B60T5R0 NEPRGAE:LN 2.05
    A Acc USD GB00B60T5T21 B60T5T2 NEPRGAU:LN 2.04

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