BB Entrepreneur Switzerland (CH)

Owner-operated or family-run companies think in generations, not in quarters 

Solid balance sheets, high innovative strength and safety awareness have a positive effect on the share price

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Investment Focus

ISIN-No. CH0023244368

The Fund invests in listed owner-managed companies in Switzerland where an entrepreneur or a founder family holds at least a 20% of a company’s voting rights, thereby exerting significant influence. The Management Team pursues a fundamental, bottom-up approach in identifying the most attractive founder-controlled companies while maintaining an investment portfolio diversified by sector.

Indexed performance (as at: 24.09.2021)

NAV: CHF 349.26 (23.09.2021)


Fonds (Brutto)
01 Jan 2010 - 01 Jan 2010
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Rolling performance (23.09.2021)

A-CHFBenchmark
23.09.2020 - 23.09.202139.44%20.65%
23.09.2019 - 23.09.202020.03%5.88%
23.09.2018 - 23.09.2019-7.41%13.17%
23.09.2017 - 23.09.20182.16%2.90%

Annualized performance (23.09.2021)

A-CHFBenchmark
1 year39.44%20.65%
3 years15.67%13.04%
5 years13.72%11.45%
Since Inception p.a.8.81%6.11%

Cumulative performance (23.09.2021)

A-CHFBenchmark
1M1.29%-3.09%
YTD25.22%16.26%
1 year39.44%20.65%
3 years54.97%44.57%
5 years90.26%71.99%
Since Inception269.54%150.32%

Annual performance

A-CHFBenchmark
202017.85%3.82%
201929.74%30.59%
2018-21.10%-8.57%
201722.75%19.92%

Investment Focus

The Fund invests in listed owner-managed companies in Switzerland where an entrepreneur or a founder family holds at least a 20% of a company’s voting rights, thereby exerting significant control and influence. The typical qualities of these companies – a focused business model, fast decision-making processes, sustainable business policies and a strong corporate culture – go hand in hand with efficient innovation, high product quality and strong customer loyalty. The corresponding impact on the share price is demonstrably positive. The Fund’s Management Team offers a wealth of experience in this investment segment and has built up an extensive network with executives throughout the sector. It pursues a fundamental, bottom-up approach in identifying the most attractive founder-controlled companies with a small, mid as well as large market capitalization while maintaining an investment portfolio of 25 to 40 stocks diversified by sub-sector.Show moreShow less

Investment suitability & Risk

Low risk

High risk

The Fund’s investment objective is to generate attractive and competitive capital growth in the long term. It is therefore particularly suited to investors with an investment horizon of at least 5 years who want to enhance their portfolio diversification with investments in Swiss founder-controlled companies. The Fund displays the typical risks associated with equity investments.

General Information

Investment ManagerBellevue Asset Management AG, Küsnacht
CustodianRBC Investor Services Bank, Zürich
Fund AdministratorPMG Fonds Management AG, Zürich
AuditorPWC
Launch date04.04.2006
Year end closing31. Dec
Management Fee1.25%
Subscription Fee (max.)5.00%
ISIN numberCH0023244368
Valor number2324436
BloombergSWENTEQ SW
Total expense ratio (TER)1.58% (31.08.2021)

Legal Information

Legal formSwiss Fund

Key data (31.08.2021, base currency CHF)

Beta0.91
Volatility16.60
Tracking error8.30
Active share79.40
Correlation0.87
Share ratio1.06
Information ratio0.15
Jensen's alpha2.84
No. of positions44

Top 10 positions

Zur Rose Group
Lindt & Sprüngli
Inficon
Logitech
Swissquote
Bobst Group
Swatch
Daetwyler
Kuehne & Nagel
Sika
3.4%
3.1%
3.0%
2.9%
2.9%
2.9%
2.8%
2.7%
2.7%
2.6%

Market capitalization

0 - 1 bn
1 - 2 bn
2 - 5 bn
5 - 15 bn
15 - 20 bn
> 20 bn
Others
7.5%
19.5%
26.0%
19.3%
3.0%
22.3%
2.5%

Geographic breakdown

Switzerland
Austria
Liechtenstein
Cash
91.3%
2.1%
1.1%
5.5%

Breakdown by sector

Industrials
IT
Materials
Consumer Staples
Healthcare
Consumer Discretion.
Financials
Communication Services
Others
Cash
30.4%
12.1%
11.3%
11.2%
10.2%
8.9%
6.5%
2.5%
1.5%
5.5%

Currency

CHF
100.0%

Opportunities

  • Owner and family-run businesses think in generations, not in quarters.
  • Focus, a sense of responsibility, strong identification with the company, and personal financial commitment have a positive impact on the share price.
  • More conservatively financed, lower debt exposure and a higher risk capacity compared to non-family businesses.
  • Multi-award-winning management team with a long and successful track record investing in owner-run firms.
  • Entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs – the Bellevue Group is itself an owner-run company with the majority of shares held by employees.

Risks

  • The fund invests in equities. Equities are subject to price fluctuations and so are also exposed to the risk of price losses.
  • Shares in smaller businesses are generally traded in lower volumes and are subject to bigger price fluctuations than larger enterprises.
  • The fund may invest a proportion of its assets in financial instruments that might under certain circumstances have a relatively low level of liquidity, which can in turn affect the fund’s liquidity.
  • Succession planning poses an additional risk for owner-run companies.
  • The fund may engage in derivatives transactions. The increased opportunities gained come with an increased risk of losses.

Swiss equities, as measured by the SPI, returned 2.4% in August, in line with global equity markets (SXXR +2.2%, S&P500 +2.9% in USD). Despite the slowdown in global growth momentum caused by the Delta variant as well as some tightness in supply chains, markets were underpinned by the outstanding reporting season and the more relaxed stance of central banks. In term of macro surveys, the Eurozone PMI Composite slightly eroded to 59.5 in August from 60.6 in July. Eurozone inflation surged to a 10 year high of 3%, far above expectations of 2.7%, with limited impact on yields yet, suggesting that the narrative for temporary inflation remains the central one. In terms of sectors, utilities (+6%), financials (+4.5%) and healthcare (+4.4%) performed best. Conversely, the sectors lagging the most during the month were consumer discretionary (-11.6%), consumer services (-1%) and consumer staples (+1.4%).

Against this backdrop, the fund rose 2.6% (CHF / A shares) in August, outperforming its benchmark by 22bps. Top 3 contributors in the month were Swissquote (+20.2%), Zur Rose (+16.9%) and Polypeptide (+34.4%). Swissquote’s Q2 results confirmed the excellent preliminary numbers and full year guidance was risen. Key positive surprises were the substantial inflow of new clients (ca. 50000) and new assets (CHF 5 bn), as well as the strong growth in the highly profitable crypto-assets related income, which also massively exceeded expectations. Zur Rose benefited from positive management comments and confidence around the timely launch of the German e-script, contrary to certain recent bearish expectations in the market. Polypeptide published excellent H1 results, highlighting a strong sales growth acceleration to +54%, driven by the progress of late-stage projects and substantial Novavax contributions. Thanks to a strong operational leverage, higher growth is expected to lead to full year EBITDA margins of 32%.

Main detractors in the month were Swatch Group (-14.7%), Richemont (-12.9%) and Gurit (-7.7%). Recent Recent China news flow took a toll on luxury sector, which was down double digit during the month, including Swatch and Richemont. In focus was President Xi Jinping’s comments emphasizing the need for “common prosperity” and mentioning plans to regulate and redistribute excessive wealth. While Chinese nationals represent a third of global luxury spend, the emerging middle class is a lot more important than UHNWIs, who represent ca. 5% of spend. The overall insecurity led to profit taking after a strong Ytd performance. Gurit reported a broadly in-line set of results and kept its 2021 guidance unchanged. The stock suffered from profit taking, probably due to the still cautious management tone with respect to 2021. Indeed, following a strong wind market in 2020, Gurit expects a temporarily reduced demand for wind blades in China in 2021 as a result of the expiry of the Chinese wind feed-in tariffs by year-end. We continue to see upside risks to this scenario and expect the market for renewable wind energy to grow strongly again in 2022, supported by major offshore capacity expansions globally and a strong domestic China market.

While the absolute Valuation level of the equity market is high, it is absolutely warranted by the low interest rate environment, the stance of Central Banks and the amount of liquidity in the system. Money supply today is higher than before the pandemic. Interestingly, forward P/E’s multiples have declined in Europe as positive EPS revisions are running quicker than market prices. On average and despite the strong market performance, 12m forward P/E’s have contracted since the start of the year. Central Bank’s are modulating their exit strategies considering the Delta slow down and reemployment trends, which should promote a slower but longer lasting recovery. Our portfolio is therefore exposed to ca. 25% Value and 75% Growth with a continuous focus on fundamental Stock picking. During the month we have increased our position in Gurit, taking advantage of the setback following the release of in-line results.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and can be misleading. As the subfund is denominated in a currency that may differ than an investor’s base currency, changes in the rate of exchange may have an adverse effect on prices and incomes. Performance is shown net of fees and expenses for the relevant share class over the reference period. All performance figures reflect the reinvestment of dividends and do not take into account the commissions and costs incurred on the issue and redemption of shares, if any. Individual costs are not taken into account and would have a negative impact on the performance. With an investment amount of EUR 1,000 over an investment period of five years, the investment result in the first year would be reduced by the front-end load of up to EUR 50 (5%) as well as by additional individual custody charges. In subsequent years, the investment result would also be reduced by the individual custody account costs incurred. The reference benchmark of this class is used for performance comparison purposes only (dividend reinvested). No benchmark is directly identical to a subfund, thus the performance of a benchmark is not a reliable indicator of future performance of the subfund it is compared to. There can be no assurance that a return will be achieved or that a substantial loss of capital will not be incurred.Show moreShow less

  • Lead Portfolio Manager

    Birgitte Olsen

    Birgitte Olsen, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager Equities Europe, joined Bellevue Asset Management in 2008. Prior to that, she was Deputy Head of Portfolio Management Equities Europe at Generali Investments in Cologne for more than nine years. She worked as a Fund Manager (DE and Scandivien) at Vontobel Asset Management in Zurich in 1997 and 1998. Birgitte Olsen started her career in the financial industry in 1994 as a sell-side analyst at Bank am Bellevue covering the insurance and pharmaceutical sectors. She holds a degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of St. Gallen.
  • Portfolio Manager

    Michel Keusch

    Michel Keusch joined Bellevue Asset Management in 2007 and manages the BB Toros Prime Fund. Prior to joining Bellevue Asset Management he was a senior analyst at Crédit Agricole Cheuvreux from 2003 to 2007 . From 1996 to 2003 he was a senior analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston covering European consumer goods and services. Michel Keusch began his professional career in the consumer goods industry in brand management with Procter & Gamble and Fromageries Bel. He holds a DESS/MBA in international management from the University of Strasbourg in France and the University of Bath in the UK.
  • Portfolio Manager

    Laurent Picard

    Laurent Picard joined Bellevue Asset Management in 2018. Prior to that, he was an Financial consultant for start-ups in the internet/tech sector. From 2009 to 2016 he was a senior equity research analyst for media at Société Générale, having joined from UBS Warburg, where he was an equity analyst for IT Services and Software and a strategist specialized on the French markets. Laurent Picard graduated from Paris X University and ESSEC business school and holds a Master of Financial Techniques.
  • Product Specialist

    Loreno Ferrari

    Loreno Ferrari joined Bellevue Asset Management in 2018 as a Product Specialist. Previously, he spent 3 years as an Investment Specialist at UBS Asset Management and 8 years at Zürcher Kantonalbank, most recently as an Investment Advisor. Loreno holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Administration (UAS) Zurich with a Specialization in Banking and Finance. He is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA) and holds the Certificate in ESG Investing from CFA UK.
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