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
Companies impress with high ESG scores
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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)
Rolling performance (23.09.2021)
|23.09.2020 - 23.09.2021||39.44%||20.65%|
|23.09.2019 - 23.09.2020||20.03%||5.88%|
|23.09.2018 - 23.09.2019||-7.41%||13.17%|
|23.09.2017 - 23.09.2018||2.16%||2.90%|
Annualized performance (23.09.2021)
|Since Inception p.a.||8.81%||6.11%|
Cumulative performance (23.09.2021)
Facts & Key figures
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
|Investment Manager||Bellevue Asset Management AG, Küsnacht|
|Custodian||RBC Investor Services Bank, Zürich|
|Fund Administrator||PMG Fonds Management AG, Zürich|
|Year end closing||31. Dec|
|Subscription Fee (max.)||5.00%|
|Total expense ratio (TER)||1.58% (31.08.2021)|
|Legal form||Swiss Fund|
Key data (31.08.2021, base currency CHF)
|No. of positions||44|
Top 10 positions
Breakdown by sector
Opportunities & Risks
- 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.
- 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.
Review / Outlook
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