Bellevue Healthcare Strategy (Lux)
Investments in the 40 most attractive healthcare stocks worldwide, regionally diversified and across sub sectors
Profiting from pent-up demand in Emerging Markets as well as from innovation in industrialized countries
Strong focus on quality mid caps and underweight in pharma stocks
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The Bellevue Healthcare Strategy Fund invests in global healthcare companies with innovative business models. Its investment universe consists of biotechnology and pharma companies, medical technology and services companies as well as generics producers that are involved in the development, manufacturing or sale of products and services.
Indexed performance (as at: 24.06.2022)
NAV: USD 222.44 (22.06.2022)
Rolling performance (22.06.2022)
|22.06.2021 - 22.06.2022||-21.20%||-4.57%|
|22.06.2020 - 22.06.2021||29.20%||21.68%|
|21.06.2019 - 22.06.2020||22.23%||14.01%|
|22.06.2018 - 21.06.2019||-7.76%||9.64%|
Annualized performance (22.06.2022)
|Since Inception p.a.||10.75%||11.23%|
Cumulative performance (22.06.2022)
Facts & Key figures
The Bellevue Healthcare Strategy Fund invests in global healthcare companies with innovative business models. Its investment universe consists of biotechnology and pharma companies, medical technology and services companies as well as generics producers that are involved in the development, manufacturing or sale of products and services. Experienced sector specialists focus on profitable companies that have a well-established product portfolio. The fund invests top down in the four regions North America, Western Europe, Emerging Markets and Japan/Oceania. For each of these regions, the most attractive companies are determined based on quantitative and qualitative criteria. The fund seeks to outperform the MSCI World Healthcare Index. Show moreShow less
Investment suitability & Risk
|Investment Manager||Bellevue Asset Management AG|
|Custodian||RBC Investor Services, Luxembourg|
|Fund Administrator||RBC Investor Services, Luxembourg|
|Year end closing||30. Jun|
|NAV Calculation||Daily "Forward Pricing"|
|Cut of time||15:00 CET|
|Subscription Fee (max.)||5.00%|
|Total expense ratio (TER)||2.20% (31.05.2022)|
|Legal form||SICAV Luxembourg jurisdiction|
|SFDR category||Article 8|
Key data (31.05.2022, base currency USD)
|No. of positions||44|
Top 10 positions
Breakdown by sector
Opportunities & Risks
- The fund invests in the 40 most attractive healthcare stocks worldwide.
- Proprietary investment process: Half-yearly company evaluation and rebalancing.
- Underweighting of pharma and US stocks against the relevant healthcare indices.
- Strong focus on quality mid-caps.
- Bellevue - Healthcare pioneer since 1993 and today one of the biggest independent investors in the sector in Europe.
- Equities are subject to strong price fluctuations and so are also exposed to the risk of price losses.
- The fund may invest in financial instruments that might have a rather low level of liquidity, which can in turn affect the fund’s liquidity.
- Investments in foreign currencies are subject to currency risks.
- Investing in emerging markets entails the additional risk of political and social instability.
- Increased opportunities through possible derivative transactions are accompanied by an increased risk of losses.
Review / Outlook
May did not bring a big sigh of relief for stock investors. The MSCI World equity index ended the month 1.3% lower (in CHF) and the overall healthcare sector also headed south. The MSCI World Health Care sector lost 0.9% mom and the Bellevue Healthcare Strategy Fund (Lux) was pressured even more (-3.7%, I shares). There was no fundamental change in the overall market environment versus the previous month: Worries about rising interest rates, the Russia-Ukraine conflict and COVID-19 lockdowns in China continued to cast shadows over the stock market. But at least there was a change for the better regarding China’s pandemic restrictions during the second half of the month, when China announced that it would start easing these COVID-19 restrictions. This should have a positive impact on global supply chain constraints in the medium term. No less than 18 companies in the Bellevue Healthcare Strategy portfolio published earnings announcements during May and once again the overall picture was positive. The German biotech company Biontech (+16.7%) delivered a particularly good performance. It has become increasingly certain that the company will continue to earn money from its COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty, which Pfizer sells, this year and next. For Biontech, this means it will be able to fund the development of its broad product pipeline for oncology and infectious diseases and it will have significantly more strategic flexibility. As in the previous month, investors dumped the shares of companies whose earnings announcements were not so positive. Among the fund's portfolio companies, this was witnessed by the Japanese company Asahi Intecc (-21.9%) and the Indian company Divi’s Laboratories (-23.1%). Although the latter published a good set of quarterly figures, it was, in the eyes of investors, too dependent on sales of molnupiravir, a COVID-19 pill (partner Merck), while investors frowned on Asahi Intecc’s operating expense developments. The widespread flight to Big Pharma continued, allowing the NYSE Arca Pharmaceuticals Index to buck the general trend and close the month in the green (total return CHF +0.8%). This was another reason why the fund underperformed its benchmark during the past month.
The investment process for the Bellevue Healthcare Strategy Fund resembles the rules-based investment process that Bellevue has successfully applied since 2007. In this approach, the 40 most attractive stocks in the healthcare sector worldwide are selected every six months. The Bellevue Healthcare team screens about 600 of the 4000 listed companies in the healthcare sector worldwide based on four quantitative criteria (PEG valuation, price/sales, sales growth and EBITDA/sales) and four qualitative criteria (assessing the company's management, product pipeline, operating risks and country-related risks). The ten most promising stocks from four different regions – Western Europe, North America, Japan/Australia and emerging markets – are selected. The maximum weighting of the region with the highest overall score, which is usually North America, is capped at 35% during the periodic rebalancing, which increases the emphasis given to emerging markets. Companies with rich valuations and low growth rates will rarely be selected for the portfolio. Mid cap stocks have typically represented 60-80% and the Asia region approximately one-third of the portfolio. Pharmaceutical stocks are clearly underweighted compared to the MSCI World Healthcare Index. Bellevue has applied this investment approach since April of 2007 and it is used to compile the Adamant Global Healthcare Index.
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and can be misleading. As the sub-fund 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 sub-fund, thus the performance of a benchmark is not a reliable indicator of future performance of the sub-fund 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. All figures in base currency in %, calculated by the total return / BVI method.Show moreShow less