Métropole Gestion

METROPOLE Sélection P

ISIN Code FR0010988758

NAV 232.33 €

20/11/2014

Morningstar : 3/5

Value Blended Growth
Large caps Yes No No
Mid caps Yes No No
Small caps Yes No No

Main investment cases for underpriced European stocks (25 lines max.)

Fund management

The European fund management team

The fund management team: Ingrid Trawinski, Yann Giordmaina, Cédric Hereng, Isabel Levy, Markus Maus, Fredrik Berenholt, Corinne Baudoin.

Management comments

October 2014

 

European equity markets were hit with excessive volatility in October. Waves of panic sent the markets plummeting by nearly 10% at the top of the month. In the wake of a substantial rebound, the Stoxx Europe Large (dividends reinvested) ended the month down 1.96%. 

Key events in October included the outcome of the AQR and the stress test conducted by the ECB, which had little impact. None of the banks in our portfolio will have to strengthen their capital as a result of these exercises. In other news, the markets had read the weakening in macroeconomic indicators published in October to mean that economic activity would fall again in Europe. These fears were proved unfounded by the third quarter results releases, which on average turned out better than expected and showed no signs of a downturn in activity at this point. For example, Randstad published revenue growth of 4.2% combined with an additional improvement in profitability. In manufacturing, ABB recorded a 28% increase in orders, of which +40% from Europe.

Against this backdrop, the fund underperformed its benchmark index this month. The fund's performance was notably undermined by the decline in Capgemini, which has not yet published its earnings but suffered from IBM's poor results. Unicredit also saw its share price fall significantly (-8%) despite passing the ECB test without a hitch. We made no changes to the portfolio's structure in October. We did increase our exposure to Kering and reduced our position in Kingfisher, however. We also tendered all our Telekom Austria shares to the takeover bid initiated by Mexican investor Carlos Slim.

Subscriptions / redemptions

Requests will be centralised with SGSS on a daily basis up to 12 p.m. and processed on the basis of the next net asset value which will be calculated based on the closing prices on the same day. in other words. at unknown price. All related settlements will be made two trading days after following the NAV calculation / unit (D+2). SGSS : Tel.: +33 (0)2 51 85 57 09. Fax: +33 (0)2 51 85 58 71. Please ensure that your financial intermediary gives your company’s name and your BIC/ BIC1 code to SGSS.

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