Global Shares Income Fund
- Class A

May 2022, at a glance:
  • 6.1% distributed income² per annum since inception¹
  • 5.9% total return per annum since inception¹
1Inception date 1 March 2016. 2Distributed income, net of withholding tax. 3MSCI World ex Australia, Net Returns Unhedged Index. All data is at 31 May 2022 unless indicated otherwise. Fund returns are after applicable fees, costs and taxes. All p.a. returns are annualised. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Fund's Income Earned Relative To the Benchmark

Source: Factset, Plato Investment Management

Income Generated - Since Inception1 (PER ANNUM)

Source: Factset, Plato Investment Management

Summary

For the month ended 31 May 2022, the Plato Global Shares Income Fund (Class A) (‘Fund’) delivered a net yield of 0.9% and a total return of –0.3%, again outperforming a weak index by +0.5%. Since inception, the Fund has delivered 6.1% p.a. net yield from global equities, which is 4.3% p.a. more than the Benchmark.

Global equity markets were mixed for the month of May. Drivers of markets in April, rising inflation and central bank tightening, continued to fuel negative investor sentiment. Broad US markets were flat, but these themes continued to challenge tech stocks in the Nasdaq, which are priced for future growth (Dow +0.04%, S&P500 +0.01%, Nasdaq -2.1%). Persistent cost pressures, supply chain issues and a rapid reduction in consumer spending on goods were highlighted in the weak results, and subsequent drawdown, of retailers Walmart and Target. However, the energy sector supported markets, surging on the back of strong oil and gas prices. Europe held up, despite pressure from expected rate rises and the risk to growth from the war in Ukraine (Germany +2.1%, France -1%).  The rolling back of restrictions in China, and subsequent reopening, bolstered Asian markets (Hong Kong +1.5%, Nikkei +1.6%). Crude gained strongly as the EU put a partial ban on Russian oil (WTI +9.5%). The Aussie dollar rose with the RBA’s 25bp rate hike, although USD strength provided a cap (AUDUSD +1.6%).

The Fund continued to generate strong excess income, driven at the sector level by Financials and Consumer Durables. From a country perspective the driver was Europe, led by France and Germany. Stock examples of these exposures include US financial, American Financial Group, and Germany auto business, BMW AG. The Plato model rotates into such companies to benefit from substantial regular and special dividends.

The fund outperformed the index, helped by its relative value exposure. As markets retreated, Value stocks again held up better than their growth counterparts (MSCI World Value +2.1% v MSCI World Growth -2.8% in USD). Small cap companies underperformed their large cap counterparts, creating a small headwind for the strategy (MSCI World Small Cap +0.3% v MSCI World Large Cap +1% in USD). The Fund demonstrated positive stock selection in the US, Germany, and Hong Kong. This more than made up for weakness in Sweden and Japan. From a sector perspective relative performance continued to be strong in Healthcare and IT, offsetting weakness in Financials. Plato’s proprietary approach seeks to identify stocks that perform strongly in the period prior to their ex-dividend date. Examples include US healthcare companies, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

The Fund remains actively positioned to seek superior income for low tax investors, whilst maintaining full equity capital exposure and diversification to both global developed countries and sectors.

About the Fund

The Plato Global Shares Income Fund is a long-only equity income fund that aims to maximise retirement income for pension phase investors and SMSFs. The Fund aims to provide an annual yield that exceeds the yield of the MSCI World ex Australia, Net Returns Unhedged Index after fees. The Fund also aims to outperform the MSCI World ex Australia, Net Returns Unhedged Index.

ABOUT THE FUND MANAGERS

DANIEL PENNELL, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager

Daniel joined Plato in November 2015.  Prior to Plato, Daniel was a Portfolio Manager at Realindex Investments, and was responsible for all Developed and Emerging Market equity products. Daniel has also held positions at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) in Sydney and London.

Daniel has a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Birmingham and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

DR DON HAMSON

Managing Director

Don is the founding Managing Director of Plato Investment Management. He is well known as a leader in the practical application of after-tax investing.

Prior to forming Plato, Don was Head of Active Equities, Asia Pacific at State Street Global Advisors. Don has also held various positions at Westpac Investment Management, including Chief Investment Officer and Head of Equities where he managed a $1B Imputation Fund.

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DISCLAIMER

Interests in the Plato Global Shares Income Fund (ARSN 608 130 838) (‘Fund’) are issued by Pinnacle Fund Services Limited, ABN 29 082 494 362 AFSL 238371. Pinnacle Fund Services Limited is not licensed to provide financial product advice. A copy of the most recent Product Disclosure Statement (‘PDS’) and Target Market Determination (‘TMD’) of the Fund can be located at www.plato.com.au/retail-funds/. You should consider the current PDS and TMD in its entirety before making an investment decision. Plato Investment Management Limited AFSL 504616 ABN 77 120 730 136 (‘Plato’), is the investment manager of the Fund. Pinnacle Fund Services Limited and Plato believe the information contained in this communication is reliable, however its accuracy, reliability or completeness is not guaranteed.
Any opinions or forecasts reflect the judgment and assumptions of Plato and its representatives on the basis of information at the date of publication and may later change without notice.
The information is not intended as a securities recommendation or statement of opinion intended to influence a person or persons in making a decision in relation to investment. This communication is for general information only. It has been prepared without taking account of any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Any persons relying on this information should obtain professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances, needs and investment objectives. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

The Zenith Investment Partners (ABN 27 103 132 672, AFS Licence 226872) (“Zenith”) rating (assigned Plato Global Shares Income Fund (Class A) – November 2020) referred to in this piece is limited to “General Advice” (s766B Corporations Act 2001) for Wholesale clients only. This advice has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any individual, including target markets of financial products, where applicable, and is subject to change at any time without prior notice. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product(s). Investors should seek independent financial advice before making an investment decision and should consider the appropriateness of this advice in light of their own objectives, financial situation and needs. Investors should obtain a copy of, and consider the PDS or offer document before making any decision and refer to the full Zenith Product Assessment available on the Zenith website. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology, ratings definitions and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessments and at Fund Research Regulatory Guidelines.

The Lonsec Rating (Plato Global Shares Income Fund (Class A) assigned May 2021) presented in this document is published by Lonsec Research Pty Ltd ABN 11 151 658 561 AFSL 421 445. The Rating is limited to “General Advice” (as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) and based solely on consideration of the investment merits of the financial product(s). Past performance information is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of future performance. It is not a recommendation to purchase, sell or hold Plato product(s), and you should seek independent financial advice before investing in this product(s). The Rating is subject to change without notice and Lonsec assumes no obligation to update the relevant document(s) following publication. Lonsec receives a fee from the Fund Manager for researching the product(s) using comprehensive and objective criteria. For further information regarding Lonsec’s Ratings methodology, please refer to our website at: https://www.lonsec.com.au/investment-product-ratings/.

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