Fact sheet: Blackfriars Oriental Focus

Fund information
Fund name
Blackfriars Oriental Focus A GBP
Fund manager company
Blackfriars Asset Management L
Fund type
No data available.
Fund managers
  • Stephen Simmonssince 01/11/2013
  • Tony Hannsince 31/07/2016
  • Henry Thorntonsince 10/10/2004
Fund objective
The Blackfriars Oriental Focus Fund invests in Asian equity markets excluding Japan and aims to generate long term capital growth. The Fund is not managed against, nor constrained by, any index. The mandate is "long only" and the portfolio is subject to normal market risk. The Dollar A share class is unhedged.
Benchmark
  • MSCI Asia Ex Japan Index
Investment style
Absolute Return
Investment method
No data available.
Quick stats
1 Year return
26.6%
1 Year rank in sector
17/175
Sector
FO Equity - Asia Pacific ex Japan
Yield
-
Fund size
£27m
FE Risk score
?FE Risk Scores measure the riskiness of instruments relative to the FTSE 100 index of shares. Weekly volatility is measured over three years with recent behaviour counting more heavily than earlier behaviour. Cash-type investments will have scores close to zero. Funds will tend to have scores in the 0-150 range. The FTSE 100 is always scored at 100. There is no upper limit.
108
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Performance snapshot

Holdings snapshot

  • Hong Kong & China24.5%
    Korea14.7%
    India14.2%
    Taiwan13.9%
    Thailand10.5%
  • Cyclical Consumer Goods20.8%
    Non-Cyclical Consumer Goods16%
    Financials15.1%
    Technology13.1%
    Industrials12.9%
  • Asia Pacific Equities24.5%
    South Korean Equities14.7%
    Indian Equities14.2%
    Taiwanese Equities13.9%
    Thai Equities10.5%

Performance vs Sector

Cumulative performance
 1 mth3 mth6 mth1 yr3 yr5 yr
Fund-4.3%-1.7%15.9%26.6%19.6%36.9%
Sector-1.9%-4.1%6.1%9.3%6.9%27.7%
Rank within sector158 / 18447 / 18422 / 18317 / 17543 / 15349 / 121
Quartile4th2nd1st1st2nd2nd
Calendar performance
 YTD - 20162015201420132012
Fund23.4%-11.4%11.9%-9.1%26.5%
Sector8.6%-6.8%5.5%3.3%19.7%
Rank within sector17 / 175143 / 16734 / 156140 / 14119 / 120
Quartile1st4th1st4th1st
Risk statistics
Alpha
?Alpha is a measure of a fund's over- or under-performance by comparison to its benchmark. If the Alpha is 5, the fund has outperformed its benchmark by 5%; so the greater the Alpha, the greater the outperformance.
5.03
Beta
?Beta estimates a fund's volatility by comparison to that of its benchmark. A fund with a beta close to 1 means that the fund will move generally in line with the benchmark. Higher than 1 and the fund is more volatile than the benchmark and vice versa.
0.73
Sharpe
?This commonly-used measure calculates the level of return over and above the return of a notional risk-free investment, such as cash. The difference in returns is then divided by the fund's volatility. The resulting ratio is an indication of the amount of excess return generated per unit of risk.
0.18
Volatility
?Volatility (or standard deviation), when applied to an investment fund, expresses its risk. It shows how widely a range of returns varied from the fund's average return over a particular period. For example, if a fund had an average return of 5%, and its volatility was 15, this would mean that the range of its returns over the period had swung between +20% and -10%.
14.1
Tracking error
?This measures the standard deviation of a fund's excess returns over the returns of an index or benchmark portfolio. As such, it can be an indication of 'riskiness' in the manager's investment style. A Tracking Error below 2 suggests a passive approach. At 3 and above the the manager will be deploying a more active investment style.
10.86
Information ratio
?This is a useful risk-adjusted measure of actively managed fund performance. It is calculated by deducting the returns of the fund's benchmark from the fund's overall returns, then dividing the result by its tracking error. The higher the Information Ratio the better. It is generally considered that a figure of 0.5 reflects a good performance, 0.75 very good, and 1.00 outstanding.
0.38
R-Squared
?An indication of how closely correlated a fund is to an index or a benchmark. Values for R-Squared range between 0 and 1, with 0 indicating no correlation at all and 1 showing a perfect match. Values upwards of 0.7 suggest that the fund's behaviour is increasingly linked to its benchmark.
0.45
Price movement
52 week high34.16
52 week low23.31
Current bid price-
Current offer price-
Current mid price31.55
Region
1Hong Kong & China24.5%
2Korea14.7%
3India14.2%
4Taiwan13.9%
5Thailand10.5%
6Money Market7.6%
7Philippines7.4%
8Indonesia3%
9Malaysia2.9%
Industry sector
1Cyclical Consumer Goods20.8%
2Non-Cyclical Consumer Goods16%
3Financials15.1%
4Technology13.1%
5Industrials12.9%
6Communications11.6%
7Money Market7.6%
8Others2.9%
Asset type
1Asia Pacific Equities24.5%
2South Korean Equities14.7%
3Indian Equities14.2%
4Taiwanese Equities13.9%
5Thai Equities10.5%
6Money Market7.6%
7Philippine Equities7.4%
8Indonesian Equities3%
9Malaysian Equities2.9%
Individual holdings
1SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO6.09%
2MINTH GROUP5.96%
3TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING5.88%
4ZEE ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISES LTD5.29%
5ZEE ENTERTAINMENT ENTERPRISES LTD5.29%
6ITC4.62%
7ITC4.62%
8HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FINANCE CORP4.3%
9HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FINANCE CORP4.3%
Management
Fund manager group
BDT Invest
Fund manager company
Blackfriars Asset Management L
Fund type
No data available.
Fund objective
The Blackfriars Oriental Focus Fund invests in Asian equity markets excluding Japan and aims to generate long term capital growth. The Fund is not managed against, nor constrained by, any index. The mandate is "long only" and the portfolio is subject to normal market risk. The Dollar A share class is unhedged.
Benchmark
  • MSCI Asia Ex Japan Index
Investment style
Absolute Return
Investment method
No data available.
Fund managers
NameSinceBiography
Stephen Simmons01/11/2013Stephen is Head of Business Development and Sales, bringing some 19 years of experience in Asian markets to Blackfriars in 2014. After leaving the Army he returned to Hong Kong and spent 11 years with CLSA Asia Pacific Markets in Hong Kong, London and latterly in Thailand where he was Country Head. He left CLSA to become a partner in Cambodia’s first private equity fund. He remained with the fund until its successful hard close at which point he returned to London to join BDT Invest as Client Relationship and Marketing Director.
Tony Hann31/07/2016Tony is Head of Equities at Blackfriars having joined the team (formerly WestLB Asset Management) in 1998 as head of the Asian desk. Initially responsible for managing the Compass Emerging Asian Fund, he became a co-manager of the global emerging markets funds in 2005 and took on his current role of Head of Equities at the beginning of 2009. He continues to have day to day responsibility for the Asian stocks across the GEM portfolios. Tony began his investment career in 1988 at National Mutual Life where he was responsible for insurance funds across the Asia Pacific region before going on to manage two Asian unit trusts at the Japanese investment bank Sanwa International. Prior to joining Blackfriars, Tony was at General Accident in London for 5 years where he ran the Asia Pacific desk managing a range of pension and life funds. He earned a first class honours degree in Applied Physics from Brunel University, followed by 4 years post-graduate research with the Electro-Optics teams at Brunel and Reading Universities.
Henry Thornton10/10/2004Henry joined Blackfriars in 2014 as a Portfolio Manager. He began his career at Thornton Management (Asia) in 1985. In 1989 he was appointed investment director of Royal Trust Asset Management (Asia), a position he retained during subsequent acquisitions by Credit Lyonnais International Asset Management and Nicholas Applegate Capital Management. In 1999 he was appointed head of emerging markets at Colonial First State Investments, a position he retained until his resignation in April 2000. Henry went on to co-found BDT Invest LLP and was chief executive officer for 14 years, where he managed the Establishment Investment Trust and co-managed BDT Invest's Oriental Focus and Asian Focus Funds (now Blackfriars Oriental Focus and Asian Focus Funds).
Compliance
Transparent for Swiss Tax, Distributor Status, Reporting Fund Status, UCITS IV Compliant
Domicile
No data available.
Fund for sale in
United Kingdom, Ireland, Offshore
Blackfriars Oriental Focus A EUR
Initial charge-
Annual charge1.5%
Min single investment£10,000
Min regular saving£2,500
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)2.19%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price22.88
CurrencyEUR
Price updated08/12/2016
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeB309
Blackfriars Oriental Focus A GBP
Initial charge-
Annual charge1.5%
Min single investment£10,000
Min regular saving£2,500
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)2.2%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price31.55
CurrencyGBP
Price updated08/12/2016
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeB311
Blackfriars Oriental Focus A USD
Initial charge-
Annual charge1.5%
Min single investment£10,000
Min regular saving£2,500
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)2.2%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price20.1
CurrencyUSD
Price updated08/12/2016
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeB307
Blackfriars Oriental Focus B EUR
Initial charge-
Annual charge0.9%
Min single investment£3,000,000
Min regular saving£100,000
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)1.62%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price24.99
CurrencyEUR
Price updated08/12/2016
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeB310
Blackfriars Oriental Focus B GBP
Initial charge-
Annual charge0.9%
Min single investment£10,000
Min regular saving£2,500
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)1.56%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price34.09
CurrencyGBP
Price updated08/12/2016
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeB312
Blackfriars Oriental Focus B USD
Initial charge-
Annual charge0.9%
Min single investment£10,000
Min regular saving£2,500
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)-
Total expense ratio (TER)1.58%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price21.85
CurrencyUSD
Price updated08/12/2016
TypeIncome
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeB308
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