Innovation and digitalisation: Germany does not need to hide. The fund management of Berenberg Aktien Deutschland focuses on the most convincing “Blue chips” as well as above-average growth "hidden champions" from the mid- and small-cap segment. The strategy is based on a disciplined bottom-up stock selection, focusing on companies with excellent business models, strong entry barriers and top management.
- Diversified portfolio of 40-60 stocks
- Investment level can be flexibly steered (usually 90-130%)
- Including mid-and small-caps (usually 40%)
- Benchmark-agnostic selection
Performance in 12 month
Monthly market comment
Linde shares developed positively after the company announced new contracts, including a contract between RWE and Linde to build two electrolysis plants in Germany. SAP shares developed positively following some positive interviews by management on "RISE with SAP" and good quarterly figures from competitors Salesforce and Oracle. Infineon's stock came under pressure following an analyst downgrade. However, the company continues to expect solid growth, which is reinforced by the high order backlog. German meal kit supplier HelloFresh came under pressure in December due to a weaker than expected earnings outlook for 2022.
Andreas Strobl has been Portfolio Manager at Berenberg since November 2016. He began his professional career in 2002 as a Sell-Side Analyst at BayernLB in Munich. In 2006 he switched to Allianz Se (Aequitas GmbH) as Senior Investment Manager. There, he managed European equity investments within the framework of a fundamental investment approach, particularly in the areas of finance, real estate and media. Andreas Strobl joined Allianz Global Investors in Frankfurt in 2015 as a Senior Portfolio Manager, where he was responsible for the management and development of various European small/mid cap equity portfolios. He studied business administration at the LMU in Munich. In 2005, he completed the CIIA (Certified International Investment Analyst) and CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst) training as the best in his class.
Sebastian Leigh has been Portfolio Manager at Berenberg since October 2017. Previously, he spent 3 years as an Associate in the Assurance division of EY, with a primary focus on automotive and healthcare companies. He studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Kent. He has also passed the CFA Level I exam.
The fund does not actively manage its carbon footprint, however, emissions data such as CO2 intensity are relevant parameters which can be used to assess the efficient management of a company and the extent of transition risks.
The data provider MSCI ESG uses an ESG score of 0 to 10 to assess the management of material ESG risks of portfolio holdings compared to competitors.
ESG Controversies Screen
Investments in the fund are monitored for ESG controversies and, with the help of MSCI ESG data, flagged according their severity. Thereby, potential ESG risks of investments are identified. In the case of an orange flag (severe controversy), we enter into an active exchange with the company. In the case of a red flag (very severe controversy), the company is excluded.