Hidden champions with above-average growth and leading products can be found especially in the German small cap segment. The focus of Berenberg Aktien Mittelstand is on established niche companies that have focused business models and strong market positions both in their home markets and globally. The strategy is based on a disciplined bottom-up stock selection, focusing on companies with excellent business models, strong entry barriers and top management – many of them owner-managed.
- Concentrated portfolio of 25-45 stocks
- Mid-cap approach; small- and micro-caps can be added
- Long-term investment horizon and low portfolio turnover
- Benchmark-agnostic selection
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Further details on the opportunities and risks of this fund can be found in the sales prospectus.
Performance in 12-month periods
Monthly market comment
Rumours that Norma received several takeover offers in recent months, but rejected them, boosted the stock. Gerresheimer shares performed well following strong quarterly figures and a positive outlook for the financial year 2023. Süss Microtec reported very encouraging growth prospects and unabated strong demand at its capital market day. This led to an above-average share price performance. Stratec's share price declined as delivery delays for microprocessors weighed on sales expectations for fiscal 2022. Due to a normalization of energy prices, the shares of Energiekontor and Verbio underperformed.
Andreas Strobl has been a 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 moved to Allianz SE (Aequitas GmbH) as a senior Investment Manager. Since 2015, Andreas Strobl has worked as a Senior Portfolio manager at Allianz Global Investors in Frankfurt, 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 graduated at the top of his class as a CIIA (Certified International Investment Analyst) and CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst).
Sebastian Leigh has been Portfolio Manager at Berenberg since October 2017. Previously, he spent three 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.
Consideration of ESG Elements
Identifying companies and business models that will be successful in the long term is the basis for good investment decisions. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are key factors in decision making and are therefore integral
components of the investment process.
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.