The fund management focuses on companies with convincing structural growth and high long-term earnings. These companies are based in Europe, but often operate globally. Based on fundamental stock selection, companies are selected that achieve sustainable growth over long periods of time with high profitability. Investments are made primarily in large caps as well as high-growth smaller and medium-sized stocks. The decisive criteria for these business models are high entry barriers, end markets with structural growth and excellent management teams.
- Concentrated portfolio of about 50 stocks
- All cap approach, i.e. exploiting investment opportunities across all market segments
- Long-term investment horizon and therefore low portfolio turnover
- Benchmark-agnostic approach
Learn more about our investment philosophy in equity fund management
|Issue price (22.03.2023)||147.27 EUR|
|Redemption price (22.03.2023)||140.26 EUR|
|Fund volume||608.58 Mio. EUR|
|Share class volume||50.82 Mio. EUR|
|Asset Manager||Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG|
|Management company||Universal-Investment-Luxembourg S.A.|
|Custodian||State Street Bank International GmbH, Luxembourg Branch|
|Use of income||Accumulating|
|End of financial year||31.12.|
|Registration and Distribution||DE, AT, FR, CH, IT, LU, LI, ES, CL, HK, SG|
(Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation)
|Issue surcharge||Up to 5.00%|
|Management fee p.a.||1.50%|
|Custodian fee p.a.||0.10%|
|Total Expense Ratio (TER) p.a.||1.70%|
Chances and risks
|High return potential of stocks over the long-term||High susceptibility of shares to fluctuation, price losses possible|
|Development of growth stocks occasionally above average||Share value may fall below the purchase price at which the customer acquired the share|
|Development of small cap stocks above average in certain phases||Below-average development of growth stocks possible at times|
|Possible additional earnings through individual value analysis and active management||Below-average development of small stocks possible at times|
|No guarantee of success for individual value analysis and active management|
|Concentration risk due to focus on investments in the Euro currency and European region|
|Foreign currency investments and transactions denominated in foreign currencies are subject to exchange rate risks|
Further details on the opportunities and risks of this fund can be found in the sales prospectus.
Performance in 12-month periods
Source: Berenberg, Management company
The charts and tables regarding performance shown here are based on own calculations according to the method developed by the German Investment Funds Association (BVI). They illustrate past performance. Future performance can deviate both positively and negatively from these calculations. Gross performance (BVI method) takes into account all charges at fund level (e.g. management fee), net performance plus the issue surcharge. Additional charges can arise for individual investors (e.g. custody account fees, commissions and other fees). Model calculation (net): An investor wants to purchase fund units for EUR 1,000 EUR. Considering a max issue surcharge of 5.00% he has to payEUR 50.00 for the purchase. Also, fees may be charged for the administration of the safe custody account, which will lower the performance. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.
Performance after issue surcharge
|Max. Drawdown 5 years||-41.73%|
Source: Berenberg, Management company | State: 22 Mar 2023
|Volatility - 1 year||23.50%|
|Volatility - 3 years||22.86%|
|Sharpe Ratio - 3 years||0.71|
|Maximum Drawdown - since inception||-41.73%|
Monthly market comment
Although the outlook for 2023 was below expectations, Lonza's shares performed positively. After Allfunds rejected a takeover offer, the share price rose in February. A strong set of figures for the fourth quarter and an optimistic conference call by management helped Fortnox to make significant gains. Worldline, on the other hand, reacted negatively to the quarterly figures, as investors were disappointed with the 2023 margin guidance despite positive results. Dino Polska shares underperformed due to a potential cooling of growth after a strong performance in 2022. Merck shares declined in February because of concerns about slower growth.
Matthias Born has been CIO Equities since 2017 and Head of Investments of Wealth and Asset Management since 2019. He started his career in 2001 at Allianz Global Investors (AGI), where he managed portfolios for European Small Caps, European growth stocks and German equities from 2002 to 2017. In his 16 years at AGI, he has built two very successful equity franchises and was responsible for client assets in the double-digit billions. Matthias Born has an excellent track record over two decades and received several awards for his outstanding and consistent performance. He studied at the University of Wuerzburg and holds a degree in Business Administration.
Martin Hermann has been a Portfolio Manager at Berenberg since October 2017. Before joining Berenberg, he was a Portfolio Manager and Vice President within the award-winning "Europe Equity Growth Team" at Allianz Global Investors. His responsibilities included Deputy Fund Manager for the International Equity Growth Fund. He started his career in 2010 as an Investment Trainee in the Graduate Program at Allianz Global Investors. Martin Hermann holds a Master in Investment Analysis and Corporate Finance from the University of Vienna and is CFA Charterholder.
Oliver Fritz has been a Portfolio Manager at Berenberg since July 2017. Before joining Berenberg, Oliver Fritz worked in the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs, covering German-speaking equity and multi-asset clients. He started his career as a Sell-Side Sales at Mainfirst Bank. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Maastricht University and a Master's degree in Finance and Management from St. Andrews University.
Justus Schirmacher has been a Portfolio Manager at Berenberg since January 2019. He started his career at Goldman Sachs in 2014 as an equity analyst in the European Autos Team. Before joining Berenberg, Justus Schirmacher worked in the GS SUSTAIN team. Here, the focus was on identifying cross-sector companies with successful and sustainable business models that have strong competitive advantages and benefit from structural growth. Justus Schirmacher studied history at the University of Cambridge.
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.