Monthly Updates

Antipodes Asia Fund

ARSN 096 451 393 APIR IOF0203AU
MONTHLY REPORT | 30 September 2021

Commentary

September was the worst month of the year to date for Global Equities (-3.0%) with Energy, Financials, Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staple sectors outperforming, whilst Materials, Utilities, Communication Services and Information Technology underperformed. US equities (-3.6%) and European equities were aligned (-3.7%). Tightening and forecast tightening by central banks, US treasury debt ceiling negotiations, German elections, inflation worries and risks from China all contributed to this weakness.

Asian equities outperformed (-0.5%) with Chinese equities down (-1.6%) with worries about Evergrande financial contagion, power cuts and further regulatory worries. Japan was strong (+4.0%) with a new Prime Minister expected to bring expansionary fiscal policy.

Elsewhere, Brent Crude (+9.5% in USD) was rallying again along with the rest of the energy complex due to a squeeze on supply, while Gold (-3.1%) was down and the US Dollar (DXY +1.7%) was strong.

Key contributors included:

  • Consumer Cyclical – Asia/EM cluster, notably ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank as beneficiaries of India’s continued reopening following the most recent COVID-19 wave.
  • Wuliangye and Asahi Group in the Consumer Defensive – Asia/EM cluster. Wuliangye benefitted from strength in premium Baijiu stocks as the new Chairman of Moutai outlined a plan with wider industry benefits after fears that regulation would put pressure on pricing and higher supply. Asahi outperformed with a reopening of some of its key on-premise markets in Europe and with improving vaccination rates in Japan. Li Ning was a notable underperformer in the cluster with rising power costs impacting production costs and moderating growth after a sustained period of outperformance.

Key detractors included:

  • Internet/Software – Asia/EM cluster including JD.com and Alibaba amidst fears of underwhelming 3Q results amid the weaker Chinese macro and consumption environment, and Tencent with game approvals being delayed as the business adapts to the enforcement of gaming regulatory changes targeting minors.
  • Hardware cluster notably Taiwan Semiconductor as questions over the sustainability of recent price hikes, reports of intentional chip hoarding to overcome supply constraints and capex growth weighed on sentiment.

Net performance (%)

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Returns are quoted in AUD and net of applicable fees, costs and taxes. All p.a. returns are annualised.

Performance & risk summary 3

3 All metrics are based on gross of fee returns in AUD terms. The upside/downside capture ratio is the percentage of benchmark performance captured by the fund during months that the benchmark is up/down. Standard deviation is a measure of risk with a smaller figure indicating lower return volatility. The Sharpe ratio measures returns on a risk adjusted basis with a figure > 1 indicating a higher return than the benchmark for the respective levels of return volatility.

Performance contribution2 (%)

PORTFOLIO DATE PERIOD TYPE blank 1 month
Asia 30 Sep 2021 18 Nov 2021 POSITION Long -2.8%
Asia 30 Sep 2021 18 Nov 2021 POSITION Short 0.0%
Asia 30 Sep 2021 18 Nov 2021 POSITION Currency 0.1%

2 Based on gross returns in AUD

Top & bottom sector contribution4,5 (%)

5 Antipodes classification

Fund Facts

wdt_ID Characteristics -

Antipodes Asia Fund

Asset allocation4

4 Call (put) options represented as the current option value (delta adjusted exposure)

Sector exposure3,4 (%)

3 Antipodes classification

Top 10 equity longs4 (%)

Name Country Weight
Tencent China/HK 9.0
Taiwan Semiconductor Taiwan 7.9
Meituan China/HK 7.5
ICICI Bank India 5.3
HDFC Bank India 5.1
JD.com China/HK 4.3
China Mengniu Dairy China/HK 3.9
Sea Ltd. Singapore 3.8
Trip.com Group China/HK 3.1
LONGi Green Energy Technology China/HK 3.1

Currency exposure4,7 (%)

7 Where possible, regions, countries and currencies classified on a look through basis

Regional exposure4,5,7 (%)

Market cap exposure4 (%)

Band Long Short Net
Mega (>$100b) 46.2 -0.2 46.0
Large (>$25b <$100b) 32.1 -0.6 31.5
Medium (>$5b <$25b) 11.7 0.0 11.7
Small (<$5b) 2.1 -0.2 1.8
Investment Manager

• Global pragmatic value manager, long only and long-short
• Structured to reinforce alignment between investors and the investment team
• We attempt to take advantage of the market’s tendency for irrational extrapolation, identify investments that offer a high margin of safety and build portfolios with a capital preservation focus

Fund features

• Objective to achieve absolute returns in excess of the benchmark over the investment cycle (typically 3-5 years)
• The fund may invest in companies that are listed:
▪ On Asian share markets
▪ On global share markets and which derive >65% of their
revenues from Asia
▪ In Japan (maximum 30% net exposure)

▪ In Oceania and non-Asian emerging markets (maximum 15%
net exposure)

• In the absence of finding securities that meet minimum risk-return criteria, cash may be held
• Flexibility to hedge for risk management purposes:
• Equity shorts and currency positions used to take advantage of attractive risk-return opportunities, offset specific long portfolio risks and provide some protection from negative tail risk. Derivatives may also be used to amplify high conviction ideas
• Typical net equity exposure of 50% to 100%; maximum gross exposure of 150% of NAV

Fund Ratings

Further information

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Disclaimer

This communication is prepared by Antipodes Partners Limited (‘Antipodes’) ABN 29 602 042 035 AFSL 481580 as the investment manager of the Antipodes Asia Fund (ARSN 096 451 393) (‘the Fund’). Pinnacle Fund Services Limited ABN 29 082 494 362 AFSL 238371 (‘PFSL’) is the product issuer of the Fund. PFSL is not licensed to provide financial product advice. PFSL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pinnacle Investment Management Group Limited (‘Pinnacle’) ABN 22 100 325 184. The Product Disclosure Statement (‘PDS’) and Target Market Determination (‘TMD’) of the Fund is available at www.antipodespartners.com. Any potential investor should consider the PDS and TMD before deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold units in, the Fund.

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