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Please read the following important information for First State Asia Opportunities Fund

    •     The Fund invests primarily equity and equity-related securities in Asian Region (excluding Australia, New Zealand and Japan).

    •     The Fund’s investments may be concentrated in a single sector, country, specific region or small numbers of countries /companies which may have higher     volatility or greater loss of capital than more diversified portfolios.

    •     The Fund invests in emerging markets which may have increased risks than developed markets including liquidity risk, currency risk/control, political and     economic uncertainties, high degree of volatility, settlement risk and custody risk.

    •     The Fund may expose to China market risk including repatriation risk, uncertainties to taxation policies and risk associated with StockConnects. The Fund may     also expose to RMB currency and conversion risk.

    •     Investing in securities of small/mid-capitalisation companies may have lower liquidity and more volatile prices to adverse economic developments.

    •     The Fund may use FDIs for hedging and efficient portfolio management purposes, which may subject the Fund to additional liquidity, valuation, counterparty     and over the counter transaction risks.

    •     It is possible that a part or entire value of your investment could be lost. You should not base your investment decision solely on this document. Please read the     offering document including risk factors for details.

China

Navigate Greater China’s evolving landscape with a different perspective.

China as the second largest economy in the world with Hong Kong and Taiwan as key regional markets offers interesting growth opportunities. 

Dominant consumer franchises

We believe dominant consumer franchises and brands should benefit from rising incomes and the premiumisation trend, and can offer good growth potential over the long term.

Rise in healthcare spending

China’s per capita spend on healthcare is still relatively low and has room to grow. We believe that companies providing drugs and medical services should benefit from an increased focus on healthcare spending and wellbeing.

High quality financials

We believe banks and high quality financials should benefit from similar drivers as consumer businesses: demographics, rising incomes and urbanisation.

A more connected and automated world

We believe an increased focus on research and development should lead to technology champions in niche markets. Domestic component manufacturers could benefit from the trend towards localised production.
 

About the strategy

China is evolving, with the market developing and broadening out driven by increasing innovation; it is no longer just about state-owned companies. 

Martin Lau, Managing Partner explains the key investment themes for the Greater China investment strategy.

China

Our investment philosophy

FSSA Investment Managers’ investment approach is centred on identifying quality companies, buying them at a sensible price and holding for the long term.

We look for founders and management teams that act with integrity and risk awareness; and dominant franchises that have the ability to deliver sustainable and predictable returns over the long term.

We are research-driven, bottom-up investors1, carrying out detailed fundamental analysis2 to identify high quality companies to invest in for the long term. We travel extensively to meet with companies to assess the quality of management and their track record of executing long-term strategies; and supplement this with a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the company’s ability to compound growth in excess of the cost of capital.

1. Bottom-up investing is an investment approach that focuses on the analysis of individual stocks and de-emphasizes the significance of macroeconomic cycles.
2. Fundamental analysis is a method of measuring a security's intrinsic value by examining related economic and financial factors.

Our approach to sustainability

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis is fully integrated into our investment process. 

Our approach to responsible investing has been shaped by an emphasis on stewardship and the belief that quality managers and good governance should ensure that environmental and social concerns are rightfully addressed.

To us, sustainability is not just a label, but a set of values by which we operate.

As a firm, we have been signatories to the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2007 (we view it as a minimum standard) and are constantly striving to better understand how ESG and sustainability issues impact long-term investment performance.

Case study: Corporate governance

CSPC Pharmaceutical is one of the largest drug companies in China. In 2007, a private equity buy-out effectively turned the company into a private enterprise with an ownership structure that aligns management and shareholders .

FSSA Investment Managers has been a long-term shareholder of CSPC and, over time, we have engaged with management on a variety of issues such as broader distribution of compensation and attracting talent.

We also highlighted the benefits of having someone with multinational corporation (MNC) experience on the board; subsequently the company appointed Mr Chen Chuan, an ex-VP of Johnson & Johnson China, as a director. Our engagement with the company highlighted that management is open-minded and willing to listen, which we see as a positive.

 

Disclaimer: Reference to specific securities (if any) is included for the purpose of illustration only and should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell the same. All securities mentioned herein may or may not form part of the holdings of FSSA Investment Managers' portfolios at a certain point in time, and the holdings may change over time.

Investment Insights

Meet the managers

Martin Lau

Managing Partner

Helen Chen

Portfolio Manager

Winston Ke

Portfolio Manager

Price & performance

Strategy Overview

Key Facts

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Acc represents share class with dividends accumulated. M Dist represents share class with monthly distribution of dividends.  H Dist represents share class with half-yearly distribution of dividends.  Q Dist represents share class with quarterly distribution of dividends.  Dividends are not guaranteed and may be paid out of capital. All prices are for indication only. For detail, please refer to the Fund’s factsheet for further details including investment objective & strategy, asset allocation, top 10 holdings, comparison with benchmark (if any) and disclosure.

With effect from 22 September 2020, First State Investments was rebranded to First Sentier Investors. The names of the funds were also rebranded, please view the full list of the fund name changes: Hong Kong Unit Trust (HKUT) / First Sentier Investors Global Umbrella Fund (VCC).