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Trojan Fund

The investment objective of the Trojan Fund is to seek to achieve growth in capital (net of fees), ahead of inflation (UK Retail Prices Index), over the longer term (5 to 7 years).

The policy is to invest globally in government and public securities (such as sovereign debt and treasury bills), corporate bonds, equities and equity-related securities, private equity, precious metals, cash, cash equivalents and deposits.

In addition to the O share class referred to on this page, I & S Classes are also available. Please contact us for more information.

'O' Share Class Price 24/06/2021
Accumulation Shares
Income Shares
301.56p
Fund Size
£5,636m

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

May 2021

Your Fund returned +0.2% during the month compared to +1.1% for the FTSE All-Share Index (TR). 

Agilent Technologies first came to our attention when visiting the company in Silicon Valley in 2018. The Trojan Fund started a holding in November 2019, after several months of research into the business. Agilent is a leader in ‘chromatography and mass spectrometry’ instruments or, in plain English, equipment that tells the user what is in a sample. For example, a government agency testing water quality may use Agilent equipment to measure the effects of pollution on a water supply.

Agilent’s instruments are expensive, often costing over $100,000 to purchase. However, they also require ongoing consumables and servicing, with the cost of this often exceeding the initial purchase price over a 10-year period. Agilent has a significant installed base of hundreds of thousands of instruments around the world, but, historically, has not supplied consumables for the majority of these.

A key attraction of the Agilent investment case is the company’s improving ability to monetise the instrument installed base through selling its own consumables and services. The potential from this stream of high-margin, recurring revenue has been underappreciated by the market in the past, but ~60% of revenue was recurring in recent quarters. The nature of these contracted revenues was put to the test during the pandemic, with many customers having budgets cut. The company continued

to execute well and revenues only fell -1% in the worst quarter, with sales growing in the full year. The shares have been rightly rewarded since, as market awareness of the quality of the business has improved.

Agilent published quarterly results at the end of May, covering the period from February to April 2021. Revenue growth was exceptionally strong (+23%), boosted by labs reopening and strong demand from some of the more economically sensitive end-markets. Agilent is experiencing strong operating leverage as it grows, with the company reporting EPS* growth of +37%.

Since November 2019 our knowledge and confidence in the company has deepened, aided by 10 meetings with either IR or management. Despite the shares performing well, the outlook continues to be attractive for Agilent, with a long runway for growth.

The Trojan Fund recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, which will be covered in our next quarterly report.

*Earnings per share

Source: Lipper, Link Fund Solutions Limited

 

 

Total Return 31/05/2001
Since Launch
31/05/2011
10 Years
31/05/2016
5 Years
31/05/2018
3 Years
31/05/2020
1 Year
30/11/2020
6 Months
Trojan O Income +301.7% +65.0% +34.3% +22.5% +6.9% +4.5%
UK Retail Price Index +72.8% +28.0% +14.9% +7.3% +3.0% +2.6%
FTSE All-Share TR +186.4% +84.4% +40.5% +5.9% +23.1% +15.2%
Bank of England Base Rate +49.9% +4.7% +2.1% +1.4% +0.1% 0.0%
Discrete Calendar Annual Returns (%) 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Trojan O Income +0.6% +4.1% +15.4% +10.3% +15.9% +12.0% +6.1% +1.1% +11.6% +14.4% +8.5% +2.1% -3.1% +8.9% +3.2% +12.3% +4.1% -3.0% +10.7% +7.4% +4.2%

Performance is calculated on a total return basis, net of fees, in sterling terms.

Source: Lipper, Link Fund Solutions Limited. Since Launch (31/05/2001) to 30 April 2021.

Source: Lipper, Link Fund Solutions Limited

The source of performance data has been changed.  This change may have resulted in variations from previously published performance figures.

Risk Analysis Since Launch (31/05/2001) Trojan O Income FTSE All-Share TR
Total Return +301.7% +186.4%
Max Drawdown -13.7% -45.6%
Best Month +8.9% +12.7%
Worst Month -4.7% -15.1%
Positive Months +66.7% +58.8%
Annualised Volatility +6.3% +14.0%

Performance is calculated on a total return basis, net of fees, in sterling terms.

Maximum Drawdown measures the worst investment period

Annualised Volatility is measured by the annualised standard deviation of the monthly returns 

Source: Lipper, Link Fund Solutions Limited.  

Top 10 holdings (excluding government bonds) Fund %
Gold Bullion Securities 6.4
Microsoft 5.7
Alphabet 5.1
Unilever 4.3
Visa 3.8
Philip Morris International 3.6
Nestlé 3.6
Invesco Physical Gold 3.5
Diageo 3.4
Medtronic 3.2
Total Top 10 42.6
10 Other Equity holdings 15.7
Index Linked Bonds 28.6
UK T-Bills 7.1
Cash 6.0
TOTAL 100.0

Asset allocation and holdings subject to change.

 

Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. The value of a fund and any income from it may go down as well as up and investors may get back less than they invested. Changes in rates of exchange may cause the value of investments to go up or down. Returns may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. This data is provided for information only and should not be reproduced, published or disseminated in any manner. Although Troy considers the data to be reliable, no warranty is given as to its accuracy or completeness. Any comparisons against indices are for illustrative purposes only. In line with the Fund’s prospectus, the Fund is authorised to invest in transferable securities and money market instruments issued or guaranteed by an EEA state, one or more local authorities, a third country, or a public international body to which one or more EEA states belong.  The Investment Manager would only consider investing more than 35% of the Fund’s assets in UK or US government issued transferable securities or approved money market instruments. 

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