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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 04/06/2020
Accumulation Shares
Income Shares
278.05p
Fund Size
£4,662M (30/04/20)

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

April 2020

Your Fund returned +4.9% during the month compared to +4.9% for the FTSE All-Share Index (TR). 

It is far too early to have any clarity on the economic effects of Covid-19 but the start of the quarterly reporting season has provided us with some very early indications.  Most of the Fund’s longstanding holdings demons-trated resilience and the sustainability of their business models has been underlined.  Some of our companies such as Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Colgate have benefited from what is described in the UK as ‘panic buying’ and in the US, less dramatically, as ‘pantry loading’.  With demand brought forward for staples like coffee and pet food, this growth is likely to abate in the coming year.

Unlike many companies, these multinationals have dealt with multiple crises in the recent past, emerging robustly from the Asian crisis, hyperinflation in certain markets and even wars.  Many have the experience and resources to adapt their supply chains and routes to market.  

 

Despite Nestlé closing 98% of its Nespresso shops during the lockdown, online sales of the brand rose by +60% and the brand’s overall sales were up +8% during the quarter.  This is testament to the resilience of the brand and the strength of a business model which can adapt.

We are convinced that while some companies may not recover from the economic impact of Covid-19, others will emerge stronger.  Microsoft’s quarterly figures highlighted its continued growth in all divisions and, in contrast to many companies suspending buybacks, the company stepped up its share repurchase programme.  Chief Executive, Satya Nadella remarked in the earnings call “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months”.  Of the many changes brought on by the virus, we expect that the digitisation of working practices is here to stay.

 

 

 

 

Source: Lipper, Link Fund Solutions Limited

 

 

Total Return 31/05/2001
Since Launch
31/05/2010
10 Years
31/05/2015
5 Years
31/05/2017
3 Years
31/05/2019
1 Year
30/11/2019
6 Months
Trojan O Income +275.9% +75.0% +32.4% +12.0% +9.3% +5.5%
UK Retail Price Index +68.0% +30.9% +13.2% +7.7% +1.2% +0.5%
FTSE All-Share TR +132.6% +80.2% +6.9% -8.4% -11.2% -16.1%
Bank of England Base Rate +49.7% +5.1% +2.5% +1.7% +0.6% +0.2%
Discrete Calendar Annual Returns (%) 2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Trojan O Income +0.6% +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% +4.8%

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 31 May 2020.

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 +275.9% +132.6%
Max Drawdown -13.7% -45.6%
Best Month +8.9% +9.9%
Worst Month -4.7% -15.1%
Positive Months +66.7% +58.3%
Annualised Volatility +6.3% +13.9%

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 standard deviation of annual returns. 

Source: Lipper, Link Fund Solutions Limited.  

Top 10 holdings (excluding government bonds) Fund %
Gold Bullion Securities 7.6
Microsoft 5.4
Alphabet 4.0
Unilever 3.8
Nestlé 3.5
Diageo 3.1
Visa 3.0
Philip Morris 3.0
British American Tobacco 2.9
Medtronic 2.7
Total Top 10 39.0
17 other holdings 44.0
UK T-Bills 9.2
Cash 7.8
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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