The BNY Mellon Global Equity Income Fund seeks to generate capital growth, as well as a sustainable and attractive income, over the long-term through a committed, differentiated and diversified portfolio.
29th July, 2010
Why invest in this Fund?
1. The case for equity income: The defensive, robust nature of dividend-paying companies can create an asymmetric return profile. This, combined with the significant benefits of compounding income over time, can generate strong, long-term returns and we believe this is an attractive strategy against a backdrop of lower growth and increased volatility.
2. Disciplined, concentrated and sustainable: The Fund follows a clearly defined philosophy and process, which combines the use of Newton’s global investment themes with buy and sell yield criteria to create a disciplined and sustainable approach. In addition, the Fund has a highly-committed, active approach, focused on generating sustainable returns and a premium level of income, with the portfolio typically comprising of 40 to 70 stocks.
3. Experience and track record: The Fund follows the same approach as Newton’s Global Income Strategy, one of the longest-running, truly global equity income portfolios (launched in November 2005). Income is a core competency at Newton, with investors able to benefit from the broad expertise of both the global equity and income teams, and the proprietary research of Newton’s global sector analysts.
Cisco: As the largest holding in the Fund, the stock represents an exciting sector with strong fundamentals underpinning balance sheet expectations. To support the rational for holding Cisco, Newton undertook an in-depth survey of Chief Technology Officers around the world and simply asked the basics; what do they think of Cisco; are you intending to spend more or less with the company; how does it fare versus competitors?. The results were that CTOs are resolutely supportive of Cisco and looks to remain a strong player in the technology world.
H&M: Swedish company H&M has struggled with knowing its place in the high street – and now online retail – fashion world. However, as a single brand retailer, H&M is the largest retail brand in the world but only has a 2% market share1. It is the lowest cost producer of T-shirts in the world. It has been expanding in Asia and through investing in online it has taken online sales from zero to 12% of its business2. The management of H&M have put in US$1.4bn of self-investment, demonstrating how aligned their interests are and may signal that H&M is on a longer transition journey.
1Statista, as at April 2019. 2H&M annual report, as at end December 2018.
The Newton Global Equity Income team is poised to celebrate another year where it believes positive returns are the consequence of skill rather than luck. Or perhaps more accurately, the stringent process underpinning the Fund since inception.
As the adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Newton boasts one of the longest pedigrees in the Investment Association (IA) Global Equity Income sector and, for fund manager Nick Clay, consistency, repeatability and sustainability have been the fundamental foundation of that track record.
In the team’s opinion, there are three primary factors that feed into the investment process on the BNY Mellon Global Equity Income Fund. The first is that sustainable income makes for a smoother client journey. Says Clay: “With a demonstrable approach to harnessing time, consistency and compounding in order to achieve income distributions and long-term capital growth, the team maintains a clarity of purpose, while the yield discipline means every stock in the portfolio must contribute to the income.”
The second is consistent dividends pay over time. Says Clay: “While the income ‘kicker’ is critical, capital preservation is also key. Many investors would prefer missing out on some of the rampant rallies as long as their capital is protected and income generated is compounded over time. The team believe this is a more repeatable process than trying to successfully time the market.”
The third is that the Fund is set apart from the crowd. Says Clay: “With the ability to actively change the composition of the Fund to suit the prevailing conditions, the Fund has generally outperformed in downward markets since 2007. The team strives to think differently to its peer group, taking comparatively lower risk with the aim of generating higher returns versus its benchmark.”
Investment Managers are appointed by BNY Mellon Investment Management EMEA Limited (BNYMIM EMEA), BNY Mellon Fund Management (Luxembourg) S.A. (BNY MFML) or affiliated fund operating companies to undertake portfolio management activities in relation to contracts for products and services entered into by clients with BNYMIM EMEA, BNY MFML or the BNY Mellon funds.