Alma Zazove Global Convertible Fund
- Alma Zazove Global Convertible Fund invests in convertible bonds globally.
- Management of the fund is delegated to Zazove Associates, LLC (US), an SEC-regulated asset management firm founded in 1971, with $2.5bn AUM from institutional and private wealth clients.
Cumulative Performance (%)
Fund Inception 30 November 2016
The performance data shown represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
Strategy & Manager
The investment objective of the Fund is to provide global equity-like returns with significantly less risk
- The objective is achieved by seeking to capture the majority of stock market advances while simultaneously providing downside protection during market declines
- Statistical focus on convertible structure is used to create a balanced, diversified portfolio that optimizes the asymmetrical risk/reward characteristics of convertibles
- The investment approach is not reliant on forecasting or market timing
- The Fund targets a consistent risk/reward profile at all times
Zazove Associates, LLC (U.S.A.) is an SEC regulated investment advisor that has specialized in the management of convertible securities since 1971
- The firm manages US$2.5bn for global institutional investors
- The firm is independent and 100%employee owned
- Zazove has expertise across all segments of the market: US, global, and high yield (“busted”) convertibles
- 24-year track record managing global convertibles
Gregory D. Shorin, JD, CFA Portfolio Manager -Global
Prior to joining Zazove in 1997, Greg was a Senior Associate with the law firm of Baker & Botts where he specialized in the analysis of pricing practices by foreign corporations. He served as Senior Counsel in advising the US Department of Commerce on international trade.
Greg earned his JD from the Georgetown University Law and his BA in Economics and Political Science from SUNY Binghamton.
Gene T. Pretti, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer
Prior to acquiring Zazove Associates in 1989, Gene worked for First Boston Corporation where he specialized in institutional equity sales. He also has served as an analyst with CUNA Mutual Insurance Co. and Robert W. Baird &Co. He earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin where he was selected for the Applied Program, an honors program emphasizing Security Analysis and Portfolio Management.
Statistics & Commentary
The performance data shown represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. The investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
Sector Breakdown as a % of AUMas of 28/06/2019
as a % of AUMas of 28/06/2019
Portfolio Characteristicsas of 28/06/2019
|No. of securities||49||205|
|Investment Premium (%)||23.4||15.6|
|Conversion Premium (%)||22.2||36.5|
|Yield to Maturity (%)||-3.7||-1.5|
|Current yield (%)||1.4||0.9|
Top 10 Position Detailsas of 28/06/2019
|Security name||Sector||% AUM|
|Liberty Media Corp||Communication Services||6.36|
|Stmicroelectronics NV||Information Technology||3.35|
|Qiagen NV||Health Care||3.32|
|Sony Corporation||Consumer Discretionary||3.29|
|Bunge LTD||Consumer Staples||3.17|
|Toray Industries INC||Materials||3.10|
|China Railway Construct||Industrials||3.04|
|BP Capital Markets PLC||Energy||3.00|
Investment Manager's Commentaryas of 28/06/2019
Market Review and Outlook
Equity markets rebounded sharply in June, driven by dovish policy statements from the Fed and ECB. US and Asia ex-Japan equities led advances, followed by Europe and then Japan. Fixed income assets also posted strong returns, as global rates declined and credit spreads tightened. Convertibles participated in gains in underlying stocks and credit, with more equity-sensitive convertibles in the US as top performers. The convertible universe continued to expand in June, as global issuance totaled $8.4Bln vs $4.8Bln in redemptions.
The Fund was well positioned to take advantage of the equity market reversal, as recent rebalancing activity served to maximize convexity. All regions performed well relative to underlying markets, with the Americas and Europe as the top contributors. By sector, Technology was the top performer, followed by Industrials and Consumer Cyclicals. No sector was a significant detractor from returns. The Fund outperformed the Thomson Reuters Global Focus Index significantly, driven by superior security selection across the Americas and Europe, particularly in Technology. Activity focused on optimizing structure, particularly within the Technology sector, as fluctuations in equity markets and valuations created buying opportunities.
Facts & Documents
Fund Domicile: Luxembourg
Management Fee: 0.80% p.a. for I shares
Fund Type: UCITS SICAV
Fund Launch: 30 November 2016
Base Currency: USD
Depositary, Administrator, Transfert Agent: BNP Paribas Securities Services (LU)
Dealing: Each day with a 1-day notice
Cut-off time: 12pm CET
Management Company: Alma Capital Investment Management SA (LU)
Investment Manager: Zazove Associates, LLC (USA)
Fund Managers: Greg Shorin, JD, CFA
Countries where the fund is registered:
Luxembourg, France, UK
Institutional USD Capitalisation Share Class
ISIN: LU1494400200 Ticker: ALZICUS LX Launch: 30 Nov 2016
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