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The fund's aim is to achieve long-term capital growth by investing in a diversified portfolio of continental European companies that meet the firm's social and environmental criteria. The managers use both positive and negative screening to analyse companies and seek to profit from three major themes of sustainable investment: resource efficiency, healthier & higher quality of life and safer & more resilient. The portfolio has a bias to quality companies with strong growth prospects. It is fossil fuel and tobacco free.

  • Standard Initial Charge 0.00%
  • Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%

Fund summary

Sector Europe Excluding UK
Structure OEIC
Launched February, 2001
Size £536m
Yield 0.4%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Acc units only


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 0.91%


Before investing make sure you have understood the risks relevant to the fund by reviewing our Risk Warnings section. Further information on the risks are contained in the fund's Key Investor Information Document, which we make available to you before you make a decision to invest, alternatively it is available on request.

Bestinvest view

Managers Peter Michaelis and Martyn Jones specialise in sustainable investing and have worked in the area for many years, having managed a number of funds in the Sustainable Future range at Alliance Trust prior to its merger with Liontrust. They aim to outperform the mainstream benchmark and peer group, but the biases to quality and growth mean performance can diverge from the market. They have a solid track record which demonstrates some defensive characteristics, frequently outperforming the benchmark in down markets. Their key mantra is "Investing for tomorrow, today" so they look for companies that are early adaptors or innovators in their sectors.


Allocation Proportion(%)
Equity 98
High yield bonds 0
Quality bonds 0
Property 0
Commodities 0
Hedge 0
Fund cash 2
Allocation Proportion(%)
UK 6
Europe 90
North America 4
Japan 0
Pacific 0
Emerging Markets 0
Allocation Proportion(%)
Large Caps 66
Mid Caps 24
Small Caps 10

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Investment process

The investment process has three stages. It starts with a universe of 500 stocks (typical minimum £1bn market cap), which is screened on sustainability and “quality”. The managers then select 100-150 stocks based on predicted future financial returns and valuation upside. They then construct an end portfolio of 40-50 stocks using standard risk modelling across sectors. Stage 1) Liontrust SF have their own sustainability matrix, which assigns a rating to each company based on their management (1-5, 5 being worst) and product sustainability rating (A-E, E being worst). They use MSCI data plus internal analysis. An A rating indicates a company whose products or services contribute to sustainable development i.e. renewable energy. An E rating would be tobacco stocks. The management axis is a qualitative measure of policies and practices in place for managing its ESG risks and general management quality. Companies must score C3 or higher to be considered for portfolio inclusion. Stage 2) The primary metrics they measure companies on are ROE and sales growth. They are looking on a 3-5 year time horizon, but use historic multiples to derive a 3-year future predicted stock value. The managers then add stocks they believe have >30% upside potential or have an attractive ROE relative to peers - this leaves the universe at 100-150 stocks to construct the portfolio. Stage 3) Portfolio construction - from the 100-150 stocks left the managers select the best 40-60 stock combination that diversifies risk across sectors/ regions and uncorrelated growth themes and reduces volatility of returns relative to the benchmark. The portfolio is reviewed by an independent advisory committee, which meets at least three times a year to monitor the social and environmental impact of the portfolio.

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Bid price(inc) 355.43p
Accum units 355.43p
Fund commentary 02/01/20
Fund data updated on 17/09/21

Asset allocation

Allocation Proportion(%)
Equity 98
High yield bonds 0
Quality bonds 0
Property 0
Commodities 0
Hedge 0
Fund cash 2

Equity Geographic

Allocation Proportion(%)
UK 6
Europe 90
North America 4
Japan 0
Pacific 0
Emerging Markets 0

Equity Capitalisation

Allocation Propor
Large Caps 66
Mid Caps 24
Small Caps 10

Top 10 holdings

As at: 31/07/2020
4.5854%Kingspan Group
4.5708%Unilever Nv
4.5662%Roche Hldg Ag
4.5463%Asml Holding Nv
4.1292%Dnb Asa
3.9282%Sap Se
3.8259%Air Liquide(L`)
3.3624%Cellnex Telecom Sa
3.2739%Infineon Technologies Ag
3.2329%Lonza Group Ag
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 18%
Financials 18%
Information Technology 14%
Materials 12%
Health Care 11%
Consumer Discretionary 8%
Consumer Staples 8%
Communications 6%
Utilities 3%
Money Market 1%

Portfolio details

40-60 stocks. Three year typical holding period. 80-85% active share. 3-7% tracking error.


Fossil fuel and tobacco free.
This fund is managed within tight constraints which are likely to lead to performance closely in line with the benchmark.

Average monthly relative returns Bestinvest MRI
16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20 20/21   3 years 5 years Career 3 years 5 years Career
0.39%   0.43%
Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Martyn Jones/ Peter Michaelis

Manager. Michaelis is the lead manager of the Liontrust UK Ethical and Liontrust SF UK Growth funds, and co-manager of the Liontrust SF European Growth fund. He joined the investment industry in 1999 and Aviva Investors in 2000 as a fund manager on the sustainable and responsible investment team. He joined Alliance Trust in 2012 before the team were acquired by Liontrust in 2016. Michaelis holds a MA in physics from Oxford University, an MSc (Distinction) in energy and environmental engineering and a PhD in environmental economics from the University of Surrey. He also holds the CFA Society of the UK, Investment Management Certificate (IMC). Jones is co-manager of the Liontrust Sustainable Future European Growth Fund and Liontrust Sustainable Future Pan-European Growth Fund. He joined Liontrust in 2017 following the acquisition of Alliance Trust Investments and became a Portfolio Manager in November 2019. Prior to Liontrust, Jones spent five years at Alliance Trust Investments initially as a Graduate Trainee, and then as an Analyst with the Sustainable Investment team. He has an MA (Hons) in Management from the University of Glasgow and a Masters in Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge. Jones has completed the IMC and is a CFA Charterholder.

Track record

The track record of Martyn Jones/ Peter Michaelis in managing mutual funds in this sector is still too short for us to draw any meaningful conclusions and so our assessment is based largely on qualitative aspects.

Periods of worst performance
Absolute -5% (September 2020 - October 2020)
Relative -5% (February 2021 - May 2021)

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Sector record since May 2020 (1 yr)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.

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