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Catella Småbolagsfond is an actively managed fund whose objective is to deliver return that is higher than the average among the Swedish small cap companies included in the Carnegie Small Cap Return index.
To achieve that end, the fund invests in a concentrated portfolio of carefully selected Swedish small cap equities that the managers consider undervalued. The analysis process behind the fund's investments is based on Catella's fundamental analysis and broad expertise on Swedish companies. The fund applies negative screening for sustainability criteria and we consequently avoid long positions in companies that produce tobacco, alcohol, commercial games for money, pornography, coal, oil or weapons.
Catella Småbolagsfond was strong this month and rose 4.1 percent. This can be compared to the fund’s benchmark index, which rose 2.7 percent. The main positive contributors were companies that presented strong quarterly reports, including Mycronic, Trelleborg and SCA.
Fund manager comment
Equities were strong on most of the world’s exchanges in October. Large numbers of the companies we follow presented their reports for the third quarter this month. The summary must be that the reporting season has been solid, and stronger than the market expected. Global macro statistics were again on the weak side, with one example being the US ISM purchasing managers’ index, which came in weaker than predicted and at a new 10-year low. There is once again a great deal of focus on the US-China trade talks. At the end of the month, it seemed that the countries have come closer to each other and this is obviously perceived as positive.
Catella Småbolagsfond was strong this month and rose 4.1 percent. This can be compared to the fund’s benchmark index, which rose 2.7 percent. The main positive contributors were companies that presented strong quarterly reports, including Mycronic, Trelleborg and SCA. Our holdings in the forest products sector, Holmen and SCA, also announced expected changes to the valuations of their forest assets. Holmen plans to raise the book value of its forest to a range of SEK 39-43 billion (current book value SEK 19 billion). SCA plans to increase the book value of its forest assets from the current SEK 34 billion to, indicatively, somewhere in the range SEK 63-67 billion. These changes in value are obviously very positive and show the great values in each company’s assets.
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Catella Småbolagsfond invests in Swedish small caps and focuses on finding undervalued companies. Genuine stock picking, in other words.
The fund is intended for investors seeking exposure to Swedish small caps, with a higher expected return than the Swedish stock market indices and who have an investment horizon of at least five to seven years. The fund is permitted to use derivatives and the net asset value of the fund may fluctuate considerably.