It is difficult to draw many broad conclusions from reporting season due to the wide dispersion and out of date market analyst expectations, the rapid development of the economic landscape and the government support measures, but it is possible to categorise companies into three broad buckets:
1)Companies that are benefitting from rent relief, government stimulus and a short term change of consumer behavior and spending habits (we have been selling exposures to these companies);
2)Companies that are experiencing increased but likely more sustained revenue growth (we are continuing to build positions in these companies);
3) Companies that have recorded lower profit growth now through being conservative in their provisioning but should benefit in future periods (we are maintaining sizeable positions in these companies).
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During October 2020 the Fund returned 2.85% versus the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index of 1.89%, outperforming the market by 0.96% (after fees). Overweight positions in Insurance stocks and an underweight position in Metals & Mining contributed to relative performance while overweight positions in Consumer Staples and Media & Entertainment detracted from relative performance.
We speak with Anthony Mellowes, CEO, SCA Property Group (ASX: SCP) about recent strong sales figures from its centres, improved rent collection and its focus on sustainability. The Ethical Partners Australian Share Fund holds an overweight position in SCP.
During September 2020 the Fund returned -3.40% versus the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index of -3.60%, outperforming by 0.20% (after fees). Overweight positions in Insurance stocks and an underweight position in Construction stocks and Healthcare detracted from performance while overweight positions in Industrials (specifically Building Products) and underweight positions in Information Technology and Energy contributed to performance