Adidas is the largest manufacturer of sportswear and sporting equipment in Europe and the second largest globally with 12% market share. Adidas is a global brand and well-managed company with good underlying growth. They have started to take market shares in the lucrative US market, and we see many years of strong growth ahead.
Alibaba operates China’s largest online ecommerce marketplace, matching over 300 million buyers to 8.5 million sellers with more than one billion product listings. Alibaba has market share of over 70% in China and exceptional growth prospects given the rapid growth in ecommerce in China. Alibaba also has a 37.5% interest in AliPay, China’s PayPal equivalent.
Alphabet is the holding company which owns the world's leading internet search provider, Google. Google is the world's most visited website and the largest global advertising platform by advertising revenue. As well as owning the Google search engine Alphabet owns video platform YouTube and is leading the development of autonomous vehicles through its Waymo subsidiary.
Amazon.com is a global leader in both online retail and in the provision of public cloud computing services. The company has wide moats around both of the core business lines driven by scale, innovation and compelling customer propositions. The company is also at the forefront of innovation not only in retail and computing but also logistics, marketplaces and robotics.
Boston Scientific is a leading manufacturer of innovative medical devices used to treat a range of medical conditions to over 30 million patients each year. Boston Scientific focuses on minimally invasive therapies, which generally improve patient outcomes versus traditional surgery and reduce the overall cost of treatment for health systems.
Descartes is a logistics software business. Descartes business moat is centred on its Global Logistics Network (GLN). The GLN connects supply chain participants, in real time, giving visibility and control of movement of goods across increasingly regulated and complex global supply chains.
Dollar General is the leading discount retailer in the US, selling a range of everyday household items including food and cleaning products, as well as toys, stationary, and basic apparel. There are currently 16,000 Dollar General stores across the US, across 46 states. Dollar General focuses on providing convenience and quality at low prices by having small neighbourhood stores with the essentials their customers need.
Dollar Tree is a discount retailer with two store banners, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar. They have over 15,000 stores across 48 states as well as five Canadian provinces. Dollar Tree is the largest single-price-point retailer in North America. Every item in store sells at a fix price of US$1. Family Dollar is slightly different discount store with a multi-price point offering and selling predominantly everyday items usually under US$10.
Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world’s leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives.
Essilor International SA designs, manufactures and sells ophthalmic lenses and ophthalmic optical instruments. The company operates through three business segments: Lenses & Optical Instruments, Equipment, and Sunglasses & Readers. The Lenses & Optical Instruments business segment engages in the production, finishing, distribution and trading of lens and instruments. The Equipment business segment engages in the production, distribution and sale of high capacity equipment, such as digital surfacing machines and lens polishing machines, used in manufacturing plants and prescription laboratories for finishing operations on semi-finished lenses. The Sunglasses & Readers business segment engages in the production, distribution and sale of both non-prescription sunglasses and non-prescription reading glasses.
Facebook owns four of the worlds’ most dominant social network and messaging platforms. Despite recent concerns over data privacy, Facebook’s recent results have shown a return to active user growth in its key US market, and the addition of 70 million monthly active users globally in the first quarter.
First Republic Bank is an American bank that offers personal banking, business banking, trust and wealth management services. Founded in 1985 First Republic serves Americans in over 18 different states and is headquartered in San Francisco.
Floor & Decor is a specialty retailer of hard surface flooring and accessories. Their products include tile, wood, laminate and natural stone floorings. Floor & Decor is an American company with 72 stores across 17 states.
Gartner is the world’s leading research and advisory company. They provide information, advice and tools in most areas including IT, finance, HR, customer service, communications, compliance, marketing, sales and supply chain. Based in Connecticut, United States Gartner operates in over 100 countries with more than 15,000 clients.
Greggs is a vertically integrated food-on-the-go operator in the UK. The company operates more than 2,000 stores and is the leader in the UK take-away sandwich and savoury market.
HEICO is an aerospace and electronics company. They design, engineer, manufacture, repair, distribute and overhaul parts that are included in any aircraft. They also produce electrical and electro-optical systems for aerospace, defence, communications and computer industries.
Hexcel is a global leader in advanced composites technology – offering a range of stronger, lighter and tougher. Operating in commercial aerospace, industrial, space and defence industries, Hexcel offers hundreds of products in multiple markets around the world.
Hilton Worldwide is an American hospitality company that manages and franchises a large range of hotels and resorts. Some of their brands include the Waldorf Astoria, LXR, Conrad, Canopy, Double Tree, etc. Hilton Worldwide is in over 100 countries with more than 971,000 rooms making it one of the largest hospitality companies in the world.
Icon is a healthcare company that provides specialized services in clinical trial management for the world’s largest pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
MasterCard is the second largest payment network in the world, operating in 210 countries and supporting more than 2 billion cards across its network. MasterCard’s growth outlook is underpinned by the secular shift to electronic payments and away from cash, particularly in emerging markets where MasterCard has significant presence. These structural growth drivers combined with increasing margins and high cash flow generation (allowing for substantial share buybacks) supports a strong growth outlook over the medium to long term.
PayPal is a technology-enabled provider of payment solutions, enjoying relationships with over 10 million merchants and 169 million consumers spanning the globe. The company is most well-known for its online payments technology where consumers can purchase online using their PayPal account in a way that is highly secure and doesn’t require sending credit card details over the internet.
Signature Bank is a specialist regional bank, lending largely to wealthy families and private businesses in and around New York. They have a sticky deposit base that comes from managing transactional business accounts for businesses like law firms, accounting firms, and property management companies, a long track record of profitable growth and a very strong history of credit control.
Stone is a Brazilian payment service provider used by small merchants to process payments in-store and online. They provide payment terminals and related software to merchants to enable them to accept digital payments (generally debit and credit cards) both in store and online. Besides acquiring services, Stone has also started to offer software solutions (reconciliation, CRM, ERP) to clients and is evolving to offer other financial services (eg. banking and credit products).
Tencent is China’s largest online gaming company with over 50% market share and owns WeChat, the leading social network and messaging platform with over a billion users. The WeChat app is deeply ingrained into daily life in China with the average user spending an hour a day on the platform. Tencent also has leading positions in a range of adjacencies including digital payments (WeChat Pay), music & video streaming, and cloud computing.
TJX Companies (TJX) is an off-price retailer in the US, which also has stores in Canada, Europe and Australia. The company sells branded clothing, such as Nike and Ralph Lauren, as well as some homeware at a 20%-60% discount to a full-price retailer. TJX can sell inventory cheaper than other retailers as it sources stock from store closures, order cancellations and manufacturer overruns – allowing them to sell at a significantly lower price.
Portfolio holdings summary as at 31 January 2021
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