Investment Objectives

The objective of the Sub-Fund is to endeavour to maximise the total level of return for investors through investment primarily, in a well-diversified portfolio of debt securities and other fixed-income or interest bearing securities.

Investor Profile

A typical investor in the CC Emerging Market Bond Fund would be one who is seeking to gain exposure to the Emerging Bond Market via corporate and/or sovereign bonds whilst seeking to accumulate wealth and save over time in a product that re-invests coupons received on a gross basis. Furthermore, investors in the CC Emerging Market Bond Fund are those with a medium to high tolerance to risk and who are planning to hold on to their investment for the medium-to-long term so as to benefit from the compound interest effect whilst also participating in the interest rate cycle as well as the investment cycle commensurate with an investment in Emerging Markets.

Fund Rules at a Glance

The Investment Manager shall invest primarily but not solely in a diversified portfolio of Emerging Market Corporate fixed income securities and Emerging Market Government fixed income securities with maturities of 10 years or less, rated at the time of investment “Baa1” to “Caa1” by Moody’s or “BBB+” to “CCC+” by S&P, or in bonds determined to be of comparable quality by the Investment Manager. The Investment Manager may also invest up to 10% of the Net Assets of the Sub-Fund in unrated fixed income securities.

  • Minimum Credit Rating CCC+ (or equivalent)
  • Up to 10% in Non-Rated Bonds
  • Average Credit Quality of B- (or equivalent)
  • Emerging Market Issuers as per MSCI Emerging and Frontier
  • Up to 15% in Emerging Market Equities
  • Use of FDIs for hedging purposes only
  • No limit on exposure to CIS
  • Up to 30% in Non Emerging Market Issuers

Commentary

December 2019

With the December 15th deadline looming large, December, as expected, proved to be an eventful month on the political front. As anticipated, tensions between the U.S. and China significantly eased, when the two nations agreed a phase-one deal to ratchet down the trade war, this boosting confidence and lessening uncertainty across markets. The news came after 20 months of on-and-off negotiations and tariff escalations that unsettled markets and damped global economic growth.

From the data front in the emerging market world, China reported a drop in its leading indicators, specifically in the Manufacturing and the Services PMIs. China’s Manufacturing PMI fell to 51.5 in December from 51.8 in the previous month, amid a marginal rise in exports. Similarly, Services PMI fell to 52.5 from a seven-month high of 53.5. Albeit a slight drop in the growth rates envisaged in the previous month, purchasing activity rose for the sixth month in a row.

Meanwhile, in December, in a bid to further boost economic growth, and thus recover the country’s sluggish economy, Brazil’s Central Bank cut its Selic rate, for a fourth straight meeting, bringing borrowing costs to its lowest on record, at 4.5 percent, also leaving the door open for additional easing. Following Brazil’s Central Bank decision, S&P Global Ratings revised Brazil’s outlook to positive from stable, boosting sentiment and placing Latin America’s largest economy a step closer to its first sovereign credit rating upgrade since 2011.

In the month of December, EM credit posted a 1.7 percent gain as investors continued to seek higher returns through EM allocations following the announcement that a phase 1 deal would be signed in early 2020. The CC EMBF fund gained 1.5 percent in the month following the positive moves experienced in its underlying holdings, namely Brazilian credit stories that upheld their upward trend in prices. A trend, which kicked-off in the late 2018 following general elections won by Bolsanaro, which promised reforms and which indeed are being implemented. In the month, the Manager increased its exposure to the Chinese property market, specifically in Logan properties, which continues its improving credit trend boosted by its capability to register higher than expected sales.

EM HY credit should continue to perform well in 2020, as central banks within the EM region remain accommodative, while the ability of fiscal expansion within the EM region should be also supportive. The Manager will continue to seek pockets of value by also possibly, exploring the Frontier market region, with some interesting stories on its radar.

Key Facts & Performance

Fund Manager

Jordan Portelli

Jordan is an Investment Manager at Calamatta Cuschieri and is the Head of the Fixed Income desk. Jordan has over 10 years’ experience in High Yield debt. He is a member on a number of Investment Committees and is also a member on the House View Committee of Calamatta Cuschieri. He obtained a Diploma in Business and Management from Cambridge College in the U.K. He also obtained his BSc (Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics.

PRICE (USD)

$

ASSET CLASS

Bonds

MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

$3000

FUND TYPE

UCITS

BASE CURRENCY

USD

RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

3.37%

*View Performance History below
Inception Date: 02 Nov 2017
ISIN: MT7000021234
Bloomberg Ticker: CCEMBFB MV
Entry Charge: Up to 2.5%
Total Expense Ratio: 2.02%
Exit Charge: None
Distribution Yield (%): 5.000
Underlying Yield (%): 4.940
Distribution: 31/03 and 30/09
Total Net Assets: $12.3 m
Month end NAV in USD: 103.37
Number of Holdings: 42
Auditors: Deloitte Malta
Legal Advisor: Ganado Advocates
Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
% of Top 10 Holdings: 32.3

Performance To Date (USD)

Top 10 Holdings

5.299% Petrobras 2025
4.0%
6.50% Global Ports 2023
3.6%
4.95% Veon Holdings 2024
3.5%
4.95% Gazprom Capital 2022
3.4%
6.625% Tupy Overseas 2024
3.3%
8.125% Global Liman 2021
3.2%
6.90% Yestar Healthcare 2021
2.9%
6.95% Moderland 2024
2.9%
5.00% Nidda 2025
2.8%
6.625% NBM US Holdings 2029
2.6%

Major Sector Breakdown*

Consumer Staples
19.1%
Government
11.8%
Financials
11.6%
Asset 7
Communications
10.3%
Energy
10.0%
Materials
8.4%
*excluding exposures to CIS

Maturity Buckets*

61.8%
0-5 Years
14.0%
5-10 Years
5.8%
10 Years+
*based on the Next Call Date

Credit Ratings*

Average Credit Rating: BB
*excluding exposures to CIS

Risk & Reward Profile

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Lower Risk

Potentialy Lower Reward

Higher Risk

Potentialy Higher Reward

Top Holdings by Country*

Brazil
18.5%
Malta (incl. cash)
17.2%
China
12.2%
Russia
10.3%
Turkey
8.1%
Indonesia
6.0%
Mexico
5.1%
Netherlands
3.5%
Germany
2.9%
Argentina
2.8%
*including exposures to CIS, using look-through

Asset Allocation

Cash 14.0%
Bonds (incl. ETFs) 83.9%
Equities (incl. ETFs) 2.1%

Performance History (EUR)*

YTD

10.40%

2018

-6.16%

2017***

-0.22%

1-month

1.59%

3-month

2.37%

Inception

3.37%

*Data in the chart does not include any dividends distributed since the Fund was launched on 03 November 2017.
**Performance figures are calculated using the Value Added Monthly Index "VAMI" principle. The VAMI calculates the total return gained by an investor from reinvestment of any dividends and additional interest gained through compounding.
***The USD Distributor Share Class (Class B) was launched on 03 November 2017.

Currency Allocation

USD 89.6%
Euro 10.4%
TRY 0.0%
Data for risk statistics is not available for this fund.

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  • Investment Objectives

    The objective of the Sub-Fund is to endeavour to maximise the total level of return for investors through investment primarily, in a well-diversified portfolio of debt securities and other fixed-income or interest bearing securities.

  • Investor profile

    A typical investor in the CC Emerging Market Bond Fund would be one who is seeking to gain exposure to the Emerging Bond Market via corporate and/or sovereign bonds whilst seeking to accumulate wealth and save over time in a product that re-invests coupons received on a gross basis. Furthermore, investors in the CC Emerging Market Bond Fund are those with a medium to high tolerance to risk and who are planning to hold on to their investment for the medium-to-long term so as to benefit from the compound interest effect whilst also participating in the interest rate cycle as well as the investment cycle commensurate with an investment in Emerging Markets.

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  • Fund Rules

    The Investment Manager of the CC High Income Bond Funds – EUR and USD has the duty to ensure that the underlying investments of the funds are well diversified. According to the prospectus, the investment manager has to abide by a number of investment restrictions to safeguard the value of the assets

    • Minimum Credit Rating CCC+ (or equivalent)
    • Up to 10% in Non-Rated Bonds
    • Average Credit Quality of B- (or equivalent)
    • Emerging Market Issuers as per MSCI Emerging and Frontier
    • Up to 15% in Emerging Market Equities
    • Use of FDIs for hedging purposes only
    • No limit on exposure to CIS
    • Up to 30% in Non Emerging Market Issuers
  • Commentary

    December 2019

    With the December 15th deadline looming large, December, as expected, proved to be an eventful month on the political front. As anticipated, tensions between the U.S. and China significantly eased, when the two nations agreed a phase-one deal to ratchet down the trade war, this boosting confidence and lessening uncertainty across markets. The news came after 20 months of on-and-off negotiations and tariff escalations that unsettled markets and damped global economic growth.

    From the data front in the emerging market world, China reported a drop in its leading indicators, specifically in the Manufacturing and the Services PMIs. China’s Manufacturing PMI fell to 51.5 in December from 51.8 in the previous month, amid a marginal rise in exports. Similarly, Services PMI fell to 52.5 from a seven-month high of 53.5. Albeit a slight drop in the growth rates envisaged in the previous month, purchasing activity rose for the sixth month in a row.

    Meanwhile, in December, in a bid to further boost economic growth, and thus recover the country’s sluggish economy, Brazil’s Central Bank cut its Selic rate, for a fourth straight meeting, bringing borrowing costs to its lowest on record, at 4.5 percent, also leaving the door open for additional easing. Following Brazil’s Central Bank decision, S&P Global Ratings revised Brazil’s outlook to positive from stable, boosting sentiment and placing Latin America’s largest economy a step closer to its first sovereign credit rating upgrade since 2011.

    In the month of December, EM credit posted a 1.7 percent gain as investors continued to seek higher returns through EM allocations following the announcement that a phase 1 deal would be signed in early 2020. The CC EMBF fund gained 1.5 percent in the month following the positive moves experienced in its underlying holdings, namely Brazilian credit stories that upheld their upward trend in prices. A trend, which kicked-off in the late 2018 following general elections won by Bolsanaro, which promised reforms and which indeed are being implemented. In the month, the Manager increased its exposure to the Chinese property market, specifically in Logan properties, which continues its improving credit trend boosted by its capability to register higher than expected sales.

    EM HY credit should continue to perform well in 2020, as central banks within the EM region remain accommodative, while the ability of fiscal expansion within the EM region should be also supportive. The Manager will continue to seek pockets of value by also possibly, exploring the Frontier market region, with some interesting stories on its radar.

  • Key facts & performance

    Fund Manager

    Jordan Portelli

    Jordan is an Investment Manager at Calamatta Cuschieri and is the Head of the Fixed Income desk. Jordan has over 10 years’ experience in High Yield debt. He is a member on a number of Investment Committees and is also a member on the House View Committee of Calamatta Cuschieri. He obtained a Diploma in Business and Management from Cambridge College in the U.K. He also obtained his BSc (Hons) in Economics from the London School of Economics.

    PRICE (USD)

    $

    ASSET CLASS

    Bonds

    MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

    $3000

    FUND TYPE

    UCITS

    BASE CURRENCY

    USD

    RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

    3.37%

    *View Performance History below
    Inception Date: 02 Nov 2017
    ISIN: MT7000021234
    Bloomberg Ticker: CCEMBFB MV
    Entry Charge: Up to 2.5%
    Total Expense Ratio: 2.02%
    Exit Charge: None
    Distribution Yield (%): 5.000
    Underlying Yield (%): 4.940
    Distribution: 31/03 and 30/09
    Total Net Assets: $12.3 m
    Month end NAV in USD: 103.37
    Number of Holdings: 42
    Auditors: Deloitte Malta
    Legal Advisor: Ganado Advocates
    Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
    % of Top 10 Holdings: 32.3

    Performance To Date (USD)

    Risk & Reward Profile

    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    Lower Risk

    Potentialy Lower Reward

    Higher Risk

    Potentialy Higher Reward

    Top 10 Holdings

    5.299% Petrobras 2025
    4.0%
    6.50% Global Ports 2023
    3.6%
    4.95% Veon Holdings 2024
    3.5%
    4.95% Gazprom Capital 2022
    3.4%
    6.625% Tupy Overseas 2024
    3.3%
    8.125% Global Liman 2021
    3.2%
    6.90% Yestar Healthcare 2021
    2.9%
    6.95% Moderland 2024
    2.9%
    5.00% Nidda 2025
    2.8%
    6.625% NBM US Holdings 2029
    2.6%

    Top Holdings by Country*

    Brazil
    18.5%
    Malta (incl. cash)
    17.2%
    China
    12.2%
    Russia
    10.3%
    Turkey
    8.1%
    Indonesia
    6.0%
    Mexico
    5.1%
    Netherlands
    3.5%
    Germany
    2.9%
    Argentina
    2.8%
    *including exposures to CIS, using look-through

    Major Sector Breakdown*

    Consumer Staples
    19.1%
    Government
    11.8%
    Financials
    11.6%
    Asset 7
    Communications
    10.3%
    Energy
    10.0%
    Materials
    8.4%
    *excluding exposures to CIS

    Asset Allocation

    Cash 14.0%
    Bonds (incl. ETFs) 83.9%
    Equities (incl. ETFs) 2.1%

    Maturity Buckets*

    61.8%
    0-5 Years
    14.0%
    5-10 Years
    5.8%
    10 Years+
    *based on the Next Call Date

    Performance History (EUR)*

    YTD

    10.40%

    2018

    -6.16%

    2017***

    -0.22%

    1-month

    1.59%

    3-month

    2.37%

    Inception

    3.37%

    *Data in the chart does not include any dividends distributed since the Fund was launched on 03 November 2017.
    **Performance figures are calculated using the Value Added Monthly Index "VAMI" principle. The VAMI calculates the total return gained by an investor from reinvestment of any dividends and additional interest gained through compounding.
    ***The USD Distributor Share Class (Class B) was launched on 03 November 2017.

    Credit Ratings*

    Average Credit Rating: BB
    *excluding exposures to CIS

    Currency Allocation

    USD 89.6%
    Euro 10.4%
    TRY 0.0%
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