Investment Objectives

The Fund aims to maximise the total level of return for investors by investing, mainly in a diversified portfolio of bonds and other similar debt securities. In pursuing this objective, the Investment Manager shall invest primarily in a diversified portfolio of corporate & government bonds maturing in the medium term, with an average credit quality of “Ba3” by Moody’s or “BB-” by S&P, although individual bond holdings may have higher or lower ratings. The Fund can also invest up to 10% of its assets in Non-Rated bond issues.

The Fund is actively managed, not managed by reference to any index.

The Fund is classified under Article 6 of the SFDR meaning that the investments underlying this financial product do not take into account the EU criteria for environmentally sustainable economic activities.

Investor Profile

A typical investor in the CC High Income Bond Fund Class B (Dist) Investor Shares in USD is:

Seeking to earn a high level of regular income
Seeking an actively managed & diversified investment in high income bonds.

Fund Rules

The Investment Manager of the CC High Income Bond Fund has the duty to ensure that the underlying holdings 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 of the funds. Some of the restrictions include:

  • The fund may not invest more than 10% of its assets in securities listed by the same body
  • The fund may not keep more than 10% of its assets on deposit with any one credit institution. This limit may be increased to 30% in respect of deposits with an Approved Institution
  • The fund may not invest more than 20% of its assets in any other fund
  • The fund may not carry out uncovered sales (naked short-selling) of securities or other financial instruments

Commentary

April 2023

Introduction

Market sentiment, as fresh economic data proved resilient, have in April outweighed lingering concerns swarming investors, pondering the severity of a pending recession, banking sector turbulence – worsened by negative sector-specific sentiment surrounding US regional banks – and expectations of further monetary tightening. The latter primarily subject to inflation and job figures.

While a critical point in the battle against inflation has seemingly been reached, as price pressures continue to ease, the trajectory is thus far still not moving quickly enough for both the ECB and Federal Reserve to declare victory. Indeed, the next couple of months will determine whether efforts came to fruition and whether or not monetary politicians navigated a so-called soft landing without tipping the respective economies into a recession.

In April, financial markets – albeit remaining on edge with further clarity being sought – edged higher. In fixed income, government bond yields remained largely unchanged. European and U.S. investment grade and high yield corporate credit headed higher.

Market environment and performance

Forward looking indicators, namely PMIs, expanded at the fastest pace of growth in 11 months, driven solely by service sector growth which continued to offset the downturn in manufacturing. Manufacturing (reading 45.8 v a previous month reading of 47.3) continued to point to a worse performance, remaining in contractionary territory. Meanwhile, services (reading 56.2 v a preliminary estimate of 56.6 and previous month reading of 55.0) advanced with Italy and Spain being the main drivers, aided by the tourism industry and travel boom. Overall, new order intakes rose at a similarly-strong rate to that of output. Backlogs of work too rose, as companies stepped up their efforts to boost capacity, with employment levels rising at the sharpest pace since May 2022.

Inflationary pressures, previously showing signs of easing, have over the month somewhat disappointed, supporting the ECBs forceful moves to bring inflation back to target. Particularly, as headline inflation edged higher and as core prices remained remarkably elevated, higher than levels policy makers would have desired. Notably, core inflation has in April edged marginally lower to 5.6% from 5.7% in the previous month reading.

In April, aggregate business activity in the US continued to rebound, pointing to an expansion for a third successive month running. Notably, composite PMI rose sharply (53.4 v 52.3 in March) following a solid upturn in private sector business activity that was the fastest since May 2022. Manufacturing PMI (reading 50.2) pointed to a first marginal expansions in factory activity. New orders returned to expansion territory and production increased at the fastest pace since May 2022 while new export orders contracted further. Meanwhile, services (reading 53.6 v a preliminary estimate of 53.7 and previous month reading of 52.6) advanced, pointing to point to the biggest expansion in the services sector in a year, as output, new orders and employment growth all accelerated.

Annual inflation rate in the US for a tenth successive month slowed to 4.9%, less than March’s figure of 5.0% and now well down from its 8.9% peak in June. Month-on-month, core consumer prices increased 0.4%, higher from the 0.1% in March, but matching expectations. From the employment front, the US economy created 253K jobs in April, largely exceeding the 70K-100K monthly job gain needed to keep up with growth in the working-age population. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the US edged lower to 3.4%, matching a 50-year low of 3.4 percent seen in January. Average hourly earnings for all employees increased by 4.4% year-on-year, following an upwardly revised 4.3% rise in the prior month, still pointing to a tight labour market.

From a performance view point, markets rebounded following a volatile March. Spreads tightened as markets recovered from an indiscriminate sell-off following the events surrounding Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse, resulting in positive total returns. Notably, European and US investment grade posted positive returns, returning c. 0.69% and 0.82% respectively. The more speculative segment too headed higher.

Fund performance

In the month of April, the CC High Income Bond Fund headed higher, generating a gain of 0.54% as spreads tightened. This, as previous banking sector turbulence did not continue in April.

Throughout the month the Manager continued to take opportunity by re-tapping selective names which relatively offered value. Notably, the Manager increased its exposure to leading global travel retailer; Dufry, as the travel sector continues to benefit from pent-up demand. 

Market and investment outlook

An orderly market, following a turbulent end to the first quarter, was in April restored as activity remained resilient in the face of mounting headwinds. Indeed, the closure of another US financial institution at the end of April highlights that the cumulative impact of aggressive policy tightening (somewhat justified given the elevated levels of inflation and tight labour market) has still not been fully felt by developed economies. With the latter in mind and despite the recent improvement across business surveys, risks of a recession transpiring, remain.

The recent banking crisis, partly driven by negative market sentiment, complicates dynamics. Possibly, restraining policy makers, notably the Fed, from solely focusing on its mandate to maintain price stability and increasing the need for a regulatory intervention which will safeguard depositors, ultimately preventing outflows of deposits.

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Key Facts & Performance

Fund Manager

Jordan Portelli

Jordan is CIO at CC Finance Group. He has extensive experience in research and portfolio management with various institutions. Today he is responsible of the group’s investment strategy and manages credit and multi-asset strategies.

PRICE (USD)

$

ASSET CLASS

Bonds

MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

$2500

FUND TYPE

UCITS

BASE CURRENCY

USD

RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

-1.30%

*View Performance History below
Inception Date: 21 May 2022
ISIN: MT7000030920
Bloomberg Ticker: CCHIBNC MV
Entry Charge: Up to 2.5%
Total Expense Ratio: 1.75%
Exit Charge: None
Distribution Yield (%): 3.50
Underlying Yield (%): 5.18
Distribution: 31/03 & 30/09
Total Net Assets: 50.00 mn
Month end NAV in USD: 75.38
Number of Holdings: 127
Auditors: Deloitte Malta
Legal Advisor: Ganado & Associates
Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
% of Top 10 Holdings: 20.4

Performance To Date (USD)

Top 10 Holdings

iShares USD High Yield Corp Distr
2.8%
iShares Fallen Angels HY Corp
2.6%
iShares Euro High Yield Corp
2.6%
4% JP Morgan Chase & Co perp
2.1%
Lyxor ESG Euro High Yield
2.0%
7.427% Encore Capital Group Inc 2028
1.7%
3.875% Allwyn International 2027
1.7%
2.5% Hapag-Lloyd AG 2028
1.7%
5.299% Petrobras Global Fin 2025
1.6%
3.5% Eircom Finance DAC 2026
1.5%

Major Sector Breakdown*

Financials
11.8%
Funds
10.1%
Asset 7
Communications
9.6%
Consumer Discretionary
4.4%
Health Care
4.3%
Industrials
4.2%
*excluding exposures to CIS

Maturity Buckets*

69.6%
0-5 Years
12.8%
5-10 Years
2.2%
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*

Germany
9.8%
France
7.4%
Brazil
5.3%
Spain
4.6%
Netherlands
4.4%
Italy
4.1%
Turkey
3.0%
Malta
3.0%
Mexico
2.0%
Switzerland
1.6%
*including exposures to CIS

Asset Allocation

Cash 5.2%
Bonds 84.6%
CIS/ETFs 10.1%

Performance History (EUR)*

YTD

0.92%

2022

-10.13%

2021

1.48%

2020

-0.15%

2019

7.47%

Annualised Since Inception***

2.11%

* The chart data and performance history show the simlated performance for the new share class C (Distributor), based on the performance of the share class D (Distributor) of the High Income Bond Fund which was launched on 0 September 2011. The investment objectives and policies and also the Risk and Reward Profile of both share classes are substantially similar.
** Performance figures are calculated using the Value Added Monthly Index "VAMI" principle. The VAMI calculates the total return gained by an investor fromreinvestment of any dividends and additional interest gained through compounding.
*** The Annualised rate is an indication of the average growth of the Fund over one year. The value of the investment and the income yield derived from the investment, if any, may go down as well as up and past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance, nor a reliable guide to future performance. Hence returns may not be achieved and you may lose all or part of your investment in the Fund. Currency fluctuations may affect the value of investments and any derived income.
**** Returns quoted net of TER. Entry and exit charges may reduce returns for investors.

Currency Allocation

Euro 64.5%
USD 35.5%
Other 0.0%

Risk Statistics

Sharpe Ratio
-0.30 (3Y)
-0.59 (5Y)
Std. Deviation
5.38% (3Y)
7.67% (5Y)

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  • Investment Objectives

    The Fund aims to maximise the total level of return for investors by investing, mainly in a diversified portfolio of bonds and other similar debt securities. In pursuing this objective, the Investment Manager shall invest primarily in a diversified portfolio of corporate & government bonds maturing in the medium term, with an average credit quality of “Ba3” by Moody’s or “BB-” by S&P, although individual bond holdings may have higher or lower ratings. The Fund can also invest up to 10% of its assets in Non-Rated bond issues.

    The Fund is actively managed, not managed by reference to any index.

    The Fund is classified under Article 6 of the SFDR meaning that the investments underlying this financial product do not take into account the EU criteria for environmentally sustainable economic activities.

  • Investor profile

    A typical investor in the CC High Income Bond Fund Class B (Dist) Investor Shares in USD is:

    Seeking to earn a high level of regular income
    Seeking an actively managed & diversified investment in high income bonds.

    Investor Profile Icon
  • 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

    • The fund may not invest more than 10% of its assets in securities listed by the same body
    • The fund may not keep more than 10% of its assets on deposit with any one credit institution. This limit may be increased to 30% in respect of deposits with an Approved Institution
    • The fund may not invest more than 20% of its assets in any other fund
    • The fund may not carry out uncovered sales (naked short-selling) of securities or other financial instruments
  • Commentary

    April 2023

    Introduction

    Market sentiment, as fresh economic data proved resilient, have in April outweighed lingering concerns swarming investors, pondering the severity of a pending recession, banking sector turbulence – worsened by negative sector-specific sentiment surrounding US regional banks – and expectations of further monetary tightening. The latter primarily subject to inflation and job figures.

    While a critical point in the battle against inflation has seemingly been reached, as price pressures continue to ease, the trajectory is thus far still not moving quickly enough for both the ECB and Federal Reserve to declare victory. Indeed, the next couple of months will determine whether efforts came to fruition and whether or not monetary politicians navigated a so-called soft landing without tipping the respective economies into a recession.

    In April, financial markets – albeit remaining on edge with further clarity being sought – edged higher. In fixed income, government bond yields remained largely unchanged. European and U.S. investment grade and high yield corporate credit headed higher.

    Market environment and performance

    Forward looking indicators, namely PMIs, expanded at the fastest pace of growth in 11 months, driven solely by service sector growth which continued to offset the downturn in manufacturing. Manufacturing (reading 45.8 v a previous month reading of 47.3) continued to point to a worse performance, remaining in contractionary territory. Meanwhile, services (reading 56.2 v a preliminary estimate of 56.6 and previous month reading of 55.0) advanced with Italy and Spain being the main drivers, aided by the tourism industry and travel boom. Overall, new order intakes rose at a similarly-strong rate to that of output. Backlogs of work too rose, as companies stepped up their efforts to boost capacity, with employment levels rising at the sharpest pace since May 2022.

    Inflationary pressures, previously showing signs of easing, have over the month somewhat disappointed, supporting the ECBs forceful moves to bring inflation back to target. Particularly, as headline inflation edged higher and as core prices remained remarkably elevated, higher than levels policy makers would have desired. Notably, core inflation has in April edged marginally lower to 5.6% from 5.7% in the previous month reading.

    In April, aggregate business activity in the US continued to rebound, pointing to an expansion for a third successive month running. Notably, composite PMI rose sharply (53.4 v 52.3 in March) following a solid upturn in private sector business activity that was the fastest since May 2022. Manufacturing PMI (reading 50.2) pointed to a first marginal expansions in factory activity. New orders returned to expansion territory and production increased at the fastest pace since May 2022 while new export orders contracted further. Meanwhile, services (reading 53.6 v a preliminary estimate of 53.7 and previous month reading of 52.6) advanced, pointing to point to the biggest expansion in the services sector in a year, as output, new orders and employment growth all accelerated.

    Annual inflation rate in the US for a tenth successive month slowed to 4.9%, less than March’s figure of 5.0% and now well down from its 8.9% peak in June. Month-on-month, core consumer prices increased 0.4%, higher from the 0.1% in March, but matching expectations. From the employment front, the US economy created 253K jobs in April, largely exceeding the 70K-100K monthly job gain needed to keep up with growth in the working-age population. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the US edged lower to 3.4%, matching a 50-year low of 3.4 percent seen in January. Average hourly earnings for all employees increased by 4.4% year-on-year, following an upwardly revised 4.3% rise in the prior month, still pointing to a tight labour market.

    From a performance view point, markets rebounded following a volatile March. Spreads tightened as markets recovered from an indiscriminate sell-off following the events surrounding Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse, resulting in positive total returns. Notably, European and US investment grade posted positive returns, returning c. 0.69% and 0.82% respectively. The more speculative segment too headed higher.

    Fund performance

    In the month of April, the CC High Income Bond Fund headed higher, generating a gain of 0.54% as spreads tightened. This, as previous banking sector turbulence did not continue in April.

    Throughout the month the Manager continued to take opportunity by re-tapping selective names which relatively offered value. Notably, the Manager increased its exposure to leading global travel retailer; Dufry, as the travel sector continues to benefit from pent-up demand. 

    Market and investment outlook

    An orderly market, following a turbulent end to the first quarter, was in April restored as activity remained resilient in the face of mounting headwinds. Indeed, the closure of another US financial institution at the end of April highlights that the cumulative impact of aggressive policy tightening (somewhat justified given the elevated levels of inflation and tight labour market) has still not been fully felt by developed economies. With the latter in mind and despite the recent improvement across business surveys, risks of a recession transpiring, remain.

    The recent banking crisis, partly driven by negative market sentiment, complicates dynamics. Possibly, restraining policy makers, notably the Fed, from solely focusing on its mandate to maintain price stability and increasing the need for a regulatory intervention which will safeguard depositors, ultimately preventing outflows of deposits.

  • Key facts & performance

    Fund Manager

    Jordan Portelli

    Jordan is CIO at CC Finance Group. He has extensive experience in research and portfolio management with various institutions. Today he is responsible of the group’s investment strategy and manages credit and multi-asset strategies.

    PRICE (USD)

    $

    ASSET CLASS

    Bonds

    MIN. INITIAL INVESTMENT

    $2500

    FUND TYPE

    UCITS

    BASE CURRENCY

    USD

    RETURN (SINCE INCEPTION)*

    -1.30%

    *View Performance History below
    Inception Date: 21 May 2022
    ISIN: MT7000030920
    Bloomberg Ticker: CCHIBNC MV
    Entry Charge: Up to 2.5%
    Total Expense Ratio: 1.75%
    Exit Charge: None
    Distribution Yield (%): 3.50
    Underlying Yield (%): 5.18
    Distribution: 31/03 & 30/09
    Total Net Assets: 50.00 mn
    Month end NAV in USD: 75.38
    Number of Holdings: 127
    Auditors: Deloitte Malta
    Legal Advisor: Ganado & Associates
    Custodian: Sparkasse Bank Malta p.l.c.
    % of Top 10 Holdings: 20.4

    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

    iShares USD High Yield Corp Distr
    2.8%
    iShares Fallen Angels HY Corp
    2.6%
    iShares Euro High Yield Corp
    2.6%
    4% JP Morgan Chase & Co perp
    2.1%
    Lyxor ESG Euro High Yield
    2.0%
    7.427% Encore Capital Group Inc 2028
    1.7%
    3.875% Allwyn International 2027
    1.7%
    2.5% Hapag-Lloyd AG 2028
    1.7%
    5.299% Petrobras Global Fin 2025
    1.6%
    3.5% Eircom Finance DAC 2026
    1.5%

    Top Holdings by Country*

    Germany
    9.8%
    France
    7.4%
    Brazil
    5.3%
    Spain
    4.6%
    Netherlands
    4.4%
    Italy
    4.1%
    Turkey
    3.0%
    Malta
    3.0%
    Mexico
    2.0%
    Switzerland
    1.6%
    *including exposures to CIS

    Major Sector Breakdown*

    Financials
    11.8%
    Funds
    10.1%
    Asset 7
    Communications
    9.6%
    Consumer Discretionary
    4.4%
    Health Care
    4.3%
    Industrials
    4.2%
    *excluding exposures to CIS

    Asset Allocation

    Cash 5.2%
    Bonds 84.6%
    CIS/ETFs 10.1%

    Maturity Buckets*

    69.6%
    0-5 Years
    12.8%
    5-10 Years
    2.2%
    10 Years+
    *based on the Next Call Date

    Performance History (EUR)*

    YTD

    0.92%

    2022

    -10.13%

    2021

    1.48%

    2020

    -0.15%

    2019

    7.47%

    Annualised Since Inception***

    2.11%

    * The chart data and performance history show the simlated performance for the new share class C (Distributor), based on the performance of the share class D (Distributor) of the High Income Bond Fund which was launched on 0 September 2011. The investment objectives and policies and also the Risk and Reward Profile of both share classes are substantially similar.
    ** Performance figures are calculated using the Value Added Monthly Index "VAMI" principle. The VAMI calculates the total return gained by an investor fromreinvestment of any dividends and additional interest gained through compounding.
    *** The Annualised rate is an indication of the average growth of the Fund over one year. The value of the investment and the income yield derived from the investment, if any, may go down as well as up and past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance, nor a reliable guide to future performance. Hence returns may not be achieved and you may lose all or part of your investment in the Fund. Currency fluctuations may affect the value of investments and any derived income.
    **** Returns quoted net of TER. Entry and exit charges may reduce returns for investors.

    Credit Ratings*

    Average Credit Rating: BB-
    *excluding exposures to CIS

    Currency Allocation

    Euro 64.5%
    USD 35.5%
    Other 0.0%

    Risk Statistics

    Sharpe Ratio
    -0.30 (3Y)
    -0.59 (5Y)
    Std. Deviation
    5.38% (3Y)
    7.67% (5Y)
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