Active Stock Portfolio Updates - February 2019

The Equity Growth, Equity Income, Hybrid Income and Australian Small Companies Fund updates are now available.

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12 Mar 2019 · 5 min read

  

Intelligent Investor Equity Growth Portfolio

The market has continued to bounce back after December’s falls, but it’s the handful of hyper-growth stocks that are rallying hardest. They also delivered exceptional operating results during reporting season.

More broadly, reporting season was a mixed bag. Most of the market’s returns this year have come from investors willing to pay more for the same dollar of earnings...

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Intelligent Investor Equity Income Portfolio & ASX:INIF

During February we sold mining titan BHP, as its share priced increased. It’s been an excellent investment but it’s benefitting from a high iron ore price, which isn’t likely to last. We also sold Trade Me, as a superior bid for the company seems unlikely.

Shopping centre owner Scentre and Newscorp were sold as they reached fair value. Ovato (formerly PMP Limited) was also sold, as it’s an inferior business that has dragged on performance...

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InvestSMART Australian Small Companies Fund

February was another strong month for small companies. Globally-focused, rapidly growing companies, including Webjet, Altium, A2 Milk and Lovisa, were among reporting season’s brightest stars. Results were patchy outside of these names.

We’ve reduced our position in Trade Me as a superior bid for the company seems unlikely. The New Zealand online classifieds business has been replaced by fellow Kiwi and accounting cloud software business Xero, local online job ads business Seek, and local online car classifieds business CarSales...

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InvestSMART Hybrid Income Portfolio

For the month of February, the total portfolio return was -0.37% and 1.16% for the three months. Since inception, the total return of the portfolio is 3.93%.

The fall in hybrid prices was largely attributable to the increase in supply with both NAB and Macquarie issuing $1.65bn and $750m hybrid issues respectively...

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