Message from Sophia Rahmani, CEO & MD, Maple-Brown Abbott - COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Message from Sophia Rahmani, CEO & MD, Maple-Brown Abbott - COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Maple-Brown Abbott Australian Geared Equity Fund


(as at 29 Feb 2020)

Performance 1 mth % 3 mths % 1 yr % p.a. 3 yrs % p.a. 4 yrs % p.a. 5 yrs % p.a. Since inception % p.a. *
Fund ** -15.6 -15.5 -2.4 1.9 13.1 0.3 3.6
Benchmark *** -7.7 -5.2 8.6 8.6 11.8 6.2 9.2

Unit price as at 2 Apr 2020

Redemption price $ 0.1435

Net asset value $ 0.1440

Application price $ 0.1445

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Client Services contact details

Within Australia 1300 097 995
International +61 3 9616 8614
(9am - 5:30pm AEST)


Australian Share Fund
Quarterly Investment Update, December 2019
Dougal Maple-Brown

Performance chart
(as at 29 Feb 2020)

Data Source: Maple-Brown Abbott and IRESS

Fund update - January 2020

The Fund returned 5.26% (after fees) for the month, outperforming the benchmark by 0.28%.

The gearing level of the Fund as at end of January was 43.0%.

Our overweight holding in Coles Group (+12%) was a significant positive contributor to performance. The stock benefited from the broad rotation into defensives, as well as news that European supermarket operator Kaufland was cancelling its plans to enter the Australian market. Our overweight holding in Boral (+11%) outperformed. Strong performance reflected positive news flow for both the Australian and US housing market, as well as some speculation that Boral could become a takeover target. Our decision not to hold Treasury Wine Estates (-20%) was another positive. The company pre-released its half-year 2020 result during the month, revealing profits below expectations due to both market and execution weakness in its US business.

Our performance was negatively impacted by the ‘risk-off’ shift in sentiment over the month, largely due to fears around the coronavirus, and the associated decline in bond yields. This saw both growth and selected yield stocks rally hard during the month; stocks which we have avoided due to their extremely stretched valuations. CSL (+13%) was the largest single negative contributor to performance. It is now trading on a stratospheric 41x consensus forward earnings and in our view has ever more challenging growth expectations built into the share price. Other stocks in this cohort to which we have a zero exposure include Afterpay Touch (+32%), Goodman Group (+11%), James Hardie Industries (+14%), Magellan Financial Group (+18%) and Resmed (+14%). Our overweight exposure to resources contributed negatively, including positions in Origin Energy (-3%) and BHP Billiton (+1%). Weak commodity prices were the key driver of underperformance, impacted by the risk posed by coronavirus to Chinese and global growth.

PERFORMANCE DISCLAIMER: Please note that the figures above represent past performance, and past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Returns are volatile and may fluctuate quickly and significantly. Because the investment exposure of the Fund is geared, both the gains and losses made by the Fund are magnified, relative to an ungeared portfolio. Neither Maple-Brown Abbott Limited nor any other person makes any representation nor gives any guarantee as to the future performance or success of, the rate of income or capital return from, recovery of money invested in, or income tax or other taxation consequences of, any investment in the trusts shown on this website.

* Inception date is 1 October 2002.

** Performance figures are calculated using withdrawal values and assume that income is reinvested. Annual management fees and expenses have been taken into account, however no allowance has been made for entry fees, tax or any rebates that may be given.

*** S&P/ASX 200 Index (Total Returns).

About the Fund

Investment objective

The Fund aims to outperform (before fees) the S&P/ASX 200 Index (Total Returns) over rolling four-year periods.

Key benefits

  • Access to an Australian share portfolio that aims to deliver long-term capital growth with the potential for enhanced performance through the use of gearing
  • The potential for tax-effective income through access to franked dividends
  • The potential to receive half-yearly distributions
  • The opportunity to invest in a fund managed by a team of experienced and dedicated investment professionals
  • Access to investment opportunities and risk management techniques not generally available to individual investors

Fund facts
(as at 29 Feb 2020) Latest Fact Sheet

Fund size $ 16.6 Million
APIR code ADV0077AU
Inception date Oct 2002
Distribution frequency June, December
Unit pricing frequency Daily
Minimum initial investment $ 1,500
Minimum additional investment $ 1,000

Significant holdings
(as at 29 Feb 2020)

Australia & New Zealand Banking Gp
BHP Billiton
National Australia Bank
Origin Energy
QBE Insurance Group
Rio Tinto
Scentre Group
Telstra Corporation
Westpac Banking Corporation
Woodside Petroleum

Value and balance sheet characteristics
(as at 29 Feb 2020)

  Fund Market *
Price:Earnings Ratio 13.6 17.3
Price:Cash Flow Ratio 8.7 11.8
Price:Net Tangible Assets Ratio 1.8 2.6
Grossed up Dividend Yield (%) 6.9 5.3
Balance Sheet Strength ** 0.25 0.31
Growth in Earnings per Share 5.1 3.6

* Represents our quantitative data which includes 98.8% of the index weight of the stocks in the Benchmark, plus non-Benchmark stocks.

** Cash Flow/Total Liabilities.

The figures shown above are based on 2020 estimates.

Sector weights vs. benchmark
(as at 29 Feb 2020)


Distribution history

Here you will find the distribution history for the Fund.

Generally, the main components of distributions are dividends received, and interest, realised capital gains and other income derived by the Fund, less fees and expenses.

The distributions are expressed as cents per unit.

Date Cents per unit Div 12-H Summary Taxable Component Summary
31/12/2019 1.0127 ¢ Div 12-H Summary n/a
30/06/2019 0.9185 ¢ Div 12-H Summary n/a
31/12/2018 1.3238 ¢ Div 12-H Summary n/a
30/06/2018 0.3493 ¢ Div 12-H Summary n/a
31/12/2017 1.1860 ¢ Div 12-H Summary n/a

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Unit prices

Unit price history

Here you will find the unit price history for the Fund.

Date Redemption price Net asset value Application price
02/04/2020 $ 0.1435 $ 0.1440 $ 0.1445
01/04/2020 $ 0.1491 $ 0.1496 $ 0.1501
31/03/2020 $ 0.1384 $ 0.1389 $ 0.1394
30/03/2020 $ 0.1408 $ 0.1413 $ 0.1418
27/03/2020 $ 0.1267 $ 0.1271 $ 0.1275
26/03/2020 $ 0.1397 $ 0.1402 $ 0.1407
25/03/2020 $ 0.1335 $ 0.1340 $ 0.1345
24/03/2020 $ 0.1125 $ 0.1129 $ 0.1133
23/03/2020 $ 0.1032 $ 0.1036 $ 0.1040
20/03/2020 $ 0.1252 $ 0.1256 $ 0.1260

^ Ex price.

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Forms & reports

Forms & reports

Below is a range of important forms and reports that are available.

To invest with us you should ensure you have read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), including the Additional Information Booklet (AIB), before completing the Initial Application Form.

The Fact Sheet will provide you with an update on the Fund including performance and positioning.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact us on 1300 097 995 or mba@unitregistry.com.au.

Invest now

Invest now

It is easy to invest with Maple-Brown Abbott, just follow the steps below.

Step 1: Read the current Product Disclosure Statement (PDS)

Carefully read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) including the Additional Information Booklet (AIB) to ensure that you understand how the product works and the risks involved.

Step 2: Make an Application

New investments can be made Online.

Investments can also be made using the forms below.

Step 3: Investment confirmation

Once your application and payment are received, you'll receive confirmation of your investment details.

Still need help?

If you have any questions, please contact us 1300 097 995 or mba@unitregistry.com.au.


Investing is easy with BPAY®

BPAY® is a secure payment facility that enables you to invest directly from your bank account into your Maple-Brown Abbott funds using your phone or internet banking service.

Why use BPAY® ?

BPAY® is an electronic funds transfer payment method, initiated by you, from your bank account to your Maple-Brown Abbott investment account. By using the convenience of phone or internet banking, BPAY® allows for the prompt (next business day) transfer of funds into your investment account.

Biller Code

The Biller Code for the fund is 310722

Note: by using a Biller Code to make a BPAY® deposit, you acknowledge you’ve received Product Disclosure Statements (PDSs) for the managed investments in your account and agree to receive PDSs (including information about significant events or matters affecting them) electronically via the MBA Online Portal.

Reference Number

When you start investing with Maple-Brown Abbott, you’ll be provided with an investor number. Use your investor number as your reference when making payments via BPAY®.

Using BPAY®

To invest in a Maple-Brown Abbott fund using BPAY® you need a Biller Code and Reference Number.

If you’d like to make a payment to this fund Biller Code Reference Number
Maple-Brown Abbott Australian Geared Equity Fund 310722 Your investor number

How do I start using BPAY®?

  • Register with your financial institution’s phone and/or internet banking service.
  • Obtain your BPAY® Biller Code and Reference Number.
  • Contact your financial institution via phone or internet banking and provide the required security details (such as password and user ID).
  • Follow the prompts for the BPAY® payment facility. You’ll need to provide your unique BPAY® Biller Code and Reference Number, and payment amount and the bank account from which your payment is to be made.
  • The details of the transaction will be repeated back or displayed for you and you’ll be prompted to confirm the payment.
  • You’ll then be given a receipt number for your reference.
  • You also need to ensure the BPAY® deposit matches the online instructions given to your financial adviser (for example, correct Biller Code, and the payment type and deposit amounts are the same). If the instructions don’t match, we may not be able to match the payment to the deposit and it may be allocated as per the default investment instructions and up-front fee specified on your account.

Note: instructions submitted by your financial adviser online only remain valid for 30 days, so you need to ensure a BPAY® deposit is transferred within this time frame.

BPAY® deposit limits

Daily BPAY® transfer limits are enforced by all financial institutions. You’ll need to check with your financial institution to obtain the daily transaction limit for your account.

How is my BPAY® deposit invested in my MBA investment account?

BPAY® deposits are automatically allocated to your Maple-Brown Abbott investment account on the next working day.

Will I receive confirmation?

Your financial institution will give you a receipt number which confirms it has identified and authorised the BPAY® payment instruction. You should keep this for future reference. You can also check the MBA Online Portal to confirm the transaction has been made.

Fees And Costs

Management Costs *

% 1 & 2
% 3
% 3 & 5

2.05 n/a n/a 2.05

1) Unless otherwise stated, all fees are quoted on a GST inclusive basis and net of any applicable Reduced Input Tax Credits.

2) The base fee is the fee we charge for managing the assets and overseeing the operations of the Fund, expressed as a percentage of the net asset value of the Fund. The Fund invests part of its assets in other funds which we manage. Base fees in those funds are either rebated or not charged, in respect of an investment by the Fund to avoid double counting of fees in respect of those underlying funds.

3) All other components of the management costs are based on the indirect costs and recoverable expenses incurred during the prior financial year ended 30 June.

5) Under the Fund’s Constitution we are entitled to be reimbursed for authorised expenses incurred in managing and administering a Fund, however at present we have chosen not to be reimbursed for routine fund expenses including registry, custodian, accounting, audit costs and legal expenses (excluding transaction costs) which are paid by us out of our base fee. Any levy payable to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) may however be paid out of the Fund.

* Fees may be negotiated if you are a wholesale investor as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Transactional and Operational Costs

Total transactional and
operational costs
% 1
Less buy-sell
spread recovery
% 2
Net transactional and
operational costs
2.95 0.07 2.88

1) Transactional and operational costs represent the estimated costs from the Fund’s investing activities. These costs are in addition to the management costs. The transactional and operational costs are reflected in the unit price and impact the performance of the Fund. These costs include brokerage, settlement costs, Borrowing costs (including interest and loan fees) clearing costs, stamp duty and other taxes on an investment transaction. It also includes the difference between the price paid for purchasing securities and the price that would be payable if selling securities (i.e. bid/ask spread).

2) Buy-sell spread recovery represents the amount charged to investors that relates to investor applications and withdrawals.

3) Based on the estimated costs incurred during the prior financial year ended 30 June, expressed as a percentage of the average Fund net asset value.

Buy / Sell Spreads *

Total spread
0.34 / 0.34

* The buy-sell spread is an additional cost to you. This ensures existing investors are not disadvantaged due to the costs associated with buying or selling the Fund’s investments as a result of applications and withdrawals.