Monash Absolute Investment Fund

Monthly Performance Report: April 2023

In April, the Fund rose 7.0% (after fees).  This compares to an increase of 1.9% for the S&P/ASX200 and a rise of 2.8% for the Small Ords.

During April there was a significant contribution from a number of our holdings. Our best contributor for the month was Telix (ASX: TLX) which rose by 47%. Other larger holdings that rose included Temple and Webster 17%, Lovisa 10%, Johns Lyng 6% and QBE 5% (ASX: TPW, LOV, JLG and QBE).

Our approach to investing seeks out mispriced companies that will benefit from a step change in earnings due to recurring business situations.  This month Telix was a strong example of this.  

Telix jumped following disclosure that it had achieved over $100m in quarterly revenue and is now solidly cash flow positive.  This is due to the success of its first imaging product in prostate cancer called Illuccix.  Although Illuccix was only launched a year ago in the USA it has significant growth still to come in that market. It is yet to launch in any other large market.  European approval is likely in the next 12months. In April Telix also held a briefing on its plans for China. 

Telix’s second imaging product addresses renal cancer. It will likely be launched next year. It could be around 50% of the size of the opportunity for Illuccix.  Telix is conducting a substantial amount of R&D.  Several of its programs have a near term catalyst. The most significant of these is the first read out of the Stage 3 Global ProstACT program which is a prostate cancer therapy (rather than imaging).

We are able to justify the current Telix share price based on the Illuccix product alone, with the rest of the portfolio of program representing material blue sky potential.

Consumer Discretionary was the best performing sector in April, rising 6%.  During the month RBA rate rises paused and news flow regarding the economy was encouraging; with retail data showing an improvement in sales of household goods and house prices having now risen for two consecutive months since February. This benefited our holdings in retailers, Temple & Webster and Lovisa, neither of which made trading updates during the month.

Over the last month we closed our 2 short positions and now temporarily have no shorts in the portfolio but we continue to evaluate short candidates.  

Return Summary Since Inception1(after all fees)

Since Inception (p.a.)10.22%
1 Month7.01%
3 Months1.29%
6 Months2.26%
1 Year3.22%
3 Years15.42%
5 Years11.61%
7 Years7.58%

1Inception date of Fund is 2 July 2012.

Fund Strategy

The Monash Absolute Investment Fund ARSN 606 855 501 (Fund) seeks to implement the investment strategy by investing in a diversified portfolio of predominantly Australian equities (long and short), with overseas assets expected to average no more than 5% over time.

The investment strategy is Benchmark Unaware and there is no predetermined asset allocation; rather, the Fund only invests when suitable opportunities are identified. As such, asset exposures may vary significantly over time and without notice.

The Fund seeks to only invest in compelling opportunities. To identify these investment ideas, Monash Investors primarily employs fundamental, bottom-up company research and the judgement of its experienced portfolio managers.

Portfolio Analytics Since Inception

Sharpe Ratio0.53
Sortino Ratio0.93
Standard Deviation (p.a.)16%
Positive Months60%
Maximum Drawdown-29%
Avg Gross Exposure91%
Avg Net Exposure79%
Avg Beta0.69

Monthly Portfolio Metrics

Outlook Stocks (Long)14 Positions: 64%
Outlook Stocks (Short)0 Positions: 0%
Event, Pair and Group (Long)5 Positions: 31%
Event, Pair and Group (Short)1 Positions: 0%
Gross Exposure95%
Net Exposure95%

Key Fund Information

Minimum Investment$20,000
Management Fee1.2813% p.a.
Performance Fee20.5% above the RBA Cash Rate + 5% with High Water Mark
Pricing FrequencyDaily
Distributions Quarterly , targeting 1.50% p.a. of NAV each quarter
Morningstar CategoryAlternatives Strategies

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