Monash Absolute Investment Fund

Monthly Performance Report: September 2021

During the September quarter, the Fund rose 2.97% (after fees).  This compares to an increase of 1.71% for the S&P/ASX200 and 3.44% for the Small Ords.

It was quite a volatile quarter with the portfolio down in July and September, despite being up overall. The highlight of the quarter was the results season in August, where 5 of the top 10 positions earnings announcements were positive for the portfolio, and only one against.

As is typical for the portfolio, there were some significant changes made over the quarter with three of the Outlook2 holdings exited, and seven new holdings established. Notably the portfolio no longer holds Uniti Group Ltd (ASX: UWL) which was exited for a 175% gain over a year and a half. Towards the end of the quarter the portfolio increased short positions having identified stocks expected to have earnings disappointments. The portfolio remains relatively concentrated and has little exposure to Resources or Financials.

For the September quarter, the distribution per unit was $2.9c per unit and will be paid on 7 October 2021.

Major Contributors

The best contributor was Lovisa Holdings Ltd (ASX: LOV) which rose 18% on the day of its result[1] and increased in price by 32% over the quarter.  Lovisa is a vertically integrated jewellery retailer with a strong store roll out program.  It is a beneficiary of economies re-opening after COVID lockdowns, and we are certainly seeing that in its like-for-like sales numbers.

One of the only exposures to resources in the portfolio is Australian Strategic Materials (Holdings) Ltd (ASX: ASM) which was a consistent performer, rising 31% over the quarter. ASM is a refiner of rare earths for metals which are the basis for important components in much modern technology. Importantly for Western economies, ASM will operate outside of Chinese rare earths supply chains which is of strategic value in the current geopolitical climate.

The next best contributor was the short position in AGL Energy Ltd (ASX: AGL) the energy generator and utility retailer. We had established the short following the announcement by AGL that it would separate its business, to exclude the coal based power stations. Over the course of the quarter AGL fell 36%.  We have since covered this position.

Major Detractors

The biggest detractor was Electro Optic Systems Holdings Ltd (ASX: EOS) a business that uses lasers for tracking and communication. EOS fell 15% on the day of its result and 21% for the quarter[2]. We expect multiple positive announcements from EOS over the next 12 months regarding cash receipts, additional contract wins and progress on external funding of the SpaceLink project.


People Infrastructure Ltd (ASX: PPE) is a labour-hire company whose operations have been somewhat effected by COVID. While its result in August beat expectations it has been overshadowed by the impact of the Delta variant and was down 16% for the quarter. It sits on a modest valuation profile but has good underlying organic growth (ex COVID) and has also been achieving growth by acquisition. We expect a strong recovery in PPE as the Australian economy emerges from lockdowns given the reported vaccination rates.




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Cameron Harris (Acting on behalf of Monash Investors)

P: +61 400 248 435

Acting on behalf of Monash Investors


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Return Summary Since Inception1(after all fees)

Since Inception (p.a.)12.66%
1 Month-3.05%
3 Months2.97%
6 Months5.38%
1 Year30.71%
3 Years19.43%
5 Years11.87%
9 Years13.03%

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 Ratio0.67
Sortino Ratio1.21
Standard Deviation (p.a.)16%
Positive Months63%
Maximum Drawdown-29%
Avg Gross Exposure90%
Avg Net Exposure79%
Avg Beta0.65
Avg VAR1.2%

Monthly Portfolio Metrics

Outlook Stocks (Long)17 Positions: 76%
Outlook Stocks (Short)1 Positions: -1%
Event, Pair and Group (Long)2 Positions: 13%
Event, Pair and Group (Short)1 Positions: -5%
Gross Exposure95%
Net Exposure82%

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

    For all business development enquiries, please contact

    SA,WA,NT: Andrew Fairweather
    Winston Capital partners (Acting on behalf of Monash Investors)

    P. +61 401 716 043

    NSW, VIC & SA: James Archer
    Winston Capital partners (Acting on behalf of Monash Investors)

    P. +61 432 273 335

    NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS: Stephen Robertson
    Winston Capital partners (Acting on behalf of Monash Investors)

    P. +61 418 387 427

    NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS: Cameron Harris
    Winston Capital partners (Acting on behalf of Monash Investors)

    P. +61 400 248 435

    For all investor enquiries, please contact

    Link Fund Solutions Pty Ltd (Acting on behalf of the Fund)

    P. +61 2 9547 4311

    Monash Absolute Investment Fund Unitholder Services, GPO Box 5482, Sydney NSW 2001

    For all other enquiries



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          This document is issued by Monash Investors Pty Limited ABN 67 153 180 333, AFSL 417 201 (“Monash Investors”) as authorised representatives of Winston Capital Partners Pty Ltd ABN 29 159 382 813, AFSL 469 556 (“Winston Capital”) for the provision of general financial product advice in relation to the Monash Absolute Investment Fund ARSN 606 855 501 (“Fund”). Monash Investors is the investment manager of the Fund. The Trust Company (RE Services) Limited ABN 45 003 278 831, AFSL 235 150 (“Perpetual”) is responsible entity of, and issuer of units in, the Fund. The inception date of the Fund is 2nd July 2012.
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          The Zenith Investment Partners (ABN 27 103 132 672, AFS Licence 226872) (“Zenith”) rating (assigned MON0001AU June 2021) referred to in this document is limited to “General Advice” (s766B Corporations Act 2001) for Wholesale clients only. This advice has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any individual and is subject to change at any time without prior notice. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product(s). Investors should seek independent financial advice before making an investment decision and should consider the appropriateness of this advice in light of their own objectives, financial situation and needs. Investors should obtain a copy of and consider the PDS or offer document before making any decision and refer to the full Zenith Product Assessment available on the Zenith website. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology, ratings definitions and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessments and at

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