This month France will head to the polls to elect a new president after Socialist Party leader and sitting president, François Hollande, said he would not run for a second term.
A total of 11 candidates are standing in the first round on 23 April, including Republican candidate François Fillon, the leader of the En Marche! Party Emmanuel Macron, and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
With election fever mounting, Citywire Selector has taken a look at the French equity sector to see which managers have provided investors with the most consistent returns over the past five years.
Currently there are 103 managers active in this sector while 75 managers have been active in the asset class for five years to the end of February 2017. The average manager out of the 75 returned 59.41% over the five year period.
However, there is one manager team which has consistently outperformed the average and returned almost double that of the average manager. Let’s take a closer look at the fund.
Perrotin, Kawalec & Burrnand, Moneta AM
Fund: Moneta Multi Caps C
Five year total return (February 2012-February 2017): 103.6%
Best year of outperformance vs. average manager: +12.27% in 2012/2013
The trio of + rated managers Thomas Perrotin, Andrzej Kawalec and Romain Burnand have been managing the Moneta Multi Caps fund for over a decade. Since it launched in March 2006, the fund has grown to €2.48 billion and the managers have 91 companies in the fund.
The fund can invest in all sized French companies and is split according to the size of companies. Large-cap companies make up 48% of the fund and holdings including banking group BNP Paribas, pharmaceutical company Sanofi and oil company Total.
Mid-caps make up 37% of the fund and companies in this space include asset manager Amundi and transport company Bolloré. Small-caps make up the remainder, with engineering company Assystem one of the top holdings in this cap size.
The team’s best year was from February 2012-2013 when they returned 22.47%. This compares to the return of 10.20% by the average manager over the same one-year period of performance.