Krungsri Asset Management arranged a seminar "Riding High in China with the Top China Fund"

27 January 2020


Krungsri Asset Management Public Company Limited organized a seminar under the title “Riding High in China with the Top China Fund” to reiterate its confidence in the growth potential of China’s new economy. The conviction is based on the stock market’s strong fundamentals, moderate valuation, and upside potential. The company also offers KFACHINA-A which invests in the UBS (Lux) Investment SICAV - China A Opportunity, the 2019 top-performing active fund in the China A Share stock markets. 

Krungsri Asset Management has invited Vivien Ng, the investment specialist from the master fund - UBS (Lux) Investment SICAV - China A Opportunity, and Kiattisak Preecha-Anusorn, Vice President for Alternative Investment Department, Krungsri Asset Management to talk about China’s new economy which seems to be growing against China overall economic outlook. Further interesting aspects include opportunities and investment risks of A Share market, fund policies and stock selection strategies, past performance and factors that drive the tremendous success of the fund’s investment in A Share stock markets.   

In the 2nd half of the year 2019, China’s GDP suffered a slow growth due to various factors such as US-China trade war, ongoing protests in Hong Kong, high default rates of China bonds and the government’s policies issued to rebalance the economy. However, amidst the uncertain economic situation, KFACHINA-A was able to outperform the market, generating more than 50% in profits, becoming No.1 in the industry.  (Source: Morningstar as of  30 Dec. 2019)
The fund’s success stems from clever strategies focusing on stocks that grow in accordance with China’s new economy driven by two important factors namely, consumption upgrade of the middle-class population and technology development. Vivien said that China is currently experiencing an explosive growth of the middle-class population which rose from 38,000 in 2010 to 4.4 million in 2019. As this class population increases their income and spending power, they become more willing to improve their life quality. Technological changes such as the rapid growth of e-commerce, investment in research and technologies’ development like 6G network, are the major driving forces behind China’s New Economy growth. 
In relation to stock selection strategies, Vivien also added that the fund will select stocks whose businesses serve the four changing trends of China’s new economy in the next decade, which include consuming, urbanizing, innovating and automating, as well as aging society. The fund will then select the stocks which have strong fundamentals and have a strong investment component in technology and human resources development which will ensure a competitive advantages and long-term market leadership.

 At present, the fund has around 20 stocks in its portfolio. Some of the most interesting stocks include Jiangsu Hengrui, China’s largest drug company which invests heavily in R&D and human resources development and has the potential to be the one of the global companies with the largest market capitalization; Kweichow Moutai, China’s No.1 premium liquor company; and Ping An Insurance, one of the leading insurance companies that hugely invested in technology development and will pave the way in the insurance industry. Furthermore, the penetration rate of life insurance in China is still very low with only 4.2% thus, companies like Ping An have greater chances to grow along with China’s new economy
Source : Factset, UBS Asset Management as of 23 Sep. 2019
Kiattisak added that beside the outstanding stock performance, investment in China’s A Share stock markets is also attractive due to high growth opportunities. Although last year the market had P/E ratio of 9 times and has increased to 13 times this year, the valuation is still very low thus have upside potential. And as investors may want to make profits in the short term, but there is still strong growth potential in the long term.
Source : Factset, MSCI, UBS Asset Management as of 30 Dec. 2019

One of the important factors showing A Share potential is MSCI’s inclusion of China stocks in the MSCI China and MSCI Emerging Market indices. This would mark the increased significance of China’s A Share to the global stock market as the move will lift up the market creditability, create transparency and internationalize China stocks. It is also expected that such decisions will attract more foreign fund flows which currently accounts only to 7-8% of the China A Share stock markets. 
A Share investment has a further peculiarity: 86% are retail investors who mostly focus on short-term investment for profits. This becomes a good opportunity for the master fund to buy strong fundamental stocks when the retail investors got panic from market situation. This will result in profits for investors in the long term.
Those who are interested in investing in China’s A Share market can do it through Krungsri China A Shares Equity Fund - Accumulative (KFACHINA-A) which are traded at every working day. Available channels range from Krungsri Asset Management head office, any branch of Bank of Ayudhya, selling agents, and online channels that are @access Mobile and @ccess Online Service system.
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  • KACHINA-A invests not less than 80% of NAV in average of fund accounting year in the foreign investment fund titled UBS (Lux) Investment SICAV - China A Opportunity (USD) (Class P - acc) (master fund). | The fund has risk level at 6 – high risk.
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