Key Discussion Points

Feb 2019

Key Discussion Points – Feb 2019 2019-02-21T11:48:51+11:00


Sydney Accounting Forum:

Revised Date - 2 May 2019

We apologise for changing the date, but feel like the deferral is in the best interests of everybody. In terms of word of mouth interest, this one looks like it will be even bigger than last years forum and we will definitely endeavour to tighten up the format and to incorporate suggested topics.

On that note you should expect to receive a ‘save the date’ email shortly from us, and we will seek to engage you on the topics that matter the most.

I think most agreed that the last event was a success even simply for putting different firms in a room together to discuss business process and the industry, and to foster further interaction between the various JV’s. With any luck we can go one better in Sydney in May and have over 10 firms in attendance.

We would love as many of you there as possible.

Thanks Jono

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    Grants & Tax Incentives:

    R&D Tax Incentive Program

    There has been some recent media in the AFR regarding the R&D tax incentive program, with several companies such as Airtasker reporting entire claims being disallowed and significant refunds asked to be repaid.

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    Risk Profile Portfolio Performance Figures

    As at 31 December 2018

    * Annualised return(s). Portfolio Inception date 3/7/2012

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    Prime SMA - Model Portfolio Performance Figures

    As at 31 December 2018

    * Annualised return(s). Portfolio Inception date 18/2/2016

    Prime SMA:

    Monthly Commentary

    Global equity markets recorded heavy losses in December with the MSCI World Index falling -7.6%.

    Trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies, the withdrawal of liquidity from financial markets, geopolitical issues such as Brexit and rising interest rates led to stock markets suffering their worst calendar year of performance since the GFC.

    The US equity market underperformed falling 9% and the Federal Reserve increased interest rates 0.25% as forecast. However, a change in the Federal Reserve’s stance on monetary policy suggests fewer rate rises in 2019.

    Volatility was the overriding theme in December with the VIX (Volatility Index) climbing back to its February highs. US bonds pointed further towards investor caution as bond yields fell to near 12-month lows below 2.70%.

    The plunge in crude oil prices continued in December with WTI and Brent oil falling a further 10% and 8.5% as OPEC agreed to reduce supply by 1.2m barrels per day. Oil fell more than -20% for the calendar year on account of oversupply fears.

    The AUD/USD fell 3.5% in December and nearly 10% for the year as concerns over the impact a US-China trade war may have on Australia saw the currency fall to 70c.

    Locally, the Australian equity market outperformed with the ASX200 Accumulation Index essentially flat in December.

    Miners were the best performing sector rising 5% as iron ore likewise bounced 10% to trade $71/tonne. Sector weakness was felt across telcos -5%, IT stocks -4% and financials -3%.

    Downer (DOW) was the shining light in December rising 7% to reverse some prior month’s weakness. DOW now trades on a 12.5x FY20 PE with a dividend yield in excess of 5% and remains a core holding. We view DOWs road services, transport infrastructure and rail services divisions as likely beneficiaries of a boost to infrastructure spending and a potential sale of its mining services division may pave the way for a capital return to investors.

    Detractors from performance were IOOF (IFL) and BWX (BWX) which fell 25% and 50% respectively. IFLs share price has lagged on account of the Royal Commission throughout 2018 but a show cause notice alleging breaches of the Superannuation Industry Act and the disqualification of five senior executives saw investors sell down holdings. We anticipate a new CEO to be duly appointed in time and maintain the acquisition of the ANZ wealth business will continue. IFL remains a hold.

    Weakness in BWXs domestic export sales to China and softer sales in its flagship Sukin branded products saw BWX release its second downgrade to earnings numbers in six weeks. In our view the selloff has been overdone with shares now trading on <9x FY20 earnings numbers. It is disappointing but we believe momentum will turn in Sukin products and that the downgrade is seasonal and not systemic.

    Activity across the SMAs was relatively subdued in December. The Growth and Diversified Income SMAs went unchanged. The Defensive Income SMA reduced MXT and added the Artesian Corporate Bond Fund which invests in liquid, investment grade fixed and floating rate corporate bonds. The International Growth SMA reduced MGG and added to existing weights in the Platinum Asia and Orbis Global Equity funds. On a risk profile performance basis our 5-year numbers continue to perform well against their respective benchmarks..

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