Emirates Gateway Fund
The Emirates Gateway Fund is an open-ended single country equity fund giving regional and international investors access to the UAE capital market.
|Structure ||An open-ended investment trust fund established by the Sponsor in accordance with the provisions of Resolution No. 164/8/94 of the Board of Directors of the UAE Central Bank Objective |
|Objective ||To achieve above average long term returns from capital gains and dividend income, principally through investments in publicly traded UAE equity securities |
|Markets covered ||The Dubai Financial Market ("DFM"), the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange ("ADX") and NASDAQ Dubai ("NASDAQ Dubai") |
|Base currency ||AED |
|Management Fee ||1.50% |
|Performance Fee ||Simple - 10% over 8% |
|Minimum subscription ||AED 200,000 |
|Subscription/Redemption ||Weekly |
|Administrator ||Apex Fund Services (Dubai) Ltd |
|Bloomberg ||EMIRGAT UH |
The Fund Manager's Market Commentary for April 30, 2013
The Emirates Gateway Fund surged +10.72% in April versus a gain of +11.34% for the S&P UAE Composite Index. That brings the annual gains of the EGF to +36.20%, nearly +8.4% ahead of its benchmark. Our performance was based on gains in banking, transport and energy while offsetting some these gains were wider than usual spreads on a couple of smaller holdings and our cash holding generated through booking gains.
Globally, some concerning macro-economic data emerged from the US and China. However, the all-important unemployment level continues to decline in the US alongside a recovering housing market, both supporting the market’s push to new highs. Despite this, we continue to expect some volatility in markets ahead of summer months. We keenly watch global macro data and importantly central bank policy stances, maintain our expectation of continued global growth for the year and look to exploit any near term weakness to add to core themes.
There are three key points to note while assessing the UAE’s stellar rise YTD: Firstly, fundamentals on the ground in the UAE continue to improve with data points from hospitality, retail, transport, F&B and real Estate all supportive of a resurgent economy. While we would expect a natural slow-down over summer months and Ramadan, the key drivers of this economic growth should remain intact through the year. Secondly, UAE equity valuations remain undemanding compared to regional peers, this is especially true in the banking sector. A legacy of the enormous discounts applied to the UAE post 2008, as the economy recovers these discounts should continue to materially dissipate. Lastly, at the risk of discussing a sore point for UAE markets, the MSCI review of a possible upgrade of the UAE and Qatar to Emerging Markets is around the corner. Combined with increased international investor flows of late, such a catalyst is likely to fuel bids through any near term trading disappointment. We would not be surprised to see near term consolidation or pullback in the UAE given the solid YTD gains, however given the above factors remain firmly constructive on UAE equities into year end and look to use any such weakness to allocate further to our core conviction themes and picks.
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