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Perpetual ESG Australian Share Fund

Perpetual ESG Australian Share Fund

Long-term capital growth and income through investment in predominantly quality Australian shares that meet Perpetual’s ESG and values-based criteria.

The Perpetual ESG Australian Share Fund (formerly Perpetual Ethical SRI Fund) has an unquoted unit class and an ASX quoted unit class. The fund seeks to invest in companies that represent the best investment quality, are appropriately priced and meet Perpetual’s ESG and values-based criteria.

 

Perpetual's values-based and ESG exclusionary screen

The fund uses a value based exclusionary screen to avoid investment in companies that derive a proportion of their revenue from the involvement in the following activities.

Values-based activity

Involvement Threshold

The production or distribution of alcohol

5% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Animal cruelty (cosmetic testing)

5% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Fossil fuels (exploration and extraction)

5% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Gambling operations including online services, casinos, and gambling products including gaming equipment

5% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Genetic engineering the production of genetically modified organisms for human consumption

5% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Uranium and nuclear

5% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Pornography

5% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Tobacco production

0% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Tobacco retailing

5% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Weapons (nuclear)

0% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Weapons (Military - Controversial)

0% or more of company/issuer revenue^

Weapons (Military - Conventional)

5% or more of company/issuer revenue^

 

^Generally calculated using the total gross amount of revenue generated by the sale of goods or services from normal business operations. Companies/issuers will breach the above involvement threshold if their combined revenue from all Values-based activities above is 5% or more.

Companies or issuers that successfully pass our Values-based exclusionary screen are then subject to an ESG exclusionary screen.

Companies or issuers are scored (both positively and negatively) on a broad range of ESG factors, shown in the table below. These scores are totalled to arrive at a single score for each company or issuer.

Companies or issuers that receive a negative overall score fail this exclusionary screen and will not be considered for investment by the fund. A zero or positive score will allow a company or issuer to be considered for investment by the Fund.

ESG issues:

  • Environmental risk, policy and performance
  • Energy use and renewables
  • Product and services environmental impact
  • Chemicals of concern
  • Animal welfare (fur)
  • Genetically modified (GMO) food
  • Health and safety risk and approach
  • Human Rights
  • Discrimination and diversity
  • Supply chain risk and approach
  • Community involvement
  • Product impacts and approach
  • Corporate conduct risk and approach
  • Corporate conduct performance (misconduct)
  • ESG-positive products and services

Why invest in the ESG Australian Share Fund?

Fund for ESG investors

Robust screening process

Long-term track record

Experienced responsible investment team

Fund for ESG investors

The fund gives investors an opportunity to align their investments with their personal values and ESG preferences.

Robust screening process

Screening process that utilises internal and external ESG research. For more information on our robust screening process please download our brochure. 

Long-term track record

Established in 2002, the Fund has outperformed its benchmark since inception.

Experienced responsible investment team

Investment decisions are made in one of the largest and most well-resourced equity teams in Australia, supported by an experienced Responsible Investment team.

Perpetual ESG Australian Share screening process

Perpetual’s ESG Australian Share Fund uses the same investment process as the broad Australian equities strategies. However, there is an additional screening process undertaken to develop the investable universe for this strategy, and it requires specialist research.

Portfolio Impact Measurement Report

The Portfolio Impact Measurement Report looks at the environmental, social and governance (ESG) attributes of Perpetual's ESG Australian Share Fund. It contains information on the fund’s carbon footprint, fund contribution towards positive environmental and social goals, as well as ESG metrics and ratings. The Q&A provides useful background on the report.

Pricing & Performance

Fund Commencement: April 2002

Unit Pricing

As at
Entry 2.303
Exit 2.298
View Price History

Distributions

Frequency
Half Yearly
Cents per Unit
0.570
Reinvestment Price
2.076
View Distribution History

Performance

As at

Returns

As at
Growth (%) Distribution (%) Total (%)
1 month 3.96% -- 3.96%
3 month 11.48% -- 11.48%
6 month 11.46% 3.77% 15.22%
1 year 8.61% 10.62% 19.23%
3 year 2.02% 8.96% 10.99%
5 year 4.94% 6.72% 11.66%
10 year 1.04% 7.72% 8.76%

Investment Approach

The Fund seeks to invest in companies that represent the best investment quality, are appropriately priced and meet our ESG and values based criteria. Investment quality is determined based on four key criteria. - conservative debt levels - sound management - quality business - recurring earnings For more details on our ESG and values based criteria, see Environmental, Social, Governance and Ethical factors in the Perpetual Investments Funds PDS.

Details & Fees

Investment Objective Aims to provide long-term capital growth and regular income through investment predominantly in quality Australian shares that meet Perpetual's ESG and values-based criteria. Aims to outperform the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index (before fees and taxes) over rolling three-year periods.
Minimum Suggested Timeframe 5 years or longer
Fund Manager Perpetual Investment Management Limited
Asset Class Australian Shares
Minimum Initial Investment $25,000
Minimum Initial Investment (with saving plan) $25,000 Monthly Minimum Nil
Minimum Additional Investment $2,000
Australian shares 90 - 100%
Cash 0 - 10%
Half Yearly June 30, December 31
Entry 0
Exit 0
Management Fee (p.a.) 1.175%. Refer to PDS for Management Costs.
Buy / Sell Spread 0.12% / 0.12%

Portfolio Managers

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Nathan Hughes
Portfolio Manager, ESG Australian Share Fund, Income Share Fund
BCom, CFA
Nathan Hughes
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Nathan Hughes

Portfolio Manager, ESG Australian Share Fund, Income Share Fund BCom, CFA
Bio

Years of experience: 18
Years at Perpetual: 12

Nathan is the Portfolio Manager for the Perpetual ESG Australian Share Fund and Income Share Fund, and an analyst.

Nathan joined Perpetual in September 2010 as a Research Analyst, before spending almost two years on the dealing desk at Perpetual working on all Australian Equity strategies as an Equities Dealer. Nathan was then appointed to the role of Equities Analyst covering small cap stocks in 2013. He was promoted to Deputy Portfolio Manager in May 2016, and took on responsibility for managing 50% of the Smaller Companies strategy in 2017.

Prior to joining Perpetual, Nathan spent 6 years in a Chartered Accountancy firm where he was responsible for the affairs of a diverse range of clients, including regular taxation compliance, financial reporting, Self-Managed Superannuation Fund audits and business advisory services.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

What Are The Risks?

All investments carry risk. While it is not possible to identify every risk relevant to your investment, we have provided details of the risks that may affect your investment in the relevant product disclosure statement (PDS) or offer document.

You can find PDSs and other documents in our resources section. The relevant PDS, offer documents and forms can also be found in the sections below:

How to Invest

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Perpetual Investment Funds feature Perpetual’s leading investment management capabilities. They are designed for individual and wholesale investors, and super fund trustees, with $25,000 or more to invest.You can also invest through investor directed portfolio services. Applications to invest in Perpetual Investment Funds can be made through the myPerpetual application portal online.

 

Before applying for a Perpetual Investment it's important to review the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), and related documents to ensure you understand how the fund works and the risks involved.

 

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Perpetual Investment Funds

GPO Box 4171, Sydney NSW 2001

 

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Contact an institutional relationship manager or phone 1800 110 941. Contact

With one of Australia’s largest, most well-resourced and experienced investment teams, Perpetual offers institutional investors expertise across four major investment capabilities: Australian equities; global equities; cash, credit and fixed income; and multi asset strategies. These capabilities can be accessed via pooled investment funds or tailored mandates.

Have Any Questions?

Call your Perpetual Business Development Manager on 1800 062 728

Perpetual Investment Management Limited ABN 18 000 866 535 AFSL 234426 and/or Perpetual Superannuation Limited ABN 84 008 416 831 AFSL 225246 are the issuers of the Funds. you should consider the relevant Fund product disclosure statement or other offer document before deciding whether to invest. The product disclosure statements and target market determinations for the Funds are available on this website.

Returns have been calculated using exit prices after taking into account all ongoing fees, and assuming reinvestment of distributions. No allowance has been made for entry fees, exit fees or where applicable taxation. Future returns may bear no relationship to the historical information displayed. The returns shown represent past returns only and are not indicative of future returns of a Fund. Returns on a Fund can be particularly volatile in the short term and in some periods may be negative.

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