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JGC provides diversified exposure to exciting companies leading the charge to a more sustainable future…

Jupiter Green (JGC) has shifted its investment focus towards targeting smaller and more innovative companies (see Portfolio), arguably making it a more interesting proposition for all kinds of long-term investors. The new lead manager, Jon Wallace, has been working on the trust since 2014, ensuring a smooth transition when he took the reins in January 2021.

Jon is using JGC’s ability to be nimble (net assets of £63m) by investing at the smaller end of the market cap spectrum to access the most exciting companies developing environmental solutions. Many of these fast-growing and innovative companies are likely too small for most generalist investors or those with larger funds.

Jon has been finding most opportunities this year in the ‘accelerator’ bucket. Accelerators are those companies that have proven and scalable solutions and are gaining market share from established players. As a result, accelerators now represent 60% of the portfolio. Jon commented recently that COP26 illustrates the urgency of scaling up existing technologies so that they can start to have an impact in reducing carbon emissions as soon as possible, which he thinks should be a strong tailwind for the sort of companies he owns.

By investing in companies below the radar of most investors, JGC offers a differentiated proposition. When combined with the manager’s specialist knowledge and experience in this relatively niche area, as well as now having drawn down a modest level of gearing for the first time, we think JGC is well-positioned to benefit from the many changes that the global economy will make over the next decade.

Analyst's View

COP26 highlighted the variety of secular growth opportunities resulting from the need to decarbonise the global economy. JGC invests across six themes that reflect the manager’s view of the most attractive opportunities from sustainability. These include the circular economy, clean energy, water and sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health.

The change in the mandate to focus on ‘accelerators’ and ‘innovators’ will mean higher exposure to mid and small-cap companies worldwide. The impact of the change has already been seen in both the portfolio, but also the risk (as measured by volatility) and returns. JGC had a challenging period in the first half of the year, with market sentiment turning against growth stocks. That said, it’s encouraging that Jon kept confidence in his convictions, adding to holdings that had seen share prices fall. This has helped the trust recover strongly over the second half of the year so far.

JGC has traded on an average discount of c. 4% over the past five years. Enthusiasm for the new mandate and sustainability-themed funds has seen the discount narrow, the shares at times trading at a premium. Share issuance has allowed the trust to grow, which is encouraging, although it retains the ability to be nimble. We think JGC should appeal to all sorts of investors in that it provides a differentiated exposure to a high conviction portfolio of innovative and high-growth companies, which together are helping the transformation of the global economy to a more sustainable footing.

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Differentiated investment proposition makes JGC unique amongst funds and trusts offering a sustainable theme
Smaller and more innovative companies tend to be higher-risk propositions than ‘established leaders’
Long track record and experience of management team
Gearing will exacerbate the downside (as well as enhance the upside)
Discount has narrowed, and further share issuance means liquidity and OCF should continue to improve
Discount could widen, perhaps significantly
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Fund History

22 Jul 2022 The mother of invention (and returns?)
Finding companies that cater to an urgent need is easier than figuring out who the next Bill Gates is going to be…
22 Jul 2022 Results analysis: Jupiter Green
JGC’s wide discount suggests investors may have oversold after a tough few months for the trust…
16 Jun 2022 Have green stocks been over sold?
Jupiter Green is trading at a steep discount, despite many of its holdings continuing to perform well…
18 May 2022 Energy shock: looking at both sides of the coin
Jon Wallace and Noelle Guo say the energy shock faced by consumers now is reminiscent of the 1970s, which may boost usage of existing energy efficient technologies and spawn new ones...
30 Mar 2022 You say tomato…
Do it yourself or put it into a global fund and leave it to the experts - our analyst debate the merits of each approach...
17 Dec 2021 Results analysis: Jupiter Green
JGC has experienced some short-term NAV volatility, but the long-term attractions remain…
08 Dec 2021 Fund Analysis
JGC provides diversified exposure to exciting companies leading the charge to a more sustainable future…
24 Nov 2021 Holding back the tears
While the final text of COP26 fell short of what many had hoped for, the writing is on the wall for fossil fuels and, from an investment perspective, the age of sustainability has only just begun…
10 Nov 2021 A fair wind
As the world grapples with the challenge of climate change, we examine a fund which aims to generate growth for its shareholders via companies which can deliver a cleaner future…
27 Oct 2021 Gone with the wind
One of our analysts looks at the implications of the shocking rise in energy prices and the opportunities it highlights for investment trusts...
15 Sep 2021 Bargains galore
We review our discounted opportunities portfolio, with one constituent rallying more than 30% in just two months…
14 Jul 2021 Building back greener
As governments turn their focus towards the COVID-19 economic recovery, they are increasingly incorporating sustainability goals into their efforts. For sustainable investors, this presents a clear opportunity…
10 Jun 2021 Green is good!
2021 will see billions dedicated to sustainable initiatives, which brings with it a host of possible investment opportunities...
19 May 2021 Fund Analysis
JGC’s focus on mid/small caps seems to have been well-timed, and is now regularly issuing shares…
23 Apr 2021 Reuse, recycle and rethink sustainability
Over the last three years, sustainability has gone from being something of an investment trend to an imperative for many investors...
10 Mar 2021 A true original
ESG has become a buzzword in recent years but Jupiter Green, which has forged a successful track record in socially responsible investing since launch in 2006, was into it before it was ‘cool’…
10 Mar 2021 Spring Conference '21
Audio and presentations from 21 of the UK’s leading investment trust managers…
04 Mar 2021 Slides and Audio: Jupiter Green
Download the presentation and listen to the audio from our 'Ideas for your ISA' Spring Conference on 03 March...
24 Feb 2021 Dire Straits or Money for Nothing?
As discounts reach historically narrow levels across the board – our analysts debate whether a premium is a price worth paying…
04 Feb 2021 Eurovision 2021
We highlight potential opportunities within the European investment trust space…
29 Jan 2021 Flash update: Jupiter Green
Jon Wallace is promoted to lead manager…
16 Dec 2020 My haven’t you grown!
How sustainability has gone from zero to hero in 2020…
15 Dec 2020 Results analysis: Jupiter Green
The team behind the newly revamped Jupiter Green believe the COVID crisis has sharpened the focus on sustainability, creating a multi-decade opportunity for companies in the portfolio…
04 Dec 2020 Slides and Audio: Jupiter Green
Our research team at Kepler Trust Intelligence hosted a 30 minute webinar update with Charlie Thomas, Head of Strategy, Environment & Sustainability at Jupiter Asset Management...
10 Nov 2020 Fund Analysis
JGC is now focussing on mid & small caps, which we see as a positive for its prospects…
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