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Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund

Snapshot
  • Bottom-up Asia credit strategy, with a focus on risk-adjusted returns
  • Invest primarily in USD-denominated high yield Asian bonds
  • Flexibility to invest across the spectrum of credit quality and issuers’ capital structure

30/09/2015

Inception Date

-3.76%

YTD Return (USD)

(as of 04/08/2021)

$9.21

Price (USD)

(as of 04/08/2021)

$22.64 million

Fund Assets

(as of 30/06/2021)

Objective

Total return over the long term.

Strategy

Under normal market conditions, the Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 65% of its net assets in income-producing securities including, but not limited to, debt and debt-related instruments and derivative instruments with fixed income characteristics, issued by governments, quasi-governmental entities, supra-national institutions and companies in Asia. On an ancillary basis, the Fund may invest in dividend-paying equity securities of the foregoing issuers. Investments may be denominated in any currency, and may represent any part of a company’s capital structure from debt to equity or with features of both.

Risks

The value of an investment in the Fund can go down as well as up and possible loss of principal is a risk of investing. Investments in international and emerging market securities may involve risks such as social and political instability, market illiquidity, exchange-rate fluctuations, a high level of volatility and limited regulation. Fixed income investments are subject to additional risks, including, but not limited to, interest rate, credit and inflation risks. The Fund may invest in the following: derivatives which can be volatile and affect Fund performance; high yield bonds (junk bonds) which can subject the Fund to substantial risk of loss; and structured investments which can change the risk or return, or replicate the risk or return of an underlying asset. The Fund invests in holdings denominated in foreign currencies, and is exposed to the risk that the value of the foreign currency will increase or decrease.

The risks associated with investing in the Fund can be found in the prospectus.

Fund Facts
Inception Date 30/09/2015
Fund Assets $22.64 million (30/06/2021)
Base Currency USD
ISIN: LU1275263116 (USD) LU1275263389 (GBP)
Bloomberg Symbol MACOIUS:LX (USD) MACOIGB:LX (GBP)
Benchmark J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index
Geographic Focus Asia: Consists of all countries and markets in Asia, including developed, emerging, and frontier countries and markets in the Asian region
Fees & Expenses
Management Fee 0.65%
Total Expense Ratio As of 31/03/2021 1.25% ( USD ) 1.25% ( GBP )

Performance

  • Monthly
  • Quarterly
  • Calendar Year
  • Rolling 12 Month
    Returns
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As of 30/06/2021
Average Annual Total Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund (USD)
0.78% 0.22% -2.54% 4.37% 3.59% 3.72% n.a. 4.84% 30/09/2015
J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index (USD)
0.44% 1.07% -0.12% 3.85% 6.39% 4.27% n.a. 5.10%
Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund (GBP)
3.09% -0.43% -3.97% -7.68% 1.79% 3.04% n.a. 6.51% 30/09/2015
J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index (GBP)
3.08% 0.94% -1.17% -7.11% 4.79% 3.59% n.a. 6.80%
As of 30/06/2021
Average Annual Total Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund (USD)
0.78% 0.22% -2.54% 4.37% 3.59% 3.72% n.a. 4.84% 30/09/2015
J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index (USD)
0.44% 1.07% -0.12% 3.85% 6.39% 4.27% n.a. 5.10%
Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund (GBP)
3.09% -0.43% -3.97% -7.68% 1.79% 3.04% n.a. 6.51% 30/09/2015
J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index (GBP)
3.08% 0.94% -1.17% -7.11% 4.79% 3.59% n.a. 6.80%
For the years ended December 31st
Name 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund (USD)
0.93% 14.04% -4.13% 8.16% 10.42%
J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index (USD)
6.33% 11.35% -0.77% 5.77% 5.81%
Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund (GBP)
-2.52% 10.68% 1.18% -1.38% 32.84%
J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index (GBP)
3.05% 7.05% 5.40% -3.38% 26.21%
For the period ended 30/06/2021
Name 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 Inception Date
Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund (USD)
4.37% -2.07% 8.76% -1.05% 9.11% 30/09/2015
J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index (USD)
3.85% 5.39% 10.01% -0.70% 3.10%
Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund (GBP)
-7.68% 1.37% 12.71% -2.35% 12.78% 30/09/2015
J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index (GBP)
-7.11% 8.56% 14.12% -2.30% 6.10%

Source: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A., Index data from J.P. Morgan.

Since inception performance for share classes with less than one year of history represents actual performance, not annualised. In addition, for share classes less than a year old, Year to Date Return is calculated since inception. Where no past performance is shown there was insufficient data available in that year to provide performance.

Performance details provided are based on a NAV-to-NAV basis with any dividends reinvested, and are net of management fees and other expenses. Performance data has been calculated in the respective currencies stated above, including ongoing charges and excluding subscription fee and redemption fee you might have to pay.

All performance quoted represents past performance and is not indicative of future performance. Investors may not get back the full amount invested. Investors investing in funds denominated in non-local currency should be aware of the risk of currency exchange fluctuations that may cause a loss of principal.

Additional performance, attribution, liquidity, value at risk (VaR), security classification and holdings information is available on request for certain time periods.

Yield

(as of 30/06/2021)
10.83% Yield to Worst

Source: FactSet Research Systems, Bloomberg, Matthews

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 30/06/2021)
2.9
Modified Duration
38
Number of Positions

Source: BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc.

Top 10 Positions

(as of 30/06/2021)
Name Sector Currency % Net Assets
ABJA Investment Co. Pte, Ltd., 5.450%, 01/24/2028 Materials U.S. Dollar 5.2
Indika Energy Capital III Pte, Ltd., 5.875%, 11/09/2024 Energy U.S. Dollar 5.1
Wanda Properties International Co., Ltd., 7.250%, 01/29/2024 Real Estate U.S. Dollar 5.1
Viet Nam Debt & Asset Trading Corp., 1.000%, 10/10/2025 Financials U.S. Dollar 5.0
Tata Motors, Ltd., 5.875%, 05/20/2025 Consumer Discretionary U.S. Dollar 4.7
Network i2i, Ltd., 5.650%, 04/15/2068 Communication Services U.S. Dollar 4.7
Luye Pharma Group, Ltd., Cnv., 1.500%, 07/09/2024 Health Care U.S. Dollar 4.4
Honghua Group, Ltd., 6.375%, 08/01/2022 Energy U.S. Dollar 4.3
Sino-Ocean Land Treasure III, Ltd., 4.900%, 03/21/2068 Real Estate U.S. Dollar 3.5
King Talent Management, Ltd., 5.600%, 06/04/2068 Financials U.S. Dollar 3.4
TOTAL 45.4

Top 10 holdings may combine more than one security from the same issuer and related depositary receipts.
Source: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A

Portfolio Breakdown (%)

(as of 30/06/2021)
  • Sector Allocation
  • Country Allocation
  • Currency Allocation
  • Quality Distribution
  • Asset Type Breakdown
Sector Fund
Real Estate 27.9
Financials 18.5
Energy 11.7
Consumer Discretionary 10.5
Materials 8.1
Health Care 7.5
Communication Services 5.5
Industrials 2.5
Foreign Government Bonds 2.4
Information Technology 1.8
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.6

"Foreign Government Bonds" category includes supranationals.
Cash and Other Assets may include the mark-to-market value of forward currency exchange contracts and certain derivative instruments.

Sector data (excluding Government Bonds) based on MSCI’s revised Global Industry Classification Standards. For more details, visit www.msci.com.

By issuer's country of risk Fund
China/Hong Kong 51.1
India 17.5
Indonesia 12.0
Vietnam 7.4
Thailand 2.8
Philippines 2.5
Malaysia 2.2
New Zealand 0.9
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.6

Not all countries are included in the benchmark index. Cash and Other Assets may include the mark-to-market value of forward currency exchange contracts and certain derivative instruments.
Supranational is an international organization in which member states transcend national boundaries, (ex. IMF).

Currency Fund Contribution To Duration
U.S. Dollar 100.0 2.9
Quality Distribution Fund
BBB- 1.0
BB+ 6.8
BB 17.8
BB- 22.9
B+ 8.7
B 9.2
B- 3.0
CCC+ 1.6
Not Rated 25.4
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.6

Credit quality is provided for the underlying bond holdings of the Fund and does not include common equities, cash and other assets and percentage values will not total 100%. Credit quality rating symbols reflect that of S&P and generally credit ratings range from AAA (highest) to D (lowest). When ratings from Moody's, S&P and Fitch are available for a bond in the Fund, the middle rating of the three is used. When two ratings are available, the lowest rating is used. When only one rating is provided, that one is used. Foreign government bonds without a specific rating are assigned the country rating provided by one of the three agencies. Securities that are not rated by any one of the three agencies are reflected as such.
Sources: FactSet Research Systems, Moody's, S&P and Fitch

Asset Type Fund
Corporate Bonds 72.4
Convertible Bonds 16.5
Government Bonds 7.4
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.6

Cash and Other Assets may include the mark-to-market value of forward currency exchange contracts and certain derivative instruments.

Source: FactSet Research Systems unless otherwise noted.
Percentage values in data are rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent, so the values may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Percentage values may be derived from different data sources and may not be consistent with other Fund literature.

Ratings

  • OVERALL
  • 3 YEAR
  • 5 YEAR

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. High ratings and rankings does not assure favorable performance.

Overall Morningstar RatingTM is reflective of the noted share class. Fund ratings represent an opinion only and are not a recommendation to buy or sell any fund. Copyright ©2021 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is provided for reference purposes only.

The Overall Morningstar®️ Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and (if applicable) ten-year ratings.

Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The Morningstar Rating does not include any adjustment for sales loads. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

Portfolio Managers

Teresa  Kong, CFA photo
Teresa Kong, CFA

Lead Manager

Satya  Patel photo
Satya Patel

Lead Manager

Distributions

Currency Record Date Ex Date Reinvest Date Payment Date Income Distributions
USD 26/07/2021 27/07/2021 28/07/2021 03/08/2021 $0.043225
GBP 26/07/2021 27/07/2021 28/07/2021 03/08/2021 £0.047775
USD 28/06/2021 29/06/2021 30/06/2021 06/07/2021 $0.043225
GBP 28/06/2021 29/06/2021 30/06/2021 06/07/2021 £0.047775
USD 25/05/2021 26/05/2021 27/05/2021 02/06/2021 $0.043225
GBP 25/05/2021 26/05/2021 27/05/2021 02/06/2021 £0.047775
USD 26/04/2021 27/04/2021 28/04/2021 04/05/2021 $0.043225
GBP 26/04/2021 27/04/2021 28/04/2021 04/05/2021 £0.047775
USD 24/03/2021 25/03/2021 26/03/2021 01/04/2021 $0.043225
GBP 24/03/2021 25/03/2021 26/03/2021 01/04/2021 £0.047775
USD 22/02/2021 23/02/2021 24/02/2021 02/03/2021 $0.043225
GBP 22/02/2021 23/02/2021 24/02/2021 02/03/2021 £0.047775
USD 25/01/2021 26/01/2021 27/01/2021 02/02/2021 $0.043225
GBP 25/01/2021 26/01/2021 27/01/2021 02/02/2021 £0.047775
USD 15/12/2020 16/12/2020 17/12/2020 31/12/2020 $0.148231
GBP 15/12/2020 16/12/2020 17/12/2020 31/12/2020 £0.164011
USD 28/09/2020 29/09/2020 30/09/2020 06/10/2020 $0.149573
GBP 28/09/2020 29/09/2020 30/09/2020 06/10/2020 £0.177483
USD 24/06/2020 25/06/2020 26/06/2020 02/07/2020 $0.153791
GBP 24/06/2020 25/06/2020 26/06/2020 02/07/2020 £0.179179
USD 25/03/2020 26/03/2020 27/03/2020 02/04/2020 $0.161264
GBP 25/03/2020 26/03/2020 27/03/2020 02/04/2020 £0.212289
View History

Fixed Income Distribution Information

Beginning in January 2021, the Matthews Asia Funds – Asia Credit Opportunities Fund will change the approach of distributing share classes from quarterly distribution payments to monthly distribution payments and will implement a stable cents-per-share distribution approach. For 2021, the monthly cents-per-share distribution factors are scheduled to be as follows below. Please note that the distribution amounts are subject to change at any time in the discretion of the Matthews Asia Funds and the Investment Manager. Any changes will be reflected on this website.

  A Distribution Share Class I Distribution Share Class (GBP) I Distribution Share Class
ISIN LU1275262571 LU1275263389 LU1275263116
Monthly Distribution Factor 0.041825 0.047775 0.043225

 

The Fund may, at its discretion, pay dividends out of the capital or effectively out of capital in respect of the distribution shares. Dividends may be distributed out of gross income while all or part of the fees and expenses are paid out of capital, resulting in an increase in distributable income for the payment of dividends and, therefore, the Fund may effectively pay dividend out of capital. Payment of dividends out of capital and/or effectively out of capital represents a return or withdrawal of part of an investor's original investment, or from any capital gains attributable to that original investment. Any distribution may result in an immediate reduction of the net asset value per share of the Fund.

Please note that a positive distribution yield does not imply a positive return, and past yields are no guarantee of future yields. There is no guarantee that the Fund will pay or continue to pay distributions.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with changing market conditions so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

As of April 1, 2014, distributions for this class of the sub fund will pay gross income which may result in expenses being paid out of capital and thereby limit an investor’s potential to generate total return and income.

Commentary

Period ended 30 June 2021

For the first half of 2021, the Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund returned -2.54% while its benchmark, the J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index, returned -0.12%. For the quarter ending 30 June, the Fund returned 0.22% compared to the benchmark return of 1.07% over the same period.

Market Discussion:

After a dramatic first quarter of ups and downs, the second quarter felt like a period of normalization. The market was coming to terms with froth in the most expensive parts of the growth market, adjusting their valuations lower and simultaneously repricing new growth opportunities higher, including cyclicals, as the global economy recovers. These cyclical industries, such as semiconductors, commodities and basic materials, were boosted by increased coronavirus vaccination across the developed world and the rapid resumption of economic activity. 

The good performance of asset classes was driven by the market coming to terms with the growth and value rotations in terms of valuation. Moreover, the market is understanding that the global economy is improving rather than deteriorating, and that the policy stance from global central banks and governments will continue to be supportive. These factors meant that it was generally a good second quarter for bonds as well as equities.

Within China, concerns about certain highly levered Chinese developers led to market repricing of China property developer risk. This is most apparent in more highly levered property developers in China, which came under pressure in June and drove high yield credit spreads around 20 basis points (0.20%) wider in the quarter. 

Performance Contributors and Detractors:

For the first half of 2021, our holdings in the real estate sector, which consists mainly of Chinese real estate developers, and in the communications sector contributed to performance. On the other hand, detractors over the same period came largely from distress in two holdings within the Indonesian textile industry, PB International (Pan Brothers) and Sri Rjeki Isman Tbk PT. Both companies had trouble refinancing their bank loans as banks withheld further balance exposure to the industry after the default of Duniatex, another textile manufacturer in Indonesia.

During the second quarter, real estate developers and basic industry were top contributors to relative performance. Positioning in the tech sector and lack of exposure to governments/quasi-sovereigns detracted from performance. The top contributors to performance came from convertible bonds, such as Kakao Corp., a South Korean social media and e-commerce platform and NIO Inc., a Chinese electronic vehicle maker. The top detractors came from exposure to Huarong Finance, a Chinese asset manager, and Sri Rejeki Isman Tbk PT, an Indonesian textile manufacturer. We initiated a position in Huarong after the bonds sold off on news of possible losses from non-core overseas investments and the delayed publication of annual results. We believe the bonds were oversold given we deem this to be one of China’s systematically important financial institutions. In our base case, Huarong may experience some combination of asset sales, government bailout and corporate restructuring such that bondholders will be made whole.

Notable Portfolio Changes:

During the second quarter, we added exposures to the Chinese real estate and internet sectors. Within real estate, we added CIFI Holdings, a high-quality developer we previously held. Within Chinese internet, we initiated positions in the convertible bonds of Meituan, a web-based shopping platform company, and Weimob, an e-commerce and marketing solutions company. We believe regulatory risks and competition within the internet space have put price pressure on these names in the short term. However, over the long term, we believe that is the strength of their business models, as well as their leading positions in their sectors drive profitability and price appreciation. We also added Huarong Finance for the special situations opportunity as the company works through asset sales or a corporate restructuring.

We exited Indonesia textile manufacturer Sri Rejeki Isman Tbk PT in the quarter. Sri Rejeki Isman had shown reasonable operating results throughout the COVID-crisis. However, the company failed to refinance its bank loans earlier in the year and seemed to signal a lack of willingness, rather than ability, to treat debtholders fairly. As a result, we exited the position. We also exited Thailand’s state-owned commercial bank Krungthai Bank in the quarter as the economic recovery in Thailand seemed continually pushed out with new waves of COIVD resurgence. 

Outlook:

Looking ahead, with new confirmed COVID cases subsiding in major economies such as U.S. and Europe, we believe the U.S. and global economies will be on better footing in the next 12 months. We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of vaccines against new variants of the coronavirus. Due to the difference in administrative organizational capabilities of different countries, we still expect to see greater dispersion going forward. The likelihood and timing of the Fed “tapering” continues to be a point of focus, though we do not expect the Fed to move rapidly into a hawkish taper.

Within this global context, China has always marched to the beat of its own drum. China was the first to control COVID, and thus required the least policy easing to support its economy.  Having seen its economy rebounding, China policymakers are no longer in crisis-fighting mode and are looking more to normalize their policies compared to policymakers in the rest of the world. We see anti-trust, consumer protection and privacy legislations curbing the powers of big internet platforms. More industries could be implicated including the real estate sector, which has already seen financial leverage curbs and price controls since 2018, and the financial sector, as it grapples with possible bad debts stemming from the COVID-crisis and the previous shadow-banking excesses.  Another key uncertainty is U.S. – China relations. Diplomatic tensions over various human rights issues, for instance, continue to ratchet up, with the risk of the U.S. government expanding prohibitions against U.S. commercial and financial dealings with Chinese companies and industries.  While we are more cautious regarding China, we see changes in macro and industrial trends presenting opportunities for us as active investors.


Rolling 12 Month Returns For the period ended 30/06/2021 - I (Dist)
Name 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 Inception Date
Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund (USD)
4.37% -2.07% 8.76% -1.05% 9.11% 30/09/2015
J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index (USD)
3.85% 5.39% 10.01% -0.70% 3.10%
Matthews Asia Credit Opportunities Fund (GBP)
-7.68% 1.37% 12.71% -2.35% 12.78% 30/09/2015
J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index (GBP)
-7.11% 8.56% 14.12% -2.30% 6.10%

Sources: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A, Matthews Asia, FactSet Research Systems, Bloomberg

 

Performance figures discussed in the Fund Manager Commentary above reflect that of the Institutional Accumulation Class Shares and has been calculated in USD. Performance details provided for the Fund are based on a NAV-to-NAV basis, with any dividends reinvested, and are net of management fees and other expenses. Past performance information is not indicative of future performance. Investors may not get back the full amount invested.

The information contained herein has been derived from sources believed to be reliable and accurate at the time of compilation, but no representation or warranty (express or implied) is made as to the accuracy or completeness of any of this information. Matthews Asia and its affiliates do not accept any liability for losses either direct or consequential caused by the use of this information.

Information contained herein is sourced from Matthews Asia unless otherwise stated. The views and opinions in this commentary were as of the report date, subject to change and may not reflect the writer’s current views. They are not guarantees of performance or investment results and should not be taken as investment advice. Investment decisions reflect a variety of factors, and the managers reserve the right to change their views about individual stocks, sectors, and the markets at any time. As a result, the views expressed should not be relied upon as a forecast of the Fund’s future investment intent. It should not be assumed that any investment will be profitable or will equal the performance of any securities or any sectors mentioned herein. The information does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any securities mentioned.

Investors should not invest in the Fund solely based on the information in this material alone. Please refer to the Prospectus for further details of the risk factors. 

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