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Matthews Asia Dividend Fund

Snapshot
  • Total return strategy seeks to access the growth of Asia Pacific with lower volatility
  • Unconstrained all-cap portfolio with a quality bias
  • Flexible approach offers participation in both growth and value markets

30/04/2010

Inception Date

1.18%

YTD Return (USD)

(as of 03/08/2021)

$24.82

Price (USD)

(as of 03/08/2021)

$251.07 million

Fund Assets

(as of 30/06/2021)

Objective

Seeks total return with an emphasis on providing current income.

Strategy

The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing, directly or indirectly, at least 65% of its total net assets, in income-paying publicly traded common stocks, preferred stocks, convertible preferred stocks and other equity-related instruments of companies located in the Asia Pacific region, and may invest the remainder of its net assets in other permitted assets on a worldwide basis.

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. 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 Fund invests primarily in equity securities, which may result in increased volatility. There is no guarantee that the Fund or the companies in its portfolio will pay or continue to pay dividends.

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

Fund Facts
Inception Date 30/04/2010
Fund Assets $251.07 million (30/06/2021)
Base Currency USD
ISIN: LU0491818331 (USD) LU0594556648 (GBP) LU0491818174 (EUR)
Bloomberg Symbol MATAADI:LX (USD) MATAAIA:LX (GBP) MAASDIE:LX (EUR)
Benchmark MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index
Geographic Focus Asia Pacific: Consists of all countries and markets in Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand including all developed, emerging and frontier countries and markets in Asia
Fees & Expenses
Management Fee 0.75%
Total Expense Ratio As of 31/03/2021 1.07% ( USD ) 1.04% ( GBP ) 0.93% ( EUR )

Performance

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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 Dividend Fund (USD)
0.52% 5.86% 3.10% 39.80% 10.53% 11.52% 8.60% 8.66% 30/04/2010
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (USD)
-0.27% 2.66% 5.14% 34.71% 10.66% 12.94% 7.28% 7.46%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (GBP)
2.81% 5.10% 1.59% 23.74% 8.60% 10.80% 10.18% 10.25% 28/02/2011
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (GBP)
2.63% 2.53% 4.04% 20.49% 9.00% 12.20% 8.91% 8.67%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (EUR)
3.10% 4.33% 6.31% 31.64% 9.80% n.a. n.a. 8.46% 15/05/2017
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (EUR)
2.82% 1.74% 8.48% 27.58% 10.08% n.a. n.a. 8.90%
As of 30/06/2021
Average Annual Total Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (USD)
0.52% 5.86% 3.10% 39.80% 10.53% 11.52% 8.60% 8.66% 30/04/2010
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (USD)
-0.27% 2.66% 5.14% 34.71% 10.66% 12.94% 7.28% 7.46%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (GBP)
2.81% 5.10% 1.59% 23.74% 8.60% 10.80% 10.18% 10.25% 28/02/2011
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (GBP)
2.63% 2.53% 4.04% 20.49% 9.00% 12.20% 8.91% 8.67%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (EUR)
3.10% 4.33% 6.31% 31.64% 9.80% n.a. n.a. 8.46% 15/05/2017
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (EUR)
2.82% 1.74% 8.48% 27.58% 10.08% n.a. n.a. 8.90%
For the years ended December 31st
Name 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (USD)
31.32% 10.66% -12.85% 33.49% 4.09% 3.87% -0.96% 12.26% 21.06% -9.12%
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (USD)
20.07% 19.74% -13.25% 32.04% 5.21% -1.68% 0.29% 12.19% 17.05% -14.92%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (GBP)
26.77% 7.36% -7.98% 21.75% 25.18% 9.10% 5.11% 9.70% 16.00% n.a.
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (GBP)
16.36% 15.12% -7.86% 20.61% 25.50% 4.01% 6.53% 10.11% 11.91% n.a.
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (EUR)
20.20% 13.02% -8.85% n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (EUR)
10.15% 21.94% -8.88% n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
For the period ended 30/06/2021
Name 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 Inception Date
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (USD)
39.80% 1.34% -4.70% 9.40% 16.78% 30/04/2010
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (USD)
34.71% 1.35% -0.76% 10.25% 23.00%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (GBP)
23.74% 4.78% -1.21% 7.97% 20.77% 28/02/2011
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (GBP)
20.49% 4.40% 2.94% 8.47% 26.58%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (EUR)
31.64% 2.91% -2.27% 6.99% n.a. 15/05/2017
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (EUR)
27.58% 2.77% 1.74% 7.70% n.a.

Source: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A.

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)
1.64% Dividend Yield

Source: FactSet Research Systems, Bloomberg, Matthews

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 30/06/2021)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Positions 64 1,547
Weighted Average Market Cap $77.2 billion $130.6 billion
Active Share 87.7 n.a.
P/E using FY1 estimates 17.6x 15.5x
P/E using FY2 estimates 16.0x 14.4x
Price/Cash Flow 12.8 10.6
Price/Book 2.3 1.9
Return On Equity 14.4 12.2
EPS Growth (3 Yr) 6.4% 8.0%

Sources: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A, Factset Research Systems, Inc., Zephyr StyleADVISOR, Matthews Asia

Top 10 Holdings

(as of 30/06/2021)
Name Sector Country % Net Assets
Minth Group, Ltd. Consumer Discretionary China/Hong Kong 4.8
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Information Technology Taiwan 4.6
Pharmaron Beijing Co., Ltd. Health Care China/Hong Kong 2.8
LG Chem, Ltd., Pfd. Materials South Korea 2.8
Tencent Holdings, Ltd. Communication Services China/Hong Kong 2.4
Shenzhou International Group Holdings, Ltd. Consumer Discretionary China/Hong Kong 2.3
OPT Machine Vision Tech Co., Ltd. Information Technology China/Hong Kong 2.2
Link REIT Real Estate China/Hong Kong 2.2
Lixil Corp. Industrials Japan 2.1
Breville Group, Ltd. Consumer Discretionary Australia 2.1
TOTAL 28.3

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
  • Asset Type Breakdown
  • Market Cap Exposure

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

Not all countries are included in the benchmark index(es).

Asset Type Fund
Common Equities and ADRs 93.6
Preferred Equities 4.3
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 2.2

Source: FactSet Research Systems.

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
  • 10 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*

Yu  Zhang, CFA photo
Yu Zhang, CFA

Lead Manager

Robert J. Horrocks, PhD photo
Sherwood  Zhang, CFA photo
Sherwood Zhang, CFA

Co-Manager

S. Joyce Li, CFA photo
S. Joyce Li, CFA

Co-Manager

*No Hong Kong based Co-Manager for the Matthews Asia Funds will exercise investment discretion for or on behalf of the Fund in Hong Kong.

Commentary

Period ended 30 June 2021

For the first half of 2021, the Matthews Asia Dividend Fund returned 3.10%, while its benchmark, the MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index, returned 5.14% over the same period. For the quarter ending 30 June, the Fund returned 5.86%, while the benchmark returned 2.66%.

(Performance figures discussed in the Fund Manager Commentary above reflect that of the Institutional Accumulation Class Shares and has been calculated in USD.)

Market Environment:

The first half of 2021 was positive for Asia, led by India and Taiwan. A semi-synchronized global economic recovery gained momentum throughout the period providing support to cyclically oriented names, despite interruption from waves of COVID-19 resurgence. South Korean equities also performed strongly in the first half of 2021. A combination of low valuations and a cyclical recovery in earnings coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a confluence of upside catalysts. Meanwhile, Japan and most of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) markets were lackluster. Japan’s equity market experienced strong factor rotation from growth to value in the first quarter.

Performance Contributors and Detractors:

During the first half of 2021, Japan detracted the most from the Fund’s relative performance. Several of our Japanese dividend growth stocks, after a strong run in 2020, underperformed during the growth to value rotation seen in the first quarter. On the other hand, Vietnam was the top contributor to relative performance in the first half of 2021. During the COVID-fear induced market selloff earlier this year, we initiated positions in several Vietnamese stocks, including within the banking, real estate, information technology and materials sectors. These Vietnamese stocks, each a leader in its respective industry, bounced back strongly during the second quarter once the market digested the COVID situation and re-focused on the companies’ long-term structural growth strength.

From a sector perspective, stock selection in industrials detracted the most from relative performance, as the resurgence of COVID cases in the region delayed the recovery pace for our holdings in infrastructure asset businesses, including toll road and airport. On the other hand, stock selection in health care and financials added most to relative performance.

By individual securities, the two largest detractors to absolute Fund performance were China’s Minth Group, a leading auto parts manufacturer and Japan’s Daifuku Co., a material handling equipment manufacturer due to market concerns about supply constraints as well as cost pressure caused by semiconductor shortages and global transportation logistics bottlenecks. We believe these are short-term issues to be resolved over the next few quarters and view this as a healthy correction after strong share performances posted by both companies in the second half of 2020. On the other hand, Pharmaron Beijing Co., a Chinese contract research organization company providing research and development (R&D) outsourcing services to global pharmaceutical firms, and Minda Industries Limited, an Indian auto-parts business, were the top two contributors to absolute performance, following their strong earnings delivery during the period.

Notable Portfolio Changes:

We continued to adopt a barbell approach, adding both cyclical dividend payers and structural dividend growers. One dividend payer position we initiated was in Japan’s AGC Inc., a global producer of glass and chemical products. The company is moving away from commodity type of products towards specialty products with high technological barrier and enhanced return on invested capital, such as life science services and advanced semiconductor manufacturing materials. We believe AGC is an undervalued stock that possess both cyclical recovery drivers and structural growth opportunities. On the dividend growth side, we initiated a position in Autel Intelligent Technology Corp., an automotive after-market diagnostics equipment manufacturer listed on the Chinese A-share market. Under its own “Autel” brand name, the company has been successfully penetrating key overseas markets, including the U.S., thanks to its excellent product quality and competitive pricing. With a continuing emphasis on R&D (Autel is spending about 20% of sales in R&D), we believe the company’s market-share gain momentum can be further sustained, and the monetization potential of its diagnostics software could provide further upside to the profit margin. With a 50%-dividend payout ratio, Autel is already sharing its rapid business growth via a rising dividend payment to all shareholders.

To fund these new positions, we exited several holdings, including names like Chongqing Brewery (expensive valuation multiples) and Pigeon Corp. (slowing down growth profiles).

Outlook:

After a rather disruptive rotation in the first half, equity markets have more or less re-adjusted to the new environment, pricing in a rising inflation expectation and potential tapering of loose monetary policy. Looking ahead, despite the lingering COVID resurgence impact, we remain constructive on Asian equities, supported by a broadening economic recovery and solid corporate earnings growth. Compared to major global markets, Asia (as represented by the MSCI Asia Pacific Index) still trades at a reasonable valuation level of 15.4x forward P/E with consensus earnings growth of 26%. Heading into the second half of 2021 and beyond, we believe cyclical businesses are likely to lead the early earnings recovery phase, while structural growth drivers such as domestic consumption and industrial upgrade could return to drive further earnings growth. We believe maintaining a balanced portfolio exposure between dividend growth stocks and high-dividend-yielding stocks makes more sense in the current environment.


Earnings growth is not representative of the Fund’s future performance.

Rolling 12 Month Returns For the period ended 30/06/2021 - I (Acc)
Name 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 Inception Date
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (USD)
39.80% 1.34% -4.70% 9.40% 16.78% 30/04/2010
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (USD)
34.71% 1.35% -0.76% 10.25% 23.00%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (GBP)
23.74% 4.78% -1.21% 7.97% 20.77% 28/02/2011
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (GBP)
20.49% 4.40% 2.94% 8.47% 26.58%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (EUR)
31.64% 2.91% -2.27% 6.99% N.A. 15/05/2017
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (EUR)
27.58% 2.77% 1.74% 7.70% N.A.

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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