Portfolio & Performance

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Share Price is the price of a single ordinary share, as determined by the stock market. The share price above is the mid-market price at market close.
Share Price
2310.0p


Net Asset Value (NAV) per Share is calculated as available shareholders’ funds divided by the number of shares in issue, with shareholders’ funds taken to be the net value of all the company’s assets after deducting liabilities. The NAV figure above is based on the fair/market value of the company’s long-term debt and preference shares (known as debt at market value). This allows for the valuation of long-term debt and preference shares at fair value or current market price, rather than at final repayment value (known as debt at par).
NAV per Share
2292.2p


Premium/Discount. Since investment company shares are traded on a stock market, the share price that you get may be higher or lower than the NAV. The difference is known as a premium or discount.
Premium/-Discount
0.8%


Dividend Yield is calculated using the latest full year dividend divided by the current share price. Allianz Technology Trust does not currently pay a dividend.
Dividend Yield
0.0%

Data source DataStream and Allianz Global Investors as at 02.07.2020 based on market close mid price.

Awards & Ratings

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Money Observer Investment Trust Awards 2020: Allianz Technology Trust won the Best Large Trust category, in recognition of its consistent, high achievement. The publication noted that ATT achieved the highest returns among this year’s award-winners (performance measured over three years to 31 January 2020), calling it “a worthy winner of our most prestigious sector award”. This accolade is an independent, statistical and qualitative assessment of ATT’s performance and highlights the Trust’s outperformance both in its class and against its peers.
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Money Observer Rated Fund 2019: Allianz Technology Trust has been included in Money Observer’s Rated Funds list for 2019. The list recognises open-ended funds and close-ended investment companies that have demonstrated consistent outperformance or that have been chosen as ideal routes into specific markets and sectors, reflecting the current investment environment.
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Investment Week Investment Company of the Year Award 2019, Specialist category: Allianz Technology Trust won this coveted award in November 2019, having also been victorious in 2018, 2017 and 2015. This award recognises excellence in closed-ended fund management and highlights ATT’s consistent performance over time. The judging panel was made up of some of the UK's leading researchers and investors in investment trusts and closed-ended companies, as well as several senior board members with many years' experience in the industry.
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Citywire's A fund manager rating 2020: Citywire is the only firm to exclusively rate managers, not funds. The manager’s track record is scrutinised with a methodology approved by an independent actuary. The ratings take account of a three-year performance record and is updated every month. It is entirely quantitative with the analysis being based on the information ratio, a recognised measure of risk-adjusted performance. It also takes into account career moves and all the funds a manager runs. In order to be rated, a fund manager will need to beat his or her benchmark over a three-year period. A benchmark is often the relevant stock market index. Fewer than 25% of fund managers tracked by Citywire will actually achieve this.
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Morningstar Rating: Allianz Technology Trust has a 5 star rating with Morningstar. This is a risk-adjusted, cost-adjusted comparison of fund performance within fund categories. The underlying methodology is robust and accounts for periods of volatility-downward volatility in particular-and also adjusts for fund expenses, including sales charges. That means the more expensive the fund is, the harder it will be for the fund to earn a high star rating.
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Best Investment Trust for The Online Personal Wealth Awards: We are pleased to announce that the trust has been selected as Best Investment Trust for 2018 again by the users of MoneyAM. The trust was previously selected in 2017 too.
Source and copyright of Citywire. Walter Price is ‘A’ rated by Citywire for his three year risk-adjusted performance for the period 31/05/2017 to 31/05/2020. Citywire awards apply to the Manager, rather than the Fund.
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Portfolio

The data shown is not constant over time and the allocation may change in the future. Totals may not sum to 100.0% due to rounding. All data source Allianz Global Investors unless otherwise stated.

Top 10 Holdings (%)

Apple
5.7
Microsoft
5.6
CrowdStrike
3.3
MongoDB
3.2
Facebook
2.9
Samsung
2.8
Zoom Video Communications
2.6
Zscaler
2.6
Okta
2.5
Tesla
2.5

Data as of 31.05.2020

Geographic Breakdown (%)

North America 90.9
Far East & Pacific 4.3
Europe ex UK 1.7
UK 0.8
Cash 2.3

Data as of 31.05.2020

Sector Breakdown (%)

Technology
67.7
Industrials
11.1
Consumer Services
7.0
Consumer Goods
6.3
Telecommunications
2.7
Financials
2.4
Utilities
0.6
Cash
2.3

Data as of 31.05.2020

Market Cap Breakdown (%)

Over US $100bn 33.2
US $10bn to 100bn 52.3
US $1bn to 10bn 11.6
Under US $1bn 0.6
Cash 2.3

Data as of 31.05.2020

Fund Manager Comments

Portfolio Overview

The Allianz Technology Trust’s NAV returned 14.1% in May, outperforming the Dow Jones World Technology Index return of 8.7%. During the month, stock selection contributed while industry allocation detracted from relative performance. For the year to date period, the Trust returned 25.7% and significantly outperformed the benchmark return of 13.7%.

Our position in cloud security company Zscaler was the top contributor during the period. The company delivered a very strong quarter, significantly exceeding consensus expectations across the board, including 55% year over year billings growth versus 30% last quarter. The acceleration of demand is being boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic backdrop, with more enterprises shifting to a remote workforce for the foreseeable future and CIOs focused on fast tracking a digital transformation. The combination of its ZIA and ZPA products is what many enterprises are looking for as they migrate to cloud driven deployments. Additionally, sales execution has meaningfully improved as the new CRO, Dali Rajic, continues to transform the sales force. Zscaler is a first mover in cloud security that has essentially created a new market in the cyber security world with an innovative product umbrella and strategic focus.

Our position in Twilio was also one of the top relative contributors during the period. The company provides a cloud-based platform that enables developers to build, scale, and operate real-time communications within software applications as a pay-as-you-go service. Shares surged after the company reported solid first quarter results and management offered a strong outlook for the current quarter. Weakness in verticals like travel and hospitality were offset by new use cases catalysed by the pandemic such as remote contact center, contactless delivery, distance learning, and telehealth.

Other top active contributors included overweight positions in MongoDB, CrowdStrike, and Zoom Video.

Our position in Amazon.com was the largest detractor during the period. Although the company saw a huge spike in retail demand, Amazon’s results and outlook fell short of high expectations as the company announced that they would spend $4 billion in extra costs to meet the demand and safety needs of their customers and employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Management is implementing testing for their employees and adding extra wages for those who are working. They added 80,000 employees by March and another 95,000 by the end of April. Additionally, they are shipping many essential items at cost and providing meal deliveries to disadvantaged people. Although this will likely weigh on earnings growth for a while, it is pulling forward the penetration of E-commerce everywhere and expanding Amazon’s ability to deliver products themselves quickly.

Our underweight position in Apple, one of the largest holdings in the benchmark, was also a top detractor from relative performance. The company reported quarterly financial results that were better than feared due to unexpected demand recovery in China toward the end of the quarter. The services segment posted revenue growth of 17% year over year driven by strong buying activity in the App Store due partly to the stay-at-home trend as well as continued strong adoption of the various subscription services. Apple continued with its robust shareholder return and announced increases in both cash dividends and stock repurchases. The company indicated that iPhone demand has picked-up meaningfully in April coupled with the launch of the second-generation of its lower-end iPhone, the iPhone SE, with a starting price of $399. The lower price point creates strong growth opportunities in emerging markets like India and China, which could significantly increase the installed base of users and drive demand for wearables/accessories and services. While the company did not provide guidance, in our opinion, management clearly projected a positive tone looking into the remainder of the year driven by the reopening of the economy as well as the beginning of the new 5G iPhone product cycle. While we have recently increased the position size in Apple, the portfolio’s weighting continues to be significantly underweight relative to the benchmark’s large position.

Other top active detractors included overweight positions in Taiwan Semiconductor and Micron and not owning Cisco Systems.

Market Outlook

In our view, the technology sector continues to benefit from strong tailwinds which should continue to drive attractive long term appreciation. There is no question in our minds that the present events around the COVID-19 crisis will spur the use of technology and change how we live and work in the future. As companies adjust budgets due to supply and/or demand disruptions, the need for companies to reduce costs should accelerate the move to cheaper and more productive solutions such as cloud, software-as-a-service, artificial intelligence, cyber security, etc. We are in a period of rapid change, where the importance of technology is key to the prosperity of most industries. This environment is likely to provide attractive growth opportunities in many technology stocks over the next several years.

We continue to believe the technology sector can provide some of the best absolute and relative return opportunities in the equity markets – especially for bottom-up stock pickers.

Walter Price17 June 2020

We are in a period of rapid change, where the importance of technology is key to the prosperity of most industries

This is no recommendation or solicitation to buy or sell any particular security.

Performance

Performance (%)

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    Cumulative Returns (%)

    3M6M1Y3Y5Y
    Share Price29.425.532.9103.9231.5
    NAV19.525.835.499.6221.4
    Benchmark13.416.737.374.2174.4

    Source: Thomson Reuters DataStream, percentage growth, mid to mid, total return to 31.05.2020.1

    Discrete 12 Month Returns to 31 May (%)

    2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
    Share Price32.910.538.969.7-4.2
    NAV35.411.032.858.01.9
    Benchmark37.34.022.053.12.9

    Source: Thomson Reuters DataStream, percentage growth, mid to mid, total return as at 31.05.2020.1

    1Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns. You should not make any assumptions on the future on the basis of performance information. The value of an investment and the income from it can fall as well as rise as a result of market fluctuations and you may not get back the amount originally invested.

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    © Allianz Global Investors GmbH 2020, Registered Office: Frankfurt am Main, Register: HRB 9340, Local court: Frankfurt am Main. All Rights Reserved. Allianz Technology Trust PLC is incorporated in England and Wales. (Company registration no. 3117355). Registered Office: 199 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TY. VAT registration no. 678 1784 81. The Company is a member of the Association of Investment Companies - Category: Sector Specialists - Technology, Media & Telecoms.