Portfolio & Performance

ISIN GB0003390720
SEDOL 0339072

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
1679.0p


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
1674.4p


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
0.3%


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 22.08.2019 based on market close mid price.

Awards & Ratings

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Money Observer Investment Trust Awards 2019: 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 2019), 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 2018, Specialist category: Allianz Technology Trust won this coveted award in November 2018, having also been victorious in 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 AAA fund manager rating 2019: 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 ‘AAA’ rated by Citywire for his three year risk-adjusted performance for the period 31/07/2016 to 31/07/2019. 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 (%)

Microsoft
7.9
Facebook
5.2
Zscaler
4.0
Okta
3.3
Paycom Software
3.1
Square
3.1
Micron Technology
3.1
Alphabet - A shares
2.7
Mastercard
2.2
Teradyne
2.2

Data as of 31.07.2019

Geographic Breakdown (%)

North America 88.5
Europe ex UK 4.6
UK 3.1
Far East & Pacific 0.3
Cash 3.7

Data as of 31.07.2019

Sector Breakdown (%)

Technology
84.7
Industrials
3.9
Financials
2.9
Consumer Goods
1.9
Consumer Services
1.9
Utilities
1.0
Cash
3.7

Data as of 31.07.2019

Market Cap Breakdown (%)

Over US $100bn 23.5
US $10bn to 100bn 47.0
US $1bn to 10bn 24.8
Under US $1bn 1.0
Cash 3.7

Data as of 31.07.2019

Fund Manager Comments

Portfolio Overview

The Trust’s NAV gained 7.1% in July, underperforming the Dow Jones World Technology Index return of 7.7%. During the month, stock selection contributed and industry allocation detracted from relative performance.

Our position in Elastic was a top relative contributor as investors reacted positively to a series of meetings with company management. Elastic offers a variety of solutions, including monitoring, security analysis, enterprise search, cloud computing, and open-source application performance monitoring. Its technology helps customers explore and analyse their data differently using the power of search with real-time speed. More than 5,500 customers have built apps on top of its Elasticsearch stack. Machine learning is now integrated into its technology stack to help customers design more intelligent applications.

Our position in cloud security company Zscaler was also a top relative contributor during the period. The company operates as a security-as-a-service company, offering a cloud-based security platform. The platform provides web and mobile security, threat protection, cloud application visibility, and cloud-enabled networking solutions. Customers are increasingly adopting Zscaler’s products, which provide a single platform to enforce business and security policy for their users to access multiple applications and services. Our conviction in Zscaler remains high as the company has a significant growth opportunity and compelling competitive advantages with its unique capabilities in cloud security.

Other top active contributors included not owning Samsung or SAP and an overweight position in Teradyne.

Not owning Apple, one of the largest holdings in the benchmark, was the top detractor from relative performance. Apple reported slightly better quarterly financial results relative to expectations and guided the upcoming quarter ahead of consensus and much better than feared. The market is optimistic that Apple’s large installed base of iPhone users will boost future iPhone upgrades as well as monetization of services. However, we expect to see a lull in the 2019 iPhone product cycle ahead of the 5G iPhones in 2020. Further, we may see demand fluctuations from Chinese consumers due to the US-China trade dispute. Both issues could limit iPhone upgrades and services revenue growth more than current expectations. Despite the benefits of Apple’s balance sheet flexibility being priced into the stock, we are not currently invested in the stock.

Our position in web-based customer support platform, Zendesk, was also a top relative contributor during the period. The company delivered strong quarterly financial results, but shares sold off as management called out slipped deals in Europe (UK) and Asia. We do not believe these issues reflect a change in fundamentals and that many of these deals can close by the end of year. Zendesk provides help-desk services software predominantly to small- and medium size businesses. The company’s solutions are delivered as-a-service (cloud) and help companies engage with their customers via voice, email, chats, and websites. Zendesk deploys natural language processing and machine learning to understand issues as they arise and resolve them in the most efficient manner possible. We remain constructive on Zendesk seeing strong secular tailwinds and the potential for more consistency in execution.

Other top active detractors included an underweight position in Alphabet (Google’s parent) and overweight positions in Bloom Energy and AVEVA.

Market Outlook

In our view, the technology sector continues to benefit from strong tailwinds which should continue to drive attractive long term appreciation. The digital transformation is the top priority for many companies across the economy, as these technologies are increasingly becoming critical drivers of growth, productivity, and competitive positioning. If IT budgets must be cut in an economic slowdown, management teams are reporting that the budget for the digital transformation will be the last to be reduced. This transition is a multi-year process, and we believe we are still in the fairly early stages. For the semiconductors and hardware segments, we expect the environment to remain mixed as companies work through production and inventory adjustments amid the trade conflict between the US and China. From a fundamental perspective, these companies are much stronger after years of consolidation, and we expect growth to reaccelerate in 2020. We maintain exposure to companies that we believe will benefit from secular growth themes. Despite periods of volatility driven by geopolitical uncertainty, we expect the broad technology sector to see attractive growth in the future.

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. The growth in technology is coming from the creation of new markets, rather than simply gross domestic product growth.

Investors need to find companies generating organic growth by creating new markets or effecting significant change on old markets. Industries such as automobiles, advertising, security, retail, and manufacturing are all being shaped and transformed by advances in technology. We are seeing an ongoing wave of innovation in the sector that we believe has the potential to produce attractive returns for companies with best-in-class solutions.

Finally, we will continue to carefully balance risks and opportunities going forward, leveraging our industry expertise, and emphasising individual stock selection.

Walter Price 13 August 2019

The digital transformation is the top priority for many companies across the economy, as these technologies are increasingly becoming critical drivers of growth, productivity, and competitive positioning.

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

Performance

Performance (%)

Select period:

    Cumulative Returns (%)

    3M 6M 1Y 3Y 5Y
    Share Price 9.9 33.0 25.1 151.0 259.1
    NAV 7.7 25.9 23.1 126.5 232.7
    Benchmark 7.6 24.7 17.8 91.6 181.6

    Source: Thomson Reuters DataStream, percentage growth, mid to mid, total return to 31.07.2019.1

    Discrete 12 Month Returns (%)

    2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
    Share Price 25.1 40.9 42.3 15.8 23.6
    NAV 23.1 34.2 37.1 20.1 22.3
    Benchmark 17.8 23.0 32.2 28.2 14.6

    Source: Thomson Reuters DataStream, percentage growth, mid to mid, total return to 31.07.2019.1

    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 2019, 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.