Equity

BGF European Fund

Overview

Important Information: Capital at Risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested. The value of equities and equity-related securities can be affected by daily stock market movements. Other influential factors include political, economic news, company earnings and significant corporate events. The Fund seeks to exclude companies engaging in certain activities inconsistent with ESG criteria. Investors should therefore make a personal ethical assessment of the Fund’s ESG screening prior to investing in the Fund. Such ESG screening may adversely affect the value of the Fund’s investments compared to a fund without such screening.

All currency hedged share classes of this fund use derivatives to hedge currency risk. The use of derivatives for a share class could pose a potential risk of contagion (also known as spill-over) to other share classes in the fund. The fund’s management company will ensure appropriate procedures are in place to minimise contagion risk to other share class. Using the drop down box directly below the name of the fund, you can view a list of all share classes in the fund – currency hedged share classes are indicated by the word “Hedged” in the name of the share class. In addition, a full list of all currency hedged share classes is available on request from the fund’s management company

To the extent the Fund undertakes securities lending to reduce costs, the Fund will receive 62.5% of the associated revenue generated and the remaining 37.5% will be received by BlackRock as the securities lending agent. As securities lending revenue sharing does not increase the costs of running the Fund, this has been excluded from the ongoing charges.

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Performance

Performance

Growth of Hypothetical 10,000

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Distributions

Ex-Date Total Distribution
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  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total Return (%) 2.57 10.97 -5.60 6.80 -14.54 32.21 20.27 28.95 -24.73 17.72
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%) 6.84 8.22 2.58 10.24 -10.57 26.05 -3.32 25.13 -9.49 15.83

Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges. Any entry and exit charges are excluded from the calculation.

  1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
13.35 3.80 10.64 6.65 9.75
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%) 10.98 8.15 7.80 6.72 -
  YTD 1m 3M 6M 1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
8.43 -2.74 6.51 22.20 13.35 11.82 65.75 90.35 314.45
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%) 6.65 -0.91 5.00 17.73 10.98 26.51 45.60 91.70 -
  From
31-Mar-2019
To
31-Mar-2020
From
31-Mar-2020
To
31-Mar-2021
From
31-Mar-2021
To
31-Mar-2022
From
31-Mar-2022
To
31-Mar-2023
From
31-Mar-2023
To
31-Mar-2024
Total Return (%)

as of Mar 31, 2024

-3.13 51.77 7.24 -2.26 15.58
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%)

as of Mar 31, 2024

-13.53 35.32 9.34 3.82 14.79
The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

The figures shown relate to past performance. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Markets could develop very differently in the future. It can help you to assess how the fund has been managed in the past

Share Class and Benchmark performance displayed in EUR, hedged share class benchmark performance is displayed in EUR.

Performance is shown on a Net Asset Value (NAV) basis, with gross income reinvested where applicable. The return of your investment may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations if your investment is made in a currency other than that used in the past performance calculation. Source: Blackrock

Key Facts

Key Facts

Net Assets of Fund
as of May 24, 2024
EUR 1,456,991,745
Fund Inception Date
Nov 30, 1993
Base Currency
EUR
Constraint Benchmark 1
MSCI Europe Index
Initial Charge
5.00%
ISIN
LU0408221439
Performance Fee
0.00%
Minimum Subsequent Investment
EUR 1000
Domicile
Luxembourg
Management Company
BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.
Dealing Settlement
Trade Date + 3 days
Bloomberg Ticker
MI9I GR
Share Class Inception Date
Jan 19, 2009
Share Class Currency
EUR
Asset Class
Equity
SFDR Classification
Article 8
Ongoing Charge
1.81%
Annual Management Fee
1.50%
Minimum Initial Investment
EUR 5000
Use of Income
Distributing
Regulatory Structure
UCITS
Morningstar Category
Europe Large-Cap Growth Equity
Dealing Frequency
Daily, forward pricing basis
SEDOL
B3L15J6

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

Number of Holdings
as of Apr 30, 2024
35
Standard Deviation (3y)
as of Apr 30, 2024
19.15%
P/E Ratio
as of Apr 30, 2024
23.44
12m Trailing Yield
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.10%
3y Beta
as of Apr 30, 2024
1.234
P/B Ratio
as of Apr 30, 2024
3.79

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics provide investors with specific non-traditional metrics. Alongside other metrics and information, these enable investors to evaluate funds on certain environmental, social and governance characteristics. Sustainability Characteristics do not provide an indication of current or future performance nor do they represent the potential risk and reward profile of a fund. They are provided for transparency and for information purposes only. Sustainability Characteristics should not be considered solely or in isolation, but instead are one type of information that investors may wish to consider when assessing a fund.

The metrics are not indicative of how or whether ESG factors will be integrated into a fund. Unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, the metrics do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.

Review the MSCI methodologies behind Sustainability Characteristics using the links below.

MSCI ESG Fund Rating (AAA-CCC)
as of May 19, 2024
AA
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10)
as of May 19, 2024
7.91
Fund Lipper Global Classification
as of May 19, 2024
Equity Europe
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES)
as of May 19, 2024
69.45
MSCI ESG % Coverage
as of May 19, 2024
99.30
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile
as of May 19, 2024
50.19
Funds in Peer Group
as of May 19, 2024
1,032
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity % Coverage
as of May 19, 2024
97.97
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of May 19, 2024, based on holdings as of Jan 31, 2024. As such, the fund’s sustainable characteristics may differ from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings from time to time.

To be included in MSCI ESG Fund Ratings, 65% (or 50% for bond funds and money market funds) of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities with ESG coverage by MSCI ESG Research (certain cash positions and other asset types deemed not relevant for ESG analysis by MSCI are removed prior to calculating a fund’s gross weight; the absolute values of short positions are included but treated as uncovered), the fund’s holdings date must be less than one year old, and the fund must have at least ten securities.

Business Involvement

Business Involvement

Business Involvement metrics can help investors gain a more comprehensive view of specific activities in which a fund may be exposed through its investments.


Business Involvement metrics are not indicative of a fund’s investment objective, and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind the Business Involvement metrics, using links below.

MSCI - Controversial Weapons
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms
as of Apr 30, 2024
2.35%
MSCI - Tobacco
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%

Business Involvement Coverage
as of Apr 30, 2024
98.37%
Percentage of Fund not covered
as of Apr 30, 2024
1.53%
BlackRock business involvement exposures as shown above for Thermal Coal and Oil Sands are calculated and reported for companies that generate more than 5% of revenue from thermal coal or oil sands as defined by MSCI ESG Research. For the exposure to companies that generate any revenue from thermal coal or oil sands (at a 0% revenue threshold), as defined by MSCI ESG Research, it is as follows: Thermal Coal 0.00% and for Oil Sands 0.00%.

Business Involvement metrics are calculated by BlackRock using data from MSCI ESG Research which provides a profile of each company’s specific business involvement. BlackRock leverages this data to provide a summed up view across holdings and translates it to a fund's market value exposure to the listed Business Involvement areas above.


Business Involvement metrics are designed only to identify companies where MSCI has conducted research and identified as having involvement in the covered activity. As a result, it is possible there is additional involvement in these covered activities where MSCI does not have coverage. This information should not be used to produce comprehensive lists of companies without involvement. Business Involvement metrics are only displayed if at least 1% of the fund’s gross weight includes securities covered by MSCI ESG Research.

ESG Integration

ESG Integration

ESG integration is the practice of incorporating financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) data or information into the investment decision process with the objective of enhancing risk-adjusted returns of our clients’ portfolios. Unless otherwise stated in Fund documentation or included within the Fund's investment objective, inclusion of this statement does not imply that the Fund has an ESG-aligned investment objective or strategy, but rather describes how ESG data or information is considered as part of the overall investment process.

The Fund manager includes ESG considerations in combination with other information in the research phase of the investment process. This may include relevant third-party insights, as well as internal engagement commentary and input from BlackRock Investment Stewardship on governance issues. The Fund manager conducts regular portfolio reviews with the Risk and Quantitative Analysis group and with the Chief Investment Officers. These reviews include discussion, where appropriate, of the portfolio's exposure to material ESG risks, as well as exposure to sustainability-related business involvements, climate-related metrics, and other factors.

Ratings

Ratings

Morningstar Rating

3 stars
Overall Morningstar Rating for BGF European Fund, Class A4, as of Apr 30, 2024 rated against 402 Europe Large-Cap Growth Equity Funds.

Morningstar Medalist Rating

Morningstar Medalist Rating - BRONZE
Morningstar has awarded the Fund a Bronze medal. Fewer than 10% of US open-end funds hold medalist ratings. (Effective Jun 27, 2023)

Risk Indicator

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Holdings

Holdings

as of Apr 30, 2024
Name Weight (%)
NOVO NORDISK A/S 9.40
ASML HOLDING NV 6.63
LVMH MOET HENNESSY LOUIS VUITTON SE 5.67
LINDE PLC 4.42
SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SE 4.13
Name Weight (%)
MTU AERO ENGINES AG 3.98
RELX PLC 3.41
COMPAGNIE DE SAINT GOBAIN SA 3.22
LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP PLC 3.12
FERRARI NV 3.10
Holdings subject to change

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

as of Apr 30, 2024

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Apr 30, 2024

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Apr 30, 2024

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Negative weightings may result from specific circumstances (including timing differences between trade and settle dates of securities purchased by the funds) and/or the use of certain financial instruments, including derivatives, which may be used to gain or reduce market exposure and/or risk management. Allocations are subject to change.

Pricing & Exchange

Pricing & Exchange

Investor Class Currency NAV NAV Amount Change NAV % Change NAV As Of 52wk High 52wk Low ISIN
A4 EUR 181.99 -1.06 -0.58 May 24, 2024 183.05 142.97 LU0408221439
X2 EUR 252.90 -1.46 -0.57 May 24, 2024 254.36 196.66 LU0147392624
I2 Hgd USD 25.23 -0.15 -0.59 May 24, 2024 25.38 19.51 LU1438596576
I2 USD 247.46 -1.25 -0.50 May 24, 2024 248.71 211.81 LU2728923934
D2 Hgd USD 31.32 -0.18 -0.57 May 24, 2024 31.50 24.26 LU0827890574
A2 Hgd USD 32.58 -0.19 -0.58 May 24, 2024 32.77 25.35 LU0526926950
Class S2 EUR 18.24 -0.10 -0.55 May 24, 2024 18.34 14.25 LU1722863302
A2 Hgd SGD 23.53 -0.14 -0.59 May 24, 2024 23.67 18.48 LU0963555726
C2 USD 154.44 -0.79 -0.51 May 24, 2024 155.23 119.16 LU0338175176
A2 USD 212.51 -1.07 -0.50 May 24, 2024 213.58 162.78 LU0171280430
D2 EUR 224.91 -1.31 -0.58 May 24, 2024 226.22 175.91 LU0252966055
A2 Hgd HKD 30.74 -0.18 -0.58 May 24, 2024 30.92 24.05 LU0788108743
D4 GBP 159.79 -0.90 -0.56 May 24, 2024 161.33 127.83 LU0827879098
A2 EUR 195.95 -1.14 -0.58 May 24, 2024 197.09 153.93 LU0011846440
E2 EUR 172.90 -1.01 -0.58 May 24, 2024 173.91 136.22 LU0090830901
A2 Hgd CAD 21.14 -0.12 -0.56 May 24, 2024 21.26 16.50 LU1023060079
A2 Hgd NZD 22.68 -0.13 -0.57 May 24, 2024 22.81 17.67 LU1023060319
D2 USD 243.92 -1.23 -0.50 May 24, 2024 245.15 186.03 LU0411709727
C2 EUR 142.41 -0.83 -0.58 May 24, 2024 143.24 112.68 LU0147391493
A4 GBP 155.84 -0.89 -0.57 May 24, 2024 157.38 125.22 LU0204061864
I2 EUR 228.18 -1.32 -0.58 May 24, 2024 229.50 178.21 LU0368230461
A2 Hgd CNH 197.35 -1.17 -0.59 May 24, 2024 198.52 155.74 LU1210724834
A2 Hgd AUD 21.35 -0.12 -0.56 May 24, 2024 21.47 16.74 LU1023059733
X2 JPY 43,064.00 -219.00 -0.51 May 24, 2024 43,283.00 31,181.00 LU1165522308
D4 EUR 187.48 -1.08 -0.57 May 24, 2024 188.56 146.64 LU1852330817
A2 Hgd GBP 19.94 -0.11 -0.55 May 24, 2024 20.05 15.55 LU1023060665

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Stefan Gries
Stefan Gries

Literature

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