Equity

BlackRock Continental 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 fund invests a large portion of assets which are denominated in other currencies; hence changes in the relevant exchange rate will affect the value of the investment.

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

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Performance

Performance

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Distributions

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  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total Return (%) 25.63 -2.09 15.45 13.89 18.88 -9.94 30.91 30.50 26.31 -18.63
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%) 24.63 -0.48 4.52 18.56 16.57 -10.20 19.41 7.89 16.58 -7.69
Comparator Benchmark 2 (%) 25.18 0.16 5.35 19.69 17.53 -9.45 20.45 8.62 17.40 -6.98

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

  1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
11.96 6.31 13.40 10.69 12.46
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%) 9.39 6.61 7.79 7.08 -
Comparator Benchmark 2 (%) 10.27 7.42 8.62 7.92 -
  YTD 1m 3M 6M 1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
13.51 9.61 -0.48 -1.61 11.96 20.14 87.50 176.14 269.87
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%) 10.07 6.31 1.95 3.84 9.39 21.17 45.52 98.14 -
Comparator Benchmark 2 (%) 10.95 6.34 2.02 3.99 10.27 23.95 51.18 114.29 -
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30-Sep-2019
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30-Sep-2020
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Total Return (%)

as of Sep 30, 2023

5.91 24.09 31.24 -23.39 23.02
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%)

as of Sep 30, 2023

5.43 -0.30 21.23 -13.47 19.56
Comparator Benchmark 2 (%)

as of Sep 30, 2023

6.35 0.37 22.05 -12.78 20.51
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 GBP hedged Share Class Benchmark performance is displayed in GBP.

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 Dec 8, 2023 GBP 1,119,292,132
Share Class Inception Date Oct 10, 2012
Fund Inception Date Dec 16, 1983
Share Class Currency GBP
Base Currency GBP
Asset Class Equity
Constraint Benchmark 1 FTSE World Europe ex UK Net TR Index - in GBP
Comparator Benchmark 2 FTSE World Europe ex UK - GBP
SFDR Classification -
Investment Association Category Europe Excluding UK
Initial Charge 0.00%
Ongoing Charge 0.90%
ISIN GB00B6YTYJ18
Annual Management Fee 0.75%
Performance Fee 0.00%
Minimum Initial Investment GBP 100000
Minimum Subsequent Investment GBP 50
Use of Income Distributing
Domicile United Kingdom
Regulatory Structure UCITS
Management Company BlackRock Fund Managers Ltd
Morningstar Category Europe ex-UK Equity
Dealing Settlement Trade Date + 3 days
Dealing Frequency Daily, forward pricing basis
Bloomberg Ticker MRCEURI
SEDOL B6YTYJ1
Ongoing Charges Figure ex. Discount 0.90%
The Ongoing Charge may be discounted depending on the size of the fund.

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

Number of Holdings as of Nov 30, 2023 29
12m Trailing Yield as of Nov 30, 2023 0.31%
Standard Deviation (3y) as of Nov 30, 2023 19.97%
P/E Ratio as of Nov 30, 2023 30.76
P/B Ratio as of Nov 30, 2023 7.71

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 Oct 25, 2023 AA
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of Oct 25, 2023 99.86
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of Oct 25, 2023 7.89
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of Oct 25, 2023 50.67
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of Oct 25, 2023 Equity Europe ex UK
Funds in Peer Group as of Oct 25, 2023 448
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of Oct 25, 2023 14.91
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity % Coverage as of Oct 25, 2023 98.41
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of Oct 25, 2023, based on holdings as of May 31, 2023. 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 Nov 30, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of Nov 30, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of Nov 30, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of Nov 30, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of Nov 30, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands as of Nov 30, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - Tobacco as of Nov 30, 2023 0.00%

Business Involvement Coverage as of Nov 30, 2023 99.94%
Percentage of Fund not covered as of Nov 30, 2023 0.06%
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

4 stars
Overall Morningstar Rating for BlackRock Continental European Fund, Class D, as of Nov 30, 2023 rated against 566 Europe ex-UK Equity Funds.

Morningstar Medalist Rating

Morningstar Medalist Rating - SILVER
Morningstar has awarded the Fund a Silver medal. Fewer than 10% of US open-end funds hold medalist ratings. (Effective Oct 31, 2023)

Risk Indicator

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Holdings

Holdings

as of Oct 31, 2023
Name Weight (%)
NOVO NORDISK A/S 10.18
ASML HOLDING NV 8.56
LVMH MOET HENNESSY LOUIS VUITTON SE 8.51
RELX PLC 4.81
HERMES INTERNATIONAL SCA 4.79
Name Weight (%)
FERRARI NV 4.30
MASTERCARD INC 4.29
DSV A/S 3.94
BE SEMICONDUCTOR IND. 3.90
SAFRAN SA 3.86
Holdings subject to change

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

as of Oct 31, 2023

% of Market Value

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Type Fund
as of Oct 31, 2023

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Type Fund
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 Bid Price Offer Price ISIN
D GBP 35.96 36.03 GB00B6YTYJ18
D GBP 46.11 46.21 GB00B4VY9893
X GBP 2.67 2.68 GB00BYSXC022
A GBP 34.77 34.84 GB0005804504
A GBP 42.27 42.35 GB0005804728

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Stefan Gries
Stefan Gries
Giles Rothbarth
Giles Rothbarth

Literature

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