Equity

BlackRock Japan Small & MidCap Opportunities Fund

IMPORTANT:
• The Fund's investments in equities could incur significant losses due to higher fluctuation of equity values. The Fund's investments are concentrated in Japan. This may result in greater volatility than more broad-based investments. The Fund invests in smaller companies which can be more volatile and less liquid than those of larger companies.
• The Fund is subject to currency risk and liquidity risk.
• The Fund may use derivatives for hedging and for investment purposes. However, usage for investment purposes will not be extensive. The Fund may suffer losses from its derivatives usage.
• The value of the Fund can be volatile and can go down substantially within a short period of time. It is possible that a certain amount of your investment could be lost.
• Investors should not make investment decisions based on this document alone. Investors should refer to the Prospectus and Key Facts Statement for details including risk factors.

Overview

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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

Performance

Performance

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  1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
-0.66 1.77 7.21 8.85 4.03
Benchmark (%)

as of 31-Dec-2020

-3.86 0.36 4.76 8.26 4.50
  YTD 6m 1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
-0.66 7.69 -0.66 5.40 41.66 133.52 73.13
Benchmark (%)

as of 31-Dec-2020

-3.86 7.10 -3.86 1.07 26.17 121.20 84.36
Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Investors may not get back the full amount invested.

Performance is calculated based on the period NAV-to-NAV with dividend reinvested. Performance figures are calculated net of fees.

These figures show by how much the Share Class of the Fund increased or decreased in value during the period being shown. Performance is calculated in the relevant share class currency, including ongoing charges and taxes and excluding subscription and redemption fees, if applicable.

Where no past performance is shown there was insufficient data available in that period to provide performance.

Please refer to the Key Facts section for the inception date of the Fund and the Share Class.

Key Facts

Key Facts

Size of Fund (Millions) as of 15-Jan-2021 JPY 24,126.604 M
Base Currency JPY
Fund Inception 13-May-1987
Share Class Currency EUR
Share Class Inception Date 12-Feb-2007
Additional Currencies GBP, JPY, USD
Asset Class Equity
Morningstar Category Japan Small/Mid-Cap Equity
Benchmark Index S&P Japan Mid Small Cap Index (EUR)
Distribution Frequency Non-Distributing
ISIN LU0252965594
Bloomberg Ticker MIGJODE
Management Fee (incl Distribution Fee, if any) 0.75%
Initial Charge 5.00%
For Fee details, please refer to the Fund Prospectus.

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

P/E Ratio as of 31-Dec-2020 17.07
Average Market Cap (Millions) as of 31-Dec-2020 JPY 259,839.0 M
Modified Duration as of 31-Dec-2020 0.00 yrs
12M Trailing Distribution as of - -
3y Volatility as of 31-Dec-2020 18.14
3y Volatility - Benchmark as of 31-Dec-2020 15.12
3y Beta as of 31-Dec-2020 1.149
5yr Volatility as of 31-Dec-2020 15.47
5y Volatility - Benchmark as of 31-Dec-2020 13.10
5y Beta as of 31-Dec-2020 1.092
Since Class Inception – Volatility as of 31-Dec-2020 16.41
Since Class Inception Volatility – Benchmark as of 31-Dec-2020 14.25
Since Class Inception - Beta as of 31-Dec-2020 1.08

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics can help investors integrate non-financial, sustainability considerations into their investment process. These metrics enable investors to evaluate funds based on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. This analysis can provide insight into the effective management and long-term financial prospects of a fund.


The metrics below have been provided for transparency and informational purposes only. The existence of an ESG rating is not indicative of how or whether ESG factors will be integrated into a fund. The metrics are based on MSCI ESG Fund Ratings 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 Sustainability Characteristics, using links below.

MSCI ESG Fund Rating (AAA-CCC) as of 07-Jan-2021 BBB
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of 07-Jan-2021 4.84
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of 01-Dec-2020 57.14
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of 07-Jan-2021 69.11
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of 07-Jan-2021 Equity Japan Sm&Mid Cap
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of 07-Jan-2021 151.40
Funds in Peer Group as of 07-Jan-2021 28
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of 07-Jan-2021, based on holdings as of 31-Jul-2020. 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% of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities covered 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. For newly launched funds, sustainability characteristics are typically available 6 months after launch.

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 - -
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of - -
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of - -
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of - -
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of - -
MSCI - Oil Sands as of - -
MSCI - Tobacco as of - -

Business Involvement Coverage as of - -
Percentage of Fund not covered as of - -
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 -% and for Oil Sands -%.

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 material environmental, social and governance (ESG) information or insights alongside traditional measures into the investment decision process to improve long term financial outcomes of 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, but rather describes how ESG information is considered as part of the overall investment process.


The Fund manager includes ESG considerations in combination with other information in the research and decision phases 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’s ongoing monitoring of the portfolio involves regular portfolio reviews with the Risk and Quantitative Analysis group and with the Chief Investment Officers. These reviews include discussion 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

Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Holdings

Holdings

as of 31-Dec-2020
Name Weight (%)
HOUSE FOODS GROUP INC 2.70
KANEKA CORPORATION 2.43
SHIBAURA MACHINE CO LTD 2.24
KEISEI ELECTRIC RAILWAY CO LTD 1.89
NIPPON YUSEN KK 1.87
Name Weight (%)
NICHIREI CORPORATION 1.72
ROHTO PHARMACEUTICAL CO LTD 1.70
SANWA HOLDINGS CORP 1.69
DAIWA HOUSE REIT INVESTMENT CORP 1.67
SHIP HEALTHCARE HOLDINGS INC 1.66
The Fund is actively managed and its composition will vary. Holdings shown are for illustrative purposes only and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell the securities listed. Fund details, holdings and characteristics are as of the date noted and subject to change.
Holdings subject to change.

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

Sorry, markets/regions are not available at this time.
Geographic exposure relates principally to the domicile of the issuers of the securities held in the product, added together and then expressed as a percentage of the product’s total holdings. However, in some instances it can reflect the geography where the issuer of the securities carries out much of their business. “Others” excluded from the chart above.
as of 31-Dec-2020

% of Weight

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Sorry, asset classes are not available at this time.
Allocations subject to change.
as of 31-Dec-2020

% of Weight

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.
Due to rounding, the total may not be equal to 100%

Pricing

Pricing

Share Class Currency Distribution Frequency NAV NAV $ Change NAV % Change NAV As Of 52wk High 52wk Low ISIN
D2 EUR Non-Distributing 72.27 -0.09 -0.12 15-Jan-2021 72.36 48.61 LU0252965594
A2 EUR Non-Distributing 65.50 -0.08 -0.12 15-Jan-2021 65.58 44.33 LU0171289068
A2 Hedged EUR Non-Distributing 51.66 -0.26 -0.50 15-Jan-2021 51.92 32.98 LU0255399742
A2 USD Non-Distributing 79.24 -0.22 -0.28 15-Jan-2021 79.61 49.22 LU0006061252
D4 GBP Annually 59.80 0.06 0.10 15-Jan-2021 60.08 41.14 LU0827883017
D2 USD Non-Distributing 87.43 -0.25 -0.29 15-Jan-2021 87.84 53.97 LU0827883108
D2 Hedged EUR Non-Distributing 54.96 -0.28 -0.51 15-Jan-2021 55.24 34.87 LU0827883280
A2 JPY Non-Distributing 8,231.00 -41.00 -0.50 15-Jan-2021 8,272.00 5,231.00 LU0249411835
D2 JPY Non-Distributing 9,083.00 -44.00 -0.48 15-Jan-2021 9,127.00 5,736.00 LU0496417709
A2 Hedged USD Non-Distributing 16.23 -0.08 -0.49 15-Jan-2021 16.31 10.30 LU0931342652
C2 JPY Non-Distributing 6,252.00 -31.00 -0.49 15-Jan-2021 6,283.00 4,015.00 LU0249422360
A4 GBP Annually 58.20 0.06 0.10 15-Jan-2021 58.48 40.00 LU0204063480
C2 USD Non-Distributing 60.19 -0.17 -0.28 15-Jan-2021 60.47 37.77 LU0147408305

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Hiroki Takayama
Hiroki Takayama

Documents

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