Equity

BlackRock Japan Flexible Equity 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 is subject to currency risk, small-cap companies’ volatility and liquidity risks and securities lending counterparty 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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Distributions

Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date
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  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total Return (%) 30.01 -1.83 14.18 21.85 16.99 -11.21 16.99 21.89 1.07 -10.46
Benchmark (%) 24.80 1.95 15.91 22.12 13.25 -7.47 14.99 10.95 2.65 -6.14
  1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
-0.34 7.41 3.52 7.83 9.43
Benchmark (%) 0.52 5.28 2.68 7.52 8.97
  YTD 1m 3m 6m 1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
2.79 -1.38 2.70 1.67 -0.34 23.91 18.89 112.48 155.82
Benchmark (%) 1.48 -2.21 0.74 -0.36 0.52 16.71 14.14 106.56 144.93
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.

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 JPY.

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 28-Mar-2023 JPY 24,553,627,214
Share Class Inception Date 27-Sep-2012
Fund Inception 18-Feb-2005
Share Class Currency GBP
Fund Base Currency JPY
Asset Class Equity
Benchmark MSCI Japan Index (GBP)
SFDR Classification Other
Initial Charge 5.00%
Management Fee (incl Distribution Fee, if any) 0.75%
Performance Fee 0.00%
Minimum Initial Investment GBP 100000
Minimum Subsequent Investment GBP 1000
Distribution Frequency Annually
Use of Income Distributing
Domicile Luxembourg
Regulatory Structure UCITS
Management Company BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.
Morningstar Category Japan Large-Cap Equity
Dealing Settlement Trade date + 3 days
Dealing Frequency Daily, forward pricing basis
Bloomberg Ticker BJVD4RF
ISIN LU0827883363
SEDOL B89STB4
SFC-authorised ESG fund No
For Fee details, please refer to the Fund Prospectus.

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

Number of Holdings as of 28-Feb-2023 43
12M Trailing Distribution as of 28-Feb-2023 0.87%
Standard Deviation (3y) as of 28-Feb-2023 13.82%
3y Beta as of 28-Feb-2023 0.953
P/E Ratio as of 28-Feb-2023 12.26
P/B Ratio as of 28-Feb-2023 1.24

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 07-Feb-2023 AAA
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of 07-Feb-2023 100.00
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of 07-Feb-2023 8.79
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of 07-Feb-2023 62.21
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of 07-Feb-2023 Equity Japan
Funds in Peer Group as of 07-Feb-2023 905
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of 07-Feb-2023 46.08
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity % Coverage as of 07-Feb-2023 95.60
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of 07-Feb-2023, based on holdings as of 30-Sep-2022. 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 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. 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 28-Feb-2023 0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of 28-Feb-2023 0.00%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of 28-Feb-2023 0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of 28-Feb-2023 0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of 28-Feb-2023 0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands as of 28-Feb-2023 0.00%
MSCI - Tobacco as of 28-Feb-2023 0.00%

Business Involvement Coverage as of 28-Feb-2023 99.35%
Percentage of Fund not covered as of 28-Feb-2023 0.00%
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 4.48% 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 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

Ratings

Morningstar Rating

4 stars
As of 28-Feb-2023
Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Holdings

Holdings

as of 28-Feb-2023
Name Weight (%)
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION 6.66
SONY GROUP CORP 5.50
SUMITOMO MITSUI FINANCIAL GROUP INC 4.44
HITACHI LTD 4.15
HONDA MOTOR CO LTD 3.99
Name Weight (%)
TOKYO ELECTRON LTD 3.82
DAIKIN INDUSTRIES LTD 3.77
NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION 3.71
SMC CORP (JAPAN) 3.64
ORIX CORPORATION 3.49
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

as of 28-Feb-2023

% of Weight

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 28-Feb-2023

% 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 & Exchange

Pricing & Exchange

Share Class Currency Distribution Frequency NAV NAV Amount Change NAV % Change NAV As Of 52wk High 52wk Low ISIN TIS
D4 GBP Annually 12.34 0.05 0.41 28-Mar-2023 12.90 10.96 LU0827883363 -
C2 JPY Non-Distributing 1,577.00 5.00 0.32 28-Mar-2023 1,660.00 1,445.00 LU0249411082 -
A2 Hedged EUR Non-Distributing 11.65 0.04 0.34 28-Mar-2023 12.24 10.55 LU0255399239 -
A2 USD Non-Distributing 15.08 0.11 0.73 28-Mar-2023 16.15 12.28 LU0212924517 -
A2 JPY Non-Distributing 1,974.00 5.00 0.25 28-Mar-2023 2,078.00 1,792.00 LU0249410860 -
C2 EUR Non-Distributing 11.12 0.03 0.27 28-Mar-2023 11.73 10.07 LU0212925241 -
A2 EUR Non-Distributing 13.93 0.05 0.36 28-Mar-2023 14.51 12.54 LU0212924608 -
A2 Hedged USD Non-Distributing 20.39 0.06 0.30 28-Mar-2023 21.42 18.02 LU0940328577 -
D2 Hedged EUR Non-Distributing 12.60 0.03 0.24 28-Mar-2023 13.25 11.35 LU0827883793 -
C2 USD Non-Distributing 12.04 0.08 0.67 28-Mar-2023 13.06 9.86 LU0212924863 -
D2 USD Non-Distributing 16.96 0.12 0.71 28-Mar-2023 18.03 13.77 LU0827883520 -
A4 GBP Annually 12.06 0.05 0.42 28-Mar-2023 12.61 10.69 LU0236176334 -
D2 EUR Non-Distributing 15.67 0.05 0.32 28-Mar-2023 16.23 14.06 LU0827883447 -
Unless otherwise specified, all information as of the month end.

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Rie Shigekawa
Rie Shigekawa

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