Equity

BGF European Fund

Overview

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.
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Performance

Performance

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This chart shows the fund's performance as the percentage loss or gain per year over the last 9 years. It can help you to assess how the fund has been managed in the past and compare it to its benchmark.

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total Return (%) 25.6 -3.3 5.5 10.2 12.0 -13.3 26.6 28.2 21.4
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%) 27.6 -0.3 2.8 18.8 14.6 -9.6 19.0 2.1 17.4
  1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
-22.16 7.63 5.29 - 8.09
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%) -7.24 3.79 3.31 - -
  YTD 1m 3m 6m 1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
-23.11 -3.87 -3.97 -8.27 -22.16 24.66 29.42 - 115.84
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%) -9.26 -1.93 -4.01 -3.07 -7.24 11.79 17.70 - -
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30-Jun-2017
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30-Jun-2018
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30-Jun-2018
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30-Jun-2019
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30-Jun-2020
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30-Jun-2021
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Total Return (%)

as of 30-Jun-2022

2.07 3.36 13.08 34.74 -21.30
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%)

as of 30-Jun-2022

3.58 5.69 -3.98 20.83 -6.28

Key Facts

Key Facts

Net Assets of Fund as of 03-Oct-2022 EUR 1,076,676,083
Share Class launch date 11-Oct-2012
Fund Launch Date 30-Nov-1993
Share Class Currency GBP
Fund Base Currency EUR
Asset Class Equity
Constraint Benchmark 1 MSCI Europe Net TR in GBP
SFDR Classification Article 8
Initial Charge 5.00%
Ongoing Charges Figures 1.06%
Annual Management Fee 0.75%
Performance Fee 0.00%
Minimum Initial Investment GBP 100,000.00
Minimum Subsequent Investment GBP 1,000.00
Distribution Frequency Annual
Use of Income Distributing
Domicile Luxembourg
Regulatory Structure UCITS
Management Company BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.
Morningstar Category Europe Large-Cap Growth Equity
Dealing Settlement Trade Date + 3 days
Dealing Frequency Daily, forward pricing basis
Bloomberg Ticker BEUD4RF
ISIN LU0827879098
SEDOL B89V0M1

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

Number of Holdings as of 31-Aug-2022 40
12m Trailing Yield as of 30-Sep-2022 0.25
Standard Deviation (3y) as of 31-Aug-2022 19.11%
3y Beta as of 31-Aug-2022 1.052
P/E Ratio as of 31-Aug-2022 23.49
P/B Ratio as of 31-Aug-2022 3.77

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 21-Sep-2022 AAA
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of 21-Sep-2022 98.53
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of 21-Sep-2022 8.67
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of 21-Sep-2022 27.13
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of 21-Sep-2022 Equity Europe
Funds in Peer Group as of 21-Sep-2022 1,080
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of 21-Sep-2022 95.55
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity % Coverage as of 21-Sep-2022 98.88
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of 21-Sep-2022, based on holdings as of 31-May-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 31-Aug-2022 0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of 31-Aug-2022 0.00%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of 31-Aug-2022 0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of 31-Aug-2022 0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of 31-Aug-2022 0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands as of 31-Aug-2022 0.00%
MSCI - Tobacco as of 31-Aug-2022 0.00%

Business Involvement Coverage as of 31-Aug-2022 99.51%
Percentage of Fund not covered as of 31-Aug-2022 0.36%
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 4.70%.

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 conducts 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.

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Ratings

Ratings

Morningstar Rating

3 stars
Overall Morningstar Rating for BGF European Fund, Class D4, as of 31-Jan-2021 rated against 369 Europe Large-Cap Growth Equity Funds.

Morningstar Analyst Rating

Morningstar Analyst Rating - Bronze
Morningstar has awarded the Fund a Bronze medal. Fewer than 10% of US open-end funds hold medalist ratings. (Effective 17-Sep-2020)

Holdings

Holdings

as of 31-Aug-2022
Name Weight (%)
NOVO NORDISK A/S 6.71
LVMH MOET HENNESSY LOUIS VUITTON SE 5.93
ASTRAZENECA PLC 5.79
RELX PLC 5.06
TOTALENERGIES SE 4.70
Name Weight (%)
LONZA GROUP AG 4.48
ASML HOLDING NV 4.48
LINDE PLC 4.02
DSV A/S 3.79
ROYAL UNIBREW A/S 3.21
Holdings subject to change

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

as of 31-Aug-2022

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 31-Aug-2022

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 31-Aug-2022

% 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 Distribution Frequency NAV NAV Amount Change NAV % Change NAV As Of 52wk High 52wk Low ISIN TIS
Class D4 GBP Annual 113.44 -0.19 -0.17 03-Oct-2022 162.96 112.35 LU0827879098 -
Class D2 EUR None 155.20 1.25 0.81 03-Oct-2022 229.61 152.00 LU0252966055 -
Class D2 Hedged USD None 20.77 0.17 0.83 03-Oct-2022 30.01 20.33 LU0827890574 -
Class D2 USD None 151.79 1.31 0.87 03-Oct-2022 259.77 148.05 LU0411709727 -
Class I2 Hedged USD None 16.66 0.14 0.85 03-Oct-2022 24.01 16.30 LU1438596576 -
Class I2 EUR None 156.79 1.27 0.82 03-Oct-2022 231.44 153.55 LU0368230461 -
Class D4 EUR Annual 130.42 1.05 0.81 03-Oct-2022 193.41 127.73 LU1852330817 -
Class A4 GBP Annual 111.22 -0.20 -0.18 03-Oct-2022 160.47 110.14 LU0204061864 -
Class A2 Hedged USD None 21.88 0.18 0.83 03-Oct-2022 31.81 21.42 LU0526926950 -
Class A2 Hedged GBP None 13.63 0.11 0.81 03-Oct-2022 20.13 13.34 LU1023060665 -
Class A2 EUR None 136.89 1.10 0.81 03-Oct-2022 203.84 134.07 LU0011846440 -
Class A2 USD None 133.88 1.15 0.87 03-Oct-2022 230.64 130.59 LU0171280430 -
Class A4 EUR Annual 127.28 1.02 0.81 03-Oct-2022 189.53 124.66 LU0408221439 -

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Stefan Gries
Stefan Gries

Literature

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