MainFirst Germany Fund is a German equity fund. Investments are made primarily in hidden champions, i.e. fast-growing, undervalued SMEs that are characterised by fundamental profitability, solid balance sheets and the potential for long-term earnings growth. The aim is to benefit from revaluations and growth potential in the long run.Learn more
MainFirst – Germany Fund
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As a German equity fund, MainFirst Germany Fund invests primarily in fast-growing, undervalued German SMEs. These hidden champions have a few features in common: solid balance sheets, high levels of profitability and the potential for long-term earnings growth. It is often the case that the management board holds a stake in the company or established it itself. This can include both companies with large market capitalisation and small or mid-cap companies.
The active selection process starts with an in-depth analysis of potential targets. For fund manager Olgerd Eichler and his team, it is a qualitative assessment of the company’s management, in addition to the quantitative findings of the fundamental analysis, that plays the decisive role in the stock selection process. Intensive on-site discussions between the fund management team and the management of targeted companies are part of the selection strategy. This focused, bottom-up analysis is the only way to tap into special long-term return potential for investors. Based on this knowledge, we pick suitable stocks and buy them at affordable prices. The result of this active selection process is a concentrated, benchmark-unaware portfolio of around 40 stocks. We deliberately opt for a long-term investment horizon in order to benefit from revaluations and growth potential.
MainFirst is committed to the Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) for all investments.
ESG risk analysis
For us, sustainable investing means incorporating ESG risks as a key aspect of the investment process into our investment decisions. During this process, the companies in the MainFirst Germany Fund are also checked for existing ESG risks using the database of the external rating agency Sustainalytics. This is primarily a qualitative process.
We engage in an active dialogue with the representatives of the companies in our portfolio positions. This facilitates a constructively critical exchange on strategic and sustainability-oriented topics. Through this commitment, we aim to achieve an improvement in the ESG profile at company level. Companies with serious risks ("Severe Risk") are assessed separately and their management is approached individually to remedy and improve the relevant issues. For us, this also includes actively exercising voting rights and carrying out regular performance reviews.
SECTOR EXCLUSIONs (PRODUcT ENGAGEMENT)
In addition, the fund management team wants to make the world a better place by actively investing sustainably. Therefore, we strengthen the sustainability approach of the MainFirst Germany Fund by excluding other sectors:
Energy & Environment:
Defence & Military:
The exclusion of companies that do not meet the criteria of human rights, labour rights, environment or anti-corruption according to the Global Standards of the UN Global Compact is also a basic requirement of the investment.
Our goal is to create verifiable transparency with science-based climate impact analyses. Together with the climatrics provider right. based on science GmbH, the economic and ecological aspects of decarbonisation are combined in a tangible and meaningful degree figure for this purpose.
With a view to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, right. based on science calculates the contribution of the portfolio and the benchmark to climate change (global warming).
Accordingly, the MainFirst Germany Fund contributes 1.0 °C (as of 01.01.2021) less to global warming than its benchmark HDAX and thus confirms its ecological claim.
Independent ESG labels provide clarity and act as a compass for investors when deciding on sustainable investment solutions. They are characterised by objective standards, credibility and transparency.
The "FNG label" as the quality standard for sustainable investment funds in German-speaking countries (Germany I Switzerland I Austria) was awarded to the fund.
FNG Sustainability Profile
The FNG Sustainability Profile provides an overview of the sustainability criteria used and other key data on the fund and serves as a guide for selecting sustainable retail funds. The FNG Sustainability Profile is based on the FNG-Matrix - a database for all information about sustainable mutual funds.
The European SRI Transparency logo signifies that the MainFirst Affiliated Fund Managers (Deutschland) GmbH commits to provide accurate, adequate and timely information to enable stakeholders, in particular consumers, to understand the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) policies and practices relating to the fund. Detailed information about the European SRI Transparency Guidelines can be found on www.eurosif.org. The Transparency Guidelines are managed by Eurosif, an independent organisation. The European SRI Transparency Logo reflects the fund manager’s commitment as detailed above and should not be taken as an endorsement of any particular company, organisation or individual.
The current European Transparency Code of the fund can be found here.