European Equity Alpha Fund
Share Class :
ISIN: LU0073234501
European Equity Alpha Fund
ISIN: LU0073234501
Share Class :

European Equity Alpha Fund

ISIN: LU0073234501
Investment Objective
Long term growth of your investment.
Investment Approach
Seeks long-term capital growth, measured in euro, through investment primarily in a concentrated portfolio of equity securities of companies listed on European stock exchanges. Investments will be sought in equity securities that the Company believes to have the highest potential for long term capital appreciation based primarily on fundamental market factors and stock-specific research.
Number of holdings
Tracking error (3 yr) (%)
Information ratio
Share Class Assets
Pricing & Performance

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Returns may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. All performance data is calculated NAV to NAV, net of fees, and does not take account of commissions and costs incurred on the issue and redemption of units. The sources for all performance and Index data is Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Please click here for additional performance disclosures and important information, which should be reviewed carefully.

This fund received a windfall compensation payment in connection with Prudential Equity Group's settlement with the US SEC relating to market timing charges. Consequently, the net cash injection received in March 2010 and the related withholding tax, accrued in September 2010 and received in August 2011, have increased the fund ’s AUM by EUR 5,437,850 and EUR2,455,464 respectively, enhancing the overall 2010 fund’s performance by 297bps.

As of 31-Oct-2018

As of 16-Nov-2018

As of 31-Oct-2018

As of 16-Nov-2018

Performance of 100 EUR invested
Performance of 100 EUR invested

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.
Total Returns As of 31-Oct-2018 As of 30-Sep-2018
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
Share Class A EUR (%) -8.21 -1.13 2.01 6.46 4.42
MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%) -5.76 1.64 4.97 7.75 5.62
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
Share Class A EUR (%) -8.21 -3.37 10.45 87.06 156.22
MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%) -5.76 5.01 27.42 110.87 228.05
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
Share Class A EUR (%) -1.01 2.81 4.00 5.76 4.72
MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%) 1.47 6.29 6.92 6.87 5.91
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
Share Class A EUR (%) -1.01 8.67 21.64 75.11 171.41
MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%) 1.47 20.10 39.73 94.28 246.46
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Share Class A EUR (%) -7.55 14.88 22.37 2.87 4.64 -0.84 8.24
MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%) -8.08 17.29 19.82 6.84 8.22 2.58 10.24
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Share Class A EUR (%) 5.38 8.46 -9.94 16.89 -8.21
MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%) 7.20 13.19 -6.76 19.52 -5.76
Total Returns
As of 31-Oct-2018
TIMEFRAME Share Class A EUR (%) MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%)
1 Yr -8.21 -5.76
3 Yrs -1.13 1.64
5 Yrs 2.01 4.97
10 Yrs 6.46 7.75
Since Inception 4.42 5.62
TIMEFRAME Share Class A EUR (%) MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%)
1 Yr -8.21 -5.76
3 Yrs -3.37 5.01
5 Yrs 10.45 27.42
10 Yrs 87.06 110.87
Since Inception 156.22 228.05
As of 30-Sep-2018
TIMEFRAME Share Class A EUR (%) MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%)
1 Yr -1.01 1.47
3 Yrs 2.81 6.29
5 Yrs 4.00 6.92
10 Yrs 5.76 6.87
Since Inception 4.72 5.91
TIMEFRAME Share Class A EUR (%) MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%)
1 Yr -1.01 1.47
3 Yrs 8.67 20.10
5 Yrs 21.64 39.73
10 Yrs 75.11 94.28
Since Inception 171.41 246.46
TIMEFRAME Share Class A EUR (%) MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%)
2011 -7.55 -8.08
2012 14.88 17.29
2013 22.37 19.82
2014 2.87 6.84
2015 4.64 8.22
2016 -0.84 2.58
2017 8.24 10.24
TIMEFRAME Share Class A EUR (%) MSCI Europe (Net) Index (%)
2014 5.38 7.20
2015 8.46 13.19
2016 -9.94 -6.76
2017 16.89 19.52
2018 -8.21 -5.76
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.
Risk/Return Statistics

    Share Class A Index
Excess Return (%) -2.78 --
Alpha (%) -2.89 --
Beta 1.06 1.00
Information ratio -1.13 --
R squared 0.95 1.00
Sharpe ratio -0.08 0.19
Tracking error (%) 2.47 --
Volatility (Standard deviation) (%) 10.92 10.10
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.
Composition 4 As of 31-Oct-2018
  Fund Index
EURO 47.15 49.77
British Pound 27.53 27.90
Swiss Franc 19.08 13.72
Swedish Krona 3.66 4.25
Danish Krone 2.25 --
Cash & equivalents 0.32 --
  Fund Index
Financials 19.06 19.01
Consumer Staples 17.73 13.93
Industrials 13.34 12.82
Health Care 13.26 13.62
Materials 8.36 7.74
Information Technology 8.34 5.21
Energy 7.66 8.68
Consumer Discretionary 6.73 8.95
Communication Services 3.45 4.91
Other 1.37 --
Cash & equivalents 0.70 --
Total 100.00 --

Geography4 As of 31-Oct-2018
  Fund Index
United Kingdom 29.39 27.84
Switzerland 19.08 13.72
Germany 15.79 14.34
France 13.07 17.58
Netherlands 9.24 5.33
Spain 3.80 4.75
Sweden 3.66 4.25
Denmark 2.25 2.62
Ireland 2.02 0.83
Other 0.99 --
Cash & equivalents 0.70 --
Total 100.00 --

Holdings As of 31-Oct-2018
Fund Index
Nestle S.A. 4.96 3.16
Novartis AG 4.21 2.28
BP plc 3.88 1.73
Royal Dutch Shell plc 3.78 3.23
Sap Se 3.46 1.26
British American Tobacco plc 3.07 1.19
Airbus Se 3.02 0.77
Unilever NV 2.85 1.00
Reckitt Benckiser plc 2.75 0.65
Lloyds Tsb Group plc 2.50 0.63
Total 34.48 --

These securities and percentage allocations are only for illustrative purposes and do not constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice or recommendations with respect to the securities or investments mentioned.

Portfolio Characteristics
Fund Index
Active share (%) 71.68 --
Number of holdings 43 443
Price/cash flow 10.66 9.27
Price/book 1.98 1.66
Price/earnings 12.32 13.16
5 year EPS growth (%) 2.91 4.03
Dividend Yield (%) 3.63 3.65
Portfolio Managers
Head of European Equity Team
25 years industry experience
Executive Director
25 years industry experience
Executive Director
22 years industry experience
Executive Director
16 years industry experience
Team members may be subject to change at any time without notice.
Insights by European Equity Team
Market Outlook
The Markets - A Review
Dec 31, 2017
Morgan Stanley’s European Equity Team discusses whether it is time to become more bearish in 2018.
Market Outlook
The Markets - A Review
Nov 30, 2017
Morgan Stanley’s European Equity Team discusses fiscal policy and inflation trends within the European market landscape.

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Performance data quoted is based on average annualized returns and net of fees.

The source for all performance and index data is Morgan Stanley Investment Management Limited.

Past performance is not indicative of future results. The value of the investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and an investor may not get back the amount invested. Returns may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. Performance data for funds with less than one year's track record is not shown. Performance is calculated net of fees. YTD performance data is not annualised. Performance of other share classes, when offered, may differ. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. The prospectus and key facts statement (KFS) contains this and other information about the fund. Please read the prospectus and KFS carefully before you invest.

1 The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Ratings do not take into account sales loads.

The Europe/Asia and South Africa category (EAA) includes funds domiciled in European markets, major cross-border Asian markets where material numbers of European UCITS funds are available (principally Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan), South Africa, and selected other Asian and African markets where Morningstar believes it is of benefit to investors for the funds to be included in the EAA classification system.

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2 The MSCI Europe (Net) Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure developed market equity performance in Europe. As of September 2002, the MSCI Europe Index consisted of the following 16 developed market country indices: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Entry Charge is a maximum possible figure. In some cases you might pay less, you can find this out from your financial adviser. Ongoing Charges reflect the payments and expenses incurred during the fund's operation and are deducted from the assets of the fund over the period. It includes fees paid for investment management (Management Fee), trustee/custodian, and administration charges. The Minimum Initial Investment/Minimum Subsequent Investment amounts may be in US Dollars (or the Euro Yen or Sterling equivalent of the US Dollar amount). For more information please see the Charges and Expenses section of the prospectus.

4 May not sum to 100% due to rounding. For additional information regarding sector classification/definitions please visit and the glossary page. Cash & Equivalents are defined as the value of assets that can be converted into cash immediately. These include commercial paper, open FX transactions, Treasury bills and other short-term instruments.  Such instruments are considered cash equivalents because they are deemed liquid and not subject to significant risk of changes in values.

This communication was issued by Morgan Stanley Asia Limited for use in Hong Kong, and its contents have not been reviewed by the Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong.

Only A and C share classes of the Fund are authorized by the Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong to be offered to the public in Hong Kong. 


WAM is the weighted average maturity of the portfolio. The WAM calculation utilizes the interest-rate reset date, rather than a security's stated final maturity, for variable- and floating- rate securities. By looking to a portfolio's interest rate reset schedule in lieu of final maturity dates, the WAM measure effectively captures a fund's exposure to interest rate movements and the potential price impact resulting from interest rate movements.


WAL is the weighted average life of the portfolio. The WAL calculation utilizes a security's stated final maturity date or, when relevant, the date of the next demand feature when the fund may receive payment of principal and interest (such as a put feature). Accordingly, WAL reflects how a portfolio would react to deteriorating credit (widening spreads) or tightening liquidity conditions.


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