MFG Core Infrastructure Fund (Managed Fund) (TICKER:MCSI)

An actively constructed, systematically managed and continuously monitored portfolio of 70-100 resilient global listed infrastructure businesses, ones that meet Magellan’s exacting standards and strict, propriety definition of listed infrastructure.

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Fund overview

A diversified and resilient global equities portfolio of 70-100 stocks that meet Magellan’s strict, proprietary definition of Infrastructure, with a proven track record of delivering consistent and reliable investment returns whilst protecting capital in adverse markets.

Ever thought of investing in essential services?

Investing in infrastructure is about investing in the companies that provide essential services to society, and earning predictable, reliable returns in the process.

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MFG Core Infrastructure Fund is actively constructed, systematically managed and continuously monitored. Crucially, we know that this combination of rigorous fundamental stock selection and systematic portfolio management works. We've been offering this strategy to institutional investors for more than a decade now and have amassed more than A$9 billion* of funds under management. We are delighted to be making this fund available to retail investors for the first time.

It is the intention to substantially hedge the capital component of the foreign currency exposure of the Fund arising from investments in overseas markets back to Australian Dollars.

Investment objective

The MFG Core Infrastructure Fund seeks to achieve attractive risk-adjusted returns over the medium to long term through investment in a diversified portfolio of high-quality companies that meet Magellan’s strict, proprietary definition of listed infrastructure. Through the application of our definition of infrastructure, we seek to limit external risks, providing investors with a highly defensive and resilient investment exposure.

Fund features

  • Strict, proprietary definition of infrastructure  

  • Targeted Diversification

  • Exchange quoted on Chi-X

  • 10-year track record*

  • High quality listed infrastructure companies

  • Resilient portfolio of 70-100 stocks

  • Attractively priced (0.50%)

* 30 September 2020

Definition and Philosophy

At Magellan, we believe that the listed infrastructure asset class should deliver investors reliable investment returns.

Seeking to achieve this aim, many other investment managers focus exclusively on the essential nature of the services provided by infrastructure assets, reasoning that this will confer predictable demand.

We agree that the predictable demand conferred by the provision of essential services is an indispensable characteristic of infrastructure. Yet our experience tells us that predictable demand is only half of the story. To produce reliable investment returns, you also need to ensure that the cash flows of the business are reliable. And to ensure that cash flows are reliable, you need to be confident that the earnings of the business will not be eroded by competition, commodity price movements, or sovereign risk

To implement this view, we developed a strict, proprietary framework to identify securities that are appropriately characterised as infrastructure. Only these companies, whose characteristics confer uncommon resilience, are eligible for inclusion in our portfolios.

Defined in this manner, our track record demonstrates that global listed infrastructure provides investors with a highly defensive, inflation linked exposure, that exhibits low correlation with other asset classes, warranting a place in every investor's portfolio.

Our strict definition

Meet the Portfolio Manager: David Costello 

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Fund Facts

Portfolio manager
Structure
Global Listed Infrastructure Fund, A$ Hedged
Inception date
17 December 2009
Fund size*
A$340.9 m
Chi-X Ticker
MCSI Market Data Tickers
  Units
Bloomberg MCSI AU EQUITY
Thomson Reuters MCSI.CHA
IRESS MCSI.CXA
ICE iNav**
AUD $
Ticker details
  Indicative NAV
Bloomberg MCSIAUIV INDEX
Thomson Reuters MCSIAUiv.P
IRESS MCSI-AUINAV.NGIF
Solactive iNav
AUD $
Ticker details
  Indicative NAV
Bloomberg MCSIAIV
Thomson Reuters MCSIAUDINAV=SOLA
IRESS MCSIAUDINAV
More about iNAV
More information about iNav

The iNAV reflects the estimated NAV per Unit updated for portfolio stocks or equivalent securities that have live market prices during the Trading Day. The iNAV will not be updated for market-based movements such as movements in stock market indices.

Magellan has engaged ICE Data Indices, LLC and Solactive AG as iNAV calculation agents to independently calculate and disseminate an iNAV. Both iNAVs are freely available to investors. From time to time there may be differences between the two iNAVs as a result of different calculation methodologies or timing of the data.

Buy / Sell Spread
0.15%/0.15%
(only applicable to investors who apply for units directly with the Fund)
Management fee
0.50% p.a.
Distribution Frequency
Semi-annually
Benchmark
S&P Global Infrastructure Index A$ Hedged Net Total Return
APIR Code
MGE9182AU

* As at 30 April 2021

** iNAV calculations as shown on www.mfgcoreseries.com.au (the "data") provided by ICE Data Indices, see ICE Terms of Use, and is updated during Chi-X trading hours. Powered by Factset. iNAV is indicative and for reference purposes only. The Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or marketed by ICE Data Indices, LLC, its affiliates ("ICE Data") and ICE Data or its respective third party suppliers MAKE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH RESPECT TO THE iNAV, IOPV, FUND OR ANY FUND DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. IN NO EVENT SHALL ICE DATA HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. You acknowledge that the data is provided for information only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

Research ratings 1

Zenith

Recommended

Investment Process and Portfolio Construction

There are three pillars to the MFG Core Infrastructure Fund’s investment process:
  • 1

    Active stock selection, underpinned by rigorous fundamental investment research

  • 2

    Systematic portfolio management

  • 3

    Continuous active monitoring

Importantly, we know that this combination of rigorous fundamental stock selection and systematic portfolio management works.

We've been offering the Core Infrastructure strategy to institutional investors for more than a decade now and have amassed more than $9 billion* of funds under management. We are pleased to have delivered these investors a return of 12.3% p.a.*, net of fees, since our December 2009 inception. We are even more proud that we have delivered this performance with great resilience and reliability, with a downside capture ratio of just 0.1 over the last five years.

*30 September 2020

Step 1: Rigorous Fundamental Research

Investments in the MFG Core Infrastructure Fund are selected by reference to a rigorous fundamental research process, that implements Magellan's strict, proprietary definition of Infrastructure with a view to delivering consistent and reliable investment returns through the economic cycle.

To be included in the portfolio, prospective companies must meet the exacting standards of Magellan's dedicated infrastructure team, who review every single stock to ensure:

 

  • That it is properly characterised as infrastructure;
    • Assets that meet our strict, proprietary definition of infrastructure exhibit predictable demand and reliable cash flows that are not susceptible to erosion by competition, commodity price movements or sovereign risk;
  • That the balance sheet is robust;
    • All portfolio companies are required to meet sector-specific minimum interest cover ratios, sized to reflect cash flow variability.
    • We also consider the credit ratings issued by major rating agencies to assist us in identifying instances of deteriorating credit quality warranting further investigation; and
    • Undertake analysis of the adequacy of cash and committed credit facilities periodically and when indicia of deteriorating credit market liquidity emerges.
  • That environmental, social and governance risk (ESG) exposures are acceptable.
    • Our assessment of environmental risks focuses on issues that could materially impair the expected future cash flows of the business.
    • Our assessment of social risks focuses on the identification of matters that could undermine a company’s social licence.
    • Our analysis of governance risks seeks to ensure that the interests of minority shareholders will be protected.

In forming a judgment on each of these questions, we conduct extensive due diligence to understand the assets and regulatory regimes, deriving insights from meetings with the companies, the analysis of company disclosures and financial statements, and consultation with industry experts.

Step 2: Systematic Portfolio management

Deep fundamental rigour and research typically carry meaningful management fees, but with portfolio weights struck in a systematic fashion, we can deliver this strategy with a management fee of 0.50%, giving rise to a solution that can sit at the core of any investor's portfolio.

Let’s be clear: when we refer to systematic portfolio management, we're not delegating portfolio decisions to some indecipherable algorithm or black box. These are simply prudent risk controls to ensure liquidity and targeted levels of diversification at the sector level, by region, and at the individual stock level.

Step 3: Continuous Monitoring

The fundamental rigour of the Strategy doesn't end at the point at which the investments are selected.  Investments in the strategy are subject to continuous, active monitoring, with:

 

  • Ongoing quarterly reviews to ensure that portfolio companies continue to meet Magellan's exacting standards;
  • Dynamic, real-time reviews to mitigate event risk, ensuring that we respond with agility when circumstances are evolving rapidly;
  • Scheduled monthly rebalances to ensure that targeted diversification settings are maintained.

About the Portfolio Manager

 
David Costello

David Costello

Portfolio Manager

David Costello joined Magellan in 2015. Prior to working with Magellan, David led EY’s financial modelling practice in Brisbane. Prior to his role with EY, David worked with National Australia Bank and SFG Consulting. David holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), both from the University of Queensland. David is a CFA Charterholder.

Performance

30 April 2021
Performance 3 Months 6 Months 1 Year 3 Years
(%)
5 Years
(%)
7 Years
(%)
10 Years
(%)
Since Inception**
(%)
MFG Core Infrastructure 8.79% 10.29% 11.50% 8.60% 7.58% 9.80% 11.70% 12.55%
Benchmark* 8.56% 19.41% 20.84% 4.12% 5.78% 6.14% 7.95% 8.00%
Out/Under Performance 0.23% -9.12% -9.34% 4.48% 1.80% 3.66% 3.75% 4.55%

* S&P Global Infrastructure NTR Index

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Important Information: Calculations are based on exit price with distributions reinvested, after ongoing fees and expenses but excluding individual tax, member fees and entry fees (if applicable). Inception date 17 December 2009.

Growth of AUD $10,000
30 April 2021

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Important Information: Calculations are based on exit price with distributions reinvested, after ongoing fees and expenses but excluding individual tax, member fees and entry fees (if applicable). Inception date 17 December 2009.

31 March 2021

  % weight
Cellnex Telecom SA 3.3%
Fortis Inc 3.0%
Enbridge Inc 2.9%
Transurban Group 2.9%
TC Energy Corporation 2.9%
  % weight
National Grid PLC 2.9%
Vinci SA 2.7%
Sydney Airports 2.4%
American Tower Corporation 2.2%
Aena SME SA 2.2%

Unit Prices

Date Net Asset Value Entry Exit
06/05/2021 1.5897 1.5921 1.5873
05/05/2021 1.5838 1.5862 1.5814
04/05/2021 1.5895 1.5919 1.5871
03/05/2021 1.5905 1.5929 1.5881
30/04/2021 1.5860 1.5884 1.5836
29/04/2021 1.5743 1.5767 1.5719
28/04/2021 1.5672 1.5696 1.5648
27/04/2021 1.5665 1.5688 1.5642
26/04/2021 1.5710 1.5734 1.5686
23/04/2021 1.5757 1.5781 1.5733
22/04/2021 1.5807 1.5831 1.5783
21/04/2021 1.5809 1.5833 1.5785
20/04/2021 1.5823 1.5847 1.5799
19/04/2021 1.5772 1.5796 1.5748
16/04/2021 1.5716 1.5740 1.5692
15/04/2021 1.5664 1.5687 1.5641
14/04/2021 1.5562 1.5585 1.5539
13/04/2021 1.5528 1.5551 1.5505
12/04/2021 1.5460 1.5483 1.5437
09/04/2021 1.5449 1.5472 1.5426
08/04/2021 1.5503 1.5526 1.5480
07/04/2021 1.5496 1.5519 1.5473
06/04/2021 1.5507 1.5530 1.5484
01/04/2021 1.5359 1.5382 1.5336
31/03/2021 1.5359 1.5382 1.5336
30/03/2021 1.5274 1.5297 1.5251
29/03/2021 1.5372 1.5395 1.5349
26/03/2021 1.5231 1.5254 1.5208
25/03/2021 1.5191 1.5214 1.5168
24/03/2021 1.5110 1.5133 1.5087
23/03/2021 1.5081 1.5104 1.5058
22/03/2021 1.4973 1.4995 1.4951
19/03/2021 1.4967 1.4989 1.4945
18/03/2021 1.4977 1.4999 1.4955
17/03/2021 1.5026 1.5049 1.5003
16/03/2021 1.5129 1.5152 1.5106
15/03/2021 1.5045 1.5068 1.5022
12/03/2021 1.4878 1.4900 1.4856
11/03/2021 1.4741 1.4763 1.4719
10/03/2021 1.4685 1.4707 1.4663
09/03/2021 1.4574 1.4596 1.4552
08/03/2021 1.4483 1.4505 1.4461
05/03/2021 1.4352 1.4374 1.4330
04/03/2021 1.4244 1.4265 1.4223
03/03/2021 1.4227 1.4248 1.4206
02/03/2021 1.4315 1.4336 1.4294
01/03/2021 1.4360 1.4382 1.4338
28/02/2021 1.4188 1.4209 1.4167
26/02/2021 1.4188 1.4209 1.4167
25/02/2021 1.4382 1.4404 1.4360

3 ways to access MFG Core Infrastructure

MFG Core Infrastructure Fund (Managed Fund) (TICKER:MCSI)

  1. View the indicative Net Asset Value (iNav)*

    ICE iNav**
    AUD $
    Ticker details
      Indicative NAV
    Bloomberg MCSIAUIV INDEX
    Thomson Reuters MCSIAUiv.P
    IRESS MCSI-AUINAV.NGIF
    Solactive iNav
    AUD $
    Ticker details
      Indicative NAV
    Bloomberg MCSIAIV
    Thomson Reuters MCSIAUDINAV=SOLA
    IRESS MCSIAUDINAV
  2. Check the current share price MCSI

  3. Buy on the Chi-X securities exchange - Ticker Code MCSI

Investors should read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) prior to making any investment decisions.

Additional information and forms

MFG Core Infrastructure Fund (Managed Fund) (TICKER:MCSI)

1. Read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS)

2. Click here to APPLY NOW and start your online application process.

You will need the following information handy to support your online application:

  • Identification documents (e.g. drivers license) 
  • Mobile number and email address
  • Your Tax File Number (TFN)
  • Complete the FATCA/CRS verification (if applicable)

Note: Magellan accepts initial direct investments from individuals with a minimum of $10,000.  You must be over 18 years of age.

Additional information and forms

  • Check your balance(s), view transaction confirmations and periodic statements.
  • Update your personal details.
  • Transact*, including invest additional funds, switch or withdraw.
  • Participate in the Distribution Reinvestment Plan (DRP).
  • Provide your FATCA/CRS certification.

MFG Core Infrastructure Fund (Managed Fund) (TICKER:MCSI)

Speak with your adviser/broker. To find an adviser, visit the 'Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)' or 'Your best interests' website

Investment Insights

  • 21 Apr 2021

    Zenith interview with Portfolio Manager David Costello

    The MFG Core Infrastructure Fund has a ‘Recommended’ rating from research house Zenith. Portfolio Manager of the Fund, David Costello, sat down with Zenith’s Dugald Higgins, Head of Real Assets & Listed Strategies for a deep dive into the investment process and what makes this strategy a unique offering for the retail market. 

  • 21 Apr 2021

    MFG Core Infrastructure Fund - Zenith Rating Review

    The MFG Core Infrastructure Fund is rated as ‘Recommended’ by research house Zenith. Dugald Higgins, Head of Real Assets & Listed Strategies provides a summary on the Fund, the manager and the rating. 

  • 01 Apr 2021

    Stock story: Severn Trent

    By delivering improved water services and a cleaner environment, the UK utility’s investors enjoy outsized returns.

  • 01 Apr 2021

    Stock story: Enbridge

    A stranglehold on North American energy infrastructure that girds against any switch from fossil fuels.

  • 26 Mar 2021

    MFG Core Series Launch - Live Broadcast

    Quiz - 1.50 CPD hours available

    Vihari Ross, Head of the MFG Core Series, provides a look under the bonnet of the newly launched lower-cost global equity fund range, including why and how the Series was developed, as well as the investment process of her fund the Core International Fund. Portfolio Managers, Elisa Di Marco and David Costello provide insights into their respective funds, MFG Core ESG and MFG Core Infrastructure. The session concludes with Q&A. (Viewing time: 90 mins)

  • 15 Dec 2020

    Meet the Manager - MFG Core Series Infrastructure

    David Costello, Portfolio Manger discusses the MFG Core Infrastructure Fund . The Fund is an actively constructed, systematically managed and continuously monitored portfolio of 70-100 resilient global listed infrastructure businesses, ones that meet Magellan’s exacting standards and strict, propriety definition of listed infrastructure.

FAQs

The MFG Core Series are quoted on the Chi-X securities exchange and can be bought and sold like any listed security. Alternatively investors can apply and redeem directly with Magellan. See How to Invest for more information.

Chi-X Australia is an innovative Australian securities and derivatives exchange. Funds that are quoted on Chi-X can be bought and sold like any listed security via a stockbroker or online trading account.

When buying units on the securities exchange, there is no minimum initial investment. When applying directly with Magellan, the minimum initial investment is $10,000.

We seek to be transparent with our clients and are making the following disclosures in relation to our listed funds:
 

  • Securities exchange announcements under each ticker code;
  • Estimated Net Asset Value ("NAV") per Unit published on MFG Core Series' website daily;
  • Indicative intra-day NAV per Unit ("iNAV") published on MFG Core Series' website daily and which is updated throughout the trading day;
  • Monthly fund factsheets on MFG Core Series' website and on the securities exchange; and
  • The full portfolio on a quarterly basis with a delay period of no longer than two months on MFG Core Series' website and on the securities exchange.

The Fund targets a cash distribution yield of 4% per annum. The Target Cash Distribution will be paid semi-annually (for the periods ending 30 June and 31 December each year), with the actual amount for each period determined by using the average of the month-end NAV per Unit over the two year rolling period.

Magellan intends to pay a Target Cash Distribution of $0.0288 per unit for the first four distribution periods, being the six month period ending 30 June 2021, 31 December 2021, 30 June 2022 and 31 December 2022.

You can exit the Fund either by making a withdrawal request to the Responsible Entity using a Withdrawal Form or by selling units on the Securities Exchange via your stockbroker or online broker. How you enter the Fund does not affect the method by which you can exit the Fund.

To make a withdrawal request with the Responsible Entity…
If you have a Securityholder Reference Number (SRN) or Investor Number
You will need to make a withdrawal request to the Unit Registry.
If you have a Holder Identification Number (HIN) with your stockbroker or online broker
You will need to convert your holding from your HIN with your stockbroker or online broker to an SRN issued by the unit registry.
This is a standard process which your stockbroker or online broker can assist you with.

 

 

To sell your units on the Securities Exchange….
If you have a Securityholder Reference Number (SRN) or Investor Number
You can provide your SRN to certain stockbrokers who can sell your units on your behalf.
If your stockbroker does not offer this service, you will need to ask your stockbroker to convert or transfer your holding onto a HIN.  This is a standard process which your stockbroker can assist you with. You can then instruct your stockbroker to sell your units on the Securities Exchange.
If you have a Holder Identification Number (HIN) with your stockbroker
You can instruct your stockbroker to sell your units on the Securities Exchange.


There are important differences between exiting the Fund via the Securities Exchange or by withdrawing directly with the Responsible Entity, including the price you will receive. You should read the PDS or consult with your financial adviser before making any decision on how to invest in the Fund.

Registry enquiries (Automic)

Automic Group

GPO Box 2629

Sydney NSW 2001

Emailmagellanfunds@automicgroup.com.au

Fax+61 2 8072 1409

Phone1300 408 792 (or +61 2 8072 1481)

Important Information: Units in the fund(s) referred to herein are issued by Magellan Asset Management Limited (ABN 31 120 593 946, AFS Licence No 304 301). Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results and no person guarantees the future performance of the fund(s), the amount or timing of any return from the fund(s), or that the investment objectives of the fund(s) will be achieved. This material has been provided for general information purposes and must not be construed as investment advice. It does not take into account the investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any particular person. Investors should consider obtaining professional investment advice tailored to their specific circumstances and should read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) applicable to the fund(s) prior to making any investment decisions. The PDS for the fund(s) is available at www.mfgcoreseries.com.au or can be obtained by calling 02 9235 4888. Any trademarks, logos, and service marks contained herein may be the registered and unregistered trademarks of their respective owners. Nothing contained herein should be construed as granting by implication, or otherwise, any licence or right to use any trademark displayed without the written permission of the owner. No part of this material may be reproduced or disclosed, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of Magellan Asset Management Limited.