Tough year for leading global growth fund laid bare with brutal fall in tech stocks

How the mighty tech stocks have fallen.

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Like many growth-focused funds, it's been a very tough 12 months for the Hyperion Global Growth Companies Fund (ASX: HYGG).

The fund consists of "a high-conviction portfolio of quality global listed equities from a research driven, bottom-up investment philosophy". It's looking for companies that have predictable earnings, low debt, sustainable competitive advantages, organic growth options and experienced and proven management teams. 

The September 2022 monthly update shows the fund has declined 31.8% over the past 12 months. The biggest detractors to performance were some of the largest and most popular global tech stocks.

Even for those of us who are somewhat numb to just how far these fallen heroes have tumbled, when the numbers are laid bare, you see just how brutal this market has been for a number of large-cap tech stocks.

Block (NYSE: SQ) – down 74%

Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) – down 80%

Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) – down 57%

Meta Platforms (NASDAQ: META) – down 55%

How the mighty have fallen. 

Yet Hyperion are sticking to their guns, confident in what they believe will be a low-growth inflationary environment, that such an environment is best for their investing style.

Hyperion says that while short-term performance has been unpredictable, and acknowledging it has been a difficult period for investors, the fund believes it has allocated capital to businesses that will produce superior long-term results. 

The top five holdings at the end of September were all large-cap US tech stocks, namely Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) and Airbnb (NASDAQ: ABNB). Combined, they made up over half the Hyperion Global Growth Companies Fund portfolio.

Hyperion went on to say its "global portfolio continues to produce strong short-term financial results which are consistent with the assumptions that underpin our long-term valuations," saying it believes its portfolio "should perform relatively well in an economic downturn".

The Hyperion Global Growth Companies Fund share price has fallen 31.7% over the past 12 months, in line with the underlying performance of the fund.

Randi Zuckerberg, a former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Motley Fool contributor Bruce Jackson has positions in Amazon, Block, Inc., and Meta Platforms, Inc. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Airbnb, Inc., Amazon, Block, Inc., Meta Platforms, Inc., Microsoft, Roku, ServiceNow, Inc., Spotify Technology, and Tesla. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Block, Inc. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Airbnb, Inc., Amazon, Meta Platforms, Inc., and ServiceNow, Inc. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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