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Perpetual Pure Equity Alpha Fund

Perpetual Pure Equity Alpha Fund

Absolute return portfolio of the best share opportunities

The Perpetual Pure Equity Alpha Fund is an absolute return portfolio of the best share opportunities we have identified (both long and short), and is managed by one of Australia's most experienced equity teams.

The Fund aims to generate positive returns with minimal volatility over equity market cycles. By combining both long (to hold) and short (to sell) positions the Fund is able to take advantage of rising and falling markets and provide some protection against falling markets.

We employ our tried and proven bottom-up stock selection process for both long and short positions. Through fundamental company research, we aim to identify opportunities to buy quality, undervalued companies. On the short side of the portfolio we opportunistically target stocks that we expect will underperform. We rarely short the index, we short companies.

Features and benefits

Opportunities to manage downside risk

Absolute return focus

Flexibility and conviction

Specialist shorting expertise

Opportunities to manage downside risk

The Fund’s ability to invest in Perpetual’s highest conviction long and short ideas means that portfolio performance can be better cushioned during periods of market weakness.

Absolute return focus

By taking long and short positions, the Fund is better able to generate positive returns in both rising and falling markets.

Flexibility and conviction

Our bottom-up company research generates the insights that drive our high conviction stock selection. The Fund is not limited by index weightings or market capitalisation.

Specialist shorting expertise

Perpetual’s equity team has a highly experienced shorting investment capability. This skill and experience has helped the Fund identify shorting opportunities that have added to returns.

Pricing & Performance

Fund Commencement: March 2012

Unit Pricing

As at
Entry 1.223
Exit 1.218
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Half Yearly
Cents per Unit
Reinvestment Price
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As at


As at
Growth (%) Distribution (%) Total (%)
1 month 2.84% -- 2.84%
3 month 5.04% 1.28% 6.31%
6 month 3.57% 1.26% 4.83%
1 year -3.02% 7.86% 4.84%
3 year 1.84% 5.31% 7.15%
5 year 2.09% 4.58% 6.67%
10 year 1.28% 5.07% 6.35%

Investment Approach

Utilising Perpetual's proven investment process, the Fund will adopt the same disciplined investment approach as is used across Perpetual's equity funds. Our conservative bottom-up approach to stock picking is core to the investment approach for this Fund, allowing the portfolio manager to identify and select stocks for both the long and short positions of the Fund. The investment process is based on comprehensive internal company research using four filters: - sound management - conservative debt levels - quality of business and - recurring earnings. The Fund's portfolio is then created within specific investment guidelines and a risk-controlled framework. The Fund will predominantly invest in Australian shares (both long and short), cash may be used defensively to preserve capital and it can invest opportunistically (both long and short) in global shares. Derivatives may be used in managing the Fund.

Details & Fees

Investment Objective Aims to generate positive returns over a market cycle irrespective of market conditions by investing in both long and short positions of predominantly Australian shares.
Minimum Suggested Timeframe 5 years or longer
Fund Manager Perpetual Investment Management Limited
Asset Class Australian shares
Minimum Initial Investment $25,000
Minimum Initial Investment (with saving plan) $25,000 Monthly Minimum Nil
Minimum Additional Investment $2,000
Cash 0 - 100%
Gross Share Exposure 0 - 200%
Net Global Share Exposure -10 - 20%
Net Share Exposure -20 - 100%
Half Yearly June 30, December 31
Entry 0
Exit 0
Management Fee (p.a.) 1.28%. Refer to PDS for Management Costs. *
Performance Cost (p.a.) 20.50% of outperformance.*
Buy / Sell Spread 0.18% / 0.18%

"The Fund is able to take advantage of rising and falling markets, and provides useful protection for investors against falling markets."

Anthony Aboud, Portfolio Manager

What Are The Risks?

All investments carry risk. While it is not possible to identify every risk relevant to your investment, we have provided details of the risks that may affect your investment in the relevant product disclosure statement (PDS) or offer document.

You can find PDSs and other documents in our resources section. The relevant PDS, offer documents and forms can also be found in the sections below:

Meet the team

Anthony Aboud
Deputy Head of Equities, Portfolio Manager - Industrial Shares, SHARE-PLUS Long-Short, Pure Equity Alpha
Analyst, BEc, CFA
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Sean Roger
Deputy Portfolio Manager - Pure Equity Alpha, SHARE-PLUS Long-Short
Anthony Aboud

Anthony Aboud

Deputy Head of Equities, Portfolio Manager - Industrial Shares, SHARE-PLUS Long-Short, Pure Equity Alpha Analyst, BEc, CFA

Years of experience: 24
Years at Perpetual: 11

Anthony is the Deputy Head of Equities and Portfolio Manager - Industrial Shares, SHARE-PLUS Long-Short and Perpetual Pure Equity Alpha.

Anthony has been with Perpetual for 10 years. Prior to joining Perpetual, he worked at Ellerston Capital for six years, where he was the Portfolio Manager for the Ellerston Capital Global Equity Management Fund for two years. Before that, he spent 4 years as an analyst working on a long/short strategy. Prior to joining Ellerston Capital, Anthony worked as an Analyst at UBS Investment Bank for 8 years.

Anthony has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Sean Roger
STAFF Sean Roger.jpg

Sean Roger

Deputy Portfolio Manager - Pure Equity Alpha, SHARE-PLUS Long-Short BAcc

Years of experience: 10
Years at Perpetual: 9

Sean Roger is the Deputy Portfolio Manager for the Perpetual SHARE-PLUS Long-Short Fund and the Perpetual Pure Equity Alpha Fund.

Sean joined Perpetual in February 2013 as a Graduate Accountant. He joined the Investments team in August 2014 as an Equities Dealer and was appointed an Equities Analyst in January 2016 where he was responsible for covering a number of stocks in the gaming and agricultural sectors.

Sean has a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney and has completed the Chartered Accountants program.

Have Any Questions?

Call your Perpetual Business Development Manager on 1800 062 728.

Perpetual Investment Management Limited ABN 18 000 866 535 AFSL 234426 and/or Perpetual Superannuation Limited ABN 84 008 416 831 AFSL 225246 are the issuers of the Funds. you should consider the relevant Fund product disclosure statement or other offer document before deciding whether to invest. The product disclosure statements and target market determinations for the Funds are available on this website.

Returns have been calculated using exit prices after taking into account all ongoing fees, and assuming reinvestment of distributions. No allowance has been made for entry fees, exit fees or where applicable taxation. Future returns may bear no relationship to the historical information displayed. The returns shown represent past returns only and are not indicative of future returns of a Fund. Returns on a Fund can be particularly volatile in the short term and in some periods may be negative.