Carmignac P. Credit: Letter from the Fund Managers

  • +1.57%
    Carmignac P. Credit’s performance

    in the 2nd quarter of 2023 for the A EUR Share class

  • +0.76%
    Reference indicator’s performance

    in the 2nd quarter of 2023 for the 75% ICE BofA Euro Corporate Index et 25% ICE BofA Euro High Yield Index

  • +4.17%
    Of annualized performance

    since launch of the fund (31/07/2017), compared to -0.39% for its reference indicator¹.

Carmignac Portfolio Credit was up 1.57% in the second quarter, versus 0.76% for its reference indicator. This brings its year-to-date performance to 2.89%, versus 2.62% for its reference indicator¹.

Quick overview of Q2 2023

Credit markets performed positively over the past three months as the stress created by the idiosyncratic incidents involving Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse abated. In our last letter, in April, our view was that these issues were specific to the banks concerned and not of a systemic nature. And the record banking profits recorded in the first quarter, even adjusted for the rescue windfalls, corroborated our stance. Trouble always manifests in unexpected places when central banks restrict liquidity, but we remain very comfortable with the state of affairs for most large banks in Europe and the United States. Regulators have pushed – and continue to push – for sound liquidity and capital positions and have proven to be pragmatic and responsive in restoring confidence when needed. In addition, the return of positive interest rates is generally favourable for the longer-term profitability of financial institutions. As a testimony to the resumption of calm among investors, BBVA issued a new AT1 in June at a very attractive, but far from punitive, yield – reopening a market many had left for dead just a few weeks ago.

Beyond BBVA, Q2 saw a broad thawing of the primary high-yield market in the developed world. During the previous twelve months, high-yield issuance had been modest and was focused on companies that had engaged in dealmaking before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, providing bridge loans that could be recycled later on the bond market. Most other companies generally had good liquidity after ten years of accommodative financing and were reluctant to crystallize higher financing costs unless they had no choice. But in May and June, these companies came to accept that their cost of debt will be higher going forward, and they’re refinancing upcoming maturities under these new conditions. The upshot is extremely promising circumstances for us. In fixed income, where investors don’t need to be desperate for yield anymore (because they can now park cash in short-term treasuries at comfortable yields), plain-vanilla BB risk is rewarded at spreads 20% to 30% higher than in 2019. Spreads are even higher in the more complex situations – we recently come across a number of opportunities where we can expect double-digit yields and where we estimate that the underlying fundamental cost of risk is a small fraction of that.

Now that value is returning to credit markets, and wide complexity spreads are available to judicious bond pickers, we see this as very exciting for the future performance of Carmignac Portfolio Credit. Additionally, we expect the higher borrowing costs across the board to restore a credit-default environment similar to the one experienced in the first three decades of the high-yield market. This will create attractive opportunities for high-alpha distressed-debt investments. Our fund already has a small position in a compelling distressed-debt situation that has performed very well since the beginning of the year.


We currently have a very diversified portfolio with more than 200 lines and a yield of over 9% at quarter-end. We suspect this yield will climb meaningfully higher thanks to the early refinancing we expect to see on a number of our investments. The best risk-reward profiles in our fund lie in our structured credit book, where select collateralized loan obligation (CLO) tranches offer – in addition to floating rates – very generous spreads relative to their fundamental risk. We also still see meaningful value and generally improving credit quality in the finance and commodities industries.

You can rest assured that we won’t sit on our laurels after several weeks of solid returns. We’re well aware that liquidity remains tight, which will trigger further default incidents, and that volatility may well bounce back in the coming quarters. But if it does, that will usher in new opportunities, and the yield on our portfolio will largely mitigate the downside risk.

Source: Carmignac, Bloomberg, 30/06/2023

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Carmignac Portfolio Credit A EUR Acc

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Main risks of the Fund

KREDIETRISICO: Het kredietrisico stemt overeen met het risico dat de emittent haar verplichtingen niet nakomt.

RENTERISICO: Renterisico houdt in dat door veranderingen in de rentestanden de netto-inventariswaarde verandert.

LIQUIDITEIT: De prijs waartegen het fonds zijn posities kan vereffenen, innemen of wijzigen, kan door tijdelijk gewijzigde marktomstandigheden worden beïnvloed.

DISCRETIONAIR BEHEER: Het anticiperen op de ontwikkelingen op de financiële markten door de beheermaatschappij is van directe invloed op het rendement van het Fonds, dat afhankelijk is van de geselecteerde effecten.

Het fonds houdt een risico op kapitaalverlies in.

Carmignac Portfolio Credit A EUR Acc

ISIN: LU1623762843
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 (YTD)
Year to date
Carmignac Portfolio Credit A EUR Acc - - - +1.79 % +1.69 % +20.93 % +10.39 % +2.96 % -13.01 % +10.58 % +3.05 %
Referentie-indicator - - - +1.13 % -1.74 % +7.50 % +2.80 % +0.06 % -13.31 % +9.00 % +0.08 %

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Carmignac Portfolio Credit A EUR Acc +0.10 % +4.86 % -
Referentie-indicator -1.83 % - -

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Bron: Carmignac op 30/04/2024

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