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Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool

Fund commentary | Q2 2020

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Following the sharp selloff in Q1, real asset indices rebounded during the second quarter.  Global natural resources outperformed global infrastructure and global REIT indices.

The Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool outperformed its benchmark during the second quarter. The global natural resources component of the Fund, in particular, drove strong returns.

In terms of relative positioning, we modestly reduced our allocation to global REITs following strong market rallies in April. Proceeds were deployed into money market to support capital preservation and near term flexibility.

The infrastructure component of the fund favours infrastructure assets with higher revenue certainty, profitability and lower volatility. Stock selection remains the main driver of returns. While positions in U.S. railroads and European toll roads contributed to relative performance during the quarter, a small number of stocks in the communications infrastructure and gas utilities sectors detracted.

The real estate component of the fund favours higher quality real estate and looks to invest in property types experiencing real cash flow growth, with strong balance sheets and managed by skillful teams. Stock selection remains the primary driver of returns. The strategy continues to favour apartments, manufactured homes, self-storage and industrial properties.

The natural resources component focuses on clean energy, water, and agriculture. Resource scarcity is a fundamental underpinning of the strategy, which invests in companies providing solutions to demand, supply and efficiency in the provision of food, energy, water, as well as mitigation and adapting to the impact of climate change. The significant overweight positions in information technology (renewable energy) and industrials (renewable energy and water) and significant underweight to energy (no exposure to fossil fuels) were the strongest contributors to performance.

Fund performance

Compound returns %1 Since inception2 5 Year 3 Year 1 Year Q2
Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool - Series A 2.1 2.0 0.5 -2.2 9.9
Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool - Series F 3.2 3.2 1.6 -1.1 10.2
Benchmark3 2.4 3.7 1.0 -11.9 9.6

1Returns for periods longer than one year are annualized. Data as of June 30, 2020.

2Partial calendar year. Returns are for the period from the fund’s inception date of February 2, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

3Blended benchmark comprised of: 35% FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Real Estate Index (C$),35% S&P Global Infrastructure Index (C$), 30% S&P Global Natural Resource Index (C$).

On May 31, 2019, Sun Life Real Assets Fund, previously Sun Life Infrastructure Fund, changed its name and underwent a change in investment objective. On February 26, 2020 Sun Life Real Assets Fund was renamed Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool.

 

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