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Fidelity European Trust PLC

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" Investing in companies built to stand the test of time"

Fidelity European Trust PLC aims to be the cornerstone long-term investment of choice for those seeking European exposure across different market, economic and business environments.

The Trust invests predominantly in continental European equities (and their related securities) but up to 20% of its assets may be invested in companies outside of the continent. It follows a consistent stock-picking approach, seeking to identify companies able to grow dividends over a three to five-year horizon.

Viewed as a whole, the European Union is the world’s third largest economy and home to some of the strongest, most stable and resilient companies. Aiming to capture the diversity of Europe, across a range of countries and sectors, this Investment Trust looks beyond the noise of market sentiment and concentrates on the real-life progress of European businesses. It researches and selects stocks that can grow their dividends consistently, irrespective of the economic environment.

The portfolio is fairly concentrated at between 40 to 50 diversified stocks with no bias to a particular sector or company size.

What sets us apart


Dividend growth drives long-term returns

Our stock-picking approach helps us identify companies that we believe can grow their dividends consistently over time.


Long-term focus

Taking a long-term view means we can benefit from compounded returns over time, improving performance whilst lower trading reduces costs.


A cautious approach

Our focus on managing downside risk creates a strong foundation for the potential of long-term outperformance.

News & Insights - European Trust PLC

Kepler Trust Intelligence - latest research note on the Company

Fidelity European Trust (FEV) is a £1.5bn FTSE 250 investment trust providing investors with a core European equity strategy.

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The Granolas and beyond: Europe’s driving force

Like the US’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ or the FAANGs before them, Europe has its very own collection of super stocks: the Granolas. These are a handful of companies that have led European markets in 2023. The worry is that the market has become excessively reliant on their success or failure, but we believe many of these titans have longevity.

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Finding untapped potential in Europe

Marcel Stötzel, co-portfolio manager of Fidelity European Trust PLC, provides an insight into the risks and opportunities facing investors in European equities. With valuations trading at historical lows, he highlights why there is still room for headway to be made and, within this, outlines the enduring potential of investing in pricing power.

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Finding untapped potential in Europe

Fidelity European Trust reconfirmed on this year’s AJ Bell Select List

Fidelity European Trust PLC continues to retain its place as one of just 18 investment trusts on AJ Bell’s Select List. The investment specialists at what is one of the UK’s leading investment platforms analyse the investment trust market, looking at factors including price, performance and size to create their list of preferred investment trusts. Fidelity China Special Situations PLC and Fidelity Special Values also feature in the shortlist.

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Marcel Stötzel presents at AJ Bell’s Retirement Money Show Webinar

The co-portfolio manager of Fidelity European Trust PLC joins this year’s Retirement Money Show Webinar to make the case for European equities and to showcase why investing in the trust could be a good option for diversifying any retirement portfolio.

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Pricing power and balance

Portfolio managers Sam Morse and Marcel Stotzel review the challenges and complexities facing investors in Continental European equity markets. As the outlook across the region remains precariously balanced, they discuss why they believe a balanced portfolio of sustainable dividend payers with strong pricing power has the potential to navigate a challenging macro backdrop.

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What’s our approach?

Sam Morse, the Portfolio Manager, aims to research and select stocks that can grow their dividends consistently, irrespective of the economic environment, believing that these companies will outperform the market over the longer term.

Sam uses a consistent process to select companies that have solid fundamentals and are able to grow their dividends over a three to five-year horizon. He focuses on attractively-valued companies, with strong balance sheets and a track record in cash generation, which have the potential to grow dividends consistently on a three to five year view. These types of companies offer a good combination of fundamental value and therefore downside protection, as well as good growth prospects which are likely to be identified by the market in the future and therefore lead to a rerating of their share price. Data shows that companies of this nature tend to outperform, however the trick is to identify those future dividend growers before they have done so and before the rest of the market. This requires patience and discipline from Sam and our extensive analyst team in London and throughout Europe.

The Trust is permitted to invest up to 20% in UK listed stocks or other stocks outside of continental Europe. This flexibility allows the trust to invest in a wider range of stocks, which meet the investment criteria.

Sam Morse, Lead Portfolio Manager

Sam Morse assumed responsibility for Fidelity European Fund on 1 January 2010 and the portfolio of Fidelity European Trust on 1 January 2011. Prior to becoming a portfolio manager, Sam spent two years as a research analyst with Fidelity, covering a range of sectors, then six years as an equity income fund manager at Fidelity. He also worked as Head of Equities and Head of UK Equities at M&G from 1997 to 2003.

Marcel Stotzel, Co-Portfolio Manager

Marcel joined Fidelity as an analyst in 2014. In addition to his analyst responsibilities Marcel was also promoted to head the cyclicals segment of the European analysts ‘best ideas’ fund in 2018.

He first joined the Fidelity equities team as an MBA intern (covering US tech) before being hired fulltime to cover European Software and IT services and thereafter European Aerospace, Defence and Airlines. Prior to joining Fidelity, Marcel worked as an investment banker at Barclays. Marcel holds an MBA (INSEAD), is a CFA charter holder and graduated with a Business Science (Hons) in Finance from the University of Cape Town.


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Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.
Source: Morningstar as at 31.10.2023, bid-bid, net income reinvested.
©2023 Morningstar Inc. All rights reserved. The FTSE World Europe ex-UK Total Return Index is a comparative index of the investment trust.

Investment objective

The Company aims to achieve long term growth in both capital and income by predominantly investing in equities (and their related securities) of continental European companies.

Summary of the key aspects of the Investment policy

The Investment Manager will typically focus on larger companies which show good prospects for sustainable long-term dividend growth. The Investment Manager is not restricted in terms of size, industry or geographical split.

The Company may also invest into other transferable securities, investment companies, money market instruments, cash and deposits and is also able to use derivatives for efficient portfolio management, to gain additional market exposure (gearing) and for investment purposes.

Portfolio Manager AGM 2024 Investment Review

Your Board of Directors

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Paul Yates

Senior Independent Director

Fleur Meijs

Non-Executive Director

Sir Ivan Rogers

Non-Executive Director

Milyae Park

Non-Executive Director

Reports and Literature

Latest monthly factsheet

Contains the latest portfolio manager commentary, performance data and breakdown of the trust’s holdings.

Annual report

The latest annual report includes an update on the trust’s strategy, governance and financial performance.

Half-Yearly Report

The half-yearly report includes the Portfolio Manager’s review, financial highlights and latest portfolio holdings.

Key Information Document

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Additional Information

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News & Insights - European Trust PLC

FEV, impressive capital and dividend growth over many years

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Trust Intelligence

The Granolas and beyond: Europe’s driving force

Like the US’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ or the FAANGs before them, Europe has its v…

Marcel Stötzel

Marcel Stötzel

Co-Portfolio Manager, Fidelity European Trust PLC

Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 8 May 2024 at 12 noon

The AGM of the Company will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, 8 May 2024 at 4 …

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Important information

Overseas investments are subject to currency fluctuations. The shares in the investment trust are listed on the London Stock Exchange and their price is affected by supply and demand. The investment trust can gain additional exposure to the market, known as gearing, potentially increasing volatility.