VNH’s investment objective is to achieve long-term capital appreciation by investing in a diversified portfolio of companies that have high growth potential and an attractive valuation. The fund has experienced several significant changes since September 2017, including a new board and appointment of the current manager, Dynam Capital.
2021 was a remarkable year for the Vietnamese equity market, with the VN All Share Index (VNAS) rising 53.0% compared with a 1.3% fall in the MSCI Emerging Markets (EM) Index. VietNam Holding (VNH), managed by Dynam Capital (Dynam) for over three years, returned 65.6% (NAV total return), outperforming the VNAS. Vietnam has handled COVID-19 with some lag to the developed world (as the pandemic visibly hit Vietnam in 2021, rather than 2020), but the situation has now stabilised. For 2022 the IMF forecasts that the Vietnamese economy will grow 6.6%, outpacing the expected world GDP growth of 4.9%. Dynam’s investment team chooses a tightly focused selection of businesses for VNH’s portfolio. These are set to benefit from well-established positive demographic, industrial and urbanisation trends, as well as newly emerging trends such as rapid growth and the development of financial markets in Vietnam.