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Ashoka WhiteOak Emerging Mkts Tst.
23 February 2024

23 February 2024

Ashoka WhiteOak Emerging Markets Trust plc

(the "Company")

Monthly Update - January 2024

The Company's monthly factsheet as at 31 January 2024 is now available:

The Company has delivered a NAV total return of 4.10% since inception to 31 January 2024, outperforming the benchmark MSCI EM1 (in sterling terms) by 409bps over the same period. Among other factors, stock selection in small and mid-caps continue to drive outperformance. For the month of January 2024, the NAV was down 3.04%, outperforming the benchmark by 150bps.

Significant contributors for the month of January 2024 include DOMS industries (+12.6%, a leading stationery brand in India), CIE Financiere Richemont (+9.5%, a Switzerland-based luxury goods company) and Disco Corp (+11.5%, manufactures capital equipment for the semiconductor industry).

Notable detractors include Hong Kong Exchanges (-11.7%, world's leading stock and commodity exchange), Cowell e Holdings (-30.6%, world's leading camera module supplier for smart devices) and Raia Drogasil (-15.3%, Brazil's leading pharmacy chain).  

Top 10 Holdings

Top 10 holdings (as at 31 Jan, 2024)


% of NAV

1.   TSMC



2.   Samsung Electronics



3.   Hong Kong Exchanges



4.   Naspers

South Africa


5.   Hermes Intl



6.   DOMS Industries



7.   Innova Captab 



8.   Prosus NV



9.   CIE Fin.Richemont



10.  Alibaba Group Holdings






 Key Contributors

31 Dec 2023 - 31 Jan 2024

Key Contributors


Weight (%)


Return (%)

Contribution to

Return (bps)

DOMS Industries




ASL Holding




CIE Financiere Richemont SA




ASM International




Disco Corporation






Key Detractors

31 Dec 2023 - 31 Jan 2024

Key Detractors


Weight (%)


Return (%)

Contribution to

Return (bps)

 Hong Kong Exchanges




Cowell e Holdings Inc.








Rasia Drogasail S.A.




Yum China Holdings





Source: Factset. Past performance does not predict future returns. The performance calculation is based on GBP. Currency fluctuations will also affect the value of an investment.


1 Benchmark index - MSCI Emerging Markets Net Return Sterling (Bloomberg MGEF)

 Past performance cannot be relied on as a guide to future performance.


Market Review


In January 2024, the MSCI EM index was down 4.5%. It underperformed other global indices like US equities (S&P 500) and MCSI World, which were up 2.0% and 1.6%, respectively.


For the month, Energy and Utilities outperformed, while Consumer Discretionary and Materials underperformed. Large caps outperformed mid and small caps this month. Among major EM markets, India and Taiwan outperformed, while China and South Korea underperformed.


About Ashoka WhiteOak Emerging Markets Trust plc

Ashoka WhiteOak Emerging Markets Trust plc (AWEMT) is a UK investment trust seeking to achieve long-term capital appreciation primarily through investing in a multi-cap portfolio of equities that provide exposure to global emerging markets. Advised by White Oak Capital Partners Pte. Ltd, founded by Prashant Khemka with leading Emerging Markets investment experience. White Oak Capital Group has delivered an exceptional track record for its other strategies, and has £5.3 billion in assets under management or advisory4. Analytical approach integral to disciplined research process underpinned by proprietary frameworks OpcoFinco for valuation and ABLExTM for ESG research. The team at WhiteOak believes that emerging markets present potential for higher alpha. EM markets remain under-researched and inefficient. AWEM leverages WhiteOak's investment approach to capture the higher alpha potential in these markets. No fixed management fee. Manager remuneration is aligned with alpha generation and hence shareholders' interest. The Investment Manager is remunerated solely as a function of outperformance over the benchmark.

Data as at 31th Jan 2024. AUM data refers to aggregate assets under management or investment advisory for White Oak Group.

 Further Information

For further information on the Company's investment strategy and portfolio construction approach as well as details of the portfolio market cap, regional and sector composition please refer to the latest factsheet.

Investment Objective

To achieve long-term capital appreciation, primarily investing in equity and equity-related securities that provide exposure to global emerging markets.

Summary of Investment Policy


The Company shall invest primarily in securities admitted to trading on any stock exchange (which may include stock exchanges in Developed Markets) that provide exposure to companies that are domiciled in Global Emerging Markets (EMs), or that are domiciled in Developed Markets but at the time of investment, derive a majority of their economic value, revenues or profits from, or whose assets or cost base are mainly located in EMs.


The Company's LEI is 254900Z4X5Y7NTODRI75

For further information:


Company Secretary

+44 207 409 0181


WhiteOak Capital Partners Pte Ltd.

Prashant Khemka

Via Buchanan

Fadrique Balmaseda

Ben Hayward


Ellora Partners

Mark Thompson

+44 (0) 20 7016 6711

Eddie Nissen

+44 (0) 20 7016 6713

Oliver Kenyon

+44 (0) 20 7016 6704



Henry Harrison-Topham

+44 (0) 20 7466 5000

Henry Wilson

George Beale


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