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Pan Europe

Europe has no shortage of fantastic companies, it just takes a deeper look to find them.  

These companies can typically grow revenues faster than peers, expand their profit margins, have sustainable competitive advantages and are managed by exceptional capital allocators. By investing in them, we hope to deliver long-term capital appreciation for our clients. 

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Europe’s most exciting companies

We don’t want to own a collection of slightly better-than-average companies, instead we aspire to own Europe’s ‘outliers’ – special companies that have the potential to return a multiple of our investment. 

European equities: our philosophy

Investment manager Stephen Paice introduces European equities, reflecting on the exciting opportunities ahead.

Searching for the best opportunities

Our objective is to outperform the MSCI Europe ex UK Index by 2 to 3 per cent per annum over rolling five-year periods. We construct our portfolios according to where we think the best opportunities are, looking for the European outliers that we believe have significant potential. 

We are focused on investing for the longterm. All our thinking about stocks is based on what we think might happen over the next five-10 years because outsized returns generally don’t happen overnight.

The performance target is aspirational and is not guaranteed. We don’t use it to compile the portfolio and returns will vary. A single performance target may not be appropriate across all vehicles and jurisdictions. We may not meet our investment objectives if, for example, our growth investment style is out of favour or we misjudge the long-term earnings growth of our holdings.

Standing out from the crowd

We do not construct our portfolios in relation to the benchmark. As a result, we typically have a very high active share and look different to many of our peers. We think this gives us the best chance to deliver on our performance objectives for clients. 

We construct portfolios of 30-50 companies that we think have large growth opportunities. 

We know that a small number of companies tend to drive market and portfolio returns, but you have to be patient for compounding to work its magic.
Chris Davies

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Philosophy and process

Explore our investment philosophy and the processes around how the team constructs the portfolio.

Quarterly update

Get the latest investment commentary, portfolio overview, transactions and performance information alongside governance engagement and voting. 

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Strategy portfolio holdings

A list of the top 10 holdings that the representative portfolio invests in.

All figures up to: 30 April 2024

#Holding% of portfolio
1Prosus4.3%
2Hypoport 4.1%
3Schibsted4.1%
4Ryanair3.8%
5Topicus.com3.5%
6Atlas Copco3.5%
7ASML3.4%
8Games Workshop3.4%
9Reply2.9%
10Allegro.eu2.6%

Strategy holdings by sector

All figures up to: 30 April 2024

1Industrials24.20%
2Consumer Discretionary21.00%
3Information Technology17.80%
4Financials17.00%
5Health Care10.50%
6Communication Services8.30%
7Cash1.20%
Total 100%

Strategy holdings by sector

All figures up to: 30 April 2024

Total: 100%

Please note

The information contained on this page is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon when making investment decisions. All holdings information is unaudited. Source Baillie Gifford & Co. Please note that totals may not add due to rounding.

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Insights

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  1. European Equities Q1 update

    The European Equities Team reflects on recent performance, portfolio changes and market developments.
    April 2024
    Video11 minutes
  2. Moncler: from mountain to street

    How the outerwear pioneer innovated its way into the fashion elite.
    March 2024
    Article4 minutes
  3. European Equities Q4 update

    The European Equities Team reflects on recent performance, portfolio changes and market developments.
    January 2024
    Video14 minutes
  4. HelloFresh: changing how people eat forever

    HelloFresh’s CEO explains the art and science of meal kit delivery at a global scale.
    December 2023
    Article
  5. Why growth, why now?

    Tough times play to the partnership’s strengths: analysing what enables us to adapt and thrive amid rapid change.
    December 2023
    Article17 minutes
  6. A net zero initiative update

    A reflection on Baillie Gifford’s commitment to the climate transition.
    November 2023
    Article
  7. European Equities Q3 update

    The European Equities Team reflects on recent performance, portfolio changes and market developments.
    October 2023
    Video12 minutes
  8. Pan Europe Stewardship Report

    Discover the tipping points and transformation stories in Europe’s energy transmission.
    September 2023
    Document
  9. European Equities

    Investment manager, Stephen Paice, discusses the Baillie Gifford approach to European Equities.
    September 2023
    Video3 minutes
  10. Europe: why now?

    Chris Davies is joined by Thomas Hodges to discuss why he sees reasons for optimism in European equities, and why he believes now is the time to start paying attention.
    October 2022
    Video34 minutes
  11. Pan Euro Stewardship Report

    For the year to 31 December 2021.
    May 2022
    Document
  12. Resurgence of European ambition

    Head of European Equities Stephen Paice explains why investors should evolve their mindsets in order to capture the growth opportunity in Europe.
    October 2021
    Video27 minutes

European Equities Q1 update

The European Equities Team reflects on recent performance, portfolio changes and market developments.

  1. European Equities Q1 update

    The European Equities Team reflects on recent performance, portfolio changes and market developments.
    April 2024
    Video11 minutes
  2. Moncler: from mountain to street

    How the outerwear pioneer innovated its way into the fashion elite.
    March 2024
    Article4 minutes
  3. European Equities Q4 update

    The European Equities Team reflects on recent performance, portfolio changes and market developments.
    January 2024
    Video14 minutes
  4. HelloFresh: changing how people eat forever

    HelloFresh’s CEO explains the art and science of meal kit delivery at a global scale.
    December 2023
    Article
  5. Why growth, why now?

    Tough times play to the partnership’s strengths: analysing what enables us to adapt and thrive amid rapid change.
    December 2023
    Article17 minutes
  6. A net zero initiative update

    A reflection on Baillie Gifford’s commitment to the climate transition.
    November 2023
    Article
  7. European Equities Q3 update

    The European Equities Team reflects on recent performance, portfolio changes and market developments.
    October 2023
    Video12 minutes
  8. Pan Europe Stewardship Report

    Discover the tipping points and transformation stories in Europe’s energy transmission.
    September 2023
    Document
  9. European Equities

    Investment manager, Stephen Paice, discusses the Baillie Gifford approach to European Equities.
    September 2023
    Video3 minutes
  10. Europe: why now?

    Chris Davies is joined by Thomas Hodges to discuss why he sees reasons for optimism in European equities, and why he believes now is the time to start paying attention.
    October 2022
    Video34 minutes
  11. Pan Euro Stewardship Report

    For the year to 31 December 2021.
    May 2022
    Document
  12. Resurgence of European ambition

    Head of European Equities Stephen Paice explains why investors should evolve their mindsets in order to capture the growth opportunity in Europe.
    October 2021
    Video27 minutes

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Important information

The content of this website is intended exclusively for professional investors in accordance with MiFID legislation. ’Professional investors’ are potential investors who are deemed to have the status of “professional clients”, within the meaning of MiFID (2004/39/EC), as transposed in Ireland. It is not intended for retail investors.

Baillie Gifford Investment Management (Europe) Limited is authorised and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland (Reference number C182354) as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager and UCITS Manager to Baillie Gifford Worldwide Funds plc. Its registered office is 4/5 School House Lane East, Dublin 2, D02 N279, Ireland.

This website is informative only and the information provided should not be considered as investment or other advice or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a particular investment. Read our Legal and regulatory information for further details.