(Bloomberg) — Beijing’s antitrust crackdown on homegrownending, leaving stock valuations of some of the major firms at attractive levels. That’s the view of Hyomi Jie at Fidelity International Ltd., whose China consumer equity in assets. One has beaten 96% of peers in the past year. Hong Kong-based Jie sold some of her holdings in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. earlier in the year, though they remain among her most significant positions. “What we can think about is whether we are in the start of this cycle, this regulatory pattern cycle, or we are closer to the end of the cycle,” said Jie. “I believe we are closer to the end of the cycle.”
While probes of billionaire key players in the industry have agreed on what needs to be done, according to Jie. According to Bloomberg-compiled data, she isn’t alone in noting the appeal of valuations of shares such as Alibaba and Tencent now, with . China’s rapid-fire moves to curb by more than 30 technology firms have rattled investors, leaving them uncertain about the prospects of once-adored industry favorites. Shares of internet titans such as Alibaba and Tencent have fallen about 20% from their recent peaks, also driven by a global tech selloff.and Ant Group Co. took three to four months, the second batch of investigations into firms such as Tencent and Meituan may proceed more quickly, indicating that the regulatory cycle could be wrapping up as
“Couple of months back, valuation was a reason for me wanting to trim these stocks even though I like their fundamentals,” she said. “Now the valuations are working in favor of them because other investors much less like them.” Alibaba is trading around 20 times its 12-month , compared with its five-year average of 25 times. Tencent’s multiple has fallen back to its standard since 2016 of approximately 31 times. That compares with 35 times the Tech Index. Since mid-February, Tencent, Alibaba, and Meituan have lost more than $400 .
Beyond the tech industry, the money manager has moved profits into cyclicalas the global economy recovers from the pandemic. In particular, Jie has favored Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Lt. She expects the former Portuguese territory to be the first port of call for Chinese . “When Chinese people start to want to travel again outside of China, Macau is the safest place for them to go,” she said. Structurally, “Macau is an attractive destination for many mass and premium-mass customers,” and there is very of tourism resources there, Jie said.
Consumer shares Kweichow Moutai Co. and China Mengniu Dairy Co. also feature in Jie’s top 10 holdings as part of her pursuit of investments related to consumers upgrading to more premium items. While Moutai, China’s biggest domestically-listed company, has often been criticized for being too expensive, trading at 48 worth it. Taking advantage of the selloff in consumer staples, Jie added to her position earlier this . “Moutai has never been a cheap stock,” she said. “If there is a higher quality business than Moutai that is trading cheap, then I’ll be happy to move on, but if that’s not, then I’d like to stay with the stock and grow into it.”