Q4 2023 Commentary

Q4 2023 Commentary

The Variant Impact Fund (the “Fund” or IMPCX) returned +4.18% in the fourth quarter of 2023, during a period of positive performance across asset classes. Over the quarter, the Fund trailed investment grade bonds and high yield corporate debt. Over the past year, IMPCX maintained strong outperformance to investment grade bonds alongside modest underperformance to corporate high yield bonds. Since inception, the Fund delivered annualized net returns of 12.39%, significantly outperforming both indices.

Source:  Bloomberg

In terms of performance attribution, the majority of positions held in the portfolio during the quarter delivered positive results. The fund benefited from less correlated exposures across IRIS+ Impact Themes, with clean energy, financial inclusion, affordable quality housing, and access to quality education providing the largest contributions to returns over the quarter.

As for portfolio positioning, the Fund invested new and additional dollars with partners across impact themes including clean energy, financial inclusion, energy efficiency, and access to quality education. Regarding the new deployment, the Fund made an initial investment in a warehouse facility for a large public provider of solar energy systems collateralized by leases and power purchasing agreements. In addition, the Fund provided capital to direct lending platforms in emerging markets that target small and midsize enterprises as well as individual consumers.  The Fund added dollars to existing positions in an originator that advances funds to contractors who have made energy efficiency upgrades to residential, commercial, and industrial buildings; a clean growth fund that invests in cleantech, sustainable agriculture, waste treatment, and healthcare; and several others.

Assets under management grew over the quarter by $9.8 million and ended the quarter at $62.0 million. Liquidity management remains a key focus given the underlying private exposures and the current market environment. As of December 31st, the Fund could access an estimated 42.0% of its investments over a 12-month period.

The Fund paid out a 3.19% distribution in the fourth quarter, bringing the annual distribution rate for 2023 to 6.90%. In addition, the fund executed a redemption offering during the quarter. This redemption offer fulfilled 100% of client requests without proration, as has been the case throughout the Fund’s history.

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Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Inception date is November 1, 2021.  Returns are net total returns.  The track record uses geometric returns and reflects the reinvestment of earnings.  Results are unaudited.

“IG bonds” & “BBG Agg ” refer to the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index, which is a broad-based flagship benchmark that measures the investment-grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market. “High yield” & “BBG HY” refer to the Bloomberg U.S. High Yield Index, which measures the U.S. dollar-denominated, high yield, fixed-rate corporate bond market. Please note:  The referenced indices are shown for general market comparisons.  Investors cannot directly invest in an index and unmanaged index returns do not reflect any fees, expenses or transaction costs.  Reference indices are provided for illustrative purposes only.  There are no known published benchmarks or indices comparable to the investment strategies of the Fund.

IRIS+ is the generally accepted system for measuring, managing, and optimizing impact. IRIS+ is a component of Global Impact Investing Network (“GIIN”).

The Variant Impact Fund (the “Fund”) is a continuously-offered, non-diversified, registered closed-end fund with limited liquidity. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek to provide a high level of current income. Capital appreciation is considered a secondary objective. The Fund will also seek to generate positive social and environmental impact by targeting investment opportunities that are both aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (“UN SDGs”) and consistent with the Fund’s impact investing framework. There is no guarantee the Fund will achieve its objective. An investment in the Fund should only be made by investors who understand the risks involved, who are able to withstand the loss of the entire amount invested and who can bear the risks associated with the limited liquidity of Shares. A prospective investor must meet the definition of “accredited investor” under Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933. Important Risks: In implementing the Fund’s impact investment strategy, the Investment Manager may select or exclude certain investments for reasons other than investment performance. For this reason, the Fund’s impact strategy could cause it to perform differently compared to funds that do not have such strategy. There is no guarantee that the Investment Manager’s definition of impact investing, security selection criteria or investment judgment will reflect the beliefs or values of any particular investor.

Currently, there is a lack of common industry standards relating to the development and application of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, which may make it difficult to compare the Funds’ principal investment strategies with the investment strategies of other funds that integrate certain “impact” criteria. The substantial investment by the Fund in private securities, there is no reliable liquid market available for the purposes of valuing the majority of the Fund’s investments. There can be no guarantee that the basis of calculation of the value of the Fund’s investments used in the valuation process will reflect the actual value on realization of those investments. Shares are an illiquid investment. You should generally not expect to be able to sell your Shares (other than through the repurchase process), regardless of how the Fund performs. Although the Fund is required to implement a Share repurchase program only a limited number of Shares will be eligible for repurchase by the Fund. The investment in the Fund is speculative, involves substantial risks, including the risk that the entire amount invested may be lost, and should not constitute a complete investment program.

The Fund may leverage its investments by borrowing, use of swap agreements, options or other derivative instruments. The Fund is a non-diversified management investment company, meaning it may be more susceptible to any single economic or regulatory occurrence than a diversified investment company. In addition, the fund is subject to investment related risks of the underlying funds, general economic and market condition risk. Alternative investments provide limited liquidity and include, among other things, the risks inherent in investing in securities, futures, commodities and derivatives, using leverage and engaging in short sales. The Fund’s investment performance depends, at least in part, on how its assets are allocated and reallocated among asset classes and strategies. Such allocation could result in the Fund holding asset classes or investments that perform poorly or underperform. Investments and investment transactions are subject to various counterparty risks. The counterparties to transactions in over the-counter or “inter-dealer” markets are typically subject to lesser credit evaluation and regulatory oversight compared to members of “exchange-based” markets. This may increase the risk that a counterparty will not settle a transaction because of a credit or liquidity problem, thus causing the Fund to suffer losses. The Fund and its service providers may be prone to operational and information security risks resulting from breaches in cyber security. A breach in cyber security refers to both intentional and unintentional events that may cause the Fund to lose proprietary information, suffer data corruption, or lose operational capacity.


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