The ROBO Global innovation indices posted double-digit returns in Q3, continuing to outperform global equities. This performance was due, in part, to the digitalization of the economy that has been turbocharged by the COVID-19 crisis. The Robotics & Automation Index (ROBO) returned 11%, the Artificial Intelligence Index (THNQ) increased 10%, and the Healthcare Technology & Innovation Index (HTEC) rose 14% for the quarter. Our strategies are focused on technology disruptors, especially in the areas of artificial intelligence, factory and logistics automation, enterprise software, and healthcare technologies. In this report, we discuss key sector trends and big movers in each space.
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By: Nina Deka, Sr. Research Analyst
29 Apr, 2020
By Richard Lightbound, ROBO Global
29 Apr, 2020
During a time when other industries have been grounded, the telemedicine industry has taken off into the mainstream, fueled by the global health crisis. In an effort to assess the sustainability of this growth, we conducted a survey of 1,015 consumers across the U.S., at varying ages and income levels. As telemedicine emerges as one of the most transformative themes in healthcare tech today, we have identified multiple vectors that could further fuel growth for years to come, such as repeat visits, mental health, and chronic condition management. Telemedicine’s rapid growth is just one of many key contributors to the ROBO Global Healthcare Technology and Innovation Index (HTEC) year-to-date outperformance of +5%, compared to global equities, down -12%.*
1 Apr, 2020
In this exclusive report, ROBO Global advisor Louis-Vincent Gave, the founding partner and CEO of famed independent research firm Gavekal, discusses the perfect storm of three ongoing crises - the COVID-19 pandemic, energy solvency, and the liquidity crisis; and three resolutions. Investors should get ready for a world where interest rates stay very low for a very long time, where budget deficits go absolutely through the roof, and where the incentive of the average worker to go to work is muted by very generous government programs. In such a world, investing in the likely surge in robotics investments may not be a bad idea.
27 Mar, 2020
In the last few weeks, over a dozen companies in the HTEC Index have stepped forward to provide life-saving solutions to combat coronavirus. These innovators are working round-the-clock to develop, obtain regulatory approvals, and launch products that for some, may not generate much profit. However, in doing so, all these companies are demonstrating their market leadership, ability to mobilize and innovate rapidly and scale for further innovation. We view these as positive leading indicators that reaffirm these companies’ long-term growth potential and fit in the HTEC strategy.
26 Mar, 2020
We conducted an in-depth analysis of our Healthcare Technology & Innovation Index (HTEC) to estimate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HTEC’s portfolio companies. Our analysis indicates that although most companies will see a negative impact in the near term, 70% of the index should see a more rapid recovery. More importantly, in the long term we expect a net positive fundamental impact on HTEC, as 21% of the index operates in areas that could see incremental demand post-pandemic. In particular, we expect healthcare stakeholders to increase investment in areas such as telehealth, data analytics, genomics, and precision medicine to better leverage new technology and to better prepare for future outbreaks.
16 Mar, 2020
For many healthcare companies, the new coronavirus will likely cause a near-term impact on P&Ls, as hospital purchasing for anything other than ventilators, masks, and tests will be on hold until the crisis is fully managed. Despite near term headwinds, leading healthcare companies are stepping up to help combat the outbreak, and demonstrating their ability to innovate at an unprecedented pace. As an expansion to our recent Coronavirus update, below we highlight companies in the HTEC Index that are developing or enabling breakthrough technology to identify and treat COVID-19. We believe these companies’ rapid responses provide a strong testament to their market leadership.
7 Feb, 2020
By: Nina Deka, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global