Diversified exposure to emerging markets, capturing value and growth

The Fund normally invests at least 80% of its total assets in equity securities of companies located in emerging markets and investments that are tied economically to emerging markets, such as common stock, preferred and preference stock, depositary receipts, including American Depositary Receipts, Global Depositary Receipts, European Depositary Receipts, Swedish Depositary Receipts and other types of depositary receipts, real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) that invest in emerging markets securities. The Investment Manager primarily invests in common stock, but will use those other security types referred to above if, for example, they provide greater liquidity, the Fund cannot access common stock through a local market, or the yield rate of preferred or preference stock is deemed favourable. Typically, less than 10% of the Fund’s Net Asset Value will be invested in ETFs, and investment in ETFs will be limited to 15% of the Fund’s Net Asset Value.

The Fund generally invests in companies with market capitalisations of US$500 million or greater at the time of investment. However, the Fund may invest in smaller market capitalisation companies if, based on the quantitative investment approach described below, it finds an attractive investment with a lower market capitalisation and sufficient liquidity. The Fund may invest in any industry or sector, but generally will not invest more than 25% of its total assets in the equity securities of companies in a single industry. Typically, the Fund will hold a diversified portfolio of over 80 equity securities.

The Investment Manager uses a quantitative investment approach to purchase and sell equity securities and those other investments as detailed above for the Fund. The Investment Manager’s quantitative investment approach uses a proprietary computer model that analyses historical financial data, or “factors,” to assist in selecting investments as detailed above. The model currently analyses “stock specific” factors relating to valuation, growth, technical indicators (such as stock price momentum), competitive strength, and “top-down” factors relating to macroeconomics, currency, country and economic sector. Currently, the valuation factor category receives the highest overall weight in the model and stock-specific factors comprise approximately 75% of the score for a company. For each stock, the relative weight assigned to each stock-specific factor differs depending on its classification (for example, value, growth, momentum, capitalisation or other classifications). The relative weights of these stock-specific factors are sometimes referred to as “contextual weights.”. As the Investment Manager is continually seeking to improve model performance, the factors and their weightings in the model may change over time, or if the classification of a stock changes. By ranking companies based on a combination of these factors, the Investment Manager seeks to identify a portfolio of investments that will outperform the MSCI EM Index. In addition to its quantitative research, the Investment Manager’s fundamental research analysts review the quantitative outputs to attempt to identify and address special issues, such as significant corporate actions or management changes, which are difficult to detect quantitatively.

Please see the Prospectus and Supplement for more information. Please contact [email protected] for a Fund Application.

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$14.77
Inception
October 19, 2016
ISIN
IE00BWT3P316
Benchmark
MSCI Emerging Markets in USD
Minimum investment
$1,000,000
Total expense ratio
1.24%
*As of July 30, 2021
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Strategy overview

The portfolio managers discuss our Emerging Markets strategy.

Portfolio managers

Quantitative Portfolio Manager
Head of Quantitative Research
Quantitative Portfolio Manager
Quantitative Portfolio Manager
Quantitative Portfolio Manager

Performance

QTD YTD 1 year3 years Since inception
Fund 3.5%8.2%41.0%9.2%9.8%
MSCI Emerging Markets in USD 5.1%7.6%41.4%11.7%12.0%
QTD YTD 1 year3 years Since inception
Fund 3.5%8.2%41.0%9.2%9.8%
MSCI Emerging Markets in USD 5.1%7.6%41.4%11.7%12.0%
20182017
Fund -14.4%21.1%
MSCI Emerging Markets in USD -14.2%37.8%
20182017
Fund -14.4%21.1%
MSCI Emerging Markets in USD -14.2%37.8%

Portfolio (as of June 30, 2021)

Benchmark:
Asset Allocation
Fund
Stocks 98.5%
Cash 1.5%
Fund Characteristics
Fund Benchmark
Holdings 122 1412
Weighted avg. market cap (US $MM) $138,084 $112,978
NTM price/earnings 10.0 12.8
Price/book value 1.7 2.1
NTM EPS revision (wtd. avg.) 10.44 2.86
Net assets $3,031,693.70 -
TOP 10 ACTIVE HOLDINGS
Security Country Active weight*
China Construction Bank Corp. China 1.9%
Tencent Holdings Ltd. China 1.9%
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. South Korea 1.3%
Hindalco Industries India 1.2%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Taiwan 1.1%
Kia Corp. South Korea 1.1%
Vale SA Brazil 1.0%
POSCO South Korea 1.0%
Fubon Financial Holding Co., Ltd. Taiwan 1.0%
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. Taiwan 0.9%

A "weighted average” measures a characteristic by the market capitalization of each stock. Price/book ratio is the weighted average of the price/book ratios of all the stocks in a portfolio. The P/B ratio of a company is calculated by dividing the market price of its stock by the company’s per-share book value. The price/earnings ratio is the weighted average of the price/earnings ratios of the stocks in a portfolio. “Earnings-per-share” is the portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock. “Earnings-per-share year-over-year estimate growth (next 12 months)” is the average next-12-months earnings-per-share estimate from one year ago for an individual company compared with that estimate today; note that this calculation is done on a company-by-company basis and is aggregated through a weighted average based on the individual company’s weight in the corresponding index. Also note that this characteristic is supplied directly by MSCI.

*Active defined as Fund weight minus MSCI EM Index weight. Holdings are subject to change.

SECTOR WEIGHTS
Sector Fund Benchmark
Information Technology 25.2% 20.4%
Financials 18.1% 17.8%
Consumer Discretionary 14.7% 17.6%
Communication Services 11.4% 11.3%
Materials 10.8% 8.4%
Consumer Staples 6.0% 5.6%
Energy 5.2% 5.0%
Industrials 3.4% 4.9%
Health Care 2.9% 5.0%
Real Estate 0.9% 2.0%
Utilities 0.0% 1.9%
TOP 10 COUNTRIES
Country Strategy Benchmark
China 33.7% 37.5%
South Korea 17.9% 13.2%
Taiwan 17.5% 13.9%
India 10.0% 9.9%
Brazil 5.7% 5.2%
Russia 3.9% 3.3%
South Africa 2.2% 3.5%
Thailand 2.1% 1.6%
Mexico 1.9% 1.7%
Saudi Arabia 1.6% 2.9%
Regional Allocation
  • Emerging Asia 82.3%
  • Emerging Europe, Middle East, Africa 8.5%
  • Emerging Latin America 7.7%

Commentary (As of June 30, 2021)

Highlights

  • While concerns over Covid-19 variants weighed on Emerging Markets (“EM”) economies in June, EM stocks posted positive returns during the month.
  • Like the Federal Reserve, many EM central banks are monitoring inflation closely. On a float-weighted basis, inflation in EM is forecast to remain below 3% in 2021.
  • The largest potential headwind for EM value stocks relates to Covid-19 vaccine distribution challenges or efficacy issues against developing virus variants. However, with the MSCI EM Value Index trading at a 52%discount to the MSCI EM Growth Index on a next-twelve-month price-to-earnings basis, we believe that value stocks offer compelling risk-adjusted return potential.

Portfolio Attribution

The Causeway Emerging Markets UCITS Fund (“Fund”) outperformed the Index in June 2021. We use both bottom-up “stock-specific” and top-down factor categories to seek to forecast alpha for the stocks in the Fund’s investable universe. Our bottom-up growth and price momentum factors were positive indicators in June. Our valuation and competitive strength factors were negative indicators during the month. Of our top-down factors, sector was a negative indicator while macroeconomic, country, and currency were positive.

Investment Outlook

Within EM, earnings upgrades have been strongest in materials, energy, and industrials. The improving expectations for these cyclical sectors reflect analyst optimism that economies will continue to reopen as vaccine distribution progresses. The materials sector represents one of the Fund’s largest overweight positions due to attractive growth and price momentum characteristics. Information technology, the Fund’s largest sector overweight, also includes stocks with compelling growth and price momentum attributes. From a country perspective, growth upgrades were particularly strong in Poland, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. South Africa, Indonesia, and China had the weakest net upgrades. The Chinese government is paring back stimulus measures and some of the country’s largest companies are facing elevated regulatory risks as well as increasing spending needs to fund new growth drivers.

We continue to emphasize value factors in our multi-factor investment process. The largest potential headwind for EM value stocks relates to Covid-19 vaccine distribution challenges or efficacy issues against developing virus variants. However, with the MSCI EM Value Index trading at a 52% discount to the MSCI EM Growth Index on a next-twelve-month price-to-earnings basis, we believe that value stocks offer compelling risk-adjusted return potential.

The market commentary expresses the portfolio managers’ views as of the date of this report and should not be relied on as research or investment advice regarding any stock. These views and the Fund holdings and characteristics are subject to change. There is no guarantee that any forecasts made will come to pass. Any securities identified and described in this report do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold or recommended for client accounts. The reader should not assume that an investment in the securities identified was or will be profitable. Diversification does not protect against market loss. Current and future holdings are subject to risk.

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