- SGA’s Emerging Markets Growth portfolio returned 2.1% (gross) and 1.8% (net), trailing the 5.0% and 4.4% returns posted by the MSCI EM and MSCI EM Growth Indexes respectively.
- The portfolio’s relative shortfall during the period was largely attributable to stock specific weakness in two of the portfolio’s holdings.
- Positions in Mengniu Dairy and Country Garden Services were initiated during the quarter, replacing positions in Kansas City Southern and Unicharm. Several other positions were trimmed on strength and others added to on weakness.
- The portfolio remains well-positioned to generate higher revenue and earnings growth than the MSCI EM Index over the coming three years with greater predictability and sustainability.
The opinions expressed herein reflect the opinions of Sustainable Growth Advisers, LP and are subject to change without notice. Past performance is no guarantee for future results. This information is supplemental and complements a GIPS Report that can be found with composite performance. The largest contributors and detractors are determined using a ranking of the absolute contribution to portfolio return by each security held over the period under consideration. The securities referenced in the article are not a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities. This commentary is provided only for qualified and sophisticated institutional investors.
Results are presented gross and net of management fees and include the reinvestment of all income. The Net Returns are calculated based upon the highest published fees. The net performance has been reduced by the amount of the highest published fee that may be charged to SGA clients, 0.85%, employing the Emerging Markets Growth equity strategy during the period under consideration. Actual fees charged to clients may vary depending on, among other things, the applicable fees schedule and portfolio size. SGA’s fees are available upon request and also may be found in Part 2A of its Form ADV. Upon request, free of charge, SGA can provide a list of all portfolio holdings held in SGA’s Emerging Markets portfolio for the past year. Policies for valuing investments, calculating performance, and preparing GIPS Reports are available upon request. SGA earnings growth forecasts are based upon portfolio companies’ non GAAP operating earnings. SGA Emerging Markets Growth Composite inception is 8/1/2014. Past performance is not indicative of future results.