International Durable Equity (ADR-Only)

The strategy seeks to outperform by investing in big-moat businesses with structural growth and good corporate governance.*

Complete details, including composite calendar-year performance (%)

Q4 | 2020 Quarterly Review (PDF)

Investment approach

  • We believe companies with all three fundamental characteristics will typically exhibit margin stability, generate a higher return on capital employed, and convert a higher proportion of net income into free cash flows
  • We believe stocks of such companies offer attractive compounding effects and should outperform the broader market over time, while exhibiting lower volatility in a market correction.
  • A long time horizon is paramount to the investment process for our desired compounding to work

Benchmark index

MSCI All Country World Index ex-USA Growth (ND)

AUM ($M) Strategy


AUM ($M) Composite


Inception date


Typical range of portfolio holdings


*No assurance can be given that the investment objective will be achieved or that an investor will receive a return of all or part of his or her investment. Actual results could be materially different from the stated goals. Investors should carefully consider the risk involved before deciding to invest. As with any investment, there is a potential for profit as well as the possibility of loss. Portfolio targets are subject to change.

Portfolio managers

Portfolio Manager

Performance and holdings as of 12/31/20

Composite performance (%)

Annualized Gross Net Index
Q4 12.45 12.33 13.92
YTD 28.15 27.63 22.20
1 year 28.15 27.63 22.20
3 year 15.59 15.12 10.02
Since inception 17.66 17.19 13.00

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. An investment in this strategy can lose value. Returns are stated in U.S. dollars and include the reinvestment of dividends and interest. Returns less than one year are not annualized. Most recent quarter-end performance is preliminary. Returns are subject to change. Portfolio characteristics are for a representative account and are shown for illustrative purposes only. Portfolio characteristics of individual accounts managed to a model portfolio strategy may differ as a result of account size, client-imposed investment restrictions, the timing of client investments, market, economic and individual company considerations, and other factors. The inclusion of holdings information should not be interpreted as a recommendation to buy or sell or hold any security. The securities identified do not represent all the securities purchased, sold, or recommended for client accounts. It should not be assumed that an investment in the securities identified was or will be profitable. Holdings are subject to change.

Top 10 portfolio holdings (%)

Company % Industry
Prudential 6.7 Insurance
Sony 5.0 Household durables
AIA Group 4.8 Insurance
Lonza 4.6 Life sciences tools and services
Orsted 4.6 Electric utilities
Coca-Cola 4.5 Beverages
Zalando 4.0 Internet and direct marketing retail
Linde 4.0 Chemicals
HDFC Bank 3.8 Banks
Compass Group 3.8 Hotels,restaurants and leisure
Total 45.8

Performance commentary as of 12/31/20

International stocks climbed in the fourth quarter, just as distribution began for two COVID-19 vaccines. While the pandemic hurt global economies and caused hardship in so many ways, returns for many stocks surged in 2020. With that as a backdrop, the MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. Growth Index returned 13.92%.

The portfolio underperformed the benchmark due to weak stock selection. Sector allocations helped offset some of the underperformance. Selections within consumer discretionary hurt most, followed by communication services. Selections and overweight positioning in utilities contributed on a relative basis.

From a country perspective, stock selection in China and France detracted most. Names held in Denmark and the United Kingdom had positive impacts on relative results.

Performance commentary is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast or as research, or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer, or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. It should not be assumed that an investment in any security mentioned was or will be profitable. As with any investment, there is a potential for profit as well as the possibility of loss. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Complete details, including composite calendar-year performance (%)

Q4 | 2020 Quarterly Review (PDF)

The MSCI All Country World Index ex USA Growth Index captures large- and mid-cap securities exhibiting overall growth style characteristics across 22 developed-market (DM) countries and 26 emerging-markets (EM) countries. You cannot invest directly in an index.

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