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Global Communications Fund (Class A)  (PGBZX)

Pursuing investment opportunities in communications-related companies worldwide

Highlights

Objective

The fund seeks capital appreciation.

Strategy and process

  • Dynamic industries: From mobile devices and fiber-optic cable to media and entertainment, the fund invests in industries that can profit from the global demand for communications products and services.
  • A global approach: To seek the best opportunities, the fund manager has the flexibility to invest in stocks from around the world.
  • Active management:The manager, supported by experienced research analysts, combines rigorous fundamental research with macroeconomic views to pinpoint opportunities across the sector.

Fund price

Yesterday’s close 52-week high 52-week low
Net asset value $14.82
0.20% | $0.03
$17.05
01/26/18
$14.63
10/29/18
Historical fund price

Fund facts as of 11/30/18

Total net assets
$19.96M
Turnover (fiscal year end)
74%
Dividend frequency
Annually
Number of holdings
21
Fiscal year-end
August
CUSIP / Fund code
746764513 / 0070
Inception date
12/18/08
Category
Global Sector
Open to new investors
Ticker
PGBZX

Management team

Portfolio Manager, Analyst



Performance

Consistency of positive performance over five years

Performance represents 5-year returns in rolling quarter-end periods since inception.

Performance shown above does not reflect the effects of any sales charges. Note that returns of 0.00% are counted as positive periods. For complete fund performance, please see below.

21.42%

Best 5-year annualized return

(for period ending 03/31/14)


5.74%

Worst 5-year annualized return

(for period ending 09/30/18)


12.56%

Average 5-year annualized return


  • Total return (%) as of 09/30/18

  • Annual performance as of 09/30/18

Annualized Total return (%) as of 09/30/18

Annualized performance 1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. Life (inception: 12/18/08 )
Before sales charge 0.95% 6.95% 5.74% 11.03%
After sales charge -4.85% 4.86% 4.50% 10.36%
MSCI World Communication Services Index (ND) -1.81%4.69%3.55%--

Current performance may be lower or higher than the quoted past performance, which cannot guarantee future results. Share price, principal value, and return will vary, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares. Performance assumes reinvestment of distributions and does not account for taxes. Returns before sales charge do not reflect the current maximum sales charges as indicated below. Had the sales charge been reflected, returns would be lower. Returns at public offering price (after sales charge) for class A and class M shares reflect the current maximum initial sales charges of 5.75% and 3.50% for equity funds and Putnam Multi-Asset Absolute Return Fund, 4.00% and 3.25% for income funds and 2.25% and 0.75% for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, Short-Term Municipal Income, Short Duration Bond Fund, and Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund, respectively. Class B share returns reflect the applicable contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC), which is 5% in the first year, declining to 1% in the sixth year, and is eliminated thereafter (except for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, which is 3% in the first year, declining to 1% in the fourth year, and is eliminated thereafter). Class C shares reflect a 1% CDSC the first year that is eliminated thereafter. Performance for class B, C, M, N, R, and Y shares prior to their inception is derived from the historical performance of class A shares, adjusted for the applicable sales charge (or CDSC) and, except for class Y shares, the higher operating expenses for such shares (with the exception of Putnam Tax-Free High Yield Fund and Putnam AMT-Free Municipal Fund, which are based on the historical performance of class B shares). Returns at public offering price (after sales charge) for class N shares reflect the current maximum initial sales charge of 1.50%. Class R5/R6 shares, available to qualified employee-benefit plans only, are sold without an initial sales charge and have no CDSC. Class Y shares are generally only available for corporate and institutional clients and have no initial sales charge. Performance for Class R5/R6 shares before their inception are derived from the historical performance of class Y shares, which have not been adjusted for the lower expenses; had they, returns would have been higher. Class A and M shares of Putnam money market funds have no initial sales charge. For a portion of the periods, some funds had expense limitations or had been sold on a limited basis with limited assets and expenses, without which returns would be lower.

Performance snapshot

  Before sales charge After sales charge
1 mt. as of 11/30/18 2.93% -2.99%
YTD as of 12/10/18 -7.43% -12.76%

Risk-adjusted performance as of 10/31/18

Alpha (3 yrs.) 2.28
Sharpe ratio (3 yrs.) 0.23
Treynor ratio (3 yrs.) 2.95
Information ratio (3 yrs.) 0.34

Volatility as of 10/31/18

Standard deviation (3 yrs.) 9.79%
Beta 0.76
R-squared 0.58

Capture ratio as of 10/31/18

Up-market (3 yrs.) 84.47
Down-market (3 yrs.) 66.81

Morningstar Ratings as of 10/31/18

Time period Funds in category Morningstar Rating
Overall 32
3 yrs. 32
5 yrs. 32
Morningstar category: Communications

Distributions

Record/Ex dividend date 12/21/17
Payable date 12/26/17
Income $0.04
Extra income --
Short-term cap. gain --
Long-term cap. gain --

Lipper rankings are based on total return without sales charge relative to all share classes of funds with similar objectives as determined by Lipper. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The up-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has risen. The ratio is calculated by dividing the manager’s returns by the returns of the index during the up-market, and multiplying that factor by 100. The down-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has dropped. The ratio is calculated by dividing the manager’s returns by the returns of the index during the down-market and multiplying that factor by 100.


Holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 10/31/18

Verizon Communications 27.27%
AT&T 9.27%
T-Mobile Us 9.18%
Softbank Group Corp 7.14%
Charter Communications 4.58%
Dna Oyj 4.48%
Cellnex Telecom 4.13%
Interxion Holding Nv 4.00%
Kddi Corp 3.64%
Deutsche Telekom AG 3.35%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 77.04%

Full portfolio holdings as of 09/30/18

VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC 23.31%
AT&T INC 9.27%
T-MOBILE US INC 8.59%
SOFTBANK GROUP CORP 8.13%
DNA OY 4.67%
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS INC-A 4.26%
INTERXION HOLDING NV 4.18%
CELLNEX TELECOM SAU 3.98%
YANDEX NV-A 3.77%
KDDI CORP 3.70%
TENCENT HOLDINGS LTD-UNS ADR 3.53%
VODAFONE GROUP PLC 3.38%
DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG-REG 3.01%
ORANGE 2.91%
CHINA UNICOM HONG KONG LTD 2.71%
MEGACABLE HOLDINGS-CPO 2.57%
TALEND SA - ADR 2.47%
WIRECARD AG 2.39%
SEK/USD 12/19/2018 JPMCB 0.04%
EUR/USD 12/19/2018 CITI 0.03%
EUR/USD 12/19/2018 JPMCB 0.03%
GBP/USD 12/19/2018 SSBT 0.02%
JPY/USD 11/19/2018 JPMCB 0.02%
CHF/USD 12/19/2018 BCAP-FX 0.01%
JPY/USD 11/19/2018 BANKAM 0.01%
JPY/USD 11/19/2018 CITI 0.01%
JPY/USD 11/19/2018 GSFX 0.01%
SGD/USD 11/19/2018 JPMCB 0.01%
AUD/USD 10/17/2018 BANKAM 0.00%
AUD/USD 10/17/2018 SSBT 0.00%
CAD/USD 10/17/2018 CSI-FX 0.00%
CAD/USD 10/17/2018 GSFX 0.00%
CHF/USD 12/19/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
EUR/USD 12/19/2018 HSBCB 0.00%
GBP/USD 12/19/2018 BANKAM 0.00%
GBP/USD 12/19/2018 CITI 0.00%
GBP/USD 12/19/2018 GSFX 0.00%
GBP/USD 12/19/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
HKD/USD 11/19/2018 BCAP-FX 0.00%
ILS/USD 10/17/2018 SSBT 0.00%
JPY/USD 11/19/2018 SSBT 0.00%
NOK/USD 12/19/2018 BANKAM 0.00%
NOK/USD 12/19/2018 CITI 0.00%
NOK/USD 12/19/2018 CSI-FX 0.00%
NOK/USD 12/19/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
NOK/USD 12/19/2018 SSBT 0.00%
NZD/USD 10/17/2018 GSFX 0.00%
NZD/USD 10/17/2018 JPMCB 0.00%
SEK/USD 12/19/2018 CSI-FX 0.00%
SGD/USD 11/19/2018 SSBT 0.00%
CAD/USD 10/17/2018 JPMCB -0.01%
CAD/USD 10/17/2018 UBS -0.01%
CAD/USD 10/17/2018 WPAC -0.01%
EUR/USD 12/19/2018 BANKAM -0.01%
EUR/USD 12/19/2018 BCAP-FX -0.01%
EUR/USD 12/19/2018 RBSF -0.01%
EUR/USD 12/19/2018 WPAC -0.01%
SEK/USD 12/19/2018 SSBT -0.01%
EUR/USD 12/19/2018 SSBT -0.03%
EUR/USD 12/19/2018 GSFX -0.05%

Prior top 10 holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 10/31/18
Verizon Communications
AT&T
T-Mobile Us
Softbank Group Corp
Charter Communications
Dna Oyj
Cellnex Telecom
Interxion Holding Nv
Kddi Corp
Deutsche Telekom AG
Holdings represent 77.04% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 09/30/18
Verizon Communications
AT&T
T-Mobile Us
Softbank Group Corp
Dna Oyj
Charter Communications
Interxion Holding Nv
Cellnex Telecom
Yandex Nv
Kddi Corp
Holdings represent 73.86% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/18
Verizon Communications
T-Mobile Us
Softbank Group Corp
Vodafone Group
Charter Communications
AT&T
Cellnex Telecom
Dna Oyj
China Tower Corp
Interxion Holding Nv
Holdings represent 76.19% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/18
Verizon Communications
T-Mobile Us
Vodafone Group
Charter Communications
Cellnex Telecom
Kddi Corp
AT&T
Dna Oyj
Interxion Holding Nv
Megacable Holdings Sab De Cv
Holdings represent 74.90% of portfolio

Portfolio composition as of 10/31/18

Common stock 95.91%
Cash and net other assets 4.09%

Equity statistics as of 10/31/18

Median market cap $50.46B
Weighted average market cap $125.45B
Price to book 2.24
Price to earnings 13.62

Fund characteristics will vary over time.

Due to rounding, percentages may not equal 100%.

Consider these risks before investing: International investing involves currency, economic, and political risks. Emerging-market securities carry illiquidity and volatility risks. Investments in small and/or midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. The telecommunications industry may be affected by government regulation, intense competition, equipment incompatibility, changing consumer preferences, technological obsolescence, and large capital expenditures and debt burdens. The fund concentrates on a limited group of industries and is non-diversified. Because the fund may invest in fewer issuers, it is vulnerable to common economic forces and may result in greater losses and volatility. Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and value stocks may fail to rebound. The use of short selling may result in losses if the securities appreciate in value. Risks associated with derivatives include increased investment exposure (which may be considered leverage) and, in the case of over-the-counter instruments, the potential inability to terminate or sell derivatives positions and the potential failure of the other party to the instrument to meet its obligations. Stock prices may fall or fail to rise over time for several reasons, including general financial market conditions, changing market perceptions, changes in government intervention in the financial markets, and factors related to a specific issuer or industry. You can lose money by investing in the fund.

Top industry sectors as of 10/31/18

Diversified Telecommunication Services 54.25%
Wireless Telecommunication Services 23.22%
Media 7.01%
IT Services 5.78%
Cash and net other assets 4.09%
Interactive Media & Services 3.25%
Software 2.40%

The unclassified sector (where applicable) includes exchange traded funds and other securities not able to be classified by sector.

Sectors will vary over time.

Country allocation as of 10/31/18

United States 52.69%
Japan 10.79%
China 7.66%
Finland 4.48%
Spain 4.13%
Cash and net other assets 4.09%
Netherlands 4.00%
Germany 3.35%
United Kingdom 3.26%
 
Other
5.55%
France 3.12%
Mexico 2.43%

Expenses

Expense ratio

Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class Y
Total expense ratio 1.74% 2.49% 2.49% 2.24% 1.99% 1.49%
What you pay† 1.30% 2.05% 2.05% 1.80% 1.55% 1.05%

† The fund's expense ratio is taken from the most recent prospectus and is subject to change. What you pay reflects Putnam Management's decision to contractually limit expenses through 12/30/18

Sales charge

Investment Breakpoint Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class Y
$0-$49,999 5.75% 0.00% 0.00% 3.50% -- --
$50,000-$99,999 4.50% 0.00% 0.00% 2.50% -- --
$100,000-$249,999 3.50% -- 0.00% 1.50% -- --
$250,000-$499,999 2.50% -- 0.00% 1.00% -- --
$500,000-$999,999 2.00% -- 0.00% 1.00% -- --
$1M-$4M 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
$4M-$50M 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
$50M+ 0.00% -- -- -- -- --

CDSC

  Class A (sales for $1,000,000+) Class B Class C Class M Class R Class Y
0 to 9 mts. 1.00% 5.00% 1.00% -- -- --
9 to 12 mts. 1.00% 5.00% 1.00% -- -- --
2 yrs. 0.00% 4.00% 0.00% -- -- --
3 yrs. 0.00% 3.00% 0.00% -- -- --
4 yrs. 0.00% 3.00% 0.00% -- -- --
5 yrs. 0.00% 2.00% 0.00% -- -- --
6 yrs. 0.00% 1.00% 0.00% -- -- --
7+ yrs. 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% -- -- --

The MSCI World Communication Services Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets in the communication services sector. You cannot invest directly in an index

Consider these risks before investing: International investing involves currency, economic, and political risks. Emerging-market securities carry illiquidity and volatility risks. Investments in small and/or midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. The telecommunications industry may be affected by government regulation, intense competition, equipment incompatibility, changing consumer preferences, technological obsolescence, and large capital expenditures and debt burdens. The fund concentrates on a limited group of industries and is non-diversified. Because the fund may invest in fewer issuers, it is vulnerable to common economic forces and may result in greater losses and volatility. Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and value stocks may fail to rebound. The use of short selling may result in losses if the securities appreciate in value. Risks associated with derivatives include increased investment exposure (which may be considered leverage) and, in the case of over-the-counter instruments, the potential inability to terminate or sell derivatives positions and the potential failure of the other party to the instrument to meet its obligations. Stock prices may fall or fail to rise over time for several reasons, including general financial market conditions, changing market perceptions, changes in government intervention in the financial markets, and factors related to a specific issuer or industry. You can lose money by investing in the fund.