JOHCM International Select Fund (JOHIX)

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Fund Description

Fund managers Christopher Lees and Nudgem Richyal believe stock markets are inefficient and aim to exploit market anomalies via an investment process that combines both top-down and bottom-up research. Their intuitive “4-Dimensional” investment process (stocks, sectors, countries, time/change) focuses on the behavior of each share price to determine whether the most important driver of each prospective investment is stock specific, sector or country-based. The fund invests in both developed international and emerging markets, with the fund managers frequently drawing upon the stocks ideas generated by JOHCM’s regional equity teams.

Investment Strategy
Christopher and Nudgem have a Growth at a Reasonable Price (GARP) investment philosophy, which is sometimes described as core with a growth bias. They aim for consistency of returns by exploiting multiple market anomalies/inefficiencies.- Four-dimensional investment process (stocks, sectors, countries, time/change) with factors weighted to what actually drives each share price. - Growth and value disciplines are combined to help avoid the volatility that can occur in a single-style strategy, therefore to obtain better risk-adjusted returns over the medium and long term.- The fund managers look for stocks, sectors and countries that have displayed long-term underperformance (3 to 5 years) followed by short-term outperformance (6 to 12 months).
Investment Objective

The investment objective of the JOHCM International Select Fund (the “Fund”) is to seek long-term capital appreciation. The Fund invests, under normal market conditions, primarily in equity securities of companies headquartered outside the United States, including those in emerging market countries. The Fund may invest in foreign companies of any size, including small and mid-capitalization companies, in order to achieve its objective. The "Adviser" (J O Hambro Capital Management Limited) seeks to identify and make investments in U.S. and foreign companies based on a multi-dimensional investment process, considering a number of factors, including growth, valuation, size, momentum, and beta. The Fund utilizes a core style with a modest growth tilt (or “GARP”) over all capitalization ranges. The Fund seeks those stocks, sectors, and countries with positive earnings surprises, sustainably high or increasing return on equity, and attractive valuations.

  • Christopher Lees

    Senior Fund Manager

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  • Nudgem Richyal

    Senior Fund Manager

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Fund details

Data as at 31 October 2022
Fund size $6.16bn
Strategy size $7.60bn
Benchmark MSCI EAFE NR
Share classes
Institutional (Launch date) 29-July-2009
Investor (Launch date) 31-March-2010
Minimum investment
Institutional $1,000,000
Investor $0
Fund codes
Fund Ticker Share Class Fund Number CUSIP
JOHIX Institutional 180 46653M849
JOHAX Investor 280 46653M823
Fees and Expenses
Fund Ticker Share Class Net Expense Ratio* Gross Expense Ratio*
JOHIX Institutional 0.98% 0.98%
JOHAX Investor 1.19% 1.19%

*Expense ratios as stated in the latest prospectus. JOHCM (USA) Inc. has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses so that the Net Total Operating Expenses do not exceed the stated amounts until January 28, 2023.

Fund ratings

Data as at 31 October 2022
Morningstar Rating Rank
  Rank Percentile Rating
Overall Morningstar Rating™     3-Star
1 year 349/449 78%
3 years 317/390 84% 2-Star
5 years 242/350 72% 3-Star
10 years 52/223 23% 4-Star
Morningstar Category Foreign Large Growth

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Administration

Investment Adviser J O Hambro Capital Management Limited
Transfer Agent Northern Trust
Custodian Northern Trust

Strategy Highlights

As at 30 September 2022

The portfolio underperformed its benchmark index in the third quarter. The MSCI EAFE NR Index fell 9.36% in September, bringing the year-to-date decline to 27.09%. 

This crisis has been very different to anything we have seen previously as 'safe haven' government bonds have fallen along with equities, so much so that this is the worst year for combined equity and bond losses in living memory. Inflation has reached 40-year highs in many parts of the world, prompting central banks to hike interest rates much more than expected, moves which focused investors’ attention on the prospects of a global recession. 

During the quarter we have underperformed for 3 main reasons: 

1. We got interest rates wrong, expecting moderate (not near-record) rises; 

2. Which meant we got the Net Present Value (NPV) wrong for our 'offense' growth stocks (eg too much duration in most sectors and regions);

3. Which also meant we picked the wrong type of ‘defensive’ stocks (eg traditionally low beta healthcare) because the classic 60/40 asset allocation model that our portfolio construction is based upon stopped working as bonds and equities crashed together in unprecedented proportions. As a result we did not deliver our usual 'relative downside protection'. 

What are we doing about it, and where are the new opportunities in this very different crisis? 

JOHCM International Select Fund ‘4.0’ is tiptoeing slowly into new opportunities during this very different crisis:

1. Quality growth stocks already down 50% year to date;

2. Emerging markets that are surprisingly outperforming the S&P500 year-to-date, despite the strong US dollar (eg Brazil and Indonesia); 

3. Looking for the next opportunities when the US dollar turns…

We sold economically cyclical stocks with earnings risk due to increasing recession risk such as Hynix and ASML in the semiconductors industry, and DSM and First Quantum in the materials sector. We purchased economically resilient stocks with less recessionary earnings risk such as Ono and Fanuc in Japan; Globant, EQT and Sartorius in the ‘-50% YTD high quality economically resilient growth stocks neighbourhood’; plus Bank Rakyat and Bank Itau in emerging markets. 

We think most equity markets are in a bottoming process, likely to be followed by a Q4 rally, then range bound through 2023-2025 with risk on/off rotations as the dollar peaks. Our base case scenario is that this interest rate shock/crisis ‘valuation’ bear market is morphing into a recessionary ‘profits’ bear market (with S&P500 already down 25% YTD) but not into a widespread financial crisis/contagion, which could see markets fall by more than 50%, as in 2008. 

Our current scenario analysis is 50% bullish and 50% bearish. Short term reasons to be bearish include a recession potentially becoming a financial crisis/contagion. Medium term reasons to be bullish include the Fed regaining credibility with inflation/interest rates stabilising next year. 

Scenario 1 (35% probability): Equity markets rally led by ‘quality growth’ stocks. It’s probably nearer the end than the beginning of the bear market for our Scenario 1 type of stocks, eg economically resilient quality growth stocks already down around 50% year to date. 

Scenario 2 (15% probability): Equity markets rally led by ‘cyclical value’ stocks. It’s probably nearer the beginning of the bear market for Scenario 2 type of stocks because the recessionary earnings cuts are next, eg economically cyclical areas like commodities, and the 'last person standing' areas of the equity market that have not sold off yet. 

Scenario 3 (50% probability): Equity markets keep falling if recession becomes financial crisis/contagion and policymakers do not react. Relative to benchmark, healthcare is now the biggest position in the fund, as some of our healthcare stocks are low beta (defensive) Scenario 3 type stocks, and some are high beta Scenario 1 type stocks.

Sources for all data: JOHCM/Bloomberg (unless otherwise stated).

Total Return (%)

Data as at October 31, 2022
  1 Month Total Return 3 Month Total Return YTD Total Return 1 Year Total Return Cumulative Since Inception
Institutional Shares Net 4.28 -14.39 -38.48 -37.29 134.45
Investor Shares Net 4.29 -14.48 -38.61 -37.45 104.69
Benchmark 5.38 -9.02 -23.17 -23.00 81.00

Annualised Return (%)

Data as at September 30, 2022
  1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 10 Year Annualized Since Inception
Institutional Shares Net -37.27 -14.61 -3.48 -3.44 -1.03 5.41 6.34
Investor Shares Net -37.43 -14.83 -3.72 -3.69 -1.28 5.15 5.54
Benchmark -25.13 -2.98 -1.83 -1.71 -0.84 3.67 4.19

Monthly returns (%)

Data as at 31 October 2022
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Fund 2009 0.30 2.39 2.24 -4.19 5.47 1.25 7.42
Benchmark 2009 2.77 5.44 3.83 -1.25 2.00 1.44 14.96
Fund 2010 -4.10 0.68 7.34 1.53 -12.93 1.73 9.00 -3.94 15.38 6.62 1.01 7.00 29.74
Benchmark 2010 -4.41 -0.69 6.24 -1.81 -11.31 -1.21 9.48 -3.10 9.80 3.61 -4.81 8.10
Fund 2011 -0.87 0.80 -0.14 5.95 -1.64 -1.60 -2.26 -5.21 -14.73 11.55 -0.16 -5.84 -15.24
Benchmark 2011 2.36 3.30 -2.24 5.98 -2.95 -1.25 -1.59 -9.03 -9.53 9.64 -4.85 -0.95
Fund 2012 7.49 7.05 -0.30 -2.40 -10.61 2.84 0.84 4.56 3.57 -0.08 0.08 2.75 15.48
Benchmark 2012 5.33 5.74 -0.46 -1.96 -11.48 7.01 1.13 2.69 2.96 0.83 2.42 3.20 17.32
Fund 2013 6.82 1.82 3.31 3.94 -0.58 -1.81 5.33 -1.75 7.81 1.83 3.22 3.38 38.22
Benchmark 2013 5.27 -0.95 0.84 5.19 -2.41 -3.55 5.28 -1.32 7.39 3.36 0.77 1.50 22.78
Fund 2014 -2.79 5.99 -2.77 -1.79 4.03 3.16 -2.68 2.45 -0.55 0.63 2.20 -2.14 5.36
Benchmark 2014 -4.03 5.56 -0.64 1.45 1.62 0.96 -1.96 -0.15 -3.84 -1.45 1.36 -3.46 -4.90
Fund 2015 1.62 7.38 1.28 1.34 3.01 -6.10 0.34 -8.81 -5.32 4.32 -1.43 -0.59 -4.08
Benchmark 2015 0.49 5.98 -1.52 4.08 -0.51 -2.83 2.08 -7.36 -5.08 7.82 -1.56 -1.35 -0.81
Fund 2016 -2.37 0.36 3.70 1.80 -1.07 2.05 4.32 -0.11 3.13 -3.13 -4.01 0.82 5.22
Benchmark 2016 -7.23 -1.83 6.51 2.90 -0.91 -3.36 5.07 0.07 1.23 -2.05 -1.99 3.42 1.01
Fund 2017 5.12 0.00 2.57 1.03 2.69 -0.17 3.05 2.28 0.34 2.57 -0.21 1.62 22.84
Benchmark 2017 2.90 1.43 2.75 2.54 3.67 -0.18 2.88 -0.04 2.49 1.52 1.05 1.61 25.02
Fund 2018 5.98 -2.72 0.38 0.73 1.53 -0.99 -0.13 -1.06 1.43 -8.04 -0.54 -4.50 -8.27
Benchmark 2018 5.02 -4.51 -1.80 2.28 -2.25 -1.22 2.46 -1.93 0.87 -7.96 -0.13 -4.85 -13.79
Fund 2019 6.75 2.26 2.91 0.33 -3.21 5.64 -1.21 -2.28 -0.52 1.88 3.32 2.21 19.08
Benchmark 2019 6.57 2.55 0.63 2.81 -4.80 5.93 -1.27 -2.59 2.87 3.59 1.13 3.25 22.01
Fund 2020 0.25 -7.95 -8.37 10.13 8.00 3.76 5.95 3.44 0.22 -2.65 11.97 3.82 29.69
Benchmark 2020 -2.09 -9.04 -13.35 6.46 4.35 3.40 2.33 5.14 -2.60 -3.99 15.50 4.65 7.82
Fund 2021 0.02 0.04 0.21 3.03 1.37 -0.58 0.35 2.96 -4.50 4.31 -2.09 4.11 9.22
Benchmark 2021 -1.07 2.24 2.30 3.01 3.59 -1.44 0.75 1.76 -2.90 2.46 -4.65 5.12 11.26
Fund 2022 -9.69 -4.46 -0.68 -9.82 0.69 -12.48 5.52 -8.56 -10.22 4.28 -38.48
Benchmark 2022 -4.83 -1.77 0.64 -6.47 0.75 -9.28 4.98 -4.75 -9.35 5.38 -23.17

Expense Ratio (%)

Data as at February 28, 2022
Share Class Gross Expense* Net Expense*
Institutional 0.98% 0.98%
Investor 0.94% 0.94%

Important Information

The performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Fund's current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investors may obtain performance information current to the most recent month-end, within 7 business days at www.johcm.com or by calling 866-260-9549 or 312-557-5913.

Returns shown, unless otherwise indicated, are total returns, with dividends and income reinvested. Returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized. Fee waivers are in effect; if they had not been in effect performance would have been lower.

The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the US & Canada. Any Indicies mentioned are unmanaged statistical composites of stock market performance. Investing in an index is not possible.

Historical performance of the International Select Fund for Class II Shares prior to its inception is based on the performance of Class I Shares. The performance of Class II Shares has been adjusted to reflect differences in expenses.

*Expense ratios as stated in the latest prospectus. JOHCM (USA) Inc. has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses so that the Net Total Operating Expenses do not exceed the stated amounts until January 28, 2023.

Top 10 holdings and active weights

Data as at 31 October 2022
Top 10 holdings
Keyence Corporation 2.46%
Orix 2.40%
Sanofi 2.39%
AstraZeneca 2.38%
Air Liquide 2.38%
Ashtead Group 2.36%
Merck KGaA 2.33%
Ahold Delhaize 2.32%
Accenture 2.30%
Advantest 2.28%
Top 10 active weights
Accenture +2.30%
Aptiv +2.27%
Orix +2.26%
ICON +2.25%
Qiagen +2.22%
Advantest +2.20%
Tenaris +2.18%
Ashtead Group +2.18%
Merck KGaA +2.17%
Linde +2.15%

Regional / Country breakdown

Data as at 31 October 2022
Portfolio Benchmark Relative
Denmark 4.27% 2.75% 1.51%
France 11.19% 11.74% -0.55%
Germany 11.01% 7.93% 3.08%
Ireland 2.25% 0.61% 1.64%
Italy 4.43% 2.38% 2.04%
Japan 15.26% 22.07% -6.81%
Netherlands 2.32% 4.12% -1.8%
Switzerland 9.13% 10.5% -1.36%
United Kingdom 19.79% 15.64% 4.15%
United States 4.57% 0% 4.57%
Cash 5.65% 0% 5.65%

Sector breakdown

Data as at 31 October 2022
Portfolio Benchmark Relative
Health Care 26.51% 13.87% 12.60%
Financials 15.36% 17.84% -2.40%
Information Technology 11.22% 8.07% 3.10%
Industrials 10.72% 15.29% -4.60%
Consumer Discretionary 10.68% 10.99% -0.30%
Materials 10.51% 7.32% 3.20%
Consumer Staples 4.96% 10.76% -5.80%
Energy 2.24% 5.25% -3.10%
Utilities 2.11% 3.34% -1.20%
Communication Services 0.00% 4.77% -4.80%
Real Estate 0.00% 2.45% -2.50%
Cash 5.65% 0.00% 5.65%

Market cap breakdown

Data as at 31 October 2022
Portfolio Benchmark Relative
Large 86.71% 86.43% 0.28%
Mid 8.23% 13.57% -5.34%
Small 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%

Important Information

Fund holdings, sector allocation, regional allocation and top 10 countries are subject to change without notification.

Fund

As at noon Share class Currency CUSIP Number NAV Change Change % Previous
JOHCM International Select Fund 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M849 21.05 -0.07 -0.33% 21.12
Investor USD 46653M823 21.03 -0.08 -0.38% 21.11
JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund 02/12/2022 Advisor USD 46653M203 10.68 -0.01 -0.09% 10.69
Institutional USD 46653M104 10.71 -0.01 -0.09% 10.72
Investor USD 46653M302 10.68 -0.01 -0.09% 10.69
JOHCM Global Select Fund 02/12/2022 Advisor USD 46653M807 14.14 -0.01 -0.07% 14.15
Institutional USD 46653M708 14.19 -0.02 -0.14% 14.21
JOHCM Emerging Markets Small-Mid Cap Equity Fund 02/12/2022 Advisor USD 46653M500 11.41 0.04 0.35% 11.37
Institutional USD 46653M401 11.42 0.04 0.35% 11.38
JOHCM Global Income Builder Fund 02/12/2022 Advisor USD 46653M799 9.85 -0.02 -0.20% 9.87
Institutional USD 46653M815 9.85 -0.03 -0.30% 9.88
Investor USD 46653M781 9.84 -0.03 -0.30% 9.87
JOHCM International Opportunities Fund 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M872 10.20 0.02 0.20% 10.18
JOHCM Credit Income Fund 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M740 8.93 0.00 0.00% 8.93
Regnan Global Equity Impact Solutions 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M716 7.44 -0.01 -0.13% 7.45
TSW Large Cap Value Fund 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M641 14.74 0.04 0.27% 14.70
TSW High Yield Bond Fund 02/12/2022 Institutional USD 46653M658 8.67 0.01 0.12% 8.66

Important Information

The performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Fund's current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investors may obtain performance information current to the most recent month-end, within 7 business days at www.johcm.com or by calling 866-260-9549 or 312-557-5913.

Returns shown, unless otherwise indicated, are total returns, with dividends and income reinvested. Returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized. Fee waivers are in effect; if they had not been in effect performance would have been lower.

The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the US & Canada. Any Indicies mentioned are unmanaged statistical composites of stock market performance. Investing in an index is not possible.

Historical performance of the International Select Fund for Class II Shares prior to its inception is based on the performance of Class I Shares. The performance of Class II Shares has been adjusted to reflect differences in expenses.

*Expense ratios as stated in the latest prospectus. JOHCM (USA) Inc. has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses so that the Net Total Operating Expenses do not exceed the stated amounts until January 28, 2023.

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