The IVA International Fund Class A (NAV) (“the Fund”) ended the quarter on September 30, 2018 with a return of -0.75% versus the MSCI All Country World (ex-U.S.)(Net) Index (“Index”) return of 0.71%, bringing YTD performance to -3.37% versus the Index return of -3.09% for the same period.
The divergence of equity performance between the U.S. and the rest of the world increased throughout the third quarter. Performance in the U.S. continued to be led by strong returns from a handful of very large technology stocks. Foreign stocks were roiled by multiple factors, including turmoil in emerging markets, trade tensions, and an appreciating U.S. dollar. During our Semi-Annual Update call held on September 20, Charles de Vaulx and Chuck de Lardemelle discussed in detail the various dynamics that have shaped recent global market performance. A full transcript of the call can be found on our website.
Our equities were down -0.6% for the quarter. By country, France and our holdings listed in the U.S. detracted the most, each taking away -0.4%. The United Kingdom and Ireland each detracted -0.2%. The Netherlands and South Korea contributed the most, each adding 0.3%, led by Airbus (Industrials) and Kangwon Land (Consumer Discretionary). Mexico contributed 0.2% and Singapore contributed 0.1%. By sector, our Consumer Discretionary names detracted the most, taking away -0.5%. Financials detracted -0.3%, hurt by AIB Group PLC (Ireland), and Technology took away -0.2%. Health Care contributed the most, 0.5%, led by Astellas Pharma. Consumer Staples added 0.2% and Industrials added 0.1%.
Fixed income contributed 0.1% to performance and ended the quarter at 2.6%. Our currency hedges also contributed 0.1% and were relatively unchanged this quarter. As of September 30, 2018 they were: 39% Australian dollar; 11% euro; 35% Japanese yen; 30% Korean won.
Gold was down -4.9%, detracting -0.3%. Gold came down as the U.S. dollar appreciated and real rates began to go up. Exposure in the Fund decreased from 6.8% to 6.6% over the quarter.
We were net buyers in the Fund this quarter. We found a new name in Uruguay and added to some existing positions as volatility widened the discounts between share prices and our intrinsic value estimates. At the same time, we trimmed and eliminated positions that have done well for us as discounts narrowed. Equity exposure increased from 68.0% to 72.4% and cash decreased from 22.7% to 18.3%.
We will continue to focus on valuations and take advantage of market volatility as we attempt to preserve your capital and deliver respectable positive absolute returns.
We appreciate your confidence and thank you for your support.
|Average Annual Total Returns|
|Class||3 Months||YTD||1 Year||5 Year||10 Year||Since
|A (with load)||-14.63%||-17.50%||-17.50%||0.25%||5.80%||5.91%|
|MSCI All Country World Index (ex-U.S.) (Net)||-11.46%||-14.20%||-14.20%||0.68%||6.57%||3.81%|
Past performance does not guarantee future results.
Maximum sales charge for the A shares is 5.00%. C shares include a 1% CDSC Fee for the first year only. The expense ratios for the fund are as follows: 1.25% (A Shares); 2.00% (C Shares); 1.00% (I Shares). Amounts redeemed within 30 days of purchase are subject to a 2.00% fee.
As of September 30, 2018, the IVA International Fund’s top 10 holdings were: Gold bullion (6.6%); Bureau Veritas SA (3.8%); Sodexo SA (3.2%); Astellas Pharma Inc. (3.1%); Nestle SA (2.7%); Airbus Group SE (2.7%); Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (2.4%); AIB Group PLC (2.3%); Kangwon Land, Inc. (2.1%); Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster N.V. (1.9%).
MSCI All Country World Index (ex U.S.) (Net) is an unmanaged index consisting of 46 country indices comprised of 22 developed and 24 emerging market country indices and is calculated with dividends reinvested after deduction of withholding tax. The Index is a trademark of MSCI Inc. and is not available for direct investment.
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