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Intrinsic Value Global Strategy
Ariel Global Fund

Why Ariel’s global approach


Experience matters

  • Rupal J. Bhansali has more than 25 years of industry experience

Managing risk is a top priority

  • We pay as much attention to risk management as to return management

Screening out provides a stronger starting point

  • While others screen in, we begin our process by screening out high-risk companies

All-cap portfolios offer larger opportunity set

  • Although our portfolios are relatively concentrated, we consider companies of all sizes

Attention to business models builds more resilient portfolios

  • In addition to applying our financial models, we consider the long-term viability of each company's business model
Key Facts
Investment style:
Global all cap, intrinsic value
Market Cap: All cap
Inception:
Investor Class: 12/30/2011
Institutional Class: 12/30/2011
Number of companies: 50-150
Turnover: typically 25-40%
Ticker Symbol:
Investor Class: AGLOX
Institutional Class: AGLYX
Fund Assets (all classes):
$140.7 million as of 3/31/2021
 
Portfolio Manager
Bhansali_Rupal_Web.png Rupal J. Bhansali
Portfolio Manager
 

Our global investment philosophy


Patience

We take the long-term view.
  • Emphasis on higher absolute and relative returns over a full market cycle with less risk
  • Focus research as much on what can go wrong as what can go right

Independence

We invest to our convictions, not to benchmarks.
  • Benchmark aware only to the extent that tracking error is by design and not by default
  • Significant exposure to our highest-conviction ideas, tempered with prudent risk controls

Expertise

We specialize in bottom-up fundamental research.
  • Focus on connecting information versus collecting information
  • Take business analyst approach rather than financial analyst approach
  • Have extensive interactions with management teams around the world
  • Research a company's global peers to fully inform our competitive assessment

Teamwork

We work collaboratively with a shared commitment to excellence.
  • Debate best, base and worst case scenarios for every company considered
  • Team members with defined roles vet each stock


Our global process


Negative Screening

Negative screening seeks downside protection
  • Process:
    Screen on risk, not growth rate or valuation
  • Risk management:
    Eliminate over 60% of high-risk stocks in universe
  • Benefit:
    Position for downside protection

Bottom-up Research

Proprietary bottom-up research enables better stock picking
  • Process:
    Analysts perform fundamental research
  • Risk management:
    Assess the prospects and durability of a business franchise
  • Benefit:
    Proprietary insights enable better stock picking

Team Validation

Team validation avoids blind spots in our analysis
  • Process:
    Team debates and stress tests each idea
  • Risk management:
    Incorporate macro and micro factors in scenario analyses
  • Benefit:
    Ideas vetted from multiple perspectives yield more informed final decisions by portfolio manager(s)

Portfolio Construction

Portfolios constructed to manage risks as well as long-term performance
  • Process:
    Seek to own top decile of investment opportunities uncovered
  • Risk management:
    Typically cap security position size at 5% at time of purchase, industry weights at the higher of 25% or 1.5x the benchmark*, hedge currency if practical and cost-efficient
  • Benefit:
    Designed to generate superior long-term, risk-adjusted performance


*Global concentrated typically owns up to 15% at market and has no industry limits.


Investor Class
Institutional Class
Quarter End
Month End

Ariel Global Fund

Investor Class | AGLOX

Performance

As of May 31, 2021
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year
To Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel Global Fund 2.44% 4.89% 7.84% 22.14% 7.96% 8.50% 8.70%
MSCI ACWI Index 1.56% 8.83% 10.84% 41.85% 13.86% 14.18% 11.83%

Ariel Global Fund

Investor Class | AGLOX

Performance

As of March 31, 2021
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year
To Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel Global Fund 0.64% 3.47% 3.47% 28.51% 6.60% 7.62% 8.38%
MSCI ACWI Index 2.67% 4.57% 4.57% 54.60% 12.07% 13.21% 11.35%
Expense Ratio Cap: 1.13%
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/20: 1.46%*

*Effective November 29, 2016, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses (the “Expense Cap”) in order to limit Ariel Global Fund’s total annual operating expenses to 1.13% of net assets for the Investor Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022. Prior to November 29, 2016, the Expense Cap was 1.25% for the Investor Class. Through January 31, 2014, the Expense Cap was 1.40% for the Investor Class. The Expense Cap has been lowered over time. Contact us for historical information about the Expense Cap.

Investments in foreign securities may underperform and may be more volatile than comparable U.S. stocks because of the risks involving foreign economies and markets, foreign political systems, foreign regulatory standards, foreign currencies and taxes. The use of currency derivatives and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may increase investment losses and expenses and create more volatility. Investments in emerging markets present additional risks, such as difficulties in selling on a timely basis and at an acceptable price. The intrinsic value of the stocks in which the Fund invests may never be recognized by the broader market. Ariel Global Fund is often concentrated in fewer sectors than its benchmark, and its performance may suffer if these sectors underperform the overall stock market. Investing in equity stocks is risky and subject to the volatility of the markets.

Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. All performance assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. 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. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) Index is an unmanaged, market weighted index of global developed and emerging markets. The MSCI ACWI Index net returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings, including the dividends net of the maximum withholding tax applicable to non-resident institutional investors that do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses the maximum tax rate applicable to institutional investors, as determined by the companies' country of incorporation. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

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Ariel Global Fund

Sector Weightings (%)

As of March 31, 2021
  Ariel Global Fund MSCI ACWI
Health Care 25.96 11.39
Information Technology 17.47 21.22
Communication Services 17.00 9.41
Financials 11.73 14.32
Consumer Staples 10.94 6.99
Consumer Discretionary 8.97 12.80
Utilities 5.85 2.86
Real Estate 1.48 2.62
Industrials 0.61 10.02
Materials 0.00 4.99
Energy 0.00 3.38

Represents percentage of total equity holdings in the portfolio

MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) Index is an unmanaged, market weighted index of global developed and emerging markets. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

These sectors are the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”). GICS was developed by and is the exclusive property and a service mark of MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) and Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (“S&P”) and is licensed for use by Ariel Investments, LLC. Neither MSCI, S&P nor any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications makes any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to such standard or classification (or the results to be obtained by the use thereof), and all such parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of originality, accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any of such standard or classification. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall MSCI, S&P, any of their affiliates or any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.



Ariel Global Fund

Schedule of Holdings

As of March 31, 2021
  Units Security Description Market Value % of Total Value
BELGIUM     142,071 0.1
  1,954 KBC Group NV 142,071 0.1
BRAZIL     3,791,763 2.7
  407,354 BB Seguridade Participacoes SA 1,755,010 1.2
  141,600 Telefonica Brasil SA 1,112,695 0.8
  410,513 TIM SA of Brazil 924,058 0.7
CANADA     327,776 0.2
  10,755 IGM Financial, Inc. 327,776 0.2
CHILE     429,286 0.3
  17,289 Banco Santander-Chile ADR 429,286 0.3
CHINA     10,907,031 7.8
  49,474 Baidu, Inc. ADR 10,763,069 7.7
  2,853 Weibo Corp. ADR 143,962 0.1
DENMARK     473,906 0.3
  6,995 Novo Nordisk A/S 473,906 0.3
FINLAND     2,052,429 1.5
  370,934 Nokia Corp. 1,480,938 1.1
  144,316 Nokia Corp. ADR 571,491 0.4
FRANCE     7,559,536 5.3
  36,217 Michelin (CGDE) 5,421,509 3.9
  11,882 Sanofi 1,173,941 0.8
  13,478 Vivendi SA 442,558 0.3
  2,678 Safran SA 364,454 0.2
  1,581 Thales SA 157,074 0.1
GERMANY     5,851,757 4.1
  27,421 Deutsche Boerse AG 4,556,591 3.2
  265,200 Telefonica Deutschland Holding 777,500 0.6
  1,681 Muenchener Rueckversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG 517,666 0.3
HONG KONG     786,651 0.6
  81,000 CLP Holdings Ltd. 786,651 0.6
ITALY     1,671,763 1.2
  278,059 Snam SpA 1,541,705 1.1
  20,037 Italgas SpA 130,058 0.1
JAPAN     11,712,531 8.4
  7,250 Nintendo Co., Ltd. 4,047,166 2.9
  150,100 Subaru Corp. 2,987,766 2.1
  106,400 Japan Tobacco, Inc. 2,041,996 1.5
  48,400 Bridgestone Corp. 1,956,107 1.4
  3,400 Secom Co., Ltd. 285,972 0.2
  2,200 Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. 254,920 0.2
  5,400 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. 138,604 0.1
MEXICO     424,330 0.3
  134,529 Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB de CV 424,330 0.3
NETHERLANDS     1,017,392 0.7
  36,529 Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. 1,017,392 0.7
PERU     1,060,739 0.8
  7,767 Credicorp Ltd. 1,060,739 0.8
SOUTH AFRICA     556,206 0.4
  137,907 Sanlam Ltd. 556,206 0.4
SOUTH KOREA     2,115,645 1.5
  29,415 KT&G Corp. 2,115,645 1.5
SPAIN     3,816,109 2.7
  144,243 Endesa SA 3,816,109 2.7
SWITZERLAND     10,746,621 7.7
  28,184 Roche Holding AG 9,108,398 6.5
  6,946 Nestle SA 774,154 0.6
  1,029 Swisscom AG 551,979 0.4
  3,652 Novartis AG 312,090 0.2
TAIWAN     1,022,921 0.7
  138,000 Catcher Technology Co., Ltd. 1,022,921 0.7
UNITED KINGDOM     9,847,878 6.9
  427,877 GlaxoSmithKline plc 7,597,542 5.4
  123,029 National Grid plc 1,465,411 1.0
  31,640 Vodafone Group plc ADR 583,125 0.4
  110,831 Vodafone Group plc 201,502 0.1
  69 Direct Line Insurance Group plc 298 0.0
UNITED STATES     56,058,339 39.9
  58,407 Microsoft Corp. 13,770,618 9.8
  91,417 Philip Morris Intl, Inc. 8,112,345 5.8
  122,597 Gilead Sciences, Inc. 7,923,444 5.6
  35,320 Johnson & Johnson 5,804,842 4.1
  21,797 Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., Class B 5,568,480 4.0
  42,316 Amdocs Ltd. 2,968,467 2.1
  48,339 Verizon Communications, Inc. 2,810,913 2.0
  30,594 NetApp, Inc. 2,223,266 1.6
  31,173 Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. 1,967,951 1.4
  61,161 Equity Commonwealth 1,700,276 1.2
  36,764 Tapestry, Inc. 1,515,044 1.1
  8,299 Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. 929,239 0.7
  10,976 U.S. Bancorp 607,083 0.4
  3,024 Cisco Systems, Inc. 156,371 0.1
Total Equities     132,372,680 94.1
Short Term Investments      
  5,776,601 Northern Institutional Treasury Portfolio 5,776,601 4.1
Foreign Currency and Other Assets less Liabilities 2,535,143 1.8
Grand Total     140,684,424 100.0%



* Subsequent to the end of the quarter and prior to January 11, 2021, Ariel Global Fund divested its shares in China Mobile Ltd.

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