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Intrinsic Value Global Strategy
Ariel Global

Our global investment philosophy


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


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


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


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

Rupal Bhansali on International and Global Investing I
Rupal Bhansali on International and Global Investing II

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
Global equity - intrinsic value
Market Cap Range: All Cap
Inception: December 31, 2011
Number of companies: 50-150
Turnover: 30-80%
Net Assets: $2,952.0 million
as of 12/31/2017
Portfolio Manager
Bhansali_Rupal_Web.png Rupal J. Bhansali
Portfolio Manager
Ariel Global

Schedule of Holdings

As of December 31, 2017
  Units Security Description Market Value % of Total Value
AUSTRALIA     879,436 0.1
  217,114 AMP Ltd. 879,436 0.1
BRAZIL     895,299 0.1
  103,954 BB Seguridade Participacoes SA 895,299 0.1
CANADA     7,984,049 0.8
  112,260 IGM Financial Inc. 3,943,602 0.4
  70,501 Suncor Energy, Inc. 2,588,834 0.3
  18,664 Magna International 1,057,952 0.1
  22,087 Hydro One LTD 393,661 0.0
CHILE     4,659,605 0.5
  149,012 Banco Santander-Chile ADR 4,659,605 0.5
CHINA     48,001,808 5.3
  204,952 Baidu, Inc. ADR 48,001,808 5.3
FINLAND     20,462,615 2.2
  4,391,119 Nokia Corp. ADR 20,462,615 2.2
FRANCE     40,019,890 4.4
  201,532 Michelin (CGDE) 28,912,937 3.2
  90,891 Safran 9,370,510 1.0
  16,099 Thales SA 1,736,443 0.2
GERMANY     41,071,135 4.5
  250,708 Deutsche Boerse AG 29,123,406 3.2
  2,081,719 Telefonica Deutschland Holding 10,457,309 1.1
  47,860 Dialog Semiconductor plc 1,490,420 0.2
HONG KONG     49,653,538 5.4
  4,070,104 China Mobile Ltd. 41,287,346 4.5
  113,343 China Mobile Ltd. ADR 5,728,355 0.6
  4,803,729 Li & Fung Ltd. 2,637,837 0.3
IRELAND     934,002 0.1
  6,101 Accenture plc 934,002 0.1
ITALY     10,137,951 1.1
  2,070,577 Snam SpA 10,137,951 1.1
JAPAN     78,758,306 8.7
  966,700 NTT DOCOMO, Inc. 22,829,151 2.5
  354,900 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. 16,696,174 1.8
  37,000 Nintendo Co., Ltd. 13,525,293 1.5
  361,700 Japan Tobacco Inc. 11,655,420 1.3
  249,600 Subaru Corp 7,936,784 0.9
  36,000 Secom Co., Ltd. 2,717,891 0.3
  15,200 Shimamura Co., Ltd. 1,672,701 0.2
  16,900 Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd 960,036 0.1
  5,700 Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 764,856 0.1
MEXICO     3,597,591 0.4
  1,090,758 Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB de CV 2,673,497 0.3
  126,415 Santander Mexico Financial Group ADR 924,094 0.1
NETHERLANDS     40,418,071 4.4
  873,211 Ahold N.V. 19,213,157 2.1
  217,361 Gemalto N.V. 12,911,760 1.4
  75,702 Core Laboratories N.V. 8,293,154 0.9
SPAIN     8,525,189 0.9
  397,874 Endesa SA 8,525,189 0.9
SWITZERLAND     57,761,736 6.4
  193,950 Roche Holding AG 49,076,316 5.4
  13,623 Swisscom AG 7,250,814 0.8
  550 SGS SA 1,434,606 0.2
THAILAND     6,275,972 0.7
  708,800 Kasikornbank-R 5,051,969 0.6
  166,700 Kasikornbank/F 1,224,003 0.1
UNITED KINGDOM     58,623,003 6.4
  1,792,898 GlaxoSmithKline plc 32,012,146 3.5
  440,913 GlaxoSmithKline plc ADR 15,639,184 1.7
  525,448 National Grid PLC 6,207,989 0.7
  50,996 Reckitt Benckiser Group plc 4,763,684 0.5
UNITED STATES     390,159,112 42.8
  871,720 Microsoft Corp. 74,566,929 8.2
  672,205 Gilead Sciences, Inc. 48,156,766 5.3
  286,234 Johnson & Johnson 39,992,614 4.4
  160,045 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 31,724,120 3.5
  246,259 American Express Company 24,455,981 2.7
  351,693 Schlumberger Ltd. 23,700,591 2.6
  208,611 PHILIP MORRIS INTL INC COM 22,039,752 2.4
  257,756 Fluor Corp. 13,313,097 1.5
  240,554 Verizon Communications Inc. 12,732,523 1.4
  66,486 COSTCO WHSL CORP NEW COM 12,374,374 1.4
  253,877 Southern Co. 12,208,945 1.3
  56,925 PIONEER NAT RES CO COM 9,839,486 1.1
  79,120 SEMPRA ENERGY CORP COM 8,459,510 0.9
  111,470 Occidental Petroleum Corp. 8,210,880 0.9
  73,377 Quest Diagnostics Inc. 7,226,901 0.8
  86,512 Discover Financial Services 6,654,503 0.7
  88,659 IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. 6,255,779 0.7
  116,375 US BANCORP DEL NEW COM NEW 6,235,373 0.7
  54,932 EOG Resources Inc. 5,927,712 0.6
  953,082 Acacia Research Corp. 3,859,982 0.4
  65,933 TAPESTRY INC 2,916,217 0.3
  41,940 Foot Locker, Inc. 1,966,147 0.2
  26,118 TRACTOR SUPPLY CO COM 1,952,321 0.2
  22,439 EXPEDITORS INTL WASH INC COM 1,451,579 0.2
  285,269 Pandora Media, Inc. 1,374,997 0.2
  24,302 TripAdvisor Inc 837,447 0.1
  8,957 CME Group Inc. 1,308,170 0.1
  2,366 Acuity Brands 416,416 0.0
Total Equities     868,818,308 95.2
Forward Position Short     -2,106,076 -0.2
Cash Balance     47,531,007 5.0
Grand Total     914,243,239 100.0

Ariel Global


Monthly Commentary: Perspectives on the current market
Quarterly Commentary: Quarterly performance update and communication to investors
Turtle Thoughts: A compilation of our portfolio manager letters
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Ariel Global (Representative Portfolio)

Sector Weightings (%)

As of December 31, 2017
  Ariel Global MSCI ACWI
Health Care 22.22 10.70
Information Technology 20.03 18.00
Financials 14.20 18.75
Telecommunication Services 13.46 3.02
Consumer Staples 8.37 8.75
Energy 7.91 6.38
Consumer Discretionary 5.74 12.02
Utilities 4.12 2.90
Industrials 3.95 10.92
Real Estate 0.00 3.07
Materials 0.00 5.51

Represents percentage of total equity holdings in the representative 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.

Quarter End
Month End

Ariel Global Composite Performance

As of February 28, 2018
Inception date: December 31, 2011 Annualized
To Date
Gross of Fees -2.94% 2.75% 1.99% 14.66% 7.60% 11.47% 11.73%
Net of Fees -3.00% 2.54% 1.86% 13.75% 6.75% 10.55% 10.77%
MSCI AC World Index -4.20% 2.84% 1.20% 18.79% 8.34% 10.07% 11.56%

Ariel Global Composite Performance

As of December 31, 2017
Inception date: December 31, 2011 Annualized
To Date
Gross of Fees 0.74% 1.54% 17.20% 17.20% 8.31% 12.27% 11.70%
Net of Fees 0.67% 1.34% 16.27% 16.27% 7.45% 11.34% 10.75%
MSCI AC World Index 1.61% 5.73% 23.97% 23.97% 9.30% 10.80% 11.67%

Ariel Investments, LLC is a money management firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in New York and Sydney. Taking a long-term view and applying independent thinking to our investment decisions, we span the market cap spectrum from micro to large and cover the globe with our international and global offerings. Ariel claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).

The Ariel global strategy seeks long-term capital appreciation as a primary objective. The strategy’s secondary objective is to seek long-term capital preservation, to generate attractive absolute and risk-adjusted returns, and to attain higher relative returns compared to its benchmark over a full market cycle. The strategy invests primarily in equity securities of both U.S. and foreign (non-U.S.) companies, including companies in developed or emerging markets. The strategy will invest in foreign securities by purchasing equity securities directly or through instruments that provide exposure to foreign companies. The strategy may invest in companies of any size. The Ariel Global Composite differs from its benchmark, the MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) Index, because the Composite has fewer holdings than the benchmark.

The strategy uses various techniques to hedge currency exposure, or to invest significant cash inflows in the market (i.e., reducing “cash drag”), including derivatives, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), and other hedges. The strategy will buy and sell currency on a spot basis and enter into foreign currency forward contracts. Ariel uses these techniques in an attempt to decrease the strategy’s exposure to changing security prices or foreign currency risk, or to reduce unintended tracking error versus its respective benchmarks, or to address other factors that affect security values. The strategy will at times include the holding of cash or cash equivalents for defensive purposes.

Performance results are net of transaction costs and reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. Net returns reflect the deduction of the maximum advisory fee in effect for the respective period. Effective 1/1/14 the maximum fee is 0.80% per annum. Fees for prior periods are available upon request. Actual fees may vary depending on, among other things, the applicable fee schedule and portfolio size. Fee information is available upon request and may also be found in Ariel’s Form ADV, Part 2. Results shown may be preliminary. Returns are calculated in U.S. dollars. The Ariel Global Composite has been examined for the period from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2016. A copy of the examination report is available upon request. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investments in foreign securities may underperform and may be more volatile because of the risks involving foreign economies and markets, foreign political systems, foreign regulatory standards, foreign currencies and taxes. The use of currency derivatives, ETFs, and other hedges 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 portfolio invests may never be recognized by the broader market. Click here to obtain a presentation that adheres to the GIPS standards.

Index returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings. Indexes are unmanaged, and investors cannot invest directly in an index. 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.

Our global process

Negative Screening

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

Bottom-up Research

Proprietary bottom-up research enables better stock picking
  • Process:
    Lead analysts perform 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:
    A team of three debates and stress tests each idea
  • Risk management:
    Incorporate macro and micro factors in scenario analyses; lead analyst presents balanced case versus a recommendation
  • Benefit:
    Ideas vetted from multiple perspectives yield more informed final decisions by portfolio manager

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, sector weights at the higher of 25% or 1.5x benchmark, hedge currency if practical and cost-efficient
  • Benefit:
    Designed to generate superior long-term, risk-adjusted performance

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