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
Market Cap Range: All Cap
Inception: December 31, 2011
Number of companies: 50-150
Turnover: 30-80%
Net Assets: $2,346.7 million
as of 3/31/2017
Portfolio Manager
Bhansali_Rupal_Web.png Rupal J. Bhansali
Portfolio Manager
Ariel Global

Schedule of Holdings

As of March 31, 2017
  Units Security Description Market Value % of Total Value
AUSTRALIA     802,716 0.1
  202,802 AMP Ltd. 802,716 0.1
CANADA     6,066,645 0.8
  107,851 IGM Financial Inc. 3,217,399 0.4
  55,153 Suncor Energy, Inc. 1,693,856 0.2
  17,432 Magna International 752,509 0.1
  22,087 Hydro One LTD 402,881 0.1
CHILE     5,581,504 0.7
  222,548 Banco Santander-Chile ADR 5,581,504 0.7
CHINA     39,617,320 5.1
  229,639 Baidu, Inc. ADR 39,617,320 5.1
DENMARK     2,677,477 0.3
  77,948 Novo Nordisk A/S 2,677,477 0.3
FINLAND     32,560,791 4.2
  6,007,526 Nokia Corp. ADR 32,560,791 4.2
FRANCE     30,965,870 4.0
  189,069 Michelin (CGDE) 22,970,340 2.9
  90,891 Safran 6,792,335 0.9
  8,160 Thales SA 789,441 0.1
  4,582 Sanofi 413,754 0.1
GERMANY     39,035,552 5.0
  293,948 Deutsche Boerse AG 26,948,109 3.5
  1,946,888 Telefonica Deutschland Holding 9,660,686 1.2
  47,511 Dialog Semiconductor plc 2,426,757 0.3
HONG KONG     41,173,661 5.2
  3,151,104 China Mobile Ltd. 34,486,843 4.4
  85,851 China Mobile Ltd. ADR 4,741,551 0.6
  4,485,729 Li & Fung Ltd. 1,945,267 0.2
IRELAND     1,169,909 0.1
  9,759 Accenture plc 1,169,909 0.1
ITALY     8,404,520 1.1
  1,942,742 Snam SpA 8,404,520 1.1
JAPAN     49,401,113 6.5
  34,700 Nintendo Co., Ltd. 8,053,131 1.0
  178,500 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. 7,619,763 1.0
  320,400 NTT DOCOMO, Inc. 7,461,705 1.0
  44,200 Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. 6,072,934 0.8
  45,300 Shimamura Co., Ltd. 5,986,013 0.8
  134,800 Japan Tobacco Inc. 4,381,121 0.6
  23,400 Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 3,328,593 0.4
  36,600 Toyota Motor Corp. 1,986,500 0.3
  25,300 Secom Co., Ltd. 1,811,136 0.2
  48,100 Canon Inc. 1,499,776 0.2
  56,800 Japan Exchange Group, Inc. 808,732 0.1
  11,400 Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 391,709 0.1
MEXICO     3,417,648 0.4
  1,022,008 Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB de CV 2,355,919 0.3
  117,578 Santander Mexico Financial Group ADR 1,061,729 0.1
NETHERLANDS     27,952,042 3.6
  531,402 Ahold N.V. 11,375,439 1.5
  179,957 Gemalto N.V. 10,058,849 1.3
  56,421 Core Laboratories N.V. 6,517,754 0.8
SINGAPORE     2,207,126 0.3
  139,600 United Overseas Bank Ltd. 2,207,126 0.3
SOUTH KOREA     412,606 0.1
  15,233 LG Display Co Ltd 412,606 0.1
SPAIN     11,185,932 1.4
  475,821 Endesa SA 11,185,932 1.4
SWEDEN     1,128,174 0.1
  44,131 H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB 1,128,174 0.1
SWITZERLAND     59,893,306 7.7
  164,283 Roche Holding AG 41,968,613 5.4
  34,609 Swisscom AG 15,971,896 2.0
  915 SGS SA 1,952,797 0.3
THAILAND     3,831,185 0.5
  529,400 Kasikornbank-R 2,913,704 0.4
  166,700 Kasikornbank/F 917,481 0.1
UNITED KINGDOM     57,514,974 7.3
  1,181,066 GlaxoSmithKline plc 24,558,679 3.1
  440,913 GlaxoSmithKline plc ADR 18,588,892 2.4
  99,705 Reckitt Benckiser Group plc 9,102,479 1.2
  322,677 National Grid PLC 4,097,749 0.5
  292,740 British Telecom Group plc 1,167,175 0.1
UNITED STATES     288,572,911 37.1
  816,040 Microsoft Corp. 53,744,394 6.9
  577,140 Gilead Sciences, Inc. 39,199,349 5.0
  266,509 Johnson & Johnson 33,193,696 4.3
  150,067 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 25,013,168 3.2
  218,337 PHILIP MORRIS INTL INC COM 24,650,247 3.2
  246,259 American Express Company 19,481,549 2.5
  225,692 Verizon Communications Inc. 11,002,485 1.4
  183,457 Southern Co. 9,132,489 1.2
  49,902 COSTCO WHSL CORP NEW COM 8,368,066 1.1
  74,185 SEMPRA ENERGY CORP COM 8,197,443 1.0
  70,727 Quest Diagnostics Inc. 6,944,684 0.9
  131,616 Fluor Corp. 6,925,634 0.9
  87,638 Schlumberger Ltd. 6,844,528 0.9
  1,114,838 Acacia Research Corp. 6,410,319 0.8
  92,405 Occidental Petroleum Corp. 5,854,781 0.7
  108,456 US BANCORP DEL NEW COM NEW 5,585,484 0.7
  26,238 Ansys, Inc. 2,804,055 0.4
  21,792 CME Group Inc. 2,588,890 0.3
  61,352 Coach, Inc. 2,535,678 0.3
  22,819 EOG Resources Inc. 2,225,993 0.3
  23,563 Manhattan Associates Inc 1,226,454 0.2
  17,194 TRACTOR SUPPLY CO COM 1,185,870 0.2
  22,721 TripAdvisor Inc 980,638 0.1
  14,520 Cheesecake Factory Inc. 919,987 0.1
  8,544 CHURCH & DWIGHT CO 426,089 0.1
  3,898 PPG INDS INC COM 409,602 0.1
  7,116 EXPEDITORS INTL WASH INC COM 401,983 0.1
  6,617 IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. 396,160 0.1
  7,101 Factset Research Systems, Inc. 1,171,026 0.1
  3,665 Union Pacific 388,197 0.0
  3,994 Varian Medical Systems Inc. 363,973 0.0
Total Equities     713,572,982 91.6
Forward Position Long     97,482 0.0
Cash Balance     67,296,949 8.4
Grand Total     780,967,413 100.0

Ariel Global


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Ariel Global (Representative Portfolio)

Sector Weightings (%)

As of March 31, 2017
  Ariel Global MSCI ACWI
Health Care 23.59 11.14
Information Technology 21.99 16.39
Financials 13.83 18.43
Telecommunication Services 12.91 3.41
Consumer Staples 8.50 9.52
Consumer Discretionary 5.66 12.14
Utilities 4.63 3.17
Energy 4.42 6.64
Industrials 3.57 10.69
Real Estate 0.85 3.15
Materials 0.06 5.32

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 May 31, 2017
Inception date: December 31, 2011 Annualized
To Date
Gross of Fees 3.48% 6.19% 10.70% 14.84% 6.77% 14.24% 11.86%
Net of Fees 3.41% 5.98% 10.33% 13.93% 5.92% 13.27% 10.89%
MSCI AC World Index 2.21% 5.07% 10.97% 17.53% 5.31% 11.51% 10.72%

Ariel Global Composite Performance

As of March 31, 2017
Inception date: December 31, 2011 Annualized
To Date
Gross of Fees 1.58% 5.90% 5.90% 9.99% 6.10% 10.10% 11.31%
Net of Fees 1.51% 5.69% 5.69% 9.12% 5.26% 9.15% 10.35%
MSCI AC World Index 1.22% 6.91% 6.91% 15.04% 5.08% 8.37% 10.29%

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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