Global Strategy
Ariel International (DM/EM)

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: $365.9 million
as of 3/31/2017
Portfolio Manager
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Portfolio Manager
Ariel International (DM/EM)

Schedule of Holdings

As of March 31, 2017
  Units Security Description Market Value % of Total Value
AUSTRALIA     140,814 0.3
  35,576 AMP Ltd. 140,814 0.3
BRAZIL     398,143 0.7
  29,992 Multiplus SA 345,397 0.6
  4,370 Itau Unibanco Holding SA ADR 52,746 0.1
CANADA     1,643,092 3.1
  30,478 IGM Financial Inc. 909,216 1.7
  10,601 Suncor Energy, Inc. 325,577 0.6
  6,225 Magna International 268,722 0.5
  7,652 Hydro One LTD 139,577 0.3
CHILE     1,043,428 1.9
  41,604 Banco Santander-Chile ADR 1,043,428 1.9
CHINA     3,169,127 5.7
  17,894 Baidu, Inc. ADR 3,087,073 5.6
  13,000 Shenzhou International Group 82,054 0.1
CZECH REPUBLIC     40,857 0.1
  1,100 Komercni Banka AS 40,857 0.1
DENMARK     401,374 0.7
  11,685 Novo Nordisk A/S 401,374 0.7
FRANCE     3,237,917 5.9
  17,842 Michelin (CGDE) 2,167,657 3.9
  8,263 Safran 617,499 1.1
  3,381 Euler Hermes Group 310,788 0.6
  858 Thales SA 83,007 0.2
  653 Sanofi 58,966 0.1
GERMANY     6,533,607 11.9
  37,110 Deutsche Boerse AG 3,402,113 6.2
  457,503 Telefonica Deutschland Holding 2,270,183 4.1
  15,237 Dialog Semiconductor plc 778,272 1.4
  877 Beiersdorf AG 83,039 0.2
HONG KONG     3,436,463 6.2
  267,000 China Mobile Ltd. 2,922,146 5.3
  1,186,000 Li & Fung Ltd. 514,317 0.9
IRELAND     128,868 0.2
  1,553 Ryanair Holdings plc ADR 128,868 0.2
ITALY     1,801,833 3.3
  314,047 Snam SpA 1,358,603 2.5
  14,447 Azimut Holdings SpA 251,755 0.5
  43,636 Italgas Spa 191,475 0.3
JAPAN     8,220,422 14.9
  11,400 Shimamura Co., Ltd. 1,506,414 2.7
  5,900 Nintendo Co., Ltd. 1,369,264 2.5
  7,300 Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. 1,002,996 1.8
  18,500 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. 789,723 1.4
  228,700 Seven Bank Ltd. 747,815 1.4
  22,500 Canon Inc. 701,559 1.3
  27,900 NTT DOCOMO, Inc. 649,755 1.2
  5,500 Secom Co., Ltd. 393,725 0.7
  2,400 Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 341,394 0.6
  3,500 Obic Co Ltd 166,637 0.3
  11,500 Japan Exchange Group, Inc. 163,740 0.3
  1,500 Mabuchi Motor Co Ltd 84,486 0.2
  6,100 Ono Pharmaceutical Co Ltd 126,280 0.2
  2,400 Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 82,465 0.1
  1,500 Denso Corp. 65,985 0.1
  600 Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd 28,184 0.1
LUXEMBOURG     708,516 1.3
  4,774 RTL Group 384,630 0.7
  9,487 Tenaris ADR 323,886 0.6
MEXICO     843,094 1.6
  254,938 Wal-Mart de Mexico SAB de CV 587,680 1.1
  28,285 Santander Mexico Financial Group ADR 255,414 0.5
NETHERLANDS     3,817,381 7.0
  111,963 Ahold N.V. 2,396,732 4.4
  25,416 Gemalto N.V. 1,420,649 2.6
SINGAPORE     279,466 0.6
  15,900 United Overseas Bank Ltd. 251,385 0.5
  5,100 Singapore Exchange Ltd 28,081 0.1
SOUTH KOREA     57,667 0.1
  2,129 LG Display Co Ltd 57,667 0.1
SPAIN     1,949,154 3.6
  62,743 Endesa SA 1,475,006 2.7
  12,025 Tecnicas Reunidas SA 474,148 0.9
SWEDEN     595,620 1.1
  23,299 H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB 595,620 1.1
SWITZERLAND     5,490,445 9.9
  11,439 Roche Holding AG 2,922,268 5.3
  3,978 Swisscom AG 1,835,829 3.3
  130 SGS SA 277,447 0.5
  15,910 UBS AG 254,704 0.5
  1,697 Nestle SA 130,244 0.2
  15 Givaudan SA 27,025 0.0
THAILAND     443,055 0.8
  48,000 Kasikornbank/F 264,182 0.5
  32,500 Kasikornbank-R 178,873 0.3
UAE     129,690 0.2
  381,020 Dubai Financial Market 129,690 0.2
UNITED KINGDOM     6,226,884 11.3
  60,654 GlaxoSmithKline plc ADR 2,557,173 4.6
  21,693 Reckitt Benckiser Group plc 1,980,443 3.6
  18,706 GlaxoSmithKline plc 388,966 0.7
  29,702 National Grid PLC 377,192 0.7
  90,224 British Telecom Group plc 359,729 0.7
  9,548 Diageo plc 273,191 0.5
  82,454 Countrywide plc 161,172 0.3
  37,885 Hays Plc 74,528 0.1
  10,163 Pagegroup Plc 54,490 0.1
UNITED STATES     1,795,792 3.3
  41,169 ISHARES MSCI ACWI EX US ETF 1,795,792 3.3
Total Equities     52,532,709 95.7
Forward Position Long     964 0.0
Cash Balance     2,556,403 4.3
Grand Total     55,090,076 100.0

Ariel International (DM/EM)


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
Fact Sheets: Quarterly product overview

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

Quarter End
Month End

Ariel International (DM/EM) Composite Performance

As of May 31, 2017
Inception date: December 31, 2011 Annualized
To Date
Gross of Fees 5.47% 10.39% 15.16% 15.75% 4.23% 12.56% 9.59%
Net of Fees 5.40% 10.17% 14.78% 14.83% 3.41% 11.59% 8.64%
MSCI ACWI ex-US 3.25% 8.13% 13.74% 18.24% 1.26% 8.39% 7.13%

Ariel International (DM/EM) Composite Performance

As of March 31, 2017
Inception date: December 31, 2011 Annualized
To Date
Gross of Fees 3.03% 7.48% 7.48% 6.81% 3.12% 7.23% 8.47%
Net of Fees 2.96% 7.26% 7.26% 5.96% 2.31% 6.31% 7.53%
MSCI ACWI ex-US 2.54% 7.86% 7.86% 13.13% 0.56% 4.36% 6.28%

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 international (DM/EM) 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 foreign (non-U.S.) 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 strategy also may invest a portion of its assets in equity securities of companies based in the U.S. The Ariel International (DM/EM) Composite differs from its benchmark, the MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index, because: (i) the Composite has fewer holdings than the benchmark and (ii) the Composite will at times invest a portion of its assets in the U.S.

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 International (DM/EM) 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. The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States. The MSCI ACWI ex US 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.

Ariel International (DM/EM) (Representative Portfolio)

Sector Weightings (%)

As of March 31, 2017
  Ariel International (DM/EM) MSCI ACWI ex-US
Telecommunication Services 17.40 4.52
Financials 16.61 23.36
Information Technology 15.61 9.79
Health Care 13.03 8.06
Consumer Discretionary 11.69 11.30
Consumer Staples 10.74 9.87
Energy 4.89 6.79
Utilities 4.30 3.17
Industrials 3.38 11.89
Real Estate 2.29 3.24
Materials 0.05 8.02

Represents percentage of total equity holdings in the representative portfolio

The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States. 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 & Poors™, 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.

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