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Ariel International (DM)

This separately managed account strategy invests in undervalued, quality franchises in overseas developed markets with an intrinsic value approach.

Ariel International (DM) (Gross)
Inception Date December 31, 2011
Assets (as of 09/30/2023) $1.2 billion

Our Portfolio Managers

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Henry Mallari-D’Auria, CFA®

Chief Investment Officer, Global and Emerging Markets Equities

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Micky Jagirdar

Senior Vice President, Head of Investments, Global Equities

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We embrace

Active patience

Long investment horizon
Discernable catalysts
Lower turnover

Independent thinking

Non-consensus perspective
Benchmark agnostic
Inefficiency equals opportunity

Focused expertise

Deep domain knowledge
Forward-looking projections
Bottom-up stock selection

Teamwork

Team validation
Collective experience leveraged
Aligned incentives

We reject

Short termism

Risk on/risk off investing
Value traps
Trading mentality

Group think

Conventional wisdom
Closet indexing
Collecting information

Thematic investing

Novice practitioners
Backward-looking research
Top-down portfolios

Individualism

Siloed decision-making
Smartest in the room mentality
Winner takes all

Sector Weightings

Weightings table for Ariel International (DM)
(as of 09/30/2023)
(as of 09/30/2023) Ending Weight (%) MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
Financials
Ending Weight (%)
21.24
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
19.10
Health Care
Ending Weight (%)
15.22
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
13.38
Consumer Discretionary
Ending Weight (%)
14.37
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
12.04
Utilities
Ending Weight (%)
12.96
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
3.35
Consumer Staples
Ending Weight (%)
11.26
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
9.78
Communication Services
Ending Weight (%)
10.02
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
4.14
Information Technology
Ending Weight (%)
7.10
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
7.73
Cash
Ending Weight (%)
5.13
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
0.00
Industrials
Ending Weight (%)
2.10
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
15.91
Energy
Ending Weight (%)
0.61
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
4.77
Materials
Ending Weight (%)
0.00
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
7.48
Real Estate
Ending Weight (%)
0.00
MSCI EAFE Net Index (%)
2.32

Disclosures related to the data above can be found at the bottom of this page.

The following disclosures provide definitions relevant to the Key Facts / General Information about this Product, its Performance tables, Top 10 Positions tables, and Industry or Sector Weightings data tables shown above.

Ariel Investments, LLC (Ariel) is a Delaware limited liability company and federally registered investment adviser regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ariel is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Sydney. Ariel offers investment strategies that seek long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities. Ariel utilizes a bottom-up, fundamental analysis to select quality company stocks. Taking a long-term view and applying independent thinking to our investment decisions, Ariel spans the market cap spectrum from small to large and covers the globe with international and global offerings. Ariel claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). GIPS® is a registered trademark of CFA Institute. CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of the content contained herein.

The Ariel international (DM) strategy seeks long-term capital appreciation as a primary objective. The strategy’s secondary objectives are 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 international markets. The strategy will invest in foreign securities by purchasing equity securities directly or through instruments that provide exposure to foreign companies. The strategy is permitted to invest in companies of any size, but typically will not invest in companies with market capitalizations below $1 billion. The strategy also may invest a portion of its assets in equity securities (or other instruments) of companies based in the U.S. or emerging markets. The Ariel International (DM) Composite differs from its benchmark, the MSCI EAFE Index, because: (i) the Composite has fewer holdings than the benchmark, (ii) the Composite will invest in Canada, and (iii) the Composite will at times invest a portion of its assets in the U.S. and emerging markets.

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 primarily in an attempt to reduce unintended tracking error versus its benchmark, decrease the strategy’s exposure to changing security prices or foreign currency risk, or 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. 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. 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. The portfolio is often concentrated in fewer sectors than its benchmarks, 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.

The Ariel International (DM) Composite has been examined for the period from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2022. A copy of the examination report is available upon request. Click here to obtain a GIPS Report.

The MSCI EAFE® Index is an equity index of large and mid-cap representation across 21 Developed Markets (DM) countries around the world, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Its inception date is May 31, 1986.

The MSCI EAFE Value Index captures large and mid-cap securities exhibiting overall value style characteristics across Developed Markets countries around the world, excluding the US and Canada. Its inception date is December 8, 1997.

All MSCI 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. 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.

The sectors shown for the Global strategies are the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”). GICS was developed by and is the exclusive property and service mark of MSCI Inc. and Standard & Poor’s (S&P), a division of The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc. GICS is licensed for use by Ariel Investments, LLC. Neither MSCI, S&P nor any third party involved in making or compiling 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 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.

Ending Weight is the value of the holding relative to the portfolio’s total assets as of the report date.