|SYMBOL||% OF PORTFOLIO|
|Electricite de France S.A.||EDF FP||4.6%|
|UniCredit SpA||UCG IM||4.2%|
|China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.||386 HK||3.6%|
|Credit Suisse Group AG||CSGN SW||3.6%|
|Royal Dutch Shell plc||RDS/A US||3.5%|
|Infineon Technologies AG||IFX GR||3.2%|
|Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.||CP US||3.2%|
|Halliburton Co.||HAL US||3.0%|
|Reliance Industries Ltd.||RIL IN||3.0%|
|Barclays plc||BARC LN||2.8%|
|Commerzbank AG||CBK GR||2.6%|
|NN Group N.V.||NN NA||2.5%|
|Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd.||4063 JP||2.2%|
|SoftBank Group Corp.||9984 JP||2.0%|
|LafargeHolcim Ltd.||LHN SW||2.0%|
|Omron Corp.||6645 JP||1.8%|
|Cie de Saint-Gobain||SGO FP||1.6%|
|AXA S.A.||CS FP||1.5%|
|Kingfisher plc||KGF LN||1.3%|
|Veolia Environnement S.A.||VIE FP||1.0%|
|BRF S.A.||BRFS3 BZ||0.7%|
Électricité de France SA produces, markets, and distributes electricity. It provides a wide range of natural gas, electricity and energy eco-efficiency services. It operates through five divisions Engineering, Generation, Optimization & Trading, Transmission and Distribution. The company was founded on April 8, 1946 and is headquartered in Paris, France.
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec Group) is an energy and chemical company. It engages in the exploration, production and transportation of petroleum products such as crude oil and natural gas. The company operates through the following business segments: Exploration & Production, Refining, Marketing & Distribution, Chemicals, and Corporate & Others. The Exploration & Production segment explores crude oil and natural gas. The Refining segment processes crude oil and natural gas to produce petroleum products. The Marketing & Distribution segment operates service stations, and sells refined products at wholesale or retail. The Chemicals segment manufactures and sells chemical products. The Corporate & Others segment includes trading, research and development activities of the company. China Petroleum & Chemical was founded on February 25, 2000 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc produces oil and natural gas. It operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Corporate. The Upstream segment combines the operating segments Upstream International and Upstream Americas, which have similar characteristics and are engaged in exploring for and recovering crude oil and natural gas; the liquefaction and transportation of gas; the extraction of bitumen from oil sands that is converted into synthetic crude oil; and wind energy. The Downstream segment engages in manufacturing, supply and distribution and marketing activities for oil products and chemicals; alternative energy; and CO2 management. The Corporate segment represents the support functions, comprising holdings and treasury, headquarters, central functions and its self-insurance activities. The company was founded in February 1907 and is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands.
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Infineon Technologies AG engages in the provision of semiconductor and system solutions. It operates through the following segments: Automotive; Industrial Power Control; Power Management and Multimarket; and Chip Card and Security. The Automotive segment designs, develops, manufactures, and markets semiconductor for automotive applications. The Industrial Power Control segment engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of semiconductors for the generation, transmission, and economy in the use of electrical energy. The Power Management and Multimarket segment involves in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of semiconductors for energy-efficient power supplies as well as for mobile devices and mobile phone network infrastructures. The Chip Card and Security segment designs, develops, manufactures, and markets semiconductor-based security products for card applications and network systems. The company was founded on April 1, 1999 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany.
Reliance Industries Ltd. engages in exploration and production of oil and gas, petroleum refining and marketing textiles, retail and special economic zones. The company also markets petrochemicals, polyester, fiber intermediates, plastics and chemicals. It has three reportable segments: petrochemicals, refining and oil & gas. The petrochemicals segment includes production and marketing operations of petrochemical products, including high and low density polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, poly butadiene rubber, polyester yarn, polyester fibre, purified terephthalic acid, paraxylene, ethylene glycol, olefins, aromatics, linear alkyl benzene, butadiene, acrylonitrile, caustic soda and polyethylene terephthalate. The refining segment includes production and marketing operations of the petroleum products. The oil & gas segment includes exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. Reliance Industries was founded by Dhirubhai Hirachand Ambani in 1966 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India.
NN Group NV engages in insurance and investment management. It operates through the following segments: Netherlands Life, Netherlands Non-Life, Insurance Europe, Japan Life, Investment Management, other, and Japan Closed Block VA. The Netherlands Life segment offers a range of group life and individual life insurance products. The Netherlands Non-Life segment offers non-life insurance products such as motor, transport, fire, liability, travel, and income protection to retail, self employed, small and medium enterprises (SME), and corporate customers. The Insurance Europe segment includes retail, self employed, SME, and corporate customer life insurance. The Japan Life segment manages corporate owned life insurance products to SMEs and owners and employees of SMEs through independent agents and bancassurance. The Investment Management segment overseas investment products and advisory services to retail and institutional customers. The other segment comprises of business of National Nederlanden Bank and ING Re. The Japan Closed Block VA segment includes NN Group's closed block single premium variable annuity individual life insurance portfolio in Japan. The company was founded in 1845 and is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
SoftBank was founded by the charismatic Masayoshi Son as a publishing company in the 1980s. The CEO and largest shareholder has since transformed the company into one of three leading mobile communications providers in Japan. Since acquiring Vodafone's Japanese assets, SoftBank has continued to gain share by differentiating both its network and its brand.
SoftBank has continued to expand its reach through investments in both China and the US. Its acquisition of a controlling stake in Sprint targets a similar reinvigoration of the mobile assets achieved in Japan. SoftBank has also made a number of investments in the ecommerce space. The most significant thus far has been 33% in Alibaba. Management has repeatedly delivered on existing and found new growth drivers to increase shareholder value.
LafargeHolcim Ltd. manufactures and sells cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, concrete, and asphalt products as well as associated services and solutions. Its products are used in various projects and applications, including the construction of infrastructure projects, such as tunnels, airports, ports, bridges, data centers, roads and highways, and stadiums. The company was founded on July 10, 2015 and is headquartered in Jona, Switzerland.
OMRON Corp. engages in the manufacture and sale of automation components, equipment, and systems. It operates through the following segments: Industrial Automation; Electronic and Mechanical Components; Automotive Electronic Components; Social Systems, Solutions, and Services; Healthcare; and Others. The Industrial Automation segment manufactures and sells control components and equipment for factory automation and production machinery. The Electronic and Mechanical Components segment produces and merchandises relays, switches, components, and units for amusement devices, connectors, and combination jogs. The Automotive Electronic Components segment supplies onboard electronic components aimed at auto makers and automotive component makers. The Social Systems, Solutions, and Services segment ideals with railway infrastructure, traffic control, road management, security, environmental solutions, and payment systems. The Healthcare segment sells digital blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers, body composition monitors, pedometers, biological information monitors, and nebulizers. The Others segment includes solar power generation systems, sensors, and liquid crystal display backlights. The company was founded by Kazuma Tateisi on May 10, 1933 and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.
AXA SA operates as a holding company, which engages in the provision of insurance and asset management services. The company operates its business through five segments: Life & Savings, Property & Casualty, International Insurance, Asset Management and Banking. The Life & Savings segment offers products including individual and group savings products, life and health products for both individual and commercial clients. The Property & Casualty segment offer products including motor, household, property and general liability insurance for both personal and commercial customers. The International Insurance segment focuses on risks, reinsurance and assistance. The Asset Management segment includes diversified asset management and related services. The Banking segment involves in the banking activities, which includes retail banking, mortgages loans, and savings conducted primarily in France, Belgium and Germany. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Paris, France.
Brasil Foods is one of the largest global food producers and is the result of the 2009 merger of Brazil's two leading food companies Perdigao and Sadia. The company processes meat within Brazil and sells the products locally and abroad. In its domestic market, Brazil Foods owns a nationwide distribution system and enjoys a leading market share in pasta, pizza, and processed meat products. The company's major brands include Perdix, Sadia, Hilal, and Batavo. Over time, household income has grown in Brazil which has resulted in higher demand for these types of processed foods. Internationally, the agricultural advantages of Brazil (related to climate, water, soil conditions, etc) have allowed BRF to gain market share over many years in meat exports.
|SYMBOL||% OF PORTFOLIO|
|China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd.||762 HK||3.1%|
|SAP SE||SAP GR||3.0%|
|Ferrovial S.A.||FER SM||2.9%|
|Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA||FRE GR||2.8%|
|Danone S.A.||BN FP||2.5%|
|Vinci S.A.||DG FP||2.3%|
|Yunnan Baiyao Group Co. Ltd.||000538 C2||2.1%|
|Reckitt Benckiser Group plc||RB/ LN||1.8%|
|British American Tobacco plc||BTI US||1.5%|
|Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.||TEVA US||1.5%|
|Iberdrola S.A.||IBE SM||1.5%|
|adidas AG||ADS GR||1.1%|
|Industria de Diseno Textil S.A.||ITX SM||0.5%|
|Liberty Global plc||LBTYK US||0.5%|
|Daikin Industries Ltd.||6367 JP||0.3%|
Ferrovial SA is engaged in the investment and development of transportation infrastructures. It operates through the following segments: Construction, Services, Toll Roads, and Airports. The Construction segment designs and performs public and private works for roads, highways, airports, and buildings. The Services segment involves in the maintenance and upkeep of infrastructures, facilities, and buildings; waste collection and treatment; and rendering of other kinds of public services. The Toll Roads segment develops, finances, and operates tollways such as 407 ETR, North Tarrant Express, LBJ Express, Indiana Toll Road, Euroscut Azores, Madrid-Levante, and Ausol I. The Airports segment develops and runs Heathrow, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Southampton Airports. The company was founded by Rafael del Pino y Moreno in December 1952 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.
Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA engages in the provision of healthcare related products and services. It operates through the following segments: Fresenius Medical Care, Fresenius Kabi, Fresenius Helios, Fresenius Vamed, and Corporate and other. The Fresenius Medical Care segment provides dialysis products and services for patients with chronic kidney failure. The Fresenius Kabi segment offers IV drugs including intravenously administered generic anesthetics, anti-infectives, analgesics, and drugs for the treatment of oncological and other critical diseases and infusion solutions and blood volume substitutes for infusion therapy. The Fresenius Helios segment operates hospitals. The Fresenius Vamed segment manages projects and provides services for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The Corporate and other segment comprises the holding activities of the company and the activities of the information technology service provider Fresenius Netcare. The company was founded by Eduard Fresenius in October 1912 and is headquartered in Bad Homburg, Germany.
Paris-based Vinci is one of the largest integrated construction/concession firms in the world, with annual revenues of approximately 40 billion euros from operations in approximately 100 countries.
The group's business is divided into two main areas. Concessions provide approximately 60% of operating profit, including toll motorways in France, parking lots, airport operations, and a portfolio of other infrastructure assets. Contracting operations provide almost 40% of operating profit, including large infrastructure construction projects, technical installation & maintenance, road building, and real estate development.
Vinci's revenue and profits have fluctuated with economic cycles, as one might expect from its collection of businesses. Profits declined in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, before recovering since 2012. Notwithstanding the cyclical volatility, Vinci's profits and dividends have generally grown on a secular basis. Per share dividends have increased by more than 10% since the year 2000, though dividend growth has slowed from this pace in recent years.
Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc manufactures and markets household, health and personal care, selling products. The company's geographical segments include: Europe and North America (ENA); Latin America, North Asia, South East Asia and Australia and New Zealand (LAPAC); and Russia and CIS, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Sub-Saharan Africa (RUMEA). Its key brands include Durex, Gaviscon, Mucinex, Nurofen, Scholl, Strepsils, Airborne, MegaRed, Move Free, Bang, Clearasil, Dettol, Finish, Harpic, Lysol, Mortein, Veet Air Wick, Calgon, Vanish and Woolite. It also makes over-the-counter pharmaceuticals such as analgesics, antiseptics, flu remedies and gastrointestinal medications and offers products for hair removal, denture cleaning and pest control. Reckitt Benckiser Group was founded in December 1999 and is headquartered in Slough, the United Kingdom.
Iberdrola S.A. generates, distributes, trades, and markets electricity in the United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. The Company specializes in clean energy and more specifically wind power. The company was founded by Juan de Urrutia in 1901 and is headquartered in Bilbao, Spain.
Liberty Global is the largest cable operator in the world. Its cable network spans across Europe, with key markets of Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and the UK. Cable infrastructure has emerged as the most cost efficient method to transmit data at high speeds. Liberty's network is also valuable to telecommunication companies given its ability to offload mobile internet traffic during peak times.
Consolidation in the European telecom sector favors strong incumbents that are able to benefit from the pricing power associated with a better market structure. The defensive growth nature of the cable business means Liberty should be able to generate sound shareholder returns in a variety of market environments.
|SYMBOL||% OF PORTFOLIO|
|Ping An Insurance Group Co. of China Ltd.||2318 HK||3.4%|
|TAL Education Group||TAL US||2.9%|
|Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co. Ltd.||600887 C1||2.4%|
|Tencent Holdings Ltd.||700 HK||1.7%|
|Midea Group Co. Ltd.||000333 C2||1.2%|
|ams AG||AMS SW||1.1%|
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.||BABA US||0.5%|
Tencent is a leading Chinese Internet company offering an instant messaging service, a social networking site, a news/entertainment portal, and an online gaming platform. In the gaming division, Tencent is a leading provider of both casual games and massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) and utilizes in-house development and third party licensing. Its key asset is its large instant messaging user base, which allows it to cross sell and monetize other services.
Even with a relatively low level of Internet penetration, China already boasts the world's largest online population. The number of Chinese people accessing the Internet should continue to increase as physical telecommunication infrastructure is built out and as more individuals are able to afford PCs. Tencent, which already has more than 500 million active users, will benefit from increasing internet penetration to the extent it can continue to monetize its massive user base. Today Tencent derives revenue from premium instant messaging services, online advertisements, wireless messaging, and online gaming. Notably, it has become a key online gaming player in a relatively short period of time.
Barriers to entry in the Internet space are relatively low given low capital intensity, and the rapid pace of technological innovation can make the competitive environment quite dynamic. Tencent's famous "QQ" brand, user base, significant net cash balance sheet, and substantial free cash generation are key competitive advantages which may be leveraged to grow both organically and inorganically.
Alibaba Group was the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world by gross merchandise volume in 2013. Alibaba operates platforms for third parties and does not engage in direct sales or hold inventory. Alibaba Group started as an online B2B marketplace platform, alibaba.com, in 1999. In 2003, it launched an online C2C marketplace platform, Taobao. In 2008, it launched an online B2C marketplace platform, Tmall.
Taobao currently has 85% market share in China C2C ecommerce market. Tmall has 55% market share in China B2C ecommerce market. We believe Alibaba Group is a beneficiary of 1) growth in China consumption, and 2) increasing penetration of online retail to offline retail.
|% OF PORTFOLIO|
|Cash & Cash Equivalents||5.3%|
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