"We search for good businesses with promising growth prospects that trade at reasonable valuations. Good businesses typically have durable competitive advantages that lead to strong market share and high margins. We look for secular tailwinds and a large addressable market — to provide a long runway for growth. We also consider valuation a key component of investing and are only willing to pay a reasonable price for growth. Our goal is to build a diversified, all-weather portfolio that will perform well in both up and down markets."
— Tim Cunningham & Greg Dunn
Managed in a bottom-up, fundamentally driven, hard-research intensive fashion.
Managers enjoy true multi-cap flexibility: they’re able to buy many small- and mid-cap companies that other international growth funds cannot. International markets tend to be less efficient and news-driven, which favors this flexibility.
While value managers often start from a place of valuation and decide whether a company is a good business, International Growth Fund managers start from a place of growth and ask:
- Is there a long-term growth opportunity?
- Is it a good business?
- Is the valuation reasonable?
We look for:
Attractive growth characteristics: a large addressable market, secular tailwinds, durable competitive advantages, and a high rate of growth with operational leverage.
Good businesses: High barriers to entry, quality management, durable competitive advantages, strong market share, high and sustainable margins.
Reasonable valuation: We consider growth prospects, business models, historical valuation ranges, conduct peer valuation comparisons, and look at investor sentiment.
International Growth uses Thornburg’s basket construct; we attempt to keep the exposure to each basket roughly equal to provide optimal diversification balance.
Consistent growth companies exhibit steady earnings and revenue growth; these companies often have subscription or other recurring revenue profiles.
Growth industry leaders often have leadership positions in growing markets, sometimes with dominant market share, and tend to be larger and more established.
Emerging growth companies are typically growing rapidly, often carving out a niche in an existing market. They tend to be smaller, earlier-stage companies. We expect these companies to generate high returns over time, but with higher volatility.
Risk management: We tend to be fast to sell a holding when a crack appears in the investment thesis. As international markets are often less efficient, there are often ample alternative opportunities.