We believe a combined focus on corporate economic profit (EVA) growth and country allocation drives long-term returns while controlling risk. We further believe that a focus on dividend yield and dividend growth can add incremental performance. We seek companies that can generate returns in excess of their cost of capital, thereby creating shareholder value. We emphasize countries with attractive value, growth/momentum and risk profiles.
Our process is based on the concept of EVA (economic value added), which focuses on finding companies that over time, will exhibit characteristics such as strong/growing cash flow generation, sales, margins and/or asset utilization.
Our process is underpinned by fundamental stock selection and aided by our proprietary country allocation framework. The global universe contains 46 countries. Political and liquidity screens eliminate a number of countries. The resulting country universe, representing approximately 90% of MSCI All Country World Index by market capitalization, is then scored and ranked for valuations, growth/momentum, risk and dividend yield. A minimum market cap screen of US$1.5 billion is applied in the security screening process. The remaining universe is then ranked based on historical and prospective valuation, growth and momentum characteristics. Companies in the top six deciles in this analysis are included in the next screening.
Subsequent EVA analysis reduces the universe to the ‘watchlist’. Selected names are reviewed using in- depth fundamental analysis to uncover companies with strong businesses and management, unrecognized growth potential, attractive valuations, dividend yield and/or dividend growth prospects.
The portfolio manager imposes disciplined controls at the country, sector, company and portfolio level. The Portfolio typically maintains a dividend yield in excess of the MSCI All Country World Index.