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Overview

  • Alma Glenmede US Large Cap Growth Equity Fund aims to achieve above-benchmark long-term return through capital appreciation of US large cap growth stocks, and by limiting downside risk.
  • The fund’s management is delegated to Glenmede Investment Management LP

Share Class

NAV

Cumulative Performance (%)

Fund Inception 12 January 2018

Daily Monthly Ytd 1Yr 3Yr 5Yr Incept. Incept.Date

The performance data shown represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.


Strategy & Manager

Funds Strategy

Investment objective: to achieve above-benchmark long-term return through capital appreciation of undervalued US large cap growth stocks, and by limiting downside risk

  • Investment strategy based on valuation, fundamental, earnings and technical characteristics
  • Quantitatively-based investment process with stringent risk controls
  • Focuses on underperformance risk as much as out performance opportunity
  • Portfolio of typically 60-90 names


Investment Manager

Portfolio managed by Glenmede Investment Management LP, a Philadelphia based SEC regulated investment manager with over $11bn AUM, part of the Glenmede group (approx. $34 bn in assets).

  • 48 employees, all located in Philadelphia, PA
  • 25 investment professionals; senior portfolio managers with an average 25 years of experience, including 15 years at Glenmede
  • Vladimir de Vassal, director of Quantitative Research for Glenmede Investment Management LP, leads the team managing Glenmede’s quantitatively based equity portfolios, including the Large Cap Growth strategy

Key Persons

Vladimir de Vassal, CFA Director of Quantitative Research

Mr. de Vassal leads the team managing Glenmede’s quantitatively based equity portfolios, including the Large Cap Core strategy, and provides proprietary research and analytical support to a range of domestic and International funds, private equity, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and high-net-worth clients of the Glenmede Trust Company.

Mr. de Vassal joined Glenmede in 1998, after serving in senior analytical positions with CoreStates Investment Advisors and CoreStates Financial. He received a B.S. with highest honors from Drexel University in 1982, majoring in both Finance and Accounting. He received his M.B.A., with concentration in Investment Management, from Drexel University in 1987, and earned his Chartered Financial Analyst® designation in 1992. Mr. de Vassal is a member of the CFA Institute.

 

Paul T. Sullivan, CFA Portfolio Manager

Mr. Sullivan manages the Glenmede Large Cap Core and Large Cap Growth mutual funds, as well as separate accounts for institutional clients. His responsibilities also include analysis utilizing Glenmede’s quantitative stock selection models, and their continuing enhancement.

Mr. Sullivan joined Glenmede from SEI Investments in 1994. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University, and his M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, and is a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia and the CFA Institute.

 

Alexander R. Atanasiu, CFA Portfolio Manager, Quantitative Equity Officer

Mr. Atanasiu’s responsibilities include Glenmede’s proprietary stock ranking screening tools, multifactor stock optimizations, leading indicator analysis, and development of quantitative analytical tools for analysts and portfolio managers. He also provides support for the management of several of Glenmede’s quantitatively-based equity strategies, including long/short funds.

Mr. Atanasiu joined Glenmede in 2005. He holds dual degrees in engineering and physics from Swarthmore College, and received his M.B.A. with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with concentrations in quantitative finance and business analytics. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst® designation in 2009.


Statistics & Commentary

Performance

The performance data shown represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. The investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Portfolio Characteristics

Top 10 Position Details

Investment Manager's Commentary

as of 31/03/2020

Market Review and Outlook

For April 2020, S&P 500 and Russell 1000 Growth Indexes had total returns of about +12.8% and +14.8%, respectively. Since March 23, the S&P 500 and Russell 1000 Growth Indexes have rebounded +30.4% and +31.7%, respectively, as investor sentiment improved in response to supportive fiscal/monetary policies and medical advances against Covid-19. Market volatility, as measured by the VIX, declined to about 34 from 54 at the end of the quarter. The 10-year Treasury yield fell from .69% to .59%. The best performing sectors in the Russell 1000 Growth Index were energy (+36.2%) and consumer discretionary (+22.6%). Worst performing sectors were real estate (+7.7%) and consumer staples (+7.8%). The Russell 1000 Growth Index (+14.8%) outperformed the Russell 1000 Value Index (+11.2%) by +3.6%. The strategy was negatively impacted from underexposures to Amazon (AMZN, +26.9%) and Apple (AAPL, +15.5%). The strategy had negative effects from multi-factor models, including biases towards stocks with lower relative valuations and stronger fundamentals. The strategy reflected stock selection outperformance in 3 of 9 sectors versus the Russell 1000 Growth Index. The most positive relative contributions were in the real estate and consumer staples sectors. The most negative relative contributions were in the health care and communication services sectors. Targeted industry group biases had minor effects on performance from relative overweightings in information technology/financials offset by underweightings in consumer discretionary/staples stocks.

The advance U.S. real GDP estimate for 1st Quarter was -4.8% versus 2.1% for 4th Qtr 2019. Relative to 4Q, the 1st Qtr reflected large slowdowns in personal consumption expenditures (-7.6% vs. +1.8% in 4Q) and nonresidential fixed investments (-8.6%). Higher federal government spending (+1.7%) and residential fixed investments (+21%) provided positive contributions. Domestic growth has been supported by high employment and deregulation. However, the economic impacts from the pandemic are expected to result in the largest GDP contraction in the second quarter since 1947. Looking forward, after the negative effects from Covid-19 subside, we expect a rebound in economic growth and a normalization of market volatility. Currently, our leading industry group indicators reflect overweightings in financials/real estate/consumer discretionary and underweightings in consumer staples/health care/utilities stocks. We believe this strategy will be well positioned with its multifactor approach favoring stocks with cheaper valuations, stronger fundamentals, positive earnings/revenue estimate trends and attractive technicals.


Facts & Documents

Facts

Fund Domicile: Luxembourg

Fund Type: UCITS SICAV

Fund Launch: 12 January 2018

Base Currency: USD

Depositary, Administrator, Transfert Agent: BNP Paribas Securities Services (LU)

Dealing: Each day with a 1-day notice

Cut-off time: 12 pm CET

Management Company: Alma Capital Investment Management

Investment Manager: Glenmede Investment Management LP (US)

Fund Managers: Vladimir de Vassal , Paul T Sullivan Alexander R. Atanasiu

Countries where the fund is registered:
Luxembourg, France

Identifiers:

Institutional USD Capitalisation share class
ISIN: LU1687386091   Ticker: AGULCIA LX    Launch: 12 Jan 2018

Documents

PROSPECTUS
  1. ACIF Prospectus
KIIDS Other sub-funds and other languages
available upon request