Alma Glenmede US Large Cap Growth Equity Fund

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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
  • Benchmark: Russell 1000 Growth Index


Investment Manager

Portfolio managed by Glenmede Investment Management LP, a Philadelphia based SEC regulated investment manager with over $16bn AUM, part of the Glenmede group (approx. $37 bn in assets).

  • 47 employees, all located in Philadelphia, PA
  • 22 investment professionals; senior portfolio managers with an average 24 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.

Sector Breakdown as a % of AUM

as of 30/08/2019

Portfolio Characteristics

as of 30/08/2019
Main indicators Fund Index
No. of securities 66 526
Projected P/E Ratio 17.3x 23.5x
Price/ Normal Earnings 19.7x 26.3x
Price / Book 5.6x 7.6x
Price/ Sales 2.5x 3.6x
Projected EPS Growth 11.2 14.6
Weighted Average Market Cap ($ bn) 145.9 292.1
Median Market Cap ($ bn) 31.9 13.4
Active share (%, vs Russell 1000) 71.9
Active share (%, vs S&P 500) 74.1

Top 10 Position Details

as of 30/08/2019
Security name Sector % AUM
VISA INC-CLASS A SHARES Information Technology 2.88
MASTERCARD INC - A Information Technology 2.78
Paypal holdings Inc - W/I Information Technology 2.58
CDW Corp/DE Information Technology 2.55
Starbucks Corp Consumer Discretionary 2.49
Microsoft Corp Information Technology 2.44
Monster Beverage Corp Consumer Staples 2.33
Facebook Inc-Class A Communication Services 2.26
KLA Corp Information Technology 2.26
Ross Stores Inc Consumer Discretionary 2.25

Investment Manager's Commentary

as of 30/08/2019

Market Review and Outlook

Review

In July 2019, S&P 500 and Russell 1000 Growth Indexes had total returns of +1.4% and +2.3%, respectively. Investors remained bullish in response to favorable corporate earnings releases and expectations for a Federal funds rate cut on July 31st. For the second quarter, about 75% and 58% of S&P 500 companies had reported positive earnings and revenue surprises, respectively. Top and worst performing sectors in the Russell 1000 Growth Index were Communication Services (+4.9%) and Energy (-5.1%), respectively. The strategy’s relative performance was negatively impacted from underexposures to Apple (+8%) and Alphabet (GOOG +13%). The two companies contributed about 47% (106 basis points) to the overall total return of the Russell 1000 Growth Index. Targeted industry group biases had a relatively neutral impact on performance from overweightings in financials/industrials/materials offset by underweightings in consumer discretionary/staples/communications stocks. The strategy had mixed contributions from multi-factor stock ranking models with stock selection outperformance in five of ten sectors. The most positive relative contributions were in the Consumer Discretionary and Health Care sectors. The most negative relative contributions were in the Communication Services and Industrials sectors.

Outlook

The advance U.S. real GDP estimate for 2nd Quarter was 2.1% versus +3.1% for 1st Qtr 2019. The 2nd Qtr GDP reflected gains in personal consumption expenditures and state/local government spending. Detractors were private inventories, exports and fixed investments (residential and non-residential). Personal consumption expenditures rose +4.3% versus +1.1% in 1st quarter. Many economists project positive real GDP growth of 1.5%-2.5% for the second half of 2019. Domestic economic growth has been supported by positive business/consumer sentiment, high employment and deregulation. Slowing global growth, trade tariffs and inverted yield curve are risks to U.S. economic growth. Currently, our industry group indicators target overweightings in Materials/Financials/Health Care and underweightings in Consumer Discretionary/Consumer Staples/Communication Services sectors, respectively.

 


Facts & Documents

Facts

Fund Domicile: Luxembourg

Management Fee: 0.75% p.a. for I shares

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

SICAV ALMA CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUNDS
  1. ACIF Prospectus
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