NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. is marking the five year anniversary of the Schroder International Multi-Cap Value (IMCV) Fund which has outperformed the MSCI EAFE Index by +5.13% per annum since launch in 2006 (Investor Shares as of August 31, 2011).
The fund – which holds a 5-star Morningstar rating – has generated a performance track record which is ranked in the top 1% of its peer group over both three and five years. The fund's strong returns were also recently acknowledged with Lipper's 2011 award for "Best Fund Over 3 Years".
The fund adopts an innovative, benchmark-unconstrained approach to invest across the market cap spectrum ("from mega to micro") from a broad, international universe of more than 12,000 stocks. The team analyzes this universe on a daily basis to identify the best opportunities for the fund, investing on the basis of stock valuations and company quality to build an exceptionally well-diversified portfolio of over 700 stocks.
Schroder International Multi Cap Value Fund is managed by Justin Abercrombie who joined Schroders in 1996 as a founding member of the QEP Investment Team which, today, consists of 23 members located in London, New York and Sydney.
Commenting on the fund's investment approach, Abercrombie said, "The long-term benefits of value investing are already well-documented. We believe in casting our net as wide as possible, looking beyond the index, to identify the best opportunities for the portfolio. We are bottom-up investors: we're obviously looking for value but we are also concerned with company quality, taking into account characteristics like profitability, stability and financial strength. It's a stock's fundamentals which will determine our allocation, not its size or role in an index – by investing in this way we ensure that our investors' money is working as hard as it possibly can within the fund."
Carter Sims, Head of Intermediary Distribution said, "IMCV challenges conventional wisdom on what an active, unconstrained portfolio can look like. Justin and his team have proved that you can be benchmark agnostic without taking concentrated bets in a few names. Quite simply, his process allows him to consistently find quality value companies that many other managers miss due to their benchmark considerations. The result has not only been exceptional performance, but a unique core holding that can help an Advisor differentiate his client portfolios."
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Schroder Investment Management North America Inc.
Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. is a unit of Schroders plc (SDR.L), a global asset management company with approximately $328.7 billion under management as of June 30, 2011. Our clients include major financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies, as well as local and public authorities, public and private pension funds, endowments and foundations, intermediaries and advisors, and high net worth individuals and retail investors.
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Lipper: Lipper Leaders rankings and methodology are available at www.lipperweb.com. The Lipper Fund Award criteria are as follows: Funds registered for sale in the respective country as of the end of the calendar year of the respective evaluation year. At least 36 months of performance history as of the end of the calendar year of the respective evaluation year. Lipper Global classifications with at least ten distinct portfolios based on the primary share class definition, excluding residual classifications, institutional, private, closed-end, exchange traded, insurance and linked funds. Asset classes: equity, bond, and mixed-asset except for Absolute Return funds where money market and other fund asset types are considered as well. The 2011 Lipper Fund Award is as of December 31, 2010. The Schroder International Multi-Cap Value Fund Investor Shares was the #1 ranking fund in the International Multi-Cap Value funds category. Lipper, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reuters, provides independent insight on global collective investments including mutual funds, retirement funds, hedge funds, fund fees and expenses to the asset management and media communities. Lipper ranks the performance of mutual funds within a classification of funds that have similar investment objectives. Rankings are historical with capital gains and dividends reinvested and do not include the effect of loads. If an expense waiver was in affect, it may have had a material effect on the total return or yield and, therefore, the raking for the period.
Morningstar: Both the Investor and Advisor Shares share a common portfolio. The Investor and Advisor Shares of the International Multi-Cap Value Fund were rated 5 stars, (out of 306 funds) for the three year period and 5 stars, (out of 257 funds) for the five year period. For each fund with at least a 3-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive five stars, the next 22.5% receive four stars, the next 35% receive three stars, the next 22.5% receive two stars and the bottom 10% receive one star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. Morningstar Rating™ is for individual share classes only. Other classes may have different performance characteristics. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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Performance: As described in the prospectus, during certain periods shown the expenses borne by the fund were limited by the investment adviser; otherwise total return would have been lower. The MSCI EAFE Index is a market weighted index composed of companies representative of the market structure of certain developed companies located in Europe, Australasia and the Far East, and reflects the dividends net of non-recoverable withholding tax. Investors may not invest directly in an index.
(as of August 31, 2011)
MSCI EAFE Index (Net Dividends)
MSCI EAFE Value Index (Net Dividends)
Outperformance of Investor Shares vs. MSCI EAFE Index
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Schroder International Multi-Cap Value Fund (Investor Shares) Peer Group Rankings
as of August 31, 2011
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Lipper International Multi-Cap Value Category
Source: Morningstar and Lipper
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