Proven World-class Manager
WCM has an outstanding long-term track record of global equity management. Their International Small Cap Growth strategy has outperformed the MSCI ACWI ex US Small Cap Index by an annualised 8.6% since its inception in 2014. Consistency of performance has been a large factor behind the firm managing assets on behalf of many of the world’s biggest pension plans including a number of large Australian superannuation funds.
Unique Investment Process
WCM’s two key criteria for any company to be considered for inclusion in the International Small Cap Growth strategy are:
- a rising competitive advantage (or expanding economic moat) and
- a corporate culture that supports the expansion of this moat.
WCM believes the direction of a company’s economic moat is of more importance than its absolute width or size.
Active All-weather Portfolio
A key to building long-term wealth is to maximise participation in rising markets while limiting the impact of market weakness. The fund has been designed as an ‘all-weather one’ capable of strong relative performance in both up and down markets. WCM’s focus on high-quality companies with expanding moats is a proven approach for achieving this objective. This is evidenced by their International Small Cap Growth strategy having delivered downside capture of 69% since inception in 2014, meaning the portfolio has experienced on average 69% of the loss of the benchmark during market declines.
High Conviction, Long-only Portfolio
WCM’s investment strategy is to construct and maintain a high conviction, actively managed long-only equities portfolio invested in listed securities of developed market (ex-US) and emerging market smaller market capitalisation companies. The Fund will be invested in quality international growth businesses with high returns on invested capital, superior growth prospects and low debt that are fundamentally attractively valued. The portfolio will typically comprise between 50 and 70 securities.
Quality International Stocks
WCM’s focus on quality international stocks with expanding economic moats leads it towards high growth sectors such as technology, healthcare and consumer. For Australian investors this provides significant diversification benefits, as these sectors represent a relatively small proportion of the local market. The WCM International Small Cap Growth Fund has a relatively low exposure to banks and basic resources, the two heavyweight sectors in the ASX.
Gain Exposure to Small-cap International Companies
The Fund provides investors with exposure to developed (ex-US) and emerging market listed, smaller companies, industries and sectors that are limited or unavailable in Australia. Adding an allocation to international small cap growth may deliver diversification benefits to your investment portfolio.
This website has been prepared by Associate Global Partners Limited (CGA) ACN 080 277 998 on behalf of its fully owned subsidiaries; Switzer Asset Management Limited (SAML) ACN 26 123 611 978, AFSL 312247 and Contango International Limited (CIM) ACN 617 319 123, CAR No. 1254169. SAML is the Responsible Entity of the WCM Quality Global Growth Fund (Quoted Managed Fund) ARSN 625 955 240 (ASX: WCMQ), WCM Quality Global Growth Fund (Managed Fund) ARSN 630 062 047 and trustee of WCM International Small Cap Growth Fund (Managed Fund). CIM is the Investment Manager of WCM Global Growth Limited (ASX: WQG)
Whilst WCM Investment Management (WCM) is the Manager and Adviser of WQG, WCMQ, WCM Quality Global Growth Fund (Managed Fund) and WCM International Small Cap Growth Fund (Managed Fund) and applies its Quality Global Growth and International Small Cap Growth strategies to the respective funds, it has not been a party to the preparation of this fact sheet. WCM has been managing its Quality Global Growth Strategy since 2008 and its International Small Cap Growth Strategy since 2014. WQG, WCMQ, and WCM Quality Global Growth Fund (Managed Fund) have the same Portfolio Managers and investment team, the same investment objective and use the same philosophy and strategy as the WCM Quality Global Growth Composite. WCM International Small Cap Growth Fund (Managed Fund) has the same Portfolio Managers, utilises the WCM investment team and has the smale investment objective as the WCM International Small Cap Growth Composite.
As WQG, WCMQ and WCM Quality Global Growth Fund (Managed Fund) have only been in operation for a relatively short period of time, this fact sheet makes extensive reference to the WCM Quality Global Growth Composite (“QGG”) and WCM International Small Cap Growth Composite (“SIG”) to provide a better understanding of how the team has managed the strategies over a longer period. The Composites contains fully discretionary QGG equity and SIG equity accounts. The QGG Composite was created 31 March 2008 and the SIG Composite 31 December 2014.
WCM manages WQG, WCMQ ,WCM Quality Global Growth Fund (Managed Fund) and WCM International Small Cap Growth Fund (Managed Fund) according to the same investment principles, philosophy and execution of approach as those used for the QGG and SIG Composites respectively. However, it should be noted that due to certain factors including, but not limited to, differences in cash flows, fees, expenses, performance calculation methods, and portfolio sizes and composition, there may be variances between the investment returns demonstrated by each of the portfolios in the future.
For the same reason, although this website makes reference to the performance of WCM as the Investment Manager of the Composites, the data for the Composites is provided purely for indicative purposes to demonstrate how WCM has performed historically in its role as the investment manager to this specific strategy. The performance for the composites is not the performance of the Funds’ and is not an indication of how WQG, WCMQ, WCM Quality Global Growth Fund (Managed Fund) and WCM International Small Cap Growth Fund (Managed Fund) would have performed in the past or will perform in the future. The material should not be viewed as a solicitation or offer of services by WCM. It is provided for information purposes only.
Any performance data quoted represents past performance of the respective strategy. Performance figures are also shown for the MSCI All Country World Index (gross) Return, (“MSCI AC World Index”). The MSCI All Country World Index (gross) is a trademark/service mark of Morgan Stanley Capital International. MSCI All Country World Index (gross) is designed to measure global developed and emerging equity market performance. The index is unmanaged, is market-value weighted and is shown for illustration only and cannot be purchased directly by investors.
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