Global Small Cap Equity Fund

+$1.03 / +0.86%
Fund assets
Year-to-date return
Fund inception date
Data as of 7/12/2024
Fund overview
Targeting stocks with strong financial flexibility
The Global Small Cap Equity Fund seeks to uncover companies with strong financial flexibility and the potential to provide future shareholder value creation.

Seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing at least two-thirds of its assets in equity securities of small-capitalisation companies located worldwide, with a focus on companies that are well managed, have flexible balance sheets and sustainable cash flows, and are undervalued relative to their intrinsic value

Key differentiators

  • Uses a disciplined approach to identify companies with long-term competitive advantages, balance sheet flexibility and sustainable free cash flow
  • Leverages a CPA-based approach to financial statement analysis
  • Exploits market inefficiencies by ingraining risk management throughout the investment process

General facts







SFDR classification


Minimum investment


Share class launch date


Annual management fee


Total expense ratio (TER)


Benchmark name

MSCI World Small Cap Index (Net)



Quick resources

Morningstar Rating™

Out of 553 funds, Global Small/Mid-Cap Equity As of 6/30/2024


Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Calendar year

Calendar year

(as of 12/31/2023)
Average annual returns

Average annual returns

(as of 6/30/2024)
MSCI World Small Cap Index (Net)
Expenses (as of 7/31/2023)
Annual management fee
0.85 %
Total expense ratio (TER)
0.95 %

The ongoing charges/total expense ratio (TER) reflects annual total operating expenses for the class, excludes transaction costs and is expressed as a percentage of net asset value. The figure shown is from current KID. The investment manager has committed to reimburse the Sub-Fund when the ongoing charges exceed the agreed upon TER. Ongoing charges may vary over time.

Past performance is not indicative of future results. Performance calculations are net of all applicable fees and are calculated on a NAV-to-NAV basis (with income re-invested). Performance shown is for class and currency indicated and returns may increase/decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. 



(as of 6/30/2024)

This chart shows the value of a hypothetical $10,000 investment in the fund over the specified time period up to 10 years or since its inception (for funds lacking 10-year records). The result is compared with benchmarks, which may include a broad-based market index and a peer group average or index. Market indexes do not include expenses, which are deducted from fund returns as well as mutual fund averages and indexes.

Does not include sales charges and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. If sales charges were included, returns would be lower.

Performance and volatility metrics

Performance and volatility metrics

(as of 6/30/2024)
3 Year
Alpha -2.61
Beta 0.96
Sharpe Ratio -0.37
Standard Deviation 19.17
R2 0.92
Information Ratio -0.47
Upside Market Capture Ratio 83.72
Downside Market Capture Ratio 98.72
Tracking Error 5.42
Correlation 0.96
Treynor Ratio -0.07
Morningstar ratings and rankings

Morningstar ratings and rankings

(as of 6/30/2024)
Global Small/Mid-Cap Equity (Out of 553 funds)
Three Year
67th percentile (373 out of 553)

For illustrative purposes only. Ratings and awards are not an indication, promise, or guarantee of future performance. Ratings and awards should not be relied upon when making an investment decision. The Overall Morningstar Rating™ is a weighted average of the 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) ratings and is based on risk-adjusted return. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

The Morningstar absolute ranking is based on the fund’s total return rank relative to all funds that have the same category for the same time period. Morningstar rankings do not include the effect of sales charges. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Prices and distributions

Historical prices

YTD high $122.84 5/15/2024
YTD low $115.23 4/17/2024
52-week high $122.84 5/15/2024
52-week low $100.36 10/29/2023
2023 high $121.90 12/27/2023
2023 low $100.36 10/29/2023
Best quarterly return 20.79% 12/31/2020
Worst quarterly return -14.34% 3/31/2022
Best annual return 21.93% 12/31/2021
Worst annual return 0.00% 12/31/2020


Portfolio statistics

Portfolio statistics

(as of 5/31/2024)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Holdings 96

Equity Style Box

(as of 5/31/2024) Overview chart

Placement within the Morningstar Equity Style Box is based on two variables: relative median market capitalization and relative price valuations (price/book and price/earnings) of the fund’s portfolio holdings. These numbers are drawn from the fund’s portfolio holdings figures most recently entered into Morningstar’s database and the corresponding market conditions. The Ownership Zone is represented by a shaded area surrounding the centroid. This zone encompasses 75% of a portfolio’s holdings on an asset-weighted basis and is designed to be a visual measure of how wide-ranging the portfolio is.


Top 10 holdings

(as of 6/30/2024)
Innospec Inc.
Novanta Inc
Gibraltar Industries, Inc.
J & J Snack Foods Corp.
Ansell Limited
Spectris plc
Alten SA
CSW Industrials, Inc.
Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.
Progress Software Corporation
Top 10 represents 26.90% of total net assets

Based on ending weights as of month-end. Source: FactSet. The information shown is not intended to be, nor should it be construed to be, a recommendation to buy or sell an individual security.

Sector allocation

Sector allocation

(as of 5/31/2024)
29.82% 20.53%
Information technology
18.88% 11.22%
11.52% 7.74%
Consumer staples
10.83% 4.65%
Health care
9.78% 9.45%
Consumer discretionary
7.27% 13.11%
4.82% 14.98%
Real estate
2.68% 7.63%
2.66% 5.30%
Communication services
1.70% 2.81%
0.05% -
0.00% 2.56%

Based on ending weights as of month-end. Source: FactSet. Percent total may not add to 100% due to rounding.

Geographic allocation

Geographic allocation

(as of 5/31/2024)
United States
57.43% 60.35%
9.55% 11.80%
United Kingdom
8.81% 5.45%
4.99% 1.60%
3.24% 3.37%
2.95% 1.41%
2.86% 1.27%
2.16% 3.83%
1.95% 2.22%
1.56% 1.62%

Based on ending weights as of month-end. Source: FactSet. Percent total may not add to 100% due to rounding.

Currency allocation

Currency allocation

(as of 5/31/2024)
Share Class
Australian Dollar
3.13% -
British Pound Sterling
7.75% -
Canadian Dollar
2.09% -
Euro (EUR)
13.56% -
Japanese Yen
9.22% -
Norwegian Krone
1.05% -
Swedish Krone
1.88% -
Swiss Franc
1.51% -
United States Dollar
59.76% -

Currency allocation is subject to change and may have changed since the date specified. Percent total may not add to 100% due to rounding.

ESG data summary

MSCI Overall ESG Score 1
Sustainalytics ESG Risk Score 2
SFDR Rating

Product involvement 3

Portfolio Benchmark
Controversial Weapons exposure 0.00% -%
Oil Sands exposure 0.00% -%
Small Arms exposure 0.00% -%
Thermal Coal exposure 0.00% -%
Tobacco exposure 0.00% -%
UN Global Compact non-compliant exposure 0.00% -%

¹ Data is sourced from MSCI ESG Research where companies are rated on a scale of 0 – 10 (0 - worst, 10 - best). Weighted average scores exclude effects of unrated securities.

² ESG Risk Ratings measure exposure to and management of ESG risks. Lower risk scores reflect less ESG risk. Sustainalytics ESG Risk Scores measure ESG risks on a scale of 0 – 100 (0 - no ESG Risk, >40 - Severe ESG Risk).

³ Carbon emissions includes operational and first-tier supply chain greenhouse gas emissions. Data sourced from S&P Trucost Limited.

⁴ Source: Allspring Global Investments. This report contains information developed by Sustainalytics. Such information and data are proprietary of Sustainalytics and/or its third-party suppliers (Third Party Data) and are provided for informational purposes only. They do not constitute an endorsement of any product or project, nor an investment advice and are not warranted to be complete, timely, accurate or suitable for a particular purpose. Their use is subject to conditions available at Copyright © 2023 Sustainalytics. All rights reserved.


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Our team
Meet the investment team

The team follows a fundamental approach of identifying companies with competitive advantages, sustainable free cash flow, and flexible balance sheets, helping deliver long-term capital appreciation.

Key risks

Global investment risk: Securities of certain jurisdictions may experience more rapid and extreme changes in value and may be affected by uncertainties such as international political developments, currency fluctuations and other developments in the laws and regulations of countries in which an investment may be made.

Smaller-company securities risk: Securities of companies with smaller market capitalisations tend to be more volatile and less liquid than securities of larger companies.

ESG risk: Applying an ESG screen for security selection may result in lost opportunity in a security or industry resulting in possible underperformance relative to peers. ESG screens are dependent on third-party data and errors in the data may result in the incorrect inclusion or exclusion of a security.

Currency risk: Currency exchange rates may fluctuate significantly over short periods of time and can be affected unpredictably by intervention (or the failure to intervene) by relevant governments or central banks, or by currency controls or political developments.

Emerging markets risk: Emerging markets may be more sensitive than more mature markets to a variety of economic factors and may be less liquid than markets in the developed world.

Geographic concentration risk: Investments concentrated in specific geographic regions and markets may be subject to greater volatility due to economic downturns and other factors affecting the specific geographic regions.

Equity securities risk: These securities fluctuate in value and price in response to factors impacting the issuer of the security as well as general market, economic and political conditions.

Leverage risk: The use of certain types of financial derivative instruments may create leverage which may increase share price volatility.

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Investors should note that, relative to the expectations of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers, this fund presents disproportionate communication on the consideration of non-financial criteria in its investment policy.

The ongoing charges/total expense ratio (TER) reflects annual total operating expenses for the class, excludes transaction costs and is expressed as a percentage of net asset value. The figure shown is from current KID. The investment manager has committed to reimburse the Sub-Fund when the ongoing charges exceed the agreed upon TER. Ongoing charges may vary over time.

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†While the Sub-Funds listed above have access to both internal and external ESG research and integrate financially material sustainability risks into their investment decision-making processes, ESG-related factors are considered but not determinative, permitting the relevant Sub-Investment Managers to invest in issuers that do not embrace ESG; as such, sustainability risks may have a more material impact on the value of the Sub-Fund’s investments in the medium to long term. The investments underlying these Sub-Funds do not take into account the EU criteria for environmentally sustainable economic activities.

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