Changes to the Fund
Changes to the Pendal International Share Fund (APIR: BTA0056AU, ARSN 087 593 299)
We have decided to replace AQR Capital Management, LLC (AQR) as the investment manager of the Fund and appoint the Pendal Global Equities team. The change will take place on or around 21 February 2020.
Pendal’s concentrated, benchmark agnostic investment process aims to add value through active bottom-up stock selection and fundamental company research, whilst AQR’s investment process employs quantitative investment strategies that aim to add value through active stock and industry selection and proprietary investment research.
The Fund will continue to be an actively managed portfolio of global shares. The Fund will invest in companies that offer attractive investment opportunities predominantly in markets such as the USA, UK, Continental Europe, Asia and Japan.
The new investment strategy has been implemented by the Pendal Global Equities team for the past 3 years. Further information about the team is provided below.
Why are we making the change?
We have decided to make this change because we believe it is in the best interests of investors to appoint the Pendal Global Equities team to manage the Fund, as a result of our ongoing review of the investment manager. Pendal’s investment process is expected to deliver an improved investment outcome, providing investors with better risk-adjusted returns over the medium to long term.
We are also taking this opportunity, with effect from 21 February 2020, to rename the Fund as set out below:
|Previous Name||New Name|
|Pendal International Share Fund||Pendal Concentrated Global Share Fund No.3|
Management Fee and Buy-Sell spread
Effective 21 February 2020, the Fund’s management fee will decrease from 0.97% pa to 0.90% pa. At the same time, the Fund’s buy-sell spread will increase from 0.10% to 0.50%1 reflecting the higher brokerage costs expected to be incurred by the Fund following the change in investment process.
The Fund’s distribution frequency will change from quarterly to annual. Effective 21 February 2020, the Fund will generally pay distributions at the end of June each year.
What will stay the same?
The Fund’s benchmark will continue to be the MSCI World ex Australia (Standard) Index (Net Dividends) in AUD and the Fund will still aim to provide a return (before fees, costs and taxes) that exceeds this benchmark over the medium to long term.
About Pendal Global Equities team
The Pendal Global Equities team is led by Ashley Pittard. Ashley was appointed as Head of Pendal’s Global Equities boutique in 2016 and is responsible for setting the strategy, processes and risk management for both the boutique and funds managed within it.
Ashley’s experience in the finance industry spans over 24 years, including 20 years as a global equities fund manager.
The five person Global Equities team is organised on an industry basis and has an average finance industry tenure of over 10 years. The team are also able to utilise Pendal Group’s global resources including those of J O Hambro Capital Management Limited (100% owned by the Pendal Group), an investment manager with offices in London, Singapore, New York and Boston.
You can access information on Pendal’s global equity strategy on our website, at https://www.pendalgroup.com/concentrated-global-share-fund/.
 The buy-sell spread is retained by the Fund (it is not a fee paid to Pendal) and represents a contribution to the transaction costs incurred by the Fund such as brokerage and stamp duty, when the Fund is purchasing and selling assets.
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