European Equity Fund
Share Class :
EUGCX CUSIP: 616939302
European Equity Fund
EUGCX CUSIP: 616939302
Share Class :

European Equity Fund

EUGCX CUSIP: 616939302
Investment Objective

Seeks to maximize the capital appreciation of its investments.

Investment Approach

Seeks capital appreciation by investing in European companies that the investment team believes possess a prominent and sustainable position in their field, potentially enabling superior profitability and investment returns. The investment team combines quantitative filters with rigorous qualitative analysis to create a concentrated, high conviction portfolio.

Number of holdings
Turnover (%)
Weighted median market capitalization ($B)
Pricing & Performance

Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results, and current performance may be lower or higher than the figures shown. For the most recent month-end performance figures, please select the "month" timeframe or call 1-800-548-7786. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate and fund shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. For additional important information, please click here

As of 01/31/2020

As of 02/25/2020

As of 01/31/2020

As of 02/25/2020

Performance of $10,000 invested
Performance of $10,000 invested

Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Average Annual Total Returns As of 01/31/2020 As of 12/31/2019
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
EUGCX 20.60 9.30 3.42 4.95 4.01
MSCI Europe Index (%) 13.20 8.10 4.52 5.54 5.09
Lipper Category Average (%) 13.64 7.52 4.90 5.86 --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 14.17 8.03 5.17 5.81 --
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
EUGCX 26.21 9.95 3.80 4.20 4.05
MSCI Europe Index (%) 23.77 9.77 5.06 5.17 5.23
Lipper Category Average (%) 24.64 9.25 5.59 5.61 --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 24.68 9.55 5.92 5.55 --
2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
EUGCX 26.21 -13.75 22.12 -3.47 -6.11 -10.03 26.13
MSCI Europe Index (%) 23.77 -14.86 25.51 -0.40 -2.84 -6.18 25.23
Lipper Category Average (%) 24.64 -16.39 24.49 -0.94 1.73 -7.05 27.49
Morningstar Category Average (%) 24.68 -- 23.70 -1.66 1.70 -- 26.52
Average Annual Total Returns
As of 01/31/2020
TIMEFRAME EUGCX MSCI Europe Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 20.60 13.20 13.64 14.17
3 Yrs 9.30 8.10 7.52 8.03
5 Yrs 3.42 4.52 4.90 5.17
10 Yrs 4.95 5.54 5.86 5.81
Since Inception 4.01 5.09 -- --
As of 12/31/2019
TIMEFRAME EUGCX MSCI Europe Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 26.21 23.77 24.64 24.68
3 Yrs 9.95 9.77 9.25 9.55
5 Yrs 3.80 5.06 5.59 5.92
10 Yrs 4.20 5.17 5.61 5.55
Since Inception 4.05 5.23 -- --
TIMEFRAME EUGCX MSCI Europe Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
2019 26.21 23.77 24.64 24.68
2018 -13.75 -14.86 -16.39 --
2017 22.12 25.51 24.49 23.70
2016 -3.47 -0.40 -0.94 -1.66
2015 -6.11 -2.84 1.73 1.70
2014 -10.03 -6.18 -7.05 --
2013 26.13 25.23 27.49 26.52
Past performance is not indicative of future results. The Portfolio's calendar year returns do not include the deduction of any applicable sales charges.
Risk/Return Statistics

    EUGCX Index
Alpha (%) 2.36 --
Beta (vs. benchmark) 0.82 1.00
Excess return (%) 1.21 --
Information ratio 0.22 --
R squared 0.80 1.00
Sharpe ratio 0.68 0.52
Standard deviation (%) 11.19 12.24
Tracking error (%) 5.42 --
Up-capture ratio (%) 83.91 100.00
Down-capture ratio (%) 70.48 100.00
    EUGCX Index
Alpha (%) -0.67 --
Beta (vs. benchmark) 0.87 1.00
Excess return (%) -1.10 --
Information ratio -0.24 --
R squared 0.88 1.00
Sharpe ratio 0.19 0.26
Standard deviation (%) 12.20 13.07
Tracking error (%) 4.61 --
Up-capture ratio (%) 81.87 100.00
Down-capture ratio (%) 86.35 100.00
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Net Investment Income ($ per share) Long-Term Capital Gains ($ per share) Short-Term Capital Gains ($ per share) Total Capital Gains ($ per share)
12/20/2019 12/23/2019 12/23/2019 0.001357 0.519700 0.000000 0.519700
12/20/2018 12/21/2018 12/21/2018 0.001940 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Net Investment Income ($ per share) Long-Term Capital Gains ($ per share) Short-Term Capital Gains ($ per share) Total Capital Gains ($ per share)
12/20/2019 12/23/2019 12/23/2019 0.001357 0.519700 0.000000 0.519700
12/20/2018 12/21/2018 12/21/2018 0.001940 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
Composition As of 12/31/2019
  Fund Index
Euro 44.70 50.35
Swiss Franc 21.82 14.80
British Pound 15.40 26.12
Danish Kroner 12.57 2.92
Swedish Krona 3.85 4.25
Cash 1.21 --
  Fund Index
Health Care 24.93 13.84
Industrials 23.77 13.87
Consumer Staples 14.19 13.89
Information Technology 13.86 6.02
Consumer Discretionary 13.54 10.05
Materials 8.04 7.34
Cash 1.21 --
May not sum to 100% due to the exclusion of other assets and liabilities.

Geography As of 12/31/2019
  Fund Index
Switzerland 21.82 14.80
United Kingdom 19.62 26.09
Germany 18.53 13.72
Denmark 12.57 2.92
Spain 8.68 4.50
Netherlands 5.39 6.29
France 4.19 18.11
Sweden 3.85 4.25
Finland 3.68 1.50
Cash 1.21 --
May not sum to 100% due to the exclusion of other assets and liabilities.

Holdings As of 01/31/2020
Fund Index
ASML Holding NV 5.21 1.31
Experian Plc 4.75 0.35
Coloplast AS 4.69 0.16
Grifols S.A. 4.66 0.11
RELX NV 4.52 0.56
SAP SE 4.52 1.40
Novo Nordisk AS 4.44 1.18
British American Tobacco Plc 4.33 1.11
Novozymes A/S 4.21 0.12
Symrise AG 4.14 0.15
Total 45.47 --

Portfolio Characteristics
Fund Index
Active share (%) 83.94 --
Number of holdings 25 437
Price/earnings (LTM) 26.29 16.81
Price/book 4.34 1.90
5 year EPS growth (%) 8.84 6.37
Weighted median market capitalization ($B) 31.39 43.21
Turnover (%) 11 --
Portfolio turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus. View current prospectus for the as of date.
Portfolio Managers
Matthew Leeman
Head of European Equity Team
27 years industry experience
Riccardo Bindi
Executive Director
27 years industry experience
Jonathan Day
Executive Director
24 years industry experience
Jaymeen Patel
Executive Director
18 years industry experience
Product Literature
Prospectus & Reports

Turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus.


Class C shares include deferred sales charge of 1.00% which declines to zero after first year.

Where the net expense ratio is lower than the gross expense ratio, certain fees have been waived and/ or expenses reimbursed. These waivers and/or reimbursements will continue for at least one year from the date of the applicable fund’s current prospectus (unless otherwise noted in the applicable prospectus) or until such time as the fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements. Absent such waivers and/or reimbursements, returns would have been lower. Expenses are based on the fund's current prospectus. The minimum initial investment is $5,000,000 for Class I shares. 

The Fund has suspended offering Class B and Class L shares to all investors.

The Investment Approach is reflective of changes to the Fund as of December 9, 2016. See prospectus supplement for additional information.

Growth of Investment illustration is based on an initial investment of $10,000 made since fund inception, assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains and application of fees, but does not include sales charges. Performance would have been lower if sales charges had been included. Results are hypothetical.

Subject to change daily. Fund information, Portfolio Composition and Characteristics are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell any security or securities in the region presented. 

Returns are net of fees and assume the reinvestment of all dividends and income. Returns for less than one year are cumulative (not annualized). Performance of other share classes will vary.

Please keep in mind that double-digit returns are highly unusual and cannot be sustained. Investors should also be aware that these returns were primarily achieved during favorable market conditions. 

This material is a general communication, which is not impartial and all information provided has been prepared solely for informational and educational purposes and does not constitute an offer or a recommendation to buy or sell any particular security or to adopt any specific investment strategy. The information herein has not been based on a consideration of any individual investor circumstances and is not investment advice, nor should it be construed in any way as tax, accounting, legal or regulatory advice. To that end, investors should seek independent legal and financial advice, including advice as to tax consequences, before making any investment decision.

Active Share is the fraction of the portfolio or fund that is invested differently than its benchmark as of the last day of the reporting period. A portfolio with a high degree of Active Share does not assure a fund’s relative outperformance. Active Share calculation may consolidate holdings with the same economic exposure. The Net Asset Value (NAV) per share is determined by dividing the value of the fund's portfolio securities, cash and other assets, less all liabilities, by the total number of common shares outstanding. The common share market price is the price the market is willing to pay for shares of the fund at a given time. Number of holdings provided are a typical range, not a maximum number. The portfolio may exceed this from time to time due to market conditions and outstanding trades. Price/earnings (P/E) is the price of a stock divided by its earnings per share. Sometimes called the multiple, P/E gives investors an idea of how much they are paying for a company’s earning power. The higher the P/E, the more investors are paying, and therefore the more earnings growth they are expecting. Price/book compares a stock's market value to the book value per share of total assets less total liabilities. This number is used to judge whether a stock is undervalued or overvalued. Earnings per share (EPS) growth is the weighted average of earnings per share growth for all securities in the portfolio projected for the past five fiscal years. Earnings per share for a company is defined as total earnings divided by shares outstanding.The Weighted Median Market Capitalization is the point at which half of the market value of a portfolio or index is invested in stocks with a greater market cap, while the other half of the market value is invested in stocks with a lower market cap.

Turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus.

The index data displayed under allocations are calculated using MSIM and other third-party methodologies and may differ from data published by the vendor.

Excess Return or value added (positive or negative) is the portfolio’s return relative to the return of the benchmark. Alpha (Jensen's) is a risk-adjusted performance measure that represents the average return on a portfolio or investment above or below that predicted by the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) given the portfolio's or investment's beta and the average market return. Prior to 6/30/2018 Alpha was calculated as the excess return of the fund versus benchmark. Beta is a measure of the relative volatility of a security or portfolio to the market's upward or downward movements. Information ratio is the portfolio’s alpha or excess return per unit of risk, as measured by tracking error, versus the portfolio’s benchmark. R squared measures how well an investment’s returns correlate to an index. An R squared of 100 means the portfolio performance is 100% correlated to the index’s, whereas a low r-squared means that the portfolio performance is less correlated to the index’s. Sharpe ratio is a risk-adjusted measure calculated as the ratio of excess return to standard deviation. The Sharpe ratio determines reward per unit of risk. The higher the Sharpe ratio, the better the historical risk-adjusted performance. Standard deviation measures how widely individual performance returns, within a performance series, are dispersed from the average or mean value. Tracking error is the amount by which the performance of the portfolio differs from that of the benchmark. Upside/downside market capture measures annualized performance in up/down markets relative to the market benchmark.

There is no assurance that a mutual fund will achieve its investment objective. Funds are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the fund will decline and that the value of fund shares may therefore be less than what you paid for them. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this fund. Please be aware that this fund may be subject to certain additional risks. In general, equities securities’ values also fluctuate in response to activities specific to a company. Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic, market and liquidity risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than the risks generally associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Concentrated investments in Europe are more susceptible to such risks affecting European issuers than a fund that holds more geographically diversified investments. Focused Investing To the extent that the Fund invests in a limited number of issuers, the Fund will be more susceptible to negative events affecting those issuers and a decline in the value of a particular instrument may cause the Fund’s overall value to decline to a greater degree than if the Fund were invested more widely. Illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk). Derivative instruments may disproportionately increase losses and have a significant impact on performance. They also may be subject to counterparty, liquidity, valuation, correlation and market risks.

The percentile rankings are based on the average annual total returns for the periods stated and do not include any sales charges, but do include reinvestment of dividends and capital gains and Rule 12b-1 fees. The highest (or most favorable) percentile rank is 1 and the lowest (or least favorable) percentile rank is 100. The top-performing fund in a category will always receive a rank of 1.

Ratings: The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Ratings do not take into account sales loads.

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The MSCI Europe Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure developed market equity performance in Europe. The term "free float" represents the portion of shares outstanding that are deemed to be available for purchase in the public equity markets by investors. The performance of the Index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of net dividends.

The index is unmanaged and does not include any expenses, fees or sales charges. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Please consider the investment objective, risks, charges and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the fund. To obtain a prospectus, download one at or call 1-800-548-7786. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

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LTM = Last Twelve Months.


WAM is the weighted average maturity of the portfolio. The WAM calculation utilizes the interest-rate reset date, rather than a security's stated final maturity, for variable- and floating- rate securities. By looking to a portfolio's interest rate reset schedule in lieu of final maturity dates, the WAM measure effectively captures a fund's exposure to interest rate movements and the potential price impact resulting from interest rate movements.


WAL is the weighted average life of the portfolio. The WAL calculation utilizes a security's stated final maturity date or, when relevant, the date of the next demand feature when the fund may receive payment of principal and interest (such as a put feature). Accordingly, WAL reflects how a portfolio would react to deteriorating credit (widening spreads) or tightening liquidity conditions.


Tracking error and information ratio are calculated using the Portfolio's Blended Index (added October 2, 2013), as this is a better representation of the Portfolio's global multi-asset strategy. The investment team manages the Portfolio relative to this Blended Index.


Excess return versus Custom Benchmark is calculated using the Portfolio's Blended Index based on the period since it was added as a benchmark on October 2, 2013.


NTM = Next Twelve Months


LTM = Last Twelve Months


Because the Portfolio had not commenced operations as of the most recent fiscal year end, no portfolio turnover rate is available for the Portfolio.


The Reorganization occurred on January 6, 2015. The inception date reflects the inception date of the Private Fund.


Global equities is represented by the MSCI All Country World Index.


Net exposure % calculated as [(MV of long cash security and derivative positions)-(absolute value of MV in short derivative positions)]/(portfolio MV)


Gross exposure % calculated as [(MV of long cash security and derivative positions)+(absolute value of MV in short derivative positions)]/(portfolio MV).


Fixed income net and gross exposure is duration adjusted (U.S. Treasury 10-Year equivalents)


Security ratings disclosed above have been obtained from Standard & Poor's Ratings Group ("S&P"). S&P's credit ratings express its opinion about the ability and willingness of an issuer to meet its financial obligations in full and on time.'AAA' is the highest rating. Any rating below 'BBB-' rating is considered non-investment grade. Ratings are relative and subjective and are not absolute standards of quality. Ratings apply only to the underlying holdings of the portfolio and does not remove market risk. "NR" or "Not Rated" indicates that no rating has been requested, that there is insufficient information on which to base a rating, or that S&P does not rate a particular obligation as a matter of policy. Futures are not rated.


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