VIF Global Franchise Portfolio
Share Class :
 
MBIIX CUSIP: 61691F300
VIF Global Franchise Portfolio
MBIIX CUSIP: 61691F300
Share Class :

VIF Global Franchise Portfolio

SHARE CLASS :
MBIIX CUSIP: 61691F300
 
 
 
 
Investment Approach

The investment team believes that high-quality companies can generate superior returns over the long term. Such businesses are typically built on dominant market positions, underpinned by powerful, hard to replicate intangible assets that can generate high, unlevered returns on capital and strong free cash flows. Other characteristics are recurring revenue streams, pricing power, low capital intensity and the opportunity for organic growth.

 
 
 
Pricing

As of 04/30/2018

As of 06/15/2018

As of 04/30/2018

As of 06/15/2018


    
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
 
 
Distributions
 
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)
07/03/2017 07/05/2017 07/05/2017 0.187502 1.810100 0.000000 1.810100
06/29/2016 06/30/2016 06/30/2016 0.207399 1.959400 0.000000 1.959400
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)
07/03/2017 07/05/2017 07/05/2017 0.187502 1.810100 0.000000 1.810100
06/29/2016 06/30/2016 06/30/2016 0.207399 1.959400 0.000000 1.959400
 
 
Composition As of 03/31/2018
  Fund Index
Consumer Staples 44.31 8.67
Information Technology 27.44 17.61
Consumer Discretionary 9.20 12.66
Health Care 8.11 11.72
Industrials 5.64 11.64
Financials 2.62 17.93
Materials 0.77 5.08
Cash 1.94 --


Holdings As of 05/31/2018
Fund Index
Reckitt Benckiser Plc 7.62 0.13
Unilever Plc 7.44 0.17
Microsoft Corp 7.11 1.80
Accenture Plc 6.58 0.24
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc 6.06 0.14
Visa Inc 4.90 0.59
British American Tobacco Plc 4.76 0.29
Philip Morris Inc 4.50 0.31
SAP SE 4.49 0.28
L'Oreal 4.29 0.15
Total 57.75 --

Complete holdings for Global Franchise Portfolio will be available on a quarterly basis 15 calendar days after the quarter-end to current shareholders who email client service at msimcs@morganstanley.com

Please note, prior to February 13, 2018, holdings and related composition data, shown as of December 31, 2017, were reflecting data as of January 2, 2018.  Holdings data for these periods are available upon request by emailing client service at msimcs@morganstanley.com.



Portfolio Characteristics
Fund Index
Number of holdings 28 1,649
Price/earnings (NTM) 19.76 15.43
Turnover (%) 26 --
Portfolio turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus. View current prospectus for the as of date.
 
 
Investment Team
Head of International Equity Team
26 years industry experience
Managing Director
24 years industry experience
Executive Director
20 years industry experience
Executive Director
20 years industry experience
Executive Director
16 years industry experience
Executive Director
18 years industry experience
Executive Director
10 years industry experience
Executive Director
8 years industry experience
Vice President
11 years industry experience
 
 
Insights by International Equity Team
Investment Insight
Quality Traits
Jun 30, 2016
High quality companies have the ability, and habit, of generating high and consistent returns on operating capital, which leads to strong free cash flow and the ability to compound over the long term.
Investment View
Q&A with Nic Sochovsky
Dec 29, 2015
Nic Sochovsky, a portfolio manager on the International Equity Team, discusses the team’s significant exposure to what they consider high-quality Consumer Staples.
 
 
Resources
Prospectus & Reports
SAI
 
 
 
 
 

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 /Trustees 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 portfolio’s current annual report.

DEFINITIONS 
Net Asset Value (NAV) is the dollar value of a single fund share, based on the value of the underlying assets of the fund minus its liabilities, divided by the number of shares outstanding. It is calculated at the end of each business day.
Return on capital is a measure of a company’s efficiency at allocating the capital under its control to profitable investments, calculated by dividing net income minus dividends by total capital. 
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.
Sales growth is the increase in sales over a specific period of time, often but not necessarily annually.
Weighted median market capitalization is the point at which half of the market value of a portfolio is invested in stocks with a greater market cap, and consequently the other half is invested in stocks with a lower market cap.
Debt/equity (D/E) is a measure of a company’s financial leverage calculated by dividing its total liabilities by stockholders’ equity.
Turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus.
Weighted average market capitalization is a stock market index weighted by the market capitalization of each stock in the index. In such a weighting scheme, larger companies account for a greater portion of the index. Most indexes are constructed in this manner, with the best example being the S&P 500.
Duration is a measure of the sensitivity of the price (the value of principal) of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates. Duration is expressed as a number of years. Rising interest rates mean falling bond prices, while declining interest rates mean rising bond prices.
Average maturity is the weighted average of the time until all maturities on mortgages in a mortgage-backed security (MBS). The higher the weighted average to maturity, the longer the mortgages in the security have until maturity.

Subject to change daily. Portfolio information, 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 sectors presented. Monthly Holdings are updated 15 calendar days after month-end.

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

RISK CONSIDERATIONS
There is no assurance that a portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the portfolio will decline and that the value of portfolio shares may therefore be less than what you paid for them. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this portfolio. Please be aware that this portfolio 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, and market risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than the risks generally associated with foreign investments. Illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than public traded securities (liquidity risk).

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
The MSCI World Index is a free float adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the global equity market performance of developed markets. 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.

Complete holdings for Global Franchise will be available on a quarterly basis 15 calendar days after the quarter-end to current shareholders who email client service at msimcs@morganstanley.com.

On March 30, 2015, The Universal Institutional Funds, Inc. Global Franchise Portfolio recommenced offering Class II shares to new investors.

Effective May 1, 2017, The Universal Institutional Funds, Inc. (UIF) changed its name to Morgan Stanley Variable Insurance Fund, Inc. (VIF). There were no other changes to the Portfolio or investment process.

NTM = Next 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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