Global Franchise Portfolio

Share Class :
MSFAX CUSIP: 61744J283
Overall Morningstar Rating
Global Franchise Portfolio
MSFAX CUSIP: 61744J283
Share Class :

Global Franchise Portfolio

MSFAX CUSIP: 61744J283
Overall Morningstar Rating
Ratings are historical and do not guarantee future results. For standardized ratings information refer to the Pricing & Performance section. Please click here for additional disclosures.

Investment Objective

Seeks long-term capital appreciation.

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 & 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 06/30/2024

As of 07/22/2024

As of 06/30/2024

As of 07/22/2024

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

Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Average Annual Total Returns As of 06/30/2024 As of 06/30/2024
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MSFAX 7.11 3.24 7.92 9.40 10.79
MSCI World Net Index (%) 20.19 6.86 11.78 9.16 7.78
Lipper Category Average (%) 18.36 5.09 10.49 8.06 --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 14.90 4.21 9.23 7.64 --
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MSFAX 7.11 3.24 7.92 9.40 10.79
MSCI World Net Index (%) 20.19 6.86 11.78 9.16 7.78
Lipper Category Average (%) 18.36 5.09 10.49 8.06 --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 14.90 4.21 9.23 7.64 --
2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
MSFAX 16.42 -17.24 21.92 13.22 29.60 -1.50 25.85
MSCI World Net Index (%) 23.79 -18.14 21.82 15.90 27.67 -8.71 22.40
Lipper Category Average (%) 19.83 -18.63 17.38 27.59 30.32 -6.23 27.89
Morningstar Category Average (%) 18.12 -16.67 17.72 17.67 25.68 -9.64 23.61
Average Annual Total Returns
As of 06/30/2024
TIMEFRAME MSFAX MSCI World Net Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 7.11 20.19 18.36 14.90
3 Yrs 3.24 6.86 5.09 4.21
5 Yrs 7.92 11.78 10.49 9.23
10 Yrs 9.40 9.16 8.06 7.64
Since Inception 10.79 7.78 } -- --
As of 06/30/2024
TIMEFRAME MSFAX MSCI World Net Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 7.11 20.19 18.36 14.90
3 Yrs 3.24 6.86 5.09 4.21
5 Yrs 7.92 11.78 10.49 9.23
10 Yrs 9.40 9.16 8.06 7.64
Since Inception 10.79 7.78 } -- --
TIMEFRAME MSFAX MSCI World Net Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
2023 16.42 23.79 19.83 18.12
2022 -17.24 -18.14 -18.63 -16.67
2021 21.92 21.82 17.38 17.72
2020 13.22 15.90 27.59 17.67
2019 29.60 27.67 30.32 25.68
2018 -1.50 -8.71 -6.23 -9.64
2017 25.85 22.40 27.89 23.61
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

    MSFAX Index
Alpha (%) -3.21 --
Beta (vs. benchmark) 0.89 1.00
Excess return (%) -3.62 --
Information ratio -0.58 --
R squared 0.87 1.00
Sharpe ratio 0.00 0.21
Standard deviation (%) 16.43 17.23
Tracking error (%) 6.27 --
Up-capture ratio (%) 85.67 100.00
Down-capture ratio (%) 99.04 100.00
    MSFAX Index
Alpha (%) -2.03 --
Beta (vs. benchmark) 0.81 1.00
Excess return (%) -3.86 --
Information ratio -0.56 --
R squared 0.85 1.00
Sharpe ratio 0.37 0.54
Standard deviation (%) 15.57 17.80
Tracking error (%) 6.86 --
Up-capture ratio (%) 79.69 100.00
Down-capture ratio (%) 90.50 100.00
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
 Tax Center   
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)
12/14/2023 12/15/2023 12/15/2023 0.300098 0.373400 0.000000 0.373400
12/15/2022 12/16/2022 12/16/2022 0.254824 0.255100 0.000000 0.255100
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)
12/14/2023 12/15/2023 12/15/2023 0.300098 0.373400 0.000000 0.373400
12/15/2022 12/16/2022 12/16/2022 0.254824 0.255100 0.000000 0.255100
Composition As of 06/30/2024
  Fund Index
Information Technology 24.88 25.95
Financials 20.13 14.84
Consumer Staples 18.93 6.32
Health Care 18.11 11.77
Industrials 13.72 10.68
Consumer Discretionary 1.35 10.17
Communication Services 0.86 7.80
Energy -- 4.27
Materials -- 3.65
Real Estate -- 2.11
Utilities -- 2.44
Cash 1.74 --
May not sum to 100% due to the exclusion of other assets and liabilities.

Geography As of 06/30/2024
  Fund Index
United States 74.47 72.08
United Kingdom 10.26 3.72
Germany 6.69 2.16
France 5.05 2.81
Netherlands 1.26 1.35
Italy 0.26 0.67
Cash 1.74 --
Country weightings arise from our bottom-up fundamental analysis. The team seeks superior companies that are attractively valued regardless of country of domicile.
May not sum to 100% due to the exclusion of other assets and liabilities.

Holdings As of 06/30/2024
Fund Index
Microsoft Corp 8.71 4.77
SAP SE 6.69 0.32
Visa Inc 5.78 0.63
Accenture Plc 5.01 0.29
Intercontinental Exchange Inc 4.40 0.12
RELX PLC 4.06 0.13
UnitedHealth Group Inc 3.75 0.71
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc 3.46 0.32
Becton, Dickinson & Co. 3.36 0.10
Aon plc 3.27 0.09
Total 48.49 --

Complete holdings for Global Franchise Portfolio will be publicly available on a quarterly basis 15 calendar days after the quarter-end by calling (800) 548-7786 or emailing client service at

Effective June 30, 2023, the investment team updated the investment criteria to allow for greater flexibility regarding the need for companies in the Portfolio to pay a dividend. While a steady dividend can help underpin shareholder returns, in some cases, using capital for acquisitions and/or steady share buybacks may offer a reasonable alternative to returning capital to shareholders.

Portfolio Characteristics
Fund Index
Active share (%) 89.00 --
Number of holdings 39 1,430
Price/earnings (NTM) 22.94 18.61
Price/free cash flow (NTM) 23.97 23.63
Turnover (%) 15 --
Portfolio turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus. View current prospectus for the as of date.
Investment Team
William Lock
Head of International Equity Team
32 years industry experience
Bruno Paulson
Managing Director
30 years industry experience
Nic Sochovsky
Managing Director
26 years industry experience
Marcus Watson
Managing Director
16 years industry experience
Alex Gabriele
Managing Director
15 years industry experience
Richard Perrott
Executive Director
18 years industry experience
Isabelle Mast
Executive Director
19 years industry experience
Anton Kryachok
Executive Director
14 years industry experience
Marte Borhaug
Head of ESG
14 years industry experience
Vladimir Demine
Head of ESG Research
23 years industry experience

Team members may be subject to change at any time without notice. The investment team currently has 15 members; information on additional team members can be found on


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

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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.

Forecasts/estimates are based on current market conditions, subject to change, and may not necessarily come to pass.

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

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.

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Note: On September 30, 2015, Morgan Stanley Institutional Fund, Inc. Global Franchise Portfolio recommenced offering Class A shares to new investors and launched Class C shares. The initial minimum investment for Class A and Class C shares is $1,000. On March 30, 2015, Morgan Stanley Institutional Fund, Inc. Global Franchise Portfolio recommenced offering Class I shares of the Portfolio to new investors. 

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. Price/earnings (NTM) This forward P/E ratio estimates a company's likely earnings per share for the next 12 months. Price to Free Cash Flow (P/FCF) is a ratio used to compare a company’s market value to its free cash flow. It is calculated by dividing the company’s per-share stock price by its per-share free cash flow. Free Cash flow is calculated by subtracting a company’s Capital Expenditures from its Operating Cash flow.

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.

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. Complete holdings for Global Franchise will be available to current shareholders who email client service at  

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 portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market value 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. Market values can change daily due to economic and other events (e.g. natural disasters, health crises, terrorism, conflicts and social unrest) that affect markets, countries, companies or governments. It is difficult to predict the timing, duration, and potential adverse effects (e.g. portfolio liquidity) of events. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this portfolio. Please be aware that this portfolio may be subject to certain additional risks. ESG strategies that incorporate impact investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. As a result, there is no assurance ESG strategies could result in more favorable investment performance. Changes in the worldwide economy, consumer spending, competition, demographics and consumer preferences, government regulation and economic conditions may adversely affect global franchise companies and may negatively impact the strategy to a greater extent than if the strategy's assets were invested in a wider variety of companies. In general, equity securities' values also fluctuate in response to activities specific to a company. Stocks of small- and medium-capitalization companies carry special risks, such as limited product lines, markets and financial resources, and greater market volatility than securities of larger, more established companies. 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 investments in foreign developed countries. Nondiversified portfolios often invest in a more limited number of issuers. As such, changes in the financial condition or market value of a single issuer may cause greater volatility. 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.

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See the Fund's prospectus for information related to a primary benchmark index selected (if applicable) to comply with a regulation that requires the Fund's primary benchmark to represent the overall applicable market.

The MSCI World Net 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.

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NTM = Next Twelve Months


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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