In this update, Portfolio Manager Peter Schwab, CFA®, provides a review of the high yield market in the first quarter of 2021, along with an overview of the Impax High Yield Bond Strategy’s recent performance, positioning and outlook. Peter also discusses the decision to become a fossil fuel free portfolio and reviews examples of bonds from companies with strong ESG profiles.

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Impax High Yield Bond Strategy disclosures

1Results shown for the year 2015 represent a partial performance from October 30, 2015 to December 31, 2015.
*Assets prior to 2018 are from the predecessor firm Pax World Management LLC
**The asset weighted standard deviation is not shown when there were less than six accounts in the composite for the entire year. 
***The 3-year ex-post standard deviation is not shown for the composite and/or benchmark if 36 rolling monthly returns are not available.
Both the internal and external risk figures are calculated using monthly Gross-of-fee returns.

For institutional communication only.

Composite Description The High Yield Composite primarily invests in high-yield, fixed-income securities while seeking high current income. High yield bonds can help mitigate the effect of rising interest rates as they are negatively correlated with Treasuries and have often provided positive returns in rising rate environments. The Composite will invest globally on an opportunistic basis. The Composite follows a sustainable investing approach, combining rigorous financial analysis with equally rigorous environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis in order to identify investments.

The High Yield Composite was created October 31, 2015. The inception date of the composite’s performance was October 31, 2015.

Claiming GIPS Compliance Impax Asset Management claims compliance with Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. Impax Asset Management has been independently verified for the periods March 1, 2002 through to December 31, 2019. Impax Asset Management LLC, formerly known as Pax World Management LLC, has also been independently verified for the periods December 31, 2001 through to March 1, 2002. Verification reports are available upon request. A firm that claims compliance with the GIPS standards must establish policies and procedure for complying with all the applicable requirements of the GIPS standards. Verification provides assurance on whether the firm’s policies and procedures related to composite and pooled fund maintenance, as well as the calculation, presentation, and distribution of performance, have been designed in compliance with the GIPS standards and have been implemented on a firm-wide basis. Verification does not provide assurance on the accuracy of any specific performance report.

Firm Information Impax Asset Management is defined as Impax Asset Management Limited, Impax Asset Management (AIFM) Limited and Impax Asset Management LLC. These entities are subsidiaries of Impax Asset Management Group plc (‘IAM’) which is a publicly traded investment management company registered in the United Kingdom, and is headquartered in London, UK.  For GIPS purposes the firm includes discretionary and non-discretionary accounts but excludes accounts which have a mandate to invest entirely in private equity or property.  Prior to January 2018, Impax Asset Management only included Impax Asset Management Limited and Impax Asset Management (AIFM). The firm was redefined to also include Impax Asset Management LLC to reflect the acquisition of Pax World Management LLC. The firm’s List of Composite, Limited Distribution Pooled Fund, and Broad Distribution Pooled Fund descriptions is available upon request.

Benchmark Description The ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield BB-B (Constrained 2%) index (“Benchmark”)  tracks the performance of BB- and B-rated fixed income securities publicly issued in the major domestic or eurobond markets, with total index allocation to an individual issuer limited to 2%.

Calculation Methodology Returns are calculated using the asset-weighted method and individual portfolios are revalued daily, with pricing information supplied by State Street Bank & Trust. Results are based on fully discretionary accounts under management, including those accounts no longer with the firm. Accounts in the composite may invest in securities of foreign issuers but the benchmark does not. Composite performance portrayed reflect the reinvestment of dividends, capital gains, and other earnings when appropriate. Gross of fees returns are calculated gross of management and custodial fees and net of transaction costs. Withholding taxes on income related to foreign Issuers are net. Net of fees returns are calculated by reducing monthly gross returns by the maximum applicable fee according to the stated fee schedule below. Past performance does not guarantee future results. This performance report should not be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell any particular securities held in composite accounts. Market conditions can vary widely over time and can result in a loss of portfolio value.

Fees and Expenses Since May 2020 net of fee performance was calculated using a fee of 0.40%. Previously, from October 2015 to April 2020 net of fee performance was calculated using a fee of 0.50%. Impax Asset Management uses a model fee, which is the maximum applicable fee, for the computation of composite net-of-fee returns. Actual investment advisory fees incurred by portfolios may vary.

Other Disclosures The U.S. Dollar is the currency used to express performance, results are affected by currency translation. Returns are presented gross and net of management fees and include the reinvestment of all income. Policies for valuing portfolios, calculating performance, and preparing GIPS Reports are available upon request.
GIPS® is a registered trademark of CFA Institute. CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of the content contained herein.

Past performance does not guarantee future results. This performance report should not be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell any particular securities held in composite accounts. Market conditions can vary widely over time and can result in a loss of portfolio value.

Chris Rooney

Vice President, Intermediary Business Development

Chris Rooney is Vice President of Intermediary Business Development at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

He leads the firm’s distribution and business development efforts in the intermediary marketplace.

Prior to joining Impax, Chris worked as a Sales Representative at John Hancock. He holds the FINRA Series 6, 7 and 63 registrations, is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), and he is a registered representative of Foreside Financial Services, LLC.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

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Peter Schwab, CFA®

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Peter Schwab is Senior Vice President at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

He is Portfolio Manager of the High Yield Bond Strategy, which includes the Pax High Yield Bond Fund. Peter is also a member of the Pax Sustainable Allocation Fund portfolio management team.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Peter was a Managing Director on the High Yield Bond and Loan Team at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Prior to that he was an Investment Associate in the High Yield Group at Putnam Investments and a member of the High Yield Research Group at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.

Peter has a Bachelor of Arts in history and economics from Union College and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. He is a CFA® charterholder, a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and holds the FINRA Series 7 and 63 registrations.

Peter Schwab is a registered representative of Foreside Financial Services, LLC.

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