Performance and Portfolio Update

  • The Fund outperformed the benchmark Russell 1000 Index in the first quarter. The main drivers of the return difference were industry exposures, which were largely driven by no holdings in the Energy sector. As a whole, the factors used in the strategy construction detracted from relative returns, however, there were some factors that were additive in the down market.
  • The Fund overweights its portfolio toward companies with ESG strength. During the quarter, this overweight to ESG leaders and accompanying underweight to companies with weaker ESG profiles in aggregate had a positive impact on performance.
  • The tilt towards dividend sustainability factors contributed to relative performance. Particularly, the Fund’s exposure to companies with higher profitability and earnings quality resulted in outperformance during the period. This was slightly offset by exposure to companies with higher management quality which detracted modestly from relative returns.
  • The tilt toward companies with higher dividend yield had a negative impact on returns as companies with larger dividend payouts trailed the broader market.
  • As part of the Fund’s proprietary SmartCarbonTM approach, there is no fossil fuel exposure in the portfolio, which benefited performance with the Energy sector down more than -50%.1


(as of 3/31/20)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception2
ESG Beta Dividend Fund - Investor Class-11.98-20.11-20.11-10.553.00--4.01
ESG Beta Dividend Fund - Institutional Class-11.95-20.06-20.06-10.323.30--4.29
Russell 1000 Index-13.21-20.22-20.22-8.034.64--5.84
Lipper Equity Income Funds Index-13.82-23.11-23.11-12.850.52--1.52

Performance data quoted represent past performance, which does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. To obtain performance for the most recent month-end, call 800.767.1729 or visit

Figures include reinvested dividends, capital gains distributions and changes in principal value.

2The inception date for the Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund Institutional Class and the Investor Class is December 16, 2016.

Total annual Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund operating expenses, gross of any fee waivers or reimbursements, for Investor Class and Institutional Class shares are 0.90% and 0.65%, respectively, as of 5/1/2019 prospectus.ˆ


(as of 3/31/20)
Factor Exposure
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Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
3Dividend Yield – Purpose: Captures differences in stock returns attributable to stock’s historical and predicted dividend-to-price ratios.
Descriptors: Dividend-to-Price, Predicted Dividend-to-Price

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 3/31/20)
Market Cap (weighted avg.)$242,911M$259,160M
Forward Price/Earnings14.9216.67
Number of Securities138996

1Q1 2020 Energy sector performance as represented by S&P 500 Index Energy sector.

Top 10 Holdings

(as of 3/31/20)
Microsoft Corp. 5.1%, Apple, Inc. 4.6%,, Inc. 3.4%, American Financial Group, Inc. 3.3%, Johnson & Johnson 3.2%, AT&T, Inc. 2.7%, Cisco Systems, Inc. 2.7%, IBM 2.5%, Home Depot, Inc., The 2.3% and Texas Instruments, Inc. 2.3%. Holdings are subject to change.


ƒWeighted Average is an average in which each quantity to be averaged is assigned a weight. These weightings determine the relative importance of each quantity on the average.
Forward Price-Earnings Ratio or P/E FY1 ratio is a ratio for valuing a company that measures its current share price relative to its per-share earnings over the next 12 months.
Return on Equity: The amount of net income returned as a percentage of shareholders’ equity. Return on equity measures a corporations’ profitability by revealing how much profit a company generates with the money shareholders have invested.
A historical Beta is used for Funds with greater than 3 years of performance history under the same mandate. Three-year Beta is used. Beta reflects the sensitivity of a Fund’s return to fluctuations in its benchmark; a beta for a benchmark is 1.00; a beta greater than 1.00 indicates above-average volatility and risk.

The statements and opinions expressed are those of the authors as of the date of this report. All information is historical and not indicative of future results and subject to change. This information is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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