Performance and Portfolio Update

  • The Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund underperformed the benchmark Russell 1000 Index in the second quarter. The main drivers of the return difference were company specific and industry exposures. The factors used in the strategy construction had a positive impact on relative returns.
  • Industry exposures detracted from relative returns for the quarter. Particularly, an underweight to Oil and Gas industries hampered relative results amidst a rally in the price of oil.
  • The tilt towards companies with higher dividend yield was a positive contributor as higher yielding stocks rallied in April and May.
  • The tilt towards dividend sustainability factors also added to relative performance. Particularly, the strategy’s exposure to companies with higher profitability aided relative performance. Exposure to companies with higher earnings quality and management quality benefitted the Fund as well.
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, as measured by the Pax Sustainability Scorex, detracted from relative results for the quarter. The Fund overweights the portfolio towards companies with ESG strength. During the period, companies with stronger ESG profiles underperformed those with weaker ESG profiles.

Performance

(as of 6/30/18)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
ESG Beta Dividend Fund - Investor Class0.672.630.8412.62---12.11
ESG Beta Dividend Fund - Institutional Class0.752.711.1012.92---12.42
Russell 1000 Index0.653.572.8514.5411.6413.3710.2015.17
Lipper Equity Income Funds Index0.381.85-0.838.648.849.998.279.45

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 paxworld.wpengine.com

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

1The 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 5/1/2018 prospectus.ˆ

Factors


(as of 6/30/18)
Factor Exposure
Total Relative Factor
Contribution (%)

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
2Dividend 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 6/30/18)
FundBenchmark
Market Cap (weighted avg.)$172,286M$194,876M
Forward Price/Earnings17.4817.35
ROE22.0618.58
Beta
0.971.00
Number of Securities167987

Top Ten Holdings

(as of 6/30/18)
Amazon.com, Inc. 3.1%, Apple, Inc. 3.0%, Microsoft Corp. 3.0%, Cisco Systems, Inc. 3.0%, 3M Co., 2.8%, Johnson & Johnson 2.6%, Texas Instruments, Inc. 2.4%, Home Depot, Inc., The 2.2%, ONEOK, Inc. 2.1%, UnitedHealth Group, Inc. 2.0% . Holdings are subject to change.

xThe Pax Sustainability Score is a proprietary ranking of companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance developed by Pax World’s Sustainability Research Team. The scoring framework is shaped by the team’s collective experience and insights on how sustainability impacts financial performance. Learn more about the Pax Sustainability Score here.

Definitions

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 corporation’s profitability by revealing how much profit a company generates with the money shareholders have invested.
An Ex-Ante Beta is used for Funds with less than 2 years of performance history under its new mandate. The Ex-Ante Beta is calculated using a multi-factor risk model. Beta explains common variations in stock returns due to different stock sensitivities to the market relative to its underlying benchmark for the current period, not historical. 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 author 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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