Performance and Portfolio Update

  • The Fund outperformed the benchmark Russell 1000 Index in the fourth quarter. The main drivers of the return difference were company-specific sources. From a factor perspective, the factors used in the strategy construction added to relative returns as well.
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, as measured by the Pax Sustainability Score, added to relative results for the quarter. The Fund overweights the portfolio towards companies with ESG strength. During the period, companies with stronger ESG profiles outperformed those with weaker ESG profiles.
  • The overweight towards companies with higher dividend yield had a negligible impact for the period.
  • The tilt towards dividend sustainability factors added to relative performance. Particularly, the strategy’s exposure to companies with higher earnings quality was the largest factor contributor for the quarter. Exposure to companies with higher profitability and management quality benefited the Fund as well.

Performance

(as of 12/31/17)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
ESG Beta Dividend Fund - Individual Investor Class1.377.5519.2419.24---17.50
ESG Beta Dividend Fund - Institutional Class1.397.5719.4419.44---17.69
Russell 1000 Index1.116.5921.6921.6911.2315.718.5919.97
Lipper Equity Income Funds Index1.155.5116.4316.438.9112.986.9615.24

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 Individual Investor Class is December 16, 2016.

Total annual Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund operating expenses, gross of any fee waivers or reimbursements, for Individual Investor Class and Institutional Class shares are 0.90% and 0.65%, respectively as of 5/1/2017 prospectus.ˆ

Factors


(as of 12/31/17)
Factor Exposure
Total Relative Factor
Contribution (%)

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
8Dividend 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 12/31/17)
FundBenchmark
Market Cap (weighted avg.)$150,436M$177,588M
Forward Price/Earnings19.7820.11
ROE22.7918.15
Beta
0.941.00
Number of Securities154978

Top Ten Holdings

(as of 12/31/17)
3M Co. 3.1%, Microsoft Corp. 3.1%, Johnson & Johnson 2.7%, Amazon.com, Inc. 2.5%, Cisco Systems, Inc. 2.4%, Apple, Inc. 2.3%, AT&T, Inc. 2.2%, Home Depot, Inc., The 2.0%, Procter & Gamble Co. 2.0% and Texas Instruments, Inc. 2.0%. Holdings are subject to change.

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.

PAX007660 (4/18)

David Loehwing, VP for Sustainable Investing, Pax World Funds

David Loehwing

Head of Sustainability and ESG, North America

David Loehwing is Head of Sustainability and ESG, North America at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

He is responsible for environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments, and he leads the construction and management of the Impax Systematic ESG Rating. He is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics Team.

David has worked in sustainable investing since 1998. Before joining Impax in 2007, he served as Senior Social Research Analyst at Citizens Advisers and as a Senior Account Manager at the Investor Responsibility Research Center. He is a former member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Advisory Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network’s steering committee.

David is a graduate of Bowdoin College.

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