Performance and Portfolio Update

  • The Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund underperformed the benchmark Russell 1000 Index in the fourth quarter. The main drivers of the return difference were the factors used in the strategy construction.
  • The tilt toward companies with higher dividend yield had a negative impact on returns as companies with larger dividend payouts trailed the broader market.
  • The tilt towards dividend sustainability factors detracted from relative performance. Particularly, the Fund’s exposure to companies with higher profitability, earnings quality and management quality resulted in underperformance during the period.
  • Weighting the portfolio toward companies with stronger ESG characteristics is one of the five factors used in this smart beta strategy, which is designed to deliver strong long-term investment performance. On a short-term basis, however, ESG and other factors can negatively affect returns. During the quarter, companies with stronger ESG profiles, particularly those in the top quartile as measured by the Impax Sustainability Score, underperformed companies with weaker ESG profiles. The Fund’s overweight to the strongest ESG profiles and underweight to the weaker ESG profiles detracted from relative performance.
  • Industry exposures, which are driven by the factor and ESG tilts, detracted from relative returns for the quarter. Particularly, an underweight to banks and an overweight to real estate hurt relative results.


(as of 12/31/20)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund - Investor Class3.2511.3514.2514.2511.23--12.80
Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund - Institutional Class3.2811.4414.5414.5411.56--13.10
Russell 1000 Index4.2313.6920.9620.9614.82--16.08
Lipper Equity Income Funds Index3.0412.894.724.727.31--9.27

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.

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 5/1/2020 prospectus.ˆ


(as of 12/31/20)
Factor Exposure
Total Relative Factor
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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 12/31/20)
Market Cap (weighted avg.)$396,839M$437,659M
Forward Price/Earnings21.5825.28
Number of Securities1491,017

Top 10 Holdings

(as of 12/31/20)
Apple, Inc. 6.0%, Microsoft Corp. 4.7%,, Inc. 3.9%, Texas Instruments, Inc. 3.0%, Johnson & Johnson 2.6%, Home Depot, Inc., The 2.4%, Prudential Financial, Inc. 2.4%, American Financial Group, Inc. 2.3%, Alphabet, Inc., Class A 2.2% and Cisco Systems, Inc. 2.2%. 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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