Performance and Portfolio Update

  • In the second quarter, the Institutional share class of the Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index Fund underperformed the MSCI EAFE Index by 67 basis points.Δ
  • The MSCI EAFE Index posted a -1.24% return, as it was negatively impacted by the appreciation of the US dollar, while returns in local currencies were positive.
  • The Fund’s ESG profile detracted from relative performance versus the MSCI EAFE Index during the quarter. The highest-rated ESG companies and the average-rated groups detracted the most during the quarter. Longer-term since the Fund’s inception, an overweight to the highest-rated ESG companies has contributed to relative performance.△△
  • Investing in international developed market companies demonstrating strong ESG characteristics is the Fund’s strategy for delivering long-term investment performance. On a short-term basis, other factors can negatively affect returns and mitigate the impact of the stronger ESG profile, which was the case in Q2.
  • From a sector perspective, six out of 11 sectors produced negative relative results for the Fund. An underweight allocation to Energy and the Metals & Mining industry were two significant detractors. Portfolio holdings in Health Care, principally Pharmaceuticals and Biotech companies, also detracted from performance.
  • Conversely, stock selection in Consumer Staples, led by stocks in Personal Products and Food & Staples Retailing, added the most to relative performance. Stock selection in Financials, driven by Banks and Capital Markets holdings, also contributed positively.
  • On a regional basis, the Pacific region detracted the most from relative performance versus the MSCI EAFE Index. Within Europe, companies with leading ESG profiles in France and Spain were additive to performance.


(as of 6/30/18)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index Fund - Investor Class-0.95-1.91-2.964.773.465.35-4.53
Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index Fund - Institutional Class-0.93-1.91-2.875.043.725.64-4.80
MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders (Net) Index-0.94-1.37-3.085.484.456.46-5.31
MSCI EAFE (Net) Index-1.22-1.24-2.756.844.906.442.844.80
Lipper International Large-Cap Core Funds Index-1.50-2.52-3.335.844.416.112.354.42

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. For most recent month-end performance information call 800.767.1729 or visit

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

1The inception date for the Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index Fund Institutional Class is January 27, 2011 and the Investor Class inception date is March 31, 2014.

As of 5/1/18 prospectus, total annual Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index Fund operating expenses, gross of any fee waivers or reimbursements, for Investor Class and Institutional Class shares are 0.80% and 0.55%, respectively.

Performance Attribution

ESG Ratings

(as of 6/30/18)
Average Active Weights (%)
3-month Relative Contribution (%)Since Inception 1/27/11
Relative Contribution (%)

XOther: ETFs (for short-term cash mgmt. purposes) and Cash & Equivalents.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 6/30/18)
Market Cap (weighted avg.)$49,700M$60,988M
Forward Price/Earnings14.9714.05
Number of Securities374926


Top Ten Holdings

(as of 6/30/18)
Total SA 2.2%, Roche Holding AG 2.0%, GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1.9%, SAP SE 1.8%, Commonwealth Bank of Australia 1.5%, BASF SE 1.4%, Novo Nordisk A/S, Class B 1.4%, Unilever PLC 1.3%, Siemens AG 1.3% and Allianz SE 1.3%, Holdings are subject to change.


ΔA basis point (bps) is a unit that is equal to 1/100th of 1%, and is used to denote the change in a financial instrument. The basis point is commonly used for calculating changes in interest rates, equity indexes and the yield of a fixed-income security.
MSCI EAFE Index quarterly returns: Q2-18: -1.24%, Q1-18:-1.53%, Q4-17: 4.23%, Q3-17: 5.40%, Q2-17: 6.12%, Q1:17: 7.25%, Q4-16: -0.71%, Q3-16: 6.43%, Q2-16: -1.46% and Q1-16:-3.01%
△△MSCI ESG Research evaluates companies’ ESG characteristics and derives corresponding ESG scores and ratings. Companies are ranked by ESG score against their sector peers to determine their eligibility for the MSCI ESG indices. MSCI ESG Research identify es the highest-rated companies in each peer group to meet the float-adjusted market capitalization sector targets. The rating system is based on general and industry-specific ESG criteria, assigning ratings on a 7-point scale from AAA (highest) to CCC (lowest).
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.
A historical Beta is used for Funds with greater than 2 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.

On 3/31/2014 Pax International Fund and Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Index ETF merged into the Pax MSCI International ESG Index Fund (the Fund), a passively managed index fund which seeks investment returns that closely correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI EAFE ESG Index. Based on the similarity of the Fund to Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Index ETF, Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Index ETF (the Predecessor Fund) is treated as the survivor of the mergers for accounting and performance reporting purposes. Accordingly, all performance and other information shown for the Fund for periods prior to 3/31/2014 is that of the Predecessor Fund.

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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Scott LaBreche

Portfolio Manager

Scott LaBreche is Portfolio Manager & VP, Portfolio Analytics, at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

Scott is a Portfolio Manager of the Global Women’s Leadership Strategy, which includes the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund. He is also a Portfolio Manager of the Pax International Sustainable Economy Fund, the Pax Global Sustainable Infrastructure Fund and the Pax U.S. Sustainable Economy Fund.

He is responsible for portfolio management of systematic strategies, portfolio analytics and risk oversight, and quantitative ESG research.

Before joining Impax in 2007, Scott was a Securities Fund Analyst at Lincoln Financial Group. He has been in the investment management industry since 1999.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Master of Business Administration with advanced certificate in finance from Southern New Hampshire University.

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