Performance and Portfolio Update

  • In the second quarter, the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund Institutional share class (PXWIX)1 outperformed the MSCI World Index (World Index).
  • The Financials sector contributed the most to relative return during the quarter, led by strong relative results from Insurance companies: Principal Financial and Allianz. In addition, not owning several underperforming banks due to their lower gender leadership profiles helped performance.
  • Several Heath Care holdings helped relative return during the quarter, led by strong relative results from Quest Diagnostics, a leading provider of COVID-19 tests. Within Biotech, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Genmab A/S added to relative return, along with the Fund’s large underweight allocation to the underperforming Pharmaceuticals industry, which is a laggard relative to other industries on gender diversity.
  • Conversely, the Fund’s high quality and low risk orientation, a consistent by-product of its gender leadership focus, detracted from performance during the quarter due to high beta equity markets. Global equity markets rebounded from market lows at the end of March with the World Index2 returning 19.36% in the second quarter, nearly offsetting losses from the first quarter. Notably, the Fund’s large allocation to the defensive Utilities and Consumer Staples sectors negatively impacted performance during the rapidly increasing markets.
  • In Consumer Discretionary, having no allocation to strong performers Amazon and Tesla hurt relative performance.
  • As markets continue to grapple with the economic and earnings implications of the COVID-19 crisis, we expect continued volatility. Historically, the Fund has been resilient in both declining and advancing markets. This is evidenced by the Fund’s 5% lower downside capture, positive alpha and 16% higher Sharpe ratio compared to the World Index over the 5-year period ending 6/30/20.3 Over that same time period, the Fund has outperformed 93% of its global equity peers (7th percentile rank out of 108 funds) within the Lipper Global Multi-Cap Core category.4
  • The Fund has outperformed the MSCI World Index for the Since Reorganization June 4, 2014 period — when the Fund adopted a strategic beta strategy — ended June 30, 2020. A closer look at performance attribution over this time period, illustrated in the chart below, indicates that the Fund’s overweight to the highest-rated quartile of companies within the World Index based on gender-diverse leadership has made the greatest contribution to the Fund’s relative outperformance, along with the Fund’s significant underweight to the bottom two quartiles of companies with less gender-diverse leadership.

Performance

(as of 6/30/20)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Reorg5
Pax Ellevate Global Women's Leadership Fund - Investor Class2.2919.75-5.700.926.937.429.206.38
Pax Ellevate Global Women's Leadership Fund - Institutional Class2.3119.83-5.601.167.187.699.476.64
Impax Global Women's Leadership (Net) Index3.0218.42-5.162.637.618.19-7.13
MSCI World (Net) Index2.6519.36-5.772.846.706.909.956.17
Lipper Global Multi-Cap Core Funds Index3.0918.88-7.86-0.404.005.419.024.80

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 impaxam.com

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

5Since Reorganization date is 6/4/2014.

Inception of Institutional Class shares is April 19, 2006. The performance information shown for Institutional Class shares represents the performance of the Retail Class shares of the earlier acquired Women’s Equity Fund shares for the period prior to Institutional Class inception. Expenses have not been adjusted to reflect the expenses allocable to Institutional Class shares or to reflect any differences in expenses between the earlier acquired Women’s Equity Fund and the Fund. If such expense adjustments and allocable expenses were reflected, the returns would be higher than those shown. Institutional Class inception date return since April 19, 2006, is 4.83% (annualized).

Total annual Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund operating expenses, gross of any fee waivers or reimbursements, for Institutional Class and Investor Class shares are 0.56% and 0.81% respectively as of the 5/1/2020 prospectus. The management fee is a unified fee that includes all of the operating costs and expenses of the Fund (other than taxes, charges of governmental agencies, interest, brokerage commissions incurred in connection with portfolio transactions, distribution and/or service fees payable under a plan pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and extraordinary expenses), including accounting expenses, administrator, transfer agent and custodian fees, Fund legal fees and other expenses. (For this purpose, Impax Asset Management LLC does not consider acquired fund fees and expenses to be operating costs and expenses of the Fund.)

Performance Attribution

Gender Rank Quartiles:


(as of 6/30/20)
Average Weight (%) vs. MSCI World Index
Since Re-Org (72 Months)
Cumulative Gross Relative Return (%) vs. MSCI World Index

A lower Impax Gender rank indicates a higher ranking – 1 is highest and 100 is lowest. Attribution is based on daily gross holdings based results, which does not include fund expenses, trading costs and etc. The total cumulative gross return for the fund was 53.89% vs. 41.67% for MSCI World. Other not rated securities and cash were excluded from both charts: Fund weight 4.63% vs. World Index weight: 0.25% and Fund’s gross relative return: -0.96%.

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 6/30/20)
FundBenchmark
Market Cap (weighted avg.)$157,534M$262,096M
Forward Price/Earnings20.7221.88
ROE21.8719.47
Beta
0.971.00
Number of Securities4061,600

Top 10 Holdings

(as of 6/30/20)
Microsoft Corp. 5.1%, Lululemon Athletica, Inc. 2.2%, Texas Instruments, Inc. 2.2%, American Water Works Co., Inc. 2.1%, Accenture PLC, Class A 2.0%, Wolters Kluwer NV 2.0%, Principal Financial Group, Inc. 2.0%, Estee Lauder Cos, Inc., The, Class A 1.9%, Starbucks Corp. 1.9% and Fortis, Inc. 1.9%. Holdings are subject to change.

1 The minimum investment needed for investment in PXWIX is $250,000.
2
The 03/31/20 quarterly return was -20.75% and the 06/30/20 quarterly return was 19.36%.
3PXWIX 5 year Downside Capture is 94.67 vs. MSCI World 100.00; PXWIX 5 year Alpha 0.08 vs. MSCI World 0; PXWIX 5 year Sharpe Ratio is 0.47 vs. MSCI World of 0.40, percent difference calculation is +16%.
Alpha – Alpha is a coefficient measuring risk-adjusted performance, considering the risk due to the specific security, rather than the overall market. A positive alpha reflects relative risk-adjusted performance of the Fund versus its benchmark.

Downside capture – Downside capture – measures an investment manager’s overall performance in down-markets. A downside capture ratio less than 100 indicates that the investment manager has outperformed its index during down-markets, while downside capture ratio greater than 100 indicates that the investment manager has underperformed its index during down-markets.
Sharpe Ratio –  Sharpe Ratio is a measure for calculating risk-adjusted return, and this ratio has become the industry standard for such calculations.
Beta – 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.
4Data shown represents rankings for the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund – Institutional Class (PXWIX) in the Lipper Global Multi-Cap Core category based on average annual returns. Lipper rankings are based on total returns (not including sales charges) for the periods indicated and compare total return performance with that of other funds in the category. The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund – Institutional Class (PXWIX) 1-year 33rd percentile rank out of 148 funds, 3-year 6th percentile rank out of 127 funds, 5-year 7th percentile rank out of 108 funds, since re-org (06/04/14) 9th percentile rank out of 97 funds and 10-year 25th percentile rank out of 62 funds.

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 (ROE) is a ratio that provides investors’ insight into how efficiently a company (or, more specifically, its management team) is managing the equity that shareholders have contributed to the company.
A historical Beta is used for funds with greater than two years of performance history under the same mandate. 5 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 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

Director, Portfolio Analytics & Index Strategy Optimization

Scott LaBreche is Director, Portfolio Analytics & Index Strategy Optimization 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 fund research, quantitative ESG research, advanced analytics, risk oversight, fund optimization and board reporting, as well as overseeing attribution across U.S.-managed strategies.

Scott is also a Portfolio Manager of the Global Women’s Leadership Strategy, which includes the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund, and is a Portfolio Manager of the Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index Fund.

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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Barbara Browning, Pax World Funds

Barbara Browning, CFA®

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Barbara Browning is Vice President at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

She is a Portfolio Manager of the Gender Lens Strategies, which include the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund. Barbara is also co-portfolio manager of the U.S. Large Cap Strategy, which includes the Pax Large Cap Fund.

Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Barbara was Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at RBC Global Asset Management, Inc., where she co-managed Diversified Core, Concentrated Core and Diversified Large Cap Value Equity funds. Prior to that, Barbara was a Senior Portfolio Manager and Investment Officer at National City Bank, a Senior Research Analyst at Banc One Investment Advisors Corporation and held various equity research positions.

Barbara has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from The Ohio State University, where she graduated cum laude. She is also a CFA® charterholder.

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