Performance and Portfolio Update

  • The Fund trailed both global equity markets (MSCI ACWI Index) and its comparative index (FTSE Environmental Opportunities All Share) during the first quarter.
  • In the first quarter, markets were buffeted by a number of broader macro-economic factors, some of which reversed as the quarter progressed. Solid U.S. economic growth, including indications of wage inflation, led to concerns that interest rates would continue to rise. Defensive and cyclical stocks took turns leading the market throughout the quarter, with growth stocks outperforming during the period.
  • Portfolio performance in the first quarter was affected by weakness in Water Utilities, in part due to concerns about higher interest rates, but also due to region-specific issues. Suez (Water Utilities, France) suffered from a profit warning early in the quarter, at the same time a strengthening Euro added to investor anxiety about Suez’s earnings outlook. Beijing Enterprise Water Group (Water Utilities, Hong Kong) suffered from weak 2017 results and lower guidance for 2018.
  • Pollution Control and the U.S. were the strongest areas of the portfolio in the first quarter. In addition, environmental markets companies with IT solutions exposure proved resilient during the market downturn.
  • The portfolio’s best performing names were in the Energy Efficiency and Water Infrastructure subsectors. PTC (Industrial Energy Efficiency, U.S.) announced positive earnings, driven by further penetration of its efficiency software into industrial markets. TE Connectivity (Transport Energy Efficiency, U.S.) continued to power ahead thanks to the rising adoption of its connectors and sensors across a wide set of end-markets.
  • In our view, the overall global economic picture is supportive for equities, and above market earnings delivery should continue to drive returns for the Fund.

Performance

(as of 3/31/18)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
Global Environmental Markets Fund - Individual Investor Class-1.01-2.73-2.7315.349.169.836.106.06
Global Environmental Markets Fund - Class A˜-1.01-2.80-2.8015.289.149.846.106.06
Global Environmental Markets Fund - Institutional Class-1.00-2.71-2.7115.589.4310.116.376.33
MSCI ACWI (Net) Index-2.14-0.96-0.9614.858.129.205.57
FTSE Environmental Opportunities Index Series-2.00-1.44-1.4418.5510.7911.78-

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 Global Environmental Markets Fund Institutional Class and the Individual Investor Class is March 27, 2008. The Class A shares inception date is May 1, 2013.

Total annual Global Environmental Markets Fund operating expenses, gross of any fee waivers or reimbursements, for Institutional Class, Individual Investor Class and Class A shares are 1.04%, 1.29%, and 1.29%, respectively, as of 5/1/2017 prospectus. Total annual Global Environmental Markets Fund operating expenses, net of any fee waivers, reimbursements and acquired fund fees and expenses, for Institutional Class, Individual Investor Class, and Class A shares were 0.98%, 1.23% and 1.23%, respectively.

The performance information shown for Class A represents the performance of the Individual Investor Class shares for the period prior to Class A inception. Expenses have not been adjusted to reflect the expenses allocable to Class A shares. Class A inception date return since May 1, 2013 is 9.78% (annualized). A 1.00% CDSC (contingent deferred sales charge) may be charged on any shares sold within 18 months of purchase over $1 million. POP (public offering price) reflects the maximum sales load for the Fund’s Class A Shares of 5.50%.

Performance
after sales charge

(as of 3/31/18)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
Global Environmental Markets Fund - Class A (Load)-6.46-8.16-8.168.917.118.605.505.46

Performance Attribution

Environmental Markets Classification
Systemx Sectors


(as of 3/31/18)
Average Active Weights (%)
Total Relative Contribution (%)

XThe Environmental Markets Classification System (EMCS) is a comprehensive global classification system for environmental markets. Environmental market companies are defined as providing products and services that deliver solutions to environmental challenges, and include environmental technology. Relative results of the Fund compared to the FTSE Environmental Opportunities All Shares Index. Source: FTSE.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 3/31/18)
FundBenchmark
Market Cap (weighted avg.)$21,871M$131,595M
Forward Price/Earnings17.5215.28
ROE15.6117.12
Beta
0.991.00
Number of Securities452,495

 


Top Ten Holdings

(as of 3/31/18)
Sealed Air Corp. 3.8%, TE Connectivity, Ltd. 3.5%, Siemens AG 3.4%, East Japan Railway Co. 3.3%, Danaher Corp. 3.2%, SUEZ Environnement Co., SA 3.2%, Ferguson PLC 3.1%, Xylem, Inc. 3.1% , Legrand SA 3.0% and Praxair, Inc. 3.0%. 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.
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.

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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Hubert Aarts

Co-Head of Listed Equities, Executive Director

Hubert is an Executive Director and Co-Head of Listed Equities, together with Bruce Jenkyn-Jones. He is also responsible as co-portfolio manager for Impax’s Leaders and Water strategies, as well as leading Impax’s macro-economic research process.

Hubert joined Impax in 2007 from Cambrian Capital Partners LLP, where he was a partner and portfolio manager of the Curalium fund and Incremental Leveraged hedge funds.

Having started his career in the investment industry in 1990, Hubert has extensive experience investing in Pan-European equities as a portfolio manager at MeesPierson and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers/BlackRock, where he chaired the European Sector Strategy Group.

He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Maastricht University.

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Bruce Jenkyn-Jones

Co-Head of Listed Equities, Executive Director

Bruce is an Executive Director and Co-Head of Listed Equities along with Hubert Aarts.

Together they are responsible for the development of the investment process, research and team. Bruce has an active role in the day to day management of all Impax listed equity portfolios and is on the portfolio construction team for all strategies. Bruce joined Impax in 1999 where he worked initially on venture capital investments before developing the listed equity business. Before joining Impax, Bruce worked as a utilities analyst at Bankers Trust and as an environmental consultant for Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Bruce has an MBA from IESE (Barcelona), an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and a degree in Chemistry from Oxford.  

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David Winborne

Senior Portfolio Manager, Director

David joined Impax in September 2015 as a senior portfolio manager on the listed equity team, and his responsibilities include co-management of the Leaders and Global Opportunities strategies.

He arrived from the in-house asset management team at Tesco Pension Investment, where he had joint responsibility for the successful development, launch and management of a new global equities investment platform.

Prior to this, David was a fund manager at Sarasin & Partners, where he was responsible for the firm’s Asia Pacific Equity fund and for contributing investment recommendations to Sarasin’s flagship thematic Global Equity fund.

After graduating from the University of Bath, David began his career at Insight Investment on the Global Equities graduate scheme in 2003 as a global equity analyst.

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