Performance and Portfolio Update

  • The Pax Global Environmental Markets Fund trailed the global equity markets (MSCI ACWI) and the comparative environmental markets index (FTSE Environmental Opportunities All Share) during the second quarter.
  • The Fund represents a portfolio of differentiated, historically profitable, secular growth companies whose businesses address growing environmental challenges. The need for environmental solutions around the globe grows more pressing by the day. In contrast to these steady long-term trends, equity markets were volatile in the second quarter. As investing in environmental solutions focuses on an investment universe with inherent sector tilts and market cap size differences, periods of performance dispersion are not unusual.
  • In the second quarter, concerns about higher interest rates, trade wars, and European politics had investors shying away from Industrials, Utilities, and Chinese stocks, and instead favoring IT, conventional Energy, and U.S. listed companies. As experienced previously in the history of the Fund, volatility presents an opportunity for the investment team to take advantage of market dislocations.
  • Typically an overweight sector for the Fund, Industrials were the weakest part of the market in the second quarter and a number of the top detractors were industrial companies. Xylem (Water Infrastructure, U.S.) saw profit-taking after a long period of strong performance, and GEA (Logistics, Food Safety & Packaging, Germany) did not communicate well with investors during their Capital Markets Day.
  • Pollution mitigation has a history of adding positive returns to the Fund, including in the second quarter. Intertek Group (Environmental Testing & Gas Sensing, UK) was a top performer due to strong organic growth and a better outlook globally in most of their end-markets.
  • Merger and acquisition activity provided positive momentum – Praxair (Diversified Environmental, U.S.) saw strong price appreciation in anticipation of its planned merger with Linde. Industrial gases have many applications ranging from energy efficiency to water treatment and food preservation.
  • The economics driving investment in the Environmental Markets continue to be compelling due to technological innovation, resource scarcity, changing consumer preferences, and regulatory tailwinds globally. Notable high growth opportunities the investment team is pursuing are: pollution mitigation; the transition to electric vehicles; the digitization of manufacturing processes to reduce energy; water and recycling infrastructure; and disruption in the food value chain in response to changing consumer demand and regulatory change.

Performance

(as of 6/30/18)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
Global Environmental Markets Fund - Individual Investor Class-1.50-2.51-5.174.147.358.965.845.64
Global Environmental Markets Fund - Class A˜-1.43-2.44-5.174.147.358.975.855.65
Global Environmental Markets Fund - Institutional Class-1.43-2.43-5.084.377.619.236.115.91
MSCI ACWI (Net) Index-0.540.53-0.4310.738.199.415.805.44
FTSE Environmental Opportunities Index Series-1.80-1.97-3.388.909.9111.06--

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 paxstaging.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 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, Investor Class and Class A shares are 1.02%, 1.26%, and 1.26%, respectively, as of 5/1/2018 prospectus. Total annual Global Environmental Markets Fund operating expenses, net of any fee waivers, reimbursements and acquired fund fees and expenses, for Institutional Class, 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 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 8.76% (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 6/30/18)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
Global Environmental Markets Fund - Class A (Load)-6.85-7.80-10.40-1.605.357.755.255.07

Performance Attribution

Environmental Markets Classification
Systemx Sectors


(as of 6/30/18)
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 6/30/18)
FundBenchmark
Market Cap (weighted avg.)$23,467M$142,558M
Forward Price/Earnings17.4315.28
ROE16.0717.43
Beta
0.991.00
Number of Securities472,781

 


Top Ten Holdings

(as of 6/30/18)
Sealed Air Corp. 3.8%, Siemens AG 3.4%, East Japan Railway Co. 3.4%, TE Connectivity, Ltd. 3.4%, SUEZ Environnement Co., SA 3.3%, Danaher Corp. 3.3%, Ecolab, Inc. 3.0%, Ferguson PLC 3.0%, Praxair, Inc. 3.0% and Aptiv PLC 2.9%. 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.

PAX008166 (10/18)

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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