Mawer International Equity Fund Profile

  • As at September 30, 2017
  • Morningstar RatingTM: 5Stars RED
  • Fund Managers:
    David Ragan, CFA 
    Peter Lampert, CFA
  • Fund Inception Date: November 6, 1987
  • Fund Net Asset Value: $5,847.3 million
  • Total Net Asset Value (Series A): $867.9 million
  • Net Asset Value Per Unit: $58.80
  • RRSP Eligibility: Yes
  • Management Expense Ratio: 1.43% (as at Dec 31, 2016)
  • Trading Expense Ratio1: 0.11% (as at Dec 31, 2016)
  • Fund Code: MAW102

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What does this Fund Invest In?

The Fund invests primarily in equity and equity-related securities of entities outside of Canada and the United States. The amount invested in any one country will vary depending upon individual company by company opportunities in each area. The Fund will diversify through currencies, industries, and countries to increase safety, and to increase the growth and liquidity of the investments. Treasury bills or short-term investments, not exceeding three years to maturity, may also be used from time to time.

Investor Suitability

Investors seeking long-term, above average growth who can tolerate equity volatility. Medium to high risk.

Investment Strategy

In order to achieve its investment strategy objectives, the Manager systematically creates a broadly diversified portfolio of wealth-creating companies with excellent management teams bought at discounts to their intrinsic values. The Manager employs a highly disciplined, research-driven, bottom-up process and long-term holding period to allow for investor recognition or corporate growth, and to minimize transaction costs.

Net Performance*






Mawer International Equity Fund


12.0 14.2 6.1

International Equity Benchmark**

13.8 9.2 13.8 3.7

Morningstar Rating

5 5 4 5

Number of Funds in Morningstar Category International Equity

342 342 265 127

Number of Holdings2:


Number of Countries2:


Top 25 Holdings

% Weight

Intertek Group plc


Aon plc


Tencent Holdings Ltd.


Air Liquide SA


TSURUHA Holdings, Inc.


Halma plc


Wolters Kluwer NV


Croda International Plc


China Mobile Limited


Amadeus IT Group SA Class A


Roche Holding Ltd Genusssch.


Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV


Sampo Oyj Class A


HDFC Bank Limited


Bureau Veritas SA


Japan Exchange Group, Inc.




Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.


DBS Group Holdings Ltd


LIC Housing Finance Ltd




Bayer AG




Unilever PLC Sponsored ADR


Deutsche Boerse AG


1  The trading expense ratio represents total commissions and other portfolio transaction costs expressed as an annualized percentage of daily average net assets during the year.

2  Equity holdings, excluding cash.

*  Mawer Fund returns are reported in Canadian dollars and calculated after management fees and operating expenses have been deducted. In comparison, index returns do not incur management fees or operating expenses.

** Mawer International Equity Benchmark History (changes made prospectively):

Jan 1988: MSCI EAFE (net)
Oct 2016: MSCI ACWI ex-USA (net)

Rationale for Change: MSCI ACWI (net) excluding US Index is a better representation of the mandate in our opinion. For example, the past benchmark does not include Emerging Markets whereas the fund has holdings in these markets consistent with its prospectus and investment policy statement.

Benchmark returns are rebalanced on a monthly basis.

Read Full Disclosure

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the fund facts  and the prospectus before investing. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in unit value and reinvestment of all distributions and do not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any securityholder that would have reduced returns. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Mawer Funds are managed by Mawer Investment Management Ltd.

Additionally for money market funds, the performance data provided assumes reinvestment of distributions only and does not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any securityholder that would have reduced returns. Mutual fund securities are not covered by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any other government deposit insurer. There can be no assurances that the fund will be able to maintain its net asset value per security at a constant amount or that the full amount of your investment in the fund will be returned to you.

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The Morningstar Rating, commonly referred to as the Star Rating, relates how a fund has performed on a risk-adjusted basis against its Morningstar category peers and is subject to change every month. Funds are ranked by their Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return scores with the top 10% of funds in a category receiving 5 stars, the top 22.5% receiving 4 stars; a fund in the middle 35% receiving 3 stars; and a fund in the bottom 22.5% receiving 2 stars. The Overall Star Rating for a fund is a weighted combination of its 3, 5 and 10 year ratings. Overall ratings are adjusted where a fund has less than 5 or 10 years of history. For greater detail see

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