Mawer International Equity Fund

As at December 31, 2018

Morningstar RatingTM: (as at Dec 31, 2018)
Fund Inception Date: November 6, 1987
Fund Net Asset Value: $6,116.8 million
Total Net Asset Value (Series A): $910.6 million
Net Asset Value Per Unit: $56.29
RRSP Eligibility: Yes
Management Expense Ratio: 1.40% (as at Dec 31, 2018)
Trading Expense Ratio1: 0.11% (as at Dec 31, 2018)
Fund Code: MAW102

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

1-Yr 3-Yr 5-Yr 10-Yr
Mawer International Equity Fund -4.0 4.4 8.4 10.5
International Equity Benchmark -6.5 2.5 5.9 7.5
Morningstar Rating 4 4 5 5
Number of Funds in Morningstar Category International Equity 572 415 306 161

Number of Holdings2: 55
Number of Countries2: 20

Top 25 Holdings% Weight
Aon plc 4.9
Intertek Group plc 3.8
Wolters Kluwer NV 3.7
Cash & Cash Equivalents 3.6
Air Liquide SA 3.5
Seven & I Holdings Co., Ltd. 3.4
Halma plc 2.7
Croda International Plc 2.7
Sika AG 2.5
Glanbia Plc 2.5
HDFC Bank Limited 2.4
TSURUHA Holdings, Inc. 2.3
Sampo Oyj Class A 2.3
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC 2.2
Bunzl plc 2.2
Tencent Holdings Ltd. 2.1
Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC 2.1
DBS Group Holdings Ltd 2.1
Deutsche Boerse AG 2.1
Novartis AG Sponsored ADR 2.0
Japan Exchange Group, Inc. 1.9
China Mobile Limited 1.9
Roche Holding Ltd Genusssch. 1.9

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.

Benchmark History

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.

Mawer Mutual Funds are managed by Mawer Investment Management Ltd. Mawer Mutual 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.

Index returns are supplied by a third party—we believe the data to be accurate, however, cannot guarantee its accuracy. Index returns are sourced from FTSE Russell, FactSet and BMO Capital Markets.

Performance returns for the Mawer Mutual Funds and benchmarks are calculated by Mawer Investment Management Ltd. These returns are historical simple returns for the 3 month, YTD and 1 year periods, and annualized compounded total returns for periods after 1 year. 

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 Mutual Funds are managed by Mawer Investment Management Ltd.