International Concentrated Equity

Inception: July 2016

Benchmark: MSCI EAFE Total Return Index

Lead Portfolio Manager: Ome Saidi, MBA, CFA

Investment Adviser: Mackenzie Financial Corporation

Portfolio Advantage

  • Strict focus on identifying quality businesses that operate at the high end of their value chain and possess predictable economics generating consistently high returns on invested capital and free cash flow conversion.
  • The team’s size and lack of sector bias drives efficient decision making, while sharing a single investment philosophy, driven by global generalist experience.
  • Risk controls and portfolio parameters are applied and monitored by three groups with complete autonomy from one another.

Investment Philosophy

The Mackenzie Global Equity team seeks high-quality companies that generate strong returns on equity, pay higher dividend yields, and operate with more robust capital structures than the benchmark. The team believes that high-quality companies, when bought at the right price, offer the best potential to outperform over the long-term. The team focuses on identifying companies at the top of their respective value chains, with sustainable moats that protect their ability to deliver superior results. 

Investment Approach

  • Bottom-up, fundamental research-driven process, focused on a select group of high-quality compounder companies that form a watch list of 150 to 175 EAFE securities.
  • Seeks companies that have predictable economics, high free cash flow conversion and returns on invested capital typically well in excess of their cost of capital.
  • Seeks to identify companies that have an economic moat in the form of high switching costs, network economics, intellectual property, privileged assets or regulatory barriers, among others.
  • Companies move from the watch list to the portfolio based on valuation, contribution to portfolio diversification and attractiveness relative to other holdings.
  • Concentrated portfolio targeting 20-35 securities across sector and industry in the EAFE region.

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The Mackenzie International Core Equity Composite contains fully discretionary, International Core Equity accounts. New accounts are included in the Composite beginning with the first full month under management after they have been fully invested.

GIPS Compliance Statement

Mackenzie Investments claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).

Composite Description

The International Concentrated Core Equity composite aims to achieve a combination of long-term capital growth and current income by primarily investing in dividend paying companies anywhere in the world, outside of Canada and the U.S. or in companies that are expected to pay dividends in the future. The approach to stock selection is bottom-up fundamental analysis including the examination of the company’s financial position, revenue growth, profitability, the competitive landscape and management.  Currency exposure is left unhedged. Prior to January 1, 2020 the composite was known as the International Core Equity composite.  The composite was created on October 31, 2017.

Benchmark Description

The benchmark is the MSCI EAFE Total Return Index, net of withholding taxes. The MSCI EAFE (Europe, Australasia, Far East) Index is a free float adjusted, market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the United States and Canada. It consists of 21 developed market country indices.

List of Composites

A complete list of composite descriptions is available to prospective clients upon request