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Global Natural Resources Equity Fund

Seeking to identify long-term global winners in the arena of natural resources extraction and production.

ISIN LU0272423913 WKN A0MKKE

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Inception Date 15-Nov-2006

Performance figures calculated in USD

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30-Nov-2019 - Shawn T. Driscoll, Portfolio Manager,
We believe the global commodities market is in middle of a long-term, secular downcycle. Although countercyclical rallies in oil prices can occur, we believe any periods of outperformance will likely be brief, due to a declining cost curve and the disruptive effects of short-cycle shale production. Nevertheless, we continue to find pockets of opportunity in several areas of the market.
Shawn T.  Driscoll
Shawn T. Driscoll, Portfolio Manager

Shawn Driscoll is a portfolio manager in the U.S. Equity Division of T. Rowe Price. He is the portfolio manager for the Global Natural Resources Strategy and is president and chairman of its Investment Advisory Committee. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.



Investment Objective

To increase the value of its shares, over the long term, through growth in the value of its investments. The fund invests mainly in a widely diversified portfolio of stocks of natural resources or commodities-related companies. The companies may be anywhere in the world, including emerging markets.

Investment Approach

  • Focus on well-managed companies that own or develop natural resources and other basic commodities with attractive long-term supply-demand fundamentals.
  • Invest in companies that operate “downstream” from these resources, e.g., refining, paper manufacturing, steel fabrication, and petrochemicals.
  • The portfolio invests in resource companies on a global basis including — international energy, forest products, mining, and commodities.
  • Assessment of resource/commodity cycle, industry valuation, and company fundamentals is key.
  • Broadly diversify holdings to manage portfolio risk profile relative to highly concentrated energy or gold strategies.

Portfolio Construction

  • Typically 90-120 securities
  • Positions typically range to 5%
  • Reserves typically range from 0% to 5%

Performance (Class I)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
5 YR
10 YR
Since Manager Inception
Fund % 15.99% 1.65% 1.15% 1.47% 0.39%
Indicative Benchmark % 16.75% 2.32% 1.35% 2.36% 0.28%
Excess Return % -0.76% -0.67% -0.20% -0.89% 0.11%

Inception Date 15-Nov-2006

Manager Inception Date 30-Sep-2013

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI World Select Natural Resources Index Net

Data as of  31-Dec-2019

  1 YR 3 YR
5 YR
10 YR
Fund % 15.99% 1.65% 1.15% 1.47%
Indicative Benchmark % 16.75% 2.32% 1.35% 2.36%
Excess Return % -0.76% -0.67% -0.20% -0.89%

Inception Date 15-Nov-2006

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI World Select Natural Resources Index Net

Data as of  31-Dec-2019

Performance figures calculated in USD

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 15-Jan-2020 Quarter to DateData as of 15-Jan-2020 Year to DateData as of 15-Jan-2020 1 MonthData as of 31-Dec-2019 3 MonthsData as of 31-Dec-2019
Fund % -0.16% -0.16% -0.16% 5.91% 7.26%
Indicative Benchmark % -0.86% -0.86% -0.86% 6.02% 7.57%
Excess Return % 0.70% 0.70% 0.70% -0.11% -0.31%

Inception Date 15-Nov-2006

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI World Select Natural Resources Index Net

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI World Select Natural Resources Index Net

Performance figures calculated in USD

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.  Source for fund performance: T. Rowe Price. Fund performance is calculated using the official NAV with dividends reinvested, if any. The value of an investment and any income from it can go down as well as up. Investors may get back less than the amount invested. It will be affected by changes in the exchange rate between the base currency of the fund and the subscription currency, if different. Sales charges (up to a maximum of 5% for the A Class), taxes and other locally applied costs have not been deducted and if applicable, they will reduce the performance figures. 

Where the base currency of the fund differs from the share class currency, exchange rate movements may affect returns.

Returns shown with reinvestment of dividends after the deduction of withholding taxes. 

Effective 1 July 2018, the "net" version of the indicative benchmark replaced the "gross" version of the indicative benchmark. The "net" version of the indicative benchmark assumes the reinvestment of dividends after the deduction of withholding taxes applicable to the country where the dividend is paid; as such, the returns of the new benchmark are more representative of the returns experienced by investors in foreign issuers. Historical benchmark performance has been restated accordingly. 

30-Nov-2019 - Shawn T. Driscoll, Portfolio Manager,
Commodities were mixed in November. Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices ended the month modestly higher on hopes that OPEC might extend its production cuts. U.S. natural gas prices came under pressure from elevated inventories. Steel prices, in contrast, rallied on stronger downstream demand. Within the portfolio, our above-benchmark allocation to industrial gases added the most value. Shares of Air Products & Chemicals rallied after the company reported solid quarterly results, headlined by improving margins, strong price increases across regions, and improved results in businesses serving liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. We value the company’s high-quality management team, the visibility of its late-cycle growth opportunities, and its potential to compound value for shareholders. Stock selection in U.S. oil exploration and production also helped, reflecting our bias toward high-quality operators that we believe can grow their hydrocarbon output at midcycle oil prices, without damaging their balance sheets. Conversely, stock selection and an underweight position in diversified metals and mining held back relative returns. Australia-based Independence Group’s share price trended lower after the mid-cap miner announced a hostile bid to acquire Panoramic Resources in an all-stock deal. We value Independence’s low-risk operations, robust free cash flow, and balanced production mix.


Largest Holding Total 5.21% Was (30-Sep-2019) 5.27%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of 31-Dec-2019
Top 10 Holdings 27.16% View Top 10 Holdings Monthly data as of 31-Dec-2019

Largest Top Contributor^

By 2.24%
% of fund 5.19%

Largest Top Detractor^

By -0.25%
% of fund 1.32%


Quarterly Data as of 31-Dec-2019

Top Purchase

Caterpillar (N)
Was (30-Sep-2019) 0.00%

Top Sale

Atmos Energy
Was (30-Sep-2019) 1.60%

Quarterly Data as of 31-Dec-2019

30-Sep-2019 - Shawn T. Driscoll, Portfolio Manager,

Our bearish outlook for oil prices and belief that we are in the middle of a secular downcycle for commodities have not changed. Accordingly, we continue to favor defensive industries and areas of the natural resources universe, such as specialty chemicals, that we believe stand to benefit because lower commodity prices reduce their input costs. However, we remain aware of the potential for signs of�further economic weakness�to weigh on�cyclical names and have sought to emphasize idiosyncratic growth stories that can provide a bit of a buffer against macro headwinds. As always, we remain conscious of valuation, industry fundamentals, and longer-term risk/reward propositions. In the third quarter, we continued to high-grade the portfolio's holdings in response to evolving risk/reward profiles. Among commodity producers, we prefer high-quality names that can deliver strong, low-cost output growth without sacrificing their balance sheets. Despite our long-term outlook, we are not averse to taking advantage of the countercyclical rallies that crop up during secular bear markets. We also continue to explore electric vehicles and other disruptive trends that could create risks and opportunities in our investment universe. Our bottom-up approach to stock selection helps us assess this evolving landscape and make informed, long-term investment decisions.

Allocation to Metals and Mining

The portfolio remained underweight the diversified metals and mining industry. A global oversupply of many base metals is expected to be a headwind for the industry through much of the secular bear market in commodities. We continue to believe diversified metals and mining is one of the more challenged spaces within the natural resources complex over a longer time frame. We remain defensively positioned with the names in the portfolio, focusing on companies with solid balance sheets and sound records of capital allocation. During the quarter, we added to or established positions in high-quality copper producers that we believe can grow their milled output while generating a strong return on invested capital. Although we have a favorable medium- to long-term outlook for copper prices because of the potential for demand to expand as adoption of electric vehicles grows, we prefer to focus on smaller names pursuing projects that can drive cash flow growth and create value in a bear or bull market for commodities. The portfolio likewise maintained its below-benchmark allocation to precious metals and minerals, an industry where we focus on idiosyncratic opportunities that we believe can compound value. Over this period, we reduced the portfolio's exposure to precious metals and minerals, as the setup for these stocks tends to be less compelling when gold prices trade at a premium to some of the highest points on the incentive curve.

  • We added to Ero Copper, a Canada-based miner that opportunistically acquired a mismanaged operation in Brazil several years ago. We believe that the company should create value for shareholders as it brings down the cost curve at its Brazilian operation and new mining projects come onstream that take advantage of the site's existing mill capacity. Ero Copper has also embarked on a robust exploration program that could unlock additional value.
  • We initiated a�position in Lundin Mining, a Canada-based company that owns five mining operations in politically stable countries and generates a significant chunk of its revenue from copper. In our view, Lundin Mining has the potential to grow its operating cash flow significantly in coming years as it ramps up production from the Candelaria complex it acquired opportunistically from Freeport-McMoRan several years ago. Applying a similar game plan to the recently purchased Chapada gold and copper mine could unlock additional value as Lundin Mining works to extract more copper at minimal cost.
  • Boliden's stock sold off after the company reported a second consecutive quarter of disappointing operating cash flow. These weak results stemmed primarily from temporary cost increases and provisions in the smelting division. In our view, the zinc and copper mining and smelting company ranks among the highest-quality names in diversified metals and mining, thanks to a strong management team, solid balance sheet, and history of allocating capital intelligently through the cycle. We took advantage of the pullback to add to Boliden because we believe the stock trades at an undemanding valuation and that the market overlooks the potential for the company to deploy its significant cash flow in ways that create value for shareholders.
  • We exited Barrick Gold as we see better risk/reward profiles elsewhere in our investment universe.

Integrated Oil and Gas

Major and integrated oil companies appeal to us because of their clean balance sheets, financial strength, and the competitive advantages that come with scale. In our view, these qualities position the best of these companies to drive well-productivity gains and capital efficiency. We believe our highest-conviction holdings should be able to grow their hydrocarbon output in a cost-conscious manner and have exhibited a commitment to returning capital to shareholders.

  • BP's stock finished the quarter lower, pressured by the decline in oil prices and weakness in the British pound, which weighed on local shares' performance in terms of U.S. dollars. We like BP's attractive valuation relative to its peers and believe the market underappreciates its ability to deliver solid production growth in the coming years. Although the aftermath of the Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been a headwind for BP, we believe the market overlooks the company's consequent operational improvements, investments in predictive maintenance and other technologies, and lower costs because of delayed project approvals during the last up-cycle. We took advantage of weakness in the stock to add to the portfolio's position.
  • Shares of Total pulled back on similar macro headwinds. Some investors were also wary that Total's purchase of Occidental Petroleum's Mozambique assets could set the stage for the France-based company to pursue additional acquisitions. In our view, this transaction fits in with management's history of effective capital allocation in that the counterparty was a motivated seller and the involved assets align with Total's core competencies in offshore development and liquefied natural gas. We appreciate Total's high-quality management team, capital discipline, strong balance sheet, and credible plan to deliver solid production growth in the coming years. These qualities and an attractive dividend yield make Total one of our highest-conviction ideas in an environment where a declining cost curve should challenge the sustainability of high oil prices. We added to Total, which remains one of the portfolio's top holdings.
  • We started a position in Royal Dutch Shell. The stock sold off after the company reported disappointing second-quarter results that compounded the challenging commodity price environment with operational issues. We see a favorable setup in Royal Dutch Shell's undemanding valuation, the prospect of improved execution, and projects slated to start up in the back half of the year.
  • We reduced the portfolio's position in Occidental Petroleum to reflect our concerns about the company's acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum, a transaction that levered its once-clean balance sheet and puts significant pressure on management to meet its targets for asset sales and cost reductions as it integrates these operations. Although Occidental Petroleum's risk profile and our esteem for its management team have changed, we regard the company as a leading operator in the oil-rich Permian Basin and see the potential for its scale and technical expertise to unlock value for shareholders.

Allocation to Exploration and Production

During the quarter, we continued high-grade our positioning in oil and gas exploration and production to reflect an increasingly challenging environment. This process involved exiting holdings that we believe could struggle to compete as their larger, more sophisticated peers continue to leverage their superior scale, balance sheets, and technology to drive productivity and efficiency gains. Within this space, we remain focused on high-quality operators that we believe can grow their hydrocarbon output at midcycle oil prices, without damaging their balance sheets.

  • Anadarko Petroleum was acquired by Occidental Petroleum.
  • Although we appreciate the quality of Encana and Centennial Resource Development's assets in the oil-rich Permian Basin, we exited these positions in favor of investment opportunities that we believe offer a better risk/reward profile.
  • We added to Concho Resources on weakness. We regard Concho Resources' recent operating challenges as temporary and note that the company still boasts a strong balance sheet, the scale to remain competitive, and high-quality acreage in the Permian Basin that contains a huge inventory of drilling locations.
  • We�added to the portfolio's�position in ConocoPhillips, a high-quality oil and gas producer that we believe trades at a reasonable valuation and could deliver relative outperformance over the long run. We appreciate the company's solid management team, strong balance sheet, capital discipline, and the relatively low decline rate of its conventional assets. Although we acknowledge that the company could pursue a big acquisition to increase its exposure to the Permian Basin, we believe the stock's undemanding valuation, management's discipline, and the sharp pullback in U.S. oil and gas exploration and production stocks help to mitigate this risk.

Oil and Gas Equipment and Services

We remained underweight this industry because we believe ongoing well productivity gains and a declining cost curve make it difficult for these companies to push pricing, particularly in the commoditized service and product categories in the U.S. onshore market. Lower oil prices have prompted leading independent exploration and production companies to slow their activity levels in U.S. shale plays, another headwind for oil and gas equipment and service companies in the back half of the year. In contrast, we expect activity levels in the international markets to recover somewhat from years of underinvestment, though pricing traction has been hard to come by for many oil field equipment and service providers.

  • We exited Baker Hughes, A GE Company, in favor of other investment ideas where we have more confidence in the management team and do not have to worry about the overhang from General Electric's plan to eventually divest its ownership.
  • The portfolio finished the period overweight Schlumberger. In our view, the world's largest oil-field services company represents one of the better ways to gain exposure to an uptick�in international exploration and development activity. Other potential upside catalysts include a new CEO who plans to exit some of Schlumberger's lower-quality business lines in commodified industries.
  • Shares of Dril-Quip, a leading provider of subsea wellheads, outperformed the subsector and eked out a positive return, thanks in part to its strong balance sheet and cost-cutting initiatives. We appreciate the company's high-quality management and exposure to the nascent recovery in international exploration and development activities as operators increasingly focus on cost-competitive offshore projects that utilize existing infrastructure.

Allocation to Energy Industrials

We high-graded our exposure in energy industrials, rotating into higher-conviction ideas that we believe offer exposure to value-oriented ideas and idiosyncratic growth stories that could prove resilient in a challenging environment.

  • We sold shares of Ball, a global leader in aluminum packaging, on strength. In our view, the company should continue to benefit from growing demand as aluminum packaging replaces less sustainable options and cans take market share in cocktails and wines.
  • We exited Fluor in favor of opportunities that we believe offer better risk/reward profiles. The stock sold off after the engineering and construction company reported disappointing second-quarter results that fell well short of expectations for revenue and adjusted earnings per share, prompting management to withdraw its full-year guidance. Although Fluor's strong balance sheet stands out in this space, we believe this turnaround story could take a long time to play out and likely will involve additional bumps along the way.
  • During the quarter, we initiated a position in Silgan Holdings, a packaging company that boasts the largest share in the U.S. market for food cans. We appreciate the company's significant free cash flow and cost-cutting efforts. In our view, the stock trades at an undemanding valuation for a somewhat defensive stock, in part because of expectations for limited demand growth for good cans. Albeit in the nascent stage, consumers' increasing focus on packaging that is more readily recyclable might provide a tailwind for food cans�over the longer term.

Packaged Foods and Meats

We adjusted the portfolio's positioning in packaged foods and meats to reflect the evolving risk/reward profiles in this industry.

  • We exited Cal-Maine Foods on strength. This move reflected our concerns about the declining cost curve in the shell egg business, as growing demand and higher prices for premium cage-free eggs appear to be subsidizing conventional production, which, over time, could drive down break-even costs in the industry.
  • We added to Sanderson Farms. In our view, the third-largest poultry producer in the U.S. stands to benefit from the favorable supply-demand backdrop created by soaring protein prices in China, where a devastating outbreak of African swine flu could lead to significant chicken-for-pork substitution. We appreciate Sanderson Farms' low production costs, debt-free balance sheet, high-quality management team, and willingness to invest judiciously in capacity expansions throughout the cycle.


Largest Sector Chemicals 17.52% Was (30-Nov-2019) 18.31%
Other View complete Sector Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Dec-2019

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI World Select Natural Resources Index

Largest Overweight

Energy Industrials
Fund 11.90%
Indicative Benchmark 7.65%

Largest Underweight

Energy Services & Processors
Fund 11.95%
Indicative Benchmark 24.91%

Monthly Data as of 31-Dec-2019

30-Nov-2019 - Shawn T. Driscoll, Portfolio Manager,
We increased the portfolio’s allocation to the oil and gas equipment and services industry, focusing our new additions and purchases on quality companies that should offer exposure to a nascent recovery in offshore exploration and development activity. In addition, we trimmed the portfolio’s exposure to the utilities sector in favour of opportunities elsewhere in our investment universe.


Largest Country United States 57.06% Was (30-Nov-2019) 57.00%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Dec-2019

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI World Select Natural Resources Index

Largest Overweight

United States
Fund 57.06%
Indicative Benchmark 51.47%

Largest Underweight

Fund 0.82%
Indicative Benchmark 5.66%

Monthly Data as of 31-Dec-2019

31-Jul-2015 - Shawn T. Driscoll, Portfolio Manager,
From a country perspective, our allocation to Norway saw the largest percentage increase during the month of July. There were no notable reductions for the period.


Largest Currency U.S. dollar 62.11% Was (30-Nov-2019) 62.53%
Other View complete Currency Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Dec-2019

Indicative Benchmark : MSCI World Select Natural Resources Index

Largest Overweight

U.S. dollar
By 10.30%
Fund 62.11%
Indicative Benchmark 51.81%

Largest Underweight

Canadian dollar
By -7.93%
Fund 4.93%
Indicative Benchmark 12.86%

Monthly Data as of 31-Dec-2019

Team (As of 06-Jan-2020)

Shawn T.  Driscoll

Shawn Driscoll is a portfolio manager in the U.S. Equity Division of T. Rowe Price. He is the portfolio manager for the Global Natural Resources Strategy and is president and chairman of its Investment Advisory Committee. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Mr. Driscoll has 16 years of investment experience, 13 of which have been with T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, he was employed by MTB Investment Advisors as an equity research analyst. He also worked for MPower Communications as an information technology project manager.

Mr. Driscoll earned a B.A. in economics and mathematics from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. in finance and global business from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

  • Fund manager
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
  • Years investment
Brian Dausch

Brian Dausch is a portfolio specialist in the U.S. Equity Division of T. Rowe Price. He is a member of the Global Natural Resources Equity, US Mid-Cap Growth Equity, US Small-Cap Growth Equity, QM US Small-Cap Growth Equity, and Health Sciences Strategy teams, working closely with institutional clients, consultants, and prospects. Mr. Dausch is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Mr. Dausch has 22 years of investment experience, 21 of which have been at T. Rowe Price. He joined the firm in 1998; prior to his current position, he managed the U.S. Equity Portfolio Analysis Group. Mr. Dausch also served as an associate research analyst in the U.S. Equity Division in health care, specializing in biotechnology and pharmaceutical company research.

Mr. Dausch earned a B.S. in business administration, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Delaware. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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    T. Rowe Price
  • Years investment

Fee Schedule

Share Class Minimum Initial Investment and Holding Amount Minimum Subsequent Investment Minimum Redemption Amount Sales Charge (up to) Investment Management Fee (up to) Ongoing Charges
Class A $15,000 $100 $100 5.00% 160 basis points 1.77%
Class I $2,500,000 $100,000 $0 0.00% 75 basis points 0.83%
Class Q $15,000 $100 $100 0.00% 75 basis points 0.92%

Please note that the Ongoing Charges figure is inclusive of the Investment Management Fee and is charged per annum.

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