SICAV

US Large Cap Growth Equity Fund

Seeking to identify investments with the potential to deliver double-digit earnings growth.

ISIN LU0860350577 WKN A1T64N

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(USD)

21.47%
$3.1b

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

36.74%
3yrs

Information Ratio
(5 Years)

Tracking Error
(5 Years)

0.14
6.40%

Inception Date 14-Jan-2013

Performance figures calculated in USD

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30-Sep-2020 - Taymour Tamaddon, Portfolio Manager,
We expect market volatility to continue and intend to opportunistically add to some of our high-conviction positions. As always, our focus is on owning high-quality growth companies with a competitive advantage in their respective markets, especially those that generate strong free cash flow and have experienced management teams. We look for companies that can potentially generate double-digit earnings growth over time by participating in expanding markets, taking market share, or improving profitability faster than sales.
Taymour Tamaddon, CFA
Taymour Tamaddon, CFA, Lead Portfolio Manager

Taymour Tamaddon is the portfolio manager of the US Large-Cap Growth Equity Strategy in the U.S. Equity Division. He is a vice president and member of the Investment Advisory Committees for the Health Sciences Equity, Global Growth Equity, US Multi-Cap Growth Equity, US Growth Stock, US Large-Cap Core Growth Equity, and US Capital Appreciation Strategies. He also is a vice president of the T. Rowe Price Institutional International Funds, Inc., and the T. Rowe Price International Funds, Inc. Taymour is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. 

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Strategy

Manager's Outlook

Investors face an exceptionally uncertain environment heading into the final months of 2020. While the economic recovery is continuing, its pace appears to be slowing considerably, and most observers agree that some additional stimulus will be needed to speed the recovery. However, not all "risks" are to the downside. Firms and individuals continue to benefit from record-low interest rates, and many consumers appear to have the wherewithal to increase spending as they grow more confident. The biggest boost to confidence, of course, would come from a successful coronavirus vaccine, as well as effective and widely available treatment options. The timing of a commercial rollout of a vaccine and what proportion of the population will choose to take it remain open questions for investors.

Since we expect volatility to continue in this uncertain environment, we intend to opportunistically add to high-conviction names. As always, our focus is on owning high-quality growth companies with a competitive advantage in their respective markets, especially companies that generate strong free cash flow and have seasoned management teams. We search for companies that have the potential to generate double-digit earnings growth over time by participating in expanding markets, taking market share, or improving profitability faster than sales. We believe these companies are best equipped to navigate and thrive in the current unsettled environment.

As always, we maintain a disciplined adherence to our rigorous process, which is rooted in bottom-up, fundamental research. In addition to uncovering underappreciated idiosyncratic stories, this approach also helps prepare us to take advantage of the market's tendency to overshoot on both the downside and the upside. Potential market overreactions often provide opportunities to trim positions into strength and add to our highest-conviction ideas on weakness.

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 diversified portfolio of stocks from large capitalization companies in the United States that have the potential for above-average and sustainable rates of earnings growth.

Investment Approach

  • Scrutinize both company and industry- level fundamentals to identify companies with characteristics that support sustainable double-digit earnings growth.
  • Focus on high-quality earnings, strong free cash flow growth, shareholder-oriented management, and rational competitive environments.
  • Exploit differences between secular and cyclical trends.
  • Limit portfolio holdings to the most attractive growth opportunities across industries.

Portfolio Construction

  • Typically 60-75 stock portfolio
  • Individual position sizes typically range +/- 1.00% to 4.00% relative to Russell 1000 Growth Index
  • Sector weights will vary from 0.5X to 3.0X for primary sectors relative to Russell 1000 Growth Index

Performance (Class Q)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Since Manager Inception
Annualised
Fund % 36.74% 21.47% 20.54% 19.02% 24.02%
Indicative Benchmark % 37.09% 21.23% 19.62% 17.60% 22.56%
Excess Return % -0.35% 0.24% 0.92% 1.42% 1.46%

Inception Date 14-Jan-2013

Manager Inception Date 31-Dec-2016

Indicative Benchmark: Russell 1000 Growth Net 30% Index

Data as of  30-Sep-2020

Performance figures calculated in USD

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 36.74% 21.47% 20.54% 19.02%
Indicative Benchmark % 37.09% 21.23% 19.62% 17.60%
Excess Return % -0.35% 0.24% 0.92% 1.42%

Inception Date 14-Jan-2013

Indicative Benchmark: Russell 1000 Growth Net 30% Index

Data as of  30-Sep-2020

Performance figures calculated in USD

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 23-Oct-2020 Quarter to DateData as of 23-Oct-2020 Year to DateData as of 23-Oct-2020 1 MonthData as of 30-Sep-2020 3 MonthsData as of 30-Sep-2020
Fund % 3.81% 3.81% 28.80% -4.75% 12.88%
Indicative Benchmark % 2.64% 2.64% 27.31% -4.72% 13.15%
Excess Return % 1.17% 1.17% 1.49% -0.03% -0.27%

Inception Date 14-Jan-2013

Indicative Benchmark: Russell 1000 Growth Net 30% Index

Indicative Benchmark: Russell 1000 Growth Net 30% Index

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.

Index returns shown with reinvestment of dividends after the deduction of withholding taxes. 

Effective 1 June 2019, 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-Sep-2020 - Taymour Tamaddon, Portfolio Manager,
U.S. equities declined in September as the continued gridlock in Washington over another potential round of stimulus and the controversy over replacing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg weighed on the market. Within the portfolio, our overweight position in the communication services sector had the most negative impact. Shares of social networking giant Facebook fell in September amid news of the Senate Committee’s vote to subpoena the company’s CEO for declining to testify on a legal shield that protects online platforms against lawsuits. Additionally, shares of Alphabet (parent company of Google) also retreated during the month due to concerns around a possible antitrust case from the Department of Justice on the grounds that Google stifled competition by unfairly dominating the platform used to sell advertising on websites. On the positive side, stock selection in consumer discretionary boosted relative results. Within the sector, shares of Alibaba Group Holding rose as the company’s core e-commerce business looks to have fully recovered from pandemic-related losses. In particular, demand for consumables continued to gain momentum as the structural changes to consumer behaviour brought on by the pandemic appears to be lasting.

Holdings

Total
Holdings
63
Largest Holding Amazon.com 9.55% Was (30-Jun-2020) 9.55%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of 30-Sep-2020
Top 10 Holdings 49.55% View Top 10 Holdings Monthly data as of 30-Sep-2020

Largest Top Contributor^

Amazon.com
By 3.02%
% of fund 9.49%

Largest Top Detractor^

Cigna
By -0.42%
% of fund 1.88%

^Absolute

Quarterly Data as of 30-Sep-2020

Top Purchase

Nike (N)
0.71%
Was (30-Jun-2020) 0.00%

Top Sale

Crowdstrike Holdings (E)
0.00%
Was (30-Jun-2020) 0.35%

Quarterly Data as of 30-Sep-2020

30-Sep-2020 - Taymour Tamaddon, Portfolio Manager,

One of the notable impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has been the forced acceleration of some of the secular trends already evident in the U.S. economy. The shift toward technology and digital solutions, for example, has sped up as people are having to stay at home and so need to work, communicate, and even consume via technology. Companies in the software space have also been resilient performers, as people utilize remote communication tools, while gaming, TV streaming, and content delivery firms have also performed well. E-commerce businesses have also benefited, given the surge in online purchasing and the need for home delivery.

Given the current environment, we continue to emphasize secular growth companies with strong competitive positions in large addressable markets that support multiyear growth horizons. Prominent sectors in the portfolio, including information technology, consumer discretionary, communication services, and health care, are areas that we continue to believe offer fertile ground for innovative companies to achieve above-average growth prospects.

Information Technology

Disruptive business models and technologies within the sector continue to present compelling investment opportunities. Secular demand for public cloud computing services continues to be a growth driver in the segment. We also continue to favor companies driven by the convergence of communications and computing, including internet software companies, and those that will benefit from broad global tailwinds in digital payments.

  • We added shares of Wix.com during the quarter. The company has benefited from increased user engagement as social distancing measures accelerated the need for businesses to have an online presence in order to reach consumers. With its disruptive website development technology driving share gains, innovative new tools that are ready to be monetized, and a subscription business model providing a high degree of recurring revenue, we believe Wix.com's runway for growth is underappreciated by the market.
  • We sold CrowdStrike Holdings after shares rose on the back of strong quarterly results that were highlighted by strength in new deals and expansions. After the runup in share price, we sold shares in order to pursue new investment opportunities that we feel could offer higher upside potential.

Consumer Discretionary

We have a sizable position in consumer discretionary names as we are optimistic about stock-specific opportunities within the sector. We favor businesses benefiting from the secular shift of consumer spending to online products and services. We think industries such as physical retail and traditional media are secularly challenged and will continue to emphasize companies within the sector that we think are on the right side of change and disruption.

  • We bought shares of Nike. We have a constructive view on the athletic sportswear company's growth potential as it continues to aggressively build a moat around its brand through category offense, consumer-focused innovation, and more emphasis on its digital presence as it shifts away from weak wholesale partners and takes a direct-to-consumer approach.
  • We moderated the portfolio's position in Carvana on strength during the quarter. Carvana operates the leading online retail platform for direct-to-consumer sales of used cars. In our view, the company's digital focus and distribution network improve the car-buying experience for consumers while creating the potential for superior profitability at scale. We also believe Carvana should be able to grow its revenue at a rapid pace as the company takes share in this fragmented market.

Communication Services

Within the communication services sector, we are focused on companies that are benefiting from the shift of advertising spending to digital and social media channels. We also favor wireless communication services firms with strong company-specific growth prospects and competitive advantages or differentiated business models.

  • We purchased shares of Snap Inc. during the quarter as we think its popular app, Snapchat, offers a unique, highly monetizable product that benefits from client interaction with a small, closed network of close contacts, a markedly different approach that contrasts with the broad communities of Facebook and Instagram.
  • We trimmed the portfolio's position in Spotify on relative strength. We continue to like the company as it is quickly becoming synonymous with music streaming. In addition to high-margin advertising, we believe Spotify's scale will translate to added negotiating power with music labels, fueling margin growth.

Health Care

We remain focused on finding opportunities in the health care sector that can take advantage of lasting trends such as managed care industry consolidation, innovations in medical equipment, and robotic technology. In therapeutics, our emphasis is on select companies that have strong fundamentals and the potential to bring additional new drugs to market in areas with large, unmet clinical needs.

  • We added shares of UnitedHealth Group, a broadly diversified health care services company, because we think the company should benefit from accelerating earnings for several years as a result of improving Medicare performance, continued growth in the Medicaid businesses, an exit of the exchanges business, and disruption at peers due to deal-related distraction.
  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals develops and commercializes therapies for severe and rare diseases. We sold shares on strength during the quarter as shares jumped higher after management released earnings results that exceeded expectations.

Sectors

Total
Sectors
8
Largest Sector Information Technology 35.68% Was (31-Aug-2020) 36.13%
Other View complete Sector Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2020

Indicative Benchmark: Russell 1000 Growth Index

Top Contributor^

Consumer Discretionary
Net Contribution 0.48%
Sector
0.38%
Selection 0.10%

Top Detractor^

Information Technology
Net Contribution -1.50%
Sector
-0.14%
Selection
-1.37%

^Relative

Quarterly Data as of 30-Sep-2020

Largest Overweight

Communication Services
By11.48%
Fund 22.34%
Indicative Benchmark 10.86%

Largest Underweight

Information Technology
By-8.84%
Fund 35.68%
Indicative Benchmark 44.52%

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2020

30-Sep-2020 - Taymour Tamaddon, Portfolio Manager,
In this new digitised world, we believe scale is crucial. Companies with the most capital to deploy can invest in the latest technology, which in turn is attracting more customers. The technology giants that have best embodied this phenomenon are the world’s leading platform companies, a list that typically includes Facebook, Alphabet (Google), and Amazon.com in the U.S. and Alibaba and Tencent in China. We believe these major technology platforms can not only continue to grow earnings and cash flow in a challenging economic environment, but also have opportunities to gain market share from weaker competitors, such as bricks and mortar retailers.

Team (As of 01-Oct-2020)

Taymour Tamaddon, CFA

Taymour Tamaddon is the portfolio manager of the US Large-Cap Growth Equity Strategy in the U.S. Equity Division. He is a vice president and member of the Investment Advisory Committees for the Health Sciences Equity, Global Growth Equity, US Multi-Cap Growth Equity, US Growth Stock, US Large-Cap Core Growth Equity, and US Capital Appreciation Strategies. He also is a vice president of the T. Rowe Price Institutional International Funds, Inc., and the T. Rowe Price International Funds, Inc. Taymour is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. 

Taymour’s investment experience began in 2003, and he has been with T. Rowe Price since 2004, beginning in the U.S. Equity Division. He also served as a summer intern with the firm in 2003. Prior to T. Rowe Price, Taymour was employed by Amazon.com in the areas of finance and merchandising. He also was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, specializing in the energy industry.

Taymour earned a B.S., cum laude, in applied physics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business, where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar with high distinction. Taymour also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

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  • Fund manager
    since
    2017
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    16
  • Years investment
    experience
    17
Larry J. Puglia, CFA, CPA

Larry J. Puglia is a portfolio manager in the U.S. Equity Division. Larry has been managing the US Large-Cap Core Growth Equity Strategy since 1993 and has had lead responsibility for all institutional accounts and other investment products within the strategy since 1997. He also is president of the Investment Advisory Committee of the US Large-Cap Core Growth Equity Strategy. Larry is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Larry’s investment experience began in 1989, and he has been with T. Rowe Price since 1990, beginning as an investment analyst, specializing in financial services stocks, in the U.S. Equity Division. His coverage included banking, consumer finance, brokerage, investment management, and diversified financial companies. Prior to T. Rowe Price, Larry was employed by Peat Marwick Main & Co. as a senior manager.

Larry earned a B.B.A., summa cum laude, in accounting from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, where he was a Shermet Scholar. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a certified public accountant.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    30
  • Years investment
    experience
    31
Joseph Fath

Joe Fath is the portfolio manager for the U.S. Growth Stock Equity Strategy, including the Growth Stock Fund, in which he is chairman of the investment advisory committee.  He is a vice president and member of the investment advisory committee of the U.S. Quantitative US, U.S. Mid-Cap Growth Equity, U.S. Communications and Technology and U.S. Large-Cap Growth Equity Strategies.   He is vice president of T. Rowe Price Group. 

Joe’s investment experience began in 2000 and he has been with T. Rowe Price since 2002, beginning in the U.S. Equity Division after serving as a summer intern in 2001.   Prior to this, Joe was the chief financial officer and co-founder of Broadform, Inc., a start-up educational software company.  In addition, he worked as director of operations and analysis for Players International, a multi-jurisdictional gaming operator in the United States.  Joe was also employed by Coopers & Lybrand as a senior associate in the Business Assurance and Financial Advisory Services Group.  

Joe earned a B.S., with honors, in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He also earned an M.B. A., with honors, in finance and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    18
  • Years investment
    experience
    20
Ronald Taylor

Ron Taylor is a portfolio specialist in the U.S. Equity Division. He is a member of the US Large-Cap Growth Equity Strategy team, working closely with institutional clients, consultants, and prospects. Ron also is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Ron’s investment experience began in 1988, and he has been with T. Rowe Price since 2003, beginning in the U.S. Equity Division. Prior to this, Ron was employed by Zurich Scudder Investments as an equity product specialist and later as the director of Institutional Client Service; by Chancellor Capital Management as an equity product specialist; by Putnam Investments as an equity analyst and later in new business development and client service; and by Columbia Savings & Loan as a high yield bond analyst.

Ron earned a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    17
  • Years investment
    experience
    32

Fee Schedule

Share Class Minimum Initial Investment and Holding Amount (USD) Minimum Subsequent Investment (USD) Minimum Redemption Amount (USD) Sales Charge (up to) Investment Management Fee (up to) Ongoing Charges
Class A $1,000 $100 $100 5.00% 150 basis points 1.58%
Class I $2,500,000 $100,000 $0 0.00% 65 basis points 0.69%
Class J $10,000,000 $0 $0 0.00% 0 basis points 0.02%
Class Q $1,000 $100 $100 0.00% 65 basis points 0.73%

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

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T. Rowe Price ("TRP") claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). TRP has been independently verified for the twenty one- year period ended June 30, 2017 by KPMG LLP. The verification report is available upon request. Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm's policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. Verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation.

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