T. Rowe Price T. Rowe Price Trusty Logo


Emerging Markets Discovery Equity Fund

Formerly Emerging Markets Value Equity Fund

Utilises a contrarian approach to invest in undervalued emerging markets companies positioned to benefit from a re-rating thesis for change.

ISIN LU1244138340 Bloomberg TREMVEI:LX

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets


1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure


Information Ratio
(3 Years)

Tracking Error
(3 Years)


Inception Date 14-Sep-2015

Performance figures calculated in USD

Other Literature

31-Oct-2019 - Ernest Yeung, Portfolio Manager,
We continue to find pockets of opportunities in Emerging Markets (EM) despite the disparity between growth and value stocks in the third quarter, driven by the compression of the U.S. 10-year yield curve. We remain invested in Chinese old economy stocks even as their H-shares have been under pressure due to the protests in Hong Kong. The reform of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in China continues given the recent spate of privatisations and delisting among SOEs.
Ernest C.  Yeung
Ernest C. Yeung, Portfolio Manager

Ernest Yeung is a portfolio manager for the Emerging Markets Discovery Equity Strategy at T. Rowe Price. He was the co-portfolio manager for the International Small-Cap Equity Strategies from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Yeung is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price Hong Kong Limited.

Click for Manager Outlook


Manager's Outlook

We remain constructive toward EM equities as EM are still at the early to middle stages of the recovery cycle. Concerns about slowing global growth and the risks posed by the China-U.S. trade conflict may have affected sentiment but have not derailed most EM countries and businesses from their recovery path. The majority of the EM companies that we own have exceeded earnings expectations and the others either met or were slightly behind estimates.

We believe that the US and China both recognize the pernicious consequences of an all-out trade war and our base case is that both sides will seek to forge a compromise deal. While we hold the view that the trade dispute between China and the U.S. will eventually be resolved, we believe that the rivalry between the U.S. and China over technology advancement will persist.

We continue to see EM as a fertile terrain for finding "forgotten" pockets of opportunities in stocks with asymmetrical risk-return profiles, wherein fundamental changes or operational improvement may drive a rerating while at the same there is downside support in terms of a strong balance sheet and healthy dividends.

The recovery in the capex-to-sales ratio, which has been at depressed levels in EM since 2015, should lead the next leg of growth, in our view. After years of reckless spending, EM companies have finally gained discipline and shifted their focus toward better capital allocation and cash flow generation, in our view.

We continue to look favorably at South Africa, and we believe in its eventual recovery after a prolonged slowdown. We think the country has to implement reforms to build the strong foundations of a post-apartheid economy. At this stage of its cycle, the improvement of South Africa's current account balance provides us with a downside anchor, while more investments should also support the currency.

Within Asia, we see China as a deep and diversified opportunity set where we are focused on domestic-oriented businesses and "old economy stocks". We view state-owned enterprises, which have implemented reforms and put in place share incentives, as interesting areas of opportunity. China's economic transformation story remains a key positive for us. We think the country will forge ahead with reforms while seeking to expand the economy at a more sustainable pace, balancing this against the impact of volatile trade relations with the U.S.

We recognize that the oil price is a key risk for our diversified portfolio. We seek broadly stable oil prices as extreme levels will have a knock-on impact on the whole asset class. We believe the portfolio is well positioned to take advantage of valuation anomalies in EM, where "forgotten" stocks that have promising potential can be mispriced.

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 emerging market companies.

Investment Approach

  • Aim to exploit the valuation anomalies that arise across the diverse and inefficient emerging market opportunity set.
  • Employ a contrarian approach using fundamental research, quantitative screen and industry contacts to identify companies that are out of favour, undervalued and that offer an attractive risk and reward profile.
  • Minimize the risk of value traps by focusing on companies offering yield or a book value anchor to the valuation, and where we have identified re-rating thesis that can lead to an expansion in valuation over time.
  • Risk management is an integral part of the portfolio construction process.

Portfolio Construction

  • Typically 50-80 stock portfolio
  • Expected 4-8% tracking error
  • Individual position typically 0.5% to 5%, position sized by prospective risks
  • Country ranges +/-10% absolute deviation from the benchmark
  • Sector ranges +/-15% absolute deviation from the benchmark
  • Reserves are normally less than 5%, max 10%

Performance (Class I)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
5 YR
Since Inception
Since Manager Inception
Fund % 10.34% 9.18% N/A 10.21% 10.21%
Indicative Benchmark % 11.86% 7.36% N/A 8.90% 8.90%
Excess Return % -1.52% 1.82% N/A 1.31% 1.31%

Inception Date 14-Sep-2015

Manager Inception Date 14-Sep-2015

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI Emerging Markets Index Net

Data as of  31-Oct-2019

  1 YR 3 YR
5 YR
Since Inception
Fund % -1.11% 8.04% N/A 9.15%
Indicative Benchmark % -2.02% 5.97% N/A 7.98%
Excess Return % 0.91% 2.07% N/A 1.17%

Inception Date 14-Sep-2015

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI Emerging Markets Index Net

Data as of  30-Sep-2019

Performance figures calculated in USD

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 18-Nov-2019 Quarter to DateData as of 18-Nov-2019 Year to DateData as of 18-Nov-2019 1 MonthData as of 31-Oct-2019 3 MonthsData as of 31-Oct-2019
Fund % 1.67% 6.60% 11.36% 4.84% -1.06%
Indicative Benchmark % 1.00% 5.26% 11.46% 4.22% 1.03%
Excess Return % 0.67% 1.34% -0.10% 0.62% -2.09%

Inception Date 14-Sep-2015

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI Emerging Markets Index Net

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI Emerging Markets 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. 

31-Oct-2019 - Ernest Yeung, Portfolio Manager,
EM equities rose in October as optimism about a possible trade agreement between the U.S. and China and monetary policy easing by several central banks lifted investor sentiment. China was a source of strength for the portfolio due to our stock selection. For example, Vipshop Holdings, an online apparel retailer enhanced returns as shares rallied on reports it is in discussions to sell its last-mile delivery business. Its management is focusing on better cost control and has dialled back growth in non-apparel categories and investments in last-mile delivery. From a sector level, our stock choices in financials such as the State Bank of India lifted relative returns. This public sector bank reported a rise in quarterly profit and improved asset quality. In contrast, our stock preferences within the industrials sector crimped relative returns. The weakness in Hong Kong listed H-shares due to the ongoing anti-government protests extended to SINOPEC Engineering. We do not see any underlying deterioration in this refinery builder and we like its strong balance sheet and alignment of management incentives with share price performance. Our stock choices in South Africa, a lagging market in October, also hurt relative returns.


Largest Holding Samsung Electronics 6.45% Was (30-Jun-2019) 5.96%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of 30-Sep-2019
Top 10 Holdings 27.49% View Top 10 Holdings Monthly data as of 31-Oct-2019

Largest Top Contributor^

Samsung Electronics
By 4.22%
% of fund 6.72%

Largest Top Detractor^

By -0.01%
% of fund 2.05%


Quarterly Data as of 30-Sep-2019

Top Purchase

Hon Hai Precision Industry (N)
Was (30-Jun-2019) 0.00%

Top Sale

Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric (E)
Was (30-Jun-2019) 1.67%

Quarterly Data as of 30-Sep-2019

30-Sep-2019 - Ernest Yeung, Portfolio Manager,

South Africa remained our largest country relative overweight. We believe that the country will continue to pursue a path toward reform although market sentiment has weakened amid high expectations. However, we are not solely looking at the implementation of broad reforms but are also betting on individual companies that are improving. We believe that South African companies are generally well managed with good corporate governance and a high dividend yield. We continue to focus on companies with downside support, such as those with high dividend yield, and with potential upside.

China remained our largest country position in absolute terms. We think China's commitment to its economic transformation remains intact despite the trade conflict with the U.S. Our bias in China is skewed to companies geared toward the domestic market and so-called "old economy'' stocks. We continued to add positions in stocks overlooked by investors, but ones with cash on their balance sheets, disciplined capital spending, and management incentives aligned with shareholders, or that we believe are poised for recovery. We like state-owned enterprises that are putting in place effective reforms.

We stay invested in H-share names despite the current market sentiment as we believe that their fundamentals are strong. Within China, we do not have any holdings in the A shares and we significantly underown Chinese ADRs.

In Latin America, we reduced our relative underweight Brazil. We think Brazil is broadly on track in implementing its reform agenda and our position in select financial names should benefit from the eventual recovery in GDP growth and corporate investments.

From a sector perspective, the financials sector remained by far our most significant absolute position and was our largest relative bet. In contrast, we are most underweight in communication services and consumer discretionary in relative terms. We remain true to our portfolio's philosophy of seeking "forgotten" stocks and have avoided exposure to big internet companies, which are teeming with investors.

We continue to look for names that have limited impact from the U.S.-China trade strife, such as companies that are into the early stages of their self-help and turnaround stories. We look for companies that the market may have misunderstood but which have a wide margin of safety in terms of valuations or what we view as a highly visible, improving outlook. We prefer stable companies, which may have been overlooked by mainstream investors, and those not followed by sell-side research, but which have the potential for improvement. Once we have identified these triggers for fundamental change or operational improvement, we have a three-year horizon to allow them to materialize.

We are firm about this three-year incubation period as we seek to avoid value traps and aim to actively get ahead of fundamental changes. We believe that waiting for mean reversion may be a flawed process in EM as it may not always transpire given the reduced efficiency of the markets compared with their developed counterparts.

The "forgotten" stock opportunities we select have asymmetric risk/return profiles where, given the market's diminished expectations of them, they are unlikely to retreat further on disappointing news, but with favorable news, their upside potential could be substantial, in our view. We prefer stocks that will likely emerge as beneficiaries of supply consolidation and those that generate high free cash flow.

China Remained Our Biggest Country Position; Focus on Reforms, Consolidation

In China, we invested in new "forgotten" names with better prospects as a result of new management incentives aligned with shareholder interests, or those benefiting from market consolidation. These are companies that may be underowned but are putting in place measures to bolster prospects for growth and which have strong balance sheets that provide support. We kept our positive view on old economy names as their fundamentals remain strong despite share price weakness. In terms of the latest earnings results, the majority of these companies have performed better than expected. Hence, our investment views remain intact.

For instance, we started to invest in Dongfeng Motor, one of China's largest automakers and the joint venture partner of Nissan, Honda and Peugeot in China. We see Dongfeng Motor fitting into our quest for state-owned enterprises undergoing reforms as its management had put in place a share incentive program last year to align the interests of management more closely with those of shareholders. They are closing down idle capacity plants. Moreover, we see Dongfeng benefiting from the big disparity between domestic and foreign brands in China. It has a healthy balance sheet and positive free cash flow. Lastly, the auto industry, which has been in a slump, may see a cyclical upturn in the next 12 to 18 months.

Aside from Dongfeng, we also established a new position in the abovementioned Shimao Property, an attractively valued homebuilder that is poised to grow its share in the market.

We also added to our existing stake in Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC), while we eliminated our position in the Agricultural Bank of China, where we had lowered our conviction due to a lack of drivers for the stock. We view PSBC as a "forgotten" and underowned name, with an underutilized balance sheet and improving distribution. The bank has 8,000 branches and uses the 32,000 branches of China Post to raise deposits. We see it as a conservative bank with a loan to deposit ratio lower than rivals, which gives it room to grow. Under PSBC's new leadership, the bank seeks to slowly rollout bank lending products to Chinese retail and small and medium-sized enterprises through the postal network in addition to its own branches. If PSBC succeeds, it could further accelerate loan and earnings growth relative to China's big four banks and unlike them, it faces less pressure to manage earnings growth or lend to priority sectors. It is also working to improve its risk management systems and customer reach by cooperation with technology firms including Tencent, one of its strategic investors.

South Africa Overweight Maintained as Faith in Long-Term Prospects in Place

Our long-term case for investing in South Africa holds despite fairly depressed market sentiment amid slower progress on reforms and cyclical recovery. Many of the stocks we hold fit in the "forgotten" framework. We feel that their valuations reflect a pessimistic view and may be poised to recover as reforms are implemented and the economy bottoms out. We think that the situation in South Africa is stabilizing and is at the nascent stage of its path to economic recovery. We believe President Cyril Ramaphosa understands the problems facing the country and the need to clean up the system, which has been tainted by scandals in recent years. Aside from our belief in South Africa's quest for reform, its domestic economy boasts of a young demographic, rich resources, and it has some of the best-managed companies that have been through many cycles in the EM space.

We added to our existing positions in Naspers following the listing of its business in Amsterdam, where we elected to own shares of Nasper than the new Prosus stock. The listing is seen as a move by Naspers to reduce a large discount in its shares created by the size of its holdings in Tencent. Elsewhere in South Africa, we raised our stake in Nedbank Group, a key player in the South African corporate banking space, which we like due to its quality franchise, strong management team, and well-controlled operating expenses amid the soft revenue backdrop. We have increased our positions in Telkom, Barloworld and Absa Group as mentioned above.

We Trimmed our Taiwan and South Korea Underweight

We reduced our relative underweight to Taiwan as we initiated a position in Hon Hai, an electronics manufacturer that has been weighed down by the U.S.-China trade conflict and by the iPhone cycle. Taiwan is our biggest relative underweight in country terms. We think the stock will benefit from a cyclical recovery and we are positive about the company's new cost-cutting strategy. Its management has a good execution track record in achieving such internal cost targets. The company also has a net cash balance sheet and an enticing dividend yield.

In South Korea, we increased our holdings in the aforementioned Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix as we see them benefitting from a recovery in semiconductor demand. Within information technology, we eliminated our position in Lenovo as our investment thesis for the company has played out. It delivered on cost-cutting measures and returns have significantly improved. However, the company's focus has switched to increasing market share instead of reducing costs while it has also been hit by the U.S.-China trade dispute.

Brazil Relative Underweight Reduced

Turning to Latin America, we pared our relative underweight in Brazil as we initiated a position in BRF, a food producer from this South American country. We bought into this company's deleveraging story as its balance sheet has stabilised for two quarters following some asset sale and restructuring measures. The company may be turning into a free cash flow generator.

Relative Overweight to Financials, Real Estate Raised

Financials remained our biggest sector position in absolute and relative terms at the end of the quarter. Aside from increasing our holdings in China's PSBC, which has a strong balance sheet and favorable growth prospects, we boosted our position in PKO Bank Polski, one of the largest banks in Poland and in our view, among the best managed. Bank Polski has a strong capital position, which should provide downside support. Poland is one of the most fragmented banking industries in Central Eastern Europe and consolidation can be a powerful multi-year theme that may possibly benefit PKO.

Within real estate, aside from the new position in Shimao, we bolstered our position in China Overseas Land, one of the largest residential property developers in China, which we view as another market share gainer. The company has a huge advantage in acquiring land and has the lowest cost of funding. It introduced a stock option plan to some of its management team last year and intends to increase the participation. The key performance indicators linked to the plan were profitability, return on equity and sales volume.

Below-Benchmark Position in Consumer Discretionary Pared

Consumer discretionary was among the bigger relative underweights during the quarter. However, this underweight allocation was reduced as we initiated a position in Dongfeng Motor and added into Naspers as previously discussed. We also increased our holdings in Vipshop, a Chinese online discount retailer. We bought into Vipshop as we believe that the market has not fully recognised the firm's self-help measures, which are expected to lead to improved margins. The company has started to focus on core discounted apparel and cut low-margin categories while scaling back research and development spending.

Within the sector, however, we exited Tata Motors due to disappointment over its Indian business, changes made by management to the Jaguar Land Rover business, and fresh uncertainties revolving around Brexit. Proceeds from the disposal were used to boost our positions in high-conviction names.

We Turned Less Overweight in Industrials and Business Services

We eliminated Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric, a supplier of core electrical components for trains in China. CRRC was seen to benefit from the recovery of China's railway equipment capital expenditure growth, but the deceleration in China's overall capital spending has cast a pall on railway investments. Its share price slumped in the quarter amid the weakness in H-shares.

We exited LT Group, a Philippine conglomerate involved in tobacco, banking, distilled spirits, beverages, and property development after our investment thesis played out and a possible change in its top management. The company has cleaned up its tobacco division and its banking business is improving. LT President Michael Tan, who has turned around businesses, sold most of his stake in the company, and there is market talk that his father, who is the company founder and chairman, may be making changes to the management.


Largest Sector Financials 33.13% Was (30-Sep-2019) 33.54%
Other View complete Sector Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Oct-2019

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI Emerging Markets Index

Top Contributor^

Net Contribution 0.36%
Selection 0.42%

Top Detractor^

Industrials & Business Services
Net Contribution -1.36%


Quarterly Data as of 30-Sep-2019

Largest Overweight

Fund 33.13%
Indicative Benchmark 24.67%

Largest Underweight

Communication Services
Fund 4.87%
Indicative Benchmark 11.09%

Monthly Data as of 31-Oct-2019

31-Oct-2019 - Ernest Yeung, Portfolio Manager,
We turned less underweight in communication services as we invested in one of the top three telecommunication companies in Russia, where sector competition is stable and improving. We like the fact that it is one of the few domestic companies that yields high dividends and is not driven by oil and commodity prices. We exited China Resources Power (CRP), a coal-fired power plant operator, following its poor capital allocation. CRP decided to forgo its dividend commitment and opted to use its capital to invest in wind power, which may weaken earnings. As a result of this move, we turned less overweight materials.


Largest Country China 34.05% Was (30-Sep-2019) 34.75%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Oct-2019

Indicative Benchmark: MSCI Emerging Markets Index

Top Contributor^

South Korea
Net Contribution 0.85%
Selection 0.74%

Top Detractor^

Net Contribution -1.13%


Quarterly Data as of 30-Sep-2019

Largest Overweight

South Africa
Fund 8.20%
Indicative Benchmark 4.66%

Largest Underweight

Fund 4.95%
Indicative Benchmark 11.92%

Monthly Data as of 31-Oct-2019

31-Oct-2019 - Ernest Yeung, Portfolio Manager,
We reduced our underweight in South Korea as we built a position in an operator of casinos exclusive to foreigners. We are seeing signs of improving China visitor arrivals in South Korea and increased spending of Japanese gamers, which will likely benefit this company’s revenues. We exited Compañia de Minas Buenaventura, a Peruvian mining company, following a management change, its decision to cut production to upgrade its mines and weak results. It has outperformed the benchmark in the two years that we held the stock, which was viewed as a gold proxy. Closing this position turned us underweight Peru.

Team (As of 31-Aug-2019)

Ernest C.  Yeung

Ernest Yeung is a portfolio manager for the Emerging Markets Discovery Equity Strategy at T. Rowe Price. He was the co-portfolio manager for the International Small-Cap Equity Strategies from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Yeung is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price Hong Kong Limited.

Mr. Yeung has 17 years of investment experience, 15 of which have been with T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, he was an analyst with HSBC Asset Management in London.

Mr. Yeung earned an M.A., with honours, in economics from Cambridge University. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Investment Management Certificate. 

  • Fund manager
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
  • Years investment
Nick Beecroft

Nicholas Beecroft is a portfolio specialist in the Equity Division at T. Rowe Price, representing the firm's global equity strategies. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

Mr. Beecroft has 18 years of investment experience, 14 of which have been with T. Rowe Price. He joined the firm in London in 2005 and spent many years working with our emerging markets equity team. Mr. Beecroft has been based in Hong Kong since 2011. Prior to joining T. Rowe Price, he was an investment analyst at Mercer Investment Consulting.

Mr. Beecroft earned a B.A, with honours, in contemporary European studies from the University of Southampton. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

  • Years at
    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 UK Tax Reporting Status
Class A $15,000 $100 $100 5.00% 190 basis points 2.07% No
Class I $2,500,000 $100,000 $0 0.00% 100 basis points 1.10% No
Class Q $15,000 $100 $100 0.00% 100 basis points 1.17% No

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

T. Rowe Price Funds SICAV and its sub-funds are domiciled in Luxembourg and therefore considered offshore funds for UK tax purposes. Selected share classes of T. Rowe Price Funds SICAV have been designated “Reporting Funds” by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) under the guidelines of the UK Offshore Funds Regulation. These share classes report all relevant tax information to HMRC on an annual basis. Details on the information reported are outlined in the SICAV Shareholder Tax Reporting document that is available in the Fund Range Docs drop-down. Investors in “Reporting Fund” share classes who are considered United Kingdom residents for tax purposes will have any accrued gains treated as a capital gain rather than income upon sale or other disposal of their shares. 

Tap to dismiss


Latest Date Range
Audience for the document: Share Class: Language of the document:
Download Cancel


Share Class: Language of the document:
Download Cancel
Sign in to manage subscriptions for products, insights and email updates.
Continue with sign in?
To complete sign in and be redirected to your registered country, please select continue. Select cancel to remain on the current site.
Continue Cancel
Once registered, you'll be able to start subscribing.

By clicking the Continue button, I acknowledge that I have read and accepted the Privacy Notice

Continue Back

Change Details

If you need to change your email address please contact us.
You are ready to start subscribing.
Get started by going to our products or insights section to follow what you're interested in.

Products Insights

GIPS® Information

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.

TRP is a U.S. investment management firm with various investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, and other regulatory bodies in various countries and holds itself out as such to potential clients for GIPS purposes. TRP further defines itself under GIPS as a discretionary investment manager providing services primarily to institutional clients with regard to various mandates, which include U.S, international, and global strategies but excluding the services of the Private Asset Management group.

A complete list and description of all of the Firm's composites and/or a presentation that adheres to the GIPS® standards are available upon request. Additional information regarding the firm's policies and procedures for calculating and reporting performance results is available upon request

Other Literature

You have successfully subscribed.

Notify me by email when
regular data and commentary is available
exceptional commentary is available
new articles become available

Thank you for your continued interest