Causeway International Value Fund commentary for the fourth quarter 2014.
After a liquidity-fueled ascent in the first half of 2014, international equities reached a plateau during the third quarter. The MSCI EAFE Index (“Index”) posted a small positive return in local terms, but US dollar strength versus international currencies pushed dollar-denominated returns into negative territory. The top performing countries during the quarter were Israel, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Finland. Several markets declined steeply over the period including Portugal, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, and Italy. The best performing sectors in the Index were health care, information technology, financials, telecommunication services, and utilities. The worst performing sectors were energy, materials, consumer discretionary, industrials, and consumer staples.
Causeway International Value Fund: Performance and portfolio holdings
The Fund outperformed the Index for the third quarter due to positive stock selection across regions and industry groups. Holdings in the telecommunication services, banks, pharmaceuticals & biotechnology, consumer services, and utilities industry groups contributed to relative performance, while holdings in the capital goods and automobiles & components industry groups, along with an overweight position in the energy industry group and underweight position in the health care equipment & services and technology hardware & equipment industry groups detracted from relative performance. The largest individual contributor to positive performance this quarter was mobile telecommunications operator, China Mobile Ltd. (CHL) (Hong Kong). Additional top contributors included wireless communications operator, SK Telecom Co., Ltd. (SKM) (South Korea), electric utility, Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEP) (South Korea), pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi (SNY)(France), and PVC pipe & silicon chip producer, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (TSE:4063) (Japan). The top individual detractor from performance was energy services firm, Technip SA (France). Other top detractors included luxury automobile & truck manufacturer, Daimler AG (Germany), paints & coatings producer, Akzo Nobel NV (Netherlands), energy management firm, Schneider Electric SE (France), and lowvoltage electronics manufacturer, Legrand SA (France).
The market commentary expresses the portfolio managers’ views as of the date of this report and should not be relied on as research or investment advice regarding any stock. These views and the Fund holdings and characteristics are subject to change. There is no guarantee that any forecasts made will come to pass. Any securities identified and described in this report do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold or recommended for client accounts. The reader should not assume that an investment in the securities identified was or will be profitable. Diversification does not protect against market loss.
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