Quality Value – Large Cap Value

Q1 2021 | March 31, 2021

Annualized Returns (%) 

QTD YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 7 Years 10 Years Since Inception1
Gross of fees 8.53 8.53 51.16 13.18 13.74 12.31 14.59
Net of fees 8.41 8.41 50.48 12.68 13.24 11.82 13.96
Benchmark 10.77 10.77 50.37 11.83 12.31 9.96 12.23
1 Inception Date: September 30, 2012 2 Benchmark: S&P 500 Value

Characteristics

Portfolio Weight Benchmark Weight
Excess return (gross since inception) 2.36%
Excess return (net since inception) 1.73%
Information ratio (gross since inception) 0.62
Information ratio (net since inception) 0.45
Holdings 50 435
P/E using FY1 est 17.8 18.1
P/E using FY2 est 16.3 16.3
Dividend yield 2.6% 2.2%
Historical 3 year EPS growth 8.3% 9.8%
Weighted average market cap $228,537mm $149,659mm

Sector Weights (%)

Portfolio Weight Benchmark Weight

Communication Services 9.34 6.91
Consumer Discretionary 10.41 7.73
Consumer Staples 11.71 9.05
Energy 2.00 5.67
Financials 16.19 20.32
Health Care 14.58 14.36
Industrials 10.84 11.92
Information Technology 18.76 11.69
Materials 3.29 3.52
Real Estate 2.88 3.91
Utilities 4.92

Top Ten Holdings (%)

Portfolio Weight
Microsoft Corporation 3.70
Pfizer Inc. 3.59
Apple Inc. 3.38
3M Company 3.36
U.S. Bancorp 3.25
General Dynamics Corporation 3.19
Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. 3.00
Garmin Ltd. 2.97
Public Storage 2.88
Procter & Gamble Company 2.82

Distinguishing Attributes

  • Proven quantitative stock selection models
  • Focused on achieving optimal risk-return tradeoffs
  • ESG factors taken into consideration
  • Structured and disciplined investment process
  • Experienced investment team
  • Corporate culture built on client service and diversity

Portfolio Management

Sumali Sanyal, CFA

Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Systematic Global Equities

Cameron McLennan, CFA

Director, Portfolio Manager, Systematic Global Equities

About Xponance®

Xponance® is a multistrategy investment firm offering strategies across equity and fixed income. We are independent and employee owned by women and diverse professionals, whose common passion is to do the right thing for our clients and each other. Xponance® is the successor firm representing the integration of two great legacy firms, FIS Group, Inc. and Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC

Investment Philosophy & Process

Our investment philosophy focuses on striking an appropriate balance between risk and return in our management of clients’ portfolios while taking ESG factors into consideration. The elements of this philosophy include – emphasis on security selection, quantification of major sources of risk, diversification as a means of managing common factor risk without reducing expected returns and controlling tracking error. This strategy is designed to deliver a stable return stream by focusing on high quality stocks that have strong cash flow and have a demonstrated willingness to increase return of capital to investors. The investment process seeks to identify companies that have a consistent dividend and earnings growth profile, are profitable, are disciplined in capital allocation, have low semi-variance or downside volatility, and have low ESG risk.

Portfolio Facts

Inception date 09/30/2012
Assets in strategy $11.6mm
Benchmark S&P 500 Value
Predicted tracking error 4-7% vs. b/m
No. of stocks 40-50
Sectors No constraints
Annual Turnover 50-60%
Min. investment $5mm
Vehicle(s) available Separately managed

Portfolio characteristics are subject to change, and current holdings may differ. Past performance is not an indication of future results. A complete list of firm composites and performance results is available upon request. Additional disclosures are found at the end of this presentation. Statistics shown are supplemental information to the GIPS compliant presentation at the end of this presentation. Results represent preliminary data which is subject to change.

Annualized Disclosure Presentation

  Composite Assets Annualized Performance Results (%)   3 Year Ex-Post Standard Deviation (%)
Year End Total Firm Assets ($mm) USD ($mm) Number of Accounts Composite Gross Composite Net Benchmark1 Composite Dispersion (%) Composite Benchmark1
2019 5,411 10 5 or fewer 26.99 26.43 31.93 N/A3 11.47 12.73
2018 4,026 6.2 5 or fewer -5.81 -6.21 -8.95 N/A3 10.55 11.02
2017 6,817 7 5 or fewer 20.94 20.39 15.36 N/A3 9.68 10.32
2016 6,249 6 5 or fewer 16.60 16.09 17.40 N/A3 10.36 10.73
2015 5,577 5 6 1.61 1.16 -3.13 0.33 10.32 10.60
2014 2,542 4 6 13.48 12.97 12.36 0.36 N/A2 N/A2
2013 2,731 3.53 6 38.43 37.01 31.99 N/A3 N/A2 N/A2
2012 3,425 0.13 5 or fewer 0.04 -0.40 1.64 N/A3 N/A2 N/A2

1 Benchmark: S&P 500 Value 2 Not shown because 36 monthly returns are not available. 3 The composite’s internal dispersion is not presented for those periods marked “N/A” because the composite did not have at least six portfolios for the entire annual period. 4 Results shown for the year 2012 represent partial period performance from October 1, 2012 through December 31,2012. 5 Gross of fees Performance for the period September 30, 2012 to September 30, 2013 is supplemental information. During that period, one account in the composite had a bundled fee. The net performance for that period is reduced by the total bundled fee, which is comprised of the custodial fees and transactions costs, plus management fees.

The 3-year annualized standard deviation measures the variability of the composite and the benchmark returns over the preceding 36-month period. Standard deviation is not required for periods prior to 2011. Xponance,® Inc. (“Xponance®”) claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. Xponance® has been independently verified for the periods from November 1, 1998 through December 31, 2019. A copy of the verification reports are 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. . GIPS® is a registered trademark of CFA Institute. CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of the content contained herein.

On August 31, 2018, FIS Group, Inc. (“FIS Group”) acquired Piedmont Investment Advisors, Inc.’s (“PIA”) predecessor, Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC. Xponance,® Inc. (“Xponance®”) is an independent, registered investment adviser and is the successor registrant under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) to both FIS Group and its wholly-owned subsidiary, PIA. Pursuant to a corporate rebranding and consolidation strategy, Xponance® was established effective April 1, 2020, to leverage the long histories of its predecessor entities in providing customized investment management products to institutional clients. FIS Group (through its former subsidiaries, Fiduciary Investment Solutions, Inc. and FIS Funds Management, Inc.) managed assets since 1996 and PIA (through its former affiliate Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC) began managing assets in 2000. The firm maintains a complete list of composite descriptions, which is available upon request.

Total firm asset presented through, and including, Calendar Year 2019 represent total firm asset for FIS Group as, prior to April 1, 2020, this composite was managed by legacy firm FIS Group. Total firm assets presented for periods after April 1, 2020 represent the total firm assets of Xponance.

Quality Value – Large Cap Composite contains fully discretionary equity income accounts and for comparison purposes is measured against the S&P 500 Value Index. The product typically has between 45and 50 holdings. This strategy invests in names with strong cash flow, above average dividend yield, and a demonstrated willingness to increase return of capital to investors. The focus is on companies that have a consistent dividend and earnings growth profile, that are highly profitable, and are also disciplined in capital allocation. These criteria result in the creation of a portfolio with high quality names and fortress balance sheets. The Quality Value product was created on September 30, 2012.

Results are based on fully discretionary accounts under management, including those accounts no longer with the firm. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Xponance® maintains a significant cash flow policy. A significant cash flow has been defined as any client requested cash withdrawal where we must execute trades to generate the requested cash. We will remove the cash from the account the day we raise the cash; therefore, significant cash flows out of an account will be treated as a temporary account and the member account will remain in the composite.

The U.S. Dollar is the currency used to express performance. Returns are presented gross and net of management fees and include the reinvestment of all income. Net of fee performance was calculated using actual management fees. During the period September 30, 2012 to September 30, 2013, net of performance was calculated by reducing the gross of fees performance by the entire bundled fee of 1.50%, which is comprised of the custodial fee and transaction costs, plus Piedmont’s management fee.

The annual composite dispersion presented is an asset-weighted standard deviation calculated for the accounts in the composite the entire year. Policies for valuing portfolios, calculating performance, and preparing compliant presentations are available upon request. The management fee schedule for the composite is as follows: First $50mm:45 bps; Next $50mm: 40 bps; Over $100mm: 30bps

Fees are charged to clients on a quarterly basis. Fees are calculated as a percentage of assets under management and vary based upon the type of product and the total amount of assets under management. The percentage fee is expressed terms of basis points (“BPS”) for our products. One hundred basis points equal 1%. All fees are negotiable.

Effective January 1, 2021, the composite name was changed from Core Value to Quality Value and the benchmark was changed from the S&P 500 Index to the S&P 500 Value Index for all periods. The screening criteria used in constructing the buy list for this strategy eliminates all companies that do not pay dividends. It also results in choosing names with a value orientation. Using the S&P 500 as a benchmark for this portfolio is a misalignment because the benchmark is dominated by large cap technology names that do not pay dividends and yet have a sizable impact on performance. Given the value orientation of this strategy and the absence of high growth names, the S&P 500 Value benchmark is a more suitable benchmark for performance comparisons for this portfolio.