Optimized Small Cap Core (ESG)

Q1 2020 | March 31, 2020

Annualized Returns (%) 

QTD YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 7 Years 10 Years Since Inception1
Gross of fees -33.06 -33.06 -23.35 -4.41 -0.55 2.07
Net of fees -33.07 -33.07 -23.41 -4.62 -0.81 1.76
Benchmark2 -30.61 -30.61 -23.99 -4.64 -0.25 4.21 6.90 1.25
1 Inception Date: December 31, 2013 2 Benchmark: Russell 2000


Portfolio Weight Benchmark Weight
Excess return (gross since inception) 0.82
Excess return (net since inception) 0.51
Information ratio (gross since inception) 0.21
Information ratio (net since inception) 0.13
Holdings 89 1979
P/E using FY1 est 10.6 13.3
P/E using FY2 est 10.1 11.7
Dividend yield 2.3 2.0
Historical 3 year EPS growth 22.2 16.9
Weighted average market cap $1,977mm $2,047mm

Sector Weights (%)

Portfolio Weight Benchmark Weight
Communication Services 3.10 2.25
Consumer Discretionary 10.61 8.75
Consumer Staples 0.74 3.41
Energy 0.47 1.72
Financials 14.41 16.75
Health Care 25.45 21.31
Industrials 11.71 15.22
Information Technology 19.07 15.12
Materials 1.85 3.41
Real Estate 8.50 7.59
Utilities 4.08 4.47

Top Ten Holdings (%)

Portfolio Weight
Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. 2.59
Tech Data Corporation 2.41
J2 Global, Inc. 2.27
Luminex Corp 2.25
Churchill Downs Incorporated 2.17
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation 2.15
Stifel Financial Corp. 2.01
Kite Realty Group Trust 2.00
National General Holdings Corp. 1.98
Gibraltar Industries, Inc. 1.98

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. We utilize internally developed quantitative models for stock selection. These models are built using factors that reflect and measure fundamental drivers of growth, value, and momentum, and have also been shown to be consistent and predictive drivers of long-term excess returns. Our portfolio construction methods focus on maximizing exposure to these factors while controlling both ESG risk and portfolio active risk.

Portfolio Facts

Inception date 12/31/2013
Assets in strategy $0.08mm
Benchmark Russell 2000
Predicted tracking error 3-5% vs. b/m
No. of stocks <100
Sectors B/m ±4%
Annual Turnover 100%
Min. investment $5mm
Vehicle(s) available Separately managed
The information provided on this page should be considered supplemental. For complete performance data, please see the Xponance Optimized Small Cap Core (ESG) Strategy disclosures below.

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 Net Benchmark1
2019 5,411 0.11 5 or fewer 27.92 27.83 25.52 N/A2 16.64 15.71
2018 4,026 0.18 5 or fewer -9.18 -9.49 -11.01 N/A2 14.55 15.79
2017 6,817 0.2 5 or fewer 10.40 10.08 14.65 N/A2 12.66 13.91
2016 6,249 0.2 5 or fewer 19.96 19.54 21.31 N/A2 14.17 15.76
2015 5,577 0.1 5 or fewer -0.99 -1.33 -4.41 N/A2 N/A N/A
2014 2,542 0.1 5 or fewer 9.56 9.05 4.89 N/A2 N/A N/A
1 Benchmark: Russell 2000 2 The 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.

The annual composite dispersion presented is an asset-weighted standard deviation of annual gross returns of those portfolios that were in the composite for the year. The 3-year annualized standard deviation measures the variability of the composite gross returns 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 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.

On August 31, 2018, FIS Group, Inc. (“FIS Group”) acquired Piedmont Investment Advisors, Inc.’s (“PIA”) predecessor, Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC. Xponance 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 assets presented through, and including, Calendar Year 2019 represent total firm assets for PIA, prior to April 1, 2020, this composite was managed by legacy firm PIA. Total firm assets presented post April 1, 2020 represent the total firm assets of Xponance.

Optimized Small Cap Core Composite contains fully discretionary Small cap core equity accounts and for comparison purposes is measured against the Russell 2000 Index. The product typically has fewer than 100 holdings and a predicted tracking error target range of 5% – 8% vs. Russell 2000. The Optimized Small Cap Core Composite was created December 31, 2013.

Results are based on fully discretionary accounts under management. Accounts that are no longer with the firm are included through the last full measurement period such accounts were managed in the composite’s style. 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 significant cash flow policy applies for all periods.

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. 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 is as follows: First $50mm: 65 bps; Next $50mm: 55 bps; Over $100mm: 45 bps

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.