S&P 500 DEI & ESG Strategy

Q1 2023 | March 31, 2023

Annualized Returns (%) 

QTD YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 7 Years 10 Years Since Inception1
Gross of fees 6.39 6.39 -7.93 -6.85
Net of fees 6.35 6.35 -8.08 -6.98
Benchmark 7.5 7.5 -7.73 -6.09
1 Inception Date: October 29, 2021 2 Benchmark: S&P 500


Portfolio Weight Benchmark Weight
Excess return (gross since inception) -0.76%
Excess return (net since inception) -0.89%
Information Ratio (gross since inception) -0.58
Information Ratio (net since inception) -0.59
Holdings 255 503
P/E using FY1 est 18.6 18.75
P/E using FY2 est 16.66 16.94
Dividend yield 1.77% 1.64%
Historical 3 year EPS growth 17.51% 22.16%
Weighted average market cap in $M $529,057.71mm $542,484.54mm

Sector Weights (%)

Portfolio Weight Benchmark Weight

Communication Services 8.86 8.11
Consumer Discretionary 10.35 10.13
Consumer Staples 5.99 7.23
Energy 4.35 4.61
Financials 13.45 12.91
Health Care 13.10 14.20
Industrials 6.49 8.66
Information Technology 28.07 26.08
Materials 2.81 2.64
Real Estate 3.84 2.56
Utilities 2.67 2.86

Top Ten Holdings (%)

Portfolio Weight
Apple Inc. 6.86
Microsoft Corporation 6.76
NVIDIA Corporation 2.52
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated 2.22
Amazon.com, Inc. 1.82
Alphabet Inc. Class A 1.77
Alphabet Inc. Class C 1.74
Visa Inc. Class A 1.71
PepsiCo, Inc. 1.64
Cisco Systems, Inc. 1.46

Distinguishing Attributes

  • Structured and disciplined investment process
  • Customized to incorporate ESG considerations
  • Experienced investment team
  • Corporate culture built on client service and diversity
Total product assets shown above may include accounts that are not reflected in the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®)* report below. Portfolio characteristics are subject to change, and current holdings may differ. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Returns are presented gross and net of management fees and include the reinvestment of all income. GIPS-compliant performance information for the firm’s strategies and products are available upon request at info@xponance.com. A GIPS report is found at the end of this presentation. Statistics shown above are supplemental information to the GIPS report at the end of this presentation. Results represent preliminary data which is subject to change. For further performance data, please see the Xponance® S&P DEI & ESG Strategy disclosures below.

*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.

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

This strategy is designed to provide clients with access to an investment product that has a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals like racial justice and workplace equity. This strategy uses unique and differentiated data from shareholder advocacy non-profit As You Sow, along with ESG data from Sustainalytics. The objective is to generate index like returns using a portfolio that has a better ESG profile and higher exposure to companies with positive DEI characteristics when compared to the S&P 500. The strategy is risk aware and has a low turnover.

Portfolio Facts


Inception date 10/29/2021
Assets in strategy $66.51mm
Benchmark S&P 500
Predicted tracking error Less than 1.5%
Sectors B/m ± 2%
Annual Turnover Less than 50%
Min. investment $10mm
Vehicles available Separately managed

Annual Disclosure Presentation

Performance Results (%) 3-Yr Annualized Ex-Post Standard Deviation (%)
Year End Composite Gross TWR Composite Net TWR Benchmark1 Composite Gross Benchmark1 Number of Portfolios Composite Assets ($mm) Total Firm Assets ($mm)
20212 4.37 4.35 4.48 N/A N/A Five or fewer 57 14,866
Composite inception date: November 30, 2021. 1 Benchmark: S&P 500 2P artial Period Performance Shown from 11/30/2021-12/31/2021

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, 2020. The verification report is available upon request.

A firm that claims compliance with the GIPS standards must establish policies and procedures for complying with all the applicable requirements of the GIPS standards. Verification provides assurance on whether the firm’s policies and procedures related to composite and pooled fund maintenance, as well as the calculation, presentation, and distribution of performance, have been designed in compliance with the GIPS standards and have been implemented on a firm-wide basis. Verification does not provide assurance on the accuracy of any specific performance report.

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 list of composite descriptions and limited pool fund(s) descriptions, which is available upon request. S&P 500 ESG and DEI Strategy Composite contains fully discretionary S&P 500 accounts where the portfolios are constructed to achieve specific target weights for Racial Justice and Workplace Equity Scores from As You Sow and ESG Risk Ratings from Sustainalytics. The S&P 500 ESG and DEI Strategy Composite was created on November 30, 2021. For comparison purposes this strategy is measured against the S&P 500 Index. The S&P 500 is an index of 500 stocks seen as a leading indicator of U.S. equities and a reflection of the performance of the large cap universe. The S&P 500 is a market value weighted index and one of the common benchmarks for the U.S. stock market.

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. The composite 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. Policies for valuing investments, calculating performance, and preparing GIPS reports are available upon request.

The management fee schedule is as follows: First $50mm: 17.5 bps; Next $400mm: 12.5 bps; Over $500mm: 7.5 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.

The three-year annualized standard deviation measures the variability of the composite gross returns and the benchmark returns over the preceding 36-month period.

Internal dispersion presented is an equal-weighted standard deviation of annual gross returns of those portfolios that were in the composite for the entire year. For those years when less than six portfolios were included in the composite for the full year, no dispersion measure is presented.