Brandes - EMEA - Corporate Focus Fixed Income Strategy

Investment Strategies

Go for More than Just Income

  • Flexibility— Designed for investors seeking a diversified managed portfolio of fixed income issues offering a potentially high level of income plus potential capital appreciation.
  • Focus— Primarily invests in corporate debt obligations issued from U.S. corporations. Up to 50% of the portfolio’s assets may be invested in securities which are rated below investment grade, and an additional 30% of the portfolio’s assets, determined at the time of purchase, may be invested in non-U.S. dollar denominated securities issued by corporations or governments.

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  • Experienced Professionals — The Investment Committee is composed of experienced professionals who have managed extreme market cycles.
  • Commitment to Transparent, Easy to Understand Investment Process — The firm consistently applies a Graham-and-Dodd, value investing approach centered on a research-driven process of purchasing potentially undervalued companies with the goal of capturing future price appreciation.
  • Independent Point of View — Brandes Investment Partners is a 100% employee owned firm and its strategies are unhindered by sales quotas or any outside influence that may impede the firm’s pursuit of investment management excellence.

The Brandes Corporate Focus Fixed Income Strategy seeks long-term returns in excess of its benchmark (the Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate U.S. Credit Index) by investing primarily in corporate debt and high quality United States government and agency securities. The strategy will be predominately invested in corporate debt obligations issued by U.S. and non-U.S. corporations. A minimum of 50% of the investments must be rated investment grade by a nationally recognized rating agency at the time of purchase. An additional 30% may be invested in non U.S. dollar denominated debt instruments measured at the time of purchase. We expect the strategy to be invested in approximately 60-150 issues. With the exception of United States Treasury securities, typically no more than 30% of the value of total strategy assets will be invested in any single U.S. agency at the time of purchase. No more than 10% of the value of a strategy’s assets may be invested in any other single issuer at the time of purchase.

The strategy benchmark is the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Credit Bond Index.

Annualized Performance (Net)

THROUGH 30 September 2019 | REPORTING CURRENCY: eur
 
1 Year
3 Years
5 Years
7 Years
10 Years
15 Years
Since Inception 30/6/2000
Corporate Focus Fixed Income
10.23%
3.54%
6.15%
5.51%
8.39%
5.12%
4.65%
Primary Benchmark (a)
16.40%
4.39%
6.56%
5.53%
7.42%
5.32%
4.59%
Relative Performance
-6.17%
-0.85%
-0.41%
-0.02%
0.97%
-0.20%
0.06%

Annualized Performance (Gross)

THROUGH 30 September 2019 | REPORTING CURRENCY: eur
 
1 Year
3 Years
5 Years
7 Years
10 Years
15 Years
Since Inception 30/6/2000
Corporate Focus Fixed Income
10.62%
3.90%
6.52%
5.87%
8.76%
5.48%
5.02%
Primary Benchmark (a)
16.40%
4.39%
6.56%
5.53%
7.42%
5.32%
4.59%
Relative Performance
-5.78%
-0.49%
-0.04%
0.34%
1.34%
0.16%
0.43%

Annual Periods (Net)

THROUGH 30 September 2019 | REPORTING CURRENCY: eur
 
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
Corporate Focus Fixed Income
3.57%
-9.00%
12.80%
8.35%
18.31%
-2.98%
9.65%
Primary Benchmark (a)
4.96%
-9.01%
6.67%
12.47%
18.59%
-4.48%
6.45%
 
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
Corporate Focus Fixed Income
7.76%
21.70%
27.66%
-22.90%
-7.39%
-1.82%
18.32%
Primary Benchmark (a)
8.89%
15.09%
13.10%
1.49%
-4.48%
-6.24%
16.14%
 
2004
2003
2002
2001
Corporate Focus Fixed Income
0.80%
-1.14%
-12.99%
16.14%
Primary Benchmark (a)
-3.44%
-10.79%
-6.57%
16.15%

Quarterly Performance (Net And Gross)

THROUGH 30 September 2019 | REPORTING CURRENCY: eur
Year
 
1Q
2Q
3Q
4Q
YTD
2019
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 5.85%
-00 5.95%
-00 5.75%
-00 0.20%
-00 0.29%
-00 1.61%
-00 5.00%
-00 5.09%
-00 6.09%
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0 11.37%
-0 11.67%
-0 13.99%
2018
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -2.72%
00 -2.64%
00 -3.74%
-00 6.26%
-00 6.35%
-00 5.42%
-00 1.23%
-00 1.32%
-00 1.30%
00 -1.02%
00 -0.94%
-00 2.11%
-00 3.57%
-00 3.93%
-00 4.96%
2017
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -0.20%
00 -0.11%
00 -0.21%
00 -4.97%
00 -4.89%
00 -4.98%
00 -2.42%
00 -2.34%
00 -2.44%
00 -1.67%
00 -1.59%
00 -1.63%
00 -9.00%
00 -8.69%
00 -9.01%
2016
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -1.74%
00 -1.65%
00 -2.09%
-00 7.45%
-00 7.54%
-00 5.38%
-00 1.02%
-00 1.11%
00 -1.05%
-00 5.76%
-00 5.85%
-00 4.48%
-0 12.80%
-0 13.19%
-00 6.67%
2015
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-0 14.50%
-0 14.60%
-0 14.67%
00 -4.31%
00 -4.23%
00 -4.61%
00 -1.06%
00 -0.98%
-00 0.47%
00 -0.05%
-00 0.03%
-00 2.33%
-00 8.35%
-00 8.72%
-0 12.47%
2014
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 1.83%
-00 1.91%
-00 1.65%
-00 2.28%
-00 2.37%
-00 2.42%
-00 8.13%
-00 8.22%
-00 8.31%
-00 5.06%
-00 5.15%
-00 5.16%
-0 18.31%
-0 18.71%
-0 18.59%
2013
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 4.35%
-00 4.43%
-00 3.16%
00 -3.33%
00 -3.25%
00 -3.58%
00 -3.35%
00 -3.27%
00 -2.88%
00 -0.49%
00 -0.41%
00 -1.11%
00 -2.98%
00 -2.66%
00 -4.48%
2012
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 2.20%
-00 2.29%
00 -0.07%
-00 6.14%
-00 6.23%
-00 6.54%
-00 2.25%
-00 2.34%
-00 1.51%
00 -1.14%
00 -1.06%
00 -1.50%
-00 9.65%
-0 10.02%
-00 6.45%
2011
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -3.02%
00 -2.95%
00 -4.52%
00 -0.27%
00 -0.20%
-00 0.04%
-00 6.40%
-00 6.49%
-00 9.08%
-00 4.70%
-00 4.79%
-00 4.52%
-00 7.76%
-00 8.09%
-00 8.89%
2010
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-0 10.91%
-0 11.00%
-00 8.48%
-0 11.93%
-0 12.01%
-0 12.77%
00 -4.62%
00 -4.55%
00 -6.11%
-00 2.78%
-00 2.86%
-00 0.20%
-0 21.70%
-0 22.08%
-0 15.09%
2009
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 5.09%
-00 5.19%
-00 5.27%
-00 8.87%
-00 8.96%
-00 1.94%
-00 5.53%
-00 5.61%
-00 1.66%
-00 5.73%
-00 5.82%
-00 3.67%
-0 27.66%
-0 28.08%
-0 13.10%
2008
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
0 -10.69%
0 -10.61%
00 -6.31%
00 -0.07%
-00 0.02%
00 -0.90%
00 -3.46%
00 -3.36%
-00 5.89%
0 -10.51%
0 -10.42%
-00 3.23%
0 -22.90%
0 -22.60%
-00 1.49%
2007
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 0.79%
-00 0.86%
-00 0.48%
00 -1.95%
00 -1.82%
00 -1.77%
00 -4.62%
00 -4.47%
00 -3.17%
00 -1.75%
00 -1.66%
00 -0.05%
00 -7.39%
00 -6.96%
00 -4.48%
2006
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -0.90%
00 -0.81%
00 -2.80%
00 -4.54%
00 -4.46%
00 -5.18%
-00 4.57%
-00 4.66%
-00 4.61%
00 -0.75%
00 -0.66%
00 -2.76%
00 -1.82%
00 -1.48%
00 -6.24%
2005
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 4.36%
-00 4.45%
-00 3.38%
-0 10.31%
-0 10.41%
-0 10.07%
-00 1.08%
-00 1.17%
-00 0.06%
-00 1.68%
-00 1.77%
-00 1.99%
-0 18.32%
-0 18.73%
-0 16.14%
2004
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 4.61%
-00 4.70%
-00 5.05%
-00 0.10%
-00 0.19%
00 -1.81%
-00 2.13%
-00 2.22%
-00 1.32%
00 -5.74%
00 -5.66%
00 -7.61%
-00 0.80%
-00 1.15%
00 -3.44%
2003
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -0.01%
-00 0.07%
00 -1.72%
-00 2.48%
-00 2.56%
00 -1.31%
-00 0.88%
-00 0.97%
00 -1.13%
00 -4.36%
00 -4.28%
00 -6.97%
00 -1.14%
00 -0.80%
0 -10.79%
2002
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 0.45%
-00 0.54%
-00 1.99%
0 -13.26%
0 -13.19%
00 -9.31%
-00 1.68%
-00 1.77%
-00 4.72%
00 -1.79%
00 -1.70%
00 -3.54%
0 -12.99%
0 -12.68%
00 -6.57%
2001
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-0 12.13%
-0 12.23%
-0 11.65%
-00 4.34%
-00 4.43%
-00 4.29%
00 -4.34%
00 -4.26%
00 -2.89%
-00 3.77%
-00 3.86%
-00 2.72%
-0 16.14%
-0 16.55%
-0 16.15%
2000
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0 11.13%
-0 11.22%
-0 11.22%
00 -4.33%
00 -4.25%
00 -3.14%
-00 6.31%
-00 6.50%
-00 7.72%

Composite Characteristics

THROUGH 30 September 2019 | REPORTING CURRENCY: eur
Year
#Accts
Assets
(mil)
Total Firm
Assets (mil)
2019
-000,00 2
-000,0 54
-0 19,396
2018
-000,00 2
-000,0 54
-0 19,300
2017
-000,00 2
-000,0 69
-0 21,278
2016
-000,00 3
-000, 107
-0 21,771
2015
-000,00 3
-000, 100
-0 19,036
2014
-000,00 3
-000,0 99
-0 17,124
2013
-000,00 3
-000,0 87
-0 15,580
2012
-000,00 3
-000,0 80
-0 16,819
2011
-000,00 3
-000,0 54
-0 20,538
2010
-000,00 3
-000,0 53
-0 28,820
2009
-000,00 3
-000,0 46
-0 29,422
2008
-000,00 3
-000,0 26
-0 29,041
2007
-000,00 3
-000,0 31
-0 57,058
2006
-000,00 1
-000,00 7
-0 65,152
2005
-000,00 1
-000,00 7
-0 86,042
2004
-000,00 1
-000,00 6
-0 72,340
2003
-000,00 1
-000,00 6
-0 60,255
2002
-000,00 1
-000,00 6
-0 49,360
2001
-000,00 1
-000,00 7
-0 69,627
2000
-000,00 1
-000,00 6
-0 53,972
THROUGH 30 September 2019 | REPORTING CURRENCY: eur

The results for individual accounts and for different periods may vary.  Investors should not rely on prior performance results as a reliable indication of future results. Market conditions may impact performance. The performance results presented were achieved in particular market conditions which may not be repeated. Moreover, the current market volatility and uncertain regulatory environment may have a negative impact on future performance.
As of September 30, 2013, Brandes Investment Partners includes the non-SMA Division of Brandes Investment Partners L.P., Brandes Investment Partners (Europe) Limited, Brandes Investment Partners (Asia) Pte Ltd and the Brandes Investment Partners & Co. assets sub-advised by Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. The firm was redefined to reflect the expansion of the organization. As of January 1, 2006, Brandes Investment Partners was divided into two separate divisions: the SMA Division of Brandes Investment Partners, which acts as a discretionary manager to SMA or “wrap fee” program clients, including those who may invest in an SMA product; and the non-SMA Division of Brandes Investment Partners (Brandes), which acts as a discretionary manager for all other types of clients which may include pooled investment vehicles, institutional accounts and high net worth clients outside of wrap fee programs. Although the divisions may share portfolio management and other personnel, each division serves a particular target market, may trade in a different manner and may offer investment advice which differs from the other depending upon the individualized needs of the clients served. The performance data presented does not contain any SMA Division accounts.
The Brandes Corporate Focus Fixed Income Composite seeks long-term returns in excess of its benchmark (the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Credit Bond Index) by investing primarily in corporate debt and high quality United States government and agency securities. The composite will be predominately invested in corporate debt obligations issued by U.S. and non-U.S. corporations. A minimum of 50% of the investments must be rated investment grade by a nationally recognized rating agency at the time of purchase. An additional 30% may be invested in non U.S. dollar denominated debt instruments measured at the time of purchase. With the exception of United States Treasury securities, typically no more than 30% of the value of total composite assets will be invested in any single U.S. agency at the time of purchase. No more than 10% of the value of a composite’s assets may be invested in any other single issuer at the time of purchase. The composite's duration is generally within a 20% margin (higher or lower) of its benchmark index duration. The firm believes this fixed income composite to be aggressive with regard to certain risks, especially credit risk.
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(a) The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Credit Bond Index measures the performance of U.S. Dollar denominated U.S. Treasuries, government-related and investment grade U.S. corporate securities that have a remaining maturity of greater than one year and less than ten years. This index is a total return index which reflects the price changes and interest of each bond in the index. The benchmark returns are not covered by the report of independent verifiers.
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Non-U.S. dollar composite and benchmark returns shown with the following strategies were calculated and converted using the exchange rate fluctuations between the two currencies of the stated U.S. dollar returns: Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) Equity, Corporate Focus Fixed Income, Global Opportunities Value, Global Small Cap Equity, Global Small-Mid Cap Equity, International Equity, International Small Cap Equity, International Small-Mid Cap Equity, U.S. Small Cap Value Equity, U.S. Small-Mid Cap Value Equity. Non-U.S. dollar composite returns shown with the following strategies were calculated and converted using the exchange rate fluctuations between the two currencies of the stated U.S. dollar returns: Emerging Markets Equity, European Equity, Global Equity, Japan Equity, U.S. Value Equity.

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