Brandes International Equity Fund

The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing in equity securities of non-U.S. issuers that the Fund’s investment team believes are undervalued relative to their financial strength and upside potential.

  • Ticker Symbol BIIEX
  • Cusip 105262703
  • Fund Inception Date January 2, 1997
  • Dividend Frequency Quarterly
  • Number of Holdings 60
  • Total Net Assets $552.4 million (As of Jun 30, 2022)
  • Share Price (USD) 13.08 (As of Sep 30, 2022)

Overview

Why Brandes International Equity Fund?

  • Value: The strategy employs our disciplined, bottom-up investing approach to seek non-U.S. companies trading below our estimates of intrinsic value.
  • Experience: Brandes has been navigating global markets for over 40 years and managing a dedicated international equity strategy for over 30 years.
  • Flexibility: The strategy invests in businesses based in various countries, including those not listed in the benchmark, such as emerging markets.

Performance

Average Annual Total Returns (%)

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Source: Brandes, MSCI. Performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance of the fund may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by calling 800.395.3807. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Fund inception predates MSCI EAFE Value Index inception.
The International Equity Fund Class I shares were first offered on January 2, 1997. Class A shares were first offered on January 31, 2011, but prior to January 31, 2013, Class A shares were known as Class S shares. (Class A shares have the same operating expenses as Class S shares.) Performance shown prior to January 31, 2011 for Class A shares reflects the performance of Class I shares restated to reflect Class A sales loads and expenses. Class C shares were first offered on January 31, 2013. Performance shown prior to the inception of Class C shares reflects the performance of Class I shares restated to reflect Class C expenses. The Class C shares’ average annual total return for the 10-year period assumes that Class C shares automatically converted to Class A shares 8 years after the start of the period. The Class C shares’ average annual total return for the since inception period cannot be calculated as the Class A shares had not been launched as of 1/2/2005, 8 years after the inception date of the Brandes International Equity Fund. Class R6 shares were first offered on February 1, 2016. Performance shown prior to the inception of Class R6 shares reflects the performance of Class I shares restated to reflect Class R6 expenses.

Expenses

Expenses Class I
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses
Expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment.
0.91%
Less: Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement -0.06%
Net Expense Ratio 0.85%
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Morningstar Rating

BIIEX as of Jun 30, 2022

Total # of Funds 316 Foreign Large Value
The Overall Morningstar Rating is derived from a weighted average of the fund's three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable). Morningstar Ratings metrics which are based on risk-adjusted return performance.

Portfolio

Data displayed as of Jun 30, 2022

Characteristics

Characteristic Brandes International Equity Fund MSCI EAFE Index
Price/Book (x)
Price per share divided by book value per share.
0.8 1.6
Price/Earnings (x)
Price per share divided by earnings per share.
9.4 13.9
Price/Cash Flow (x)
Price per share divided by cash flow per share.
3.8 8.6
Dividend Yield %
Calculated by annualizing the last quarterly dividend paid and dividing it by the current share price. The dividend yield is that of the securities held in the portfolio; it is not reflective of the yield distributed to shareholders.
5.2 3.4
SEC 30 Day Yield (subsidized) %
As of 8/31/2022 | SEC 30-Day Yield This calculation is based on a 30-day period ending on the last day of the month shown. It is computed by dividing the net investment income per share earned during the period by the maximum offering price per share on the last day of the period. The yield figure reflects the dividends and interest earned during the period, after the deduction of the fund’s expenses. A subsidized yield takes into consideration the expenses paid by the advisor.
4.20 --
SEC 30 Day Yield (unsubsidized) %
As of 8/31/2022 | SEC 30-Day Yield This calculation is based on a 30-day period ending on the last day of the month shown. It is computed by dividing the net investment income per share earned during the period by the maximum offering price per share on the last day of the period. The yield figure reflects the dividends and interest earned during the period, after the deduction of the fund’s expenses. A subsidized yield takes into consideration the expenses paid by the advisor.
4.13 --
Active Share %
A measure of the percentage of stock holdings in a manager’s portfolio that differs from the benchmark index.
89.8 --
Number of Holdings 60 --
Weighted Average Mkt. Cap ($bil)
The average market capitalization of a fund's equity portfolio gives investors a measure of the size of the companies in which the fund invests. Market capitalization is calculated by multiplying the number of a company's shares outstanding by its price per share.
47.0 71.5
Portfolio Turnover (TTM) %
(Trailing Twelve Months)
25.8 --
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Top 10 Holdings (%)

Company % Country Industry
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd 4.2 Japan Pharmaceuticals
GSK PLC 3.6 United Kingdom Pharmaceuticals
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 3.0 China Internet & Direct Marketing Retail
Grifols SA 2.8 Spain Biotechnology
Novartis AG 2.6 Switzerland Pharmaceuticals
Sanofi 2.6 France Pharmaceuticals
Fibra Uno Administracion SA de CV 2.5 Mexico Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
UBS Group AG 2.4 Switzerland Capital Markets
Henkel AG & Co KGaA 2.4 Germany Household Products
Orange SA 2.3 France Diversified Telecom Svcs.
% of Fund 28.4    
Portfolio holdings are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the investment manager.
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Top 10 Country Allocation (%)

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Sector Allocation (%)

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Regional Allocation (%)

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Market Weightings (%)

Market Classification Brandes International Equity Fund MSCI EAFE Index
Developed Markets 80.2 100.0
Emerging Markets 18.0 -
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Distributions

Monthly Distributions
Type Record Date
Date on which a shareholder must officially own shares in order to be entitled to a dividend. After the date of record, the stock is said to be ex-dividend.
Ex-Date
Date on which a fund begins trading without the benefit of the dividend. Typically, a fund's price moves up by the dollar amount of the dividend as the ex-dividend date approaches, then falls by the amount of the dividend after that date.
Payable Date
Date on which a declared fund dividend or a bond interest payment is scheduled to be paid.
Amount
Income Dividend
Payout to shareholders of interest, dividends, or other income received by the Fund, net of operating expenses. By law, all such income must be distributed to shareholders, who may choose to take the money in cash or reinvest it in more shares of the Fund.
Jun 29, 2022 Jun 30, 2022 Jun 30, 2022 $0.3606
Short-Term Capital Gain
Profit or loss from the sale of a capital asset that was held for one year or less.
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 29, 2008 Dec 29, 2008 $0.1081
Long-Term Capital Gain
Gain on the sale of a security where the holding period was more than 12 months and the profit was subject to the long-term capital gains tax.
Dec 26, 2008 Dec 29, 2008 Dec 29, 2008 $1.0692
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Fees/Expenses

Fees/Expenses Class I
Net Expense Ratio 0.85%
Annual Management 0.75%
Other Expenses 0.16%
Service 12b-1 None
Shareholder Servicing None
Fees paid directly from your investment.
The International Equity Fund invests principally in common and preferred stocks of foreign companies. These companies generally have market capitalizations (market value of publicly traded securities) greater than $1 billion. A foreign company is determined to be “foreign” on the basis of its domicile, its principal place of business, its primary stock exchange listing, the source of its revenues or other factors. Under normal market conditions, the International Equity Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) measured at the time of purchase in equity securities of issuers located in at least three countries outside the United States. Equity securities include common and preferred stocks, warrants and rights. Up to 30% of the International Equity Fund’s total assets, measured at the time of purchase, may be invested in securities of companies located in countries with emerging securities markets.

Brandes Investment Partners, L.P., the Fund’s investment advisor (the “Advisor”), uses the principles of value investing to analyze and select equity securities for the International Equity Fund’s investment portfolio. When buying equity securities, the Advisor assesses the estimated “intrinsic” value of a company based on data such as a company’s earnings power, cash flow generation, and/or asset value of the underlying business. By choosing securities that are selling at a discount to the Advisor’s estimates of their share of the company’s intrinsic business value, the Advisor seeks to establish an opportunity for long-term capital appreciation. The Advisor may sell a security when its price reaches a target set by the Advisor, the Advisor believes that other investments are more attractive, or for other reasons.

† The Advisor has contractually agreed to limit the International Equity Fund’s Class A, Class C, Class I and Class R6 annual operating expenses (excluding acquired fund fees and expenses, taxes, interest, brokerage commissions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization or extraordinary expenses such as litigation), including repayment of previous waivers, to 1.20% for Class A, 1.95% for Class C, 0.85% for Class I and 0.75% for Class R6, as percentages of the respective Fund classes’ average daily net assets through January 28, 2023 (the “Expense Caps”). The Expense Caps may be terminated at any time by the Board of Trustees upon 60 days’ written notice to the Advisor. The Advisor is permitted, with Board approval, to be reimbursed for fee reductions and/or expense payments made in the prior three years with respect to any Class of the Fund. The Advisor may request reimbursement if the aggregate amount paid by the Fund toward operating expenses for the Class for the fiscal year (taking into account the reimbursement) does not exceed the Expense Cap with respect to such Class or any lower expense cap for the Class in effect at the time of the reimbursement.

Other Expenses for Class I shares includes 0.05% of class-specific sub-transfer agency fees.
Because the values of the Fund's investments will fluctuate with market conditions, so will the value of your investment in the Fund. You could lose money on your investment in the Fund, or the Fund could underperform other investments. The values of the Fund’s investments fluctuate in response to the activities of individual companies and general stock market and economic conditions. In addition, the performance of foreign securities depends on the political and economic environments and other overall economic conditions in the countries where the Fund invests. Emerging country markets involve greater risk and volatility than more developed markets. Some emerging markets countries may have fixed or managed currencies that are not free-floating against the U.S. dollar. Certain of these currencies have experienced, and may experience in the future, substantial fluctuations or a steady devaluation relative to the U.S. dollar. Growth stocks typically are more volatile than value stocks; however, value stocks have a lower expected growth rate in earnings and sales.
The MSCI EAFE Index with net dividends captures large and mid cap representation of developed market countries excluding the U.S. and Canada.
The MSCI EAFE Value Index with net dividends captures large and mid cap securities across developed market countries, excluding the United States and Canada, exhibiting value style characteristics, defined using book value to price, 12-month forward earnings to price, and dividend yield.
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It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
The Fund's Composition, Holdings and Sector Weightings are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security. 
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