Corporate Focus Fixed Income

The Brandes Corporate Focus Fixed Income Strategy seeks long-term returns in excess of its benchmark (the Bloomberg Intermediate U.S. Credit Index) by investing primarily in corporate debt and high-quality United States government and agency securities.

 

Overview

Why Corporate Focus Fixed Income?

  • Flexibility: The strategy is designed for investors seeking a diversified portfolio of fixed-income issues offering the potential for high income plus capital appreciation.
  • Experience: Brandes has been navigating the fixed-income investment landscape for over 20 years.
  • Focus: The strategy primarily invests in U.S. corporate debt, and has the ability to invest in securities rated below investment grade, as well as in non-U.S. dollar-denominated securities issued by corporations or governments.

Performance

As of Jun 30, 2022 | Reporting Currency: USD

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Source: Brandes, Bloomberg Indices. Total return – net and gross of management fees. Periods of greater than one year have been annualized. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. The strategy primary benchmark is the Bloomberg U.S. Intermediate Credit Bond Index. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. GIPS® Report available in Resources section below.

Portfolio

Data displayed as of Jun 30, 2022

Characteristics

Characteristic Corporate Focus Fixed Income Bloomberg U.S. Intermediate Credit Bond Index
Average Maturity (yrs)
This figure is computed by weighting the maturity of each security in the portfolio by the market value of the security, then averaging these weighted figures.
9.1 4.9
Average Yield to Maturity %
The rate of return anticipated on a bond if held until the maturity date. YTM is considered a long-term bond yield expressed as an annual rate.
5.3 4.3
Current Yield %
Annualized income from the investment (dividends, interest, etc.) divided by the current market price of the investment.
3.7 3.2
Average Coupon %
The annual rate, as a percentage of par that the issuer has agreed to pay the bondholder.
3.5 3.1
Average Duration (yrs)
Duration is a time measure of a bond's interest-rate sensitivity, based on the weighted average of the time periods over which a bond's cash flows accrue to the bondholder.
3.7 4.2
Average Quality A A-
Number of Bonds 50 --
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Top 10 Corporate Holdings (%)

Issuer %
USB Capital IX 5.8
Prime Security Services 3.5
JPMorgan Chase & Co 3.5
Ford Motor Credit Co LLC 2.7
Netflix Inc 2.5
PulteGroup Inc 2.4
VMware Inc 2.3
Range Resources Corp 2.0
Charles Schwab Corp 1.9
Tenet Healthcare Corp 1.8
% of Portfolio 28.4
Portfolio holdings are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the investment manager.
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Sector Allocation (%)

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The Brandes Corporate Focus Fixed Income Composite seeks long-term returns in excess of its benchmark (the Bloomberg 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.

The Bloomberg 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.

The portfolio characteristics shown relate to a single account deemed by Brandes to be generally representative of the strategy as of date noted. Not every account will have these exact characteristics. The actual characteristics with respect to any particular account will vary based on a number of factors including but not limited to: (i) the size of t he account; (ii) investment restrictions applicable to the account, if any; and (iii) market exigencies at the time of investment. Data is updated on a quarterly basis.

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.

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