1. Baillie Gifford China Equities Fund

  2. Overview

    The Baillie Gifford China Equities Fund seeks capital appreciation.

    Investment Proposition

    We seek to produce a portfolio of 40-80 of China's growing companies regardless of their location of listing, market capitalisation or size in the Index. We have a long-term (5+ year) investment horizon, a focus on growth stocks, and employ rigorous fundamental analysis to stock selection. This benefits from balancing global perspectives with local insights from our offices in Edinburgh and Shanghai.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Total returns as of month end 6/30/2024

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    1 Month*

    3 Months*

    YTD*

    1 Year

    Since Inception†

    Share Class K11.17%0.87%-3.92%3.33%-1.90%-10.35%-22.05%
    MSCI China All Shares Indexn/an/a-2.41%3.45%2.37%-4.19%-15.32%
    Annualized total returns as of quarter end 6/30/2024

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    1 Year

    Since Inception†

    Share Class K11.17%0.87%-10.35%-22.05%
    MSCI China All Shares Indexn/an/a-4.19%-15.32%

    Performance of Institutional Class may exceed that of Class K, this is due to rounding. Generally, on Funds which utilize a sub-transfer agency service, we expect Class K to have higher performance than Institutional Class.

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s).

    †Fund inception date: July 07, 2021

    Share Class launch date: July 07, 2021

    All figures quoted are in US dollars, net of fees.

    *Not annualized

    The performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. 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 may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

    Expense Ratios: All mutual funds have expense ratios which represent what shareholders pay for operating expenses and management fees. Expense ratios are expressed as an annualized percentage of a fund's average net assets paid out in expenses. Expense ratio information is as of the Fund's current prospectus, as revised and supplemented from time to time. The net expense ratios for this fund are contractually capped (excluding taxes, sub-accounting expenses and extraordinary expenses), through April 30 2025.

    The MSCI China All Shares Index captures large and mid-cap representation across China A-shares, B-shares, H-shares, Red- chips, P-chips and foreign listings (e.g. ADRs). The index aims to reflect the opportunity set of China share classes listed in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and outside of China. This unmanaged index does not reflect fees and expenses and is not available for direct investment. The Fund is more concentrated than the MSCI China All Shares Index.

    Annualized total returns as of quarter end 6/30/2024

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s).
    †Fund inception date: July 07, 2021
    Share Class launch date: July 07, 2021
    All figures quoted are in US dollars, net of fees.
    *Not annualized

    The performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. 

    The Baillie Gifford Fund's performance shown assumes reinvestment of dividend and capital gain distributions and is net of management fees and expenses. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. From time to time, certain fees and/or expenses have been voluntarily or contractually waived or reimbursed, which has resulted in higher returns. Without these waivers or reimbursements, the returns would have been lower. Voluntary waivers or reimbursements may be applied or discontinued at any time without notice. Only the Board of Trustees may modify or terminate contractual fee waivers or expense reimbursements. All fees are described in the fund's prospectus.

     

    Total returns as of month end 6/30/2024

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    1 Month*

    3 Months*

    YTD*

    1 Year

    Since Inception†

    Share Class Institutional11.25%0.95%-3.73%3.56%-1.90%-10.26%-22.09%
    MSCI China All Shares Indexn/an/a-2.41%3.45%2.37%-4.19%-15.32%
    Annualized total returns as of quarter end 6/30/2024

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    1 Year

    Since Inception†

    Share Class Institutional11.25%0.95%-10.26%-22.09%
    MSCI China All Shares Indexn/an/a-4.19%-15.32%

    Performance of Institutional Class may exceed that of Class K, this is due to rounding. Generally, on Funds which utilize a sub-transfer agency service, we expect Class K to have higher performance than Institutional Class.

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s).

    †Fund inception date: July 07, 2021

    Share Class launch date: July 07, 2021

    All figures quoted are in US dollars, net of fees.

    *Not annualized

    The performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. 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 may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

    Expense Ratios: All mutual funds have expense ratios which represent what shareholders pay for operating expenses and management fees. Expense ratios are expressed as an annualized percentage of a fund's average net assets paid out in expenses. Expense ratio information is as of the Fund's current prospectus, as revised and supplemented from time to time. The net expense ratios for this fund are contractually capped (excluding taxes, sub-accounting expenses and extraordinary expenses), through April 30 2025.

    The MSCI China All Shares Index captures large and mid-cap representation across China A-shares, B-shares, H-shares, Red- chips, P-chips and foreign listings (e.g. ADRs). The index aims to reflect the opportunity set of China share classes listed in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and outside of China. This unmanaged index does not reflect fees and expenses and is not available for direct investment. The Fund is more concentrated than the MSCI China All Shares Index.

    Annualized total returns as of quarter end 6/30/2024

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s).
    †Fund inception date: July 07, 2021
    Share Class launch date: July 07, 2021
    All figures quoted are in US dollars, net of fees.
    *Not annualized

    The performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. 

    The Baillie Gifford Fund's performance shown assumes reinvestment of dividend and capital gain distributions and is net of management fees and expenses. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. From time to time, certain fees and/or expenses have been voluntarily or contractually waived or reimbursed, which has resulted in higher returns. Without these waivers or reimbursements, the returns would have been lower. Voluntary waivers or reimbursements may be applied or discontinued at any time without notice. Only the Board of Trustees may modify or terminate contractual fee waivers or expense reimbursements. All fees are described in the fund's prospectus.

     

    Stock Level Attribution

    Top and bottom 5 relative contributors
    One month to 6/30/2024

    Stock Name Contribution %
    Brilliance China Automotive 0.57
    Meituan 0.26
    NetEase HK Line 0.17
    Weichai Power 'H' 0.14
    China Merchants Bank 0.13
    Yifeng Pharmacy Chain -0.30
    Sanhua Intelligent Controls -0.20
    Kweichow Moutai -0.19
    Shenzhen Inovance -0.15
    China Construction Bank Corp -0.15

    Holdings

    Top Ten Holdings as of month end 6/30/2024
    Company NameFund %
    1Tencent12.10
    2Meituan5.74
    3Kweichow Moutai4.74
    4Alibaba4.67
    5PDD Holdings3.95
    6China Merchants Bank3.52
    7CATL2.91
    8NetEase2.87
    9Zijin Mining2.78
    10Ping An Insurance2.77
    Total 46.06%
    Sector Analysis of Total Assets - 6/30/2024
    Fund % Benchmark % Difference %
    1 Consumer Discretionary 32.86 20.19 12.67
    2 Communication Services 16.77 14.50 2.26
    3 Industrials 13.51 9.03 4.48
    4 Consumer Staples 8.61 7.47 1.14
    5 Information Technology 7.65 9.27 -1.62
    6 Financials 7.62 18.51 -10.89
    7 Materials 4.38 6.50 -2.12
    8 Health Care 4.08 4.85 -0.78
    9 Cash 1.43 0.00 1.43
    10 Utilities 1.39 3.85 -2.46
    11 Real Estate 1.25 1.61 -0.36
    12 Energy 0.45 4.20 -3.75

    Total may not sum due to rounding

    Regional Analysis of Total Assets - 6/30/2024
    Fund % Benchmark % Difference %
    1 Emerging Markets 96.55 100.00 -3.45
    2 Developed Asia Pacific 2.02 0.00 2.02
    3 Cash 1.43 0.00 1.43

    Total may not sum due to rounding

    Country Analysis of Total Assets - 6/30/2024
    Fund % Benchmark % Difference %
    1 China 98.57 100.00 -1.43
    2 Cash 1.43 0.00 1.43

    It should not be assumed that recommendations/transactions made in the future will be profitable or will equal performance of the securities mentioned. The composition of the Fund's holdings is subject to change. Percentages are based on securities at market value. Internal classifications are used for any graphs represented above.

    There is no guarantee that the investment objective of the Fund will be achieved. Stocks fluctuate in price and the value of your investment in the Fund may go down. This means that you could lose money on your investment in the Fund or the Fund may not perform as well as other possible investments. 

    Managers

    Linda Lin

    Linda is the head of the China Equities Team, and a decision maker on our All China and China A share strategies. She is also a member of the Long Term Global Growth Team. Linda joined Baillie Gifford in September 2014 and worked in Edinburgh until relocating to Shanghai in 2019 as Head of the Investment Team. She became a partner of the firm in May 2022 and is now based in Edinburgh. Prior to joining Baillie Gifford, Linda spent four years as a global equity analyst with Aubrey Capital and two years in real estate investment in China. She graduated BComm in Accounting and Finance from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2007 and MSc in Finance and Investment from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. Linda is a native Mandarin speaker.

    Sophie Earnshaw

    Sophie is an investment manager in the China Equities Team. She is a decision maker on our All China Strategy, which she has managed since 2014, and on our A share Strategy since its inception in 2019. She also provides China insight to the Emerging Markets Leading Companies and International All Cap portfolio construction groups. She is a CFA Charterholder and graduated MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and MPhil in Eighteenth Century and Romantic Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2009.

    TAX & DISTRIBUTIONS

    The Fund intends to pay dividends to its shareholders at least annually. Distributions will automatically be reinvested in Fund shares unless you submit a request for cash payment with at least ten days prior notice, before the record date for distribution, to the Transfer Agent. The distribution dates will appear on this page alongside the rates once they become available. The dates can be changed by the Officers of the Funds. For more information on Baillie Gifford Funds’ Distributions please see the Statutory Prospectus. 

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    The document in this link contains answers to some of the most commonly asked tax and distribution related questions regarding mutual funds.

    The below table shows the makeup of the most recent distributions paid.

    Fund Name

    Ticker

    Income Dividends

    Short-Term Capital Gains *

    Qualified Dividend Income **

    Foreign Tax Credits

    Long-Term Capital Gains

    Total Per Share

    Ex. Date

    Pay Date

    Status

    Baillie Gifford China Equities Fund Institutional Class BGCBX 0.07108 0.00000 0.05166 0.00580 0.00000 0.07108 12/28/2023 12/28/2023 Final
    Baillie Gifford China Equities Fund K Class BGCDX 0.07439 0.00000 0.05407 0.00580 0.00000 0.07439 12/28/2023 12/28/2023 Final

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and Baillie Gifford & Co

     

    *Short-Term Capital Gains are treated as ordinary income for U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes.

    **Qualified Dividend Income is a subset of Income Dividends (rather than an additional category of income).

    Primary ICI File for the Baillie Gifford Mutual Funds can be found here.

    Secondary ICI File for the Baillie Gifford Mutual Funds can be found here.

     

    Risks

    The most significant risks of an investment in the Baillie Gifford China Equities Fund are China Risk, Investment Style Risk, Growth Stock Risk, Long-Term Investment Strategy Risk, Non-Diversification Risk and Geographic Focus Risk. Investing in securities of Chinese issuers involves certain risks not typically associated with investing in securities of U.S. issuers, including more frequent trading suspensions and government interventions (including by nationalization of assets), currency exchange rate fluctuations or blockages, different financial reporting standards, custody risks, and potential adverse tax consequences. Investing in securities of Chinese issuers involves certain risks such as limits on use of brokers and foreign ownership. There can be a higher dependence on exports and international trade with the potential for increased trade tariffs, sanctions and embargoes.  U.S. sanctions or other investment restrictions could preclude the Fund from investing in certain Chinese issuers or cause the Fund to sell investments at a disadvantageous time. Chinese securities can become illiquid quickly as Chinese issuers have the ability to suspend trading and have done so in response to market volatility and other events. The Fund is managed on a bottom up basis and stock selection is likely to be the main driver of investment returns. Returns are unlikely to track the movements of the benchmark. The prices of growth stocks can be based largely on expectations of future earnings and can decline significantly in reaction to negative news. The Fund is managed on a long-term outlook, meaning that the Fund managers look for investments that they think will make returns over a number of years, rather than over shorter time periods. The Fund may have a smaller number of holdings with larger positions in each relative to other mutual funds. The Fund focuses on investments in China, meaning it may offer less diversification and be more volatile than other funds. Other Fund risks include: Conflicts of Interest Risk, Currency Risk, Emerging Markets Risk, Equity Securities Risk, Environmental, Social and Governance Risk, Focused Investment Risk, Government and Regulatory Risk, Information Technology Risk, Initial Public Offering Risk, Large-Capitalization Securities Risk, Liquidity Risk, Market Disruption and Geopolitical Risk, Market Risk, New and Smaller-Sized Funds Risk, Non-U.S. Investment Risk, Service Provider Risk, Settlement Risk, Small-and Medium-Capitalization Securities Risk, Underlying Funds Risk and Valuation Risk.

    Index Disclaimer

    Source: MSCI. The MSCI information may only be used for your internal use, may not be reproduced or redisseminated in any form and may not be used as a basis for or a component of any financial instruments or products or indices. None of the MSCI information is intended to constitute investment advice or a recommendation to make (or refrain from making) any kind of investment decision and may not be relied on as such. Historical data and analysis should not be taken as an indication or guarantee of any future performance analysis, forecast or prediction. The MSCI information is provided on an ‘as is’ basis and the user of this information assumes the entire risk of any use made of this information. MSCI, each of its affiliates and each other person involved in or related to compiling, computing or creating any MSCI information (collectively, the ‘MSCI Parties’) expressly disclaims all warranties (including, without limitation, any warranties or originality, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, non-infringement, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose) with respect to this information. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall any MSCI Party have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, punitive, consequential (including, without limitation, lost profits) or any other damages (www.msci.com).

    The Baillie Gifford Mutual Funds are distributed by Baillie Gifford Funds Services LLC. Investors should carefully consider the objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Funds before investing. This information and other information about the Funds can be found in the prospectus and the summary prospectus. For a prospectus and summary prospectus please go here. Please carefully read the Fund’s prospectus and related documents before investing.