1. Overview

    The Baillie Gifford EAFE Plus All Cap Fund seeks capital appreciation.

    Investment Proposition

    The Baillie Gifford EAFE Plus All Cap Fund aims to deliver good long-term performance to shareholders by investing in a portfolio of 60-90 international growth stocks, with up to 15% in Emerging Markets. The portfolio is built through bottom-up stock selection by the International All Cap Portfolio Construction Group (formerly known as International Focus PCG). As active growth investors we differ from the benchmark, and look for businesses that seek to outperform the market over the long-term. Portfolio guidelines ensure a level of diversification across sectors and regions.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Annualized total returns as of month end** 8/31/2021

    1 Month*

    3 Months*

    YTD*

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    10 Years

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    Share Class K1.99%2.73%7.16%36.73%14.22%14.35%9.09%0.62%0.62%
    MSCI EAFE Index1.77%1.42%11.96%32.92%8.75%10.79%6.38%n/an/a

    **Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized and are as of the date shown above. Returns for all other periods are as of June 30 2021, periods over 1 year are annualized.

    Performance of Class K differs from Institutional Class due to rounding.

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

    Share Class launch date: April 28, 2017

    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.

     

    Returns are based on the K share class from April 28, 2017. Prior to that date returns are calculated based on the oldest share class of the Fund adjusted to reflect the K share class fees where these fees are higher. 

     

    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 MSCI EAFE Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global developed markets, excluding the United States and Canada. This unmanaged index does not reflect fees and expenses and is not available for direct investment.


    The Fund’s high returns during 2020 were in part due to unusual market conditions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic which benefitted a number of existing holdings in the Fund’s portfolio. These companies saw faster than expected growth as a result of early adoption by people of some technologies and services. That rate of growth is unlikely to be repeated in normal market conditions. The Fund’s investment horizon spans several years so periods of short-term volatility should be expected.

    Discrete performance figures to 12/31/2020

    12/31/2015
    12/31/2016

    12/31/2016
    12/31/2017

    12/31/2017
    12/31/2018

    12/31/2018
    12/31/2019

    12/31/2019
    12/31/2020

    Share Class K0.59%31.28%-16.36%31.72%28.78%
    MSCI EAFE Index1.51%25.62%-13.36%22.66%8.28%

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

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

     

    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.

     

    Returns are based on the K share class from April 28, 2017. Prior to that date returns are calculated based on the oldest share class of the Fund adjusted to reflect the K share class fees where these fees are higher. 

     

    The MSCI EAFE Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global developed markets, excluding the United States and Canada. This unmanaged index does not reflect fees and expenses and is not available for direct investment.

    Performance - 8/31/2021
    Baillie Gifford EAFE Plus All Cap Fund - Share Class K

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s), single pricing basis, total return.

    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.

    Returns are based on the K share class from April 28, 2017. Prior to that date returns are calculated based on the oldest share class of the Fund adjusted to reflect the K share class fees where these fees are higher.

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

    The graph is rebased to 100.

    Annualized total returns as of quarter end 6/30/2021

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s).
    Share Class launch date: April 28, 2017
    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.

    Returns are based on the K share class from April 28, 2017. Prior to that date returns are calculated based on the oldest share class of the Fund adjusted to reflect the K share class fees where these fees are higher.

    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.

    Annualized total returns as of month end** 8/31/2021

    1 Month*

    3 Months*

    YTD*

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    10 Years

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    Share Class Institutional1.99%2.74%7.08%36.60%14.09%14.23%8.95%0.72%0.72%
    MSCI EAFE Index1.77%1.42%11.96%32.92%8.75%10.79%6.38%n/an/a

    **Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized and are as of the date shown above. Returns for all other periods are as of June 30 2021, periods over 1 year are annualized.

    Performance of Class K differs from Institutional Class due to rounding.

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

    Share Class launch date: April 28, 2017

    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.

      

    Returns are based on the Institutional share class from April 28, 2017. Prior to that date returns are calculated based on the oldest share class of the Fund adjusted to reflect the Institutional share class fees where these fees are higher.

     

    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 MSCI EAFE Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global developed markets, excluding the United States and Canada. This unmanaged index does not reflect fees and expenses and is not available for direct investment.


    The Fund’s high returns during 2020 were in part due to unusual market conditions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic which benefitted a number of existing holdings in the Fund’s portfolio. These companies saw faster than expected growth as a result of early adoption by people of some technologies and services. That rate of growth is unlikely to be repeated in normal market conditions. The Fund’s investment horizon spans several years so periods of short-term volatility should be expected.

     

    Discrete performance figures to 12/31/2020

    12/31/2015
    12/31/2016

    12/31/2016
    12/31/2017

    12/31/2017
    12/31/2018

    12/31/2018
    12/31/2019

    12/31/2019
    12/31/2020

    Share Class Institutional0.45%31.27%-16.50%31.60%28.68%
    MSCI EAFE Index1.51%25.62%-13.36%22.66%8.28%

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

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

     

    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.

     

    Returns are based on the Institutional share class from April 28, 2017. Prior to that date returns are calculated based on the oldest share class of the Fund adjusted to reflect the Institutional share class fees where these fees are higher.

     

    The MSCI EAFE Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global developed markets, excluding the United States and Canada. This unmanaged index does not reflect fees and expenses and is not available for direct investment.

     

    Performance - 8/31/2021
    Baillie Gifford EAFE Plus All Cap Fund - Share Class Institutional

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underliying index provider(s), single pricing basis, total return

    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.

    Returns are based on the Institutional share class from April 28, 2017. Prior to that date returns are calculated based on the oldest share class of the Fund adjusted to reflect the Institutional share class fees where these fees are higher.

    All performance figures are cumulative.
    All figures quoted are in US dollars, net of fees.
    The graph is rebased to 100.

    Annualized total returns as of quarter end 6/30/2021

    Source: Bank of New York Mellon and relevant underlying index provider(s).
    Share Class launch date: April 28, 2017
    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.

    Returns are based on the Institutional share class from April 28, 2017. Prior to that date returns are calculated based on the oldest share class of the Fund adjusted to reflect the Institutional share class fees where these fees are higher.

    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.

    Holdings 6/30/2021

    SEDOL ISIN Company Country Holding Asset Price Currency Asset Type Market Value (USD) Fund %
    1 2126249 US5926881054 Mettler-Toledo Switzerland 19,651 1385.34 USD Equity 27223316.34 4.10
    2 BQV0SV7 DE000ZAL1111 Zalando Germany 185,303 101.95 EUR Equity 22403581.47 3.37
    3 B929F46 NL0010273215 ASML Netherlands 29,604 579.40 EUR Equity 20341204.07 3.06
    4 B4TX8S1 HK0000069689 AIA Hong Kong 1,583,200 96.50 HKD Equity 19673158.77 2.96
    5 5843329 DE0007165631 Sartorius Group Germany 34,799 439.00 EUR Equity 18116698.41 2.73
    6 2113382 US8740391003 TSMC Taiwan 142,788 120.16 USD Equity 17157406.08 2.58
    7 6763965 JP3162600005 SMC Japan 25,000 65650.00 JPY Equity 14787368.23 2.23
    8 BN7BZM3 SE0015988019 NIBE Sweden 1,398,101 90.02 SEK Equity 14716422.42 2.21
    9 BCRWZ18 CH0210483332 Richemont Switzerland 110,593 111.95 CHF Equity 13394154.11 2.02
    10 6805265 JP3351600006 Shiseido Japan 173,500 8171.00 JPY Equity 12772939.00 1.92
    Total 27.18%
    Sector Analysis of Total Assets - 6/30/2021

    Fund %

    • 1 Consumer Discretionary 27.37
    • 2 Industrials 18.55
    • 3 Information Technology 12.41
    • 4 Health Care 12.31
    • 5 Communication Services 10.40
    • 6 Financials 8.32
    • 7 Consumer Staples 8.16
    • 8 Materials 1.01
    • 9 Energy 0.34
    • 10 Cash 1.13
    • Total 100.0
    Total may not sum due to rounding
    Regional Analysis of Total Assets - 6/30/2021

    Fund %

    • 1 Europe (ex UK) 41.35
    • 2 Developed Asia Pacific 31.80
    • 3 Emerging Markets 12.90
    • 4 UK 12.83
    • 5 Cash 1.13
    • Total 100.0
    Total may not sum due to rounding

    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. 

    Meet the Managers

    Gerard Callahan

    Gerard joined Baillie Gifford in 1991 and is head of our UK Equity Team and Chairman of the International All Cap Portfolio Construction Group. He became a Partner of the firm in 2000 and Lead Manager of our UK Alpha Strategy in the same year. Gerard has been involved as a Portfolio Manager in our International strategies since 1998, initially in selecting UK stocks. He graduated BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford in 1991.

    Joe Faraday

    Joe is a Client Service Director where he is responsible for servicing International All Cap Clients. He has been a member of the International All Cap Portfolio Construction Group since 2007. Joe joined Baillie Gifford’s Graduate Scheme in 2002 and worked in our European, North America, Developed Asian and Emerging Markets Equity Teams before transferring to the Clients Department in 2013. Following an engineering scholarship with the Smallpeice Trust in his gap year, Joe graduated MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and gained an MBA from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

    Iain Campbell

    Iain joined Baillie Gifford in 2004 and is a member of the Japanese Specialist Team. Most of Iain’s investment career has been focused on Emerging and Developed Asian markets. He has responsibility for managing various specialist Developed Asia, including Japan, portfolios and is also a member of the International All Cap Portfolio Construction Group. Prior to joining Baillie Gifford, Iain worked for Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Investment Banking division. He graduated BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford in 2000.

    Moritz Sitte

    Moritz joined Baillie Gifford in September 2010 and is an Investment Manager in the European Equity Team. He graduated BSc in Business Administration from the University of Regensburg, Germany in 2009 where he took part in the Honours Elite Degree Programme. Moritz then went on to complete an MSc in Finance and Investment from the University of Edinburgh in 2010.

    Sophie Earnshaw

    Sophie joined Baillie Gifford in 2010 and is an Investment Manager in the Emerging Markets Equity Team and a decision maker on the China A Share Fund. She has also been Co-Manager of the China Fund and a member of the International All Cap Portfolio Construction Group since 2014. Sophie is a CFA Charter holder. She 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 EAFE Plus All Cap Fund Institutional Class BGCSX 0.13413 0.00000 0.11948 0.01323 0.21601 0.35013 12/29/2020 12/29/2020 Final
    Baillie Gifford EAFE Plus All Cap Fund K Class BKGCX 0.14846 0.00000 0.13225 0.01323 0.21601 0.36447 12/29/2020 12/29/2020 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).

     

    Full details of the 2020 distribution rates for the Baillie Gifford Funds can be found within the primary ICI File here

    Risks

    The most significant risks of an investment in the Baillie Gifford EAFE Plus All Cap Fund are Investment Style Risk, Growth Stock Risk, Long-Term Investment Strategy Risk and Geographic Focus Risk. 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 focuses on investments in a limited number of countries or regions, meaning it may offer less diversification and be more volatile than other funds. Other Fund risks include: Asia Risk, China Risk, Conflicts of Interest Risk, Currency Risk, Emerging Markets Risk, Equity Securities Risk, Focused Investment Risk, Information Technology Risk, Japan Risk, IPO Risk, Large Capitalization Securities Risk, Liquidity Risk, Market Disruption and Geopolitical Risk, Market Risk, Non-U.S. Investment Risk, Service Provider Risk, Settlement Risk, Small-and Medium Capitalization Risk, 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.