1. Baillie Gifford International Concentrated Growth Equities Fund

    Baillie Gifford International Concentrated Growth Equities Fund

  2. Overview

    The Baillie Gifford International Concentrated Growth Equities Fund seeks capital appreciation.

    Investment Proposition

    The Baillie Gifford International Concentrated Growth Equities Fund invests in exceptional growth companies operating in international markets. We invest with a 10-year investment horizon which we believe differentiates us from the market and allows us to benefit from the power of compound returns. We run a concentrated portfolio to avoid diluting the growth stocks in which we have the highest conviction.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Annualized total returns as of month end** 5/31/2022

    1 Month*

    3 Months*

    YTD*

    1 Year

    3 Years

    Since Inception†

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    Share Class K-2.77%-19.59%-36.10%-20.72%22.23%16.73%0.79%0.72%
    MSCI ACWI ex US Index0.82%-5.21%-10.49%-1.04%7.98%4.90%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 March 31 2022, periods over 1 year are annualized.

    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: December 14, 2017

    Share Class launch date: December 14, 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 December 14, 2017.

     

    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, 2023.

     

    The MSCI All Country World ex US 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. This unmanaged index does not reflect fees and expenses and is not available for direct investment.

     

    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** 5/31/2022

    1 Month*

    3 Months*

    YTD*

    1 Year

    3 Years

    Since Inception†

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    Share Class Institutional-2.80%-19.59%-36.20%-20.80%22.13%16.57%0.90%0.83%
    MSCI ACWI ex US Index0.82%-5.21%-10.49%-1.04%7.98%4.90%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 March 31 2022, periods over 1 year are annualized.

    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: December 14, 2017

    Share Class launch date: December 14, 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 December 14, 2017.

     

    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, 2023.

     

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

     

    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 3/31/2022

    SEDOL ISIN Company Country Holding Asset Price Currency Asset Type Market Value (USD) Fund %
    1 B929F46 NL0010273215 ASML Netherlands 20,642 610.00 EUR Equity 14010069.49 13.99
    2 B23X1H3 US58733R1023 MercadoLibre Brazil 8,286 1189.48 USD Equity 9856031.28 9.84
    3 BZ1HM42 NL0012969182 Adyen Netherlands 2,827 1809.00 EUR Equity 5690141.36 5.68
    4 BGJW376 KYG596691041 Meituan China 261,600 155.60 HKD Equity 5197660.70 5.19
    5 BMMV2K8 KYG875721634 Tencent China 107,100 374.20 HKD Equity 5117452.82 5.11
    6 B616C79 US88160R1014 Tesla Inc United States 4,276 1077.60 USD Equity 4607817.60 4.60
    7 5253973 FR0000052292 Hermès International France 3,149 1291.50 EUR Equity 4525074.69 4.52
    8 BD6G507 NL0011585146 Ferrari Italy 19,601 198.70 EUR Equity 4333459.84 4.33
    9 5505072 FR0000121485 Kering France 6,731 575.70 EUR Equity 4311560.66 4.31
    10 BQV0SV7 DE000ZAL1111 Zalando Germany 79,957 46.00 EUR Equity 4092352.20 4.09
    Total 61.67%
    Sector Analysis of Total Assets - 3/31/2022

    Fund %

    • 1 Consumer Discretionary 45.27
    • 2 Information Technology 22.96
    • 3 Health Care 13.19
    • 4 Communication Services 8.71
    • 5 Consumer Staples 4.83
    • 6 Financials 1.29
    • 7 Industrials 1.21
    • 8 Materials 0.37
    • 9 Cash 2.18
    • Total 100.0
    Total may not sum due to rounding
    Regional Analysis of Total Assets - 3/31/2022

    Fund %

    • 1 Europe (ex UK) 51.28
    • 2 Emerging Markets 25.00
    • 3 North America 16.07
    • 4 UK 3.08
    • 5 Developed Asia Pacific 2.38
    • 6 Cash 2.18
    • 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. 

    Managers

    Lawrence Burns

    Lawrence is an Investment Manager in our International Growth Research Team. He has been a member of the International Growth Portfolio Construction Group since October 2012 and took over as Deputy Chair in July 2019. Lawrence is also a co-manager of the International Concentrated Growth Strategy. He joined Baillie Gifford in 2009 and spent time working in both the Emerging Markets and UK Equity Departments. Lawrence graduated BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge in 2009.

    Paulina Sliwinska

    Paulina joined Baillie Gifford in 2013. She has worked with regional and global equity teams and is an analyst in the International Growth Team and co-manager of International Concentrated Growth. Paulina graduated MA (Hons) Arabic & Politics from the University of Edinburgh in 2013 and is proficient or fluent in Arabic, French and Polish. She is a CFA Charterholder.

    Spencer Adair

    Spencer joined Baillie Gifford in 2000 and is an Investment Manager in the Global Alpha Team. He became a Partner in 2013 and has also spent time working in the Fixed Income, Japanese, European and UK Equity Teams. Spencer graduated BSc in Medicine from the University of St Andrews in 1997, followed by two years of clinical training in Edinburgh.

    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 International Concentrated Growth Equities Fund Institutional Class BTLSX 0.01194 0.90603 0.00047 0.00376 1.55348 2.47145 12/29/2021 12/29/2021 Final
    Baillie Gifford International Concentrated Growth Equities Fund K Class BTLKX 0.02844 0.90603 0.00113 0.00376 1.55348 2.48795 12/29/2021 12/29/2021 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 2021 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 International Concentrated Growth Equities Fund are: Investment Style Risk, Growth Stock Risk, Long-Term Investment Strategy Risk, Non-U.S. Investment Risk, Non-Diversification Risk and Asia 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. Non-U.S. securities are subject to additional risks, including less liquidity, increased volatility, less transparency, withholding or other taxes and increased vulnerability to adverse changes in local and global economic conditions. There can be less regulation and possible fluctuation in value due to adverse political conditions. The Fund may have a smaller number of holdings with larger positions in each relative to other mutual funds. Some Asian securities may be less liquid than US or other foreign securities. They can be affected by high inflation, currency fluctuations, political instability and less efficient markets. Many Asian economies are dependent on international trade and only a few industries and can be badly affected by trade barriers. Other Fund risks include: China Risk, Conflicts of Interest Risk, Currency Risk, Emerging Markets Risk, Equity Securities Risk, Environmental, Social and Governance Risk, Focused Investment Risk, Geographic Focus Risk, Government and Regulatory Risk, Information Technology Risk, Initial Public Offering Risk, Large-Capitalization Risk, Liquidity Risk, Market Disruption and Geopolitical Risk, Market Risk, Service Provider Risk, Settlement Risk, Small-and Medium-Capitalization Securities Risk and Valuation Risk.

    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 to the Documents section on this page. Please carefully read the Fund’s prospectus and related documents before investing.

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    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.