Baillie Gifford International Concentrated Growth Equities Fund
Baillie Gifford International Concentrated Growth Equities Fund
The Baillie Gifford International Concentrated Growth Equities Fund seeks capital appreciation.
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** 12/31/2021
Gross Expense Ratio
Net Expense Ratio
Share Class K -4.09% -2.13% 0.82% 42.38% 25.76% 0.79% 0.72% MSCI ACWI ex US Index 4.16% 1.88% 8.29% 13.68% 6.63% n/a n/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 December 31 2021, 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.
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, 2022.
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.
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.
SEDOL ISIN Company Country Holding Asset Price Currency Asset Type Market Value (USD) Fund % 1 B929F46 NL0010273215 ASML Netherlands 20,223 706.70 EUR Equity 16252397.05 14.17 2 B23X1H3 US58733R1023 MercadoLibre Brazil 7,171 1348.40 USD Equity 9669376.40 8.43 3 BGJW376 KYG596691041 Meituan China 229,200 225.40 HKD Equity 6626435.62 5.78 4 BZ1HM42 NL0012969182 Adyen Netherlands 2,443 2311.50 EUR Equity 6421760.66 5.60 5 5253973 FR0000052292 Hermès International France 3,146 1536.00 EUR Equity 5495240.25 4.79 6 BQV0SV7 DE000ZAL1111 Zalando Germany 65,313 71.14 EUR Equity 5283847.12 4.61 7 BGSXTS3 US60770K1079 Moderna United States 20,335 253.98 USD Equity 5164683.30 4.50 8 BMMV2K8 KYG875721634 Tencent China 88,000 456.80 HKD Equity 5156086.86 4.49 9 BZCNB42 DE000A2E4K43 Delivery Hero Germany 45,606 98.00 EUR Equity 5082586.86 4.43 10 BFZ1K46 LU1778762911 Spotify Sweden 20,352 234.03 USD Equity 4762978.56 4.15 Total 60.95%Sector Analysis of Total Assets - 12/31/2021
Total may not sum due to roundingRegional Analysis of Total Assets - 12/31/2021
- 1 Consumer Discretionary 44.41
- 2 Information Technology 23.85
- 3 Health Care 12.91
- 4 Communication Services 8.65
- 5 Consumer Staples 5.04
- 6 Financials 2.89
- 7 Industrials 1.19
- 8 Cash 1.07
- Total 100.0
Total may not sum due to rounding
- 1 Europe (ex UK) 52.13
- 2 Emerging Markets 24.67
- 3 North America 16.08
- 4 UK 3.50
- 5 Developed Asia Pacific 2.55
- 6 Cash 1.07
- Total 100.0
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.
James has been the Manager and then Joint Manager of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust since 2000 and is a co-manager of the International Concentrated Growth Strategy. He Chaired the International Growth Portfolio Group from its inception in 2003 until July 2019 and remains co-manager of Vanguard International Growth. In 2003, James also co-founded our Long Term Global Growth Strategy. Prior to this, he headed our European Equity Team. James has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the government sponsored Kay Review and as Chair of the subsequent industry working group that set up the UK Investor Forum. He joined Baillie Gifford in 1983 and became a Partner in 1987. James graduated BA in History from the University of Oxford and after postgraduate study in Italy and Canada he gained an MA in International Affairs in 1982. He is a Trustee of the Johns Hopkins University.
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 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 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.
The below table shows the makeup of the most recent distributions paid.
Short-Term Capital Gains *
Qualified Dividend Income **
Foreign Tax Credits
Long-Term Capital Gains
Total Per Share
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).
Quarterly Investor Reports
Statement of Additional Information (SAI)
Supplementary Information Document
The most significant risks of an investment in the 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, Focused Investment Risk, Geographic Focus Risk, Government and Regulatory Risk, Information Technology Risk, IPO Risk, Japan 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.