1. Overview

    The Baillie Gifford Positive Change Equities Fund seeks capital appreciation with an emphasis on investing in businesses that deliver positive change by contributing towards a more sustainable and inclusive world.

    Investment Proposition

    The Fund invests in an actively managed portfolio of 25-50 global high quality growth companies which can deliver positive social change in one of four areas: Social inclusion and Education, Environment and Resource Needs, Healthcare and Quality of Life; and Base of the Pyramid (addressing the needs of the world’s poorest populations). A Portfolio Construction Group of five investment managers and two corporate governance analysts generate ideas from a diverse range of sources. With a focus on fundamental in-house research, the group complete a two stage analysis of all holdings, looking at both the financial and positive social change cases for each stock using a consistent framework. The output is a high conviction and differentiated portfolio.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Annualized total returns as of month end** 5/31/2021

    1 Month*

    3 Months*

    YTD*

    1 Year

    3 Years

    Since Inception†

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    Share Class K-1.60%-0.75%5.80%108.94%32.37%32.49%1.02%0.65%
    MSCI AC World Index1.61%8.98%11.06%55.31%12.63%11.70%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 2021, periods over 1 year are annualised.

    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, 2022.

     

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

    Annualized total returns as of month end** 5/31/2021

    1 Month*

    3 Months*

    YTD*

    1 Year

    3 Years

    Since Inception†

    Gross Expense Ratio

    Net Expense Ratio

    Share Class Institutional-1.57%-0.71%5.80%108.95%32.32%32.45%1.05%0.68%
    MSCI AC World Index1.61%8.98%11.06%55.31%12.63%11.70%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 2021, periods over 1 year are annualised.

    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, 2022. 

     

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

     

     

    Holdings 3/31/2021

    SEDOL ISIN Company Country Holding Asset Price Currency Asset Type Market Value (USD) Fund %
    1 B616C79 US88160R1014 Tesla Inc United States 14,915 667.93 USD Equity 9962175.95 8.26
    2 B929F46 NL0010273215 ASML Netherlands 12,996 517.00 EUR Equity 7896757.00 6.55
    3 6889106 TW0002330008 TSMC Taiwan 370,000 587.00 TWD Equity 7611887.99 6.31
    4 BGSXTS3 US60770K1079 Moderna United States 50,878 130.95 USD Equity 6662474.10 5.52
    5 B23X1H3 US58733R1023 MercadoLibre Brazil 4,295 1472.14 USD Equity 6322841.30 5.24
    6 2613990 US4523271090 Illumina United States 13,716 384.06 USD Equity 5267766.96 4.37
    7 B02K2M3 JP3435750009 M3 Japan 70,900 7571.00 JPY Equity 4857772.85 4.03
    8 B0796X4 US2521311074 Dexcom United States 11,923 359.39 USD Equity 4285006.97 3.55
    9 Cash and Deposits International 4,197,181 0.00 USD Equity 4197181.11 3.48
    10 BKS3RS7 US88025U1097 10x Genomics United States 21,835 181.00 USD Equity 3952135.00 3.28
    Total 50.58%
    Sector Analysis of Total Assets - 3/31/2021

    Fund %

    • 1 Health Care 32.89
    • 2 Consumer Discretionary 17.85
    • 3 Information Technology 15.92
    • 4 Materials 9.27
    • 5 Industrials 8.44
    • 6 Financials 3.83
    • 7 Communication Services 3.64
    • 8 Utilities 2.52
    • 9 Consumer Staples 2.03
    • 10 Cash 3.59
    • Total 100.0
    Total may not sum due to rounding.
    Regional Analysis of Total Assets - 3/31/2021

    Fund %

    • 1 North America 52.31
    • 2 Europe (ex UK) 21.05
    • 3 Emerging Markets 18.38
    • 4 Developed Asia Pacific 4.03
    • 5 UK 0.65
    • 6 Cash 3.59
    • 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. 

    Key Decision Makers

    Kate Fox

    Kate believes the financial community plays a crucial role in creating a more sustainable world for future generations. Kate’s experience analysing smaller companies has left her with a natural enthusiasm for businesses that address unmet needs or challenge the status quo, as well as an appreciation of their long term potential. Kate joined Baillie Gifford in 2002 and is an Investment Manager and decision maker in the Positive Change Team, as well as a Partner of the firm. She is a CFA Charterholder and graduated MA in Economics and Maths from the University of Edinburgh in 2001.

    Lee Qian

    Lee grew up in China during a period of incredible economic and social progress, when hundreds of millions of people were lifted out of poverty and the standard of living improved for the majority of the population. Witnessing that has influenced Lee deeply and he has been interested in development since. Lee joined Baillie Gifford in 2012 and is an Investment Manager and decision maker in the Positive Change Team. He is a CFA Charterholder and graduated BA (Hons) in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford in 2012.

    Michelle O'Keeffe

    Michelle has a wealth of experience in assessing climate change having worked in the field since 2000. A focus on the long-term sustainability of companies in its broadest sense is therefore a topic Michelle sees as central to investment. Michelle joined Baillie Gifford in 2015 and is a Senior Impact Analyst and decision maker in the Positive Change Team. She graduated BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Cardiff in 1999 and MSc in Climate Change and Risk Management from the University of Exeter in 2009.

    Ed Whitten

    Ed’s experience of working in and studying developing countries drives his desire to work towards a more sustainable future that leaves no one behind. Ed believes that thoughtful and responsible investment in companies achieving financial, social and environmental returns has enormous potential to catalyse positive change in the corporate landscape, build trust in capital markets and help support solutions to global challenges. Ed joined Baillie Gifford in 2018 and is a Senior Impact Analyst and decision maker in the Positive Change Team. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in History from Newcastle University in 2008 and an MSc in Sustainable Development from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in 2020.

    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 Positive Change Equities Fund Institutional Class BPESX 0.00000 0.00000 0.00000 0.00000 0.92847 0.92847 12/29/2020 12/29/2020 Final
    Baillie Gifford Positive Change Equities Fund K Class BPEKX 0.00000 0.00000 0.00000 0.00000 0.92847 0.92847 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 Positive Change Equities Fund are Investment Style Risk, Growth Stock Risk, Long-Term Investment Strategy Risk, Non-Diversification Risk and Impact 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 may have a smaller number of holdings with larger positions in each relative to other mutual funds. In some circumstances, the Fund's positive change objectives set by the manager for each holding may not be met. Some holdings may end up having a negative social, environmental or governance impact. Other Fund risks include: Asia Risk, China Risk, Conflicts of Interest Risk, Currency Risk, Emerging Markets Risk, Equity Securities Risk, Focused Investment Risk, Frontier Markets Risk, Information Technology Risk, IPO Risk, Japan 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, Socially Responsible Investing Risk, Valuation Risk.

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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.