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Wasatch Global Small Cap Strategy

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Strategy Overview

Highlights
  • Seeks the highest-quality growth companies across the globe
  • A high-conviction portfolio consisting primarily of companies held in other Wasatch strategies
  • Truly active, collaborative, bottom-up, fundamental process
  • Broad sector and country approach
  • Also available as a developed markets only strategy with no emerging markets exposure
Investment Approach

We use a bottom-up approach that seeks to identify companies with outstanding long-term growth potential. We look for companies with:

  • Strong financials
  • A sustainable competitive advantage
  • Industry-best management teams
  • Earnings growth greater than the relevant sector or industry

A true fundamental research-driven “Best of Wasatch” portfolio: holdings must be owned with conviction in other Wasatch small-cap strategies

Geographically diverse mix of companies with market caps of less than $5 billion at the time of purchase

Approximately 50-80 positions

Portfolio Managers
Ajay Krishnan Ajay Krishnan Lead Portfolio Manager
12 years on strategy
29 years at wasatch
Paul Lambert Paul Lambert Lead Portfolio Manager
5 years on strategy
23 years at wasatch
Ken Applegate Ken Applegate Portfolio Manager
5 years on strategy
9 years at wasatch
Ryan Snow Ryan Snow Portfolio Manager
< 1 year on strategy
23 years at wasatch
JB Taylor JB Taylor Portfolio Manager
12 years on strategy
27 years at wasatch
34 Cumulative PM years on strategy

Our approach can be described as ‘The Best of Wasatch’ because our holdings include the developed- and emerging-market companies in which we have the highest conviction.”

—JB Taylor, Portfolio Manager

Performance

Total Returns AS OF 12/31/23 AS OF 01/31/24
Quarter-End Month-end
1 Month
3 Month
ytd
1 yr
3 yr
5 yr
10 yr
Since
Inception
Global Small Cap Composite (Gross)
-4.86%
22.07%
-4.86%
10.50%
-0.71%
11.90%
10.44%
15.62%
Global Small Cap Composite (Net)
-5.12%
21.71%
-5.12%
9.50%
-1.49%
10.97%
9.26%
14.16%
MSCI AC World Small Cap Index
-2.62%
15.94%
-2.62%
4.52%
1.80%
7.25%
6.59%
11.30%

Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. Since inception performance is calculated from 11/30/2008.

Calendar Year Returns (%) NET OF FEES (AS OF 12/31/23)
Global Small Cap Composite
MSCI AC World Small Cap Index

Performance is preliminary and subject to change. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Wasatch Global Investors is an independent registered investment advisor. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Wasatch claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). GIPS® is a registered trademark of CFA Institute. CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of content contained herein. To receive a complete list and description of composites and pooled funds and/or a GIPS Composite Report, e-mail inforequest@wasatchglobal.com. The U.S. Dollar is the currency used to express performance.

The Global Small Cap Composite contains fully discretionary equity accounts following the Global Small Cap style.  The composite primarily invests in small and micro cap companies in both domestic and foreign markets with the goal of long-term growth of capital.  Typically, portfolios within the composite invest in smaller companies but may also invest in larger companies where the appropriate criteria is met.  For comparison purposes the composite is measured against the MSCI AC World Small Cap Net TR Index.

The MSCI AC World Small Cap Net TR Index is an unmanaged index representing developed and emerging markets.

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). Indexes are unmanaged, and investors cannot invest directly in an index.

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Portfolio

Characteristics AS OF 12/31/23
Portfolio
Index
Number of Holdings
64
6163
Average Market Cap
($ Weighted)
$6.77B
$4.00B
Median Market Cap
$5.38B
$1.28B
EPS Growth (%, est. 5 yr)
20
14
P/E (Forward)
30
14
Portfolio Turnover (%)
34.40
N/A
Active Share (%)
98
N/A
Performance Statistics AS OF 12/31/23
5 yr
Alpha
4.81
Beta
1.04
R-Squared
0.87
Standard Deviation
23.90
Upside Capture
120.64
Downside Capture
96.71
Top 10 Holdings AS OF 12/31/23
Company
% of Net Assets
Globant SA
3.6%
AU Small Finance Bank Ltd. (India)
3.5%
RBC Bearings Inc.
3.1%
Voltronic Power Technology Corp. (Taiwan)
2.9%
Trex Company Inc.
2.9%
Ensign Group Inc/The
2.8%
Five Below Inc.
2.8%
HealthEquity Inc.
2.7%
BayCurrent Consulting Inc. (Japan)
2.7%
Persistent Systems Ltd. (India)
2.6%
64 Number of holdings
98% Active share
Sector Allocation AS OF 12/31/23
Sector
Portfolio
Index
Information Technology
27.0 %
12.1 %
Industrials
22.6 %
19.4 %
Health Care
16.9 %
9.9 %
Financials
13.5 %
14.3 %
Consumer Discretionary
11.4 %
13.2 %
Consumer Staples
4.9 %
4.9 %
Materials
2.3 %
8.1 %
Cash & Cash Equivalents*
1.1 %
N/A
Real Estate
0.3 %
8.1 %
Energy
0.0 %
4.4 %
Communication Services
0.0 %
3.1 %
Utilities
0.0 %
2.6 %
Country Allocation AS OF 12/31/23
Portfolio (%)
Developed
79.9%
United States
58.3%
Japan
11.2%
Israel
3.7%
United Kingdom
3.2%
Australia
1.5%
Belgium
1.3%
Italy
0.5%
Other
0.3%
Emerging & Frontier
19.0%
India
13.1%
Taiwan
5.9%
58.3% United States
79.9% Developed
19% Em and Frontier

Country weights are calculated as a percentage of total portfolio including cash & cash equivalents.

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Important Disclosures

Past performance does not guarantee future results. Performance results are net of transaction costs and reflect the reinvestment of dividend and other earnings. Net performance data was calculated using actual management fees. Actual fees may vary depending on, among other things, the applicable fee schedule and portfolio size. See Wasatch Global Investors Form ADV Part 2A for more information on fee schedules. Some portfolio net-of fees returns may be net of performance-based fees. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

Portfolio holdings are subject to change. References to individual companies should not be construed as recommendations to buy or sell shares in those companies. Wasatch analysts closely monitor the companies held in the portfolio. If a company’s underlying fundamentals or valuation measures change, Wasatch will reevaluate its position and my sell part or all of its holdings.

Portfolio Characteristics, Allocations and Top Ten Holdings are derived from a representative account. A representative account is selected based on accounts with substantially similar investment policies, objectives, and strategies that closely resemble, or are most representative of, the strategy it represents.

Est. 5-year EPS Growth %: Estimated percentage increase in earnings per share (EPS) per year of the fund's holdings over the next 5 years. Returns are not guaranteed and may be higher or lower. Source: Wasatch and FactSet. P/E Ratio (forward and trailing): Sum of stock prices of the fund's holdings divided by the aggregate earnings per share of those holdings for the next 12 months (forward), or past 12 months (trailing), calculated as a weighted harmonic average. P/E to Growth Rate: Forward 12-month P/E ratio divided by the estimated 5-year EPS growth rate. Portfolios with a number less than 1.0 would be considered undervalued, around 1.0 would be considered fair valued and significantly greater than 1.0 would be considered overvalued. Weighted Average Market Cap: Average market capitalization of companies held by the fund, weighted by their percentage of fund net assets. Portfolio Turnover: A measure of trading activity in a fund's portfolio over the past 12 months expressed as a percentage of the fund's average total assets. Alpha measures a fund's risk/reward potential. A positive alpha means the fund outperformed the index. A negative alpha means the fund underperformed the index. Beta measures a fund's risk in relation to the market. A beta of 0.8 means the fund's total return is likely to move up or down 80% of the market change; 1.25 means total return is likely to move up or down 25% more than the market. R-Squared measures (from 0 to 1.0) how closely a fund's movements are correlated with movements of its benchmark. An R-squared of 1.0 would mean that the fund's movements are completely correlated with the movements of its benchmark. Active Share measures the difference between portfolio holdings and the benchmark. It is the sum of the absolute values of the different weightings of each holding in the fund versus each holding in the benchmark, divided by 2. Standard Deviation measures the degree to which a fund's performance has varied from its average performance over a particular time period. The greater the standard deviation, the greater a fund's volatility (risk). Upside Capture explains how well a fund performs in time periods where the benchmark's returns are greater than zero. Downside Capture explains how well a fund performs in time periods where the benchmark's returns are less than zero.

Wasatch Advisors LP, trading as Wasatch Global Investors ARBN 605 031 909, is regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under U.S. laws which differ from Australian laws. Wasatch Global Investors is exempt from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence in accordance with class order 03/1100 in respect of the provision of financial services to wholesale clients in Australia.

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