TB Guinness Global Equity Income Fund
The TB Guinness Global Equity Income strategy is designed to provide income and capital growth by investing in companies that can pay sustainable, growing dividends
Amid persistently low interest rates, dividend-paying equities offer an attractive combination of liquidity and yield. While the potential for income is important for many investors, the case for global equity income goes much further.
Thanks to the power of compounding, re-invested dividends make a gradual but potent contribution to long-term returns. Historic equity market returns show that over long timeframes this rises to significantly over 50 per cent. In periods of low growth this can be even more striking. The 1940s and 1970s, for example, were periods defined by some combination of sluggish economic growth, rising inflation, and high unemployment. During these decades dividends accounted for over 75 per cent of the total returns of the S&P500.
The effect of dividends is apparent when comparing historic long-term returns of stocks which pay dividends with those that have not. Not only have dividend-payers outperformed on average, but dividend-growers and initiators have outperformed further still.
In addition to the compounding effect, part of the reason for this lies in the nature of dividend-paying companies. First, a history of paying a dividend – which unlike many accounting figures is a ‘hard’ cash payment – can indicate past value creation by a company. Moreover, a long history of paying dividends can instil capital discipline in company management. A commitment to a dividend leaves no room for vanity projects or frivolous uses of shareholders’ capital. A focused management team that uses the cash available to them efficiently is central to creating a well-run (and profitable) company that is able to grow and thrive in the future.
The array of companies around the world paying dividends has increased significantly in recent years. Investors can now find a range of dividend-paying companies giving genuine global diversification and exposure to a healthy range of industries in a portfolio.
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How to Invest
We aim to make it simple to invest in our funds. All our funds are open to direct investment via an application form. They are widely available on investment platforms and are eligible for UK investors’ ISAs and SIPPs.
Our approach to investing in dividend-paying companies is to focus on companies that can sustainably grow their dividend into the future, rather than simply looking for companies with a high dividend yield. Consistent high return on capital is a good indicator of a company’s ability to pay healthy dividends and so we invest in companies that are unusually consistent in generating returns on capital above their cost of capital.
We focus on ‘bottom-up’ stock selection rather than trying to make decisions based on an expected outlook for the world economy. We like to invest in good companies that have, in the short term, fallen out of favour, but that have previously shown an ability to weather most economic environments over time. We prefer to invest over the long term. We also recognise the increased costs of trading in and out of companies unnecessarily. Typically we will hold a company for between 3 and 5 years in a portfolio of 35 companies, with equal amounts invested in each.
Why invest in the Guinness Global Equity Income Fund?
Focus on consistent high return on capital
Consistent high return on capital is a good indication of a company’s ability to pay healthy dividends. The Fund invests in companies that are unusually consistent in generating returns on capital above their cost of capital.
Growth and income
Our approach to dividend investing is to focus on companies that can sustainably grow their dividend into the future, rather than simply looking for companies with a high dividend yield.
The Fund typically invests in just 35 companies, with each company having an equal weighting. This provides a good balance between the benefits of diversification while also allowing each company to add meaningfully to performance. We don’t have a long tail of small positions and by definition we can never just ‘hug’ the benchmark index.
We focus on ‘bottom-up’ stock selection rather than trying to make decisions based on an expected outlook for the world economy. We like to invest in good companies that have, in the short term, fallen out of favour, but that have previously shown an ability to weather most economic environments over time.
We prefer to invest over the long term. We also recognise the increased costs of trading in and out of companies unnecessarily. Typically we will hold a company in the portfolio for between 3 and 5 years.
Repeatable and independent
Ian Mortimer and Matthew Page have managed the Fund since launch. They have developed an investment process that is clear, robust, transparent, and scalable. Their approach filters out much of the noise and hype that surrounds companies to focus on the true signals that drive company valuations. By performing their own company research and analysis, using their own proprietary modelling systems, the managers try to avoid some of the behavioural biases associated with being unduly influenced by market sentiment.
The case for a global equity income fund
"Dividends make a gradual but potent contribution to long-term returns."
Dividend growers have outperformed for 30 years
Efficient use of cash is paramount in creating a well-run, profitable company that will thrive. Management discipline is required to maintain dividend growth and can be a signal of a well-run company. Using the example of the US stock market, the evidence for this is clear in the returns of dividend paying and non-dividend paying companies over the last forty years. It is also informative to note that companies that cut their dividend were the worst performing group over this period –illustrating that not all dividend-paying companies are created equal.
Power of compounding
For investors, reinvesting dividends delivers a significant proportion of your total return. And in periods of low growth this can be even more striking. The 1940s and 1970s, for example, were periods defined by some combination of sluggish economic growth, rising inflation, and high unemployment. During these decades dividends accounted for over 75% of the total returns of the S&P500.
Dividends can protect against inflation
Looking again at the US as an example, dividends in the US stock market have grown at an average 6% per year since the 1940s, while inflation grew at 4%. Investing in dividend-paying companies can protect against inflation over long periods: the income received in dividend payments has grown in line or at a higher rate than inflation.
The array of stocks around the world paying dividends has increased significantly in the last decade. We can now invest in a basket of dividend-paying companies that gives you genuine global diversity and exposure to a healthy range of industries in your portfolio. In contrast, just six companies now account for over 40% of all dividend payments in the UK.
How do we run the Fund?
“We don’t chase yield, we want capital and dividend growth.”
Although the Fund is designed to invest in dividend-paying companies, our starting point in selecting our investment universe is to identify companies with consistently high return on capital. Specifically we look at companies that have a return on capital of greater than 10% in each of the previous ten years.
Our analysis shows that companies with persistently high return on capital are highly likely to continue to do so in the future – meaning they will continue to create shareholder value.
Why 10% and why ten years?
10% return on capital…
10% is well above the average real cost of capital of 6%. This means companies who achieve this level are truly creating value for their shareholders.
Consistency each year excludes highly cyclical companies or those with high but declining or volatile earnings.
…for ten years
Because business cycles tend to last less than ten years, the companies in our investible universe have shown they can weather most economic environments.
On average, only 3% of global listed companies achieve our threshold. We then exclude those less than $1 billion in size or with a debt to equity ratio greater than 1. This gives us a pool of around 400 companies from which to build our portfolio.
“It's a rare achievement for a company to meet our investment criteria and we think it shows a mark of genuine quality. And this is where our portfolio starts – consistent high return on capital.”
What about yield?
Companies that earn a consistent high return on capital often distribute a proportion of cash they create in the form of a dividend. In the Fund, however, we focus on those companies that can sustainably grow their dividend into the future.
From this pool we then select candidates for extended research on the basis of value and sentiment. In depth proprietary modelling of a company’s cash flow, capital budgeting and potential for dividend growth is combined with a subjective analysis of its business model to identify candidates for inclusion in the final portfolio.
By selecting companies from a broad range of industries, countries, and market capitalisation we aim to create a well-diversified portfolio which can provide a reasonable dividend yield and growing income stream at an attractive valuation relative to the broad market.
It is often easier to find companies to buy that look cheap than it is to identify those companies you own which should be sold. We consider sell discipline as important as selecting companies for purchase and continuously monitor the companies we hold in the Fund. The six core reasons we may sell a company are outlined below.
- The company fails to continue to meet our return on capital criteria
- The valuation becomes too rich
- The balance sheet becomes stretched
- The dividend outlook or management policy to dividends changes unfavourably
- The original investment thesis no longer holds
- Yield contribution to the portfolio is insufficient
How do we construct the portfolio
The Guinness Global Equity Income Fund is a concentrated portfolio of around 35 equally weighted stocks. This provides a number of useful attributes:
It reduces stock-specific risk, as we will not be overweight in a small number of favourite companies.
We will not have a long tail of small holdings in the portfolio, which can be a distraction and a potential drag on performance.
We are truly index independent. All companies held are weighted equally without regard to their weighting in the benchmark index leading the portfolio to have a high active weight.
It instills a strong sell discipline as we must typically sell a position in order to make way for a new one; and we must constantly assess the companies we own in the portfolio in comparison to the rest of the universe available to us.
For information on the Fund’s current investments, please see the latest fact sheet available on the literature tab above.
Matthew Page, CFA (09/11/2020)
For full information on the share classes available for investment please refer to the Key Investor Information document.
The Funds are priced every working day at 12.00 UK time and updated here the following day.
|Fund name||Isin||Fund price||(+/-)||Date|
|TB GUINNESS ASIAN EQUITY INCOME FUND Y INCOME GBP||GB00BMFKG774||89.87||0.26||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS ASIAN EQUITY INCOME FUND Y ACCUMULATION GBP||GB00BMFKG667||99.23||0.3||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS EUROPEAN EQUITY INCOME FUND Y INCOME GBP||GB00BP5J6N11||105.21||1.92||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS EUROPEAN EQUITY INCOME FUND Y ACCUMULATION GBP||GB00BP5J6M04||108.03||1.97||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS EUROPEAN EQUITY INCOME FUND Z INCOME GBP||GB00BP5J6Q42||105.56||1.92||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS EUROPEAN EQUITY INCOME FUND Z ACCUMULATION GBP||GB00BP5J6P35||108.47||1.98||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS GLOBAL EQUITY INCOME FUND Y INCOME GBP||GB00BNGFN669||130.82||0.77||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS GLOBAL EQUITY INCOME FUND Y ACCUMULATION GBP||GB00BNGFN776||139.76||0.81||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS GLOBAL INNOVATORS FUND Y ACCUMULATION GBP||GB00BP5J5Y50||120.78||1.01||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FUND Y ACCUMULATION GBP||GB00BP5J6198||89.96||0.87||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FUND Z ACCUMULATION GBP||GB00BP5J6206||90.1||0.87||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL EQUITY FUND Y ACCUMULATION GBP||GB00BP5J7C70||101.91||1.39||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL EQUITY FUND Z ACCUMULATION GBP||GB00BP5J7D87||102.27||1.39||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS UK EQUITY INCOME FUND O OVERSEAS INCOME||GB00BYX94G55||69.26||1.21||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS UK EQUITY INCOME FUND O OVERSEAS ACCUMULATION||GB00BYX94F49||89.18||1.54||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS UK EQUITY INCOME FUND Y CLEAN INCOME||GB00BYX94J86||74.66||1.3||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS UK EQUITY INCOME FUND Y CLEAN ACCUMULATION||GB00BYX94H62||95.58||1.67||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS UK EQUITY INCOME FUND Z EARLY INVESTOR INCOME||GB00BYX94L09||75.49||1.31||29/09/2023|
|TB GUINNESS UK EQUITY INCOME FUND Z EARLY INVESTOR ACCUMULATION||GB00BYX94K91||96.83||1.69||29/09/2023|
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How to Invest
We’ve tried to make investing in our Funds as simple as possible. All of our funds are available to invest directly via an application form, we also have good availability across a number of investment supermarkets whilst being eligible for ISAs & SIPPs.