Per our notes in the commentary Avalon on the extreme and persistent outperformance of large-cap and growth stocks at the detriment of small-cap and value stocks, we believe that our All Cap Core U.S. Equity investment process will produce solid risk-adjusted returns over the long-term.

Staying true to our investment process, growth’s outperformance signals us to gravitate to the more attractive value components of the market. As such, long-standing style performance trends and the strategy’s constraints on portfolio weights among the various market capitalizations (no more than 2/3 large-cap and no less than 1/3 mid and small-cap), have resulted in relative underperformance on a gross and net basis.

To this end, the All Cap Core U.S. Equity strategy holds a 9.7% weight in the five biggest members of the Russell 3000 Index (Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook) compared to the 12.3% that is represented in the benchmark. Additionally, our 2/3 maximum weight constraint in large-cap stocks is less than the 80% represented within the benchmark, thus hampering our ability to outperform during a large-cap growth run-up.

For the second quarter of 2019, the Navigator® All Cap Core U.S. Equity strategy had a return of -0.73% (-1.47% net) vs. a 4.10% gain in the Russell 3000 Index. For the five years ending June 2019, the strategy gained 6.86% gross (3.71% net) vs. 10.19% for the Russell 3000.

Our positioning in industrials helped relative performance while our positioning in consumer discretionary and information technology acted as a drag in the second quarter of 2019. Portfolio holdings in Northrop Grumman and Facebook helped relative performance while holdings in G-III Apparel Group and PVH lagged.
During the quarter, the strategy held mostly large-cap stocks (63.1%) compared to mid and small-cap holdings (33.1%). The value and quality characteristics of the All Cap portfolio remain solid in comparison to the S&P 500 as it possesses a lower P/E of 15.7 vs. 18.7 and lower earnings variability combined with higher gross and net profit margins with similar business growth characteristics.

Top 5 Contributors

Ticker Quarter Ending June 30, 2019 Average Weight (%) Contribution to Return (%)
NOC Northrop Grumman Corporation 2.13 20.37
FB Facebook, Inc. Class A 2.81 15.78
MSFT Microsoft Corporation 2.01 14
PGR Progressive Corporation 2.45 11.03
WTFC Wintrust Financial Corporation 1.64 9.02

Top 5 Detractors

Ticker Quarter Ending June 30, 2019 Average Weight (%) Contribution to Return (%)
GIII G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. 2.18 -0.88
PVH PVH Corp. 1.78 -0.81
FL Foot Locker, Inc. 1.68 -0.72
SWKS Skyworks Solutions, Inc. 0.95 -0.32
KFY Korn Ferry 2.44 -0.26

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