Since inception, the Navigator® SMID Cap Core U.S. Equity strategy delivered annualized gains of 11.79% gross (8.51% net) vs. 10.74% annualized gains for the Russell 2500 Index. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Navigator SMID strategy had a gain of 8.10% gross (7.31% net) vs. 8.54% gain in the Russell 2500 Index. Positioning in Real Estate and Financials helped the relative performance while positioning in Healthcare and Industrials hurt performance.

Our holdings in RH and Atkore International Group Inc. helped performance in the quarter as positions in Taylor Morrison Home Corporation and Herman Miller, Inc. hurt performance. The value characteristics of the SMID Cap strategy remain compelling. Its current P/E of 14.4 is less than that of the S&P Mid Cap (20.9) or S&P Small Cap (23.6) indices with similar quality and business growth characteristics.

Top 5 Contributors

Ticker Quarter Ending December 31, 2019 Average Weight (%) Contribution to Return (%)
RH RH 3.24 0.76
ATKR Atkore International Group Inc. 2.21 0.67
JLL Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated 2.66 0.63
TECD Tech Data Corporation 1.18 0.57
AEL American Equity Investment Life Holding Company 2.22 0.51

Top 5 Detractors

Ticker Quarter Ending December 31, 2019 Average Weight (%) Contribution to Return (%)
TMHC Taylor Morrison Home Corporation 2.44 -0.40
MLHR Herman Miller, Inc. 2.92 -0.22
EVR Evercore Inc Class A 0.62 -0.16
IPGP IPG Photonics Corporation 0.62 -0.16
UHS Universal Health Services, Inc. Class B 0.55 -0.15

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