Brandes - Asia-Pacific - Japan Equity Strategy

Investment Strategies

Optimism & Opportunities in Japan

  • Reasons for Optimism — Like in any country, Japan’s long-standing economic challenges are not necessarily reflected in every business that is based there. We believe compelling opportunities continue to exist in select Japanese companies of all sizes.
  • Select Valuations Attractive — We believe Japanese equities still offer one of the largest categories of potential value investing opportunities in the world.
  • Positive Outlook — Foundations for the country’s long-term stability and recovery continue to be laid, and which we believe will converge at all levels of the nation’s industrial and economic complex.

Opportunities to Pursue Long-Term Gains

  • Long-Term View — Willingness to hold a stock for three to five years to realize estimated intrinsic value potential, in line with the long-term thinking of Japanese companies.
  • Broad Opportunity Set — The strategy can invest in companies across the market capitalization spectrum—small, medium and large —in pursuit of potential opportunities.
  • Active Management — Japan’s markets make a strong case for discerning active investment managers to find compelling values, compared with indiscriminate passive investing.

Partner with a Pioneer in Global Value Investing

  • Experience — The Investment Team is composed of experienced professionals who have managed through extreme market cycles.
  • Commitment to Transparent, Easy to Understand Investment Process — The strategy consistently applies a Graham and Dodd, value investing approach centered on a research-driven process of purchasing potentially undervalued companies with the goal of capturing future price appreciation.
  • Independent Point of View — Brandes Investment Partners is a 100% employee owned firm, with interests aligned with those of its clients. The firm and its strategies are unhindered by sales quotas or any outside influence that may impede the firm’s pursuit of investment management excellence.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

No investment strategy can assure a profit or protect against loss. Diversification does not assure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market.

International and emerging markets investing is subject to certain risks such as currency fluctuation and social and political changes, differences in financial reporting standards and less stringent regulation of securities markets which may result in greater share price volatility.

This material is intended for informational purposes only. The information provided in this material should not be considered a recommendation to purchase or sell any particular security. It should not be assumed that any security transactions, holdings, or sectors discussed were or will be profitable, or that the investment recommendations or decisions we make in the future will be profitable or will equal the investment performance discussed herein. Portfolio holdings and allocations are subject to change at any time. Strategies discussed herein are subject to change at any time by the investment manager in its discretion due to market conditions or opportunities. Market conditions may impact performance.

The Brandes Japan Equity Strategy seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of Japanese issuers.

The strategy primary benchmark is the MSCI Japan Index.
The strategy secondary benchmark is the TOPIX Index.

Annualized Performance (Net)

THROUGH 31 March 2018 | REPORTING CURRENCY: USD
 
1 Year
3 Years
5 Years
7 Years
10 Years
15 Years
20 Years
Japan Equity
16.64%
13.35%
12.75%
10.02%
7.05%
9.68%
7.75%
Primary Benchmark (a)
19.64%
8.36%
8.92%
7.59%
4.10%
7.61%
3.77%
Relative Performance
-3.00%
4.99%
3.83%
2.43%
2.95%
2.07%
3.98%

 
1 Year
3 Years
5 Years
7 Years
10 Years
15 Years
20 Years
Japan Equity
16.64%
13.35%
12.75%
10.02%
7.05%
9.68%
7.75%
Secondary Benchmark (b)
21.40%
10.15%
10.18%
8.57%
4.83%
7.88%
4.27%
Relative Performance
-4.76%
3.20%
2.57%
1.45%
2.22%
1.80%
3.48%

Annualized Performance (Gross)

THROUGH 31 March 2018 | REPORTING CURRENCY: USD
 
1 Year
3 Years
5 Years
7 Years
10 Years
15 Years
20 Years
Japan Equity
17.59%
14.28%
13.67%
10.92%
7.94%
10.53%
8.64%
Primary Benchmark (a)
19.64%
8.36%
8.92%
7.59%
4.10%
7.61%
3.77%
Relative Performance
-2.05%
5.92%
4.75%
3.33%
3.84%
2.92%
4.87%

 
1 Year
3 Years
5 Years
7 Years
10 Years
15 Years
20 Years
Japan Equity
17.59%
14.28%
13.67%
10.92%
7.94%
10.53%
8.64%
Secondary Benchmark (b)
21.40%
10.15%
10.18%
8.57%
4.83%
7.88%
4.27%
Relative Performance
-3.81%
4.13%
3.49%
2.35%
3.11%
2.65%
4.37%

Annual Periods (Net)

THROUGH 31 March 2018 | REPORTING CURRENCY: USD
 
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
Japan Equity
20.11%
12.31%
19.62%
-1.17%
23.19%
2.08%
-8.37%
Primary Benchmark (a)
23.99%
2.38%
9.57%
-4.02%
27.16%
8.18%
-14.33%
Secondary Benchmark (b)
26.55%
3.46%
11.69%
-3.33%
27.03%
7.54%
-12.81%
 
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
Japan Equity
17.47%
2.77%
-15.23%
-3.43%
0.07%
16.14%
24.19%
Primary Benchmark (a)
15.44%
6.25%
-29.21%
-4.23%
6.24%
25.52%
15.86%
Secondary Benchmark (b)
14.46%
4.79%
-26.82%
-5.19%
2.05%
26.08%
16.44%
 
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
Japan Equity
45.12%
-0.45%
-17.75%
-0.93%
31.77%
18.12%
Primary Benchmark (a)
35.91%
-10.28%
-29.40%
-28.16%
61.53%
5.05%
Secondary Benchmark (b)
38.63%
-8.89%
-29.34%
-32.74%
75.98%
7.70%

Quarterly Performance (Net And Gross)

THROUGH 31 March 2018 | REPORTING CURRENCY: USD
Year
 
1Q
2Q
3Q
4Q
YTD
2018
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 1.81%
-00 2.02%
-00 0.83%
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-0000000
-00 1.81%
-00 2.02%
-00 0.83%
2017
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 4.84%
-00 5.06%
-00 4.49%
-00 4.03%
-00 4.25%
-00 5.19%
-00 4.09%
-00 4.30%
-00 3.97%
-00 5.80%
-00 6.01%
-00 8.49%
-0 20.11%
-0 21.09%
-0 23.99%
2016
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -2.90%
00 -2.70%
00 -6.52%
-00 2.35%
-00 2.56%
-00 1.01%
-00 8.95%
-00 9.17%
-00 8.60%
-00 3.73%
-00 3.94%
00 -0.16%
-0 12.31%
-0 13.25%
-00 2.38%
2015
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-0 12.81%
-0 13.04%
-0 10.21%
-00 3.81%
-00 4.02%
-00 3.09%
00 -7.59%
00 -7.40%
0 -11.80%
-0 10.53%
-0 10.76%
-00 9.34%
-0 19.62%
-0 20.61%
-00 9.57%
2014
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 1.62%
-00 1.82%
00 -5.61%
-00 4.85%
-00 5.06%
-00 6.66%
00 -3.67%
00 -3.47%
00 -2.30%
00 -3.71%
00 -3.52%
00 -2.42%
00 -1.17%
00 -0.37%
00 -4.02%
2013
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 9.77%
-0 10.00%
-0 11.63%
-00 3.83%
-00 4.01%
-00 4.40%
-00 5.31%
-00 5.52%
-00 6.66%
-00 2.64%
-00 2.84%
-00 2.29%
-0 23.19%
-0 24.16%
-0 27.16%
2012
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 9.38%
-00 9.61%
-0 11.26%
00 -7.65%
00 -7.45%
00 -7.30%
00 -0.46%
00 -0.25%
00 -0.84%
-00 1.52%
-00 1.73%
-00 5.78%
-00 2.08%
-00 2.94%
-00 8.18%
2011
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -4.13%
00 -3.92%
00 -4.93%
-00 0.40%
-00 0.57%
-00 0.18%
00 -1.02%
00 -0.83%
00 -6.44%
00 -3.82%
00 -3.64%
00 -3.86%
00 -8.37%
00 -7.65%
0 -14.33%
2010
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 9.26%
-00 9.50%
-00 8.18%
00 -8.08%
00 -7.88%
0 -10.07%
-00 5.54%
-00 5.77%
-00 5.83%
-0 10.83%
-0 11.07%
-0 12.12%
-0 17.47%
-0 18.50%
-0 15.44%
2009
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
0 -15.43%
0 -15.24%
0 -16.62%
-0 22.99%
-0 23.26%
-0 23.05%
-00 5.36%
-00 5.59%
-00 6.51%
00 -6.21%
00 -6.00%
00 -2.76%
-00 2.77%
-00 3.69%
-00 6.25%
2008
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -3.12%
00 -2.91%
00 -7.81%
-00 1.94%
-00 2.17%
-00 2.47%
0 -11.33%
0 -11.14%
0 -17.65%
00 -3.19%
00 -2.99%
00 -9.01%
0 -15.23%
0 -14.48%
0 -29.21%
2007
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 7.93%
-00 8.18%
-00 3.52%
00 -3.88%
00 -3.66%
00 -0.64%
00 -5.62%
00 -5.41%
00 -0.86%
00 -1.38%
00 -1.17%
00 -6.08%
00 -3.43%
00 -2.57%
00 -4.23%
2006
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 5.90%
-00 6.11%
-00 6.78%
00 -1.24%
00 -1.04%
00 -4.56%
00 -1.86%
00 -1.66%
00 -0.72%
00 -2.51%
00 -2.31%
-00 5.01%
-00 0.07%
-00 0.88%
-00 6.24%
2005
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 2.46%
-00 2.67%
00 -2.37%
00 -4.73%
00 -4.54%
00 -3.56%
-0 12.06%
-0 12.28%
-0 19.18%
-00 6.18%
-00 6.39%
-0 11.85%
-0 16.14%
-0 17.08%
-0 25.52%
2004
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-0 18.37%
-0 18.47%
-0 15.14%
00 -1.69%
00 -1.60%
00 -3.83%
00 -6.63%
00 -6.55%
00 -7.47%
-0 14.31%
-0 14.43%
-0 13.08%
-0 24.19%
-0 24.66%
-0 15.86%
2003
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -3.10%
00 -3.01%
00 -7.86%
-00 8.39%
-00 8.49%
-0 11.70%
-0 22.83%
-0 22.95%
-0 21.84%
-0 12.48%
-0 12.59%
-00 8.38%
-0 45.12%
-0 45.66%
-0 35.91%
2002
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 1.96%
-00 2.15%
-00 1.50%
-00 9.33%
-00 9.53%
-00 6.56%
00 -7.29%
00 -7.11%
0 -12.05%
00 -3.67%
00 -3.13%
00 -5.69%
00 -0.45%
-00 0.68%
0 -10.28%
2001
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -4.30%
00 -4.05%
00 -8.44%
-00 5.23%
-00 5.50%
-00 0.19%
0 -11.76%
0 -11.54%
0 -18.20%
00 -7.44%
00 -7.29%
00 -5.93%
0 -17.75%
0 -16.98%
0 -29.40%
2000
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
00 -1.46%
00 -1.21%
-00 0.87%
-0 15.85%
-0 16.10%
00 -6.19%
00 -5.50%
00 -5.25%
0 -10.47%
00 -8.17%
00 -7.92%
0 -15.20%
00 -0.93%
-00 0.06%
0 -28.16%
1999
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 8.72%
-00 8.97%
-0 12.18%
-0 10.52%
-0 10.77%
-00 7.61%
-00 6.98%
-00 7.23%
-0 15.84%
-00 2.51%
-00 2.76%
-0 15.51%
-0 31.77%
-0 33.00%
-0 61.53%
1998
NET
GROSS
Primary Benchmark (a)
-00 9.89%
-0 10.14%
-00 2.04%
00 -3.69%
00 -3.44%
00 -4.56%
0 -12.99%
0 -12.74%
0 -14.96%
-0 28.27%
-0 28.52%
-0 26.83%
-0 18.12%
-0 19.27%
-00 5.05%

Composite Characteristics

THROUGH 31 March 2018 | REPORTING CURRENCY: USD
Year
#Accts
Assets
(mil)
Dispersion
% of non-fee
paying assets
Total Firm
Assets (mil)
2018
-000,00 8
-000, 953
-000,
-000,
-0 24,708
2017
-000,00 8
-000, 944
-00 0.23
-00 2
-0 25,578
2016
-000,00 8
-000, 819
-00 0.16
-00 2
-0 22,971
2015
-000,00 7
-000, 748
-00 0.29
-00 2
-0 20,666
2014
-000,00 7
-000, 674
-00 0.16
-00 2
-0 20,722
2013
-000,00 7
-000, 791
-00 0.19
-00 2
-0 21,464
2012
-000,00 6
-000, 898
-00 0.18
-00 1
-0 22,171
2011
-000,00 8
-000, 972
-00 0.86
-00 1
-0 26,658
2010
-000,00 8
-000, 915
-00 0.70
-00 1
-0 38,659
2009
-000,00 9
-000, 768
-00 1.29
-00 1
-0 42,152
2008
-000,0 11
-000, 865
-00 1.10
-0 <1
-0 40,591
2007
-000,0 13
-00 1,250
-00 0.31
-0 <1
-0 83,242
2006
-000,0 13
-00 1,342
-00 0.22
-0 <1
-0 85,974
2005
-000,0 13
-00 1,431
-00 0.85
-0 <1
- 101,874
2004
-000,0 12
-00 1,076
-00 0.96
-0 <1
-0 98,078
2003
-000,00 8
-000, 421
-00, N/A
-0 <1
-0 75,789
2002
-000,00 4
-000,0 62
-00, N/A
-00 3
-0 51,808
2001
-000,00 2
-000,00 3
-00, N/A
-0 47
-0 61,996
2000
-000,00 1
-000,00 1
-00, N/A
- 100
-0 50,852
1999
-000,00 1
-000,00 1
-00, N/A
- 100
-0 41,538
1998
-000,00 1
-000,00 1
-00, N/A
- 100
-0 25,125
THROUGH 31 March 2018 | REPORTING CURRENCY: USD

The results for individual accounts and for different periods may vary.  Investors should not rely on prior performance results as a reliable indication of future results. Market conditions may impact performance. The performance results presented were achieved in particular market conditions which may not be repeated. Moreover, the current market volatility and uncertain regulatory environment may have a negative impact on future performance.
As of September 30, 2013, Brandes Investment Partners includes the non-SMA Division of Brandes Investment Partners L.P., Brandes Investment Partners (Europe) Limited, Brandes Investment Partners (Asia) Pte Ltd and the Brandes Investment Partners & Co. assets sub-advised by Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. The firm was redefined to reflect the expansion of the organization. As of January 1, 2006, Brandes Investment Partners was divided into two separate divisions: the SMA Division of Brandes Investment Partners, which acts as a discretionary manager to SMA or “wrap fee” program clients, including those who may invest in an SMA product; and the non-SMA Division of Brandes Investment Partners (Brandes), which acts as a discretionary manager for all other types of clients which may include pooled investment vehicles, institutional accounts and high net worth clients outside of wrap fee programs. Although the divisions may share portfolio management and other personnel, each division serves a particular target market, may trade in a different manner and may offer investment advice which differs from the other depending upon the individualized needs of the clients served. The performance data presented does not contain any SMA Division accounts.
The Brandes Japan Equity Composite seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of Japanese issuers.
Brandes claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). To receive a list of composite descriptions and/or presentation that complies with GIPS standards, contact client service at 800-237-7119 or write 11988 El Camino Real, Suite 600, P.O. Box 919048, San Diego, California 92191-9048 or email ClientService@Brandes.com.
(a) The MSCI Japan Index with net dividends is designed to measure the performance of large and mid cap segments of the Japan market. MSCI has not approved, reviewed or produced this report, makes no express or implied warranties or representations and is not liable whatsoever for any data in the report. You may not redistribute the MSCI data or use it as a basis for other indices or investment products. The benchmark returns are not covered by the report of independent verifiers.
(b) The TOPIX Index with gross dividends is Japanese YEN based and calculated based on all the domestic common stocks listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section. The total returns for the index prior to 12/31/1998 are not available; therefore returns are derived by combining the price index returns and corresponding month-end yields (the source of this index information is FT Interactive Data Corporation). From 12/31/1998 to present time, the returns for the TOPIX index are calculated on a total return basis. The source of the index information is FactSet Research Systems Inc., a leading provider of financial and economic information. USD conversion of the index is calculated by FactSet using the spot rate at 16:00 Greenwich Mean Time. The benchmark returns are not covered by the report of independent verifiers.
Brandes Investment Partners® is a registered trademark of Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. in the United States and Canada.

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