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Edinburgh Partners Limited

PRI reporting framework 2017

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ESG incorporation in actively managed listed equities

Implementation processes

LEI 03. Percentage of each incorporation strategy

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03.1. Indicate (1) which ESG incorporation strategy and/or combination of strategies you apply to your actively managed listed equities and (2) the breakdown of your actively managed listed equities by strategy or combination of strategies (+/- 5%)

ESG incorporation strategy (select all that apply)

Percentage of active listed equity to which the strategy is applied
100 %
Total actively managed listed equities 100%

03.2. Describe your organisation’s approach to incorporation and the reasons for choosing the particular ESG incorporation strategy/strategies.

At Edinburgh Partners we believe that environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios and consideration of these issues should therefore be integral to our investment process and decision making. We are not, however, ESG specialists, nor do we have any plans to become ESG specialists.

We incorporate ESG issues into our investment analysis and decision-making processes. All stocks which are researched are given separate ratings for environmental, social and governance issues by the relevant global sector research analyst.

We are active rather than activist owners. We will engage with managements to ensure adequate reporting and disclosure of ESG issues and will actively engage to discuss matters of concern. If a serious matter arises and we fail to achieve a satisfactory resolution our ultimate sanction is to sell the shares.

Edinburgh Partners aims to vote all shares where possible and where we have been given discretion by our clients.  In exercising any authority delegated to it by clients, Edinburgh Partners follows the relevant applicable regulatory and legislative requirements both in the UK and other relevant jurisdictions. The guiding principles in performing this service are to make proxy voting decisions which favour proposals designed to maximise a company’s shareholder value and are free from the influence of conflicts of interest.

We report our activities on a quarterly basis to a number of our clients.

Our assessment of the quality of investee companies in the areas of corporate governance and ESG is an integral part of the investment recommendation process. Research on each stock includes scores for ESG factors and these are considered in addition to the central and supporting valuation metrics when a stock is assessed as a potential investment.

For every company formally researched, their approach to ESG is reviewed and rated. This impacts which companies we invest in. Each of the investment team is responsible for allocating this rating as part of the research process.  We will engage with all companies we own, through our regular communication with them.

A 1-5 ranking is applied to each factor as defined below:

1 – Best in class

2 – A number of positive attributes

3 – Neutral

4 – Factors for concern

5 – Sell/ do not purchase.

These scores are another facet of the research we undertake and will potentially impact our central earnings forecast together with the scenario ranges around that central forecast. There is no prescribed model in terms of ratings. Instead we rely on the analysts’ experience when allocating a score to each factor.

If we rate a stock as a “5” on any of the ESG factors, we will not purchase it and may not even continue the research or produce a template.

At Edinburgh Partners our key objective is to provide our clients with excellent investment performance and we continually review the effectiveness of all our processes and staff including those involved in ESG research with a view to improving them if possible.

03.3. Where assets are managed using a combination of ESG incorporation strategies, briefly describe how these combinations are used. [Optional]

N/a as above.


LEI 04. Type of ESG information used in investment decision

04.1. Indicate what ESG information you use in your ESG incorporation strategies and who provides this information.

Type of ESG information

Indicate who provides this information 

Indicate who provides this information 

04.2. Provide a brief description of the ESG information used, highlighting any differences of sources of information across your ESG incorporation strategies.

  

04.3. Indicate if you incentivise brokers to provide ESG research.

04.5. Additional information.[Optional]

  


LEI 05. Information from engagement and/or voting used in investment decision-making

05.1. Indicate if your organisation has a process through which information derived from ESG engagement and/or (proxy) voting activities is made available for use in investment decision-making.

05.2. Additional information. [Optional]

  


(A) Implementation: Screening

LEI 06. Types of screening applied

06.1. Indicate and describe the type of screening you apply to your internally managed active listed equities.

Type of screening

Screened by

Description

Screening is stock specific, each analyst is responsible. 

Screened by

Description

As above, screening is stock specific, each analyst is responsible. 

06.2. Describe how the screening criteria are established, how often the criteria are reviewed and how you notify clients and/or beneficiaries when changes are made.

At Edinburgh Partners we believe that environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios and consideration of these issues should therefore be integral to our investment process and decision making. We are not, however, ESG specialists, nor do we have any plans to become ESG specialists.

Our assessment of the quality of investee companies in the areas of corporate governance and ESG is an integral part of the investment recommendation process. Research on each stock includes scores for ESG factors and these are considered in addition to the central and supporting valuation metrics when a stock is assessed as a potential investment.

Our process, divided into four distinct but interlinked stages, explicitly recognises that anything that influences the future profit stream of a company, whether macroeconomic or company specific, must be considered. Moreover, it emphasises that a number of influences will be common across companies and assume greater importance because of their pervasive effect:

1. Sift. This first stage narrows down the investment universe into a group of candidates that can be subjected to more rigorous testing. We analyse industry structure and the dynamics affecting the underlying companies, which sifts out those stocks that may be overvalued. Explicit assumptions about future conditions are made and become part of this sifting process.
The result is a group of stocks that appear to fulfil the valuation conditions necessary to produce appropriate returns.
2. Detail. Whilst general assumptions about future industry structure and evolution are used to whittle down the number of potential stocks to be examined, they are not substitutes for detailed stock-specific analysis. Even within a fairly homogeneous operating environment each company is different, and the end result of a scenario-based range of profit forecasts is dependent upon specific, bespoke analysis. Thus this second stage involves examining carefully the individual drivers for the companies that have made it through and, with this information, reducing further our list of candidates.
3. Cluster. While all companies are different, nevertheless there exist common elements that can lead to concentrations within portfolios. In our third stage, as a risk control before portfolio construction, we ensure that the common elements in an investment case are subjected to further testing before reaching the portfolio construction phase.
4. Construction. This is the final stage, where the individual and collective risk/reward profiles are balanced against each other to create a diversified but focused portfolio. Clusters of undervaluation are to be embraced, but only if they have passed all of the valuation and analytical tests and only if the overall portfolio risk/reward level is appropriate.

We incorporate ESG issues into steps 1 & 2 of our investment processes. All stocks which are researched are fed into our standardised research template, which comprises five years’ historic figures and five years’ forecasts.

For every company formally researched, their approach to ESG is reviewed and rated. This impacts which companies we invest in. Each of the investment team is responsible for allocating this rating as part of the research process.  We will engage with all companies we own, through our regular communication with them.

A 1-5 ranking is applied to each factor as defined below:

1 – Best in class

2 – A number of positive attributes

3 – Neutral

4 – Factors for concern

5 – Sell/ do not purchase.

These scores are another facet of the research we undertake and will potentially impact our central earnings forecast together with the scenario ranges around that central forecast. There is no prescribed model in terms of ratings. Instead we rely on the analysts’ experience when allocating a score to each factor.

If we rate a stock as a “5” on any of the ESG factors, we will not purchase it and may not even continue the research or produce a template.

At Edinburgh Partners our key objective is to provide our clients with excellent investment performance and we continually review the effectiveness of all our processes and staff including those involved in ESG research with a view to improving them if possible, with our standard templates being updated at least bi-annually.

We report our engagement and proxy voting activities on a quarterly basis to our clients as part of our standard reporting package.

 


LEI 07. Processes to ensure screening is based on robust analysis

07.1. Indicate which processes your organisation uses to ensure screening is based on robust analysis.

07.2. Additional information. [Optional]

Each analyst prepares a stock template, it will be presented to the rest of the team at the weekly research meeting. All assumptions will be made explicit and will be scrutinised by the other analysts at this point. Only those stocks that pass this review process will progress to the Buy/Hold/Sell list. No stock can be included in a portfolio unless it is on this list.


LEI 08. Processes to ensure fund criteria are not breached (Private)


(C) Implementation: Integration of ESG issues

LEI 10. Review ESG issues while researching companies/sectors

10.1. Indicate if E, S and G issues are reviewed while researching companies and/or sectors in active strategies.

ESG issues

Coverage/extent of review on these issues

Environmental

Environmental

Social

Social

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

10.2. Additional information. [Optional]

   


LEI 11. Processes to ensure integration is based on robust analysis (Private)


LEI 12. Aspects of analysis ESG information is integrated into (Private)


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