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Matthews Emerging Markets Equity Fund
MEGMX

Snapshot
  • Seeks Alpha in Global Emerging Markets—capitalizes on consumption and innovation trends
  • Quality Growth Portfolio—based on deep, holistic analysis
  • All-Cap, Company-First Approach—emphasizes fundamental research over top-down country or sector allocation

04/30/2020

Inception Date

-20.71%

YTD Return

(as of 08/10/2022)

$11.37

NAV

(as of 08/10/2022)

+0.20

1 Day NAV Change

(as of 08/10/2022)

Objective

Long-term capital appreciation

Strategy

Under normal circumstances, the Matthews Emerging Markets Equity Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets, which include borrowings for investment purposes, in the common and preferred stocks of companies located in emerging market countries. Emerging market countries generally include every country in the world except the United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and most of the countries in Western Europe. Certain emerging market countries may also be classified as “frontier” market countries, which are a subset of emerging market countries with newer or even less developed economies and markets, such as Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The list of emerging market countries and frontier market countries may change from time to time. The Fund may also invest in companies located in developed countries; however, the Fund may not invest in any company located in a developed country if, at the time of purchase, more than 20% of the Fund’s assets are invested in developed market companies.

Risks

Investments in emerging and frontier securities may involve risks such as social and political instability, market illiquidity, exchange-rate fluctuations, a high level of volatility and limited regulation. Additionally, investing in emerging and frontier markets countries are substantially smaller, less liquid and more volatile than securities markets in more developed markets.

These and other risks associated with investing in the Fund can be found in the prospectus.

Fund Facts
Inception Date 04/30/2020
Fund Assets $38.97 million (07/31/2022)
Currency USD
Ticker MEGMX
Cusip 577-130-651
Portfolio Turnover 88.5%
Benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets Index
Geographic Focus Emerging Markets - Countries generally include every country in the world except the United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and most of the countries in Western Europe
Fees & Expenses
Gross Expense Ratio 1.52%
Net Expense Ratio 1.13%

Performance

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As of 07/31/2022
Average Annual Total Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Matthews Emerging Markets Equity Fund - MEGMX
04/30/2020
MEGMX
3.15% -5.99% -22.32% -24.74% n.a. n.a. n.a. 10.22%
MSCI Emerging Markets Index
-0.16% -6.28% -17.61% -19.77% n.a. n.a. n.a. 6.23%
As of 06/30/2022
Average Annual Total Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Matthews Emerging Markets Equity Fund - MEGMX
04/30/2020
MEGMX
-8.86% -14.96% -24.69% -31.53% n.a. n.a. n.a. 9.07%
MSCI Emerging Markets Index
-6.56% -11.34% -17.47% -25.00% n.a. n.a. n.a. 6.56%
For the years ended December 31st
Name 2021
Matthews Emerging Markets Equity Fund - MEGMX
MEGMX
-0.60%
MSCI Emerging Markets Index
-2.22%

Source: BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. All performance is in US$.

Year to Date and Since Inception performance with less than one year of history represents actual performance, not annualized.

Assumes reinvestment of all dividends and/or distributions before taxes. All performance quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with market conditions so that when redeemed, shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the return figures quoted. Returns would have been lower if certain of the Fund’s fees and expenses had not been waived. Performance differences between the Institutional class and the Investor class may arise due to differences in fees charged to each class.

Additional performance, attribution, liquidity, value at risk (VaR), security classification and holdings information is available on request for certain time periods.

Growth of a Hypothetical $10,000 Investment Since Inception

(as of 06/30/2022)

Source: BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. All performance is in US$.

The performance data and graph do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on dividends, capital gain distributions or redemption of fund shares.

Portfolio Managers

John Paul Lech photo
John Paul Lech

Lead Manager

Alex  Zarechnak photo
Alex Zarechnak

Co-Manager

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 06/30/2022)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Positions 57 1,382
Weighted Average Market Cap $93.4 billion $109.0 billion
Active Share 86.1 n.a.
P/E using FY1 estimates 12.0x 10.7x
P/E using FY2 estimates 11.3x 10.1x
Price/Cash Flow 9.5 6.6
Price/Book 2.2 1.7
Return On Equity 19.1 16.7
EPS Growth (3 Yr) 6.3% 11.7%

Sources: Factset Research Systems, Inc.

Top 10 Holdings

(as of 07/31/2022)
Name Sector Country % Net Assets
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Information Technology Taiwan 6.8
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Pfd. Information Technology South Korea 5.9
FPT Corp. Information Technology Vietnam 4.5
Tencent Holdings, Ltd. Communication Services China/Hong Kong 3.5
Capitaland Investment, Ltd. Real Estate Singapore 3.5
HDFC Bank, Ltd. Financials India 3.2
Prologis Property Mexico SA de CV REIT Real Estate Mexico 2.8
Woodside Energy Group, Ltd. Energy Australia 2.7
First Quantum Minerals, Ltd. Materials Zambia 2.7
Infosys, Ltd. Information Technology India 2.5
TOTAL 38.1

Top 10 holdings may combine more than one security from the same issuer and related depositary receipts.

Source: BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc.

Portfolio Breakdown (%)

(as of 06/30/2022)
  • Sector Allocation
  • Country Allocation
  • Market Cap Exposure
Sector Fund Benchmark Difference
Information Technology 25.1 19.2 5.9
Financials 22.2 21.2 1.0
Consumer Discretionary 10.3 14.9 -4.6
Real Estate 9.2 2.1 7.1
Materials 8.9 8.4 0.5
Energy 6.5 5.0 1.5
Industrials 4.9 5.7 -0.8
Consumer Staples 4.5 6.1 -1.6
Communication Services 4.1 10.6 -6.5
Health Care 0.9 4.0 -3.1
Utilities 0.0 2.9 -2.9
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.4 0.0 3.4

Sector data based on MSCI’s revised Global Industry Classification Standards. For more details, visit www.msci.com.

Country Fund Benchmark Difference
China/Hong Kong 16.5 36.0 -19.5
India 12.6 12.7 -0.1
Mexico 9.0 2.1 6.9
Brazil 7.9 4.9 3.0
Taiwan 7.4 14.3 -6.9
South Korea 7.2 11.2 -4.0
Vietnam 7.0 0.0 7.0
Singapore 4.9 0.0 4.9
Canada 3.4 0.0 3.4
Indonesia 2.9 1.8 1.1
Australia 2.8 0.0 2.8
Philippines 2.5 0.7 1.8
United Kingdom 2.5 0.0 2.5
United States 2.5 0.0 2.5
France 1.7 0.0 1.7
Qatar 1.6 1.0 0.6
Israel 1.5 0.0 1.5
Netherlands 1.2 0.0 1.2
Argentina 0.9 0.0 0.9
Poland 0.8 0.6 0.2
Saudi Arabia 0.0 4.3 -4.3
South Africa 0.0 3.0 -3.0
Thailand 0.0 1.9 -1.9
Malaysia 0.0 1.5 -1.5
United Arab Emirates 0.0 1.3 -1.3
Kuwait 0.0 0.8 -0.8
Chile 0.0 0.5 -0.5
Greece 0.0 0.3 -0.3
Turkey 0.0 0.3 -0.3
Colombia 0.0 0.2 -0.2
Czech Republic 0.0 0.2 -0.2
Hungary 0.0 0.2 -0.2
Peru 0.0 0.2 -0.2
Egypt 0.0 0.1 -0.1
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.4 0.0 3.4

Not all countries are included in the benchmark index(es).

Equity market cap of issuer Fund Benchmark Difference
Mega Cap (over $25B) 50.7 54.6 -3.9
Large Cap ($10B-$25B) 18.5 21.2 -2.7
Mid Cap ($3B-$10B) 14.8 21.8 -7.0
Small Cap (under $3B) 12.6 2.3 10.3
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.4 0.0 3.4

Source: FactSet Research Systems.

Percentage values in data are rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent, so the values may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Percentage values may be derived from different data sources and may not be consistent with other Fund literature.

Distributions

Record Date Ex, Pay and
Reinvest Date
Ordinary
Income
Short Term
Capital Gains
Long Term
Capital Gains
Total Distributions
Per Share
% of NAV Nondividend Distribution (Return of Capital)
12/14/2021 12/15/2021 $0.18047 $0.68627 $0.43302 $1.29976 8.5% N.A.

 

There is no guarantee that the Fund will pay or continue to pay distributions. 

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with changing market conditions so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Commentary

Period ended June 30, 2022

For the first half of 2022, the Matthews Emerging Markets Equity Fund returned -24.69% (Investor Class) and -24.55% (Institutional Class), while its benchmark, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, returned -17.47% over the same period. For the quarter ending June 30, 2022, the Fund returned -14.96% (Investor Class) and -14.80% (Institutional Class), while the benchmark returned -11.34%.

Market Environment:

The first half of 2022 was the weakest start for the S&P 500 since World War Two with the exception of 1962 when markets were upended in the months leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The NASDAQ Composite Index is down around 30% for the first half of the year. Elsewhere, bonds, crypto assets and cash provided little succor making the year thus far one of the most confounding of my career.

There have been some bright spots. Broadly, U.S.-listed Chinese American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) had their best month in June in three years after regaining from some of the underperformance of recent quarters. But while there are exceptions at the company level, index estimates indicate investors are still paying a hefty price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) premium for U.S.-listed China exposure, with the NASDAQ Composite Index trading on 23-24x 2022 earnings and the NASDAQ Golden Dragon China Index trading on 33-34x earnings.

With U.S. Federal Reserve rates likely to move higher and little abatement in geopolitical tensions, the prospect of pandemic stocks roaring back and China internet stocks rebounding meaningfully is not a given. There is still very much a case for selectivity—and balance, ballast and income are worth considering too.

Performance Contributors and Detractors:

From a regional perspective most of our relative underperformance in the first half of the year was tied to Russia, which is nominally marked at close to zero. The pain has been taken. Geopolitical events on the magnitude of the invasion of Ukraine are rare, hard to predict ex-ante but easy to Monday morning quarterback. Our overall construction held up well in what was a major geopolitical event. That’s in stark contrast to strategies that underperformed as a result of an inability to pivot from early-stage companies with little profits that were en vogue during the pandemic and now face material headwinds in the current market backdrop. On the other hand, our allocation to Vietnam contributed the most to relative performance in the first half.

At the sector level, our overweight and stock allocation in real estate contributed the most to performance over the past six months while stock selection in materials was a positive contributor. In contrast, our stock selections in energy and financials detracted the most.

At the holdings level, real estate company CapitaLand Investment in Singapore was a top contributor in the first half, as was energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA in Brazil and financial services company AIA Group in Hong Kong. Two information technology (IT) stocks: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd Pfd and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) were among the biggest detractors. The semiconductor space has been weak as fears of a recession or global slowdown weigh on sentiment. Samsung and TSMC fit our framework well as both have exceptional competitive positions, strong cash generation, and balance sheets that allow for funding of expansion from internal resources. These companies should continue to benefit long term from more chips in more things as well as from an expansion of semiconductor fabs in different geographies.

Notable Portfolio Changes:

Among the holdings we closed in the second quarter was our position in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The business is cheap, but we are unsure of the go-forward prospects in both its core e-commerce business and its capital allocation outside of it. Among the positions we added are Prudential Plc, which has a large, successful Asian life insurance business that is growing new business volumes in most of its markets now and should benefit meaningfully from re-opening in Hong Kong and China, the timing of which remains uncertain.

Outlook:

We’ve attempted to re-evaluate each of our holdings to understand resiliency against a backdrop of persistent (but perhaps peaked) inflation, geopolitical tension, and bias toward higher U.S. rates, which puts comparatively more pressure on cashless narratives compared with cash-generating ones. A strong dollar is a topic we’ve touched on in the past. The depth of asset price declines appears indiscriminate at times. When the dust settles, we believe elements of our framework including capital allocation, cash flow and capital structure, combined with solid company character, will eventually gain traction.

Good things tend to take care of themselves so investors need to ask hard questions about how companies will perform if the backdrop remains challenging. A U.S. recession or general decline in economic activity is increasingly a topic of concern. We don’t have any unique insight on the probability or depth of a slowdown, which is why the Matthews Emerging Markets Equity Fund remains more cautiously positioned than in past quarters. We believe investors need to think beyond consumer-driven trends that dominated during the height of the pandemic and embrace a broader set of companies going forward.


Top 10 holdings as of June 30, 2022. Current and future holdings are subject to change and risk.

Definitions:

NASDAQ Composite Index: A market capitalization-weighted index of over 3,700 stocks listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, heavily weighted toward the technology sector.

NASDAQ Golden Dragon China Index: A modified market capitalization-weighted index featuring companies whose common stock is publicly traded in the U.S. while the bulk of their business is conducted in China. 

Average Annual Total Returns - MEGMX as of 06/30/2022
1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
-31.53% N.A. N.A. N.A. 9.07% 04/30/2020

All performance quoted is past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with changing market conditions so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the return figures quoted. Returns would have been lower if certain of the Fund's fees and expenses had not been waived. Please see the Fund's most recent month-end performance.

Fees & Expenses
Gross Expense Ratio 1.52%
Net Expense Ratio 1.13%

Matthews has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses to limit the Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses until April 30, 2023. Please see the Fund’s prospectus for additional details.

Investments in emerging and frontier securities may involve risks such as social and political instability, market illiquidity, exchange-rate fluctuations, a high level of volatility and limited regulation. Additionally, investing in emerging and frontier markets countries are substantially smaller, less liquid and more volatile than securities markets in more developed markets.

 

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Index Definitions

The information contained herein has been derived from sources believed to be reliable and accurate at the time of compilation, but no representation or warranty (express or implied) is made as to the accuracy or completeness of any of this information. Neither the funds nor the Investment Advisor accept any liability for losses either direct or consequential caused by the use of this information.

The views and opinions in the commentary were as of the report date, subject to change and may not reflect current views. They are not guarantees of performance or investment results and should not be taken as investment advice. Investment decisions reflect a variety of factors, and the managers reserve the right to change their views about individual stocks, sectors, and the markets at any time. As a result, the views expressed should not be relied upon as a forecast of the Fund's future investment intent. It should not be assumed that any investment will be profitable or will equal the performance of any securities or any sectors mentioned herein. The information does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any securities mentioned.