3Q2021 – Global SMID Company Growth Commentary

Our time and energy are squarely focused on business fundamentals and the key drivers to a company’s success.

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  • During the quarter, global equities were mixed, depending on the region, as multiple crosscurrents affected markets worldwide.
  • In its inaugural quarter, the Polen Global SMID Company Growth Composite Portfolio (the “Portfolio”) returned 5.47% both gross and net of fees versus -1.18% for the MSCI ACWI SMID Capitalization Index (the “Index”). The Portfolio outperformed the Index, driven mostly by favorable stock selection.
  • The top three relative contributors were Benefit One, Paycom, and CTS Eventim. The bottom three relative detractors were Koh Young Technology, FICO, and Temenos.
  • Over short periods, many factors can contribute to performance. Still, our experience tells us that stock prices are highly correlated with companies’ underlying earnings growth over the long term.
  • Looking ahead, we remain focused on finding and investing in what we believe are the most premier smaller companies globally.

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