Wasatch International Growth

Wasatch International Growth

Last Update: 2014-08-28

Number of Stocks: 81
Number of New Stocks: 11

Total Value: $1,589 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 12%

Countries: USA CAN JPN HKG NOR PHL GBR ITA TUR AUS DNK NLD IND SWE FRA NZL TWN FIN DEU SGP CHE
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Wasatch International Growth' s Profile & Performance

Profile

Wasatch International Growth Fund (WAIGX) was established on 6/28/2002. The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in foreign growth companies domiciled in developed and emerging markets. Wasatch International Growth Fund is managed by Roger Edgley since 1/31/2006.

Web Page:https://secure.wasatchfunds.com/Our-Funds/Management.aspx?fund=WAIGX

Investing Philosophy

“Portfolio Manager Roger Edgley is most interested in finding companies with following characteristics: Potential for significant and sustained revenue and earnings growth; experienced, proven management team; high return on capital; sustainable competitive advantage; market leadership and/or growing market share; ability to capitalize on favorable long-term trends; strong financial health and controls; reasonable use of debt; attractive valuation.”

“We use a bottom-up process of fundamental analysis to look for individual companies that we believe are high-quality, stable, and have the potential to grow earnings for long periods of time. To determine that a company has these characteristics, Roger takes the following approach:

(1) Screening
Using financial databases, he screens for companies demonstrating high-quality growth.

(2) Deep Due Diligence
We use a thorough and collaborative process to understand the companies in which we invest. We study the company, its competitors, and its industry. We talk with management to verify the quality of the leadership and gain deeper insight for the company’s prospects and risks. We call competitors, suppliers, and customers to make sure we have a complete picture of the landscape. Meanwhile, we are constantly talking with other Wasatch portfolio managers and analysts in order to leverage the knowledge, perspective, and insight of the broader Wasatch team in every investment decision.

(3) Earnings Models
We build proprietary earnings models in order to analyze a company’s key growth drivers.

(4) Valuation
We consider a variety of appropriate valuation metrics (e.g. Price to Earnings, Enterprise Value to EBITDA, Price to Book, etc.) to assess the potential return and the risk/reward trade-off of each stock.”

Historical Allocation of Stock, Bonds, Cash

Total Holding History

Performance of Wasatch International Growth F

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
201326.4231.55-5.1
201233.0815.417.7
2011-12.042.08-14.1
3-Year Cumulative48 (14%/year)55 (15.7%/year)-7 (-1.7%/year)
201034.2415.0619.2
200964.1926.4637.7
5-Year Cumulative226.2 (26.7%/year)125.5 (17.7%/year)100.7 (9%/year)
2008-53.93-37-16.9
200712.475.616.9
200623.7915.798.0
200518.374.9113.5
200422.931210.9
10-Year Cumulative204.4 (11.8%/year)104.1 (7.4%/year)100.3 (4.4%/year)
200344.9628.716.3

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Wasatch International Growth Small-Cap Fund New Buys
Wasatch International Growth is a new fund added to GuruFocus recently with the advent of the new global stock coverage. The Wasatch firm, founded in 1975 by Sam Stewart, pursues small cap stocks through fundamental, bottom-up research highlighting growth and market inefficiencies. The $1.06 billion international fund seeks these opportunities all over the world and received a Lipper Fund Award for the three-year period ended Dec. 31, 2012. Read more...
Wasatch International Growth Fund Buys 5 New Stocks
The Wasatch International Growth (Trades, Portfolio) Fund (WAIGX) invests in small-cap, non-U.S. growth stocks and is managed by Roger Edgley and Linda Lasater. The fund has $1.66 billion in net assets as of June 4, 2014, and has returned 12.58% on average annuall since inception in 2004. Read more...
Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on Eurasia Drilling Co.
Eurasia Drilling Co. Ltd. (LSE:EDCL), a provider of drilling services to the oil and gas industry,is the Fund’s only Russia-related holding and was the largest detractor from performance for the quarter. Through our bottom-up due diligence process, we often find attractive companies like Eurasia Drilling that are generating excellent returns on capital through innovative approaches to their markets, paying generous dividends and looking confidently into the future. These are the kinds of companies we have a history of investing in. However, at some point even the best companies can become difficult investments when they must contend with a consistently depreciating currency on the back of a slowing macroeconomic environment. When the Russian economy slowed to near-zero growth in 2013, we began to see diminishing pricing power as the company struggled to offset cost inflation—a typical sign of an economy beginning to face challenges. Eurasia Drilling also lost its second largest customer, but management was able to redeploy all of those assets with minimal impact to earnings. We have adjusted our position accordingly, reducing our weight as we see an increasingly Read more...
Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on LPKF Laser & Electronics AG
Though we have yet to see a strong resurgence of capital expenditures and manufacturing in Europe, we think our investment in LPKF Laser & Electronics AG (XTER:LPK) is an example of a tech company that improves manufacturing. LPKF makes lasers used in the production of smart phones, iPads, automobiles and running shoes. Laser manufacturing is becoming an essential technique that will replace conventional tools in the production of miniature and highly complex products. While LPKF is based in Germany, a significant portion of the company’s sales are to manufacturers in Asia. Read more...
Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on SouFun Holdings Ltd
SouFun Holdings Ltd. (SFUN) was another detractor from Fund performance in the period. The company operates an online-listing site for real estate in China. The online listing of properties is still in its infancy in China, as the industry is currently dominated by offline brokerage firms. SouFun is the best-known online broker, and the company recently lowered its pricing to increase competitiveness and grow the business. The price cut has hurt the company’s valuation, though we still see the online-listing business growing quickly, as consumers shift away from traditional offline competitors. (Current and future holdings are subject to risk.) Read more...
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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on LPKF Laser & Electronics AG
Though we have yet to see a strong resurgence of capital expenditures and manufacturing in Europe, we think our investment in LPKF Laser & Electronics AG (XTER:LPK) is an example of a tech company that improves manufacturing. LPKF makes lasers used in the production of smart phones, iPads, automobiles and running shoes. Laser manufacturing is becoming an essential technique that will replace conventional tools in the production of miniature and highly complex products. While LPKF is based in Germany, a significant portion of the company’s sales are to manufacturers in Asia. More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on SouFun Holdings Ltd
SouFun Holdings Ltd. (SFUN) was another detractor from Fund performance in the period. The company operates an online-listing site for real estate in China. The online listing of properties is still in its infancy in China, as the industry is currently dominated by offline brokerage firms. SouFun is the best-known online broker, and the company recently lowered its pricing to increase competitiveness and grow the business. The price cut has hurt the company’s valuation, though we still see the online-listing business growing quickly, as consumers shift away from traditional offline competitors. (Current and future holdings are subject to risk.) More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on Rightmove plc
Rightmove (LSE:RMV) develops and operates a website that lists real-estate properties throughout Britain, similar to the multiple-listing service used by U.S. real-estate agents. The company’s stock price declined in the face of increasing competition and concern that the housing market may be cooling off. We continue to believe both ASOS and Rightmove have attractive long-term growth prospects. More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on ASOS
ASOS (LSE:ASC) is an online-only apparel store targeting 20-somethings with a catalog of 65,000 products. We believe non-capital-intensive businesses that do not have a brick-and-mortar presence have the potential to significantly disrupt traditional retail competitors. ASOS has performed strongly over time, averaging more than 50% revenue growth per year over the past three-, five- and 10-year periods. In the second quarter, the share price was hurt by aggressive sales promotions and weak currency translation, which led to a profit warning for the year and a compression of the stock’s price-to-earnings multiple.§ As long-term investors, we favor high-quality companies that have the ability to sustain long-duration growth. We’re watching ASOS closely, though we believe the recent problems are short-term in nature. More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment AG
Schoeller-Bleckmann (WBO:SBO) manufactures components for directional drilling, where the biggest applications are shale, deepwater and ultra deepwater. Directional drilling requires technically complex parts. Quality matters because part failures typically necessitate hours of work to fix and resume operations. More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on ShawCor
ShawCor (TSX:SCL) was the largest contributor to Fund performance during the quarter. The company is a world leader in advanced pipeline coatings, which are used in pipes that transport fuels, as well as in the E&P process. ShawCor benefits from the push toward offshore drilling, as well as from increased complexity in onshore-drilling processes. More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on Yoox Spa
Although classified as a consumer-discretionary company, Yoox S.p.A. (MIL:YOOX) uses advanced technology to provide an online platform for the sales of luxury goods. Clients include brands like Armani, Zegna, Dolce & Gabbana, and others. Yoox, which is based in Italy, is in the process of expanding its technology to allow omni-channel shopping that will deepen the company’s ties with clients. The new omni-channel platform—which allows consumers to shop seamlessly from all available distribution channels, including mobile devices, Internet devices, computers, TV, radio, direct mail, catalogs and stores—adds an additional revenue stream to Yoox, and once adopted by clients will be difficult to drop, making the service fairly sticky. More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on Wirecard AG
Wirecard AG (XTER:WDI) is one of the largest payment gateways in Europe and a direct beneficiary of increased online spending. Based in Germany, Wirecard continues to expand the number of payment methods it accepts, which increases the difficulty for smaller players to compete. More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on Criteo SA
Criteo S.A. (CRTO) is based in France and provides web-advertising services. The company closely integrates with its clients, allowing Criteo to track a user’s interaction on the client’s site. This enables highly targeted advertising with effective results. As its client base grows, Criteo’s buying power increases, which allows for better pricing. In addition, as the service runs, Criteo collects a wealth of data that’s used to improve targeted advertising. Companies like Expedia, Macy’s and eBay are clients. More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on Abcam
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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on Oxford Instruments
Oxford Instruments (LSE:OXIG) is the leader in tools and technologies that facilitate nanotechnology scientific research. The long-term potential for nanotechnology is significant given finite available global resources and the need to do more with less. The industry is still in the early phases where most of the research is done at universities and research facilities that rely on public funding. While Oxford Instruments has been increasing its exposure to commercial end markets, research still drives over 40% of the company’s revenues. As a result, Oxford Instrument’s stock has had less visibility, and more volatility due to recent public funding cuts. As the market leader in the space, we believe Oxford Instruments will be a primary beneficiary of the long-term trend toward nanotechnology. More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Comments on Eurasia Drilling Co.
Eurasia Drilling Co. Ltd. (LSE:EDCL), a provider of drilling services to the oil and gas industry,is the Fund’s only Russia-related holding and was the largest detractor from performance for the quarter. Through our bottom-up due diligence process, we often find attractive companies like Eurasia Drilling that are generating excellent returns on capital through innovative approaches to their markets, paying generous dividends and looking confidently into the future. These are the kinds of companies we have a history of investing in. However, at some point even the best companies can become difficult investments when they must contend with a consistently depreciating currency on the back of a slowing macroeconomic environment. When the Russian economy slowed to near-zero growth in 2013, we began to see diminishing pricing power as the company struggled to offset cost inflation—a typical sign of an economy beginning to face challenges. Eurasia Drilling also lost its second largest customer, but management was able to redeploy all of those assets with minimal impact to earnings. We have adjusted our position accordingly, reducing our weight as we see an increasingly More...

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Wasatch International Growth Fund Q1 2014 Commentary - The Universe of High Quality Japanese Small Companies Has Increased
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Wasatch International Growth Small-Cap Fund New Buys
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