International Sustainable Equities SMA Strategy

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Strategy Objective

The Calamos International Sustainable Equities Strategy employs an integrated, fundamental and proprietary ESG screening process, benchmarked to the MSCI ACWI ex USA Index, to evaluate and select what we deem are the highest-quality, ESG-adherent opportunities outside the United States in developed and developing economies as well as across market capitalizations.

Key Differentiators

  • Investment Team has managed ESG funds and portfolios for more than 20 years.
  • We believe that the best way to identify sustainable growth is to consider all aspects of a company's quality profile, including environmental, social, and governance factors that are too often ignored and can represent substantial investment risks.
  • We take a flexible approach to opportunities and believe that attractive investments are found across geographies, sectors and market capitalizations.
  • We believe that maximum value is created over the long term. As such, we look to hold investments across business and economic cycles. This promotes sustainable growth with lower transaction costs and tax efficiency.
  • Markets don't always get it right. Therefore, we look to take advantage of short-term market inefficiencies to establish positions or add to existing investments.
  • We will sell an investment in cases of valuation adjustments, availability of more attractive alternatives, or breakdowns in financial fundamentals or ESG performance.

Strategy Details

As of 3/31/23
Inception Date: 4/01/19
Strategy Assets*: $59.5 M
Benchmark: MSCI ACWI ex USA Index (Net)


Sector Weightings

As of 3/31/23
Sector % of Assets MSCI ACWI ex USA Index (Net) Under/Overweight %
Financials 21.3% 20.2%
Consumer Discretionary 15.7% 12.0%
Industrials 14.6% 12.7%
Health Care 13.0% 9.6%
Information Technology 11.2% 11.3%
Consumer Staples 8.4% 8.9%
Materials 7.9% 8.2%
Communication Services 4.7% 6.0%
Utilities 3.1% 3.2%
Energy 0.0% 5.5%
Real Estate 0.0% 2.1%
Other 0.0% 0.0%

Representative Portfolio Ten Largest Holdings

As of 3/31/23
Company Country Sector %
Novo Nordisk, A/S (ADR) Denmark Health Care 3.9
AIA Group Ltd Hong Kong Financials 2.9
Linde, PLC United Kingdom Materials 2.8
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV Netherlands Consumer Staples 2.5
Greggs PLC United Kingdom Consumer Discretionary 2.4
EssilorLuxottica SA France Health Care 2.4
Sony Group Corp. Japan Consumer Discretionary 2.4
Bank Rakyat Indonesia Persero Tbk PT Indonesia Financials 2.4
BCE, Inc. Canada Communication Services 2.4
KDDI Corp Japan Communication Services 2.3


As of 3/31/23
Name Calamos Portfolio MSCI ACWI ex USA Index (Net)
Number of Holdings 54 2,258
Portfolio Turnover (12 months) 8.8% N/A
Median Market Cap $43.9 B $8.7 B
Weighted Avg. Market Cap $85.6 B $88.6 B
ROIC 15.6% 14.9%
Debt/Capital 32.8% 32.7%

MSCI ESG Company Rating

As of 3/31/23
Category Representative Portfolio % MSCI ACWI EX US Index (Net) %
AAA 39.0 17.5
AA 33.2 34.2
A 25.5 26.0
BBB 2.4 11.8
BB 0.0 5.5
B 0.0 4.0
CCC 0.0 0.9
N/A 0.0 0.0


Annualized Total Returns

As of 3/31/23
Name 1-Year 3-Year Since Inception (4/19)
International Sustainable Equities SMA (Gross) -4.10% 14.64% 8.66%
International Sustainable Equities SMA (Net) -4.49% 13.70% 7.65%
MSCI ACWI ex USA Index (Net) -5.07% 11.80% 4.21%

Calendar Year Returns

As of 3/31/23
Name Qtr ending Mar 23 YTD 2023 2022 2021 2020 4/1/19 - 12/31/19
International Sustainable Equities SMA (Gross) 8.18% 8.18% -19.80% 14.57% 23.37% 13.71%
International Sustainable Equities SMA (Net) 8.08% 8.08% -20.12% 13.32% 21.86% 12.67%
MSCI ACWI ex USA Index (Net) 6.87% 6.87% -16.00% 7.82% 10.65% 10.15%

Past performance does not guarantee or indicate future results. Portfolios are managed according to their respective strategies which may differ significantly in terms of security holdings, industry weightings, and asset allocation from those of the benchmark(s). Portfolio performance, characteristics and volatility may differ from the benchmark(s) shown.

Returns or Risk/Rewards statistics presented reflect the Calamos International Sustainable Equities SMA Composite, which is an actively managed, international focused composite that seeks long-term capital appreciation. The Composite invests primarily in the common stock of companies based outside the US that excel at managing environmental risks and opportunities, societal impacts and corporate governance (ESG) factors in addition to exhibiting attractive financial attributes and competitive advantages. On August 25, 2021 Calamos acquired Pearl Impact Capital LLC which has managed the strategy since its inception in 2019. Firm assets shown represent assets managed by Calamos Advisors and not assets managed by Pearl Impact Capital LLC. The Calamos International Sustainable Equities SMA Composite was formerly named the Calamos International Sustainable Equities Composite II. This name change became effective June 30, 2022. The Composite was created August 31, 2021, calculated with an inception date of April 1, 2019. Results include all fully discretionary advisory accounts, including those no longer with the Firm. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Unmanaged index returns, unlike fund returns, do not reflect fees, expenses or sales charges. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

The MSCI ACWI ex USA Index (Net) captures large and mid-cap securities across 22 Developed Markets countries (excluding the US) and 26 Emerging Markets countries. Unmanaged index returns assume reinvestment of any and all distributions and do not reflect any fees, expenses or sales charges. Net return basis approximates the minimum possible reinvestment of regular cash distributions by deducting withholding tax based on the maximum rate of the company's country of incorporation applicable to institutional investors. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.

Fees include the investment advisory fee charge by Calamos Advisors LLC. Returns greater than 12 months are annualized. Chart Data Sources: Calamos Advisors LLC.

Average annual total return measures net investment income and capital gain or loss from portfolio investments as an annualized average. All performance shown assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions.


Risk/Reward Since Inception

As of 3/31/23
Name Calamos International Sustainable Equities SMA Composite MSCI ACWI ex USA Index (Net)
Alpha 4.60% N/A
Beta 0.93 1.00
Annualized Standard Deviation 17.72% 18.27%
Upside Semivariance 14.84% 14.61%
Downside Semivariance 11.47% 12.86%
Sharpe Ratio 0.42 0.16
Information Ratio 0.86 N/A

Since Inception Up/Down Capture Vs. MSCI ACWI ex USA Index (Net)

As of 3/31/23

Vehicles & Minimums

Vehicles and Minimums

Vehicle Minimum Availability
Separately Managed Accounts $5 million Available to new investors


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International Sustainable Equities SMA Strategy Fact Sheet

The International Sustainable Equities SMA Strategy fact sheet provides a snap shot of the investment team, the investment strategy, performance, composition, ratings and returns.

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International Sustainable Equities SMA Strategy Performance Review

A discussion of the Calamos International Sustainable Equities SMA Strategy’s performance versus a benchmark, positioning, related market commentary, and outlook.

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The Investment Case for Corporate Diversity

Studies have shown that companies with more diverse management teams and boards are more likely to outperform their less diverse counterparts, explains Beth Williamson, Head of Sustainable Equity Team Research. For more than 20 years, the Calamos Sustainable Equity Team has recognized that diverse companies can produce higher financial returns and have lower risk.

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ESG Investing in China: The Calamos Sustainable Equity Team Approach

China’s ESG initiatives include many that are in line with those of the West and others that are unique to China. Chinese companies that understand the importance of ESG risks and opportunities can take advantage of “first-mover” competitive advantages, explains Co-Portfolio Manager Tony Tursich.

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Environmental Investing: Risk and Opportunity

Drawing on nearly 25 years of ESG investing experience, Anthony Tursich discusses the philosophy of the Calamos Sustainable Equities Team and explains why environmental considerations are so important for understanding investment risk and opportunities.

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