International Value
Strategy


Inception Date: SEP 01, 1993*

Seeks to deliver attractive real returns while avoiding the permanent impairment of capital over time by using a value approach to investing in international equity markets.

*First Eagle acquired the International Value strategy from another firm on December 31, 1999. A previous portfolio manager was primarily responsible for managing the strategy at the prior firm.

Investment Philosophy

We believe that the market episodically fails to recognize, in our view, a company’s "intrinsic value;" we selectively invest when price presents what we believe to be an appropriate “margin of safety.”
We seek persistent businesses that embody asset scarcity, strong capital structures and corporate resilience.
Our fundamental, bottom-up approach requires a temperament focused on: patience, humility and flexibility.
 

Strategy Highlights

  • Absolute Return Mindset

    Dedication to mitigate downside risk

  • Flexible, Benchmark-Agnostic Approach

    Ability to invest across region, sector, market cap and asset class without constraints of a benchmark. 

  • Strategic Allocation to Gold and Cash

    Our flexible cash and cash equivalent allocation is a residual of equity selection; we hold gold as a potential hedge against market dislocations. 

Our Process

We identify companies for consideration when they exhibit specific characteristics such as: Scarcity. Durability. Persistence.

Our highly selective approach is focused on finding quality companies and then patiently waiting for that company to trade at what we view as an attractive price.

  1. Risk Disclosures

  2. All investments involve the risk of loss of principal.

  3. There are risks associated with investing in securities of foreign countries, such as erratic market conditions, economic and political instability and fluctuations in currency exchange rates.

  4. Investment in gold and gold-related investments present certain risks and returns on gold related investments have traditionally been more volatile than investments in broader equity or debt markets.

  5. A principal risk of investing in value stocks is that the price of the security may not approach its anticipated value or may decline in value. “Value” investments, as a category, or entire industries or sectors associated with such investments, may lose favor with investors as compared to those that are more “growth” oriented.

  6. Disclosures

  7. These are not investment guidelines or restrictions and will be subject to change. Actual portfolio will differ.

  8. FEF Distributors, LLC (“FEFD”) (SIPC), a limited purpose broker-dealer, distributes certain First Eagle products. FEFD does not provide services to any investor, but rather provides services to its First Eagle affiliates. As such, when FEFD presents a fund, strategy, or other product to a prospective investor, FEFD and its representatives do not determine whether an investment in the fund, strategy or other product is in the best interests of, or is otherwise beneficial or suitable for, the investor. No statement by FEFD should be construed as a recommendation. Investors should exercise their own judgment and/or consult with a financial professional to determine whether it is advisable for the investor to invest in any First Eagle fund, strategy, or product.

  9. Definitions

  10. “Intrinsic value” is based on our judgment of what a prudent and rational business buyer would pay in cash for all of the company in normal markets.

  11. First Eagle defines "margin of safety" as the difference between a company's market price and our estimate of its intrinsic value. An investment made with a margin of safety is no guarantee against loss.

  12. Benchmark Definitions

  13. Indices are unmanaged and do not incur management fees or other operating expenses. One cannot invest directly in an index.

  14. MSCI EAFE: The MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged total return index, reported in U.S. dollars, based on share prices and reinvested net dividends of companies from 21 countries and is not available for purchase.

  15. MSCI EAFE Value: The MSCI EAFE Value Index captures large and mid cap securities exhibiting overall value style characteristics across Developed Markets countries around the world, excluding the US and Canada. The index provides total returns in US dollars with net dividends reinvested.

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  • Alan Barr

    Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst

    Industry start:  
    1990
    Year joined:  
    2001
  • Kimball Brooker Jr.

    Co-Head of Global Value Team and Portfolio Manager

    Industry start:  
    1992
    Year joined:  
    2009
  • Christian Heck

    Portfolio Manager, Associate Director of Research and Senior Research Analyst

    Industry start:  
    2011
    Year joined:  
    2013
  • Matthew McLennan

    Co-Head of Global Value Team and Portfolio Manager

    Industry start:  
    1991
    Year joined:  
    2008