Communication Issues: Telecoms Lead Retreat

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Includes: FCOM, IYZ, LTL, VOX-OLD, XTL
by: VanEck

For the Month Ending May 31, 2018

Performance Overview

International moats retreated in May, underperforming the broad international market. The Morningstar® Global ex-US Moat Focus IndexSM (MGEUMFUN, or "International Moat Index") trailed the MSCI All Country World Index ex-USA in May by roughly 1% (-3.33% vs. -2.31%, respectively). Domestic moat companies, as represented by the Morningstar Wide Moat Focus IndexSM (MWMFTR, or "U.S. Moat Index"), lagged the S&P 500 Index (1.25% vs. 2.41%, respectively).

International Moats: Failure to Communicate

Telecommunication services companies weighed heavily on the International Moat Index. Telecom Italia (TI, TIT:IM) and America Movil (AMX, AMXL:MM) were two of the Index's five worst performers in May. Telecom Italia was affected by weaker-than-expected margins as part of its quarterly earnings results and suffered from the sell-off in the Italian market following debt fears. Samsonite International SA (OTCPK:SMSOF, 1910:HK) led negative performers in the Index after accusations of accounting transgressions by activist investors Blue Orca sparked controversy that led to Samsonite's CEO stepping down. Morningstar analysts believe the firm has properly addressed the accusations and have maintained their fair value estimate for the company.

U.S. Domestic Moats: Health Check

The healthcare sector reversed its fortunes from April to become the Index's leading detractor in May. Cardinal Health (CAH), CVS Health Corp. (CVS), McKesson Corp. (MCK), and AmerisourceBergen Corp. (ABC) were all among the bottom-performing companies in the Index. On the flip side, several companies stood out in May. Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP) revised higher revenue and earnings guidance following the closing of its acquisition of Microsemi. Lowe's Companies Inc. (LOW) finally began to see its spring customer traffic increase following a cold start to the season, and Morningstar raised its fair value estimate from $90 per share to $94. The U.S. Moat Index's only energy company, Cheniere Energy Inc. (LNG), continues to be well-positioned in the current liquefied natural gas environment, performing well in May.

Monthly Index Returns

1-Year Index Returns

Top/Bottom Index Performers

(%) Month Ending 5/31/18

Morningstar
Wide Moat Focus Index (MWMFTR)

Top 5 Index Performers

Constituent Total Return
Microchip Technology Inc. 16.86
Lowe's Companies Inc. 15.26
Cheniere Energy Inc. 14.55
Veeva Systems Inc Class A 10.31
Guidewire Software Inc. 9.71

Bottom 5 Index Performers
Constituent Total Return
Cardinal Health Inc. -18.83
Campbell Soup Co. -17.51
CVS Health Corp. -9.22
McKesson Corp. -8.92
AmerisourceBergen Corp. -8.91

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Morningstar
Global ex-US Moat Focus Index (MGEUMFUN)

Top 5 Index Performers
Constituent Total Return
Nutrien Ltd. 10.93
Unicharm Corp. 10.74
Beijing Enterprises Holdings Ltd. 9.80
Hoshizaki Corp. 8.24
Kao Corp. 8.24

Bottom 5 Index Performers
Constituent Total Return
Samsonite International SA -24.40
Telecom Italia SpA -18.85
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico SAB de CV Class B -18.02
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA -16.18
America Movil SAB de CV Class L -15.96

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Index Reconstitution

As of 3/16/18

Morningstar
Wide Moat Focus Index
(MWMFTR)

Index Additions

Added Constituent Ticker
McDonald's Corp. MCD US
Procter & Gamble PG US
General Mills Inc. GIS US
Dominion Energy Inc. D US
Campbell Soup Co. CPB US
Hershey Foods Corp. HSY US
Cheniere Energy Inc. LNG US
Microchip Technology Inc. MCHP US
Comcast Corp. A CMCSA US
Franklin Resources Inc. BEN US
PepsiCo Inc. PEP US

Index Deletions
Deleted Constituent Ticker
Visa Inc. A V US
VF Corp. VFC US
Polaris Inds Inc. PII US
The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. BK US
Veeva Systems Inc. A VEEV US
United Technologies Corp. UTX US
TransDigm Group TDG US
CBRE Group Inc. CBG US
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY US
Emerson Electric Co. EMR US
Patterson Cos Inc. PDCO US

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Morningstar
Global ex-US Moat Focus Index
(MGEUMFUN)

Index Additions
Added Constituent Country
Beijing Enterprises Holdings Ltd. China
LINE Corp. Japan
GEA AG Germany
Unilever United Kingdom
Vodafone Group United Kingdom
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico Mexico
Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. Hong Kong
KION Group AG Germany
SK Telecom Co. Ltd. South Korea
Genting Singapore Plc Singapore
Koninklijke KPN NV Netherlands
Beijing Capital International Airport Co. Ltd. China
Brambles Industries Ltd. Australia
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA Spain
Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc United Kingdom
CapitaLand Mall Trust REIT Singapore
Uni Charm Corp. Japan
Capitaland Ltd. Singapore
Symrise AG Germany
Svenska Handelsbanken A Sweden
LafargeHolcim Ltd. Switzerland
Hong Kong Land Hldgs Ltd. China
Smiths Group United Kingdom
Grifols SA Spain
Seven & I Holdings Co. Ltd. Japan
Kubota Corp. Japan

Index Deletions
Deleted Constituent Country
Cameco Corp. Canada
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. Canada
Enbridge Inc. Canada
Cemex SA CPO Mexico
America Movil SAB de CV L Mexico
Embraer S.A. Brazil
Airbus SE France
Sanofi-Aventis France
Luxottica Group SpA Italy
Crown Resorts Ltd. Australia
Sonic Healthcare Ltd. Australia
Westpac Banking Corp. Australia
AMP Ltd. Australia
Commonwealth Bank Australia Australia
QBE Insurance Group Ltd. Australia
Magellan Financial Group Limited Australia
Inditex SA Spain
Telefonica SA Spain
MGM China Holdings Ltd. Hong Kong
Roche Hldgs AG Ptg Genus Switzerland
Elekta B Sweden
Sina Corp. (Caymans) China
ENN Energy Holdings Ltd. China
DBS Group Holdings Singapore
Overseas-Chinese Banking Singapore
KBC Group NV Belgium

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