Portland Global Banks Fund

portfolio manager
Chris Wain-Lowe, BA, MBA
Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice-President and Portfolio Manager

Chris Wain-Lowe has 35 years of business management and global financial services experience – living and working in four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, North America as well as the Caribbean, which also embraced corporate experience in the energy, natural resources and utility industries.


fund details
Fund Net Assets $3.4 million
CIFSC* Asset Class Financial Services Equity
Risk Tolerance Medium to High
Distributions Monthly

KEY reasons to invest
  • Capital growth and income generation
  • Global banks (ex Canada) trade on value multiples that are a fraction of their 15-year averages
  • As a sector, global financials underperformed the market for 5 years (2007-2012). However, with sovereign, capital, regulatory and econcomic challenges now in the spotlight, the sector’s strongest banks are, we anticipate, poised for longer-term out performance
  • Monthly distributions, targeting 5.4% per annum which are intended to be funded and characterized as mostly return of capital***
  • Tax-efficient structure, currently housing tax losses of approximately $159 million
  • Management fee from 1.0% per annum for Series F Units

how the fund is managed
  • Focused primarily on a portfolio of global bank equities
  • Selective use of options to generate additional returns towards distributions
  • Currency hedging all or some of the Fund’s non Canadian dollar $ exposure


The Manager believes the following risks may impact the performance of the Fund: active management risk, currency risk, equity risk, regulatory risk and derivatives risk. Please read the “Risk Factors” section in the Simplified Prospectus for a more detailed description of all the relevant risks.

geographic mix
As at February 29, 2020
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 42.8%
United States 25.2%
United Kingdom 18.2%
France 4.9%
Netherlands 4.7%
Norway 4.6%
Forward Currency Contracts -0.4%

sector mix
As at February 29, 2020
Diversified Banks 46.1%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 42.8%
Investment Banking & Brokerage 6.8%
Asset Management & Custody Banks 3.2%
Regional Banks 1.9%
Short Positions - Derivatives -0.4%
Forward Currency Contracts -0.4%

top holdings
As at February 29, 2020
Cash & Cash Equivalents 43.4%
Barclays PLC 7.8%
Standard Chartered PLC 6.3%
Citigroup Inc. 6.1%
BNP Paribas SA 4.9%
ING Groep N.V. 4.7%
DNB ASA 4.6%
JPMorgan Chase & Co. 4.6%
HSBC Holdings PLC 4.1%
Morgan Stanley 3.6%
State Street Corporation 3.2%
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. 3.2%
Bank of America Corporation 2.8%
Fifth Third Bancorp 1.9%
Wells Fargo & Company 0.2%

Option Positions
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Put 105, 04/17/20 -0.2%
Bank of America Corporation, Put 27, 04/17/20 -0.1%
Citigroup Inc., Put 60, 04/17/20 -0.1%
Fifth Third Bancorp, Put 22, 04/17/20 0.0%
Citigroup Inc., Call 87.5, 03/20/20 0.0%
Barclays PLC, Call 10, 03/20/20 0.0%
Morgan Stanley, Put 37, 04/17/20 0.0%
JPMorgan Chase & Co.,Call 150, 03/20/20 0.0%
Wells Fargo & Company, Put 35, 04/17/20 0.0%
fund codes
Fund Name Series Code - Initial Sales Charge Code - DSC Code - LL
Portland Global Banks Fund
n/a 512 513
Portland Global Banks Fund
511 n/a n/a
Portland Global Banks Fund
n/a 542 543
Portland Global Banks Fund
008 n/a n/a
Portland Global Banks Fund
057 n/a n/a

- Fundserv Management Company Code: “PTL”


* Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee

***The portfolio is expected to generate income from dividends, interest and option writing income , which after deduction of expenses, will be distributed by the Fund to unitholders. The targeted quarterly distribution amount is reset at the beginning of each calendar year to provide an approximate yield of 5% per annum based on the NAV per Series A Unit as at December 31 of the prior year. Assuming the expected level of income is received, the portfolio would not be required to appreciate. If the level of income is less than the amount necessary to meet the target distribution, the Manager may either pay out a lower distribution or supplement the amount needed through net realized capital gains from the portfolio or may return a portion of the capital of the Fund to unitholders in which case the distribution would not have been fully funded as the net asset value would be reduced. Distributions are reinvested automatically in additional units of the Fund. No commissions are payable upon automatic reinvestment of distributions.

1 Other Net Assets (Liabilities) refers to all other assets and liabilities in the Fund excluding portfolio investments.

2 Where the Fund holds less than 25 long and short holdings, all investments have been disclosed. There may be other assets and liabilities which are not included, and therefore the summary does not add up to 100%

3 Generally available through dealers who have entered into a Portland Series F Dealer Agreement

4 Annualized.

5 Since Inception performance based on Series F.


Risk tolerance measures the degree of uncertainty that an investor can handle regarding fluctuations in the value of their portfolio. The amount of risk associated with any particular investment depends largely on your own personal circumstances including your time horizon, liquidity needs, portfolio size, income, investment knowledge and attitude toward price fluctuations. Investors should consult their financial advisor before making a decision as to whether this Fund is a suitable investment for them.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in units [share] value and reinvestment of all distributions [dividends] and do not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any security holder that would have reduced returns. The rates of return are used only to illustrate the effects of the compound growth rate and are not intended to reflect future values of the mutual fund or returns on investment in the mutual fund. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

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