International Dividend Growth

Sit International Dividend Growth

(as of March 31, 2024)


  • We seek income and growth opportunities that provide long-term capital appreciation and an income that exceeds the dividend yield of the market index.
  • We invest in high-quality companies that have the potential for growth and growing dividend payments purchased at reasonable valuation levels.
  • We seek to deliver above-average returns with lower risk and better downside capture than the representative market index.

Portfolio Characteristics

Total Assets (Millions): $88.5
Number of Holdings: 78
Inception Date:  3/31/17


Style Large Blend 300x270

Weighted Average Market Cap is the average market capitalization of companies held by the Fund, weighted in proportion to their percentage of the Fund’s net assets.  Beta is a measure of a fund’s sensitivity to market movements.  The beta of the market is 1.00 by definition.  A beta above 1 is more volatile than the overall market, while a beta below 1 is less volatile.

Composite Performance (%)

    Annualized Returns  
  3 Month 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year Since Inception
Sit International Dividend Growth (Gross) 4.93 17.31 4.42 8.36 6.77
Sit International Dividend Growth (Net) 4.73 16.41 3.59 7.50 5.93
     MSCI EAFE Index-9.36 5.78 15.32 4.78 7.33 6.70


Total Return by Calendar Year (%)

  2017* 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Sit International Dividend Growth (Gross) 13.78 -16.45 25.03 13.34 12.33 -18.20 21.80 4.93
Sit International Dividend Growth (Net) 13.12 -17.15 24.08 12.45 11.46 -18.89 20.88 4.73
     MSCI EAFE Index 16.59 -13.79 22.01 7.82 11.26 -14.45 18.24 5.78

*Due to the Composite’s inception date of 3/31/17, the 2017 calendar year returns of the Composite and its benchmarks reflect performance since 3/31/17.

Performance figures for the latest period are preliminary and subject to change. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Returns are calculated on a time-weighted total return basis, include the reinvestment of all income, and returns for periods greater than one year are annualized. The information above is supplemental to and complements the attached composite presentation. The account information set forth above is for the representative portfolio and is provided for illustrative purposes only.

Investing involves risk; principal loss is possible.  There are no guarantee the Composite’s investment objectives will be achieved, and the market value of securities held by the Composite may fall or fail to rise.

Gross returns were calculated on a time-weighted total return basis, including reinvestment of all dividends, interest, and accrued income as well as realized and unrealized gains or losses. Gross of fees performance is presented net of brokerage commissions and execution costs but does not reflect deduction for custodial and investment advisory fees, or the impact of income taxes. These expenses will reduce a client’s return. For example, a $5 million portfolio earning a 10% annualized return over 5 years would be valued at $8.1 million. The same portfolio with an annual fee of 0.75% would be valued at $7.8 million net of investment management fees. Advisory fees are described in Form ADV part 2.

Net returns were calculated on a time-weighted total return basis, including reinvestment of all dividends, interest, and accrued income as well as realized and unrealized gains or losses. Net of fees performance is presented net of the highest investment advisory fee on a quarterly basis, brokerage commissions and execution costs, but does not reflect deduction for custodial fees or the impact of income taxes. The highest investment advisory fees are: Large Cap Growth of 1.00%; Large Cap Growth (Russell 1000 Growth) of 0.75% for the period 9/30/04 through 9/30/2010 and 1.00% thereafter. Actual fees may vary depending on, among other things, the applicable fee schedule and portfolio size. Advisory fees are described in Form ADV part 2.

Index returns are presented as total returns, reflecting both price performance and income from dividend payments. The indexes are unmanaged and reflect no fees or expenses. Index returns are provided to represent the investment environment existing during the time periods shown. For comparison purposes, the index is fully invested, which includes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. The returns for the index do not include any transaction costs, management fees or other costs. Composition of each individual portfolio may differ from securities in the corresponding benchmark index. The index is used as a performance benchmark only, as Sit Investment Associates does not attempt to replicate an index. See composite and index descriptions.

Balance Sheet/Profitability - Medians (%)

  Return on Invested Capital Free Cash Flow Margin Net Debt/Capital
Sit International Dividend Growth
14.8 13.5 35.0
     MSCI EAFE Index
8.1 7.9 20.7

Top Ten Holdings

Company Name % of Securities   Company Name % of Securities
Broadcom Inc.  6.3   Shell, PLC, ADR  2.9
Schneider Electric SE   3.2   AXA SA 2.7
ASML Holding NV     3.2   Astrazeneca PLC ADR 2.3
Allianz SE, ADR  2.9   Safran SA 2.1
BAE Systems PLC  2.9   Siemens AG ADR 2.0

Sit Investment Associates, Inc. International Dividend Growth

Composite GIPS Report
Year End Total Firm Assets (millions) Composite Assets (USD) (millions) Number of Accounts Composite 3-Yr. Standard Dev. Benchmark 3-Yr. Standard Dev. MSCI EAFE (Net Div. Reinv) Index Annual Performance Results Composite Composite Dispersion
Gross Net
2023 14,990.4    84.4    1 17.7% 16.6% 18.24% 21.80% 20.88% N/A
2022 14,218.1    69.3    1 20.4% 20.0% -14.45% -18.20% -18.89% N/A
2021 16,385.5 78.2 1 16.7% 16.9% 11.26% 12.33% 11.46% N/A
2020 14,371.1 69.6 1 17.9% 17.9% 7.82% 13.34% 12.45% N/A
2019 13,274.3 61.4 1     22.01% 25.03% 24.08% N/A
2018 12,196.2 49.1 1     -13.79% -16.45% -17.15% N/A
2017* 13,340.8 58.8 1     16.59% 13.78% 13.12% N/A

N.A. – Information is not statistically meaningful due to an insufficient number of portfolios in the composite for the entire year.
* Partial Year from 03/31/2017 to 12/31/2017

Sit Investment Associates, Inc. claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. Sit Investment Associates, Inc. has been independently verified for the period January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2022 by ACA Performance Services, for the period January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2016 by Ashland Partners & Company LLP and for the period January 1, 1997 through December 31, 2006 by KPMG LLP. The verification report(s) is/are available upon request. A firm that claims compliance with the GIPS standards must establish policies and procedures for complying with all the applicable requirements of the GIPS standards. Verification provides assurance on whether the firm’s policies and procedures related to composite and pooled fund maintenance, as well as the calculation, presentation, and distribution of performance, have been designed in compliance with the GIPS standards and have been implemented on a firm-wide basis. Verification does not provide assurance on the accuracy of any specific performance report.

The creation and inception date of the International Dividend Growth Composite are March 31, 2017. International Dividend Growth Composite contains fully discretionary accounts and for comparison purposes is measured against the MSCI EAFE Index (Net Div. Reinv) Index. Prior to 06/30/2020 the composite was named the EAFE Dividend Growth Composite. The composite contains portfolios generally emphasizing the common stock of companies domiciled in EAFE countries. In addition, the portfolio generally emphasize investing in dividend paying equities. The portfolios in the composite do not use leverage and generally hold between 80 to 100 foreign equity securities.

Sit Investment Associates, Inc. is an independent registered investment adviser which includes the following subsidiaries: Sit Investment Fixed Income Advisors, Inc.; and Sit Investment Fixed Income Advisors II, Inc. On December 31, 2007, Sit/Kim International Investment Associates, Inc. and Sit/Kim International Investment Associates II, LLC were liquidated into Sit Investment Associates, Inc. Prior to 2000, Sit Investment Associates, Inc. and Sit/Kim International Investment Associates, Inc. issued separate GIPS reports, including disclosure of each entity’s assets under management. Beginning in 2000 the two entities issued a combined GIPS report to reflect the entities’ current operational and management affiliation. Total assets for all years presented in the table above reflect the combined total assets of all subsidiaries. A list of composite descriptions, a list of limited distribution pooled fund descriptions, and a list of broad distribution pooled funds are available upon request.

The U.S. Dollar is the currency used to express performance. Returns are presented gross and net of management fees and include the reinvestment of all income. Net of fee returns for all years were updated to reflect the appropriate highest fee for each year. Net of fee performance was calculated using the highest fee applicable annual management fee of 0.80% applied quarterly. The annual composite dispersion presented is an equal-weighted standard deviation calculated for the accounts in the composite the entire year using gross-of-fees returns Beginning April 1, 2006, SIA calculates a true Time Weighted Return (TWR) for each portfolio within the composite and asset weights their returns to come up with a composite return. Periods are geometrically linked together. Policies for valuing investments, calculating performance, and preparing GIPS reports are available upon request.

The composite returns are net of any applicable withholdings taxes on dividends, interest and capital gains. For the composite taxpayers are primarily domiciled in the United States. For the benchmark returns, the dividend is reinvested after the deduction of withholding tax, applying the rate to non-resident individuals who do not benefit from double taxation treaties.

The investment management fee schedule for the composite is 0.80% on the first $10 million, 0.75% on the next $20 million, 0.65% on the next $20 million, and 0.50% on the amounts over $50 million. Actual investment advisory fees incurred by clients may vary.

The three-year annualized standard deviation measures the variability of the composite and the benchmark returns over the preceding 36-month period. The standard deviation is not presented for 2017 through 2019 because the monthly returns were not available. For purposes of this calculation, gross-of-fees composite returns were used.

GIPS® is a registered trademark of CFA Institute. CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of the content contained herein.

Past performance is not indicative of future results.