ClearBridge Large Cap Value ESG Catholic Portfolios

Investment Overview

The ClearBridge Large Cap Value ESG Catholic Portfolios are designed for investors seeking long-term growth aligned with Catholic values, using a largecapitalization value investment style.

The ESG Investment Program actively incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the fundamental research platform and the stock-selection process. In addition, ongoing company engagement and shareholder advocacy are key components of the Program.

A few examples of the ESG considerations include:

  • Innovative workplace policies, employee benefits and programs
  • Environmental management system strength, eco-efficiency and life-cycle analysis 
  • Community involvement, strategic philanthropy and reputation management 
  • Strong corporate governance and independence on the board 

ClearBridge is a Signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, and is affiliated with the Investor Network on Climate Risk, the Carbon Disclosure Project, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the Global Impact Investing Network, and the US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.


Seeks to:

  • Focus on consistent growth of capital while managing volatility
  • Outperform the Russell 1000 Value Index over a full market cycle, and with less risk
  • Actively evaluate a company’s “non-financial” drivers of business performance to gauge its level of social awareness and consistency with Catholic values

Investment Philosophy

  • Managers utilize an interactive, research-driven approach to identify companies with strong business franchises and attractive valuations, and which have met our environmental, social and governance [ESG] criteria

Strong business franchises

  • Proven business models that we understand
  • Companies with sustainable competitive advantage
  • Capable of generating solid returns across a range of potential scenarios

Attractive valuations

  • Timing and probability of cash flows
  • Discount earnings from emerging business models or products
  • Evaluate price relative to normalized earnings power

Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss.

There is no guarantee that the Portfolio's objectives will be met.




Develop a macroeconomic outlook

  • Consider broad economic and financial trends, which helps create a framework for individual security analysis.

Define the investment universe

  • Utilize bottom-up analysis to identify best ideas that include companies which we believe have strong franchises and the potential for price appreciation.

Employ fundamental analysis and identify catalysts

  • Examine relative valuation, identify favorable entry points and focus on normalized earnings.
  • Seek to achieve a valuation better than that of the S&P 500 Index.

Construct portfolio and manage risk

  • Identify relevant socially aware considerations for each sector and compare management culture, programs and corporate policies.

Monitor continuously

  • Select from among these candidates those with attractive valuations that meet ESG sustainable research criteria.

The investment process may change over time. The characteristics set forth above are intended as a general illustration of some of the criteria the strategy team considers in selecting securities for client portfolios. There is no guarantee investment objectives will be achieved.



meet your managers

With a legacy dating back over 50 years, ClearBridge Investments is a leading global equity manager committed to delivering differentiated long-term results through authentic active management.

Robert Feitler

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Dmitry Khaykin

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Mary Jane McQuillen

Managing Director, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance Investment, Portfolio Manager

George Neofytidis

Managing Director, Private Client Portfolio Manager

Active share is a measure of the percentage of stock holdings in a manager's portfolio that differs from the benchmark index.

To find out more about the ClearBridge Large Cap Value ESG Catholic Portfolios, talk to your financial advisor.


What I Should Know
Before Investing

All investments involve risk, including loss of principal and there is no guarantee that investment objectives will be met.  Investments may be made in mid-cap companies, which involve a higher degree of risk and volatility than investments in larger, more established companies.  While most investments are in U.S. companies, investments may also be made in ADRs and other securities of non-U.S. companies in developed and emerging markets which involve risks in addition to those ordinarily associated with investing in domestic securities, including the potentially negative effects of currency fluctuation, political and economic developments, foreign taxation and differences in auditing and other financial standards. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) are investment services provided by Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC (LMPPG), a federally registered investment adviser. Client portfolios are managed based on investment instructions or advice provided by one or more of the following Franklin Resources, Inc affiliated sub-advisers: ClearBridge Investments, LLC. Management is implemented by LMPPG, the designated sub-adviser or, in the case of certain programs, the program sponsor or its designee.

Professional money management may not be suitable for all investors. Factual information relating to the securities discussed was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but there can be no guarantee as to its accuracy. It should not be assumed that investments made in the future will be profitable or will equal the performance of the securities discussed in the material.


Source: FactSet. Portfolio characteristics are based on a model portfolio, not an actual client account. The model portfolio is a hypothetical portfolio whereby the portfolio characteristics are based on simulated trading and account activity of a client account invested in this strategy. The model portfolio assumes no withdrawals, contributions or client-imposed restrictions.

Portfolio characteristics of individual client accounts may differ from those of the model portfolio as a result of account size, client-imposed restrictions, the timing of client investments, market conditions, contributions, withdrawals and other factors. 

ClearBridge Large Cap Value ESG Catholic SMA GIPS® Endnotes Strategy Inception Date: January 2013. Composite Creation Date: December 2012. Reporting Currency: USD.
Period Total Return (Net, %)
Total Return (*Pure Gross, %)
Benchmark Return (%)
Number of Portfolios
% of Bundled Fee Portfolios in the Composite

Composite Dispersion (%)
Composite 3 Yr. St. Dev. (%)
Benchmark 3 Yr. St. Dev. (%)
Total Composite Assets at End of Period (USD million)
Percentage of Firm Assets
Total Firm Assets at End of Period (USD million)
2019 28.95 32.73 26.54 14 100 0.34 11.59 12.02 6.9 0.0 128,740.4
2018 -7.32 -4.52 -8.27 15 100 0.75 10.79 10.98 7.0 0.0 106,083.4
2017 10.71 14.00 13.66 14 100 0.19 9.83 10.34 5.9 0.0 119,187.1
2016 8.94
17.34 6 100 n/m 10.78 10.93 2.9
0.0 100,936.9
2015 -3.90 -1.00 -3.83 <5 100 n/m 10.47
10.83 1.9
0.0 92,536.4
2014 9.54
13.45 <5 100 n/m n/a
n/a 0.5
0.0 100,721.5
2013 27.78 31.53 32.53 <5 100 n/m n/a
n/a 0.8
0.0 85,024.7

*Pure gross of fee returns do not reflect the deduction of any expenses, including transaction costs, and are presented as supplemental to the net of fee returns.

n/m - Information is not statistically meaningful due to an insufficient number of portfolios in the composite for the entire year.

Compliance Statement:
ClearBridge Investments, LLC claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. ClearBridge Investments, LLC has been independently verified for the periods January 1, 1997 - December 31, 2018. The verification reports are available upon request.

Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm's policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. Verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation.

Firm Information:
ClearBridge Investments, LLC ("ClearBridge") is a wholly owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc. ("Legg Mason").  The investment advisory business now known as ClearBridge was registered in September 2005 to facilitate Legg Mason's acquisition of substantially all the equity asset management businesses known as Citigroup Asset Management.  These former businesses serve as the foundation of ClearBridge and its claim of GIPS compliance for institutional accounts through predecessor firms, effective as of January 1997.   In June 2008, ClearBridge combined this business with its retail business to form a single GIPS firm.   As of April 1, 2013 and January 1, 2016, ClearBridge's affiliates, Global Currents Investment Management, LLC, and ClearBridge, LLC, respectively, have become part of the ClearBridge GIPS firm.

Composite Information:
The ClearBridge Large Cap Value ESG Catholic SMA composite consists of discretionary wrap accounts with an account minimum of US $25,000.  The managers actively integrate criteria inclusive of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into the portfolio construction of the strategy.  In addition, the portfolios are constructed to be in line with USCCB socially responsible guidelines, as directed by the client.  Accounts within the composite seek long-term capital appreciation by investing in securities with favorable risk-adjusted return characteristics.  Investments are primarily made in large-capitalization U.S. companies but may also invest in mid-capitalization companies.  The strategy is implemented by Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC (LMPPG).  LMPPG claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).  LMPPG has been independently verified for the periods January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2018.  LMPPG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc and together with its sub-a dvisers, including ClearBridge, provides investment services primarily in investment programs sponsored by Sponsor Firms. To obtain a compliant presentation and/or the firm's list of composite descriptions, please contact  The main risks of this strategy are General Investment Risk, Mid Cap Risk, ESG Investing Risk, and Non-U.S. Investment Risk.

Input and Calculation Data:
The fee schedule currently in effect is 3.00% on all assets.  Net of fee composite returns are calculated by reducing each monthly composite pure gross rate of return by the highest "bundled" fee charged (3.00%) annually, prorated to a monthly ratio.  The "bundled" fee includes transaction costs, investment management, custodial, and other administrative fees.  The internal dispersion of annual returns is measured by the asset-weighted standard deviation of portfolio returns included in the composite for the entire year.  The three-year annualized ex-post standard deviation is not available prior to 2015 because the composite did not have 36 months of data.  A list of composite descriptions is available upon request.  Policies for valuing portfolios, calculating performance, and preparing compliant presentations are available upon request.  Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Benchmark Information:
The Russell 1000® Value Index measures the performance of the large-cap value segment of the U.S. equity universe.  Benchmark returns are not covered by the report of independent verifiers.

All investments involve risk, including loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Please see each product’s webpage for specific details regarding investment objective, risks, performance and other important information. Review this information carefully before you make any investment decision.

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