In November 2020, BBH Global Core Select Class N (“Global Core Select” or “the Fund”) rose 11.31% while the MSCI World index rose 12.79%. Our top performer in the month was Diageo and our largest detractor was Nestle. We did not initiate or exit any positions during the month.
Many price changes across our holdings this month can be attributed to news that two COVID-19 vaccine trials generated promising results. Diageo, our largest contributor to performance, rose sharply on that news. Diageo’s U.S. business, a key profit center, has demonstrated resiliency during the pandemic as strength in sales for home consumption more than offset declines in sales to restaurants and bars. However, several other markets around the world had experienced steep volume declines due to greater exposure to on-premise consumption, which suffered from various government restrictions. We have seen encouraging signs from several of Diageo’s key emerging markets as subsidiaries in India, Nigeria, and China reported better than expected results recently, demonstrating sequential improvement in the business even before a vaccine. Diageo continues to invest in its business, including a recently announced premium gin acquisition, and we continue to believe the company will leverage its strong brand portfolio and market infrastructure to take advantage of increasing penetration of Western spirits in the developing world and ongoing premiumization across the spirits industry.
Nestle was our largest detractor this month despite the company’s announcement to sell its Yinlu peanut milk and canned rice porridge business in China. The sale of Yinlu is consistent with our investment thesis on Nestle, which includes the continued reshaping of Nestle’s brand portfolio and focus on priority categories such as coffee and pet care. Nestle, like several other large consumer staples companies, was viewed as a “safe haven” during the first several months of the pandemic. We attribute Nestle’s recent relative underperformance to short-term price movements related to the COVID-19 vaccine news as opposed to changes in the company’s long-term strategic position or earnings power.
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IM-08813-2020-12-11 BBH003107 Exp. Date 01/31/2021