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Matthews Asia Dividend Fund MAPIX

Snapshot
  • Total return strategy seeks to access the growth of Asia Pacific with lower volatility
  • Unconstrained all-cap portfolio with a quality bias
  • Flexible approach offers participation in both growth and value markets

10/31/2006

Inception Date

6.05%

YTD Return

(as of 01/22/2021)

$24.00

Price

(as of 01/22/2021)

$5.20 billion

Fund Assets

(as of 12/31/2020)

Objective

Total return with an emphasis on providing current income.

Strategy

Under normal circumstances, the Matthews Asia Dividend Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets, which include borrowings for investment purposes, in dividend-paying equity securities of companies located in Asia. The Fund may also invest in convertible debt and equity securities. The Fund seeks to provide a level of current income that is higher than the yield generally available in Asian equity markets over the long term.

Risks

Investments in Asian securities may involve risks such as social and political instability, market illiquidity, exchange-rate fluctuations, a high level of volatility and limited regulation. Investing in emerging and frontier markets involves different and greater risks, as these countries are substantially smaller, less liquid and more volatile than securities markets in more developed markets. There is no guarantee that the Fund or the companies in its portfolio will pay or continue to pay dividends.

The risks associated with investing in the Fund can be found in the prospectus.

Fund Facts
Inception Date 10/31/2006
Fund Assets $5.20 billion (12/31/2020)
Currency USD
Ticker MAPIX
Cusip 577-125-107
Portfolio Turnover 30.32%
Benchmark MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index
Geographic Focus Asia - Consists of all countries and markets in Asia, including developed, emerging, and frontier countries and markets in the Asian region
Fees & Expenses
Gross Expense Ratio 1.03%
Net Expense Ratio 1.02%

Performance

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As of 12/31/2020
Average Annual Total Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund
MAPIX
5.16% 14.52% 31.25% 31.25% 8.39% 12.30% 8.46% 9.98% 10/31/2006
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index
5.84% 17.88% 20.07% 20.07% 7.64% 11.62% 6.68% 5.72%
As of 12/31/2020
Average Annual Total Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund
MAPIX
5.16% 14.52% 31.25% 31.25% 8.39% 12.30% 8.46% 9.98% 10/31/2006
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index
5.84% 17.88% 20.07% 20.07% 7.64% 11.62% 6.68% 5.72%
For the years ended December 31st
Name 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund
MAPIX
31.25% 11.17% -12.72% 34.69% 4.13% 3.86% -0.32% 11.27% 21.63% -10.02%
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index
20.07% 19.74% -13.25% 32.04% 5.21% -1.68% 0.29% 12.19% 17.05% -14.92%

Source: BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. All performance is in US$.

Assumes reinvestment of all dividends and/or distributions before taxes. All performance quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with market conditions so that when redeemed, shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the return figures quoted. Returns would have been lower if certain of the Fund’s fees and expenses had not been waived. Performance differences between the Institutional class and the Investor class may arise due to differences in fees charged to each class.

Additional performance, attribution, liquidity, value at risk (VaR), security classification and holdings information is available on request for certain time periods.

Growth of a Hypothetical $10,000 Investment Since Inception

(as of 12/31/2020)

Source: BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. All performance is in US$.

The performance data and graph do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on dividends, capital gain distributions or redemption of fund shares.

Yield

(as of 12/31/2020)
0.86% 30-Day SEC Yield
0.86% 30-Day SEC Yield (excluding expense waiver)
1.80% Dividend Yield

30-Day SEC Yield Source: BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc.

Ratings

  • OVERALL
  • out of 19 funds
  • 3 YEAR
  • out of 19 funds
  • 5 YEAR
  • out of 17 funds
  • 10 YEAR
  • out of 14 funds
  • 1 YEAR
  • 1st
  • 2 out of 98 funds
  • 3 YEAR
  • 1st
  • 5 out of 91 funds
  • 5 YEAR
  • 1st
  • 2 out of 78 funds
  • 10 YEAR
  • 1st
  • 2 out of 44 funds
  • SINCE INCEPTION
  • 1st
  • 1 out of 22 funds

Ratings agency calculation methodology

Portfolio Managers

Yu  Zhang, CFA photo
Yu Zhang, CFA

Lead Manager

Robert J. Horrocks, PhD photo
Sherwood  Zhang, CFA photo
Sherwood Zhang, CFA

Co-Manager

S. Joyce Li, CFA photo
S. Joyce Li, CFA

Co-Manager

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 12/31/2020)
55
Number of Securities

Source: BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc.

23.6x
P/E using FY1 estimates
18.9x
P/E using FY2 estimates
$81.7 billion
Weighted Average Market Cap

Source: FactSet Research Systems

Top 10 Holdings

(as of 12/31/2020)
Name Sector Country % Net Assets
Minth Group, Ltd. Consumer Discretionary China/Hong Kong 6.2
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Information Technology Taiwan 4.8
LG Chem, Ltd., Pfd. Materials South Korea 3.3
Breville Group, Ltd. Consumer Discretionary Australia 2.9
Chongqing Brewery Co., Ltd. Consumer Staples China/Hong Kong 2.8
KATITAS Co., Ltd. Real Estate Japan 2.6
Hoya Corp. Health Care Japan 2.6
MISUMI Group, Inc. Industrials Japan 2.4
Anritsu Corp. Information Technology Japan 2.3
Tencent Holdings, Ltd. Communication Services China/Hong Kong 2.2
TOTAL 32.1

Top 10 holdings may combine more than one security from the same issuer and related depositary receipts.
Source: BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc.

Portfolio Breakdown (%)

(as of 12/31/2020)
  • Sector Allocation
  • Country Allocation
  • Asset Type Breakdown
  • Market Cap Exposure
Sector Fund Benchmark Difference
Consumer Discretionary 26.7 17.6 9.1
Information Technology 14.1 18.2 -4.1
Industrials 12.3 10.3 2.0
Financials 9.5 16.0 -6.5
Communication Services 9.5 10.1 -0.6
Consumer Staples 8.6 6.0 2.6
Health Care 6.5 7.8 -1.3
Real Estate 5.3 4.0 1.3
Materials 3.3 6.0 -2.7
Energy 1.1 2.1 -1.0
Utilities 0.0 1.9 -1.9
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.1 0.0 3.1

Sector data based on MSCI’s revised Global Industry Classification Standards. For more details, visit www.msci.com.

Country Fund Benchmark Difference
Japan 30.7 33.0 -2.3
China/Hong Kong 30.7 29.6 1.1
South Korea 9.5 8.7 0.8
Australia 8.1 9.2 -1.1
Taiwan 6.2 8.2 -2.0
Singapore 5.3 1.4 3.9
India 2.5 6.0 -3.5
Philippines 1.5 0.5 1.0
Thailand 1.2 1.2 0.0
Bangladesh 1.1 0.0 1.1
Malaysia 0.0 1.0 -1.0
Indonesia 0.0 0.9 -0.9
New Zealand 0.0 0.4 -0.4
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.1 0.0 3.1

Not all countries are included in the benchmark index(es).

Asset Type Fund
Common Equities and ADRs 91.4
Preferred Equities 5.5
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.1
Equity market cap of issuer Fund Benchmark Difference
Mega Cap (over $25B) 34.3 62.2 -27.9
Large Cap ($10B-$25B) 19.2 20.2 -1.0
Mid Cap ($3B-$10B) 27.5 16.7 10.8
Small Cap (under $3B) 15.9 0.9 15.0
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 3.1 0.0 3.1

Source: FactSet Research Systems.

Percentage values in data are rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent, so the values may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Percentage values may be derived from different data sources and may not be consistent with other Fund literature.

Distributions

Record Date Ex, Pay and
Reinvest Date
Ordinary
Income
Short Term
Capital Gains
Long Term
Capital Gains
Total Distributions
Per Share
% of NAV Nondividend Distribution (Return of Capital)
09/28/2020 09/29/2020 $0.05819 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.05819 0.3% N.A.
06/24/2020 06/25/2020 $0.12004 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.12004 0.7% N.A.
03/25/2020 03/26/2020 $0.04406 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.04406 0.3% N.A.
12/16/2019 12/17/2019 $0.09398 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.09398 0.5% N.A.
09/16/2019 09/17/2019 $0.11168 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.11168 N.A. N.A.
06/17/2019 06/18/2019 $0.11691 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.11691 N.A. N.A.
03/15/2019 03/18/2019 $0.03403 $0.00000 $0.00000 $0.03403 N.A. N.A.
View History

 

There is no guarantee that the Fund will pay or continue to pay distributions. 

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with changing market conditions so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Commentary

Period ended December 31, 2020

For the year ending December 31, 2020, the Matthews Asia Dividend Fund returned 31.25% (Investor Class) and 31.29% (Institutional Class), while its benchmark, the MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index returned 20.07%. For the fourth quarter of the year, the Fund returned 14.52% (Investor Class) and 14.47% (Institutional Class) versus 17.88% for the Index.

Market Environment:

Asian equities delivered a strong performance in 2020, despite the severe blow to the region's economy by the COVID-19 pandemic. After suffering a steep loss due to the onset of the virus outbreak early in the year, Asian markets quickly found a firm bottom and staged a sharp rebound, thanks to the unprecedented liquidity injection and fiscal stimulus measures by governments. Investors' confidence was later further bolstered by clear signs of a speedy recovery of the Chinese economy and the breakthrough in COVID vaccine development. Market gained further momentum, pushing Asian equities to a record-high.

Performance Contributors and Detractors:

Our total-return investment approach provides the flexibility of investing in both dividend-paying stocks and dividend growth stocks. During the market meltdown early in the year, we aggressively increased our exposure to dividend growth stocks whose valuation was brought down significantly by the market dislocation but their structural growth remained intact.  This pivot towards dividend growth stocks paid off well for the strategy.

From a country perspective, China/Hong Kong contributed most to the Fund performance for 2020, helped by both stock selection and an overweight allocation relative to the benchmark. China’s effective response in containing the pandemic and a swift recovery of its economy provided a positive backdrop for Chinese equities to perform well. In addition, the further opening up of China's onshore capital market attracted strong capital inflow from global investors. Our portfolio benefited from an increased allocation to China-A shares, as several of our A-share holdings were among the top-performing stocks for the year. On the other hand, our holdings in India detracted the most from relative performance. As India was lagging behind North Asia in terms of pandemic control, cyclical businesses suffered a demand shock and their shares underperformed.

From a sector perspective, the portfolio’s overweight to and stock selection in consumer discretionary was the top contributor to Fund performance. Our holdings in Chinese auto-parts and auto dealerships performed strongly during the year, as demand recovered quickly in China and our holdings further solidified their industry leadership. On the other hand, communication services was the bottom-performing sector. Several of our traditional telecom stocks underperformed during the year, as growth-oriented stocks outperformed value stocks.

Turning to individual stocks, among the top-performing stocks for the year was our holding in LG Chemical based in South Korea. Traditionally considered a petrochemical business, LG Chemical has been investing aggressively in its electric vehicle (EV) battery business over the last several years. Today, LG Chemical is ranked among the top EV battery makers globally. Recognizing this paradigm shift of the global automobile industry, investors started bidding up share prices of key players along the EV industry value chain, and the company’s share price appreciated significantly. On the flipside, Hyundai Mobis, an auto-parts business also based in South Korea, was among the bottom-performing holdings for the year. Mobis saw a substantial, negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic as its downstream auto OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers faced both demand collapse and production disruption. Despite the short-term lag underperformance, we believe our investment thesis on Mobis remains valid. A potential value-unlocking, triggered by Hyundai Group's restructuring and Mobis' increased focus towards vehicle electrification, could be positive for Mobis’ valuation re-rating and dividend growth.

Portfolio Changes:

In the fourth quarter, we initiated two new financial stocks: AIA Group, a Hong Kong-based life insurance business with strong market presence across Asia, and Postal Savings Bank, a commercial bank with a strong deposit franchise in rural China. The financial sector was the worse-performing sector within Asia during the year and both AIA and Postal Savings Bank underperformed. However, we believe both stocks are currently priced at attractive levels versus their long-term growth potentials, and think the negative impact from COVID has been sufficiently reflected in the underperforming share price. In addition, an improving outlook on economic recovery, helped by vaccine rollouts in 2021, could be a tailwind for interest-rate sensitive stocks like financials to perform.

During the quarter, we exited one stock, China Resources Land, a Chinese real estate developer. We exited our position as our investment thesis for the company—value-unlocking from a potential spinoff of CR Land's property management business—materialized after a successful listing of its property management division in Hong Kong.

Outlook:

The resurgence of COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout are likely to drive the market volatility in the near term. Taking a more disciplined approach managing the pandemic, Asia is relatively better positioned for a potential post-pandemic economic recovery. Corporate earnings recovery and liquidity conditions should be both closely monitored to determine the strength of the current market rally. Geopolitical factors, especially U.S. – China relations under the Biden administration, will also influence the unfolding of Asia market in the new year. We believe a total-return approach, balancing dividend income with dividend growth, should continue to help us uncover attractive market opportunities in 2021.

 

As of December 31, 2020, the securities mentioned comprised the Matthews Asia Dividend Fund in the following percentages: LG Chem, Ltd, Pfd., 3.3%; Hyundai Mobis Ltd., Co., 2.0%; AIA Group, Ltd., 1.6%; Postal Savings Bank of China Co., Ltd., H Shares 1.4%. The Fund held no positions in China Resources Land Ltd. Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to change and risk.

Average Annual Total Returns - MAPIX as of 12/31/2020
1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
31.25% 8.39% 12.30% 8.46% 9.98% 10/31/2006

All performance quoted is past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with changing market conditions so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the return figures quoted. Returns would have been lower if certain of the Fund's fees and expenses had not been waived. Please see the Fund's most recent month-end performance.

Fees & Expenses
Gross Expense Ratio 1.03%
Net Expense Ratio 1.02%

Matthews has contractually agreed to waive a portion of its advisory fee and administrative and shareholder services fee if the Fund's average daily net assets are over $3 billion, as follows: for every $2.5 billion average daily net assets of the Fund that are over $3 billion, the advisory fee rate and the administrative and shareholder services fee rate for the Fund with respect to such excess average daily net assets will be each reduced by 0.01%, in each case without reducing such fee rate below 0.00%. Any amount waived by Matthews pursuant to this agreement may not be recouped by Matthews. This agreement will remain in place until April 30, 2021 and may be terminated (i) at any time by the Board of Trustees upon 60 days' prior written notice to Matthews; or (ii) by Matthews at the annual expiration date of the agreement upon 60 days' prior written notice to the Trust, in each case without payment of any penalty.

Yields as of 12/31/2020
30-Day SEC Yield 0.86%
30-Day SEC Yield (excluding expense waiver) 0.86%
Dividend Yield 1.80%

The 30-Day SEC Yield represents net investment income earned by the Fund over the 30-day period ended 12/31/2020, expressed as an annual percentage rate based on the Fund’s share price at the end of the 30-day period. The 30-Day SEC Yield should be regarded as an estimate of the Fund’s rate of investment income, and it may not equal the Fund’s actual income distribution rate. Source: BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc.

Dividend Yield (trailing) is the weighted average sum of the dividends paid by each equity security held by the Fund over the last 12 months divided by the current price as of report date. The annualised dividend yield is for the equity-only portion of the Fund and does not reflect the actual yield an investor in the Fund would receive. There can be no guarantee that companies that the Fund invests in, and which have historically paid dividends, will continue to pay them or to pay them at the current rates in the future. A positive distribution yield does not imply positive return, and past yields are no guarantee of future yields.

There is no guarantee that a company will pay or continue to increase dividends. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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The views and opinions in the commentary were as of the report date, subject to change and may not reflect current views. They are not guarantees of performance or investment results and should not be taken as investment advice. Investment decisions reflect a variety of factors, and the managers reserve the right to change their views about individual stocks, sectors, and the markets at any time. As a result, the views expressed should not be relied upon as a forecast of the Fund's future investment intent. It should not be assumed that any investment will be profitable or will equal the performance of any securities or any sectors mentioned herein. The information does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any securities mentioned.