Selected International Fund


    Investment Strategy

    The goal of the Selected International Fund is to provide investors access to attractive investment opportunities that exist outside of the United States, in both developed and developing markets. Selected International Fund was previously named Selected Special Shares.

    The Fund applies our signature Davis Investment Discipline – seeking durable, well-managed businesses at value prices and holding them for the long term – to create a Portfolio of companies based primarily outside the United States.

    Investors who recognize that some of the most compelling investment opportunities can be found beyond U.S. borders may want to consider Selected International Fund.  

    Why Invest in Companies Outside the U.S.

    Globalization of the world’s economy continues at a rapid pace:

    • Many successful companies are located outside the United States. (More than 37,000 companies are listed on exchanges outside the United States, compared with only 5,000 within the United States.)
    • About half of the world’s market capitalization is outside the United States.
    • Approximately 95% of the world’s population lives beyond U.S. borders and 74% of global GDP is generated outside the United States.
    • Investing solely in domestic stock funds may mean missing the tremendous growth opportunities and diversification potential that international companies provide.

    Why Invest in Selected International Fund


    Our investment discipline has compounded wealth for investors over six decades and three generations.

    Aligned with Shareholders

    With more than $2 billion invested side by side with fellow shareholders, we experience the same risks and reap the same rewards.1

    Performance as of 3/31/20

    Average Annual Total Returns
    as of March 31, 2020
    YTD* 1
    Since Incep.
    Selected International Fund
    Class S**
    -20.38% -13.43% -0.85% 1.03% 2.80% 1.60% 5.53% 5.83%

    * YTD is not annualized

    The performance presented represents past performance and is not a guarantee of future results. Total return assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions. Investment return and principal value will vary so that, when redeemed, an investor’s shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Fund is subject to a 2% short term redemption fee for shares held for fewer than 30 days. The total annual operating expense ratio for Class S shares as of the most recent prospectus was 1.15%. (The Adviser is contractually committed to waive fees and/or reimburse the Fund’s expenses to the extent necessary to cap total annual fund operating expenses of Class S shares at 1.15%. The expense cap expires May 1, 2021. The expense ratio prior to the cap was 1.50%) The total annual operating expense ratio may vary in future years. Returns and expenses for other classes of shares will vary. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance quoted. For most recent month-end performance, click here or call 800.243.1575.

    ** Davis Selected Advisers, LP assumed the portfolio management of Selected Funds in May, 1993.

    *** From the date that Davis Advisors first began managing the Fund (May 1, 1993) until May 1, 2011, Selected International Fund was named Selected Special Shares and invested primarily in domestic equity securities. In the future the Fund is expected to invest primarily in foreign equity securities and the past performance of the Fund is unlikely to be relevant to future performance. 

    Portfolio Characteristics as of 3/31/20

    Geographical Diversification

    Asia 67.9%
    Europe 23.8%
    Africa 5.4%
    North & Central America 2.9%

    Top 10 Countries

    South Africa
    Hong Kong
    United Kingdom

    Top 10 Holdings

    New Oriental Education & Technology China Largest provider of private education services in China 10.5%
    Didi Chuxing China The largest mobile platform taxi-calling app in China 8.3%
    Alibaba Group Holding China The world’s largest and most valuable retailer, with operations in over 200 countries and a dominant position in the e-commerce market 7.5% China One of the largest e-commerce businesses in mainland China offering a range of goods such as consumer electronics and appliances 5.6%
    Naspers South Africa A media conglomerate that operates a leading pay television business in South and Sub-Saharan Africa and holds interests in a range of e-commerce businesses around the world 5.3%
    Hollysys Automation Technologies China Leading industrial automation company in China 5.0%
    DNB Norway Largest financial institution and oldest private bank in Norway 4.7%
    Schneider Electric France A global specialist in energy management 4.5%
    DBS Group Holdings Singapore Largest bank in Singapore and among the largest in developed Asia 4.4%
    AIA Group Hong Kong 2nd largest life insurer in China with operations throughout Asia-Pacific offering financial services to a large, under-penetrated addressable market  4.4%

    Click here for Month-end Holdings.
    Click here for Quarter-end Holdings.
    Click here for N-PORT Schedule of Portfolio Holdings

    Top 5 Industries

    Retailing 25.0%
    Banks 14.9%
    Transportation 13.6%
    Consumer Services 10.5%
    Capital Goods 8.5%

    Portfolio Composition

    International Fund MSCI ACWI®
    - ex USA
    Number of Holdings 29 2,411
    Median Market Cap ($bn) 12.4 5.5
    Weighted Average Market Cap ($bn) 74.6 69.0
    Forecast P/E Ratio 9.9 11.7


    Fact Sheets
    Fact Sheet Download Applying the Davis Investment Discipline to companies outside the United States; Portfolio characteristics, top holdings, and performance.
    Portfolio Composition Download

    Quarterly update of portfolio characteristics.

    Portfolio Manager Commentary
    Portfolio Manager Special Update - March 2020 Download View

    How the strong balance sheets and durable competitive advantages of the companies of Selected International Fund are helping them navigate these challenging times, and why we believe well-capitalized financials are significantly mispriced currently.

    Manager Commentary - Annual Review 2019 Download View

    Portfolio Manager Danton Goei discusses the Portfolio, performance and how he applies the Davis Investment Discipline to uncover opportunities outside the United States.

    Insights into the Fund
    Selected International Fund: Selective. Attractive Growth. Undervalued. Download

    Our companies are rigorously researched, offer attractive growth and yet are significantly undervalued versus the benchmark – A powerful combination.†

    Insights About Davis Advisors
    Distinctive Attributes Download How our unique culture of rigorous research and stewardship have produced important shareholder benefits, including attractive long-term results, low expenses, low turnover and high alignment of interests.

    This material is authorized for use by existing shareholders. A current Selected International Fund prospectus must accompany or precede this material if it is distributed to prospective shareholders. You should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objective, risks, fees, and expenses before investing. Read the prospectus carefully before you invest or send money.

    1As of December 31, 2019.

    † The Attractive Growth and Undervalued reference in this piece relates to underlying characteristics of the portfolio holdings. There is no guarantee that Fund performance will be positive as equity markets are volatile and an investor may lose money.

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