MFG Core International Fund (Managed Fund) (Ticker:MCSG)

An actively constructed, systematically managed and continuously monitored portfolio of 70-90 of the world’s best businesses, leveraging Magellan’s quality investment research capabilities and investment philosophy.

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Fund overview

A diversified global equities portfolio of 70-90 of the world’s best companies - those that have sustainable competitive advantages enabling them to continually earn returns on capital in excess of their cost of capital.

Why invest internationally?

You buy from the world's best companies, so why not invest in them? To learn more about investing in international equities

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Constructed using Magellan’s long-standing and proven investment process, the investment team conducts extensive fundamental research to assess a business’s ‘economic moat’, the potential impact or benefits of disruption, value, and key risks and exposures, before overlaying our proprietary MFG Core Series scoring framework. The portfolio is systematically rebalanced on a quarterly basis using these inputs. It is not the manager’s intention to hedge the foreign currency exposure of the Fund arising from investments in overseas markets.

Investment objective

The MFG Core International Fund seeks to achieve attractive risk-adjusted returns over the medium to long term through investment in a diversified portfolio of high-quality companies.

Fund features

  • High quality global companies

  • Diversification

  • Exchange quoted on Chi-X

  • Risk conscious

  • Resilient portfolio of 70-90 stocks

  • Attractively priced (0.50%)

  • Fully invested

Investment Philosophy

When researching and investing, the Magellan investment team asks, ‘what does the future look like?'

We regard the Identification of a business’s economic moat, or sustainable competitive advantage as key to investing with a long-term horizon. Identifying businesses with strong moats, sensible management, the ability to invest capital at high rates of return and with discernible tailwinds, means we are positioning our portfolio towards those businesses that are most likely to succeed and thus enabling better outcomes for our investors.

Importantly, high quality companies may still have their competitive advantage eroded by technology, evolving competitive threats, changes in consumer behaviour or other factors and so, this view on quality must evolve as disruptive changes create divergence between winners and losers within and between industries over time. History can often be a poor guide into this future focused risk assessment.

Businesses protected by structural advantages in combination with the opportunity for sustainable growth at strong returns are more valuable. As such, the MFG Core International Fund is designed to provide investors with a diversified portfolio of high-quality companies at reasonable valuations and with the opportunity to compound their earnings over time, while avoiding the bad and ugly within the index.

Meet the Portfolio Manager: Vihari Ross

(viewing time: 8:40 mins)

Fund Facts

Portfolio manager
Global Equity Fund, $AUD unhedged
Fund size*
A$12.5 million
Chi-X Ticker
MCSG Market Data Tickers
Thomson Reuters MCSG.CHA
ICE iNav**
Ticker details
  Indicative NAV
Thomson Reuters MCSGAUiv.P
Solactive iNav
Ticker details
  Indicative NAV 
Bloomberg MCSGAIV
More about iNAV
More information about iNav

The iNAV reflects the estimated NAV per Unit updated for portfolio stocks or equivalent securities that have live market prices during the Trading Day. The iNAV will not be updated for market-based movements such as movements in stock market indices.

Magellan has engaged ICE Data Indices, LLC and Solactive AG as iNAV calculation agents to independently calculate and disseminate an iNAV. Both iNAVs are freely available to investors. From time to time there may be differences between the two iNAVs as a result of different calculation methodologies or timing of the data.

Buy / Sell Spread
(only applicable to investors who apply for units directly with the Fund)
Management fee
0.50% p.a.
Distribution Frequency
MSCI World Net Total Return Index (AUD)

All management costs described above are inclusive of the estimated net effect of GST.

The inception date represents the first date the Fund was offered to retail investors.

* As at 30 April 2021

** iNAV calculations as shown on (the "data") provided by ICE Data Indices, see ICE Terms of Use, and is updated during Chi-X trading hours. Powered by Factset. iNAV is indicative and for reference purposes only. The Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or marketed by ICE Data Indices, LLC, its affiliates ("ICE Data") and ICE Data or its respective third party suppliers MAKE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH RESPECT TO THE iNAV, IOPV, FUND OR ANY FUND DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. IN NO EVENT SHALL ICE DATA HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. You acknowledge that the data is provided for information only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

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Actively constructed and systematically managed

Magellan's investment research DNA is based on the proven ability to find the world's best businesses. This forward-looking assessment of advantages, disruption and risk mitigation is a key tenet of Magellan's long-term investment process that seeks to grow our client's portfolios over the medium to long term, coupled with capital protection objectives.

This process is predicated on building in-depth knowledge and expertise on the economics and key risk considerations of each business within our universe.

Born out of Magellan's investment research DNA, the MFG Core International Fund focuses on four key factors when identifying the universe and assessing businesses:

  • Economic Moat: A proprietary view on the sustainability of a company's competitive advantages.
  • Disruption: A forward-looking view to the company's resilience or ability to capitalise on disruptive threats and opportunities.
  • Value: Companies that represent value based on tailored criteria encompassing cash flows, incentive payments, capital requirements, and growth.
  • Risk Assessment: Reduce exposure to material stock specific downside risks.

How our portfolio construction works

Product universe

Our product universe

The thousands of available stocks are first filtered for size, liquidity and exclusions such as fossil fuels & mining, controversial weapons, gambling and tobacco.

The remaining stocks are then tested for an economic moat AND resilience to disruption based on our proprietary research.

Only those stocks that qualify under both tests are considered for the next stage, scoring.

Next: Stock scoring

Stock scoring

Stock scoring

Rigorous fundamental analysis underlies our proprietary MFG Core Series scoring framework.

Stocks that qualify under our in-depth assessment of quality are scored on the basis of their competitive advantages and resilience to, or opportunities from, disruption and are assessed for key risks including those related to debt, valuation and idiosyncratic event risk.

Each stock is also scored on the basis of valuation. Considerations include sustainable growth opportunities, returns on capital, cash generation, and other non-cash considerations. This is not a simple assessment of low vs high PE which, on its own, can often be a poor guide to the best investments on a forward-looking basis.

Next: Portfolio construction

Portfolio construction

Portfolio construction

These active portfolio construction inputs are then synthesised into a systematic portfolio management process where only high scoring companies are included in the portfolio.

The scores are used to determine portfolio weights, subject to consideration of geographic and industry exposure and specific risk assessment.

Next: Continuous monitoring

Continuous monitoring

Continuous monitoring

The portfolio is continuously monitored. Ongoing analysis of business fundamentals ensure our assessments remain robust, and key risk exposures remain acceptable.

Every quarter, each company within our universe is reassessed on the basis of its quality, valuation and key risks creating new active portfolio construction inputs which are used to rebalance the portfolio.

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About the Portfolio Manager

Vihari Ross

Vihari Ross

Head of Research and Head of Core Series/Portfolio Manager

Vihari Ross is a Portfolio Manager, Head of the Core Series and Head of Research. Vihari has 20 years experience in investment and joined Magellan in 2007. Prior to her appointment to Head of Research she was Head of the Franchises team and retains responsibility for research coverage of franchises stocks. Before joining the Franchises team in 2009, Vihari was a Senior Analyst on the Financials team. Prior to Magellan, Vihari spent four years as an equity analyst at Ausbil Dexia, covering the financials and consumer sectors, and worked as a quantitative analyst at Commonwealth Investment Management (now Colonial First State). Vihari holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Actuarial Studies and Finance and a Master of Commerce majoring in Finance from the University of New South Wales. She is an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries. Vihari is a member of Magellan’s Investment Committee.


30 April 2021
Performance 3 Months Since Inception**
MFG Core International 10.78% 7.60%
Benchmark* 10.16% 9.40%
Out/Under Performance 0.62% -1.80%

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Important Information: Calculations are based on exit price with distributions reinvested, after ongoing fees and expenses but excluding individual tax, member fees and entry fees (if applicable). Inception date 1 June 2018.

Growth of AUD $10,000
30 April 2021

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Important Information: Calculations are based on exit price with distributions reinvested, after ongoing fees and expenses but excluding individual tax, member fees and entry fees (if applicable). Inception date 1 June 2018.

31 March 2021

  % weight
Facebook Inc - Class A Shares 2.9%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 2.8%
Alphabet Inc 2.8%
Yum! Brands Inc 2.5%
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton 2.4%
  % weight
Moody's Corporation 2.4%
S&P Global Inc 2.2%
Adobe Inc 2.2% Inc 2.1%
Microsoft Corporation 2.1%

Unit Prices

Date Net Asset Value Entry Exit
06/05/2021 3.6985 3.7022 3.6948
05/05/2021 3.6840 3.6877 3.6803
04/05/2021 3.7141 3.7178 3.7104
03/05/2021 3.7197 3.7234 3.7160
30/04/2021 3.7343 3.7380 3.7306
29/04/2021 3.7390 3.7427 3.7353
28/04/2021 3.7121 3.7158 3.7084
27/04/2021 3.7126 3.7163 3.7089
26/04/2021 3.6962 3.6999 3.6925
23/04/2021 3.7400 3.7437 3.7363
22/04/2021 3.7109 3.7146 3.7072
21/04/2021 3.7034 3.7071 3.6997
20/04/2021 3.6803 3.6840 3.6766
19/04/2021 3.6950 3.6987 3.6913
16/04/2021 3.7238 3.7275 3.7201
15/04/2021 3.6956 3.6993 3.6919
14/04/2021 3.6763 3.6800 3.6726
13/04/2021 3.7257 3.7294 3.7220
12/04/2021 3.7183 3.7220 3.7146
09/04/2021 3.7039 3.7076 3.7002
08/04/2021 3.6833 3.6870 3.6796
07/04/2021 3.6525 3.6562 3.6488
06/04/2021 3.6484 3.6520 3.6448
01/04/2021 3.6148 3.6184 3.6112
31/03/2021 3.5639 3.5675 3.5603
30/03/2021 3.5628 3.5664 3.5592
29/03/2021 3.5633 3.5669 3.5597
26/03/2021 3.5491 3.5526 3.5456
25/03/2021 3.5216 3.5251 3.5181
24/03/2021 3.5069 3.5104 3.5034
23/03/2021 3.4983 3.5018 3.4948
22/03/2021 3.4696 3.4731 3.4661
19/03/2021 3.4567 3.4602 3.4532
18/03/2021 3.4465 3.4499 3.4431
17/03/2021 3.5205 3.5240 3.5170
16/03/2021 3.4969 3.5004 3.4934
15/03/2021 3.4964 3.4999 3.4929
12/03/2021 3.4710 3.4745 3.4675
11/03/2021 3.4750 3.4785 3.4715
10/03/2021 3.4583 3.4618 3.4548
09/03/2021 3.4413 3.4447 3.4379
08/03/2021 3.4122 3.4156 3.4088
05/03/2021 3.4310 3.4344 3.4276
04/03/2021 3.3350 3.3383 3.3317
03/03/2021 3.3699 3.3733 3.3665
02/03/2021 3.3980 3.4014 3.3946
01/03/2021 3.4320 3.4354 3.4286
26/02/2021 3.3898 3.3932 3.3864
25/02/2021 3.3325 3.3358 3.3292
24/02/2021 3.3935 3.3969 3.3901

3 ways to access MFG Core International Fund

MFG Core International Fund (Managed Fund) (Ticker:MCSG)

  1. View the indicative Net Asset Value (iNav)*

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  2. Check the current share price MCSG

  3. Buy on the Chi-X securities exchange - Ticker Code MCSG

Investors should read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) prior to making any investment decisions.

Additional information and forms

MFG Core International Fund (Managed Fund) (Ticker:MCSG)

1. Read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS)

2. Click here to APPLY NOW and start your online application process.

You will need the following information handy to support your online application:

  • Identification documents (e.g. drivers license) 
  • Mobile number and email address
  • Your Tax File Number (TFN)
  • Complete the FATCA/CRS verification (if applicable)

Note: Magellan accepts initial direct investments from individuals with a minimum of $10,000.  You must be over 18 years of age.

Additional information and forms

  • Check your balance(s), view transaction confirmations and periodic statements.
  • Update your personal details.
  • Transact*, including invest additional funds, switch or withdraw.
  • Participate in the Distribution Reinvestment Plan (DRP).
  • Provide your FATCA/CRS certification.

MFG Core International Fund (Managed Fund) (Ticker:MCSG)

Speak with your adviser/broker. To find an adviser, visit the 'Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)' or 'Your best interests' website

Investment Insights

  • 01 Apr 2021

    Stock story: Intercontinental Exchange

    Using technology to make markets more efficient.

  • 01 Apr 2021

    Stock story: Kering

    Offering Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other luxury brands to the world.

  • 26 Mar 2021

    MFG Core Series Launch - Live Broadcast

    Quiz - 1.50 CPD hours available

    Vihari Ross, Head of the MFG Core Series, provides a look under the bonnet of the newly launched lower-cost global equity fund range, including why and how the Series was developed, as well as the investment process of her fund the Core International Fund. Portfolio Managers, Elisa Di Marco and David Costello provide insights into their respective funds, MFG Core ESG and MFG Core Infrastructure. The session concludes with Q&A. (Viewing time: 90 mins)

  • 26 Feb 2021

    Buy Hold Sell: 3 global giants and 2 due for a pullback

    Vihari Ross, Head of Core Series, Head of Research and and Chris Demasi from Montaka Global Investments discuss global giants Kellogg's, Visa and Spotify and nominate a high-flying stock that they think is over-hyped. (Viewing time: 10 mins)

  • 26 Feb 2021

    Buy Hold Sell: 3 tech titans and 2 long-term winners

    Vihari Ross, Head of Core Series, Head of Research and and Chris Demasi from Montaka Global discuss three mega cap stocks; Tesla, Tencent and Microsoft. And provide two stocks that they believe will rain returns for investors over the long term. (Viewing time: 10 mins)

  • 26 Feb 2021

    Why these fundies are still bullish on tech platforms

    Vihari Ross, Head of Core Series, Head of Research and and Chris Demasi from Montaka Global discuss the the Australian government's legislative attempt to make big tech pay local news publishers for content. How it may impact investors in Facebook and Google, the potential windfall for publishers, as well as whether regulation curbs companies' ability to grow and innovate. (Viewing time: 12 mins)


The MFG Core Series are quoted on the Chi-X securities exchange and can be bought and sold like any listed security. Alternatively investors can apply and redeem directly with Magellan. See How to Invest for more information.

Chi-X Australia is an innovative Australian securities and derivatives exchange. Funds that are quoted on Chi-X can be bought and sold like any listed security via a stockbroker or online trading account.

When buying units on the securities exchange, there is no minimum initial investment. When applying directly with Magellan, the minimum initial investment is $10,000.

We seek to be transparent with our clients and are making the following disclosures in relation to our listed funds:

  • Securities exchange announcements under each ticker code;
  • Estimated Net Asset Value ("NAV") per Unit published on MFG Core Series' website daily;
  • Indicative intra-day NAV per Unit ("iNAV") published on MFG Core Series' website daily and which is updated throughout the trading day;
  • Monthly fund factsheets on MFG Core Series' website and on the securities exchange; and
  • The full portfolio on a quarterly basis with a delay period of no longer than two months on MFG Core Series' website and on the securities exchange.

The Fund targets a cash distribution yield of 4% per annum. The Target Cash Distribution will be paid semi-annually (for the periods ending 30 June and 31 December each year), with the actual amount for each period determined by using the average of the month-end NAV per Unit over the two year rolling period.

Magellan intends to pay a Target Cash Distribution of $0.07 per unit for the first four distribution periods, being the six month period ending 30 June 2021, 31 December 2021, 30 June 2022 and 31 December 2022.

You can exit the Fund either by making a withdrawal request to the Responsible Entity using a Withdrawal Form or by selling units on the Securities Exchange via your stockbroker or online broker. How you enter the Fund does not affect the method by which you can exit the Fund.

To make a withdrawal request with the Responsible Entity…
If you have a Securityholder Reference Number (SRN) or Investor Number
You will need to make a withdrawal request to the Unit Registry.
If you have a Holder Identification Number (HIN) with your stockbroker or online broker
You will need to convert your holding from your HIN with your stockbroker or online broker to an SRN issued by the unit registry.
This is a standard process which your stockbroker or online broker can assist you with.



To sell your units on the Securities Exchange….
If you have a Securityholder Reference Number (SRN) or Investor Number
You can provide your SRN to certain stockbrokers who can sell your units on your behalf.
If your stockbroker does not offer this service, you will need to ask your stockbroker to convert or transfer your holding onto a HIN.  This is a standard process which your stockbroker can assist you with. You can then instruct your stockbroker to sell your units on the Securities Exchange.
If you have a Holder Identification Number (HIN) with your stockbroker
You can instruct your stockbroker to sell your units on the Securities Exchange.

There are important differences between exiting the Fund via the Securities Exchange or by withdrawing directly with the Responsible Entity, including the price you will receive. You should read the PDS or consult with your financial adviser before making any decision on how to invest in the Fund.

Registry enquiries (Automic)

Automic Group

GPO Box 2629

Sydney NSW 2001

Fax+61 2 8072 1409

Phone1300 408 792 (or +61 2 8072 1481)

Important Information: Units in the fund(s) referred to herein are issued by Magellan Asset Management Limited (ABN 31 120 593 946, AFS Licence No 304 301). Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results and no person guarantees the future performance of the fund(s), the amount or timing of any return from the fund(s), or that the investment objectives of the fund(s) will be achieved. This material has been provided for general information purposes and must not be construed as investment advice. It does not take into account the investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any particular person. Investors should consider obtaining professional investment advice tailored to their specific circumstances and should read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) applicable to the fund(s) prior to making any investment decisions. The PDS for the fund(s) is available at or can be obtained by calling 02 9235 4888. Any trademarks, logos, and service marks contained herein may be the registered and unregistered trademarks of their respective owners. Nothing contained herein should be construed as granting by implication, or otherwise, any licence or right to use any trademark displayed without the written permission of the owner. No part of this material may be reproduced or disclosed, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of Magellan Asset Management Limited.