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, 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
Inception date
11 December 2020
Fund size*
A$11.1 million
Chi-X Ticker
Intraday Indicative Nav**

Ticker Details
  Units Indicative NAV
Thomson Reuters MCSG.CHA MCSGAUiv.P
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 31 December 2020

** 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.


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.

Portfolio Construction

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.

Step 1: Assessed Investment Pool > Product universe

As the world is always changing, high quality companies may still have their competitive advantage eroded by technology, evolving competitive threats, changes in consumer behaviour or other factors.  The investment universe for the Fund is comprised only of companies that qualify on the basis of BOTH the existence of an economic moat and resilience to disruption based on our proprietary research of each company.


Step 2: Stock Scoring

Using our proprietary MFG Core Series scoring framework, companies 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.

Each business is then also scored on the basis of valuation, having regard to stock and industry specific considerations, including 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.

This process requires rigorous fundamental analysis of each company and industry, and a qualitative assessment of key risks including those related to debt, valuation and idiosyncratic event risk.

Step 3: Portfolio Construction with active inputs

These active portfolio construction inputs are then synthesised into a systematic portfolio management process where high scoring companies are included in the portfolio, with scores used to determine portfolio weights, subject to considerations of geographic and industry exposure and specific risk assessments.  


Step 4: Continuous Monitoring

Companies are continuously monitored, with changes to our assessment of quality, valuation and risk reflected in the portfolio at scheduled, quarterly rebalance dates.

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.


31 January 2021
Performance Since Inception**
MFG Core International - 2.88%
Benchmark* - 0.69%
Out/Under Performance - 2.19%

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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
31 January 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 December 2020

  % weight
Alphabet Inc 2.6%
Kweichow Moutai Co Ltd 2.5%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 2.4%
Facebook Inc - Class A Shares 2.4%
Yum! Brands Inc 2.3%
  % weight
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton 2.2%
Kering SA 2.1% Inc 2.0%
Intercontinental Exchange Inc 2.0%
McDonald's Corporation 2.0%

Unit Prices

Estimated nav per unit as at 24/02/2021: 3.39
Date Net Asset Value Entry Exit
23/02/2021 3.3948 3.3982 3.3914
22/02/2021 3.3963 3.3997 3.3929
19/02/2021 3.4601 3.4636 3.4566
18/02/2021 3.5217 3.5252 3.5182
17/02/2021 3.5334 3.5369 3.5299
16/02/2021 3.5392 3.5427 3.5357
15/02/2021 3.5307 3.5342 3.5272
12/02/2021 3.5344 3.5379 3.5309
11/02/2021 3.5197 3.5232 3.5162
10/02/2021 3.5163 3.5198 3.5128
09/02/2021 3.5170 3.5205 3.5135
08/02/2021 3.5079 3.5114 3.5044
05/02/2021 3.5259 3.5294 3.5224
04/02/2021 3.5323 3.5358 3.5288
03/02/2021 3.4937 3.4972 3.4902
02/02/2021 3.5186 3.5221 3.5151
01/02/2021 3.4477 3.4511 3.4443
29/01/2021 3.3709 3.3743 3.3675
28/01/2021 3.4260 3.4294 3.4226
27/01/2021 3.3785 3.3819 3.3751
25/01/2021 3.4479 3.4513 3.4445
22/01/2021 3.4357 3.4391 3.4323
21/01/2021 3.4318 3.4352 3.4284
20/01/2021 3.4511 3.4546 3.4476
19/01/2021 3.4212 3.4246 3.4178
18/01/2021 3.4131 3.4165 3.4097
15/01/2021 3.4027 3.4061 3.3993
14/01/2021 3.3906 3.3940 3.3872
13/01/2021 3.4308 3.4342 3.4274
12/01/2021 3.4287 3.4321 3.4253
11/01/2021 3.4587 3.4622 3.4552
08/01/2021 3.4620 3.4655 3.4585
07/01/2021 3.4427 3.4461 3.4393
06/01/2021 3.4121 3.4155 3.4087
05/01/2021 3.4335 3.4369 3.4301
04/01/2021 3.4449 3.4483 3.4415
31/12/2020 3.4635 3.4670 3.4600
30/12/2020 3.4696 3.4731 3.4661
29/12/2020 3.4903 3.4938 3.4868
24/12/2020 3.4509 3.4544 3.4474
23/12/2020 3.4594 3.4629 3.4559
22/12/2020 3.4941 3.4976 3.4906
21/12/2020 3.4675 3.4710 3.4640
18/12/2020 3.4794 3.4829 3.4759
17/12/2020 3.4806 3.4841 3.4771
16/12/2020 3.4749 3.4784 3.4714
15/12/2020 3.4689 3.4724 3.4654

3 ways to access MFG Core International Fund

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

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

    Ticker Details
      Units Indicative NAV
    Thomson Reuters MCSG.CHA MCSGAUiv.P
  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)

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Investment Insights


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)