Seeks to provide a combination of current cash flow and long term capital growth primarily through investment in a diversified portfolio of dividend paying U.S. equity securities.
Natixis U.S. Dividend Plus Class pursues the investment objective through direct investment primarily in U.S. equity securities, including American depositary receipts.
Ziegler employs a bottom up security selection process which seeks to invest in dividend paying stocks that provide attractive fundamental value and demonstrate high quality earnings growth relative to their sector peers.
Ziegler selects the dividend yielding stocks from the universe of U.S. stocks with market capitalizations over $1 billion and removes all companies that do not pay a dividend. Ziegler then uses additional screens to identify dividend paying stocks with characteristics such as strong cash flows, high earnings quality, and growth potential among others. Stocks are ranked within GICS (Global Industry Classifications Standards) by dividend yield with preference generally given to stocks with yields that exceed the average of its industry sector. Ziegler uses qualitative fundamental analysis as well as additional earnings and dividend quality screens to remove candidates that do not appear to have the cash flow to support the dividend over the long term.
Ziegler generally targets a Fund dividend yield that is approximately 50% higher than that of the Russell 1000 Value benchmark before trading fees and expenses, but market conditions may cause the Fund's yield advantage to deviate from the 50% target.
Who Should Invest in this Fund
Investors who want exposure to a U.S. equity fund focused on dividend paying stocks.
Investors seeking long term capital growth from their investment and are comfortable with the risks associated with equity investments.
Ziegler Capital Management, LLC is a Chicago-based investment firm founded in 1991 that has personnel across the United States managing equity and credit strategies for institutional, pension, and retail clients. Ziegler’s firm-wide investment philosophy seeks to produce consistent returns through all market cycles while applying stringent risk controls.
Ziegler Capital Management, LLC is portfolio sub-advisor in respect of the Natixis U.S. Dividend Plus Class. The Natixis U.S. Dividend Plus Registered Fund invests substantially all its portfolio assets in non-publicly offered debt and Inter-Fund class shares of Natixis U.S. Dividend Plus Class.
Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in share value and reinvestment of all distributions and do not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any security holder that would have reduced returns. The rates of return are used only to illustrate the effects of the compound growth rate and are not intended to reflect future values of the investment fund or returns on investment in the investment fund. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.
The payment of distributions for Dividend and the Return of Capital should not be confused with a mutual fund’s performance, rate of return or yield. If distributions paid by a mutual fund are greater than the performance of the fund, then the investment will decline. Distributions paid as a result of capital gains realized by a mutual fund and income and dividends earned by a fund are taxable in the investor’s hands in the year they are paid. For Return of Capital, the adjusted cost base will be reduced by the amount of any returns of capital. If the adjusted cost base goes below zero, then investors will have to pay capital gains tax on the amount below zero.
NGAM Canada LP (the “Manager”) currently reduces or absorbs all or any portion of the management fee and/or operating expenses of the Fund and can terminate the reduction or absorption at any time. The Manager expects to continue to absorb these fees or expenses until such time as the Fund is of sufficient size to reasonably absorb all fees and expenses. The MER for the Natixis U.S. Dividend Plus Class, Dividend, Series A would be 2.53% if the Manager had not reduced or absorbed these expenses.