Board of Governors, June 24, 1999 - APPENDIX II, Annex 5
This report outlines the recent activities of the Investment Committee.
The portfolio returns for various periods were as follows:
Investment Returns (%)
3 months Annual Annual Annual to Mar 31, Mar 31, Mar 31 Mar 31, Asset Class 1999 1999 1998 1997
Bonds 0.4% 7.0% 13.5% 12.5% Canadian equities 0.1 (11.8) 27.3 21.0 U.S. equities 3.4 25.9 52.3 21.5 Non North American equities 1.4 (1.0) 25.3 4.7 Total return 1.0% 4.4% 26.3% 16.2% Return of Median fund 0.9% 0.7% 23.2% 16.3%
As indicated above, except for 1997, the performance of the University's portfolio exceeded the performance of the median fund in the Frank Russell universe of approximately 68 Canadian portfolios. Over the 5 year period ending March 31, 1999, the annualized performance of the portfolio was 13.5%, in comparison to the median return of 12.0% in the Frank Russell universe. This represents first quartile performance for our portfolio.
For additional information, please refer to the attached pages which show amounts held by each Investment manager at March 31, 1999, the annual and annualized returns by manager over the 5 years ending March 31, 1999 and the returns in relation to other Canadian balanced portfolios in the Frank Russell Canada universe.
Returns in relation to the objective of a 5% real rate of return
One of the Investment Committee's objectives is to earn a 5% real rate of return over the long term. (i.e. to earn 5% over the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index). Inflation has averaged 1.5% per year for the past 5 years.
For the 5 years ending March 31, 1999, the annualized real rate of return for the portfolio was 12.0%, which consisted of a nominal (actual) annualized return of 13.5% less 1.5% for inflation. For the four years ending March 31, 1999, the annualized real rate of return was 14.2%, consisting of a nominal return of 15.5% less inflation of 1.3%. These returns exceed the Investment Committee's performance objective of a real rate of return of 5%.
Book and Market Value of the Portfolio
As at March 31, 1999, the operating and endowment portfolio had a book value of $142,397,000 and a market value of $167,260,000, as follows:
Book Value Market Value Actual Target ($000's) ($000's) Asset Mix Asset Mix Bonds $66,219 $67,283 40.2% 40.0% Canadian equities 43,076 48,383 28.9 28.0 U.S. equities 19,602 34,264 20.5 21.0 Non North American equities 13,500 17,330 10.4 11.0 Total 142,397 $167,260 100.0% 100.0%
Investment returns for the month of April, 1999 were 2.7% and as a result the market value of the operating and endowment portfolio grew to $171,762,000 at April 30, 1999.
At April 30, 1999, the portfolio consisted of the following components:
Portion related to Endowed funds: $ 88,862,000
Portion related to Operating and non-endowed funds 82,900,000
Total market value of portfolio $171,762,000
At the meeting of May 25, 1999, the Investment Committee interviewed Templeton Investment Management. (Non-North American equity manager). Although the recent performance of this manager has been disappointing, the Committee remains confident that Templeton will add value over its benchmark index (the E.A.F.E. index) over the longer term.
Reappointment of Investment Consultant
The Investment Committee reappointed Frank Russell Canada as Investment Consultant for a three year period, subject to review each year. Frank Russell Canada also consults to the Joint Pension Board.