Portland Global Aristocrats Plus Fund

portfolio manager
Chris Wain-Lowe, BA, MBA
Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice-President and Portfolio Manager

Chris Wain-Lowe has 35 years of business management and global financial services experience – living and working in four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, North America as well as the Caribbean, which also embraced corporate experience in the energy, natural resources and utility industries.


how the fund is managed
  • Common shares of large global companies with attractive dividend-payout ratios and a history of rising dividends over the long term, selected primarily from the members of the S&P Europe 350 Dividend Aristocrats, the S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats and the S&P/TSX Dividend Aristocrats
  • Primarily investment grade preferred shares of North American companies
  • Partially hedging the Fund’s non Canadian Dollar exposures
  • Utilizing low cost borrowing to purchase securities on margin and facilitate opportunistic investments during market volatility and irrational market valuations

investment objective

The investment objective of the Portland Global Aristocrats Plus Fund is to provide income and achieve, over the long term, preservation of capital and a satisfactory return.

To achieve this investment objective, the Fund will employ the following core techniques:

  • Time in the Market: investing in a diversified portfolio of securities positions focused on growing dividends; and
  • Timing the Market: prudent use of leverage by purchasing securities on margin.

KEY reasons to invest

Time in the Market

  • The power of dividend investing combined with the benefits of global investing and asset class diversification for the potential to reduce volatility
  • Monthly distributions, targeting 5.0% per annum for Series F and 4.0% per annum for Series A based on the opening price of $50 - intended to be fully funded, plus potential for capital appreciation4

Timing the Market

  • Use of leverage to enhance the power of dividends
  • Embedded product leverage is non-recourse to individual investors

the offering

Please see the Offering Memorandum for fees and specific details on the offering.


fund details
- As at February 28, 2018
Introduction Date June 30, 2016
Fund type Alternative Strategies
Offer document Offering Memorandum
Legal type Unit Trust
Eligible for registered plans Yes
Eligible for PAC Plans Yes, monthly minimum of $500
Purchases and redemptions Monthly
Valuation Frequency Available daily on Portland's website
Minimum investment term None
Notice period for redemptions None
Redemption fee None
Transaction processing Fundserv
Administrator CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company
Prime broker RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Legal counsel Borden Ladner Gervals LLP

fund facts by series
Series A F1
Min. initial investment, accredited investors2 $2,500 $2,500
Min. initial investment, non-individuals3 $150,000 $150,000
Min. subsequent investment $500 $500
Management fee 2.00% 1.00%
Fundserv code PTL720 PTL725


The Manager believes the following risks may impact the performance of the Fund: leverage, highly volatile markets, interest rate changes, equity risk, and currency and exchange rate risk. Please read the “Risk Factors” section in the Offering Memorandum for a more detailed description of all the relevant risks.

geographic allocation
As at February 28, 2018

sector allocation
As at February 28, 2018

Top Holdings
As at February 28, 2018

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. 5.1%
AT&T Inc. 4.3%
SPDR S&P Global Dividend ETF 4.0%
ECN Capital Corp., 6.25% June 30, 2022 3.9%
Royal Dutch Shell PLC 3.7%
Brookfield Property Partners L.P. 3.3%
TransAlta Renewables Inc. 3.2%
iShares MSCI World ETF 3.1%
BHP Billiton PLC 2.9%
Oaktree Strategic Income Corporation 2.7%
Nordea Bank AB 2.7%
Fortis Inc. 2.4%
Westcoast Energy Inc., Preferred, Series 12, Fixed-Reset 2.4%
Brookfield Asset Management Inc., Preferred, Series 46, Fixed-Reset 2.4%
The Bank of Nova Scotia, Preferred, Series 38, Fixed-Reset 2.4%
Bank of Montreal, Preferred, Series 38, Fixed-Reset 2.4%
TransCanada Corporation, Preferred, Series 15, Fixed-Reset 2.4%
The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Preferred, Series 16, Fixed-Reset  2.3%
AltaGas Ltd. Preferred, Series K, Fixed-Reset 2.3%
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P., Preferred, Series 7, Fixed-Reset 2.3%
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Preferred, Series 45, Fixed-Reset 2.3%
Pembina Pipeline Corporation, Preferred, Series 21, Fixed-Reset 2.3%
Capital Power Corp, Preferred, Series 9, Fixed-Reset 2.3%
Enbridge Inc., Preferred, Series 17, Fixed-Reset 2.3%
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P., Preferred, Series 5, Fixed-Reset 2.3%
company briefs of Possible Holdings


1. Generally available through dealers who have entered into a Portland Series F Dealer Agreement.

2. Accredited Investors as defined under National Instrument 45-106.

3. For investors who are not Accredited Investors, the additional investment must be in an amount that is not less than $500 if the investor initially acquired Units for an acquisition cost of not less than $150,000 and, at the time of the additional investment, the Units then held by the investor have an acquisition cost or a net asset value equal to at least $150,000, or another exemption is available.

4. The Manager reserves the right to change the targeted annual distributions at its discretion.

5. Values are shown as a percentage of total assets (portfolio investments) and does not take into account other net assets (liabilities).

Risk tolerance measures the degree of uncertainty that an investor can handle regarding fluctuations in the value of their portfolio. The amount of risk associated with any particular investment depends largely on your own personal circumstances including your time horizon, liquidity needs, portfolio size, income, investment knowledge and attitude toward price fluctuations. Please read the “Risk Factors” section in the Offering Memorandum for a more detailed description of all the relevant risks.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investments. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in unit value and reinvestment of all distributions and does not take into account sales, redemptions, distributions or optional charges or income taxes payable by any securityholder in respect of a participating fund that would have reduced returns. Funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

The Portland Global Aristocrats Plus fund (the “Fund”) is not publicly offered. It is only available under Offering Memorandum and other exemptions to investors who meet certain eligibility or minimum purchase requirements such as “accredited investors”. You will only be permitted to purchase Units if your purchase qualifies for one of these exemptions. A list of criteria to qualify as an accredited investor is set out in the subscription agreement delivered with the Offering Memorandum and generally includes individuals who have net assets of at least $5,000,000, or financial assets of at least $1,000,000, or personal income of at least $200,000, or combined spousal income of at least $300,000 in the previous two years with reasonable prospects of same in the current year, or an individual registered under the securities legislation of a jurisdiction of Canada as a representative of a registered adviser or dealer.

Information herein pertaining to the Fund is solely for the purpose of providing information and is not to be construed as a public offering in any jurisdiction of Canada. The offering of Units of the Fund is made pursuant to an Offering Memorandum and the information contained herein is a summary only and is qualified by the more detailed information in the Offering Memorandum.

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