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Total AUM Avg. PM Years Experience Years Since Inception
$143.2M 21 5
As of December 31 2018

Strategy Average Annual Total Returns

(%, Gross of Fees)2
YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Since Inception
ClearBridge Dividend Strategy ESG SMA Composite -4.00 -4.00 9.11 7.21 9.46
S&P 500 Index -4.38 -4.38 9.26 8.49 11.29
As of December 31 2018


The Dividend Strategy ESG portfolio targets a high level of current income, growth of income and capital preservation in challenging markets by owning large cap companies with positive ESG attributes that pay a dividend and have the potential to significantly grow their dividend.

Strategy Overview Primarily large cap strategy focused on dividend income
Benchmark S&P 500 Index
Total Strategy AUM $143.2M
Holdings Range 30-501
Objective High current income, income growth and long-term capital appreciation3

Investment Philosophy

Total return portfolio focused on large cap, high-quality companies that pay an attractive dividend, have the potential to significantly grow their dividends and provide consistent and competitive risk-adjusted returns.

Meet Our Managers

Michael Clarfeld, CFA

Portfolio Manager
18 Years experience
12 Years at ClearBridge

Scott Glasser

Co-Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager
27 Years experience
25 Years at ClearBridge

Mary Jane McQuillen

ESG Head, Portfolio Manager
22 Years experience
22 Years at ClearBridge

Peter Vanderlee, CFA

Portfolio Manager
19 Years experience
19 Years at ClearBridge

Strategy Facts

Portfolio managers Michael Clarfeld, Scott Glasser and Peter Vanderlee have worked together since 2008 and bring a long tenure of experience managing dividend-focused strategies.

The Strategy focuses exclusively on dominant, well-run businesses that pay a dividend or have the potential to do so.

The team does not deviate from a disciplined investment process focused on income growth.

Literature & Perspectives

  • ESG Investment Program
    4Q18 Commentary: ClearBridge is working with portfolio companies to promote sustainable and fair production of electric vehicles.
  • Dividend Strategy
    4Q18 Commentary: The portfolio’s conservative positioning provided some support in a down market, while dividend growth remained strong.
  • Energy MLP Strategy
    4Q18 Commentary: Our view remains that the disconnect between MLP stock prices and MLP cash flows will narrow over time.
  • Sustainability Leaders Strategy
    4Q18 Commentary: Positions in several sectors helped the Strategy hold up well as volatility weighed on the market.
  • Large Cap Growth ESG Strategy
    4Q18 Commentary: The portfolio was supported by our allocation to stable growth companies and diversification across information technology.

Investment Process

  • Strong focus on current income and income growth
  • Identify strong, well run businesses through proprietary research that integrates environmental, social and governance factors with fundamental characteristics. Seek companies with predictable revenues and superior margins and return on investment
  • Avoid deep cyclicals, turnarounds and enterprises that cannot be reasonably analyzed


A dividend focus has led to competitive returns over multiple time periods. 

Average Annual Total Returns (%, Gross of Fees)2

YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Since Inception
ClearBridge Dividend Strategy ESG SMA Composite -4.00 -4.00 9.11 7.21 9.46
S&P 500 Index -4.38 -4.38 9.26 8.49 11.29


The Strategy's stock selection process results in diversification across all sectors with overweights to those that have historically paid meaningful and growing dividends.

Sector Weights1,2

Representative Portfolio S&P 500 Index
Financials 13.92 13.31
Information Technology 13.87 20.12
Materials 12.12 2.73
Consumer Staples 11.59 7.41
Industrials 11.19 9.20
Health Care 8.33 15.54
Communication Services 6.89 10.12
Consumer Discretionary 6.31 9.94
Utilities 4.58 3.34
Real Estate 3.11 2.96
Energy 1.20 5.32
Cash 6.89 0.00
Portfolio Characteristics1,2
Characteristics Representative Portfolio S&P 500 Index
P/E Ratio (trailing 12 mos.) 15.8 17.4
P/E Ratio (forward 12 mos.) 16.1 15.6
Price/Book 4.9 4.6
EPS Growth Next 3-5 Years (%) 11.5 12.9
Weighted Median Market Cap ($ bn) 91.2 99.1
Weighted Average Market Cap ($ bn) 153.5 192.9
ROE 22.6 19.0
Dividend Yield 2.7 2.1
Turnover (trailing 12 mos.) 9.0 --
Risk Statistics1
5 Year Risk Statistics Composite S&P 500 Index
Annualized Returns (5 Years) 7.21 8.49
Standard Deviation (%) 9.77 10.94
Sharpe Ratio 0.70 0.75
Tracking Error (%) 3.13 --
R2 0.92 --
Alpha (%) -0.16 --
Beta 0.86 --
Top 10 Holdings1
Characteristics % of Total Representative Portfolio
Microsoft Corp 3.24
Home Depot Inc/The 2.96
Bank of America Corp 2.78
Merck & Co Inc 2.64
Texas Instruments Inc 2.51
Mastercard Inc 2.50
PPG Industries Inc 2.44
Walt Disney Co/The 2.33
Comcast Corp 2.31
Visa Inc 2.28
Total 25.98
Total Number of Holdings 53
  • 1

    Source: FactSet. Representative portfolio characteristics, holdings, sector weightings and market cap are based on a representative portfolio and are subject to change at any time. Holdings, sector weightings, market cap and portfolio characteristics of individual client portfolios may differ, sometimes significantly, from those shown. This information does not constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice or recommendations with respect to the securities and sectors listed.

  • 2

    Past performance is no guarantee of future results. See GIPS endnotes. Performance is preliminary and subject to change.

  • 3

    There is no guarantee that the Strategy's objective will be met.

  • P/E ratios are weighted harmonic average. Price/Book is weighted average.

  • Performance source: Internal. Benchmark source: Standard & Poor’s. Neither ClearBridge Investments LLC nor its information providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information.

  • Annualized Returns

    1 Yr (12/31/18)

    3 Yrs (12/31/18)

    5 Yrs (12/31/18)

    Since Inception (12/31/18)

    Net of Fees

    -6.8% 5.9% 4.1% 6.3%

    Pure Gross

    -4.0% 9.1% 7.2% 9.5%

    S&P 500

    -4.4% 9.3% 8.5% 11.3%


  • ClearBridge Investments, LLC claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). ClearBridge Investments, LLC ("ClearBridge") is a wholly owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc. ("Legg Mason"). The investment advisory business now known as ClearBridge was registered in September 2005 to facilitate Legg Mason's acquisition of substantially all the equity asset management businesses known as Citigroup Asset Management. These former businesses serve as the foundation of ClearBridge and its claim of GIPS compliance for institutional accounts through predecessor firms, effective as of January 1997.  In June 2008, ClearBridge combined this business with its retail business to form a single GIPS firm.  As of April 1, 2013 and January 1, 2016, ClearBridge's affiliates, Global Currents Investment Management, LLC, and ClearBridge, LLC, respectively, have become part of the ClearBridge GIPS firm. The ClearBridge Dividend Strategy ESG SMA composite actively integrates criteria inclusive of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into the portfolio construction of the strategy.  Accounts within the composite are primarily invested in large and mid cap U.S. equities across a wide variety of industries and sectors but could also include ADR's. The portfolio managers seek dividend income, growth of dividend income and long-term capital appreciation. Managers may sometimes hold significant portions of portfolio assets in cash equivalents while waiting for buying opportunities. Results calculated in U.S. dollars. Pure gross returns shown do not reflect the deduction of "bundled" fees and are presented as supplemental information to net returns. The S&P 500® Index is a broad-based measurement of changes in stock market conditions based on the average performance of 500 widely held common stocks. To receive a complete list and description of ClearBridge composites and/or a presentation that adheres to the GIPS standards, please contact ClearBridge Institutional Marketing.