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Dave Nicoski ...
  • Ross LaDuke
EUR 226.50 For Business Accounts Only

Int'l Insights: Bullish Developed Markets Stocks

Favor EAFE over EM

The U.S. dollar remains elevated and as long as this remains the case we believe developed international equities (EAFE) will continue to outperform relative to emerging markets (MSCI EM)... see charts below. Below we highlight attractive and actionable themes within developed international:

• Australia. Australia's All Ordinaries index exhibits bullish price and RS trends, a rarity when it comes to global markets considering most country-specific indexes display neutral or negative price trends. We highlight several Australian names, and would use recent broad market weakness to add exposure.

• Non-bank Financials. There are several attractive areas within financials, including exchanges, REITs, and investment managers.

• Japanese Technology. As RS for European Tech begins to moderate, we are now seeing several attractive price and RS bottoms in Japanese Tech -- add exposure.

• European/UK Sectors. Our favorite MSCI Sectors within Europe include Discretionary, Industrials, Health Care, and Staples.
Outside of the above themes, a bottoms-up approach is required to uncover attractive and actionable stocks. On page 4 we include a table of all stocks highlighted in this report, sorted first by sector and then by country... see page 4.
Underlyings
Accor S.A.

Accor is a hotel operator. Co. offers its guests and partners the expertise of a hotel operator and brand franchisor (HotelServices) and a hotel owner and investor (HotelInvest). Co. divides its activities into three segments: Luxury-upscale, Midscale and Economy. Luxury-upscale makes up 11% of Co.'s portfolio and comprises brands such as Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, and Grand Mercure; Midscale makes up 43% of its portfolio and comprises the Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure and Adagio brands; and Economy makes up 46% the Co.'s portfolio, comprising the brands ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and hotelF1. At Dec 31 2013 Co. operated around 3,600 hotels and 460,000 rooms in 92 countries.

Ahlstrom-Munksjo Oyl

Ahlstrom-Munksjo Oyj, formerly known as Munksjo Oyj, is a Finland-based company which is engaged in the production of paper and paper products. The Company offers white and coloured decor papers, release papers, paper for industrial use, flexible packaging paper, metalizing paper, electrotechnical paper, beverage packing solutions, filter solutions, thermal base paper, tape backings and other graphic papers, among others. Its materials are used in a range of industries, such as automotive, marine, aerospace, health care and medical, laboratory and life science, food and beverage, interior design and textile. Ahlstrom-Munksjo has its production facilities in Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and China.

ALSO Holding AG

Also Holding is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is one of the European companies in the wholesale and logistics sector for information technology and consumer electronics (ICE). Co. specializes in ICE distribution and logistics services. As part of its ICE distribution activities, Co. works with well-known manufacturers of hardware and software, and provides additional services in value-added sectors such as high-end-servers, storage, security and networks.

Aristocrat Leisure Ltd.

Aristocrat Leisure is a provider of gaming solutions. Co. is engaged in the design, development and distribution of gaming content, platforms and systems. Co.'s products and services include electronic gaming machines and casino management systems. Co. also operates within the online social gaming and real money wager markets.

Ashmore Group

Ashmore Group is engaged in the provision of investment management services.

ASML Holding N.V.

ASML Holding provides lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing machines that are used in the production of integrated circuits or chips. Co. develops, produces, markets, sells and services advanced semiconductor equipment systems exclusively consisting of lithography systems. Co. sells its products to micro-processor manufacturers and Foundries, NAND-Flash memory and DRAM memory chipmakers. Co.'s products line includes the following: PAS 5000 lithography systems, which Co. no longer manufactures but continues to refurbish; PAS 5500 products; TWINSCAN DUV systems and TWINSCAN EUV systems based on a new platform utilizing the concepts of the TWINSCAN platform.

Assystem

Assystem SA is a France-based company that is principally engaged in engineering and innovation consultancy. The Company offers solutions within a number of sectors, such as Aerospace, Defence, Energy, Nuclear, Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Automotive and Transport. The Company develops the infrastructural engineering and externalized R&D services. It's activities include managing infrastructural investments, from conception to dismantling; aerospace mechanical engineering, providing technical services to aerospace, engine and automotive manufacturers and technology & product engineering, providing services in transport, defense, product hardware and software development. The Company is present Europe, North America and Asia. The main shareholder of the Company is HDL Developpement SAS. It operates through Onyx Promavi, Batir Group, Edison Technical Recruitment Ltd, Radicon Gulf Consult, Engineering Partner Automotive Nordic AB and The Biotech Quality Group, among others.

ASX
ASX

ASX is a multi-asset class and exchange group. Co.'s principal activities are: providing securities exchange and ancillary services; derivatives exchange and ancillary services; central counterparty clearing services; and registry, depository, settlement and delivery-versus-payment clearing of financial products. Co. services companies and other issuers that list equity and debt securities on the exchange, as well as retail and institutional investors that invest in and trade those securities. While its operations are primarily based in Australia, Co. services both domestic and international customers, and some of its services are accessible from offshores.

B2Gold

B2Gold is a Vancouver-based gold producer with three operating mines (two in Nicaragua and one in the Philippines), a fourth mine which has entered into the commissioning and testing phase in Namibia and a portfolio of development and exploration assets in Mali, Colombia, Burkina Faso and Nicaragua. Co.'s reportable operating segments include its mining operations and development projects. The Other Mineral Properties segment consists of Co.'s interests in mineral properties which are at various stages of exploration. The Corporate and Other segment includes corporate operations and the Bellavista property in Costa Rica which is classified as held for sale.

Bellsystem24 Holdings

BELLSYSTEM24 Holdings is a holding company. Along with its subsidiaries, Co. operates in two business segments. The CRM (customer relationship management) business is engaged in the operation of call centers as well as the provision of customer support, sales support, technical support and business process outsourcing ("BPO") services for client companies through telephone, Web and social medias. It is also involved in the contract research organization ("CRO") business, the BPO business which provides contact center services related to medical and health and the site management organization ("SMO") business The Others segments is engaged in the contents sales and outsourcing businesses.

Coca Cola European Partners

Coca-Cola HBC AG

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co. produces, sells and distributes an extensive portfolio of non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages. Co.'s business is engaged in producing, selling and distributing non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages under bottlers' agreements with The Coca-Cola Company. In some Territories, Co. also produces, sells, distributes and markets its own brands of juice and Water beverages. In addition, Co. bottles and distributes beer in Bulgaria and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Co. distributes a selected number of third party premium spirit brands in certain central and eastern European operations.

Danone

Danone is engaged in activities in the global food and beverages industry. Co. operates in four markets: Fresh Dairy Products (Co. produces and sells yogurts, fermented dairy products and other fresh dairy products); Waters (Co. produces and sells natural waters as well as flavored and vitamin-enriched waters products); Early Life Nutrition (Co. produces baby formula, milk-and fruit-based desserts, cereals, small pots of baby food and ready-made baby food); and Medical Nutrition (Co. develops adult and pediatric clinical nutrition products to be taken orally, or through a catheter in the event of malnutrition related to illness or other causes).

Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC

Dechra Pharmaceuticals is engaged in the veterinary pharmaceuticals and related products business. Co. has three reportable segments: European Pharmaceuticals, manufactures and markets Companion Animal, Equine and Food producing Animal Products and also includes third party manufacturing; North American Pharmaceuticals, which consists of Dechra Veterinary Products US, Putney, Dechra Veterinary Products Canada, and Dechra-Brovel, which sells Companion Animal, Equine Products and Food producing Animal Products in those territories; and Pharmaceuticals Research and Development, which includes all of Co.'s pharmaceutical research and development activities.

Deutsche Boerse AG

Deutsche Boerse is a financial services provider. Co.'s segments include Eurex, which comprises areas such as T7 electronic derivatives market trading platform, T7 electronic options trading platform, and Eurex Repo® over-the-counter trading platform; Xetra, which comprises areas such as cash market, the Specialist trading, and Eurex Bonds® OTC trading platform. Clearstream, which comprises custody and settlement services, securities financing services and collateral management, and investment funds services; and Market Data + Services, which comprises areas such as Distribution of licenses for real-time trading and market signals, and development and sales of indices.

Elis SA

Elis is a multi-service group in the rental, laundry and maintenance of textile, hygiene and well-being items in Europe and Latin America. Co. serves hundreds of thousands of customers of all sizes, belonging to various professional customer segments: hospitality, healthcare, industry, trade and services. Co. also has a manufacturing business carried out by two entities, Le Jacquard FranASSais and Kennedy Hygiene Products which together form one of the company's operating segments.

Euronext

Euronext is a cross-border exchange. Co. operates combined regulated markets across Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom (derivatives only). Co. offers a range of integrated services including the listing of financial instruments, trading in securities and derivatives, clearing, netting and settlement, market data dissemination and IT solutions and support. Co.'s customers include listed companies, members, institutional and individual investors who trade on Co. markets, other organizations, notably exchanges that use its technologies and services, and users of the financial and information generated by market activity.

Evotec

Evotec is a holding company engaged as a drug discovery solutions company providing drug discovery capabilities to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as to academic institutions. These drug discovery solutions are provided in form of fee-for service work, integrated drug discovery alliances, development partnerships, licensing of drug candidates and consulting arrangements. Co. is primarily involved in the areas of neuroscience, pain, metabolic diseases, oncology and inflammation. Co. provides its drug discovery activities under the banners of EVT Execute, EVT Integrate and EVT Innovate. Co.'s operations are divided into two segments: EVT Execute and EVT Innovate.

FENIX OUTDOOR INTERNATIONAL

Fenix Outdoor International AG, formerly known as Nidron Holding AG, is a Switzerland-based company engaged in the apparel & accessories industry. The Company focuses on the development, production and sale of equipment and apparel for outdoor activities. It is structured through two operating segments: Brands, including development and marketing of its own brands Fjaellraeven, Tierra, Primus, Hanwag, and Brunton; and Retail, comprising outdoor retail activities through the acquired companies Naturkompaniet and Partioaitta. It also operates via Frilufts Retail Europe AB, its wholly owned subsidiary. Furthermore the Company's business areas Brands and Retail are supported by an administrative unit entailing accounting, reporting and logistics activities, among others.

Flight Centre Travel Group

Flight Centre Travel Group is engaged in the travel retailing in both the leisure and corporate travel sectors, plus wholesaling.

Fraport AG

Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide is an airport operator. Co. is divided into four segments: aviation, which includes airside and terminal management as well as corporate safety and security at the Frankfurt site; retail and real estate, which consists of retailing activities, parking facility and real estate management at Frankfurt Airport; ground handling, which comprises services dealing with passengers, aircraft and cargo; and external activities and services, which comprises Co.'s companies outside the Frankfurt site and auxiliary services in Frankfurt, including information technology and facility management in particular.

Fujitsu General Ltd.

Fujitsu General and its subsidiaries are mainly engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of air-conditioning equipment, information-communication equipment, and electronic devices. Co.'s principal products include air conditioners, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems, electric carpet, deodorizing equipment, fire-fighting systems, disaster-prevention systems, point-of-sale (POS) systems, on-vehicle cameras, surveillance cameras, video delivery systems, wireless systems for civilian use, security network systems and electronic components.

Goodman Group

Goodman Group is engaged in owning, developing and managing industrial property and business space in primary markets around the world. The principal activities of Co. are investment in directly and indirectly held industrial property, property services, property development (including development management) and investment management. The principal markets in which Co. operates in are Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Continental Europe, the U.K. and the Americas.

Groupe Alten

Alten is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. operates in three areas: Engineering and Technology Consulting (ETC), Telecoms Networks and Multimedia, and Information Systems (NTIS). Through the Engineering and Technology Consulting (ETC) segment, Co. studies and designs technology products for technical divisions in industry and telecoms. The Telecoms Networks and Multimedia segment focuses on Product design, Architecture, deployment, and operation of networks. Lastly, the IT systems segment comprises Applications and software development, and Infrastructure and Telecoms (Applications, systems and networks Corporate telecommunications).

Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd.

Harvey Norman Holdings is engaged in integrated retail, franchise, property and digital system. Co.'s business activities include: franchisor; sale of furniture, bedding, computers, communications and consumer electrical products in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Slovenia, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Croatia; property investment; lessor of premises to Harvey Norman®, Domayne® and Joyce Mayne® franchisees and other third parties; media placement; and provision of consumer finance and other commercial advances.

Hikari Tsushin Inc.

HIKARI TSUSHIN is a holding company. Co., through its affiliates, operates in three principal business segments. Corporate segment is engaged in the door-to door sale of office automation ("OA") equipment, eco-friendly products, telecommunication line service, and enterprise solution services for small and medium-sized enterprises. It also provides the communication line such as fixed line and broadband line. SHOP segment is engaged in the sale of mobile phones, mobile Wi-Fi routers and mobile applies (contents) through its nationwide sales channels. Insurance segment is engaged in the sale of insurance policies to customers using telemarketing at its nationwide call centers.

Hornbach Holding AG

Hornbach Holding is engaged in the development and operation of do-it-yourself (DIY) megastores with garden centers on an international basis. In addition, Co. and its subsidiaries are engaged in the construction materials and builders' merchant business. Co. operates within two segments: retail business and its real estate business. As of Feb. 28, 2014, Co. was operating a total of 49 DIY megastores with garden centers in eight countries outside Germany.

Informa

Informa is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is engaged in Global Exhibitions, which organises transaction-oriented Exhibitions and trade shows, providing buyers and sellers across different industries and communities with a platform to meet face to face, build relationships and conduct business; Business Intelligence, which provides specialist data, intelligence and insight to businesses; Academic Publishing, which publishes peer-reviewed scholarly research and specialist reference-led academic content; Knowledge and Networking, which organises content-driven events and programmes that provide a platform for communities to meet, network and share knowledge.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

InterContinental Hotels Group is a hotel companies. Co.'s hotel brands are InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hualuxe Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Resorts, Candlewood Suites, and Avid Hotels. As of Mar 2 2017, Co.'s had total hotels of 5,348 with 4,433 franchised, 907 managed, eight owned and leased hotels, and 1,655 total hotels in the pipeline.

Intermediate Capital Group PLC

Intermediate Capital Group is an asset manager. Co. operates across four asset classes: corporate, capital market, real asset and secondary investments. Co. is organized into the Fund Management Company (FMC) and the Investment Company (IC). FMC is the operating business of Co., sourcing and managing investments on behalf of third party funds and Co.'s balance sheet. IC invests Co.'s capital in support of third party fundraising and funds the development of new strategies. As of Mar 31 2017, Co. managed Euro23.80 billion of assets in third party funds and proprietary capital, principally in closed end funds.

Investor AB B

Investor AB is an industrial holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. invests in companies and industries. Co.'s holdings are divided into two business areas: Core Investments and Financial Investments. Core Investments consists of listed holdings, in which Co. is a major owner, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. Financial Investments consists of Co.'s investments in EQT and Investor Growth Capital, its partner-owned investments and other investments and activities.

Itochu Techno Solutions

ITOCHU Techno-Solutions is an information technology ("IT") solution services company based in Japan. Along with its affiliates, Co. operates in five principal business segments: distribution & enterprise, telecommunications, public & regional, finance & social infrastructure, and IT services. Co. is engaged in the comprehensive proposal and sales activities, including consulting to system design, construction, maintenance and operation services; and the joint proposal and procurement focusing on IT infrastructure outsourcing and maintenance and operations. In addition, Co., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the product procurement, the sale of software, and others.

J.D. Wetherspoon PLC

Wetherspoon (J.D.) is engaged in owning and operating pubs and hotels throughout the U.K. and Ireland.

Kingspan Group PLC

Kingspan is a holding company, engaged in the provision of low energy building solutions. Co.'s operating segments include: Insulated Panels, which is engaged in the manufacture of insulated panels, structural framing and metal facades; Insulation Boards, which is engaged in the manufacture of rigid insulation boards, building services insulation and engineered timber systems; Environmental, which is engaged in the manufacture of environmental, pollution control and renewable energy solutions; and Access Floors, which is engaged in the manufacture of raised access floors.

L.E. Lundbergfoeretagen AB B

L E Lundbergforetagen AB is an investment company that manages and develops a number of companies. The asset portfolio includes the wholly owned real estate company, Fastighets AB L E Lundberg, the publicly traded subsidiaries, Hufvudstaden and Holmen and the associated companies, Indutrade and Husqvarna. Co. also has major shareholdings in Industrivarden, Handelsbanken, Sandvik and Skanska. Co.'s subsidiary, L E Lundberg Kapitalforvaltning, is engages in securities trading. Operations consist of real estate operations, the manufacture and sale of printing paper, paperboard and sawn timber products, forest and power operations, and equity management (including securities trading).

L'Air Liquide S.A.

L'Air Liquide is engaged in the market of gases for industry, health and the environment. Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and rare gases make up Co.'s core activities. Co. structures its activities in three segments: Gas and Services, Engineering and Technology, and Other activities. The Gas and Services segment comprises four business lines: Industrial Merchant, Large Industries, Healthcare and Electronics; Engineering and Technology designs, develops and builds industrial gas production plants for Co. and third parties; and the Other Activities segment develops welding and cutting edge technologies, and markets deep-sea diving and swimming equipment to professionals and privates individuals.

Link Real Estate Investment Trust

Link Real Estate Investment Trust is a collective investment scheme constituted as a unit trust that invests primarily in retail and carpark operations.

Man Group PLC

Man Group Ltd Formerly known as Man Group PLC. Man Group Ltd, formerly Man Group PLC, is a United Kingdom-based independent investment management company. It offers long-only, alternative and private markets products on a single and multi-manager basis. Its investment management firms include Man AHL, Man Numeric, Man GLG, Man FRM and Man Global Private Markets (Man GPM). Man AHL is a diversified quantitative investment manager. Man Numeric is a quantitative equity manager invested across equity markets. Man GLG is a discretionary fund manager, active across alternative and long only strategies. Man FRM is an open architecture, full service hedge fund platform, which offers commingled fund of hedge funds, advisory solutions and outsourced research and consulting. Man GPM is engaged in private market asset classes, such as real estate, private credit and infrastructure.

Mani

MANI is mainly engaged in the manufacture and sale of medical equipment. Along with its subsidiaries, Co. operates in three business segments: surgical-related, eyeless needle-related, and dental-related. Co.'s principal products are surgical suture needles and threads, as well as ophthalmic knives, born saws, blood vessel knives and other surgical equipment; eyeless surgical suture needles; and dental root canal treatment equipment, such as reamers, files and broaches; grinding and abrasive agents, such as carborundum points, and silicone points; and rotating dental treatment equipment, such as dia-burs and carbide burs, as well as dental materials and dental stereomicroscope.

Mimasu Semiconductor Industry Co. Ltd.

Mimasu Semiconductor Industry is mainly engaged in the processing of semiconductor materials, the sale of precision equipment, as well as the design, manufacture and sale of automatic devices. Co. is engaged in three business segments. The Semiconductor Materials segment offers silicon wafers, including prime wafers and reclaim wafers, among others. The Commercial segment provides measuring instruments, testing equipment and other precision equipment, among others. The Engineering segment is engaged in the provision of various automatic devices, such as processing equipment for semiconductor materials, robot systems and others.

Mitchells & Butlers PLC

Mitchells & Butlers is an operator of managed pubs and restaurants. Co.'s portfolio of brands and formats include Harvester, Toby Carvery, All Bar One, Miller & Carter, Premium Country Pubs, Sizzling Pubs, Crown Carveries, Stonehouse, Vintage Inns, Browns, Castle, Nicholson's, O'Neill's and Ember Inns. In addition, Co. operates Innkeeper's Lodge hotels in the U.K. and Alex restaurants and bars in Germany. Co. operates in two segments: the retail operating business, which operates all of Co.'s retail operating units; and the property business, which holds Co.'s freehold and long leasehold property portfolio.

Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance

Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance is mainly engaged in the leasing and financial business. Along with its subsidiaries and associated companies, Co. operates in two business segments. The Customer Finance segment is engaged in the provision of finance, lease, installment sale and loan services for machineries, equipment and others. The Asset Finance segment is involved in the operation, lease and real estate related financial services for machineries and transportation equipment; as well as the operation of securities, finance for airplanes and vessels, and the lease of office building.

Morinaga & Co. Ltd.

Morinaga & Co. and its subsidiaries are mainly engaged in the manufacture and sale of food products. Co. operates in four principal business segments. Food Manufacturing segment is engaged in the manufacture and sale of confectionery including caramel candies, chocolates, candies, biscuits and others; foodstuffs including cocoa mixes, cake mixes and beverages; frozen desserts; and health products. Food Merchandise segment is engaged in the wholesale of confectionery and food products. Real Estate and Services segment is engaged in the real estate leasing and the operation of golf courses. In addition, Co. is engaged in the provision of financial services and bioscience research activities.

National Australia Bank Ltd.

National Australia Bank provides banking services, credit and access card facilities, leasing, housing and general finance, international banking, investment banking, wealth management, funds management, life insurance and custodian, trustee and nominee services. Co.'s division include: Australian Banking, which provides products and services to retail and business customers; National Australia Bank Limited Wealth, which provides superannuation, investment and insurance solutions; and New Zealand Banking, which comprises the Retail, Business, Agribusiness, Corporate and Institutional and Insurance franchises in New Zealand. As of Sept 30 2016, Co. had total assets of A$777.62 billion.

Nissin Electric Co. Ltd.

Nissin Electric is a manufacturer of power system equipment and charged particle beam-oriented equipment. Co. operates in four business segments: Electric Equipment, Beam and Vacuum Application, New Energy and Environment, and Life Cycle Engineering. Co. manufactures power system equipment necessary to ensure reliable power supplies. Charged particle beam-oriented equipment includes high technology products such as ion implanters, electron processing systems, and thin-film coating equipment. Co. also provides a variety of engineering services ranging from installation and adjustment of high technology based products to advanced technical treatments.

Open House

Open House Co., Ltd. is principally engaged in detached business, brokerage business and open house architects business, which is integrated manufacturing and sales business style. The Company operates in six segments. The Brokerage segment engages in real estate brokerage business. The Detached Houses segment engages in construction of detached houses and sale of subdivision land. The Open House Architect segment engages in construction contracts business. The Condominium segment engages in development and sale of new apartments. The Revenue Real Estate segment acquires, operates and sells profitable real estate. The Others segment engages in residential related loan business, financial services business, real estate market analysis, sales of real estate, and creation of building confirmation application drawing.

Oracle Corp. Japan

Oracle is engaged in the provision of information technology services. New License and Cloud segment is engaged in the licensing services of its database management software, middleware, and application software, as well as providing access to its software and hardware through Oracle Cloud SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings. Updates and Product Support segment provides software upgrade and patch, and technical support. Hardware Systems segment offers servers, storage, networking, virtualization software, operating systems and management software to support diverse IT environments, including cloud computing environments. Services segment offers consulting services.

Prestige International

Prestige International is mainly engaged in the business process outsourcing (BPO) business. Co. operates in seven business segments and provides consulting and outsourcing call center systems of various business processes. Co.'s principal services include customer contact services, roadside assistance services, and property assistance services to its customers; Japanese call center service and claims agent services for overseas travelers; extended warranties for automobiles and household equipment, nursing care expense guarantees, and rental guarantees; IT related services; CRM services for credit card, mail order and telecommunications companies; and temporary staffing services.

RWE AG

RWE is an electricity and gas company. The Conventional Power Generation segment consists of the activities of RWE Power, Essent and RWE npower. The Supply/Distribution Networks Germany segment supplies electricity, gas and heat. The Supply Netherlands/Belgium segment comprises the activities of Essent in the Netherlands. The Supply United Kingdom segment comprises the operations of RWE npower. The Central Eastern and South Eastern European segment contains activities in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey and Croatia. The Renewables, Upstream Gas & Oil and Trading/Gas Midstream segments include the activities of RWE Innogy, RWE Dea and RWE Supply & Trading, respectively.

Safran

Safran designs, develops and manufactures high technology electronics through three businesses: Aerospace, Defense and Security. Aerospace includes Aerospace Propulsion (propulsion systems for commercial aircraft, military transport, training and combat aircraft, rocket engines, civil and military helicopters) and Aircraft Equipment (mechanical, hydromechanical and electromechanical equipment); Defense (optronic, avionic and electronic systems); and Security (biometric technologies for fingerprint, iris and face recognition, identity management products, access management and transaction security, including tomographic systems for detection of dangerous or illicit substances in baggage).

Segro

Segro owns, develops, and manages warehouse properties in selected markets in the U.K. and Continental Europe. Co.'s reportable segments are the geographical business units, Greater London, Thames Valley and National Logistics, Northern Europe (principally Germany), Southern Europe (principally France) and Central Europe (principally Poland).

Sony Corp.

Sony is engaged in the development, design, production, manufacture, offer and sale of various kinds of electronic equipment, instruments and devices for consumer, professional and industrial markets such as network services, game hardware and software, televisions, audio and video recorders and players, still and video cameras, mobile phones, and semiconductors. Co. is engaged in the development, production, manufacture, and distribution of recorded music and the management and licensing of the words and music of songs as well as the production and distribution of animation titles. Co. is also engaged in the production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and television.

Stroeer SE & Co KGaA

Stroeer SE & Co KGaA is a Germany-based digital multi-channel media company and provider of out-of-home (OOH) and online advertising. The Company operates through three segments: Content Media, Direct Media and OOH Media. The Content Media segment includes display and video advertising, as well as digital marketing services. The Direct Media segment comprises dialog marketing and transactional product groups. The services include direct sales and non-voice channels, such as social media and chat, among others. The OOH Media segment covers activities related to large-format advertising, street furniture and advertising on public transport, and includes the giant poster business BlowUP and the online platform for booking of regional out-of-home campaigns, stroeer-direkt.de, among others.

Tokyo Electron Ltd.

Tokyo Electron is a supplier of semiconductor production equipment ("SPE") and flat panel display ("FPD") selling through global network that spans Japan, the U.S., Europe and Asia. Co.'s principal products are coater/developers, plasma etch systems, thermal processing systems, single wafer deposition systems, cleaning systems (auto wet station, single wafer cleaning system, pre-clean system and scrubber system), wafer prober, FPD coater/developers and FPD plasma etch/ash systems. In addition, Co., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the provision of transportation services, insurance services, as well as the support services for Co.'s photovoltaic cell ("PV") production equipment.

ULVAC Inc.

ULVAC is engaged in the manufacture and sale of vacuum systems and equipment. The Vacuum Machinery segment provides sputtering systems, CVD systems, vacuum evaporation systems, etching systems, annealing systems, ion implantation systems, vacuum furnaces and vapor deposition polymerization systems for semiconductor processing, LED devices, photovoltaics, optic films, LCD displays, magnetic sensors, and electronic materials; and vacuum components including vacuum pumps, gauges, leak detectors, vacuum valves, and vacuum parts. The Vacuum Application segment provides sputtering target materials, evaporation deposition materials, and titanium and tantalum processing products.

Veolia Environnement S.A.

Veolia Environnement provides environmental management services to public authorities, industrial and commercial services customers, and individuals worldwide. These services include the supply of water, the treatment and recovery of municipal or industrial effluent, waste collection, processing and recycling, the supply of heating and cooling services and the optimization of industrial processes. Co.'s business operations are conducted through three divisions, each specializing in a single business sector: Veolia Eau (Water), Veolia Energie (Dalkia, Energy Services) and Veolia Proprete (Environmental Services).

Vinci S.A.

Vinci is engaged in building, civil engineering and facilities management. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is engaged in five divisions comprising of: the Building division which provides retail solutions including construction and fit-out in both the retail and commercial sectors; the Civil Engineering division; the Air division which provides program management, engineering and construction services to customers with airport infrastructure requirements; the Technology division; and the VINCI Facilities division which provides facilities management, repair and maintenance and small works in both the private and public sectors.

Waste Connections Inc

Waste Connections is a solid waste services company in North America, providing waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets in the U.S. and Canada. Through its R360 Environmental Solutions subsidiary, Co. is also a provider of non-hazardous exploration and production (E&P), waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in several of the natural resource producing areas in the U.S. Co. also provides intermodal services for the rail haul movement of cargo and solid waste containers in the Pacific Northwest through a network of intermodal facilities.

Westpac Banking Corp.

Westpac Banking is a banking organization with branches, affiliates and controlled entities throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and in the Pacific region. Co. provides a range of banking and financial services in these markets, including consumer, business and institutional banking and wealth management services. Co. is engaged in the provision of financial services including lending, deposit taking, payments services, investment portfolio management and advice, superannuation and funds management, insurance services, leasing finance, general finance, interest rate risk management and foreign exchange services. As of Sep 30 2017, Co. had total assets of A$851,875,000,000.

Worldline

Worldline is a financial transaction processing company based in France. Co's operations are organized along three segments covering payments and digital services: Merchant Services & Terminals (facilitating consumer engagement around end-to-end e-payment transactional services on any device – before, during and after the point of sale); eMobility and eTransactional Services (assists businesses and governments in developing new digital services enabling strategic digital transformation); and Financial Processing & Software Licensing (provides processing services to banks and financial institutions for managing card-based and online cashless payments).

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