PRINCIPAL FUNDS, INC. AMENDED & RESTATED SUB‑ADVISORY AGREEMENT
PRINCIPAL FUNDS, INC.
AMENDED & RESTATED SUB‑ADVISORY AGREEMENT
AMENDED & RESTATED SUB ADVISORY AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) executed as of the 1st day of January, 2019, by and between PRINCIPAL GLOBAL INVESTORS, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (hereinafter called the “Manager”), and ORIGIN ASSET MANAGEMENT LLP, a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the United Kingdom (hereinafter called the “Sub-Advisor”).
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, the Manager is the manager and investment adviser to each series of the Principal Funds, Inc., (the "Fund"), an open‑end management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "1940 Act"); and
WHEREAS, the Manager desires to retain the Sub‑Advisor to furnish it with portfolio selection in connection with the investment advisory services for each series of the Fund identified in Appendix A (hereinafter called the “Series”), which the Manager has agreed to provide to the Fund, and the Sub‑Advisor desires to furnish such services on the terms and conditions set forth herein; and
WHEREAS, the Manager and the Sub-Advisor agree to amend and restate the Amended and Restated Sub-Advisory Agreement between the Manager and the Sub-Advisor dated January 1, 2018 with this Agreement; and
WHEREAS, the Manager has furnished the Sub‑Advisor with copies properly certified or authenticated of each of the following:
The Amended and Restated Management Agreement between the Fund and the Manager (the "Management Agreement") with the Fund;
The Fund's registration statement and financial statements as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission;
The Fund's Articles of Incorporation and By‑laws;
Policies, procedures or instructions adopted or approved by the Board of Directors of the Fund relating to obligations and services provided by the Sub-Advisor.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, the parties agree as follows:
Appointment of Sub‑Advisor
In accordance with and subject to the Management Agreement, the Manager hereby appoints the Sub‑Advisor to perform the services described in Section 2 below for investment and reinvestment of the securities and other assets of the Series, subject to the supervision and direction of the Manager and the Fund's Board of Directors, for the period and on the terms hereinafter set forth. The Sub‑Advisor accepts such appointment and agrees to furnish the services hereinafter set forth for the compensation herein provided. The Sub-Advisor shall provide such services with respect to the portion of the assets of the Series allocated to it for management from time to time by the Manager. The Sub‑Advisor shall for all purposes herein be deemed to be an independent contractor and shall, except as expressly provided or authorized herein, have no authority to act for or represent the Fund or the Manager in any way or otherwise be deemed an agent of the Fund or the Manager.
2. Obligations of and Services to be Provided by the Sub‑Advisor
The Sub-Advisor will:
(i) Provide investment advisory services, including but not limited to research, advice and supervision for the Series.
Furnish to the Board of Directors for approval (or any appropriate committee of such Board of Directors), and revise from time to time as economic conditions require, a recommended investment program for the Series consistent with the Series’ written investment objective and policies.
Implement the approved investment program by placing orders for the purchase, sale and exchange of securities, “commodity interests” (as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act, as amended) and other financial instruments without prior consultation with the Manager and without regard to the length of time the securities and other financial instruments have been held, the resulting rate of portfolio turnover or any tax considerations, subject always to (i) the provisions of the Fund's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and (ii) the requirements of the 1940 Act, as each of the same shall be from time to time in effect.
Advise and assist the officers of the Fund, as reasonably requested by the officers, in taking such steps as are reasonably necessary or appropriate to carry out the decisions of its Board of Directors, and any appropriate committees of such Board, regarding the general conduct of the investment business of the Series.
Maintain, in connection with the Sub-Advisor’s investment advisory services provided to the Series, its compliance with the 1940 Act and the regulations adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) thereunder and the Series’ investment strategies and restrictions as stated in the Fund’s prospectus and statement of additional information (together , the “Registration Statement”), subject to receipt of such additional information as may be required from the Manager and provided in accordance with Section 11(d) of this Agreement.
Report to the Board of Directors of the Fund at such times and in such detail as the Board of Directors may reasonably deem appropriate in order to enable it to determine that the investment policies, procedures and approved investment program of the Series are being observed.
Upon request, provide reasonable assistance in the determination of the fair value of certain securities when reliable market quotations are not readily available for purposes of calculating net asset value in accordance with procedures and methods established by the Board of Directors.
Furnish, at its own expense, (i) all necessary investment and management facilities, including salaries of clerical and other personnel required for it to execute its duties faithfully, and (ii) administrative facilities, including bookkeeping, clerical personnel and equipment necessary for the efficient conduct of its duties under this Agreement.
Open accounts with Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) compliant broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, banks and other financial institutions (collectively “broker-dealers”), select broker-dealers to effect all transactions for the Series, place all necessary orders with broker‑dealers or issuers (including affiliated broker-dealers), and negotiate commissions, if applicable. To the extent consistent with applicable law, purchase or sell orders for the Series may be aggregated with contemporaneous purchase or sell orders of other clients of the Sub-Advisor. In such event allocation of securities so sold or purchased, as well as the expenses incurred in the transaction, will be made by the Sub‑Advisor in the manner the Sub-Advisor considers to be the most equitable and consistent with its fiduciary obligations to the Fund and to other clients of the Sub-Advisor and its affiliates over time. The Manager recognizes that, in some cases, this procedure may limit the size of the position that may be acquired or sold for the Series and that aggregation of orders may not result in more favorable pricing or lower brokerage commissions in all instances. At the Manager’s request, the Sub-Advisor will provide the Manager with the information required pursuant to Rule 31a-1(b)(9) of the 1940 Act. The Sub-Advisor will effect transactions with those broker-dealers which it believes provide favorable net prices and are capable of providing efficient executions, taking into consideration, among other things, order size, difficulty of execution, the operational capabilities, facilities and financial condition of the broker-dealer involved, whether that broker-dealer has risked its own capital in positioning a block of securities or other assets, and the prior experience of the broker-dealer in effecting transactions of the relevant types. The Sub-Advisor’s primary objective will be to obtain best execution with respect to all transactions for the Series. However, the Sub-Advisor may select brokers-dealers on the basis that they provide brokerage, research or other
services or products to the Sub-Advisor or its affiliates. To the extent consistent with applicable law, the Sub-Advisor may pay a broker or dealer an amount of commission for effecting a securities transaction in excess of the amount of commission or dealer spread another broker- dealer would have charged for effecting that transaction if the Sub-Advisor determines in good faith that such amount of commission is reasonable in relation to the value of the brokerage and research products and/or services provided by such broker-dealer. This determination, with respect to brokerage and research products and/or services, may be viewed in terms of either that particular transaction or the overall responsibilities which the Sub-Advisor and its affiliates have with respect to the Series and other accounts over which they exercise investment discretion. Not all such services or products need be used by the Sub-Advisor in managing the Series. In addition, joint repurchase or other accounts may not be utilized by the Series except to the extent permitted under any exemptive order obtained by the Sub-Advisor provided that all conditions of such order are complied with.
Section 871(m) Transactions: Sub-Advisor shall not on behalf of the Fund enter into certain U.S. dividend equivalent payment transactions described in Section 871(m) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and the regulations thereunder (“871(m) Transaction”) with a foreign counterparty unless: (i), Sub-Advisor adheres to the ISDA 2015 Section 871(m) Protocol on behalf of the Fund, and (ii), The foreign counterparty to the 871(m) Transaction provides Sub-Advisor with a properly completed Form W-8IMY certifying to its status as a qualified derivatives dealer (“QDD”).
Maintain all accounts, books and records with respect to the Series as are required of an investment adviser of a registered investment company pursuant to the 1940 Act and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Advisers Act”), and the rules thereunder, and furnish the Fund and the Manager with such periodic and special reports as the Fund or Manager may reasonably request. In compliance with the requirements of Rule 31a-3 under the 1940 Act, the Sub-Advisor hereby agrees that all records that it maintains for the Series are the property of the Fund, agrees to preserve for the periods described by Rule 31a-2 under the 1940 Act any records that it maintains for the Fund and that are required to be maintained by Rule 31a-1 under the 1940 Act, and further agrees to surrender promptly to the Fund any records that it maintains for the Series upon request by the Fund or the Manager. The Sub-Advisor may retain copies of any such records.
Observe and comply with Rule 17j-1 under the 1940 Act and the Sub-Advisor’s code of ethics (the “Code of Ethics”) adopted pursuant to Rule 17j-1 as the same may be amended from time to time. The Manager acknowledges receipt of a copy of Sub-Advisor’s current Code of Ethics. Sub-Advisor shall promptly forward to the Manager a copy of any material amendment to the Sub-Advisor’s Code of Ethics.
From time to time as the Manager or the Fund may request, furnish the requesting party reports on portfolio transactions and reports on investments held by the Series, all in such detail as the Manager or the Fund may reasonably request. The Sub-Advisor will make available its personnel to meet with the Fund’s Board of Directors at the Fund’s principal place of business on reasonable prior notice to review the investments of the Series.
Provide such additional information in the possession of the Sub-Advisor or its affiliates may be required for the Fund or the Manager to comply with their respective obligations under applicable laws, including, without limitation, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), the 1940 Act, the Investment Advisers Act, the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and any state securities laws, and any rule or regulation thereunder. Sub-Advisor will advise Manager of any changes in Sub-Advisor’s Senior Management (i.e. Chief Investment Officer and/or Chief Executive Officer) within a reasonable time after any such change. Manager acknowledges receipt of Sub-Advisor’s Form ADV more than 48 hours prior to the execution of this Agreement.
Have the responsibility and authority to vote proxies solicited by, or with respect to, the issuers of securities held in the Series in accordance with the Sub-Advisor’s proxy voting policy as most recently provided to the Manager. The Sub-Advisor’s obligations in the previous sentence are contingent upon its timely receipt of such proxy solicitation materials from the Manager. The Manager shall cause to be forwarded to Sub-Advisor all proxy solicitation materials that it receives and shall assist Sub-Advisor in its efforts to conduct the proxy voting process.
3. Prohibited Conduct
In providing the services described in this agreement, the Sub-Advisor will not consult with any other investment advisory firm that provides investment advisory services to any investment company sponsored by Principal Life Insurance Company regarding transactions for the Fund in securities or other assets. The Manager agrees to provide a list of such other investment advisory firms to the Sub-Advisor, such list to be promptly updated by the Manager upon any changes thereto.
As full compensation for all services rendered and obligations assumed by the Sub‑Advisor hereunder with respect to the Fund, the Manager shall pay the compensation specified in Appendix A to this Agreement.
5. Liability of Sub‑Advisor
Neither the Sub‑Advisor nor any of its partners, members, directors, officers, employees, agents or affiliates shall be liable to the Manager, the Board of Directors, the Fund or its shareholders for any claim, expense or other loss suffered by the Manager or the Fund resulting from any error of judgment made in the good faith exercise of the Sub‑Advisor's duties under this Agreement or as a result of the failure by the Manager or any of its affiliates to comply with the terms of this Agreement except for losses resulting from willful misfeasance, bad faith or gross negligence of, or from reckless disregard of, the duties of the Sub‑Advisor or any of its partners, members, directors, officers, employees, agents (excluding any broker-dealer selected by the Sub-Advisor), or affiliates.
6. Trade Errors
The Sub-Advisor will notify the Manager of any Trade Error(s), regardless of materiality, promptly upon the discovery such Trade Error(s) by the Sub-Advisor. Notwithstanding Section 5, the Sub-Advisor will be shall be liable to the Manager, the Fund or its shareholders for any loss suffered by the Manager or the Fund resulting from Trade Errors. Any gains which occur due to a Trade Error shall be retained by the Fund. For purposes under this Section, Trade Errors are defined as errors (regardless of cause, and including, but not limited to errors caused, at least in part, by manual error or systems-related issues such as coding, unauthorized access, or security breach) due to (i) erroneous orders by the Sub-Advisor for the Series that result in the purchase or sale of securities that were not intended to be purchased or sold; (ii) erroneous orders by the Sub-Advisor that result in the purchase or sale of securities for the Series in an unintended amount or price; or (iii) purchases or sales of financial instruments which violate the investment limitations or restrictions disclosed in the Registration Statement and/or imposed by applicable law or regulation (calculated at the Sub-Advisor’s portfolio level), unless otherwise agreed to in writing.
7. Supplemental Arrangements
The Sub‑Advisor may enter into arrangements with other persons affiliated with the Sub‑Advisor or with unaffiliated third parties to better enable the Sub-Advisor to fulfill its obligations under this Agreement for the provision of certain personnel and facilities to the Sub‑ Advisor, subject to written notification to and approval of the Manager and, where required by applicable law, the Board of Directors.
The Sub‑Advisor shall submit to all regulatory and administrative bodies having jurisdiction over the services provided pursuant to this Agreement any information, reports or other material which any such body require pursuant to applicable laws and regulations.
9. Duration and Termination of This Agreement
This Agreement shall become effective with respect to a Series as of the corresponding date set forth on Appendix B to this Agreement, as may be amended from time to time, and, unless otherwise terminated with respect to such Series, shall continue in effect thereafter for the initial term set forth on Appendix B to this Agreement, and thereafter from year to year, provided that in each case the continuance is specifically approved within the period required by the 1940 Act either by the Board of Directors of the Fund or by a vote
of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Series and in either event by a vote of a majority of the Board of Directors of the Fund who are not interested persons of the Manager, Principal Life Insurance Company, the Sub-Advisor or the Fund cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval.
If the shareholders of a Series fail to approve the Agreement or any continuance of the Agreement in accordance with the requirements of the 1940 Act, the Sub-Advisor will continue to act as Sub-Advisor with respect to the Series pending the required approval of the Agreement or its continuance or of any contract with the Sub-Advisor or a different manager or sub-advisor or other definitive action; provided, that the compensation received by the Sub-Advisor in respect to the Series during such period is in compliance with Rule 15a-4 under the 1940 Act.
This Agreement may be terminated with respect to a Series at any time without the payment of any penalty by the Board of Directors of the Fund or by the Sub-Advisor, or the Manager or by vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Series on sixty days’ written notice. This Agreement shall automatically terminate in the event of its assignment. In interpreting the provisions of this Section 9, the definitions contained in Section 2(a) of the 1940 Act (particularly the definitions of "interested person," "assignment," "voting security" and “majority of the outstanding voting securities”) shall be applied.
10. Amendment of this Agreement
No material amendment of this Agreement shall be effective until approved, if required by the 1940 Act or the rules, regulations, interpretations or orders issued thereunder, by vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Series and by vote of a majority of the Board of Directors who are not interested persons of the Manager, the Sub‑Advisor, Principal Life Insurance Company or the Fund cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval, and such amendment is signed by both parties.
11. General Provisions
Each party agrees to perform such further acts and execute such further documents as are necessary to effectuate the purposes hereof. This Agreement shall be construed and enforced in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Iowa. The captions in this Agreement are included for convenience only and in no way define or delimit any of the provisions hereof or otherwise affect their construction or effect.
(b) Any notice under this Agreement shall be in writing, addressed and delivered or mailed postage pre‑paid to the other party at such address as such other party may designate for the receipt of such notices. Until further notice to the other party, it is agreed that the address of the Manager for this purpose shall be Principal Financial Group, Xxx Xxxxxx, Xxxx 00000‑0200, and the address of the Sub‑Advisor shall be Origin Asset Management LLP, Xxx Xxxxx Xxxx, Xxxxxx, XX0X 0XX, Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx.
The Sub‑Advisor will promptly notify the Manager in writing of the occurrence of any of the following events:
the Sub‑Advisor fails to be registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act or under the laws of any jurisdiction in which the Sub‑Advisor is required to be registered as an investment advisor in order to perform its obligations under this Agreement.
the Sub‑Advisor is served or otherwise receives notice of any action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation, at law or in equity, before or by any court, public board or body, specifically naming the Fund or involving the affairs of the Fund.
The Manager shall provide (or cause the Series custodian to provide) timely information to the Sub-Advisor regarding such matters as the composition of the assets of the Series, cash requirements and cash available for investment in the Series, and all other reasonable information as may be necessary for the Sub-Advisor to perform its duties and responsibilities hereunder.
(e) The Sub-Advisor represents that it will not enter into any agreement, oral or written, or other understanding under which the Fund directs or is expected to direct portfolio securities transactions, or any remuneration, to a broker or dealer in consideration for the promotion or sale of Fund shares or shares issued by any
other registered investment company. Sub-Advisor further represents that it is contrary to the Sub-Advisor’s policies to permit those who select brokers or dealers for execution of fund portfolio securities transactions to take into account the broker or dealer’s promotion or sale of Fund shares or shares issued by any other registered investment company.
(f) The Sub-Advisor acknowledges that the Series is relying on the exclusion from the definition of “commodity pool operator” under Section 4.5 of the General Regulations under the Commodity Exchange Act (“Rule 4.5”). The Sub-Advisor will not exceed the de minimis trading limits set forth in Rule 4.5(c)(2) unless otherwise agreed to in writing.
(g) The Sub-Advisor agrees that neither it nor any of its affiliates will in any way refer directly or indirectly to its relationship with the Fund, the Series, or the Manager or any of their respective affiliates in offering, marketing or other promotional materials without the express written consent of the Manager; provided, however, that the Manager consents to the Sub-Advisor’s use of the Manager’s name and the Fund name in the Sub-Advisor’s representative client list that may be distributed to potential and existing clients so long as this Agreement is in effect.
The Manager shall promptly notify the Sub-Advisor of the occurrence of any event that would disqualify the Manager from serving as an investment adviser of an investment company pursuant to Section 9(a) of the 1940 Act or other applicable law, rule or regulation.
The Sub-Advisor shall promptly notify the Manager of the occurrence of any event that would disqualify the Sub-Advisor from serving as an investment adviser of an investment company pursuant to Section 9(a) of the 1940 Act or other applicable law, rule or regulation.
Each party represents, warrants and covenants to the other party that (i) it has all requisite power and authority to enter into and perform its obligations under the Agreement, (ii) it has taken all necessary corporate action to authorize its execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement, (iii) it has duly executed and delivered the Agreement, and (iv) this Agreement constitutes its legal, valid and binding agreement, enforceable against it in accordance with its terms.
This Agreement contains the entire understanding and agreement of the parties.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have duly executed this Agreement on the date first above written.
PRINCIPAL GLOBAL INVESTORS, LLC
By /s/ Xxxxxxx X. Beer
Name: Xxxxxxx X. Beer
Title: Executive Director - Principal Funds
By /s/ Xxxx X. Xxxxxx
Name: Xxxx X. Xxxxxx
ORIGIN ASSET MANAGEMENT LLP
By /s/ Lindsay Xxxxx Xxxxxxx
Name: Lindsay Xxxxx Xxxxxxx
Title: Partner & Chief Operating Officer
By /s/ Xxxxx Xxxxxx
Name: Xxxxx Xxxxxx
Origin Asset Management, LLP (“Origin”) shall serve as investment sub-advisor for each Fund identified below. The Manager will pay Origin, as full compensation for all services provided under this Agreement, a fee, computed and paid monthly, at an annual rate as shown below of the Series’ net assets as of the last business day of the preceding calendar month allocated to Origin’s management, provided that for the first month Origin is retained, the fee will be computed by using the Series’ net assets as of the last business day of the month in which assets are first allocated to Origin’s management.
In calculating the fee for a series included in the table below, assets of any unregistered separate account of Principal Life Insurance Company as well as assets of registered investment companies, and collective investment trusts, and Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) funds sponsored by Principal Financial Group, Inc. or any affiliate and to which Sub-Advisor provides investment advisory services with the same investment mandate as the series for which the fee is calculated, will be combined with the assets of the series to arrive at net assets.
If this Agreement becomes effective or terminates before the end of any month, the fee (if any) for the period from the effective date to the end of such month or from the beginning of such month to the date of termination, as the case may be, shall be prorated according to the proportion which such period bears to the full month in which such effectiveness or termination occurs.
International Fund I
First $1 billion
Assets over $1 billion
Origin Emerging Markets Fund
First $500 million
Next $500 million
Over $1 billion
Effective Date and Initial Term of Sub-Advisory Agreement for each Series
International Fund I
Origin Emerging Markets Fund