A Comprehensive Approach to Utility Investing

Strategy Objective

The strategy seeks total return, through a combination of capital appreciation and current income.


  • Invests globally in utility (electric, gas, and/or water), energy infrastructure, and telecommunication infrastructure companies
  • Seeks to exploit what we believe to be are two main market anomalies – the information and investment horizon gaps
  • Identify companies that we believe are currently undervalued relative to their future cash-flow generation potential, based on their long-term normalized growth rates
  • The team focuses on the often overlooked, longer-term operating dynamics of each company seeking to identify stocks that are currently trading below sector/industry norms, trading at a discount to the “sum of the parts” valuation, and/or temporarily performing below historical trends

Differentiating Characteristics

Our Definition of Utilities is Disciplined, yet Not Driven by an Index

  • We invest globally in traditional utility companies (electric, gas, and/or water), but also energy infrastructure, and telecommunication infrastructure resulting in a comprehensive opportunity

Diversified, yet Disciplined Portfolio Construction

  • Our approach is designed to provide the potential for higher upside capture, compared to more defensive utility strategies, while still affording the potential to mitigate downside capture

In-Depth Specialization & Experience across the Utilities Sector

  • Jennison has been a pioneer in utility investing with a history dating back to the 1970’s
  • We believe our experience investing across the entire energy value chain and our deep understanding of the infrastructure sector can provide us a competitive advantage in building utility portfolios

Key Characteristics

Benchmark: S&P 500 Utilities Index
Number of Holdings: Typically 60 – 75
Strategy Inception: July 1994
Market Cap: All-Cap
Turnover: 30 – 45% under normal market conditions

Investment Team

Our Utility team is a part of Jennison’s Income & Infrastructure investment suite which also includes our Equity Income, Global Infrastructure, MLP, and Rising Dividend strategies.

Jennison has been a pioneer in utility investing with a history dating back to the 1970’s and has been managing one of the largest utility strategies in the US since the 1990’s. Our investment teams’ extensive experience within the utility and telecommunication sectors, which have historically been two of the higher dividend-yielding sectors*, is complemented by our MLP and midstream energy infrastructure experience.

*As of December 31, 2015


Meet the Team

Please remember that there are inherent risks involved with investing in the markets, and your investments may be worth more or less than your initial investment upon redemption. There is no guarantee that the investment managers’ objectives will be achieved. Professional money management is not suitable for all investors. The risks associated with investing include but are not limited to: derivative securities, which may carry market, credit, and liquidity risks; short sales, which involve costs and the risk of potentially unlimited losses; leveraging, which may magnify losses; high yield (“junk”) bonds, which are subject to greater market risks; small/mid cap stocks which may be subject to more erratic market movements than large cap stocks; foreign securities, which are subject to currency fluctuation and political uncertainty; real estate, which poses certain risks related to overall and specific economic conditions as well as risks related to individual property, credit and interest-rate fluctuations; and mortgage-backed securities, which are subject to prepayment and extension risks.

Thematic and concentrated portfolios may not be suitable for all investors. Such portfolios are non-diversified, so a loss resulting from a particular security will have greater impact on the portfolio’s return. Fixed income investments are subject to interest rate risk, and their value will decline as interest rates rise.

Your investment objectives, risk tolerance, and liquidity needs must be reviewed before suitable programs can be recommended. Asset allocation and diversification strategies do not assure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. Investors should consult with their attorney, accountant, and/or tax professional for advice concerning their particular situation.

Additional considerations:
This web site is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security or other financial instrument or any investment management services.
The does not constitute investment advice and should not be used as the basis for any investment decision. There is no assurance that the strategy objectives as discussed will be met. Further, there is no assurance that any strategies, methods, sectors, or any investment programs herein were or will prove to be profitable, or that any investment recommendations or decisions we make in the future will be profitable for any investor or client.
These materials do not purport to provide any legal, tax or accounting advice.