The Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund (“CCVMF”) gained 3.2% in July versus a gain of 0.3% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index ("Index”). The CCVMF saw broad-based strength with 75% of its holdings out-pacing the Index return and half of its holdings gaining over 5%. As for the Index, Health Care (-13.3%), driven by weakness in cannabis stocks, was the worst performer, while Energy (-4.0%) continued to lag.
Top CCVMF performers in July were North American Construction Group (“NOA”: +17.3%) and Air Canada (“AC”: +14.4%). We have written in the past about earnings announcements being helpful catalysts to re-focus investors on company-specific fundamentals (versus macro noise) and that is exactly what happened with these two names.
NOA continued to post strong results on solid activity in core oil sands, ramping of third party repair and maintenance work and strong performance from recent acquisitions. The company provided an upbeat outlook which included incremental contract wins and guidance that exceeded analyst expectations.
Air Canada had a strong operational quarter that exceeded analyst expectations despite negative impacts from the grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft. The company is executing well on several initiatives designed to further increase shareholder value.
No stocks were added to the portfolio in July.
The Fund held a 15.0% cash weighting at month end. The CCVMF has generated substantial value to investors over its long-term history driven by the combination of strong company-specific catalysts and a concentrated portfolio. We continue to look forward to strong results as we progress through 2019 and beyond.
We thank you for your continued support.
The CCVMF Team
The Fund was not a reporting issuer offering its securities privately from August 8, 2011 until July 20, 2017, at which time it became a reporting issuer and subject to additional regulatory requirements and expenses associated therewith.
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As the constituents in the Canadian Equity category largely focus on securities of a larger capitalization and CCVMF considers, and is invested, in all categories, including smaller and micro-cap securities, we have also shown how CCVMF ranks against constituents focused in the smaller cap category. The above list represents 6 of a total of 371 constituents in the Canadian Equity category and 5 of a total of 110 constituents in the Canadian Small/Mid Equity category.
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