The Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund (“CVM”) gained 5.7% in April versus a gain of 2.4% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index (“Index”)1. There was a wide range of sector returns with Materials (+5.5%) and Consumer Discretionary (+5.1%) leading gainers and Health Care (-9.2%) posting a sizable loss on weakness in cannabis names.
Top CVM performers in April were AutoCanada (“ACQ” +54.8%), Converge Technology (“CTS” +16.9%), and Secure Energy Services (“SES” +14.6%)2.
ACQ saw strong gains after pre-announcing much stronger than expected Q1/21 results and guiding to a sizable acquisition pipeline alongside a $100 million note offering which further strengthens the balance sheet to support growth. The company's turnaround plan is progressing very well as strength is broad based and significantly out-pacing end market growth rates.
CTS moved higher as: i) the company continued its acquisition strategy; ii) management spent time marketing its growth plan to investors; iii) Cormark initiated coverage with a Buy rating and $9.50 price target.
SES moved higher on strength across the Energy Services industry group. The company is working on closing its proposed merger with Tervita, which is expected to occur in the third quarter. The transaction is expected to generate significant cost savings and be highly accretive to free cash flow per share.
One stock was added to the portfolio in April: Ag Growth International (“AFN”).
AFN is a leading manufacturer of grain handling equipment. The company's backlog is seeing strong growth as rising steel costs and strong crop prices fuel demand. The company is also seeing early success in its SureTrack technology platform, which is a subscription-based service that provides live monitoring and data feeds on crop storage conditions to both Farm and Commercial customers. Given the significant market opportunity ($10+ billion addressable market), we believe investors are getting a cheap option on significant upside should this business continue to grow and become a larger part of overall sales.
The Fund held a 18.5% cash weighting at month-end. The CVM 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 2021 and beyond.
1See Performance Comparison table (or page 2 of the PDF) for standard performance data.
2Actual Investments, first purchased: ACQ 3/3/2021, CTS 2/1/2021, SES 1/7/2021.
3Return since August 15, 2011 (Perf. Start Date): CVM 10.8%, Index 7.5%. | Returns are annualized for periods greater than one year. | Source: Morningstar
4Categories defined by Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee (“CIFSC”).
The CVM 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.
Unless otherwise specified, market and issuer data sourced from Capital IQ.
As the constituents in the Canadian Equity category largely focus on securities of a larger capitalization and CVM considers, and is invested, in all categories, including smaller and micro-cap securities, we have also shown how CVM ranks against constituents focused in the smaller cap category. The above list represents 6 of a total of 384 constituents in the Canadian Equity category.
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Publication date: May 12, 2021.