August 2020 | Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund Commentary

August 2020 Recap:

The Fund declined 0.7% in August versus a gain of 2.4% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index (“Index”)1. Index performance was predominantly driven by strength in Financials (+6.7%) given its heavy weight within the Index. Of the remaining 10 GICS sectors, only Industrials (+4.2%) beat the Index return in August, while 5 out of 11 sectors actually saw negative returns: Health Care (-7.5%), Consumer Staples (-4.7%), REITS (-2.2%), Utilities (-2.1%) and Materials (-0.8%).

Top CVM performers in August were BRP Corp. (“DOO” +18.1%) and Cargojet (“CJT” +7.3%)2.

DOO reported very strong Q2 results with EBITDA more than doubling analyst estimates and retail sales increasing 38% year over year. Interestingly, the company noted that 77% of powersports customers were new to DOO this quarter, with 41% being new to powersports in general. This accelerated demand is likely due to consumers choosing to purchase powersports products as an alternative to travel vacations amid travel restrictions.

CJT also reported a very strong quarter with EBITDA growing 142% over last year and nearly doubling analyst estimates. The company has benefited from accelerating e-commerce penetration and demand for charter capacity. The main weakness in the portfolio came from the software names, which sold off after very strong quarterly results.

Two stocks were added to the portfolio in August: Richelieu Hardware (“RCH”) and Maxar Technologies (“MAXR”).

RCH is an importer, distributor and manufacturer of specialty hardware and related products (130,000+ SKUs) with a strong history of value creation from innovation and acquisitions. The company operates in a fragmented industry, supporting years of attractive growth runway, and is currently seeing strong demand from retailers and renovation superstores as consumers shift spending towards the home.

MAXR provides earth intelligence (satellite imagery) and space infrastructure solutions to government and commercial (mainly communication) clients. MAXR is a turnaround story with a new CEO having taken over in January 2019. Recent results have significantly exceeded expectations, the balance sheet is improving, the space infrastructure business is coming off of a cyclical bottom, and margins and free cash flow are expected to inflect higher going forward. We believe this will prompt investors’ focus to shift to the company's leadership position in satellite imagery, which is economically resilient and comes with highly visible/recurring revenue.

The Fund held a 9.2% 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 2020 and beyond.

We thank you for your continued support.

The CVM Team

CVM - Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum vs Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity vs Canadian Equity

1See table for standard performance data.

2Actual Investments, first purchased: CJT 9/28/2016 , BRP 4/6/2017.

Return since August 15, 2011 (Performance Start Date): CVM 9.6%, Index 6.1%. | Returns are annualized for periods greater than one year. | Source: Morningstar

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 363 constituents in the Canadian Equity category and 5 of a total of 98 constituents in the Canadian Small/Mid Equity category.

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Publication date: September 11, 2020.

 

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