The Fund gained 4.6% in February versus a gain of 3.2% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index ("Index”). Broad-based market strength continued in February with every sector (excluding materials, driven by gold) posting a positive return. The Fund's strong performance was broad-based with nine out of ten holdings out-pacing the market return.
Top CCVMF performers in February were North American Energy Group (“NOA”: +26.2%), Enerflex ("EFX": +15.2%), Kirkland Lake Gold ("KL": +13.8%) and Cargojet ("CJT": +10.7%). NOA's strength comes off the back of a quarter that saw revenue and EBITDA beat analyst expectations by 40% and 37%, respectively. Revenue grew 60% year-over-year, with half of that coming from organic growth, driven by higher earth-moving volumes in oil sands, improved revenue from mine support and expanded maintenance activity. Management continues to call for EPS of $1.60 in 2019, underpinned by a strong backlog that has increased over 12-fold to $1.2B. Enerflex reported record backlog and bookings, driven by several major project wins that give the company good earnings visibility through 2019 and into 2020. The company appears to be on the cusp of a multi-year period of margin expansion given the nature of the backlog. Kirkland Lake delivered strong cost performance with total cash costs of $320/oz. They also provided a strong update to their reserve and resource estimates, driven by its Fosterville mine. This drove an upward revision to the company's 3-year guidance. Cargojet reported results ahead of expectations despite Canada-Post related headwinds. The company continues to have a strong revenue pipeline given its unique positioning in the e-commerce eco-system.
After the sharp and broad-based market sell off in Q4-2018, followed by the sharp and broad based current market rally, we found it refreshing to see the market return to rewarding company-specific fundamentals. Not coincidentally, the CCVMF's top four performers were also the four holdings that reported earnings in February.
No stocks were added to the portfolio in February.
The Fund held a 37.1% cash weighting at month end. The fund 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 370 constituents in the Canadian Equity category and 5 of a total of 111 constituents in the Canadian Small/Mid Equity category.
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