January 2020 Recap:
There was wide dispersion across sector performance in January, with Technology (+9.4%) and Utilities (+7.6%) posting very strong returns while most sectors posted losses: Health Care (-2.6%), Consumer Discretionary (-2.5%), Energy (-2.4%) and Materials (-2.4%, despite Gold (+4.1%)). Wide dispersion was also evident looking within sectors. Given this backdrop of concentrated sector returns, the Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund (“CVM”/”Fund”) gained 0.4% over the month versus a gain of 1.7% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index (“Index”).
Top CVM performers in January were Element Fleet Financial (“EFN”: +14.6%) and Cargojet (“CJT”: +14.1%).
While there was no news from EFN in January, investors seem to be getting more comfortable with the company's growth runway and turnaround plan.
CJT also had no announcements but likely benefited from news of strong e-commerce sales through the holiday season.
Three stocks were added to the portfolio in January: Altus Group (“AIF”), Parex Resources (“PXT”), and Bausch Health (“BHC”).
Altus Group provides software, data solutions and advisory services to the Commercial Real Estate (“CRE”) industry. In addition to its pivot to a cloud offering and subscription-based model, which carry significantly higher lifetime economics, the company is benefiting from a secular growth runway driven by the institutionalization of real estate as an invest-able asset class. It is also seeing strong momentum in its Property Tax business.
Parex is an oil producer operating in Colombia. The company has generated significantly higher economics than its Canadian Energy peers and with strong free cash flow, is on track to repurchase 10% of its shares outstanding for the second consecutive year. The company is also exploring asset acquisitions outside of Latin America in addition to further resource development within Colombia.
BHC was purchased for its turnaround and deleveraging story but the position has since been exited on an underwhelming earnings report.
The Fund held a 10.2% 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
Return since August 15, 2011 (Performance Start Date): 9.9%. | 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.
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