July 2020 | Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund Commentary

July 2020 Recap:

The Fund gained 4.5% in July, in line with the 4.5% gain for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index (“Index”)1. All eleven sectors posted a positive return for the month, led by Materials (+13.1%) on the back of strength in the Gold sub-industry (+15.3%). Technology (+6.1%) and Consumer Staples (+6.2%) continued to perform well while returns in Financials (+0.1%) and REITs (+0.7%) remained muted.

Top CVM performers in July were B2Gold (“BTO” +20.2%), Wesdome Gold ("WDO" +16.9%) and Real Matters (“REAL” +12.5%)2.

While both BTO and WDO benefited from a stronger gold price, WDO moved higher on solid drill results from its Eagle River mine. Recall that when investing in commodity-driven stocks, we look for situations where management teams have the ability to drive value beyond just the commodity price, WDO being a great example this month. Nevertheless, the strength in the gold price is driving considerable free cash flow generation at gold miners, with BTO doubling its dividend for the 2nd time this year in early August.  REAL's momentum continued into their Q2 report, where the company beat EBITDA expectations by 30% on already raised estimates given a 20% EBITDA beat in Q1. REAL continues to see a strong mortgage re-finance pipeline and is executing very well, with notable share gains with leading lenders.

Two stocks were added to the portfolio in July: Martinrea (“MRE”) and Linamar (“LNR”).

Both companies are auto parts suppliers. While the auto industry has been hit hard through COVID-19, production levels appear to have bottomed in Q2 and are snapping back faster than expected in Q3, especially in North America where auto OEMs are looking to rebuild depleted inventories. The auto suppliers have some of the lowest multiples in the market today. As an example, MRE is trading at approximately 5x 2019 actual and 6x 2021 expected EPS.

The Fund held a 12.5% cash weighting at month-end. The CVM has generated substantial value1 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: BTO - 02/26/2020, WDO - 10/21/2019, REAL - 08/20/2019.

Return since August 15, 2011 (Performance Start Date): CVM 9.8%, Index 5.9%. | 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.

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: August 13, 2020.

 

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