The Fund declined 1.6% in March versus a gain of 1.0% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index ("Index”). After a broad-based market rally in February, sector performance was mixed in March with Technology (+5.0%), Utilities (+4.3%) and REITs (+3.4%) leading, and Financials (-1.4%) and Consumer Discretionary (-1.4%) lagging.
Top CCVMF performers in March were Parkland Fuel (“PKI”: +10.9%) and Badger Daylighting ("BAD": +6.3%). PKI reported strong Q4 results and in-line 2019 guidance. The solid results helped ease investor uncertainty over a noisy environment that included volatility in energy prices, Alberta production curtailments and early innings of the SOL Group acquisition. BAD also had a strong Q4 report and reiterated 2019 guidance. The outlook remains strong driven by continued growth in the U.S. for infrastructure and utility projects. BAD is making solid progress on its strategic milestone of doubling the size of its U.S. business; we would not be surprised to see BAD set another 'doubling' goal once it reaches this milestone.
Despite this month's under-performance, we were once again encouraged to see the market return to rewarding company-specific fundamentals. Three of the Fund's four holdings that reported earnings in March (PKI, BAD and ATD.B) out-performed the market, with an average return of 7.8%. The CCVMF's strategy is built around company-specific catalysts and the best time for these to shine is around earnings. As such, we look forward to this upcoming Q1 reporting season.
No stocks were added to the portfolio in March. The team has been busy working through buy signals and added two new positions in April. While the buy list through Q1 reflected noise related to a macro-driven market, we are starting to see 'green shoots' that focus is returning back to company-specifics. We remain disciplined during this period and look forward to discussing purchases made subsequent to month end in next month's note.
The Fund held a 45.7% cash weighting at month end. The recent additions made in the Fund have lowered our cash position to approximately 35% at the time of writing. 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 365 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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