The Fund declined 1.7% in November versus a gain of 1.4% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index ("Index”). The Index was driven by strength in defensive sectors, with Consumer Staples (+7.6%), Telecom (+7%) and Gold Sub-Industry (+5%) leading the way. Weakness in Energy continued (-3.0% in November; -15.4% year-to-date) while Health Care (-5.8%) was dragged down by a reduced appetite for cannabis stocks.
Canopy Growth ("WEED": -6.8%), Aurora Cannabis ("ACB": -15.0%) and Aphria ("APHA": -33.1%) now account for 3 of the 5 largest companies in Canada's Health Care sector. Collectively, these 3 companies generated negative $417 million in cash from operations and spent another $916 million in capital expenditures for a cash burn of $1.3 billion over the last 12 months. At the time of writing, the market cap of these companies was $23.3 billion, down from approximately $43 billion at their peak in mid-October. This is a great example of how the CCVMF is different from pure momentum strategies; because the CCVMF combines value and momentum, these companies did not screen as buy candidates despite strong momentum going into their peaks. This strategy protected our investors from substantial losses.
The Top Performer in November was CGI Group ("GIB.A": +4.6%). The company reported another strong earnings result, creating a positive set-up for 2019 as client spend on IT continues.
No stocks were added to the portfolio in November.
The Fund held a 41.1% cash weighting at month end and is over 50% cash at the time of this writing. There has been strong 'risk off' sentiment to the market these last two months with investors focusing more on macro issues (trade/global growth and interest rates) over company-specific drivers. During more challenging markets, it is important to remember the fundamental reasons for owning an investment. Specific to the CCVMF, the fund has generated substantial value to investors over its long-term history. The Fund's performance ranks in the top 1% of all Canadian equity funds over the past three years, and top decile over all annualized periods up to and including the past five years.
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.
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 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 5 of a total of 374 constituents in the Canadian Equity category and 6 of a total of 114 constituents in the Canadian Small/Mid Equity category.
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