The Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund (“Fund” or “CCVMF”) gained 0.8% in October versus a loss of 0.9% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index (“Index”). The Index continued to see dispersion of performance with gains in Gold (+4.5%) and Industrials (+0.8%), offset by weakness in Consumer Staples (-4.6%), Health Care (-4.6%), Consumer Discretionary (-4.3%), and Energy (-4.3%). The Fund's strong performance was broad-based with 70% of holdings beating the Index return and over 80% beating their respective Sector returns.
Top CCVMF performers in October were Air Canada ("AC": +8.5%) and Element Fleet ("EFN": +5.7%).
Air Canada posted a solid earnings result despite continued disruption from the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, which demonstrates the improved resiliency of AC’s business model. The company has further room to improve margins over the next few years - as laid out in its analyst day earlier this year - while a healthy demand environment and other self-help factors drive further growth runway.
Element Fleet continues to execute on its turnaround strategy with shares continuing to move higher after another strong earnings report in early November. The company is ahead of plan on its initial cost targets and is entering the growth phase of the plan. Price targets have moved higher across the board.
Two stocks were added to the portfolio in October: Wesdome Gold (“WDO”) and Major Drilling (“MDI”). As a reminder, for commodity-driven names, we are looking for company-specific catalysts that allow share prices to move higher outside of a higher commodity price. WDO has seen strong operational and drilling results, and we like the fact that its properties are 100% in Canada. While MDI is more sensitive to the underlying gold price, we expect senior gold producers' budgets to start showing growth after years of restrained spending, which is supported by healthy free cash flow generation this year.
In addition, the process is well underway to source a new addition to the Fund’s portfolio management group to complement the efforts of William Chin, Portfolio Manager and Chief Technical Analyst, and myself. The new addition will replace Mario Mainelli who, having been a valued member of the Caldwell team for the past five years, has moved on to pursue other opportunities. We wish Mario great success in his future endeavours.
The Fund held a 16.0% cash weighting at month-end. The CCVMF 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 374 constituents in the Canadian Equity category and 5 of a total of 108 constituents in the Canadian Small/Mid Equity category.
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