October 2022 | Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund Commentary

October Recap:

The Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund (“CVM” or “the Fund”) gained +5.1% in October versus a gain of +5.6% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index (“Index”). At the sector level, Energy, Information Technology (“IT”), and Consumer Discretionary were relative outperformers, while Utilities, Materials, and Gold underperformed. Energy performed well in the month, which was not dissimilar from its resilient year-to-date performance, aided by elevated oil and gas prices. IT and Consumer Discretionary also fared well as the perception that the pace of interest rate hikes would slow shifted the market sentiment to a more “risk-on” mode, which also led to the relative underperformance of the more defensive sectors such as Utilities and Gold.

Top performers in the CVM’s portfolio for the month of October were NuVista Energy (“NVA”, +37.7%), ATS Automation Tooling Systems (“ATA”, +18.2%), and Cenovus Energy (“CVE”, +29.8%). NVA and CVE - both integrated oil and natural gas companies - rallied more or less in-line with the oil and gas industry, supported by a surge in global energy prices during the month. ATA continued to benefit from strong secular growth in the global electric vehicle (“EV”) market. The company secured a record contract from an existing customer, demonstrating the ability to drive greater wallet share over time. This contract builds on already solid order momentum over the last few quarters and ATA is still in talks with other EV companies for automation projects, all of which support a robust medium to long term growth outlook.

During the month of October, the Fund initiated positions in Aritzia (“ATZ”), Winpak (“WPK”), and Stantec (“STN”). ATZ is a vertically integrated omni-channel apparel retailer, targeting upper-middle class women aged 15-45, with over 100 stores across North America. Its brand recognition continues to expand as it experiences accelerated sales growth driven by international and e-commerce expansion, which is highly sustainable as it currently has very low penetration in the United States. WPK manufactures and distributes packaging materials, and packaging machines under the Rigid Packaging & Flexible Lidding, Flexible Packaging, and Packaging Machinery segments. WPK possesses technological advantages over competitors and the company’s activity levels typically remain stable during economic downturns, making it an attractive defensive holding for a recessionary environment. STN provides consulting, engineering, and design services to private and public clients in infrastructure, commercial, environmental, and energy end markets. STN is strongly positioned to benefit from U.S. public sector spending as well as reshoring activity in the private sector, including new semiconductor facilities in North America.

The Fund held a 19.1% cash weighting at month-end. CVM has generated substantial value for 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 2022 and beyond.

1Standard performance as at October 31, 2022:
Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund (Series F): 1 Year: -6.7%, 3 year: 9.4%, 5 year: 7.3%, Since Inception (August 29, 2014): 8.0%.
S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index: 1 Year: -4.9%, 3 year: 8.8%, 5 year: 7.1%, Since Inception (August 29, 2014): 5.8%.

2Actual Investments, first purchased: NVA 3/10/2021, ATA 2/16/2018, CVE 1/6/2022, SCL 10/31/2018.

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 & Morningstar Direct.

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Publication date: November 11, 2022

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