Don’t miss out on opportunities in smaller companies
We launched our small cap investment opportunity, the S-Alt SC Qualified Hedge Fund +, in 2019 to capitalise on the mispricing opportunities available in South African smaller cap companies. Since then, we have been building a portfolio of carefully selected companies that offer attractive long-term potential. Despite the challenging trading conditions of 2020, these companies have shown great resilience operationally, further supporting the investment case for quality smaller companies to lock down long-term returns.
A portfolio that has performed well throughout Covid-19 bodes well for future returns.
When we launched our small cap investment opportunity in December 2019 we had no idea its first year would coincide with a global pandemic and nationwide lockdowns that would bring trade in certain areas to a standstill for extended periods. Despite this, the fund has posted credible, positive performance since inception.
Figure 1: Our small cap investment opportunity has delivered exceptional performance despite Covid-19.
Source: Denker Capital, FactSet, Morningstar. 28 February 2021.
Fund returns are net of the A2 class annual management fee of 1.35% (excl. VAT). The annualised returns are the weighted average compound growth rates over the periods measured. The highest and lowest annual figures since inception will be available once more than one calendar year of performance exists.
*STeFI: Alexander Forbes Short Term Fixed Interest Composite Index
The long-term return potential of carefully selected small companies presents a great investment opportunity.
The relative performance potential of smaller caps, compared to the larger listed companies, is even more attractive now than it was at the end of 2019. The last time we saw such exceptional investment opportunities in the smaller companies’ sector was almost 20 years ago, during the 2004 to 2007 economic boom. For an investor looking to invest in a specialist South African equity fund, while diversifying away from larger listed companies, the time to take advantage of this long-term return potential is now. As mentioned in a previous article, smaller companies usually do well in economic booms – responding quicker and potentially growing faster than larger companies.
As at the end of February, of the 17 positions in our fund, seven companies’ shares are priced materially higher than they were a year ago. The remaining 10, which represent 49% of the fund, are trading at prices that are on average 19% lower. The FTSE/JSE Top 40 Index yielded a 36% return over the same period. These figures give us an indication of the relative performance potential.
Figure 2: Quality small cap companies offer attractive long-term potential.
Source: Denker Capital, FactSet. 28 February 2021.
Despite the difficult trading conditions created by Covid-19, the companies that the fund invests in have performed very well operationally in 2020:
• They have managed to generate cash in a tough environment and, in many cases, their profit levels have recovered to pre-lockdown levels.
• More than half of our holdings have already reported – or expect to report – earnings that are similar or higher than before Covid-19.
• Ten out of the fund’s 17 holdings have no debt or extremely low levels of debt, with only two holdings having debt-to-EBITDA ratios in excess of two times.
• Over 70% of our holdings continued to pay dividends after March 2020.
This gives us confidence that this selection of smaller companies provides a very attractive investment proposition in an environment where growth is hard to come by, global interest rates are at unsustainably low levels, and valuations across many asset classes appear to be elevated. The companies in our portfolio have started to recover well, and if the trend continues we believe that the window of opportunity for new investors will start to narrow towards the middle of the second quarter.
What makes this fund different to other small cap unit trusts is a combination of our investment strategy, experience and the investment vehicle.
Despite the current investment opportunity, investing in the universe of small cap shares requires a disciplined and proven approach. Our depth of skill and experience, investment strategy and approach to risk management have come together to provide you with a concentrated portfolio of companies that offers attractive return potential over the next few years:
• Using a qualified investor hedge fund as a vehicle (even though we don’t short stocks) means that you can fully benefit from our convictions because there are fewer constraints relating to position sizes and cash levels.
• The investment team responsible for this fund is led by portfolio manager Jan Meintjes, who is joined by portfolio managers Claude van Cuyck and Madalet Sessions as investment committee members.
• The team has been researching, analysing and investing in South African companies for almost 70 years combined.
We have opened up the S-Alt SC Qualified Hedge Fund + for new investments of R1 million or more up until the end of May 2021.
If you would like information on the fund, you can:
• View the latest minimum disclosure document
• View the answers to the most frequently asked questions
• Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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