Alma Apis Global Long / Short Equity Fund
- Alma Apis Global Long / Short Equity Fund invests in small and middle cap equities, mainly in North America, Asia and Europe.
- Management of the fund is delegated to Apis Capital Advisors, a company regulated by the SEC, based in New York, and run by its founders since its creation in 2004.
Cumulative Performance (%)
Fund Inception 17 January 2018
The performance data shown represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
Strategy & Manager
The Fund strategy is a Global long/short equity strategy.
Geographic focus is in North America, Asia, and Europe, with some emerging markets exposure, and a sector focus in Technology, Consumer, Healthcare, Industrials and Cyclicals/Materials.
Emphasis on small to medium capitalisation securities. The portfolio holdings count typically around 80 to 100 names (40/50 longs + 40/50 shorts).
Apis Capital Advisors, LLC (“Apis”), is an SEC registered, New York-based, fund management firm founded in 2004
- Borderless approach to stock selection: Apis seek investments wherever their research achieves the most leverage, inefficiencies are greatest, and analytical competition is weakest – across countries, sectors, and market capitalisations
- Management owned
- Team leverages on global relationships built over 25 years of global investing
Daniel J. Barker, Portfolio Manager and Managing Partner
Dan Barker has more than 25 years of Global Investment experience. He has worked abroad in London (UK) for 5 years, held thousands of meetings with company managers in over 40 countries and invested through Asian Crisis, Russian Crisis, Lehman Crisis, PIGS Crisis, several Latin Crises, and multiple Federal Reserve Rate Cycles.
Dan Barker joined Apis Capital Advisors in 2004. Before then, he was a portfolio manager at J&W Seligman (NY) for 3 years and worked at GE Asset Management for 6 years in Stamford and London. He is a CFA and holds a BBA in Finance, Investments and Banking from University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Eric Almeraz, Director of Research and Managing Partner
Eric Almeraz has more than 19 years of Global Investment experience. He oversees the research process – developing various research approaches, methods for sourcing ideas and documentation of all internal research work for Apis Capital Advisors.
Before joining Apis, Eric worked for J&W Seligman as a global industrial analyst and for the Capital Group, as a Research Associate. Eric has been an Adjunct Professor of Applied Value Investing at Columbia Business School since 2013. He is a CFA, has a BS in Accounting and Finance from NY University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.
Statistics & Commentary
The performance data shown represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. The investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
Sector Breakdown as a % of AUMas of 31/10/2019
Geographical Exposure as a % of AUMas of 31/10/2019
Portfolio Characteristicsas of 31/10/2019
|Number of securities - long book||42|
|Number of securities - short book||48|
|Weighted Average Market Cap ($ bn)||6.3|
|Median Market Cap ($ bn)||2.5|
|Long Equity Exposure (% of NAV)||87.8|
|Short Equity exposure (% of NAV)||37.2|
|Gross Exposure (Long + Short) (% of NAV)||125.0|
|Net Exposure (Long - Short ) (% of NAV)||50.6|
Top 10 Position Detailsas of 31/10/2019
|Information Technology - USA||7.18|
|Industrials - USA||4.72|
|Energy - Monaco||4.42|
|Consumer Discretionary - Sweden||3.74|
|Information Technology - USA||3.27|
|Index - USA||-1.55|
|Index - USA||-1.42|
|Communication Services - UK||-1.38|
Investment Manager's Commentaryas of 31/10/2019
Market Review and Outlook
The Fund had a solid October with several significant contributors and a good “batting average” across the portfolio. All geographies and sectors added to performance with exceptionally good results in the Technology, Industrials, and Consumer sectors.
On the long side, Vicor Technology (U.S.) added almost 1% to returns, benefiting from two broker initiations where there had previously been none. Another strong name was Evolution Gaming (Sweden) which continues to report excellent results. Along with Evolution, we are excited about several ideas we are adding that will benefit from recent legislative changes liberalizing online gambling/sports betting in the U.S. (more on that in a future quarterly letter). On the short side, Consumer names such as Wayfair (U.S.) and Mercari (Japan) also did well. Investors appear to be losing patience with ‘Unicorn’-type business models that continue to show losses despite having revenue growth.
Facts & Documents
Fund Domicile: Luxembourg
Management Fee: 1.25% p.a. for I shares
Fund Type: UCITS SICAV
Fund Launch: 17 January 2018
Base Currency: USD
Depositary, Administrator, Transfert Agent: BNP Paribas Securities
Dealing: Each day with a 1-day notice
Cut-off time: 12pm CET
Management Company: Alma Capital Investment Management
Investment Manager: Apis Capital Advisors LLC (New York, US)
Fund Managers: Daniel L. Barker
Countries where the fund is registered:
Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore
Institutional USD Capitalisation Share Class
ISIN: LU1321566892 Ticker: ALCGIUC LX Launch: 17 Jan 2018
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