Alma Hotchkis & Wiley US Large Cap Value Equity Fund

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Overview

  • Alma Hotchkis & Wiley US Large Cap Value Equity Fund seeks current income and long-term capital growth by investing in a concentrated portfolio of undervalued large US companies.
  • Management of the fund is delegated to Hotchkis & Wiley LLC.

Share Class

NAV

Cumulative Performance (%)

Fund Inception 6 August 2014

Daily Monthly Ytd 1Yr 3Yr 5Yr Incept. Incept.Date

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

Funds Strategy

Investment objective: seek current income and long-term capital growth by investing in a concentrated portfolio of large US companies

  • Investment process: analyse long term company fundamentals through in-house bottom-up research aiming to identify undervalued stocks
  • The fund typically holds 40 to 60 securities and generally invests in companies with a market capitalization above $3 billion
  • Investment strategy mirrors the Large Cap Fundamental Value strategy managed by the Investment manager since 1980


Investment Manager

Hotchkis & Wiley is a SEC-regulated, Los Angeles-based investment adviser founded in 1980, specialised in value equity and high yield bond strategies

  • Employee owned firm: 90% of the investment team and 67% of all employees own equity
  • Investment team has over 23 years average investment experience and 15 years average tenure at Hotchkis & Wiley
  • George Davis, the CEO of Hotchkis & Wiley and senior portfolio manager of the fund, has over 30 years of investment experience. He coordinates the day-to-day management of around $27 billion of equity value assets
  • Hotchkis & Wiley manages $30 billion

Key Persons

George Davis, Jr. CEO, Portfolio Manager and Principal

Mr. Davis became CEO in 2001. In his role as portfolio manager, Mr. Davis plays an integral part in the investment research review and decision-making process.  He coordinates the day-to-day management of Large Cap Fundamental Value and Large Cap Diversified Value portfolios, as well as represents the firm’s investment strategies to current and prospective clients. He also provides expertise and insight into the capital goods and financials sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Davis was an assistant to the senior partner of RCM Capital Management. He began his career in equity research with internships at Cramer, Rosenthal & McGlynn and Fidelity Management & Research.

Mr. Davis received his BA in Economics and History and MBA from Stanford University.

 

Scott McBride, CFA Portfolio Manager and President

Mr. McBride became President of Hotchkis & Wiley in 2016. In his role as portfolio manager, Mr. McBride plays an integral part in the investment research review and decision-making process. He coordinates the day-to-day management of Large Cap Fundamental Value, Large Cap Diversified Value, Global Value and International Value portfolios, as well as represents these strategies to current and prospective clients. He also provides expertise and insight into the consumer, financials, healthcare and technology sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McBride was an associate consultant with Deloitte Consulting and worked as an investment marketing analyst with Fidelity Investments.

 

Patrick Meegan, CPA Portfolio Manager

In his role as portfolio manager, Patrick Meegan plays an integral role in the investment research review and decision-making process. He coordinates the day-to-day management of all High Yield bond and Capital Income portfolios. He also provides expertise and insight into the financials and healthcare sectors. Mr. Meegan began his career at H&W as an investment analyst and became portfolio manager in 2001. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Meegan was an audit manager at Arthur Andersen and specialized in financial statement audits and advising clients on SEC reporting issues.

Mr. Meegan, a Certified Public Accountant, received his BA in Business Administration with honors from California State University, Fullerton and his MBA with honors from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Judd Peters, CFA Portfolio Manager

In his role as portfolio manager, Mr. Peters plays an integral part in the investment research review and decision-making process. He coordinates the day-to-day management of Large Cap Fundamental Value, Large Cap Diversified Value, Small Cap Diversified Value and Global Value portfolios, as well as represents these strategies to current and prospective clients. He also provides expertise and insight into the capital goods, energy and technology sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Peters was an analyst in the corporate finance department of an investment banking firm.

 

Patty McKenna, CFA Portfolio Manager and Principal

In her role as portfolio manager, Ms. McKenna plays an integral part in the investment research review and decision-making process and represents the firm’s investment strategies to current and prospective clients. She also provides expertise and insight into the consumer and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McKenna was an equity analyst at Trust Company of the West. Before entering the field of investment management, she has worked for five years in corporate finance at Bankers Trust and then at Fieldstone Private Capital Group. Ms. McKenna began her career as a forensic accountant in 1983.

 

Sheldon Lieberman Portfolio Manager and Principal

In his role as portfolio manager, Mr. Lieberman plays an integral part in the investment research review and decision-making process and represents the firm’s investment strategies to current and prospective clients. He also provides expertise and insight into the energy and technology sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lieberman was the chief investment officer for the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (“LACERA”). At LACERA, he was responsible for overseeing the fund’s investment activity, as well as developing and implementing investment policy, strategy and guidelines. Prior to his position at LACERA, he was manager of trust investments at Lockheed Corporation.


Statistics & Commentary

Performance

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.

Portfolio Characteristics

Top 10 Position Details

Investment Manager's Commentary

as of 30/11/2019

Market Review and Outlook

The S&P 500 Index declined -8.2% in February. It was up more than +5% before Coronavirus developments prompted a fear-driven market selloff. The S&P 500 Index declined nearly -13% over the last 7 trading days in February. Growth outperformed value over the course of the month but all the outperformance came before the market’s retreat—the value and growth indices declined similarly during the selloff. All sectors declined during the broad-based selloff. Communication services, real estate, and healthcare declined the least over the course of the month, while energy, financials, and utilities declined the most. WTI crude oil declined -13% in the month to finish under $45/barrel and the 10-year treasury yield declined to an all-time low of less than 1.2%.

 

Thus far, the Coronavirus’ impact on the global economy has been material but difficult to pinpoint; its forward-looking impact is even more difficult to estimate. Labor markets, trade, consumer confidence, manufacturing, and other important facets of the global economy are each affected, which could spark central bank responses. Ultimately, we do not know the duration or severity of the outbreak, but we have learned from experience that remaining disciplined is key navigating challenging environments—the stability and experience of our team plays an important role in facilitating discipline and patience. We remain focused on investing in companies with strong balance sheets and robust business models capable of withstanding a prolonged economic downturn. Large, rapid selloffs are painful but moving away from equities or other “risk assets” during such periods often backfires. We believe that such emotion-driven markets are the most likely market type to ignore underlying fundamentals and valuation, particularly given the proliferation of passive ETFs and quant strategies. We believe business quality, balance sheets, and valuations matter, and that positioning the portfolios in companies that score well on these metrics will yield superior results for our investors.

Fund

The portfolio slightly underperformed the Russell 1000 Value Index in February. Value underperformed growth by nearly 3 percentage points in the month; this is often a headwind for the portfolio which trades at a discount to the value index by most measures. More than 20% of the portfolio was invested in stocks trading at a discount to book value compared to 6% for the Russell 1000 Value Index. This hurt relative performance as this group underperformed by a considerable margin. The overweight position and stock selection in technology helped relative performance in the month. Positive stock selection in industrials and energy also helped performance. Stock selection in financials, utilities, and communication services detracted from performance along with the underweight position in healthcare. The largest detractors to relative performance were AIG, Marathon Oil, PPL, Goldman Sachs, and General Electric; the largest positive contributors were Microsoft, CNH Industrial, Ericsson, Hess, and Oracle.


Facts & Documents

Facts

Fund Domicile: Luxembourg

Fund Type: UCITS SICAV

Fund Launch: 6 August 2014

Base Currency: USD

Depositary, Administrator, Transfert Agent: BNP Paribas Securities Services (LU)

Dealing: Each day with a 1-day notice

Cut-off time: 5 pm CET

Management Company: Alma Capital Investment Management

Investment Manager: Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management, LLC (US)

Fund Managers: George Davis, Scott McBride, Judd Peters, Patty Mckenna, Sheldon Lieberman, Patrick Meegan

Countries where the fund is registered:
France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Austria

Identifiers:

Institutional USD Capitalisation share class
ISIN: LU0963547111   Ticker: ALDCPBI LX    Launch: 6 Aug 2014

Retail USD Capitalisation share class
ISIN: LU0963547970   Ticker: ALDCBRU LX    Launch: 21 Nov 2017

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