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Overview

Fund description

Alma Hotchkis & Wiley Global Value Equity Fund seeks current income and long-term capital appreciation by investing in a portfolio of global companies.

Investment manager: Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management, LLC

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

 

Share Class

NAV

Cumulative Performance (%)

Fund Inception 28 February 2019

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 appreciation by investing in a portfolio of global 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 80 securities and generally invests in companies with a market capitalization above $1 billion
  • The fund invests primarily in companies located in developed countries, with at least 40% outside the U.S. Emerging markets: up to 20%


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
  • Hotchkis & Wiley manages $25 billion

Key Persons

Scott McBride, CFA Portfolio Manager and President

Scott McBride is President of Hotchkis & Wiley and serves as a portfolio manager on the Large Cap Fundamental Value, Large Cap Diversified Value and Global Value portfolios. He covers technology companies and is a member of the consumer, technology, healthcare and financial sector teams. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Mr. McBride was an associate consultant with Deloitte Consulting and worked as an investment marketing analyst with Fidelity Investments. Mr. McBride, a CFA charterholder, received his BA in Economics from Georgetown University and MBA from Columbia University

 

Patrick Meegan, CPA Portfolio Manager

Patrick Meegan serves as a portfolio manager on the High Yield portfolios. He is a member of the financials and healthcare sector teams. 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 from California State University, Fullerton and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Scott Rosenthal, Portfolio Manager

In his role as portfolio manager, Mr. Rosenthal plays an integral part in the investment research review and decision-making process. He coordinates the day-to-day management of Global Value and International Value portfolios and represents these strategies to current and prospective clients. He also provides expertise and insight into the capital goods, energy and financials sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rosenthal was a member of the investment team at FLAG Capital Management where he worked to identify and evaluate fund-of-funds investment opportunities in venture capital and private equity. He began his career as an analyst with UBS’ Health Care investment banking group. Mr. Rosenthal received his BA in Economics from Boston College and MBA with honors from Columbia Business School.


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 29/05/2020

Market Review and Outlook

MARKET COMMENTARY

The MSCI World Index rose +4.9% in the first quarter of 2021. In the US, which represents about two-thirds of the index, another round of fiscal stimulus was signed and delivered. The $1.9 trillion bill raised the total COVID fiscal response to $5.3 trillion. The bill’s passage was widely anticipated and consequently sparked little reaction from equity markets. The acceleration of vaccine availability in the US and the UK prompted investor optimism, though certain areas in Continental Europe experienced some delays. Brent crude oil prices rose 33% in the quarter, closing the quarter at $64/barrel after peaking at nearly $70 in early March. Corporate earnings were strong, as 77% of MSCI World companies exceeded consensus earnings expectations during the quarter. The signs of near-term recovery coupled with record fiscal stimulus seemingly point to increased inflation. The gap between the 10-year treasury note and 10-year TIPS, a proxy for expected inflation in the US, finished the quarter at its highest level since mid-2013. In response to increased growth and inflation expectations, interest rates rose with the 10-year US treasury yield rising from 0.92% at the beginning of the quarter to 1.74% at its end. Other major government yields also increased, albeit more modestly.

 

Global value stocks outperformed global growth stocks for the second consecutive quarter; the MSCI World Value Index returned +9.6% while the MSCI World Growth Index returned +0.2%. Over the past six months, the value index has outperformed the growth index by more than 14 percentage points (+26.8% vs. +12.8%). In a trend we believe likely to endure, the continued reopening of global economies and the prospect for higher inflation and interest rates has benefited value stocks relative to growth stocks. Despite value’s recent outperformance, the valuation gap between growth and value remains considerably wider than historical norms based on any common valuation metric, which highlights the extreme levels reached in 2020.

 

The portfolio characteristically trades at a discount to the global value index. As a result, some have described it as “deep value”. We do not generally embrace this designation because some associate deep value with distressed investing, which is unequivocally not our character. Nevertheless, the meaningful and persistent valuation discount results in a portfolio that has performed significantly better when value outperforms growth—even compared to the MSCI World Value index. Since the strategy’s inception in July of 2011, the composite, net of fees, has returned +75% cumulatively compared to +46% for the MSCI World Value during quarters when value outperformed growth (+18.9% vs. +12.4% annualized). During quarters when growth outperformed value, however, the strategy returned +40%, narrowly outperforming the +36% return for the MSCI World Value (+5.3% vs. +4.9% annualized). Considering our style, we are pleased to have outperformed the global value benchmark over the entire period (+146% vs. +99%) despite growth outperforming value by a substantial magnitude (+220% vs. +99%), though we would welcome a value tailwind enthusiastically.1

 

Price-to-normal earnings (“P/NE”) is one of our preferred metrics because it adjusts for the peaks and troughs of business cycles. The P/NE of the portfolio is 9.3x, which is less than half the valuation multiple of the MSCI World Index at 19.0x. This highlights that despite some richly valued publicly traded stocks, we have been able to identify interesting risk-adjusted opportunities trading at attractive valuations not only on a relative basis but also on an absolute basis. The portfolio exhibits somewhat of a cyclical tilt—this is where value opportunities disproportionately reside—but this is offset by investing in good businesses that are well-capitalized and prudently managed, i.e., companies that can endure cyclical downturns. As we look forward, we believe our clients will continue to benefit from this simple and time-tested combination.

 

ATTRIBUTION: 1Q 2021

The portfolio outperformed the MSCI World Index in the first quarter of 2021 by a wide margin. Stock selection was positive in 7 of the 9 GICS sectors in which the strategy was invested (no exposure to materials or utilities), driving most of the outperformance. Stock selection was particularly beneficial in industrials, financials, and communications services. The overweight exposure to financials and energy, the two top-performing sectors, also helped. Stock selection in energy was a modest detractor. The largest positive contributors to relative performance in the quarter were Wells Fargo, Royal Mail, AIG, News Corp., and General Electric; the largest detractors were Credit Suisse, Heineken, Euronet Worldwide, Tokio Marine, and Berkshire Hathaway.

 

LARGEST NEW PURCHASES: 1Q 2021

Berkshire Hathaway is a collection of good businesses—durable assets with attractive reinvestment outlooks—that trade at a reasonable multiple of earnings. We believe that the current valuation does not adequately consider that the company is likely to sustain returns above its cost-of-capital for a very long time. This will drive growth in earnings power and intrinsic value. While there is some uncertainty regarding succession planning, we are comfortable that Berkshire Hathaway will continue to be capably managed by prioritizing growth in shareholder value.

 

F5 Networks provides software and hardware that ensures both traditional and modern applications are efficiently and safely deployed, both on-premise and in public and private clouds. The company is typically viewed as a traditional IT hardware vendor, and critics often highlight the company’s secularly declining on-premise appliance business as a key risk factor. This perspective underappreciates the stickiness of F5’s software and services which almost always migrate to the public cloud in tandem with F5’s loyal enterprise customers. It also underappreciates F5’s strong market position in infrastructure and security software for rapidly growing modern applications. We believe downside is protected by a net cash balance sheet, growing cash flows from F5’s traditional businesses, and a renewed focus on shareholder return through share repurchases, which gives this position an attractively skewed risk/return profile.


Facts & Documents

Facts

Fund Domicile: Luxembourg

Fund Type: UCITS SICAV

Fund Launch: 28 February 2019

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)

Sustainability-related disclosures:
The information related to the integration of sustainability risks and to the potential adverse sustainability impacts at the sub-fund level can be found in the prospectus of the Fund.

Identifiers:

Institutional USD Capitalisation share class
ISIN: LU1907586306   Ticker: ALHWGIU LX    Launch: 28 Feb 2019

Documents

PROSPECTUS
  1. Alma Prospectus
KIIDS Other sub-funds and other languages
available upon request