Institutional Strategies

Large Cap Value

The strategy invests in various types of U.S. equity securities of large capitalization companies. The portfolio manager seeks those companies believed to be undervalued or trading at a significant discount relative to the intrinsic value of the company and/or are out of favor in the financial markets but have a favorable outlook for capital appreciation.

Investment Philosophy

  • The present value of any investment is the sum of all its expected future cash flows discounted at some interest rate
  • Cash flow growth drives stock value over time. Changes in what investors pay for those cash flows drive excess investment returns

Long term excess returns can potentially be achieved by:

  • Fundamental research focused on sustainable cash flow generation which drives intrinsic value estimates
  • Disciplined focus on proprietary intrinsic value targets as well as persistent macro overlay minimizes big mistakes
  • Portfolio concentration enables best ideas to meaningfully impact performance

Investment Process

The Large Cap Value strategy aims to identify companies whose fundamental health is strong but whose stock price has declined due to transitory factors. Through consistent application of rigorous valuation analysis, the portfolio manager seeks to build a portfolio of companies that are currently trading at a notable discount to their valuation with identifiable catalysts to reach or exceed fair value. Generally, firms with market values of at least 30 percent less than their intrinsic value qualify as portfolio candidates.

The investment process begins with a universe of companies with market capitalizations generally in excess of $10 billion. Next, the universe is filtered/narrowed down to approximately 100 securities by screening a variety of fundamental factors:

  • Low relative valuation on standard valuation metrics
  • High and/or rising free cash flow yield
  • Prudent capital allocation
  • Durable business models

Within this narrowed universe more rigorous fundamental analysis is conducted looking at the origin of profit and cash flow drivers. To these companies, the manager applies a proprietary four step process to determine intrinsic value:

  1. In-depth, free cash flow analysis that incorporates more than a dozen financial statement metrics.
  2. Qualitative adjustment of those metrics − Example: Did inventories decline because strong sales outpaced production, or did management reduce production levels because of sluggish consumer interest?
  3. Normalizing those metrics to adjust for ebbs and flows in specific industry cycles, one-time events and the broader economic cycle.
  4. Discounting resulting cash flows at a proper rate to determine intrinsic value.

Firms considered for portfolio inclusion must meet the intrinsic value requirements and exhibit or have a reasonable expectation of a catalyst to cause the stock to appreciate towards its intrinsic value.

Through this process they seek to build a portfolio of 30-45 stocks each with an average holding period of two to three years. Throughout the holding period, both quantitative and qualitative factors are continually reevaluated to ensure their integrity. The reevaluation process may lower the manager’s intrinsic value estimate and thus compromise the stock’s capital appreciation potential, typically leading the manager to sell that particular holding. The manager uses similar analysis to evaluate price declines within the portfolio, thus trying to avoid "value traps."

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Key Features

Composite Performance History Since 6/1/2003
Benchmark Russell 1000 Value Index
Style Fundamental, Value
Target Alpha 200 bps above Index
Over full market cycles (3-5 years)
Peer Universe U.S. Large Cap Value Equity
Typical Tracking Error 300-500 bps
Holdings Range 30-45
Max Position Size Generally 7%
Sectors Greater of 2x Index weight or 40%
Investment Vehicles Institutional Separate Account
U.S. Mutual Fund: Institutional Share Class
Variable Insurance Portfolio