Todd Large Cap Intrinsic Value Review
July 17, 2014 | Jack White, CFA | Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager
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|2Q14||1 Year||3 Year*||5 Year*||7 Year*||10 Year*|
|Large Cap Intrinsic Value (Gross)||5.08%||25.75%||15.97%||18.22%||6.88%||8.77%|
|Large Cap Intrinsic Value (Net)||4.93%||25.01%||15.28%||17.51%||6.24%||8.11%|
|Russell 1000 Value||5.10%||23.81%||16.92%||19.23%||4.80%||8.02%|
*Annualized Total Returns. Please refer to the Performance Disclosure at the bottom of this page for futher information.
The LCIV posted a gain of 5.08% (gross of fees) in the quarter, slightly trailing S&P 500 and Russell 1000 Value returns of 5.24% and 5.10% respectively for the quarter. Year to date and over the trailing year the LCIV is comfortably ahead of both indexes.
With the S&P gaining a little more than 7% year to date, we see a number of points investors should be aware of, including;
- The range of YTD returns by S&P 500 sector are as follows; Utilities +18%, Energy +13%, Healthcare +11%, Info Technology +9%, Materials +9%, Consumer Staples +5%, Financials +5%, Industrial + 4%, Telecom +4%, and Consumer Discretionary +1%.
- Range of YTD total returns by asset class are S&P 500 up 7.1%, S&P Midcap up 7.5%, S&P Smallcap up 3.2%, Russell 1000 Value +8.2%, Russell 2000 up 3.2%, and Barclays AGG ETF +3.7%.
- Profit taking in the Consumer Discretionary and Industrial stocks has been one of the biggest drivers of performance in domestic markets, as investors saw harsh weather slow the economy.
- Rotation into Utilities and Energy defined the quarter. Healthcare also performed well as takeovers and safety spurred interest. Geopolitical uncertainty (think Ukraine and Iraq) has caused oil to rise, helping energy shares.
- The Fed continues to taper, yet volatility has declined and many banks/capital markets players are suffering.
- Mergers and Acquisitions have surged, especially in Health Care, Technology and Media. Most are occurring close to our calculated intrinsic value.
We are pleased with the performance of the strategy because even being underweighted in the sectors that have performed best, we are still performing well. While the Fed has been tapering their bond purchases, the market has been rewarding the traditional investment disciplines based on valuations, fundamental and technical disciplines and not simply bidding up high beta stocks.
We present our customary charts on what factors have been helping or hindering performance for US stocks below. While Beta was rewarded over the past year, it has shifted to the underperformers in the most recent quarter. Valuations favoring cash flow, returns to shareholders and a ccounting book value have helped performance over the past quarter, along with certain momentum measures. Most other factors that we consider attractive tended to detract from returns during the quarter, perhaps as a result of the extraordinary actions the ECB and Bank of Japan are undertaking.
Chart 1 & 2
Compared to the S&P 500 during the quarter, stock selection helped our performance while sector allocation detracted. The net result was to slightly underperform the index during the quarter. Our best contributors on stock selection were the Consumer Staples and Industrials. Specific stocks that helped were Altria and Walgreens in the Consumer Staples sector and United Rentals and Illinois Tool Works in the Industrials. The areas that cost us the most in stock selection were Financials and Materials. Specifically, Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase as well as CF Industries were laggards. We did remove Bank of America from the portfolio during the quarter. On our sector weights, we were overweighted the Industrials, Financials and Consumer Discretionary compared to the S&P 500 and underweighted the Staples, Energy and Materials sectors. Positioning in the Energy and Financial sectors cost us performance versus the S&P 500.
Compared to the Russell 1000 Value, stock selection cost us a modest amount, while sector weightings helped a bit. Stock selections in the Consumer Discretionary and Technology sectors detracted from portfolio performance. Whirlpool and Macys were the laggards in Discretionary, while EMC and Oracle lagged the Tech group. Our choices in the Consumer Staples and Industrials helped our performance, and the leaders and laggards are noted above.
Our best performing stocks were Conoco Phillips, Intel, Apple, Covidien and Gannett Company. The laggards were Bank of America, Express Scripts, Whirlpool, JP Morgan and CF Industries. Among the leaders, Covidien was the beneficiary of a takeover bid by Medtronic, while Intel and Apple both are benefitting from better expectations on technology device sales. We have booked the profit and sold the Covidien shares. They are both seeing upward revisions to estimates. Conoco Phillips is benefitting from better E&P results. Gannett is benefitting from higher operating earnings resulting from the acquisition of AH Belo's broadcasting business. Bank of America and JP Morgan have both suffered from continuing concerns about government actions stemming from the financial crisis. Express Scripts declined after weaker results in the first quarter prompted a reduction in estimates. Whirlpool saw a weaker thanexpected Q1 as a result of the bad weather and CF weakened as commodity prices declined.
Our Multi -factor model continues to highlight the more economically sensitive sectors as attractive at this juncture. Capital spending is firming up as we begin to see expenditures on technology improving. Additionally, we view the recent increase in mergers as a way for companies to increase capacity without having to resort to the vagaries of actually building factories. This could be a precursor to increasing demand for productive capacity, and it certainly indicates a newfound confidence among management teams.
Interesting charts from the US that we saw this quarter
We can go into chapter and verse about the quarter, the negative GDP, the geopolitical crises or any number of other items about recent market action, but the most important chart to look at is the rolling ten year market returns.
Charts like the timeline above are always useful, in our opinion. Since the beginning of the year, the market has reached new highs despite several notable economic and geopolitical headwinds. We thought some pause was likely after the first quarter as midterm elections are coming up in the US. As we look forward, we cannot rule out a pause, but having shrugged off a Russian Invasion of the Ukraine, the dissolution of Iraq as we know it and a hugely negative print on GDP growth; we're hard pressed to say what is likely to cause this market to backtrack. We believe the combination of a recovery in economic growth and continued low short term rates in the US indicates the path of least resistance is still up for the S&P 500.
As always, we are here to assist you. If you need any additional information, please feel free to contact any of us.
Jack White, CFA Curt Scott, CFA Jack Holden, CFA
Todd Asset Management LLC
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LARGE CAP INTRINSIC VALUE COMPOSITE DISCLOSURE
Past performance does not provide any guarantee of future performance, and one should not rely on the composite performance as an indication of future performance. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that the value of the account may be worth more or less than the original invested cost.
Specific stocks discussed in this presentation are included to help demonstrate the investment process or as a review of the Composite's quarterly results and are not and were not recommendations for purchase or sale by investors. All or some of the specific stocks mentioned may have been purchased or sold by accounts within the Composite during the period, or since the period, and may be purchased or sold in th e future. Investors should not construe the Composite's performance or any security as predictive of future results. A complete listing of the ho ldings as of the period end is available upon request.
Todd Asset Management LLC ("TAM") is a registered investment adviser. The performance presented represents a composite of tax-exempt fully discretionary intrinsic value accounts, invested primarily in large cap domestic equity securities with the objective t o seek capital appreciation. This goal is pursued by investing in a diversified portfolio of equity securities that TAM believes are trading at a discount to their intrinsic value.
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The Large Cap Intrinsic Value Composite contains fully discretionary, tax-exempt accounts that use either the S&P 500 Index or Russell 1000 Value Index as the benchmark. Prior to April 1, 2010, this composite was known as the Relative Value Equity Composite; no changes in the strategy were made in conjunction with the name change. All fee-paying, fully discretionary portfolios under our management are included in a composite. Accounts are eligible for inclusion in the composite at the beginning of the first calendar quarter after the month of initial fund ing and upon being fully invested.
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The performance information is presented on a trade date basis, both gross and net of management fees and includes the reinvestment of all income. Net of fee performance was calculated using the highest all inclusive annual management fee of .60% applied monthly. Prior to September 2001, the highest management fee applied to the composite was .50%. The currency used to calculate and express per formance is U.S. dollars. All cash reserves and equivalents have been included in the performance.
The composite performance has been compared to the following benchmarks (all shown with dividends reinvested):
S&P 500 Index is a widely recognized index of market activity based on the aggregate performance of a se lected unmanaged portfolio of publicly traded common stocks. The performance data includes reinvested dividends and was supplied by Standard & Poor's. It is included to indicate the effect of general market conditions.
Russell 1000 Value Index is a widely recognized index of market activity based on the aggregate performance of common stocks from the Russell 1000 Index, with lower price-to-book ratios and lower forecasted growth values. The performance data was supplied by Frank Russell Trust Company.
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