FV slightly trailed the market in Q2, returning 3.3% before fees vs 3.6% for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). This brings the portfolio’s annualized outperformance, after typical fees, to 6.1% since inception.1
For the second quarter in a row, the largest negative contributor was Cogeco, as our investments in Cogeco Communications (CCA) and Cogeco Inc (CCA/CGO) declined 10-15%. We continue to think Cogeco is extremely cheap at <10x FCF for a locally dominant cable provider, as we laid out in our Q2 2017 letter. We bought more CCA this quarter, and it remains one of our largest positions. Despite the fall in the stock price, Wall Street EPS estimates for Cogeco Communications have been rising year to date, moving from 6.02 to 6.36 CAD for 2018.2 On June 29th, the shares fetched 64.68 CAD.
1 Net calculations assume a 1.75% management fee. Fee structures and returns vary between clients. FV inception was 6/6/2016.
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