Some quality stocks have dropped to lows only occasionally seen in a 20-year career in asset management, so providing a “historic” buying opportunity for veteran Spanish fund managers Fernando Bernad and Alvaro Guzmán de Lázaro.
Writing in the firm’s latest quarterly report Bernad, of Madrid based Azvalor asset management, said this opportunity was even more important given stock and bond markets were generally hitting historic records and given that markets were showing signs of “euphoria” and “bubble like behaviour”.
He said, “Today, the opportunity appears to us even clearer as we are seeing more and more symptoms of the speculative mood and irrationality in the market. These are signs that remind us of other periods we have lived through professionally. We see many similarities today with the year 2000 as we have a market where what is popular rises with bad news and what is unpopular is crucified under any pretext. We believe this is a market that is ceasing to ‘calculate’.”
Bernad, who is co-CIO with CEO Guzmán de Lázaro and who together have been running international stocks for over 20 years, continues to point out their portfolio is “cheap” but argues in the latest newsletter that while markets could sometimes be extremely inefficient in the short term, in the longer term, they tended to correctly reflect the value of the underlying assets. The duo continues to express confidence in their portfolio which contains several undervalued mining and oil stocks such as Cameco, Buenaventura, Tullow Oil and Consol Energy.
In highlighting the capricious nature of the current market, Bernad gives several examples of quality stocks which were being ignored by many in favour of overpriced fashionable stocks. For example, he noted that Tullow Oil recently reached a nadir of 35% of its 2018 peak yet had recently announced a significant oil exploration success in Guyana, news of which went only some way to mitigating the price fall.
“In our view, the recent performance of many of our investments provides important ‘clues’ about the lack of insight and calculation in the market. What makes this observation so important is that as it turns out, the latest declines have paradoxically occurred when the fundamentals of our chosen companies were improving,” said Bernad.
You can read Azvalor’s latest quarterly report at www.fortunaamc.co.uk/newsletters
Notes to Editors:
Azvalor is an independent Spanish asset management boutique, founded by a group of experienced investment professionals, who adopt a high conviction Value investing philosophy. The firm’s goal is that of a classic value investment house, that is, to maximise long-term returns on investments and minimise the risks of permanent losses.
Set up in 2016, Azvalor has four funds, accounting for some €1.7 billion assets under management.
The Value approach involves exhaustive analysis of stocks within a defined universe to uncover good businesses with sustainable competitive advantages and a high return on capital employed.
As value investors, Managers seek companies whose intrinsic value is not reflected in their share price and which are managed by teams that look after the interests of shareholders. Crucially, AzValor managers are co-invested with clients, ensuring a true alignment of interests.
For more information about Azvalor Asset Management, please go to www.azvalor.com.
The information provided is copyright of Azvalor Asset Management SGIIC, S.A.U. whose registered office is Pº de la Castellana 110 – 3ª planta, 28046 Madrid.
Azvalor Asset Management SGIIC, S.A., as well as the products and services it provides, are subject to the legislation in force and under the supervision of the Spanish funds regulator Comisión Nacional de Mercado de Valores (CNMV) and other regulatory bodies.
This communication is specifically written for use only by journalists. It has been prepared solely for information purposes and is not a solicitation, or an offer to buy or sell any security. The information on which the document is based has been obtained from sources that we believe to be reliable, and in good faith, but we have not independently verified such information and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made as to their accuracy. All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice and the views expressed are those of the fund manager at the time of writing and may have since changed.
Please note that the prices of mutual funds and shares, and the income from them, can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount originally invested. This can be as a result of market movements and also of variations in the exchange rates between currencies. Past performance does not guarantee or predict future performance.
Azvalor accepts no liability or responsibility whatsoever for any consequential loss of any kind arising out of the use of this document or any part of its contents. The use of this document should not be regarded as a substitute for the exercise by the recipient of his or her own judgment.
For further information please contact:
Sam Shelton – Senior PR Manager
Fortuna Asset Management Communications
Tel: (+44) 07540 336998