PenderFund

Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund

The Fund has been capped and is now closed to all purchases. Its sister fund, the Pender Value Fund, shares many of the same characteristics and is open to new purchases.

LIPPER_2015AWARD_VERT_CANADA (2)The award-winning Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund is an opportunistic, concentrated portfolio. The Fund is focussed on undervalued small and microcap companies predominantly in Canada. The Manager is focused on businesses with strong underlying economics and often seeks out special situations, and has a track record of identifying catalysts, where market-leading companies have been acquired. After deep fundamental analysis these businesses are purchased at a discount to our estimate of intrinsic value.

  • Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund Performance

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    Returns (%)
    April 30, 2016
    1 Mo.3 Mo.6 Mo.1 Yr.3 Yr.5 Yr.YTDSince Inception1201020112012201320142015
    Class A3.75.74.0-8.118.818.61.018.522.94.731.333.023.86.6
    Class F3.86.04.5-6.920.019.81.319.522.86.732.234.324.88.2
    1Since inception date for Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund is 1 June 2009

    Growth of $10,000 since Inception (June 1, 2009)

    DateClass A
    Inception10000
    Dec'0910793
    Jun'1011416
    Dec'1013259
    Jun'1114104
    Dec'1113876
    Jun'1216344
    Dec'1218218
    Jun'1319757
    Dec'1324226
    Jun'1426136
    Dec'1429138
    Jun'1534250
    Dec'1531969
    Apr'1632293
  • Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund Holdings

    Sector Allocation(%)
    Information Technology45.3
    Healthcare14.3
    Utilities6.7
    Industrials6.6
    Energy5.8
    Consumer Discretionary5.3
    Diversified Financials5.1
    Telecommunications3.3
    Cash7.7
    Sector Allocation(%)
    Information Technology45.3
    Healthcare14.3
    Utilities6.7
    Industrials6.6
    Energy5.8
    Consumer Discretionary5.3
    Diversified Financials5.1
    Telecommunications3.3
    Cash7.7
    Geographic Allocation(%)
    Canada87.1
    United States12.9
    Geographic Allocation(%)
    Canada87.1
    United States12.9
    Top 10 HoldingsFund (%)
    TIO Networks Corp.6.1
    QHR Corporation5.1
    Ebix Inc.4.9
    Absolute Software Corporation4.1
    Polaris Infrastructure Inc.4.1
    Medicure Inc.3.9
    Sandvine Corporation3.5
    Espial Group, Inc.3.3
    Terago Inc.3.3
    CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd.3.2
    Total Percentage of Top 10 Holdings41.7%
    Total Net Assets of Fund$115,532,535
  • David BarrPortfolio Manager

    • David Barr David Barr

      Mr. Barr is the President and CEO of Pender. He oversees all business activities of Pender’s fund management and venture capital businesses. His focus is on building a leading west coast mutual fund company, offering forward-thinking, value-based products which generate outstanding returns.

      He is also Co-Chief Investment Officer with Felix Narhi, working together in setting the direction for Pender’s overall value-based investment strategy. He is also the Portfolio Manager of several of Pender’s funds.

      LIPPER_2015AWARD_VERT_CANADA (2)In November 2015, the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, managed by Mr. Barr, won a Lipper Fund Award 2015 for Best Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund over both three and five year performance periods.

      Mr. Barr has over 17 years of investment experience. He initially worked in private equity which gives him a unique background to investing capital. At the end of 2007 he became a partner at PenderFund Capital Management Ltd and was appointed Chief Investment Officer with the objective of launching Pender’s mutual fund business. In April 2016 Mr. Barr was appointed President and CEO of Pender upon the retirement of Kelly Edmison.

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      Mr. Barr is Portfolio Manager of the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, launched in June 2009 (now closed), the Pender Value Fund, launched in July 2013 and the Pender Select Ideas Fund, launched in September 2014.

      Read full biography Mr. Barr holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003 and is an active member of the Vancouver chapter. He is a past President of CFA Vancouver, having also served on its Board of Directors for four years. Mr. Barr is a regular guest on BNN’s Business Day program and has been interviewed for his opinions on small cap, the technology sector and value investing by the Financial Post, The Globe & Mail and other media. In December 2012 Mr. Barr was recognised as one of British Columbia’s “Top Forty Under 40” business leaders by Business in Vancouver. The Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund has received Fundata’s FundGrade® A+ Award in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

      Value Investing

      Mr. Barr is an advocate of value investing, a strategy to estimate the intrinsic value of a company before looking to invest in that company with a “margin of safety” or a discount to intrinsic value. Mr. Barr believes that investing in a company well below intrinsic value decreases the risk and sets it up for generating long term performance and this approach forms the basis of Pender’s overall investment strategy, which aims to preserve and grow clients’ capital.

      Contrarian

      In order to execute on his value investing strategy Mr. Barr is a true contrarian. To meet his stringent value investing criteria, he looks for value in unpopular places with a view to reducing risk and finding prices that include a margin-of-safety. He refuses to follow the crowds and is driven to find quality at a discount.

    • Manager’s Quarterly Commentary – David Barr – Q1 2016

      Roller Coasters and Small Cap Stocks That was an exciting first quarter. Markets started the year in a steep downturn that was far less thrilling and much more stressful than a roller coaster. The TSX decreased 8.4%, bottoming out on January 20 at 11,843. The ride up the other side from mid-February has been almost as fast as the descent, with the TSX bouncing back and being up 13.9% from the lows at quarter end. The Russell 2000 was down 14.0% from the beginning of the year to February 11, then rebounded 16.8% to end the quarter relatively flat. When prices go down, we get excited and we have taken advantage of the downturn, utilizing our cash positions to deploy capital into what we believe are very attractive opportunities. We believe the funds are positioned very well and are similar to where we were in 2011 after the market sell off in August of that year. Our traditional opportunity set A few years ago, we read “100:1 in the stock market” by Thomas Phelps. It tracked the types of companies which, if you had invested, would have returned over 100 times your original investment over an extended period of time. While such companies are rare, ... Continue Reading

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