Pender Investment Ideas Lunch 2014 – Notes

June 17, 2014
Written by PenderFund

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Pender has just held its annual Investment Ideas Lunch. We invited three of the companies held in our funds to present to an audience of advisors and investment professionals.

The companies represented a cross section in terms of size, however they all have at their core three important attributes.

  • Founder-led
  • Are leaders in well defined, growing markets
  • Have strong balance sheets

Below are the key takeaways from the three companies invited to Investment Ideas as guests.

Syntel, Inc (NASDAQ: SYNT)


Syntel offers IT outsourcing services, including mission critical strategies, to Fortune 500 companies around the world and, in our opinion, is an ideal kind of investment. Not only does it fulfil nearly all of our criteria, we believe that it is currently selling at a significant discount to intrinsic value. It rarely trades this low. Consequently we have increased our positions making it the largest holding in the Pender US All Cap Equity Fund and one of the largest in the Pender Value Fund.

Highlights for Pender

A high quality and fast growing business

  • Outpacing sector growth with long secular runway ahead
  • Deep industry expertise and “customer for life” relationships
  • Stellar cash-rich balance sheet and high returns on capital

Accomplished & aligned management

  • Founder-led ~ 63% insider ownership
  • Track record of under promising & over delivering

Attractive valuation

  • A mid-teens “Compounder” with P/E ~ 14x and EV/EBIT~ 10

Pender Investment Thesis

A long term compounder.

 Volume weighted average purchase price$80.72 (low $65.54; high $92.66)
 Stock price at Conference, June 5 2014$80.25
 Portfolio Weighting*: Pender US All Cap Equity Fund8.25%
 Portfolio Weighting*: Pender Value Fund5.76%

* At 31 May 2014

QHR Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: QHR)


QHR is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Where Syntel has a market cap of $3.8 billion, QHR is nearer $60 million, but no less impressive a business. QHR delivers electronic solutions to the North American healthcare industry, such as medical records, which improve the standard of care provided. It was founded in 1997 and has grown through acquisition across Canada to become an industry leader in a market valued at $350 million in Canada alone. It entered the US market in 2012.

Highlights for Pender

  • Market leading position
  • Market to double in 3-5 years (penetration in North America is low compared to UK and Australia)
  • Predictable recurring revenue model
  • High incremental net margins
  • Strong balance sheet
  • Logical acquirer

Pender Investment Thesis

We believe this is a cheap value stock with the potential for growth through full market adoption.

Volume weighted average purchase price$0.67 (low $0.52; high $1.30)
Stock price at Conference, June 5 2014$1.20
Portfolio Weighting*: Pender Small Cap Opps Fund4.04%

* At 31 May 2014

Points International Ltd. (TSX: PTS; NASDAQ: PCOM)


Loyalty programs are the world’s new, and largest, currency market. Points has developed a bespoke industry leading loyalty commerce platform to partner with globally recognized loyalty programs to deliver services that generate revenue through margin, fee or commission. The overall market in loyalty “currency” is $48 billion and growing, and Points has a unique position, established partnerships and strong financials.

Highlights for Pender

  • Large, visible market opportunity
  • Impressive revenue growth
  • Strong balance sheet
  • Increasing profitability
  • Significant opportunity to expand business further

Pender Investment Thesis

A value stock with a big market and a long runway.

Volume weighted average purchase price$22.29 (low $21.85; high $24.50)
Stock price at Conference, June 5 2014$26.00
Portfolio Weighting*: Pender Value Fund1.03%
Portfolio Weighting*: Pender Small Cap Opps Fund1.23%

* At 31 May 2014

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