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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.

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.

  • David BarrPortfolio Manager

    • David Barr

      Mr. Barr is the President and CEO of Pender. He is also the Portfolio Manager of several of Pender’s funds.

      The Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, managed by Mr. Barr, has won a Lipper Fund Award for Best Canadian Small/Mid Cap Fund over both three and five year performance periods for the last three consecutive years, 2015 to 2017. The Lipper awards recognize consistently strong, risk-adjusted performance relative to  peers. The Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund has also received Fundata’s FundGrade® A+ Award for the last six consecutive years, 2012 to 2017. The Pender Value Fund, which he also manages, has received Fundata’s FundGrade® A+ Award in 2016 and 2017. This award recognises funds that have maintained “an exceptional performance rating over the entire previous calendar year”.

      Mr. Barr began his investing career in 2000. 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.

      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 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. He is a regular guest on BNN. In December 2012 Mr. Barr was recognized as one of British Columbia’s “Top Forty Under 40” business leaders by Business in Vancouver

      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.

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    • Manager’s Quarterly Commentary – David Barr – Q1 2018

      Increased Volatility and Continued Underperformance by Canadian Indices The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For That was an interesting quarter. One thing didn’t change: Canada is out of favour. Canadian indices continued their lacklustre performance. What did change in the quarter was a dramatic spike in volatility and market turbulence. As a result, most major indexes are now down year to date in North America. I started by saying it was an interesting quarter and, for the Pender investment team, interesting means we are finding investment opportunities that are actionable. As you might expect the volatility gave us a chance to deploy capital. Across the majority of our equity funds, we have taken down our cash positions quite extensively. In the Pender Value Fund for example, we decreased cash from 29% at the end of December to 6% at the end of March. And this is after we received cash equal to about 5% of the portfolio on the sales of both Key Technologies and Avigilon in the quarter. Download the pdf. Where have we been deploying this cash? In our ongoing quest for long term capital appreciation, we favour small cap companies as these businesses tend to have characteristics that can drive long term ... Continue Reading

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