Symmetry Invest A/S 2H21 Commentary

The US little cap index Russel 2000 is “just” up 13% YTD in 2021, and as can be seen in the above chart, all of which was achieved in January and February, while the remainder of the year was flat.
This uses to most stock markets. The majority of the returns made in the large indices this year are driven by a handful of business where Symmetry, provided our financial investment mandate, has no allocation.
We view this as a momentary pattern. The biggest mega cap shares now have an assessment that is totally unreasonable, relative to the midcap and small market that we focus on.
Our company believe 2022 will provide numerous opportunities for active stock selecting.
Why Is It Favorable To Be An Emerging Manager?
Among the principles that have actually pertained to irritate me lately is “emerging supervisor”. The idea is often used to explain a young up-and-coming fund supervisor. The idea of emerging is therefore not incorrect in and of itself, however the issue is how its being used. In my opinion, all supervisors that are not emerging are in “liquidation”. The financial investment industry isnt one where you can acquire a set of skills and after that depend on them permanently. If you are not continuously progressing, others will overtake you. In these semi-annual letters I will attempt to describe how we at Symmetry constantly are dealing with bettering ourselves so that, ideally, others can use a few of our experiences.
Why Should One Be Unique?
Among the most typical concerns I receive from prospective financiers in the fund is “what makes you unique”? Early on, as a young manager, I typically tried to discuss how we operate in a little, uncrowded specific niche which we have a longer time horizon etc. However over time, I have pertained to accept that you do not need to be special. You do not need to have some special niche, the very best information, the right segment, and so on. It is not like in medicine, innovation or industrials where you can invent an unique product and live well from this for many years to come. Investing is about continuously getting a little better. One of the very best investor letters I have actually read in a very long time was “Worm Capital Q3 2021” which reviewed how “aggregation of minimal gains” offers a long lasting advantage. How to do this in practice? You read Warren Buffet, Charlie Munger, Joel Greenblatt and so on, and while you should not aim to become the next Warren Buffet, make certain to gain from the best and find your own way. Make sure to constantly enhance your “pattern recognition skills”, learn to handle your emotions and work with your analytical skills. Today, when my financiers ask me what makes us special, I respond to that we go to work every day with the goal of ending up being a little better than we were the other day. But the reality is that one does not need to be unique or be the finest. The financial investment market is not a zero-sum game. You will do incredibly well if you are simply among the leading 10% of all investors.
Utilizing A Performance Coach
As discussed in the previous newsletters, one of the things I invest time on is making sure to constantly be the best version of myself. A performance coach assists one to be the finest variation of oneself, both as a financier and fund manager however also as a moms and dad, spouse and human being in basic.
The reality is a bit different!
Symmetry has actually broadened quickly in recent years, going from 1 to 4 staff members and from 100 to +500 million DKK in possessions. As a fund supervisor, you are eventually accountable for other individualss money and our investors show us self-confidence by investing their cash with us. I believe most supervisors would lie if they did not state it can be hard from time to time.
I highly suggest this to other fund supervisors. For those interested, I suggest the book “Trillion Dollar Coach” which handles how Bill Campbell as a performance coach helped the CEOs of Apple, Google, etc, to be progressed leaders.
News From The Portfolio
As always, we will supply a longer evaluation of our portfolio in our yearly investor letter, which will be published at the end of March. We will therefore make our remarks in this newsletter more sporadic.
A good associate of mine runs a financial investment fund in the U.S. with terrific success. One of the important things he is incredibly great at is multiple arbitrage. He has a remarkable ability to find stocks that trade at P/E 12 however must trade at P/E 16. The underlying intrinsic worth of the stocks might increase by 10% every year, but because he has actually frequently had the ability to achieve this multiple arbitrage within 6-12 months, he has managed to provide +20% yearly return. He can buy a stock at P/E 12 and when it increases 30% to P/E 16 he is out once again and into a new stock.
Symmetrys strategy has lots of resemblances, but we run with a longer time horizon. Instead of finding stocks that can deliver 30% in 6-12 months, we search for those who can deliver 3-5x in 3-5 years. Our stocks often increase in intrinsic worth by 20-30% every year, and on top of that we try to accomplish several growth during our holding duration.
The downside of our strategy compared to my United States equivalent is that it is far harder for us to discover stocks for our portfolio than it is for him. There are just much more stocks in his universe and therefore he can make a lot of money by having a high turnover in his portfolio. The benefit of our technique, on the other hand, is that once we find the ideal shares, we have a multi-year time horizon where we can benefit from high returns from the shares.
This leads us on to our 3 finest investments in 2021: Franklin Covey (104%), JDC Group (171%) and Protector Insurance (90%). Franklin Covey and Protector were 2 of our biggest holdings when we began the year and JDC was acquired in February-April. As discussed above, we just make a couple of financial investments per year.
It makes no sense to look at where JDC Group AG (ETR: JDC) has come from to predict where they are going. 2021 ended up being a transformative year for JDC, which has set the business up for a long-term growth period that the market still does not recognize. When JDC announced a handle Provinzial in February, the stock rose 40-50%. The offer itself would more than double revenue and multiply profits. When JDC later on this year announced an even bigger handle VKB, the share rose 20%. It is understandable that the market is having a tough time grasping the degree of what JDC is facing in the coming years. Weve done our part to describe it: JDC_2021_09_29. JDC is trading at around 1.7 x income and 20x EBITDA on our 2022 price quotes if you look at the appraisal in seclusion. It might therefore not look like a stock with huge capacity. However if you dig a bit deeper, you will discover that JDC will roll out +200 cost savings banks throughout the year. All of these will just begin to take full effect from 2023-2024. JDC has actually announced an estimated result of 100 million in annual income at Provinzial and at least the very same at VKB. We peg a +95% likelihood that they will likewise win the remaining cost savings bank which will land an annual turnover in the amount of 300 million EUR from all savings banks. This is to be compared with JDCs present turnover of around EUR 145 million which presently grows 15- 20% organically without contributions from these cost savings banks. It is likewise worth noting what the EUR 300 million price quote is based on. This includes a penetration of just 10% of the clients in the specific cost savings banks and approx. 2 contracts per customer. If you look at their other consumers, they have approx. 5 contracts per customer. In addition, you can likewise evaluate whether 10% penetration is too low, since consumers are used a totally free item (they can conserve cash), on which they can improve service and better summary. We believe there is a high probability that JDC can achieve a turnover of over EUR 1 billion within 4-5 years which will be close to 10x the present one. Combined with rising margins and an increased multiple, we still see substantial capacity in JDC.
Franklin Covey
Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) has had a fantastic year. If you look at an FCF numerous, FC is still only trading at 18-20x FCF on this years figures. FC will grow money circulation by 30-50% every year in the coming years, in line with their high flow-through, and is trading at only approx.
Protector Insurance
For numerous, Protector Forsikring ASA (FRA: PR4) is a simple company. The businesss creator Sverre Bjerkeli resigned this year after 15 years at the helm.
Fortunately, he has actually left the company in good stead. His 3 young “heirs” Henrik (CEO), Hans (Deputy CEO) and Dag Marius (CIO) all have Protector blood in their veins and comprehend the companys culture in depth. If you listen to the experts, they believe the share is worth 130-140 NOK as they think the businesss development and investment results will remain in line with the market in the coming years. Looking at their historical growth of 20% yearly and their financial investment results, it has been substantially above market. Investors attempting to fully comprehend Protector will be better off underwriting greater growth and roi moving forward. Even if we use market returns for the future, the stock is trading at a P/E around 8-9x. Changing for their high overcapitalization, we are down to around 6-7 in P/E.
I had a chat with another terrific manager about the stock. He believed it was impossible to underwrite the capability of the CIO and therefore one required to use market returns in their presumptions moving forward. If he thought it was difficult to underwrite the CIO of Protector how ought to the investors have any capability to underwrite him, my feedback was. To me its more about laziness if one are not happy to do it. Its the same as trying to value a high development company with a 3-year DCF design without investing any genuine due diligence on the longevity of the development. To make a reasonable assessment of Protector one requirement to relatively evaluate the CIO. We did an interview him recently: Protector CIO. To us there is 3 main areas to judge:
1) Historical returns 2) How returns are produced 3) Long term tactical thinking
The historical returns are significantly ahead of the market both on stocks and bonds. We can then look at how they in the history took threat off the book in fantastic times and was very aggressive throughout Covid when everybody else was panicking. On the equity book they only had 2 bad years (2018-2019).
We want you all a delighted 2022.
Updated on Jan 6, 2022, 4:00 pm

Some of the most significant names in the market have paid themselves significant wages after racking up large earnings in 2020, and it looks as if the exact same style could play out for the year ahead. Rather of finding stocks that can deliver 30% in 6-12 months, we look for those who can provide 3-5x in 3-5 years. When JDC later on this year revealed an even larger deal with VKB, the share rose 20%. FC will grow cash circulation by 30-50% each year in the coming years, in line with their high flow-through, and is trading at only approx. The businesss creator Sverre Bjerkeli resigned this year after 15 years at the helm.

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H2 2021

We have observed this pattern in most markets where we have exposure, with large rotations out of little and into large shares. These big shares are likewise what are driving the direction of the significant indices around the world.

As always, returns and portfolio updates are sent out to shareholders on a regular monthly basis through the site.

It was a year that felt easy in the sense that we had many no-brainers in our portfolio, while Q4, on the other hand, was tough and extremely unstable to navigate in various sectors. Numerous of our market coworkers had their returns entirely eroded in November/December, and numerous of them ended the year in the red. We will never be the fund that produces the highest returns in any given year, but rather we strive to have a varied portfolio across different sectors, elements and locations.
Proportion is a little and mid cap fund with the ability to have an optimum of 20% of our capital in large cap firms. Historically, our mid and little cap direct exposure has actually been more to the tune of 80-95%.

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