Portfolio manager Brian Campbell of The London Company, in collaboration with four colleagues, shares responsibility for steering the Touchstone Mid Cap Fund. “Putting the Odds in Their Favor,” an article by Barron’s, recently highlighted observations and opinions from Campbell regarding the fund and the sub-advisor’s approach to its management. Among them:
- Amid economic, market, and political uncertainty, “our whole process is designed to reduce the chances of being wrong.”
- The managers take a “private-equity approach” in evaluating the value of a company. While stocks trading at the team’s desired discount to a company’s intrinsic value have become harder to find, the concentrated portfolio needs only a few new ideas every year.
- The London Company believes mid caps are an ideal universe for finding companies with inherent competitive advantages in their respective niches, reasoning that “you’re not fighting the law of large numbers, but you still get industry leaders.”
- Managers at The London Company take a holistic approach to finding ideas, including asking management teams of companies they research about other companies they admire.
- There is also something to be said for family-controlled companies seen as well run. “When management teams have a lot of personal equity tied to the business, it gives us additional comfort. [We believe] They tend to be more longer-term focused and disciplined with investors’ capital.”
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