Our value equity investment philosophy is a bottom-up, fundamental approach that seeks to generate above-average returns over the long-term by identifying businesses that possess substantial competitive advantages and are trading at discounts to our estimates of intrinsic value. Advantages may include strong brand names, highly differentiated services or products, dominant market share, flexible pricing power, protected technology or specialized industrial skills sets. Companies have the ability to generate high levels of cash flow and are led by management teams that are true stewards for creating shareholder wealth.
The investment process focuses on managing risk, which we define as the probability of a permanent loss of capital, by owning quality businesses at attractive valuations. This discipline strives to protect investors on the downside while enhancing upside potential. Over time, we believe that this approach positions the portfolio to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns.