Bell Potter LIC Weekly: Forager Australian Shares Fund (FOR)

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The Investment Manager, Forager Funds Management Pty Ltd (the Manager), has occupied the role and managed the Forager Australian Shares Fund (the Fund) since inception of the strategy in 2009. The Manager was launched by Chief Investment Officer Steve Johnson at this time under the banner of Intelligent Investor Funds Management Pty Ltd, part of the Intelligent Investor Group, a subscription-based publishing business focused on investment opportunities, later being renamed to Forager in 2014. The managed investment scheme had operated as an unlisted fund prior to admission to the official list of the ASX as a Listed Investment Trust in 2016 when the Fund reached size capacity (net assets of $146.3m as at the Prospectus date in 2016).

The investment objective of the Fund is to outperform the S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Accumulation Index over a rolling 5 year period, which is sought to be achieved via an actively managed portfolio of concentrated securities predominantly outside the S&P/ASX 100 with a contrarian value bias. The portfolio has historically held between 15-25 securities, now drifting towards 35 investments to reflect growth in the Fund, the investment management team (Including Steve, 2 PMs and 3 Analysts across the Australian and International strategies) and enhanced portfolio liquidity requirements as a result of this trend. The Manager seeks to acquire securities that are assessed to be substantially undervalued at the time of acquisition, with investment ideas founded on internal research through fundamental bottom-up security analysis.

Prospective investors must be comfortable with the success of security selection (see Figure 2) and a potential higher volatility/drawdown risk that may come with concentrated holdings, especially during periods of market distress. This segment of the market can however, give the Manager a competitive advantage through information asymmetry, and where alpha generation is more viable (also see Figure 2).

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About Hayden Nicholson

Hayden Nicholson is an ETF/LIC Specialist at Bell Potter Securities. Hayden provides comprehensive coverage of the ETF and LIC sectors, producing a range of highly regarded reports covering investment fundamentals, asset class structure and cost, and the role of managed investments in portfolios.

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