Investment Strategy: Our Opportunity – December 2016

Investment Strategy: Our Opportunity “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant” – Robert Louis Stevenson Investors, both in managers and in companies, have a very difficult task: make commitments today in the hope of getting a reward in the future, amidst imperfect information. Making matters worse, […]

Case Study: Healthequity (HQY) – November 2016

The performance this month fell short of what we expect from Somar in a month with similar performance from the indexes. Yet this was no normal month. In the wake of the election of Donald Trump as the next US president the markets reassessed their perspective and made violent rotations among sectors. The sectors in […]

Additional Metrics – October 2016

Additional Metrics Volatility remained high in October as uncertainty about the upcoming US election weighed on investors’ conviction to build long term positions. Our long term focus led us to build positions in extremely attractive businesses when their valuation opened very attractive risk-reward profiles.

Short Illustration – September 2016

Volatility picked up in September and we used the market swings to continue adding to our portfolio. We are extremely sensitive to valuation and maintain high standards for adding new and existing positions. A volatile flat market like the one we experienced in September plays to Somar’s strengths. Virtually all of our performance in September […]

Secular Change – August 2016

Secular Change As we move forward we would like to provide you with more details about our portfolio. We prefer to discuss individual positions close to the time of harvest. We do this to avoid a common pitfall that humans tend to fall into while analyzing complex situations: commitment and consistency. To say it another […]

Uncertainty and Risk – July 2016

Uncertainty and Risk During the month we continued to take advantage of the market dislocation to build our portfolio with investments at highly attractive risk-rewards. A large proportion of these businesses reported in the second half of the month and we were pleased with each company’s evolution and its prospects for continued value creation. This […]

Market Volatility – June 2016

Market Volatility Markets were highly volatile during the month in response to the buildup and outcome of the Brexit vote. The volatility and market dislocation opened opportunities for us to start building our portfolio at very attractive valuations.