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We are confident that our disciplined investment process has allowed us to identify businesses with attractive risk-adjusted return potential and that the gap between stock price and intrinsic value should close over time.
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During the quarter, we added three new positions to the portfolio.
After a very difficult 2018 for the Oakmark Fund and the S&P 500, the market shrugged off many of the uncertainties surrounding interest rates, a trade war and slowing global growth during the first quarter of 2019.
We continue to believe that the underlying businesses in our portfolio are performing much better than their stock prices indicate, so we find these holdings even more attractively valued than they were prior to the fourth quarter.
While the Fund has outperformed the market over longer periods of time, we are not surprised to see shorter periods of underperformance along the way.
We believe equities remain the most attractive asset class, and due to the increased number of undervalued companies with misunderstood intangible assets, our research team has produced an impressive number of new investment ideas.
While we remain focused on long-term business fundamentals as we evaluate potential investments, we don’t mind taking advantage of higher volatility to increase exposure to high-quality businesses at more attractive prices.
The strong fourth-quarter performance capped off a strong calendar year for the Fund, and we are pleased to report that the Fund hit another all-time high adjusted NAV for the sixth quarter in a row.
As value investors, we patiently wait for the gap between a company’s stock price and our estimate of intrinsic value to close, and over the past 12 months, the gaps have narrowed.
We are pleased to report that this was the fourth quarter in a row in which the Oakmark Fund hit an all-time high adjusted NAV.
We are very pleased that recent performance showed a substantial reversal from the results reported to you a year ago following the fourth quarter of 2015.
This quarter marks the 25th anniversary of the Oakmark Fund, and we are proud of our long-term results and pleased to mark the occasion with an all-time high adjusted NAV at quarter end.
At Oakmark, we evaluate businesses by summing the present value of their future cash flows, which we believe will only be minimally affected by U.K.’s recent vote to leave the EU.
We remain focused on assessing the long-term underlying value of businesses, which we believe are much less volatile than stock prices.
As portfolio managers and large shareholders of the Fund, we’re not satisfied with losses, but we remain confident in our time-tested philosophy, investment process and research team.
We remain confident that our focus on business value and our extended investment time horizon will position the Fund for favorable results over longer periods of time.
We continue to feel that financial securities are among the most attractive segments in the market.
We feel the financials and energy sectors remain undervalued, and the Oakmark Fund added to several positions in these sectors during the quarter.
As we have written in the past, we believe the financial and information technology sectors are among the most attractive, and investments in these areas represent over half of the Fund’s equity holdings.
The information technology and financial services sectors are still among the most attractive sectors of the market.
Our great team of research analysts continues to find attractively valued companies to add to the portfolio. Over the past two quarters, we have added seven new companies to the Fund.
Stocks certainly aren’t as cheap as they were a year ago, but we are still finding attractive companies to add to the portfolio.
Our portfolio has been heavily invested in financial services, economically sensitive industrials and information technology.
We still found the financials and information technology sectors to be attractively valued for the quarter just ended.
Our portfolio has been heavily invested in financial services, technology and economically sensitive stocks. Those sectors performed well in the quarter, and not surprisingly, our best performers were companies in those industries.
Despite strong market gains in the first quarter of 2013, we believe stocks remain moderately undervalued relative to their own history and extremely undervalued versus bonds.
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