Permanence
Permanence

Permanence

 
 
 
Summary

The investment team makes long-term investments in unique companies whose market value can increase significantly over time for underlying fundamental reasons. Morgan Stanley Permanence focuses primarily on established companies in the United States that benefit from efficient scale. Due to the durability of this long-term competitive advantage, the investment team believes these companies are relatively insulated from disruptive change.

 
 
Investment Approach
Philosophy

Counterpoint Global believes that it may achieve value-added  investment results more consistently through bottom-up analysis  and qualitative judgment rather than through top-down  forecasting. Additionally, the team holds that optimal stock  selection is primarily a function of making long-term investments  in companies with: inherent sustainable competitive advantages  (such as a patent portfolio, a network or community effect, etc.);  brand-name recognition; the ability to redeploy capital at high  rates of return; and strong free-cash-flow yield three to five years  in the future. These characteristics, in the team’s view, provide the  potential for consistent long-term growth and competitive returns.

The team believes that the development of insights is valuable to  the investment process, and guiding principles combined with  intellectual and process flexibility are critical to strong decision-  making in pursuit of attractive investments.

 
Differentiators
ALIGNED WITH CLIENTS

Counterpoint Global’s long-term incentive compensation  program requires investors to allocate a significant portion  of deferred compensation into the portfolios they manage.

CROSS-DISCIPLINARY THINKING AND RESEARCH INTO EMERGING THEMES

Their generalist approach and disruptive change research are unique in an industry that leans toward specialization. They promote cross-disciplinary thinking where investors follow areas with distinctly different business models.

CULTURE

Counterpoint Global has a distinctive culture that encourages innovation, evolution and continued learning.

EXPERIENCED AND STABLE TEAM

The team has been managing money since 1998. They have a long-term investment horizon that promotes perspective and insight.

 
 
 
Investment Process
1
Idea generation

The team generates investment ideas through an ongoing set of activities conducted individually and collaboratively, including: (i) involvement in contact networks across industries and in the investment management business; (ii) its reading network; (iii) its focus on return on investment capital and current-period free cash flow yield; (iv) team discussions; (v) the identification of patterns; (vi) conventional-valuation and coverage biases, among others; and (vii) continual research on current company holdings.

2
Bottom-up analysis and valuation

Their quality criteria include business visibility, a diverse customer base, the sustainability of growth and low capital intensity. Valuation focuses on three- to five-year free cash flow yield and endgame, a five-year market capitalization calculation.

3
Disruptive change research

To complement its in-depth, bottom-up research, the team’s disruptive change researcher investigates big ideas and emerging themes that may have far-reaching consequences, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.

4
Portfolio construction and implementation

The team’s portfolios are actively managed and built to maximize expected value. Company weightings are primarily determined by the quality of the idea and the team’s conviction. Dennis Lynch leads decision making along with the investor responsible for a company and perhaps one other investor. The team reviews factor analysis on a monthly basis in order to ensure the portfolio’s expected return is more idiosyncratic than systematic.

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Investors  
Dennis Lynch
Head of Counterpoint Global
26 years industry experience
Sandeep Chainani
Managing Director
24 years industry experience
Armistead Nash
Managing Director
20 years industry experience
David Cohen
Managing Director
32 years industry experience
Alex Norton
Executive Director
25 years industry experience
Manas Gautam
Vice President
8 years industry experience
 

May not represent all Investors.

 
 
 
 
 

RISK CONSIDERATIONS

Diversification does not protect you against a loss in a particular market; however it allows you to spread that risk across various asset classes.

There is no assurance that a strategy will achieve its investment objective. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the portfolio will decline. Market values can change daily due to economic and other events (e.g. natural disasters, health crises, terrorism, conflicts and social unrest) that affect markets, countries, companies or governments. It is difficult to predict the timing, duration, and potential adverse effects (e.g. portfolio liquidity) of events. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this strategy. Please be aware that this strategy may be subject to certain additional risks. In general, equity securities’ values also fluctuate in response to activities specific to a company. Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic, and market risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than the risks generally associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Privately placed and restricted securities may be subject to resale restrictions as well as a lack of publicly available information, which will increase their illiquidity and could adversely affect the ability to value and sell them (liquidity risk).

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