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INSIGHTS 2020-04-01T15:01:04+00:00

March 31, 2020 Quarterly Letter

I’ve been investing for almost 40 years now, so I’ve lived through many booms and busts, however, I’ve never seen anything quite like the COVID Crash. It took just 20 days for the S&P 500 to fall the 20% required to put us in a bear market. For the first time since 1997, stock market circuit breakers, designed to slow selloffs, were triggered three times in six days. We’ve experienced unprecedented day-to-day volatility: in March, the S&P 500 moved up or down by at least 4% in eight consecutive sessions, eclipsing the old record of six days in 1929. The pace of change is unprecedented.

By | April 1st, 2020|Categories: Quarterly Reports|

Poplar Forest Analyst Insights: Coronavirus Update & Healthcare Overview

The global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating panic in financial markets.  We appear to be in a period of maximum uncertainty characterized by a rapidly expanding list of questions, but few, if any, answers.  Over the coming weeks, it seems likely that patient counts may dramatically increase in the U.S. and create some short-term pressure on economic activity.  As patient counts rise, the American media will predictably stoke public fears of an intractable pandemic.  Contrary to these fears, we see encouraging reasons to believe that an effective therapy could be approved within the next few months.  We also believe the fatality rate in the U.S. could be much lower than in China, where smoking is more prevalent.

By | February 28th, 2020|Categories: Investing|

December 31, 2019 Quarterly Letter

At roughly 11x estimated earnings, the companies we own continue to be priced at attractive absolute levels and at historically wide discounts to the market despite offering market-like earnings growth prospects. Whether we compare ourselves to broad market indices (S&P at 18x, Russell Value at 15x) or to other value managers (Peer average 15x), we offer differentiated portfolios of what we believe are incredibly compelling investment opportunities.

By | January 6th, 2020|Categories: Quarterly Reports|

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