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Mawer New Canada Fund Buys 4 Stocks in the 2nd Half of 2019

GuruFocus.com

The Mawer New Canada Fund (Trades, Portfolio) disclosed this week that it established four new positions during the second half of 2019: AltaGas Canada Inc. (TSX:ACI), Badger Daylighting Ltd. (TSX:BAD), Andlauer Healthcare Group Inc. (TSX:AND) and Morguard Corp. (TSX:MRC).


Managed by Jeff Mo, the fund seeks long-term capital appreciation through investments in smaller-cap Canadian companies. Mo employs a disciplined, research-driven, bottom-up process to select equity investments.

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The fund releases its interim portfolio reports semiannually. As of December 2019, the $1.42 billion equity portfolio contains 50 stocks, with a turnover ratio of 12%. The top four sectors in terms of portfolio weight are consumer cyclical, industrials, technology and real estate.

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The fund reported in its 2019 annual report that it returned 28.8% for the year, outperforming the S&P / TSX Small-Cap benchmark's return of 15.8%. The outperformance stemmed from both sector allocation and security selection: The fund's relatively low exposure to energy and underweight allocation to health care boosted returns.

AltaGas

The fund purchased 512,100 shares of AltaGas, giving the position 1.21% weight in the equity portfolio. Shares averaged 28.59 Canadian dollars ($20.21) apiece during the fourth quarter.

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The Calgary, Alberta-based company operates natural gas distribution utilities and renewable power generation assets. GuruFocus ranks the company's profitability 5 out of 10: Although AltaGas' operating margin outperforms approximately 70% of global competitors, its three-year revenue decline rate of 1.6% underperforms over 76% of global utility companies.

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Badger Daylighting

The fund purchased 369,752 shares of Badger Daylighting, giving the position 0.92% weight in the equity portfolio. Shares averaged CA$40.44 each during the fourth quarter.

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The Calgary, Alberta-based company provides nondestructive hydrovac excavation services based on its core technology, the Badger Hydrovac System. GuruFocus ranks the company's profitability 9 out of 10 on several positive investing signs, which include a 4.5-star business predictability rank and operating margins that are outperforming over 80% of global competitors.

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Andlauer Healthcare

The fund purchased 478,251 shares of Andlauer Healthcare, giving the holding 0.68% weight in the equity portfolio. Shares averaged CA$19.81 each during the fourth quarter.

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The Vaughan, Ontario-based company provides supply chain management solutions with a platform of third-party logistics and specialized transportation solutions for the health care sector. GuruFocus ranks the company's financial strength 5 out of 10: Although it has solid interest coverage and high Altman Z-scores, the company's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46 underperforms 86% of global competitors.

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Morguard

The fund purchased 33,822 shares of Morguard, giving the position 0.48% weight in the equity portfolio. Shares averaged CA$201.90 during the fourth quarter.

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The Mississauga, Ontario-based company acquires, owns and develops properties in the U.S. and Canada. GuruFocus ranks Morguard's profitability 8 out of 10: Operating margins are outperforming over 78% of global competitors despite contracting over the past five years. Additionally, the company's business predictability ranks 3.5 stars out of five.

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Disclosure: No positions.

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