Our Nearshore Strategy...

Michael Rudd, CFA | President, CEO & Portfolio Manager

We wrote a couple of weeks ago that over the next few issues, we would discuss our themes and the companies that we have in the portfolios and mandates that represent those themes. Last week, we wrote about our Technology theme and how it evolved over many years from an initial investment in Microsoft Corp (MSFT:US).

Like our Technology theme, when we started Pathfinder, we had limited exposure to industrial stocks. At that time, Canada had a number of good, value companies but not many in the industrial sector. Since then, our investment view on Canada has changed dramatically, which has provided more opportunities to invest in a broader set of industries. Themes usually develop with a single connection. We begin with research on that connection and it “takes us down a rabbit hole”. We bought WPT REIT, an industrial REIT, in 2016 for $13.62. It was a great company focused on e-commerce fulfilment centers in the mid-western US. WPT was eventually taken private by Blackstone in 2021 at $27.52. This led us over the years to follow other businesses along the same value chain. As tensions increased between the US and China, we could see that businesses would want to secure their supply chains by moving production back to the West (i.e. de-globalization). Thus, we moved to invest in companies that provide logistics, robotics and industrial real estate supply, given our view that production nearshoring will require a significant improvement in productivity. We assumed that this would be critical for governments given the recent political reactions to inflation. The theme is expressed with the following “downstream” exposure:

  • Industrial Technology & Logistics (Emerson, Daifuku, FedEx, Kion & GXO), we note companies in common with our Technology theme provide a clear example of how one theme can blend into another.
  • Mexican Industrial Real Estate (Prologis & Terafina), we note that lease rates are the same on either side of the border, but it is still cheaper to locate production in Mexico because of the labour savings.


“This means that” like our view on technology, we believe this theme has years to go. Companies cannot adjust as quickly as geopolitics. Supply chains, logistics and labour do not move as quickly as a shift in government relations. This theme has a smaller allocation than our technology theme so we will continue to remain focused on its strategic direction and adding more companies as opportunities present themselves.

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Changes in Leverage. We are increasing the asset ceiling to 2.0 times the market value of equity for Pathfinder International Fund and Pathfinder Conviction Fund to be consistent with Pathfinder Partners’ Fund and Pathfinder Resource Fund.

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