Our Technology Growth Curve...

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 place to represent those themes in the portfolio.  Recently, we were asked by our counselling group to contribute to a thought piece on the “Magnificent 7”, which has been topical in the media. So we thought that we would add to our contribution in a bit more technical detail from the portfolio management perspective below.

When we started Pathfinder, our technology exposure was very limited. We are value investors and found it hard to “buy the tech stocks”. We were able to add Microsoft (MSFT US) in 2013 at $28.17 after a rare stumble from the company. We viewed their issues as short term, but the market viewed them as material, so there was a disconnect between value and price. The business is truly exceptional (we doubled our position at $36 that same year and added again at $42 in 2015). We followed the company as it evolved through the adoption of a recurring revenue model, expanding its stack to include cloud (among other tools), and finally artificial intelligence. Concurrently, we grew convinced that we were at the start of a technology evolution and established our theme. We have expanded our positioning in the technology sector from 0% to our largest weights, in both our domestic and international mandates (please see Figure 1). The theme is further expressed with “downstream” exposure:

  • The cloud thesis evolved at MSFT and we added a number of chip manufactures (Taiwan Semi Conductor Manufacturing, Skyworks and Intel), a clearly much more computing would be needed.
  • As we saw the demand for chips increasing dramatically, we added the “picks & shovels”. Those companies that service the chip building industry (ASML, CCMP, Tokyo Electron, Jeol, Valqua).
  • Finally, we added the designers (NVDA, Intel) and other end use cases (Alphabet, Apple, and Oracle) and also industrial technology (Emerson, Daifuku and Kion) as we saw the overall business use case expand.


“This means that” we believe this theme has years to go. While we may switch companies over time as the environment evolves (the best example of this is how quickly the situation at NVDA changed), we think the overall technology need will continue to be material. We will continue to remain laser focused on the strategic direction of the theme and the companies in the portfolio that we use to express our view.

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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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