Last week, the Opportunity Equity strategy gained 8.31%, outperforming the S&P 500’s 6.62% gain. (Exhibit 1). The strategy ended the week down -20.19% YTD, 798 basis points behind the S&P 500.
Exhibit 1: Preliminary Performance of Opportunity Equity Strategy Versus S&P 500, Through 5/27/221
|Time Period||Opportunity Equity||S&P 500|
|Last Week (5/20 - 5/27)||8.31%||6.62%|
|Inception (annualized since 6/26/00)||6.98%||6.94%|
Source: Bloomberg, Miller Value Partners
Ovintiv Inc (OVV) rose through the 50-day moving average while Diamondback Energy Inc (FANG) rose through the 50 and 100-day moving averages in sympathy with higher crude oil prices. DXC Technology Company (DXC) rose after reporting strong fiscal Q4 2022 earnings. Revenue of $4.0B came in slightly behind consensus expectations of $4.1B while EBITDA of $765M topped estimates of $688M. FCF of $234M came in well ahead of expectations of $43M and the company maintained its long-term FCF targets, including $1.5B for FY24 (17% FCF yield). In the quarter, DXC repurchased 18.8M shares (7% of shares outstanding) and expects to repurchase another $770M worth of shares over the next three quarters (~9% of shares outstanding at current prices). Farfetch Ltd (FTCH) rose despite Q1 2022 results coming in below consensus expectations. Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) of $931M, revenue of $515M, and EBITDA of -$36M all came in below consensus of $1.1B, $560M, and -$20M, respectively. The company lowered its GMV guidance for the year to $750M due to macro concerns in Russia and China but posted a record-high third-party take rate at 32%. Cleveland Cliffs (CLF) rose through the 100 and 200-day moving averages as Hot-Rolled Coil Steel (HRC) prices remain elevated at $1,300 per ton.
Exhibit 2: Significant Contributors to Performance, 5/20/22 - 5/27/22
|DXC Technology Company||Equity||18.5%|
|Diamondback Energy Inc||Equity||17.2%|
Source: Miller Value Partners
TLT Puts (TLT P143 1/19/24) followed rates lower over the week. Piper Sandler cut its price target on Bausch Health Companies Inc (BHC) from $27 (173% upside) to $7 (29% downside). Lane Research lowered its price target on Tupperware Brands Corp (TUP) from $25 (263% upside) to $12.50 (82% upside). There was limited news on Green Thumb Industries Inc. (GTBIF) and Vontier Corp (VNT).
Exhibit 3: Significant Detractors from Performance, 5/20/22 - 5/27/22
|Green Thumb Industries Inc.||Equity||-13.0%|
|TLT P143 1/24||Derivative||-1.7%|
|Bausch Health Companies Inc||Equity||-0.6%|
|Tupperware Brands Corp||Equity||-1.7%|
Source: Miller Value Partners
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1 The performance figures reflect the deduction of a model investment management fee of 1% (the highest fee for separate accounts under our fee schedule) and certain other expenses. For important information about Opportunity Equity Strategy performance, please click on the Opportunity Equity Strategy Composite Performance Disclosure. The performance returns shown in this report are preliminary and are subject to revision. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Significant Contributors and Significant Detractors are based on the representative account holdings that had the greatest effect on Strategy performance for the week. Holdings that have been in the Strategy since the end of the most recent calendar quarter are identified by name. For information on how Contributor/Detractor data were calculated and a list showing the contribution to the Strategy's weekly performance of each investment held at such quarter end, contact us.
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