At various times on this blog and in the ebook I have thanked my MBA classmates and professors. Way back in 2007, they let my interests in social capital invade every conversation and assignment.
In one such case, in our Portfolio Management course, I persuaded my group to adopt a Social Capital Value Add investment thesis. We ended up being over weighted in banks because of the deep data that these companies have on the life cycle of consumers. But we did not have a lot of data to go on and it was a six week experiment. We were outperformed by at least half of our competitors.
Nevertheless, there is a difference between a weak thesis and poor execution. So I am pleased to share this update from Barbara Gray and Brady Capital.
On November 15th last year, we launched our Customer Value Index 200 (CVI 200), a research-based analysis, based on my social capital investment thesis, that provides investors with exposure to the top 10% of North American-listed companies with a market capitalization over $1 billion that score the highest in terms of competitive strength, social attributes, and authentic core values.
.. the CVI 200 (www.cvi200.com) came in with stellar performance in its first year – rising by 41.3% compared to the 32.1% gain in the S&P 500 over this period – an outperformance of 920 basis points. And as shown in Figure 1, the CVI 200 shone against the resource-laden Canadian S&P/TSX Index, which gained only a paltry 12.7%, outperforming it by 2,880 basis points.
To be clear CVI does not employ SCVA’s valuation method, but it is nevertheless, trying to focus on the same drivers and defenders of value.
See the full update here. Congratulations Barbara and Brady Capital!