15.11.2018 Miika Koskela

Investing in a few superstar companies provides the highest returns

HCP Focus Annual Review

HCP Focus fund is among the top 15 best-performing globally investing equity funds. It has reached a stupendous 152% 5-year performance with a very highly concentrated portfolio.¹ Now the Fund Manager Ernst Grönblom discloses all the stocks in the fund and reveals his next picks.

Currently, HCP Focus holds only 12 positions. Eleven of those are technology giants such as PayPal and Facebook, that have become dominant players in their sector. The Fund Manager Ernst Grönblom has successfully proven that most of the shareholder value comes just from a handful of stocks.

”The market systematically underestimates and misunderstands the power of the winner-take-all phenomenon,” Grönblom says.

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Grönblom seeks for companies that have a long-term potential to displace their competitors. Target companies benefit from megatrends such as globalization and network effects.

”A good example of network effects is the online marketplace Mercadolibre, which I have had in the portfolio since the beginning. In its own sector, the company has become the largest and most profitable company in Latin America, largely because of network effects. As a long-term investment, it has also been one of the best-performing stocks in the world, with an average annual growth rate of over 30% for more than ten years. Now Alibaba grows and conquers the Chinese online market in the very same way,” says Grönblom.

HCP Focus fund currently holds only 12 stocks. Most of them have posted significant gains in the past 2 years.

HCP Focus fund currently holds only 12 stocks. Most of them have posted significant gains in the past 2 years.

Focus’ investment strategy is extremely concentrated and the investment horizon is long. Grönblom only buys companies that he expects to hold in the portfolio for more than 10 years. Grönblom tries to identify superstar companies early on. For example, he bought Amazon’s stocks already in the early days of his strategy.

”I have owned Amazon’s shares almost since the beginning of the strategy, that is, more than ten years ago. However, as the market situation changes, I may change a significant part of the portfolio’s content. The last major year of change was 2017 when I replaced as many as five companies in the portfolio.”

Although most of the shares in the portfolio are digital platform giants, HCP Focus strategy is not restricted to one industry. Currently, the best performing stock in the portfolio is FeverTree, that is, a company producing premium mixer drinks.

So, what is Grönblom going to buy next? The fund manager is considering investing in another three digital platform companies: EtsyZillow Group, and GrubHub. Grönblom is also looking into buying some shares of Nvidia Corp, that is, a company famous for computer graphics drivers.

Read more on on the portfolio’s Fund Presentation or Focus Homepage.

Portfolio Manager Ernst Grönblom

¹ Hoikkala & Liman: ”One of the World’s Top 15 Fund Managers Reveals His Next Picks”, Bloomberg, Oct 16th, 2018.

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