What We Believe
We believe that uncovering extraordinary opportunities requires a disciplined approach.
We believe that focus yields results. We concentrate our research on large profit pools that can grow significantly in the coming decades. We concentrate our capital into a small number of businesses, primarily in our Emerging Internet and Niche Financials investment clusters.
We believe in primary research. We built our organization from the ground up to independently diligence businesses and generate insights across our markets.
We believe in patience and partnership. We invest capital alongside entrepreneurial teams that are building businesses for the long term.
What We Look For
Businesses in our portfolio operate in growing niches, offer superior products and services, sustain competitive advantages over time, and generate significant free cash flow as they scale.
We want to spend our time building meaningful relationships with quality people. We back teams with high integrity, strong operating histories, and strategic visions that align with our values as shareholders. This matters practically because, over time, the capital allocation choices of our portfolio company management teams will outweigh the consequences of our initial investment decision.
We back franchise businesses. These are companies with dominant positions addressing large end markets in which they can continue to gain share for many years. In emerging markets today, we believe some of the most valuable franchises of the coming decades are being built in internet and financial services.
We look for value. Value is a synthesis of what it costs to buy a business and that business’s ability to sustainably grow and judiciously deploy its free cash flow. Attractive returns on incremental invested capital and strong free cash flow generation are the most important financial metrics we evaluate to determine the strength of a franchise and its suitability for our portfolio.
How We Work
We question persistently, research locally, and maintain a global perspective.
Our 20+ person team has a diversity of perspectives but a unity of purpose. We reason from first principles and leave no question unanswered. We have built an on-the-ground infrastructure to conduct local, primary source research in regions where we see significant investment opportunity. See our Research Footprint for more information on our global team.
We operate with a partnership mentality across the firm and seek alignment of incentives in everything we do:
We engage in meaningful conversations with company management teams and invest with them for the long term.
We partner with sophisticated investors who provide thoughtful feedback and constitute a durable capital base for the firm.
We invest in our team and empower them to do the right thing.
How We Invest
We invest with time on our side.
We do more by doing less. We look for evidence of healthy returns on invested capital, attractive long-term growth, proven management skill and integrity, and reasonable valuations before investing. These situations are rare; as a result, we make few investment decisions and we make each of them meaningful.
We maintain flexibility. Our research evolves alongside the businesses we follow, leading us to concentrate capital where we have the highest conviction.
We focus on business risk. We manage risk by underwriting long-term company fundamentals, not by managing to near-term price volatility.