HMC's Value strategy seeks to provide superior, risk-adjusted returns by investing primarily in a focused portfolio of fundamentally selected equity securities on both the long and short sides.
We employ a disciplined approach to securities and valuation analysis in an effort to uncover companies we perceive to be mis-priced by the marketplace. The core principles of the strategy are: a disciplined emphasis on absolute value; fundamentally-based analysis of investment opportunities; a focused portfolio; selective short-selling; and a long-term analytical view.
When determining a potential investment’s intrinsic or expected value, we perform fundamental analysis including financial statement analysis, industry analysis and an estimation of free cash flow generation. Value is typically determined based on these factors and selected valuation methods with the free cash flow capability of the given business over the long-term often taking precedent over other factors. In some cases, we identify these opportunities in special situations such as spin-offs, holding company discounts and stub positions where we attempt to capitalize on valuation dislocations resulting from corporate actions or structural complexity.
We also engage in selective short-selling in situations where we identify securities that we believe are unsustainably overvalued relative to our assessment of fundamental underlying value. While some of our short positions have direct or indirect relationships to long positions, we typically target individually selected, stand-alone shorts that we believe will contribute positively to returns over the long-term.
Todd D. Nunnelley, CFA
Senior Managing Director
Mr. Nunnelley is the Senior Managing Director of the General Partner and has led HMC’s Value Fund investment team since its inception in 2007. He joined HMC in 1999 as a private equity Analyst and later rose to be a Director of Investments analyzing and managing public securities. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Nunnelley served as Director of Risk Management for the firm’s hedge fund assets while also developing the Value Fund strategy. Prior to joining HMC, he served as a Corporate Finance Analyst at The Robinson-Humphrey Company. Mr. Nunnelley is active in the community and serves on The United Way of Central Alabama Investment Committee, the Advisory Board to the Culverhouse Investment Management Group at The University of Alabama, and is a past Treasurer of the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation. Mr. Nunnelley is a CFA charter holder and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce & Business Administration from the University of Alabama.
Zachary P. Turnage, CFA
Director of Research
Mr. Turnage is the Director of Research for HMC’s Value Fund investment team. Prior to joining HMC in October 2007, Mr. Turnage was Portfolio Manager & Equity Analyst for the Retirement Systems of Alabama (“RSA”). In this role, he co-managed the RSA Small Cap Active Portfolio and held research responsibilities for numerous sectors. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Turnage was employed with Westwood Holdings Group, where he held the position of Assistant Vice President, served on the Small Cap Value portfolio management team, and worked as an analyst supporting all of the Westwood Equity Portfolios. Prior to Westwood, Mr. Turnage held various positions with AmSouth Asset Management Company including Portfolio Manager for the AmSouth Value Opportunity Portfolio and as an Equity Analyst for its value team. Mr. Turnage is a CFA charter holder and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Samford University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Auburn University Montgomery. Mr. Turnage currently serves as Board Chairman for the Samford University Brock School of Business Economics, Finance and Quantitive Analysis Advisory Board. Mr. Turnage is a former President and Board member of the CFA Society of Alabama.
Clayton C. Williams, CFA
Mr. Williams is a Senior Analyst for HMC’s Value Fund investment team. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Williams was a Credit Analyst at Martin & Company, a regional investment firm in Knoxville, TN with over $2 billion in assets under management. At Martin & Company, Mr. Williams was responsible for credit research for the firm’s corporate bond portfolio as well as for analytic and portfolio management duties for municipal and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities accounts. Mr. Williams is a CFA charter holder and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.
HARBERT VALUE STRATEGY
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Birmingham, Alabama 35203