The Fund gained 0.1% in July versus a gain of 1.2% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index ("Index”). The Index was driven by strong performance in Industrials (+4.8%), Telecom (+3.8%) and Financials (+2.2%) while the Materials sector had a rough month (-4.4%) driven by the Gold sub-sector (-8.7%). A quick scan of the stocks underlying each sector shows a wide range between top and bottom performers.
Top CCVMF performers in July were North American Construction Group (“NOA”: +10.6%) and WSP Global (“WSP”: +6.8%). Shares in NOA have been volatile since a very strong Q1 report in May and July saw the upside of that volatility. The company reported another strong quarter subsequent to month end with EBITDA coming in 70% ahead of expectations, a first ever Q2 profit, new contract wins and long-term contract commitments from clients, and a robust outlook that prompted management to raise guidance. WSP continues to execute well and announced the acquisition of Louis Berger, a private international firm focused on transportation, infrastructure, environment and water, as part of its ongoing M&A strategy. The acquisition adds scale to WSP's U.S. platform, doubles exposure to U.S. water/environmental and is expected to be 7% accretive to 2019 EPS.
One stock was added to the portfolio in July: TFI International ("TFII"). TFII provides transportation services across Canada and the U.S. The company is benefiting from a very strong trucking market, which has helped turn around performance in its recently acquired U.S. truckload segment. TFII is seeing strong rate increases across the board along with better utilization rates, which should continue to improve margins. The stock has shown strong performance out of the gate following a very strong earnings report in late July.
The Fund held a 17.8% cash weighting at month-end. We expect cash balances to move lower as we progress through the CCVMF's investment process. In the meantime, we look forward to tracking the progress of the portfolio’s current holdings as we see a meaningful and diverse set of catalysts to drive continued growth.
We thank you for your continued support.
The CCVMF Team
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