Our primary communication with investors is the annual letter. However, we also use quarterly updates to introduce new holdings and discuss any other updates to the business of Capensis. Our latest letters can be read here.
SECOND QUARTER 2023
Most of our work analysing companies follows the process of considering whether a company is of sufficient quality to invest in. We cannot guarantee that we will avoid all mistakes, but if we do our job right we might go through periods where there is little change to your portfolio. This quarter is one such period. Our letter discusses why.
FIRST QUARTER 2023
This quarter marks the sixth birthday of Capensis Capital. Over the quarter we began adding listed property to the portfolio and provide a writeup of our rationale for investing in this unloved space. We also discuss our concerns about the risks posed by rapidly rising rates which led to selling out of First Republic Bank.
ANNUAL LETTER 2022
In our sixth annual letter we discuss the timeless principles that provide comfort in times of uncertainty. While we are disappointed in the returns over the past year, we remain excited about the intrinsic potential of the portfolio. We discuss the main detractors from performance and the potential we continue to see in many of these companies.
THIRD QUARTER 2022
There is currently a stampede out of risky assets to cash as investors look for a safe place to hide out the chaos. We are taking a different view, selectively adding to equities, mostly in the UK and out of favour corners of the US, where share prices fail to reflect the long-term optimism we feel. We discuss the short term risks but potential long-term rewards.
ARCHIVE OF LETTERS
We have made all our quarterly letters since inception available here to openly share our investment journey, the highs and lows, successes and failures, and what we have learnt along the way.
SECOND QUARTER 2022
We address some of the recent market volatility and how we make the right decisions in the midst of pounding storms. We discuss the opportunities that have opened up to buy great companies at bargain prices, adding to our semiconductor exposure and Howden Joinery. We introduce our new addition, Adobe and explain our exit from Twitter.
FIRST QUARTER 2022
This quarter marks the fifth birthday of Capensis Capital. Five years still places us firmly in the early years of our dream. We wrote in our introductory letter that “our aim for Capensis is to build our corporate home for the next 40 years or more. We love what we do, and we hope to continue doing it for decades to come”. In this letter we discuss how we are navigating turbulent waters.
ANNUAL LETTER 2021
Closing out a pleasing year, we highlight key contributors to performance including the semiconductor businesses, First Republic Bank and Berkshire Hathaway. We also explain why we believe the main detractors (Wix, Twitter and AIA Group) are misunderstood opportunities with strong growth potential.
THIRD QUARTER 2021
In this letter we discuss Micron, one of a few investments where we are excited about the long-term opportunity in a market that is generally focused on the near-term direction of share prices. We provide an update on MEIP and introduce a new position in Wix (which we used to create this website).
SECOND QUARTER 2021
After a period of good performance, we discuss our approach to patient investing and taking a long-term view: batting averages rather than big swings. This includes a brief update on our trading in the quarter - no new positions but continuing to allocate to the best opportunities.
SECOND QUARTER 2020
With portfolio performance back to where it started 2020, we discuss how its composition has changed to reflect a changed world. We reflect once again on the investment case for semiconductors into a rapidly digitising world and introduce AIA Group, a Hong Kong based life insurance company.
THIRD QUARTER 2019
We reiterate our approach of keeping cash to add resilience during market downturns and offer flexibility. We explain our decision to sell Teekay Offshore and provide an update on developments at Burford following a negative report on the company and political changes in Argentina.
OUR FIRST LETTER
Introducing Capensis - April 2017
In our very first letter we introduce Capensis Capital to prospective investors. We discuss our investment philosophy, our dreams for the business, what we offer, the fees we charge and the benchmarks we will be measured by. This is the best place to start if you'd like to determine whether Capensis is a match for your needs.