Domestically, some of the smallest market caps, the lowest quality and most highly leveraged businesses tended to outperform in the first quarter of 2021. According to Craig Thrasher, senior portfolio manager and analyst with KAR’s International Small Cap portfolio, there were similar themes in the international small cap universe. However, as we moved into the second quarter, it was a much more balanced picture with higher quality companies having a better showing.
Key Contributors and Detractors in International Small Cap
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How Temporary Setbacks Offer Opportunity
Certain countries such as India, Brazil, and the UK continue to struggle with COVID-19, setting near-term challenges for international investors. Still, Thrasher points out that, due to vaccines, these setbacks are temporary. “Right now, it seems clear to us that we’re simply talking about a matter of when, not if, recovery will happen. With this in mind, we are focusing on finding opportunities in areas where investors are focusing on near-term COVID impacts.”
As an example, the portfolio recently purchased stock in one of the leading credit bureaus in Brazil. The stock had traded down due to some of the negative news around COVID-19 and Brazil, but the company’s long-term positive structural story made the investment an attractive opportunity.
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