US Value Strategy

Inception Date: SEP 01, 2001

Seeks to deliver attractive real returns while avoiding the permanent impairment of capital over time by using a value approach to investing in equity markets.

Investment Philosophy

The investment strategy looks for opportunities in companies exhibiting financial strength and stability, strong management and fundamental value.
  • We believe that the market episodically fails to recognize, in our view, a company’s intrinsic value; we selectively invest when price presents what we believe to be an appropriate “margin of safety.” 
  • We seek persistent businesses that embody asset scarcity, strong capital structures and corporate resilience. 
  • Our fundamental, bottom-up approach requires a temperament focused on: patience, humility and flexibility. 

Strategy Highlights

  • Absolute Return Mindset

    Dedication to mitigate downside risk. 

  • Flexible, Benchmark-Agnostic Approach

    Ability to invest across sector, market cap and asset class without constraints of a benchmark. 

  • Strategic Allocation to Gold and Cash

    Our flexible cash and cash equivalent allocation is a residual of equity selection; we hold gold as a potential hedge against market dislocations. 

Our Process

The investment team follows a bottom-up, fundamental approach, focusing on companies with businesses which it believes both exhibit sustainable profitability and are trading at significant discounts to their “Intrinsic Values.”

  1. Risk Disclosures

  2. All investments involve the risk of loss of principal.

  3. Investment in gold and gold-related investments present certain risks and returns on gold related investments have traditionally been more volatile than investments in broader equity or debt markets.

  4. A principal risk of investing in value stocks is that the price of the security may not approach its anticipated value or may decline in value. “Value” investments, as a category, or entire industries or sectors associated with such investments, may lose favor with investors as compared to those that are more “growth” oriented.

  5. Disclosures

  6. These are not investment guidelines or restrictions and will be subject to change. Actual portfolio will differ.

  7. FEF Distributors, LLC (“FEFD”) (SIPC), a limited purpose broker-dealer, distributes certain First Eagle products. FEFD does not provide services to any investor, but rather provides services to its First Eagle affiliates. As such, when FEFD presents a fund, strategy, or other product to a prospective investor, FEFD and its representatives do not determine whether an investment in the fund, strategy or other product is in the best interests of, or is otherwise beneficial or suitable for, the investor. No statement by FEFD should be construed as a recommendation. Investors should exercise their own judgment and/or consult with a financial professional to determine whether it is advisable for the investor to invest in any First Eagle fund, strategy, or product.

  8. Definitions

  9. “Intrinsic value” is based on our judgment of what a prudent and rational business buyer would pay in cash for all of the company in normal markets.

  10. First Eagle defines "margin of safety" as the difference between a company's market price and our estimate of its intrinsic value. An investment made with a margin of safety is no guarantee against loss.

  11. Benchmark Definitions

  12. Indices are unmanaged and do not incur management fees or other operating expenses. One cannot invest directly in an index.

  13. Standard & Poor's 500 Index: Standard & Poor's 500 Index is a widely recognized unmanaged index including a representative sample of 500 leading companies in leading sectors of the U.S. economy and is not available for purchase. Although the Standard & Poor's 500 Index focuses on the large-cap segment of the market, with approximately 80% coverage of U.S. equities, it is also considered a proxy for the total market.

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  • Kimball Brooker Jr.

    Co-Head of Global Value Team and Portfolio Manager

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  • Matthew Lamphier

    Portfolio Manager and Director of Research

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  • Matthew McLennan

    Co-Head of Global Value Team and Portfolio Manager

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  • Mark Wright

    Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst

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