Stewardship and engagement
We are not ESG evangelists but as fundamental long-term investors, we consider it a sensible part of company analysis to assess corporate governance, as well as the management of social and environmental issues. This forms a part of our risk assessment of business fundamentals. We believe that ignoring ESG factors may lead to an incomplete understanding of the risks to an investment case, and may consequently result in the wrong investment decisions.
Our investment strategies
The firm manages five types of equity portfolio: global (including EAFE), global equity income, global smaller companies, and emerging markets. The strategies share the same investment philosophy based on contrarian bottom up stock selection and patience.
The Oldfield Partners team
Our investment team brings together decades of collective experience in value investing, consistently applied during market cycles. Our culture is investment-led and summed up in a few words: collegiate, supportive, founded on intellectual curiosity and focussed on long term results.
At Oldfield Partners we are classic, contrarian value investors. Everything we do is driven by valuation. In a world that must transition to net zero by 2050, to consider a new investment without considering ESG issues as part of your analysis and valuation is to invest knowing only half the story.
Japan’s push to improve corporate governance has driven Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) to accelerate change.
As we started to look at companies which have seen their share prices fall substantially over the last few months, we noticed a recurring problem: the use of stock-based compensation and management’s willingness to remove this cost from “Adjusted EBITDA” and “Non-GAAP EPS.”