Chris Damas' contrarian equity research is broad based and covers energy production and infrastructure, metals, agriculture, chemicals, forestry, industrials, telecoms, retail, technology, financials, transports, renewables and special situations as well as US MLP's. Chris managed the second largest preferred share portfolio on Bay Street during the 80's and also follows currency and fixed income markets closely. His investment universe is broad and he spends most of his time hunting for actionable trade ideas and long term investment opportunities. His investment thinking and trading activity are now only available by subscribing to the US and Canadian versions of The BCMI Report (trademark) and The BCMI Flash (trademark) which are issued at least weekly and more frequently when opportunities and market conditions demand it.
My work consists in procuring investment situations for clients where the estimated monetary value of a quoted financial security is significantly higher than its market cost; thus establishing a margin of safety in investments that allows for market outperformance and a lower risk profile in the long term. During this time I have successfully identified and invested in inefficiently priced financial securities that with few exceptions have outperformed global equity markets.
My experience is further divided into two types of investments:
1.) General Equity Investments: Investments in companies whose true value is unrecognised by equity markets.
+Asset Value. Shares of companies selling for much less than their net asset value, liquidation value or those that have substantial hidden assets.
+Earnings Power Value. Shares of companies selling for much less than their cost of capital times their earnings, normalised earnings or their earnings potential.
+Great businesses at great prices. Shares of companies with excellent ROIC levels and competitive advantages selling for a price unreflective of such characteristics.
2.) Special Situations: Financial opportunities characterised by an unlocking of value via a complicated or uncommon financial structure that tend to be disregarded by market participants.
To realise the aforementioned investments, I read a great number of financial documents, reports and news articles daily and analyse and model my findings. While doing so my strategic framing and approach is two-fold:
+ Defensive Strategy: Monitoring and analysing the composition of the client’s securities portfolio and acting accordingly when the estimated value of a financial security changes.
+ Offensive Strategy: Exploring the global marketplace in search for investment opportunities, analysing them quantitatively and qualitatively and comparing them to the client’s opportunity cost (i.e. cash, current portfolio positions or other potential investments).
Master in Applied Maths & Computer Science from Moscow State University. MA in Economics from New Economic School, Moscow, Russia. CFA Charterholder.
First 3 years - sell side research (first equity, then fixed income).
Next 3 years - buy side, equity & HFs (first analyst, then fund manager).
Ever since - Private Banking, all asset classes, fund selection, FoF manager, ETF strategies; some single stock mandates and M&A advisory (biotech/pharma, IT, resource juniors).
Renaissance Investment Management, HSBC, Raiffeisenbank Austria. Currently PM at Leon Multi-Family Office (Russia/Cyprus).