Small Cap Core

Information as of 9/30/2018

Strategy Highlights

  • The Small Cap Core portfolios are benchmarked to the Russell 2000® Index.
  • Companies in the portfolios generally have relatively lower analyst coverage and institutional ownership than other comparable companies in the benchmark.
  • Portfolios generally demonstrate valuations below and growth characteristics at or above those of the Russell 2000® benchmark.
  • The Portfolio Manager seeks companies that he believes generate superior cash-flow returns on invested capital.
  • Portfolios are actively managed using a bottom-up investment approach, and the Portfolio Manager does not attempt to time the markets.
  • Portfolios are typically fully invested, generally holding less than 10% cash.
  • Our approach seeks to minimize risk through diversification. Portfolios generally hold between 80 to 110 stocks, with no one stock typically exceeding 5% of a total portfolio.


The objective of the Small Cap Core strategy is to consistently outperform the Russell 2000® Index over a complete market cycle. Portfolios are comprised of a combination of small cap growth and small cap value stocks, resulting in portfolios with characteristics in line with those of the Russell 2000® benchmark. Many small cap companies have solid growth prospects, stable cash flows and strong balance sheets, but lack Wall Street sponsorship. This lack of visibility creates pricing inefficiencies, and the Portfolio Manager seeks to exploit these opportunities.

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Small Cap Core | Annualized Returns as of 9/30/2018

† Not Annualized. Source: Advent APX.

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Although the statements of fact and data in this report have been obtained from, and are based upon, sources that the Firm believes to be reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete or condensed. All opinions included in this report constitute the Firm’s judgment as of the date of this report and are subject to change without notice. This report is for informational purposes only and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security. A complete list of all securities recommended by KCM in the preceding year, a full compliant composite disclosure presentation, and the list of composite descriptions are available upon request from KCM at 10829 Olive Blvd., Suite 100. St. Louis, MO, 63141.

Kennedy Capital Management, Inc. (“KCM”) is a Missouri corporation registered as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Registration with the SEC does not imply any level of skill or training. Clients of the Firm include U.S. corporations, pension and profit sharing funds, colleges and universities, trusts, not-for-profit organizations, foundations, and individuals. KCM claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).

The Small Cap Core Composite contains fully discretionary small cap core accounts that are invested in a mix of small cap value and small cap growth companies, which Kennedy Capital Management, Inc. believes to have strong intrinsic value and growth rates above the Russell 2000® Index. For comparison purposes the composite is measured against the Russell 2000® Index. The U.S. Dollar is the currency used to express performance.

Performance returns presented Gross of Fees do not reflect the deduction of investment advisory fees. A client’s return will be reduced by the advisory fees as described in the Form ADV Part 2A and other expenses incurred by the account. For example, an annual advisory fee of 1% compounded quarterly over 10 years will reduce a gross 14.44% annual return to a net 13.24% annual return. Form ADV Part 2A is available upon request. The GIPS® are a set of standardized, industry-wide ethical principles that provide investment firms with guidance on calculating and reporting their investment results to prospective clients to ensure fair representation and full disclosure of an investment firm’s performance history. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

The performance figures reported herein are unaudited, may be based upon information obtained via electronic data sources (“feeds”) and may be subject to change. Data feeds from many of KCM clients’ selected custodians are obtained through a third party, and are used to compare custodial data to KCM’s client account records as frequently as daily. Monthly, KCM reviews clients’ account holdings along with cash and share quantities against the custodial statements. In some instances, variances may exist between final audited custodial information and the information KCM obtains via such data feeds. All variances are typically reconciled to the applicable account no later than each month-end.

Composite specific data provided within this presentation has been calculated from accounts that are discretionary as defined in this paragraph. The assets shown are derived only from discretionary accounts. Non-discretionary accounts, as defined by KCM, are accounts that are not included in the composite due to one or any combination of the following criteria: there were significant cash inflows or outflows within the account; the account’s asset level did not meet the minimum requirement to remain in the composite; the account assets are managed by others using our non-discretionary model. The temporary removal of such an account occurs at the beginning of the month and the account re-enters the composite the month after the criteria has been met.

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The Russell 2000® Index is used as the benchmark. The Index is unmanaged and represents total returns including reinvestment of dividends. The benchmark is used for comparative purposes only and generally reflects the comparable risk or investment style of the Firm’s strategy. The investment portfolios underlying the Index are different from the investments in the portfolios managed by the Firm. Certain accounts may also use other benchmarks not listed in the Annual Disclosure Presentation. The Composite Disclosure Presentation does not cover the benchmark returns included in the Annual Disclosure Presentation.

The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. The Russell 2000® Index is a subset of the Russell 3000® Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. It includes approximately 2000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership. The Russell 2000® is constructed to provide a comprehensive and unbiased small-cap barometer and is completely reconstituted annually to ensure larger stocks do not distort the performance and characteristics of the true small-cap opportunity set.

Donald Cobin, CFA®

President & Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, Portfolio Manager

DONALD COBIN, CFA®, is the President and Chief Executive Officer responsible for directing the business affairs of the firm and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  In addition, Mr. Cobin serves as the Co-Portfolio Manager for the Small Cap Core strategy. Don began his investment career in 1993 and served as Director of Research at Delaware Investments and prior to that as an investment analyst at Conseco and WR Huff. From 2002 until 2007, Mr. Cobin was a senior investment professional at Matador Capital Management. Don joined KCM in February 2007 as an analyst and later became Portfolio Manager in November 2007. Mr. Cobin earned a B.A. from Emory University and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Christian McDonald, CFA®

Portfolio Manager, Assistant Portfolio Manager, Research Analyst

CHRISTIAN MCDONALD, CFA®, is the Portfolio Manager for the ESG Impact Strategy. Mr. McDonald also serves as the Co-Portfolio Manager for the Small Cap Core Strategy and the Assistant Portfolio Manager for the Micro Cap strategy. In addition, Chris serves as a Research Analyst at KCM, primarily responsible for selecting and monitoring securities within the industrials sector of KCM’s universe. Mr. McDonald joined KCM in November 2005. Prior to joining KCM, Chris spent six years in various finance functions at The Boeing Company.  Mr. McDonald graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Finance and Operations Management from Washington University in St. Louis and earned an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.

McAfee Burke, CFA®

Assistant Portfolio Manager, Research Analyst

MCAFEE BURKE, CFA®, is the Assistant Portfolio Manager for the Small Cap Core strategy.  Mr. Burke also serves as a Research Analyst at KCM, responsible for selecting and monitoring securities within the consumer and industrials sectors of KCM’s universe.  McAfee joined Kennedy Capital in October 2015.  Mr. Burke began his investment career in 2005, and prior to joining KCM he worked as a portfolio manager and senior equity analyst for Delaware Investments for 8 years.  McAfee earned a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Bowdoin College.

Patrick Kelley

Head Equity Trader

PATRICK KELLEY, is the Head Equity Trader and is responsible for overseeing administration, technology, and management issues for the trading department.  Mr. Kelley is responsible for coordinating the trading requirements for all client accounts and supervising the quality of broker executions and services.  Pat also reviews order directions on the results of such monitoring.  Mr. Kelley is the principal Equity Trader for the Small Cap Value, Small Cap Core, ESG Impact, SMID Cap Value, Mid Cap Value, and All Cap Value strategies.  Before joining KCM, Pat was both a listed block trader and an OTC trader for four years with KeyBanc Capital Markets in Cleveland, Ohio.  Mr. Kelley has passed the General Securities Representative, the Uniform Securities Agent State Law, and the Equity Trader Limited Representative examinations. Pat received his B.S.B.A. in Finance and Management Information Systems from Ohio University.