April 24, 2024

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2023 was one other good yr for Lyrical. Our CS composite returned 27.2%, outperforming the S&P 500 (SP500, SPX) by 90 bps. It was a very tough yr to outperform given the outsized efficiency contribution of the Magnificent Seven mega-cap progress shares. We, as worth traders, don’t personal any of the Magnificent Seven, however luckily we did personal different sturdy performers that greater than made up for it. 2023 is now the third calendar yr in a row our CS composite has outperformed the S&P 500.

In comparison with our type benchmark of the S&P 500 Worth, it was an excellent higher yr. Our CS composite soundly outperformed it by 500 bps, though that index additionally significantly benefited from mega-cap progress shares. In contrast with different worth indices that have been extra style-pure, our outperformance margin was even wider. In 2023, we outperformed the U.S. large-cap worth indices from Russell, MSCI, and FT Wilshire by greater than 1,500 bps.

After a yr of such sturdy returns, it’s pure for traders to be involved about valuation. With the S&P 500 ahead P/E at almost 20x at year-end, we share that valuation concern in regards to the market, however with our CS composite at simply 11x, now we have no valuation issues about our personal portfolio. In truth, we proceed to see vital upside potential.

THREE YEARS IN A ROW

Lyrical’s CS composite has outperformed the S&P 500 in every of the final three calendar years. As you’ll be able to see within the graph beneath, in 2021 we outperformed by 230 bps, in 2022 by 90 bps, and now in 2023 by 90 bps once more.

Supply: FactSet, Lyrical Analytics

We’re very happy with these outcomes. Usually, we might not take satisfaction in modest outperformance, as we aspire to ship rather more than what we produced on this interval. Nonetheless, the market backdrop over these previous three years has included: recession fears, inflation, sturdy sector crosscurrents, a banking disaster, AI mania, and the Magnificent Seven. Contemplating all that, we do take satisfaction in these outcomes, and nonetheless imagine a lot higher outperformance lies forward given the expansion traits of our portfolio and the extensive valuation unfold relative to the S&P 500.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

The Magnificent Seven is the favored nickname for the seven mega-cap progress shares that drove a lot of the returns of the S&P 500 in 2023. Particularly, the seven are: Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), NVIDIA (NVDA), Amazon (AMZN), META, Tesla (TSLA), and Alphabet (GOOG,GOOGL).

We’ve not owned any of the Magnificent Seven, which is smart provided that we’re disciplined worth traders. As you’ll be able to see by the P/Es within the desk beneath, these shares don’t match within the worth class. The priciest of the seven are Tesla at over 70x ahead earnings and Amazon at 44x. Microsoft and Apple have P/Es within the 30s, and NVIDIA and Alphabet have P/Es within the 20s. META at 17x is the one one with a P/E beneath the S&P 500’s, however it’s nonetheless greater than 50% pricier than our CS Composite P/E of 11x.

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Whereas now we have seen FANG shares propel the S&P 500 over the past decade, their impression on the return of the S&P 500 in any of these years pales compared to what the Magnificent Seven did in 2023. With a weighted common return of 62.8% and a mixed common index weight of 26%, these seven shares contributed an astounding 16.3 proportion factors of the 26.3% index return.

The remainder of the S&P 500, what we name the “S&P 493,” returned 13.5%, which is almost 50 proportion factors decrease. (Observe: the S&P 493 return may be very near the 13.9% return of the S&P 500 Equal Weight index.)

Whereas our CS composite outperformed the total S&P 500 by simply 90 bps, it outperformed the S&P 493 by 1,370 bps, and the S&P 500 Equal Weight by 1,330 bps.

GROWTH STOCKS IN THE VALUE INDEX

Surprisingly, the S&P 500 Worth index return was additionally considerably impacted by mega-cap progress shares, regardless of the phrase “worth” in its title. The 4 largest contributors to the S&P 500 Worth index return have been Meta, Microsoft, Amazon, and Salesforce, which you’ll see within the desk beneath. These shares had a median index weight of 13.5%, and had a unprecedented common return of 73.5%, contributing 10 proportion factors of the 22.2% index return. With out these 4 mega-cap progress shares, the index would have had a 14.7% return, 750 bps much less.

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Even with the S&P 500 Worth vastly benefiting from these 4 mega-cap progress shares, our CS composite outperformed it by 500 bps, and excluding these 4 shares it outperformed by 1,250 bps.

OUR UNCOMMON COMBINATION

All through our agency historical past, our portfolios have had a decrease ahead P/E than the S&P 500 with comparable progress. In the present day, we don’t simply have comparable progress, however superior progress, as you’ll be able to see within the line graph beneath.

The shares in our portfolios have a progress historical past of over 9% each year going again to 2007, in comparison with lower than 6.8% for the S&P 500. Moreover, the earnings historical past of our portfolio has exhibited much less financial sensitivity than both the S&P 500 or the S&P 500 Worth, with much less earnings impression through the COVID shutdowns of 2020 and through the World Monetary Disaster of 2008-09.

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Supply: FactSet, See Notes beneath.

Within the bar chart above, you’ll be able to see the valuation of our portfolios in comparison with the S&P 500. Even after a 27.2% return, our CS composite ended 2023 with a ahead P/E of 11.1x. This unusual mixture of each deep worth and engaging progress is the signature attribute of Lyrical’s funding strategy.

VALUATION SPREAD STILL EXTREMELY WIDE

The S&P 500 ended 2023 with a ahead P/E of 19.7x, which is greater than 25% above its 15-year common. Against this, our CS composite ahead P/E just isn’t above, however really barely beneath our 15-year common.

Offered on the graph beneath are our present and historic portfolio P/E ratios and the P/E of the S&P 500, with the bars on the backside exhibiting the valuation unfold between the 2. (Observe: On this graph we use our EQ composite which has an extended historical past than CS). The valuation unfold of our portfolio relative to the S&P 500 stays extraordinarily extensive at 86%, and it’s over 90% pro-forma for our current exit of Broadcom.

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We proceed to count on sooner or later this unfold will revert to the pre-2018 common of about 30%, however now we have no approach to know when it would occur. Admittedly, the valuation unfold has been stubbornly excessive for over three years now, but when we’re proper and the unfold does revert from ~90% to ~30%, it might drive ~50 proportion factors of cumulative extra return, doubtless unfold out over a number of years.

CONCLUSION

Total, 2023 was an excellent yr. Our CS composite generated sturdy absolute returns of 27.2%, which outperformed the S&P 500 by 90 bps and our type benchmark of the S&P 500 Worth by 500 bps. We achieved this outperformance regardless of not proudly owning any of the Magnificent Seven progress shares that considerably boosted the returns of each these indices. Excluding the impression of these mega-cap progress shares would improve our outperformance to 1,370 bps vs. the S&P 500 and 1,250 bps vs. the S&P 500 Worth.

Whereas it’s wise to have valuation issues in regards to the S&P 500, now we have no such issues about our personal portfolio, as our portfolio P/E is barely beneath our 15-year common. We imagine we personal a fantastic assortment of resilient, rising corporations at deeply discounted valuations, and thus proceed to see vital upside potential.

The valuation unfold between our portfolio and the S&P 500 stays extraordinarily extensive at 86% (90%+ proforma for our current exit of Broadcom). In some unspecified time in the future, we count on that unfold to revert to the place it was prior to now, and within the course of drive substantial outperformance.

We’ve been ready a number of years now for this to occur, and we nonetheless have no idea how rather more ready is perhaps required. The wait has been frustratingly lengthy, however alternatively, it has not been all that unhealthy both. Whereas now we have not generated the magnitude of outperformance we goal, now we have nonetheless outperformed the S&P 500 in every of the final three calendar years.

Outperforming by slightly is a fairly good approach to cross the time whereas ready to outperform by rather a lot.

Andrew Wellington, Managing Companion, Chief Funding Officer


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