Charlie Dreifus Talks Small-Caps in a Q&A with Barron’s
article 04-04-2018

Charlie Dreifus Talks Small-Caps in a Q&A with Barron’s

Reshma Kapadia, a Senior Editor at Barron’s asked Charlie Dreifus about “5 Stocks That Should Prosper in a Down Market.”


Charlie Dreifus participated in a Q&A session with Reshma Kapadia, a Senior Editor at Barron’s, to discuss 5 holdings in Royce Special Equity Fund that he believes can prosper in a down market.

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The piece also detailed Charlie’s vast experience as a small-cap value manager, pointing out that he “has gone through numerous market cycles, but has stuck to an approach informed by deep dives into accounting whose end goal is to preserve clients’ money rather than give them fodder for the next cocktail party.”

The piece then delves into his investment thesis on the five companies whose defensive characteristics he likes, his view of current small-cap valuations, and the red flags he sees in financial statements today.

Charlie Dreifus, who has 50 years of investment experience, manages Royce Special Equity Fund and Royce Special Equity Multi-Cap Fund. Steven McBoyle, who has 27 years of investment experience, serves as assistant portfolio manager for Special Equity and Special Equity Multi-Cap. Steven is a portfolio manager on Royce Premier and Royce Small/Mid-Cap Premier Funds.

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Average Annual Total Returns (%) as of 3/31/18

Special Equity -5.00 2.80 5.06 7.40 8.76 9.63 9.05 05/01/98
Russell 2000 -0.08 11.79 8.39 11.47 9.84 11.50 7.35 N/A
Annual Operating Expenses: 1.17%


Not annualized.

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As of 3/31/18 the percentage of Royce Special Equity Fund’s assets were as follows: Children’s Place 8.5%; Ennis, EBF 0.6%; Haverty Furniture 1.1%; Capella Education 3.7%; Standard Motor Products 4.8%; Facebook 0%; Amazon 0%; Netflix 0%; Alphabet 0%; Eastman Kodak 0%. Company examples for illustrative purposes only. This does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock. There can be no assurance that the securities mentioned in this piece will be included in any Fund’s portfolio in the future.

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