Why cash flow is king
Marina Bond of Rathbone Recovery goes through each company’s financial statements with a fine-tooth comb before taking the investment process any further.
By Mark Smith, Senior Reporter, FE Trustnet
Thursday July 12, 2012
Management turnaround situations represent the best opportunity to add value when investing in recovery situations, says Rathbones’ Marina Bond
However, the manager refuses to back any company that fails to demonstrate a solid balance sheet.
Bond's £58.9m Rathbone Recovery
fund celebrates its third anniversary this month and our data shows that, since launch, it has returned 58.68 per cent. By comparison the £7.4bn M&G Recovery fund has returned 51.33 per cent while the average fund in the UK All Companies sector has returned 50.23 per cent.
Bond says that aside from in-depth financial analysis, she attributes the success of the fund to building strong relationships with company directors.
"We find that management can basically transform a business and some just need a change or a fresh pair of eyes to identify what has gone wrong and put it right," she explained.
"We tend to follow an individual or management team from one business to another."