Investment Process
The investment process for Heard Capital LLC (the "Firm") is anchored in deep, fundamental analysis. The Firm invests in a concentrated and long-term manner with the belief that the Firm’s best ideas should not be diluted. The Firm typically holds 15-20 long positions within its strategies, with an average holding period of five years or more.
Debate-Driven Idea Generation
The Firm’s idea generation process is driven by sector or company-specific debates occurring in the market. The Firm leverages its team’s 15+ years of experience investing across five sectors to analyze important questions or problems occurring within a sector, seeking to identify the company it believes is best positioned to provide long-term solutions to the industry’s challenges. These problems or debates often stem from changes in secular trends, demand or the regulatory environment. The Firm does not run screens or take a relative value, generalist approach.
Unit-Based Analysis
The Firm analyzes opportunities utilizing a unit-based approach, a process by which each component (or unit) of a business is analyzed and key metrics are identified. This approach allows the Firm to identify and quantify value creation opportunities within a company and how they may or may not persist over the long term. By breaking a company down to its units, the Firm is better able to anticipate and contemplate challenges posed by the market, thereby allowing the Firm to focus on the most important vectors within the debate.
Elimination of Confirmation Bias (Premortem Analysis)
The Firm actively engages in discussions with market participants with opposing views to its own, including research analysts, short sellers and sector specialists. Through these discussions, which occur during investment due diligence and continue throughout the investment horizon, the Firm seeks to eliminate confirmation bias and ensure it has considered all sides of a debate.
Integrated Risk Management
Risk management is integrated into the Firm’s investment process and occurs at the position and portfolio levels. More information can be found on the site’s ‘Risk Management’ page. Throughout the investment horizon, the Firm leverages its risk frameworks to manage portfolio and position-level risks.
Focus on Driving Outcomes
The Firm’s experience within its sectors and its track record allow it to engage in meaningful dialogue with research analysts, sector specialists and management teams.
Emphasis on Expression
The Firm analyzes various instruments during its portfolio construction process, selecting those which most effectively allow it to express its views with conviction. Throughout the investment horizon, the Firm will continue to dynamically manage exposures to ensure its views are expressed efficiently and its position sizing reflects conviction.
Data Centric Analysis
The Firm takes a rigorous and systematic approach to analyzing and understanding its decisions across all aspects of the investment process, including security selection, exposure management, position sizing and position exit. Through the continuous analysis of historical situations, decisions and outcomes, the Firm seeks to identify sustainable drivers of alpha and create frameworks for the future.
The information on this site has not been approved or verified by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or by any state securities authority. Registration with the SEC does not imply a certain level of skill or training.
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