Portland 15 of 15 Alternative Fund

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Portfolio Manager

Michael Lee-Chin, B.Eng., LLD (Honorary)
Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager

Mr. Lee-Chin has over 40 years industry experience.


Portfolio Manager

Dragos Berbecel, CFA, MBA
Portfolio Manager

Dragos Berbecel has 20 years of experience, both as an investment professional and a business operator.


Portfolio Manager

Dragos Stefanescu, CFA, MBA
Portfolio Manager

Dragos brings a plethora of wealth management experience including 16 years with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.


As at January 31, 2024

Series Year to Date 1 Month 3 Months 1 Year 3 Years4 Since Inception4
Portland 15 of 15 Alternative Fund - Series A 3.71% 3.71% 19.56% 24.41% 9.09% 11.98%
Portland 15 of 15 Alternative Fund - Series F 3.81% 3.81% 19.82% 25.47% 10.16% 13.07%
MSCI USA Index CAD* 2.88% 2.88% 11.86% 20.69% 11.19% 15.06%

Geographic Allocation

United States 32.46%
Australia 31.52%
Canada 8.89%
Panama 6.38%
France 5.33%
British Virgin Islands 5.01%
India 3.98%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 3.57%
South Korea 3.11%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 (0.25%)

Sector Allocation

Health Care 38.84%
Financials 27.67%
Consumer Discretionary 15.36%
Consumer Staples 5.01%
Industrials 3.98%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 3.57%
Information Technology 3.11%
Communication Services 2.71%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 (0.25%)

Top Holdings2

Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited 31.52%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Class B 15.69%
Danaher Corporation 7.32%
Brookfield Corporation 6.73%
Carnival Corporation 6.38%
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, ADR 5.33%
Nomad Foods Ltd. 5.01%
Reliance Industries Ltd. 3.98%
D.R. Horton, Inc. 3.65%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 3.57%
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 3.11%
Ares Management Corporation 3.09%
Altice USA, Inc. 2.71%
Brookfield Asset Management Ltd. 2.16%

Fund Info

Series Net Asset Value Per Unit Management Fee Performance Fee Series Start Date
Portland 15 of 15 Alternative Fund - Series A $9.9708 1.75% 10% above high water mark Apr. 20, 2020
Portland 15 of 15 Alternative Fund - Series F $10.9832 0.75% 10% above high water mark Apr. 20, 2020

Fund Brief Presentation Quarterly Brochure Investors Manual Principles Matter

Fund Details

Fund Net Assets $31.7 million
CIFSC** Asset Class Alternative Equity Focused
Risk Tolerance Medium
MER5 Series A: 3.55%, Series F: 2.57%

Investment Objective

  • The Fund’s objective is to provide positive long-term total returns by investing primarily in a portfolio of global equities and debt-like securities. In selecting its investment, the Fund considers 15 principles/attributes which the Manager believes will result in successful wealth creation.
  • The Fund may also engage in borrowing for investment purposes.

Key Reasons To Invest

Close adherence to Framework:
Five Laws of Wealth Creation:

  • Own a few high quality businesses
  • Thoroughly understand these businesses
  • Ensure these businesses are domiciled in strong, long-term growth industries
  • Use other people’s money prudently
  • Hold these businesses for the long run

How The Fund is Managed

  • The investable universe, primarily U.S. listed equity securities, is reviewed for the 15 investment criteria.
  • Investment decisions incorporate fundamental analysis and adhere to a value discipline.
  • Investments are managed with a long term focus.
  • The result is a low turnover, concentrated portfolio.
  • The Fund’s holdings are what we believe to be quality companies which are growing, profitable, stable and shareholder friendly.
  • The Fund’s investments are concentrated in, but not limited to, the financial services, healthcare and technology sectors.

Potential Risks

  • The Manager believes the following risks may impact the performance of the Fund: concentration risk, currency risk, equity risk and leverage risk. Please read the “What are the risks of investing in the Fund?” section in the Simplified Prospectus for a more detailed description of all the relevant risks.


* Since the Fund does not necessarily invest in the same securities as the benchmark or in the same proportion, the performance of the Fund may not be directly comparable to the benchmark. In addition, the Fund’s performance returns may reflect the use of leverage. The use of a benchmark is for illustrative purposes only, and is not an indication of performance of the Fund.

** Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee

1. Other Net Assets (Liabilities) refers to all other assets and liabilities in the Fund excluding portfolio investments.

2. Where the Fund holds less than 25 holdings, all investments have been disclosed. There may be other assets and liabilities which are not included, and therefore the summary does not add up to 100%

3. Generally available through dealers who have entered into a Portland Series F Dealer Agreement.

4. Annualized.

5. MER or management expense ratio is presented excluding performance fees and is after absorptions as at September 30, 2023. MER is updated on a semi-annual basis and the Manager may absorb operating expenses of the Fund at its discretion but is under no obligation to do so. The MER including performance fees and absorptions was 3.55% and 2.57% for Series A and Series F, respectively, as at September 30, 2023.


Risk tolerance measures the degree of uncertainty that an investor can handle regarding fluctuations in the value of their portfolio. The amount of risk associated with any particular investment depends largely on your own personal circumstances including your time horizon, liquidity needs, portfolio size, income, investment knowledge and attitude toward price fluctuations. Investors should consult their financial advisor before making a decision as to whether this Fund is a suitable investment for them.

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