CM Value I (All-Cap Value)

Strategy Facts

Inception Date September 1974 
Minimum Investment $500,000
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Portfolio Managers Arnold Van Den Berg
Scott Van Den Berg

Our Commitment

It is one of our core beliefs that as the advisor, we invest our own money in the same investments as our private clients and mutual fund shareholders. Therefore, our officers, employees, and their families have a substantial amount, if not all, of their investments in one or more of the private account and mutual fund strategies that we manage.

Strategy Name

CM Value I

Strategy Type

All-Cap Value


Long-Term Growth of Capital

Investment Strategy

  • We focus on companies that we believe are selling at deep discounts to our appraisals of their intrinsic values.
  • The valuation methods we use to determine the intrinsic value of a company include one or more of the following: historical analysis, segment analysis, free cash flow analysis, acquisition analysis, leveraged buyout analysis, and discounted cash flow analysis.
  • Included in the valuation process are both quantitative and qualitative factors to help evaluate the key revenue drivers of the business, its risks/headwinds, its potential rewards, its unique characteristics, if any, and the industry dynamics in which the company participates.
  • This strategy is not constrained by market size or capitalization. Therefore, a significant portion of portfolio assets may be invested in micro-, small-, medium-, or large-cap companies, with one market capitalization being more heavily-weighted over the other at any given time.
  • Because of its strict buying discipline and investment parameters, this absolute-return strategy may carry larger cash equivalent positions than strategies whose target is to be fully-invested. There are no restrictions on the levels of cash equivalents that this strategy may hold, and there is no time period in which this strategy must be predominately invested in equities. Thus, accounts may carry greater than 50% cash equivalent positions for extended periods of time.
  • Alternative investments to common stocks or cash equivalents that may be used to achieve our objective include, but are not limited to, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds ("ETFs"), warrants, rights, and various fixed income securities.

Century Management ("CM") is an independent registered investment adviser.

The CM Value I composite primarily invests in stocks, bonds, and cash. The focus of this composite is to find undervalued securities that over time will produce above average returns with a lower degree of risk than that of the general market. 

Portfolios in this composite are not constrained by market capitalization (size). Therefore, a significant portion of portfolio assets may be invested in micro cap, small cap, medium cap, large cap, or mega cap companies with one market capitalization being more heavily weighted over the other at any given time. In addition, there are times when portfolios in this composite will be invested in bonds and cash. Historically, cash and cash equivalent positions have ranged from 2% to 60% of the composite for extended periods of time. However, the long-term average cash and cash equivalent position has been approximately 21%.

CM claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards ("GIPS®"), examined from the strategy's inception, September 16, 1974, through December 31, 2016. This performance was prepared by CM and presented to and examined by Ashland Partners & Company, LLP through March 31, 2015 and by ACA Performance Services from April 1, 2015.

This GIPS® verification and performance examination is generally one to two quarters in arrears of the most recent performance information presented. Thus, while performance figures shown after the verification date are believed to be accurate, they are preliminary and have not yet been examined. To receive a complete list and description of the Firm’s strategies or a GIPS® compliant presentation, please contact us at 1-800-664-4888, or write to us at 805 Las Cimas Parkway, Suite 430, Austin, Texas 78746.