The Bonhoeffer Fund is named after the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose opposition to the Nazi regime ultimately led to his execution. He was an inspiration to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement, the anti-communist movement in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa.
“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”
“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”
The Bonhoeffer Fund, LP, is a value-oriented investment partnership. The fund objective is to grow capital at a faster rate than market indices over full market cycles and provide minimal exposure to permanent loss.
The Bonhoeffer Fund identifies and invests in undervalued securities that are either undiscovered or misunderstood. Working in both domestic and international markets, Keith finds investable opportunities that include compound mispricings, miscategorized firms, and/or corporate actions. His circle of competence consists of telecom and media services, logistics services, asset managers, food and beverage services, information processing, real estate services, cement and aggregates, and recreation services.
Team and Organization
Keith D. Smith, CFA
Keith Smith, the fund manager, brings over 20 years of valuation experience to the Bonhoeffer Fund. He is a CFA charterholder and received his MBA from UCLA. Keith currently serves as a Managing Director of a valuation firm and his expertise includes corporate transactions, distressed loans, derivatives, and intangible assets. Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham’s value-oriented approach of pursuing the “fifty-cents on the dollar” opportunities, underpins Keith’s investment strategy. The combination of his experience and track record led Keith to commit most of his investable net worth to the Bonhoeffer Fund model.
Willow Oak Asset Management
Willow Oak supports the fund with operational infrastructure and serves as a platform for like-minded value investment funds backed by a public company—Enterprise Diversified, Inc.
The Bonhoeffer Fund employs a long-only, value-oriented approach in off-beat markets. Our goal is to purchase undervalued operating firms worldwide that are in a state of distress and/or transition, but also exhibit recurring revenue.
The fund invests in overlooked securities where the popular market perception differs from the true value of a specific investable opportunity.
Geographically, the fund is open to investing in various regions including the US and UK in addition to other developed and emerging markets.
This investment approach yields higher net appreciation over full market cycles than higher risk and/or short-term strategies.
*The Bonhoeffer Fund does not directly nor indirectly employ leverage nor borrow at any time, whether on margin or otherwise.
Bonhoeffer Fund looks for undervalued opportunities in unconventional markets that also embody one or more of the following attributes:
An instance where both a firm and its underlying securities are mispriced. This opportunity is found in securities with multiple layers of a corporate structure.
The underlying business purpose of a firm is not currently reflected accurately within the market. The discrepancy may happen because the firm is transitioning from one business model to another (e.g., a shipping company moving to logistics; a construction company pivoting to real estate and project development).
Securities in out-of-favor industries and firms engaged in corporate actions such as share buy-backs, spinoffs, rights offerings, and bankruptcies provide value-enhancing opportunities.
The geographic scope of the fund is any region that has the below characteristics. When considering where to invest, we take precautions to avoid value traps and ensure the fund has a reasonable chance of realizing the upside for our shareholders.
The Bonhoeffer Fund focuses on long term results. With a higher risk approach than an average mutual fund, volatility is expected (and welcomed) within short market cycles across varied geographic regions. To address short term volatility, our strategy relies on long-term market trends to strive for overall capital gains for our investors.
The below combination effectively diversifies the Bonhoeffer Fund portfolio to position the fund to capture desired gains.
Most positions have compound mispricings which provide multiple investable advantages.
Securities are diversified across various sectors and regions of the world.
A credit analysis is performed on balance sheet debt to ensure its serviceability.
Positions are purchased at an estimated discount to intrinsic value of 50%.
Keith has over 20 years of experience performing due diligence in uncommon and/or overlooked markets. He will continue to find and capitalize on these similar opportunities for the Fund.
Understanding the fundamentals of businesses, focusing on valuation, and ensuring the alignment of management are our key processes for how we evaluate securities.
The investment process was refined over the course of two decades and has proven successful over a 17 year period in generating above-market returns for its investor.
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