Crabtree Asset Mgmt

Crabtree Technology

  • Additional attributes Small cap, Sector
  • Strategy Stocks
Crabtree Technology is a science and technology, long-only investment strategy. It seeks to outperform the Merrill Lynch Technology 100 Index.  

The strategy seeks companies that consistently meet three criteria that Barry calls the Crabtree Attributes:

Potential investments must a) consistently generate cash, b) hold on to or increase their market share, and c) do so while executing on their operational and financial plans.
Barry’s investing style starts with a disciplined process that helps him find companies with the Crabtree Attributes. He personally believes that a portfolio of companies with the these attributes can generate positive, risk-adjusted returns.

He seeks to build a broad base of knowledge about all tech companies, instead of knowing “everything” about just a handful of companies.

The investment strategy will not invest in Exchange Traded Funds (“ETFs”), but will invest in American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”). ADRs are receipts of shares of foreign companies that trade on the U.S. stock market.
Barry has used the same screens for more than 13 years to find his potential investments. His screening process measures cash flow, changes in market share and looks for signs of business model execution.

Stocks that he thinks possess the Crabtree Attributes are subject to additional fundamental analysis.

The portfolio is rebalanced once every quarter using an unbiased, disciplined process.
The Crabtree Technology portfolio seeks to own 50 positions at all times. The portfolio is rebalanced roughly every three months. New positions usually make up 2% of the portfolio. Existing positions that remain in the portfolio are increased or decreased based on price strength or weakness.
The main reason stocks are sold is because he believes they no longer possess the Crabtree Attributes. In that case, the company is sold as part of the rebalancing process, regardless of its stock price or price direction.
Barry reserves 10% of the strategy for companies he believes possess the Crabtree Attributes but were not spotted by his screening process. Companies not caught by the screen may have recently gone public, were recently spun off from another company, or carry a premium valuation because of a potentially superior business model.

Portfolio Manager performance


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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 28.8%

    Best quarter

  • -19.7%

    Worst quarter

    • 1% fee
    • $30,000 min
  • Required: Margin account

Portfolio Manager performance graph

Performance history disclosure

All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account. Client performance may differ. Client account performance is displayed on the client dashboard.

Performance Portfolio inception April 01, 2009

as of April 26, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) Russell 2000 Growth S&P 500
Month-to-date 2.6% 2.5% 1.0%
Quarter-to-date 2.6% 2.5% 1.0%
Last 365 Days 33.0% 20.9% 14.1%
Since inception (Annualized) 21.7% 15.9% 14.3%
2017 (YTD) 13.3% 7.8% 6.6%
2016 19.9% 10.4% 9.5%
2015 -4.1% -2.0% -0.7%
2014 7.7% 4.9% 11.4%
2013 46.8% 42.4% 29.6%
2012 18.3% 13.7% 13.4%
2011 -0.1% -3.5% -0.0%
2010 26.4% 28.3% 12.8%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of April 26, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) Russell 2000 Growth S&P 500
Volatility 14.4% 16.0% 9.9%
Sharpe Ratio 2.24 1.26 1.34
Sortino Ratio 3.00 1.81 1.77
Maximum Drawdown -7.5% -10.5% -5.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.3% -3.7% -2.3%
Russell 2000 Growth vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 1.98 2.33
Alpha 12.7% 12.9%
Beta 0.83 1.21
R-Squared 0.85 0.70


  • Industrial
  • Technology
  • Consumer, Non-cyclical
  • Communications

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Latest transactions Average trades per month 6.7

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
March 13, 2017 CTRL Control4 Corp Sell $14.72
March 13, 2017 TTMI TTM Technologies Inc Buy $15.97
March 13, 2017 XCRA Xcerra Corp Buy $8.77
March 13, 2017 VEC Vectrus Inc Buy $22.39
March 13, 2017 PLUS ePlus Inc Buy $131.30
March 13, 2017 PRAH PRA Health Sciences Inc Buy $59.95
March 13, 2017 CRNT Ceragon Networks Ltd Buy $3.45
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  10. This portfolio uses short selling. Short selling is more complex than simply owning securities, involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. The risk of loss associated with short selling is virtually unlimited. Short selling may also involve additional expenses and risks, including hard-to-borrow stock charges and buy-in risk. You should only select a portfolio using short selling if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in short selling.
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