Gator Capital

Small Cap

  • Additional attributes Small cap
  • Strategy Stocks
The Gator Small Cap Portfolio invests in 30 companies, typically ones with market capitalizations of less than $3 billion. We approach buying stocks as if we were a private equity company buying a company's total assets. We believe that the best companies to own are ones with strong competitive advantages, attractive business models, and management teams that are aligned with shareholder interests.
We look for companies with strong business franchises that are trading below what we see as their future earnings potential. In evaluating a company's worth, we also take into account what a private equity or strategic buyer might pay for it. The model also seeks stocks with a catalyst that could help to unlock value for shareholders, such as a new CEO, or a long-term growth rate change.
Fundamental research is conducted on each prospective investment. We review earnings releases and earnings conference call transcripts, as well as investment presentations. In some cases, we schedule calls with company management so we can better understand the business and ask questions. We then create an investment thesis and buy the stock only if we think its prospects are superior to our existing holdings.

This investment model will own about 30 companies at a time. New positions are typically given about a 3.5% weight. Positions are rebalanced if they become too large. The model will continue to hold stocks that we purchased as small caps even if they appreciate to more than $3 billion, provided we still believe in that company's prospects.

We will sell if the strategic positioning of the company has materially changed. New holdings are constantly evaluated in the portfolio. Existing positions must constantly compete for investment capital against potential positions.

Portfolio Manager performance


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Year to date


Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 20.5%

    Best quarter

  • -19.8%

    Worst quarter

    • 1.5% fee
    • $30,000 min
  • Required: Margin account

Portfolio Manager performance graph

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 August 10, 2010

as of April 26, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) Russell 2000 S&P 500
Month-to-date 2.5% 2.4% 1.0%
Quarter-to-date 2.5% 2.4% 1.0%
Last 365 Days 11.5% 23.4% 14.1%
Since inception (Annualized) 11.1% 12.4% 11.9%
2017 (YTD) 3.1% 4.6% 6.6%
2016 11.3% 19.5% 9.5%
2015 -24.5% -5.7% -0.7%
2014 -2.4% 3.5% 11.4%
2013 47.0% 37.0% 29.6%
2012 20.4% 14.6% 13.4%
2011 3.0% -5.5% -0.0%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of April 26, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) Russell 2000 S&P 500
Volatility 15.7% 15.7% 9.9%
Sharpe Ratio 0.68 1.43 1.34
Sortino Ratio 1.01 2.10 1.77
Maximum Drawdown -10.6% -8.4% -5.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.6% -3.6% -2.3%
Russell 2000 vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio -1.77 -0.28
Alpha -8.1% -5.5%
Beta 0.91 1.28
R-Squared 0.83 0.66


  • Financial
  • Consumer, Cyclical
  • Consumer, Non-cyclical
  • Energy
  • REIT

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  1. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and all investments, including those in this portfolio, involve the risk of loss, including loss of principal and a reduction in earnings.  
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  9. 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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