Sparrow Capital Management Profile Picture Investment Adviser

Sparrow Capital Management

CIO and Senior Portfolio Manager,Financial Services,Sparrow Capital Management

  • EducationWashington University
  • QualificationsMBA
  • Investment Experience20 years
  • Founded1988

Fundamental Growth

  • Asset class Equity
  • Strategy Stock selection
This portfolio is made up of companies that have consistently demonstrated the ability to increase sales and earnings, and improve their cash flow and book values over multiple economic cycles. I carefully study company filings including quarterly and annual reports to find stocks that match my criteria for growth potential.
My screening process helps me identify companies that meet specific criteria for growth, cash generation and other metrics. I then value these businesses using a discounted cash flow model and buy their stocks when the market price indicates sufficient upside potential. My Fundamental Growth portfolio is long-only and invests in companies of all capitalizations.
I use screens to identify industries and companies that show consistent earnings power over multiple economic cycles.

Then, I rate stocks using a proprietary matrix of various fundamental, quantitative, and technical factors. Some of these factors include above average earnings per-share growth rates, above average return on equity, excess free cash flow, low debt-to-equity ratios, and shareholder friendly management.

Finally, I review the company's original source material including quarterly and annual reports. I also participate in quarterly conference calls and webcasts and read independent analyst reports in an effort to buy value stocks at opportune times.

My research helps me to diversify the portfolio’s holdings across multiple sectors. I often will have different weightings for each sector, as compared to the S&P 500 Index.
I sell positions when the original reason for the purchase no longer exists or when my research is telling me that stocks are overvalued. Sell determinations are made on a case-by-case basis.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

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Risk score

  • 13.0%

    Best quarter

  • -16.4%

    Worst quarter

  • $20,000 investment min
  • 1.5% fee
  • Required: Margin account

Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees )


  • Consumer, Non-cyclical
  • Communications
  • Consumer, Cyclical
  • Technology
  • Financial

Top 5 securities

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Portfolio commentary

  1. sparrow-capital/_profile-35x35.jpg Fed guessing game weighs on stocks

    19 October 2015

    Investors struggle to discern Fed timing on interest rates.

  2. sparrow-capital/_profile-35x35.jpg US stocks heading higher? 24 April 2015
  3. sparrow-capital/_profile-35x35.jpg US economy: Why the glass is half full 15 March 2015
  4. sparrow-capital/_profile-35x35.jpg Why we are bullish on stocks 27 January 2015
  5. sparrow-capital/_profile-35x35.jpg Why October may present a buying opportunity for stocks 7 October 2014
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Performance Portfolio inception April 14, 2010

as of May 24, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date 0.2% 0.5%
Quarter-to-date 1.8% 0.8%
Last 365 Days 0.5% -2.4%
Since inception (Annualized) 8.7% 9.2%
2016 (YTD) 2.7% 1.6%
2015 1.6% -0.7%
2014 10.7% 11.4%
2013 23.4% 29.6%
2012 9.0% 13.4%
2011 5.8% 0.0%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of May 24, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 15.4% 16.7%
Sharpe Ratio 0.01 - 0.16
Sortino Ratio 0.01 - 0.23
Maximum Drawdown -11.6% -14.1%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.6% -3.9%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 0.47
Alpha 2.5%
Beta 0.86
R-Squared 0.87

Latest transactions Average trades per month 1.2

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
05/24/16 TAP Molson Coors Brewing Co Buy $98.10
05/24/16 KHC Kraft Heinz Co/The Buy $83.38
05/24/16 MKC McCormick & Co Inc/MD Sell $96.05
05/23/16 MKC McCormick & Co Inc/MD Buy $95.65
05/23/16 MKC McCormick & Co Inc/MD Buy $95.70
05/16/16 RL Ralph Lauren Corp Sell $86.53
05/12/16 MON Monsanto Co Sell $98.66
02/12/16 AAPL Apple Inc Buy $94.13
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Important Information

  1. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
  2. Performance of the Portfolio Manager's account is calculated by Covestor on a daily time-weighted basis, including cash, dividends and earnings distributions and broker commissions. Manager returns include trades and positions that fail Covestor's trading rules, as a result, actual client returns will differ. Covestor advisory fees are simulated and applied retro-actively to present the portfolio return "net-of-fees".
  3. Average client returns are calculated by Covestor and are composed of the asset-weighted average returns of all active client investments (some of which may contain investment restrictions) to the underlying portfolio. These daily average returns are then linked together for the timeframe presented. These returns include cash, dividends, earnings distributions, brokerage commissions and Covestor advisory fees.
  4. All graph data is as of the end of day for the referenced period, unless otherwise specified. The investment minimum is the minimum investment required to follow a particular portfolio. The minimum amount is determined by Covestor, based on the characteristics of the underlying portfolio. It should not be considered as specific investment advice for your investment situation.
  5. The performance charts are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used as the basis for making an investment decision. Variables such as corporate actions or foreign exchange may affect daily performance displays. We rely on mathematical formulas, computer programs, and pricing information from third-party vendors to provide these returns. Neither Covestor nor any of its data or content providers shall be liable for any errors in this information or any actions taken by you in reliance upon this information.
  6. Benchmark returns have been calculated by Covestor using a time-weighted calculation of daily index valuations. More
  7. Leverage indicates the level of margin utilized and is calculated by dividing gross exposure by portfolio net liquidation value.
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  9. Not all transactions listed will appear in your account due to Covestor's trading rules and individual client constraints. Eligibility of these securities is monitored periodically, and may change over time. Actual client investment holdings may vary.
  10. Index returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Individuals cannot invest directly in an Index. For certain portfolios we use an investable ETF as a benchmark, in these cases returns include management fees, transaction costs and expenses.
  11. 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.
  12. This portfolio uses borrowed funds or leverage to fund investments. Leverage involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. Leverage increases both the amount you may lose and the amount you may make in a portfolio, leading to higher returns in the case of favorable market movements but also larger losses under adverse market conditions. You may also incur additional expenses associated with borrowing funds. You should only select a portfolio using leverage if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in using leverage.