Sparrow Capital Management

Fundamental Growth

  • Strategy Stocks
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.

Portfolio Manager performance


Last 30 days



Last 90 days



Last 365 days


Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 13.0%

    Best quarter

  • -16.4%

    Worst quarter

    • 1.5% fee
    • $20,000 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 April 14, 2010

as of June 26, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Last 30 days -0.7% 1.0%
Last 90 days 2.7% 3.4%
Last 365 Days 14.7% 19.7%
Since inception (Annualized) 9.5% 10.2%
2017 (YTD) 10.6% 8.9%
2016 6.7% 9.5%
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 June 26, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 8.8% 8.7%
Sharpe Ratio 1.56 2.16
Sortino Ratio 2.30 3.08
Maximum Drawdown -6.4% -4.8%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.0% -2.0%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio -1.15
Alpha -2.1%
Beta 0.88
R-Squared 0.76


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

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Portfolio commentary

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Latest transactions Average trades per month 1.3

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
June 22, 2017 VFC VF Corp Sell $56.10
June 22, 2017 DLTR Dollar Tree Inc Sell $68.13
June 08, 2017 TAP Molson Coors Brewing Co Sell $86.84
June 08, 2017 SWK Stanley Black & Decker Inc Buy $137.28
June 08, 2017 PYPL PayPal Holdings Inc Buy $53.70
June 08, 2017 EXPE Expedia Inc Buy $146.98
June 07, 2017 UNP Union Pacific Corp Sell $108.84
June 07, 2017 PFE Pfizer Inc Sell $32.02
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