Charlie Dreifus Interviewed By Morningstar—Royce
article 05-16-2019

Charlie Dreifus At The Morningstar Investment Conference

Charlie Dreifus was interviewed by Morningstar to discuss his vigilance about debt.


Charlie Dreifus, who recently spoke on a panel at Morningstar Investment Conference, was interviewed by Kevin McDevitt to discuss how risk management shapes his work.

Watch the video here.

In the video, Charlie detailed his “refugee mentality” and how he is vigilant about debt when investing. He went on to explain how having lower financial leverage can potentially help offset the cyclicality of his small-cap holdings.

“Certainly on an individual stock basis, if you have a lot of cyclical exposure, you prefer to have lower leverage so that they can withstand a severe economic downturn,” Charlie said. “So on a case-by-case basis, the consequences tend to be many of these companies have such a strong balance sheet because, particularly in small-cap land, they have a niche business that is a cash cow.”

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Bio of Charlie Dreifus:

Charlie Dreifus manages the firm’s Special Equity mutual fund that attempts to combine classic value analysis, the identification of good businesses, and accounting cynicism. In 2008, he was named Morningstar's Domestic-Stock Fund Manager of the Year. Mr. Dreifus has been at Royce for 20 years and has 50 years of experience in the industry, having worked at Limited Managing Director of Lazard Freres & Co., LLC as the Portfolio Manager, General Partner, and Managing Director. He also formerly worked at Oppenheimer & Co. as a Limited Partner and as the Portfolio Manager, and at Oppenheimer Capital as an Executive Vice President. Mr. Dreifus holds a bachelor's degree from the City College of New York/Baruch School and a Masters of Business Administration from Baruch College. He is a CFA® charterholder.




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Special Equity 7.69 2.18 9.43 4.33 11.88 7.33 10.04 8.71 5/1/98
Russell 2000 14.58 2.05 12.92 7.05 15.36 8.04 8.44 8.32 N/A
Russell 2000 Value 11.93 0.17 10.86 5.59 14.12 7.24 9.40 9.14 N/A

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