Bill Hench Talks Small Cap Value in Morningstar—Royce
article 12-29-2020

Bill Hench Talks Small Cap Value in Morningstar

PM Bill Hench was quoted in a Morningstar article discussing small cap value’s resurgence in November.


Portfolio Manager Bill Hench was recently featured in a Morningstar article titled “Small-Cap Value Comes Back--But Not All the Way” by Linda Abu Mushrefova that discussed if November’s small cap value rally can continue.

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The article stated that Bill, who manages Royce Opportunity Fund, said there were some positive trends that contributed to small cap value’s positive month, such as few companies announcing dissapointing earnings. He also noted that value stock sellers decreased, the risk/reward proposition was pretty good, and fundamental news was relatively good in food, auto, housing, and capital goods companies that had little capital investment and tight inventories.

Bill added that, while he understands that other investors may be willing to pay more for high-flying growth stocks due to franchises’ cash flow and disruptive business models, he isn’t willing to do so.

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Learn more about Bill Hench here.

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Average Annual Total Returns as of 9/30/20 (%) 

Opportunity 11.11 0.10 -1.11 8.48 8.79 6.91 8.60 10.86 11/19/96
Russell 2000 Value 2.56 -14.88 -5.13 4.11 7.09 4.93 7.40 7.85 N/A
Russell 2000 4.93 0.39 1.77 8.00 9.85 7.03 6.88 7.78 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: 1.22

1 Not annualized.

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