Our business principles
Now more than ever, strong business principles are essential when you navigate the market. We base all our business upon a set of principles.
Most investors want to be able to monitor their investments closely, and therefore value transparency. We are willing to disclose everything we do to our investors, and we communicate in detail the development of the investments and the business in our monthly investor letters and performance updates.
In order for a investment management organization to have the highest probability of delivering strong returns to the investors, we believe it is crucial that the managers have aligned interests with the investors. Therefore, our team has their financial asset invested in CARN. Also, we have a fee model aligned to when our clients make money.
We have a long-term focus in everything we do. This goes both for our investments and our business decisions. We look for clients who share our long-term perspective, we invest in the absolute best systems and infrastructure, and we always hire people with a long-term perspective. We are here for the long haul.
To achieve the highest level of performance in any field, whether it is in sports, music, academia, or in business we believe it is extremely important to be focused. This is particularly the case within capital management. Therefore, we have only one business philosophy and only one investment strategy.
We believe it is of utmost importance for an investment organization to be fully independent from other business lines and organizations. Independence secures that other business interests do not interfere with the investment management activities, as well as minimizing organizational bureaucracy and corporate politics. Therefore, CARN Capital is mainly owned by the employees, and fully independent from other organizations.
How we work
We base our strategy on time tested and sound principles ensuring that your investments are sustainable and profitable.
Value investing and fundamental research
Value investing means to invest with a disciplined focus on how the investments are valued vs. underlying earnings, cash flows and assets, and only investing when the investments are valued cheap or moderate. There is solid empirical evidence that value investing has been the best way of managing money over time. Therefore, we invest according to this investment philosophy. In practice this implies a strong focus on fundamental analysis and valuation (i.e. not overpaying for assets).
Empirical evidence has shown that quality companies outperform the market over time. Therefore, we tend to focus our search for quality companies. Quality companies have strong balance sheets (low debt), a track record of delivering high returns to shareholders, and are in industries with high barriers to entry and good future prospects. We continuously search for and monitor such companies, and will invest in these when they are priced moderately or cheap.
We have an all-cap strategy, which means we can invest in small, mid-sized and large companies. However, we favor small and mid-sized companies because we think the highest probability for finding good investments are among such companies. There are several reasons for that: These companies are less covered by the sell-side; large funds often cannot invest in these companies due to fund size-issues; it is often easier to get meetings with senior management; and these companies are often less complex and more focused than large conglomerates. We have a flexible strategy and can therefore harvest the opportunities we see among mid-sized and small companies.
True active management
There has been a lot of focus in the financial press on how active the so-called active funds have been, often measured by the active share parameter. Several large funds have been criticized for having a portfolio that is too close to the index. We believe strongly that if a fund is marketed as an active fund it should be truly active and not a “closet” index fund. Therefore, we do not focus on which shares have high weights in the different indices, and our portfolio will typically have large deviations from index and a high active share. We do not focus on how the index performs either, since our goal is not to outperform a given index. We have an absolute return approach. Our goal is nothing else than to deliver the highest possible risk-adjusted return to our investors over time.
Christer has a broad and international background from asset management from Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) where he was a Portfolio Manager responsible for a global equity portfolio of NOK 50 billion (USD 7 billion) prior to co-founding CARN Capital in 2015.
Christer has both a Master of Science and MBA degree from the Norwegian School of Economics within Finance. He is also a Norwegian and European Certified Financial Analyst and Authorized Portfolio Manager from The Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts and Norwegian School of Economics.
Andreas started his career as equity analyst in First Securities before he joined the investment team in Formuesforvaltning where he was responsible for the Nordic public equity portfolios and hedge fund portfolios. He was also co-head for global equities. In 2015 he founded CARN Capital.
Andreas has a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics. He is also an Authorized Portfolio Manager and has completed studies in Advanced Valuation from The Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts and Norwegian School of Economics.
Harald started his career at J. P. Morgan’s Investment Banking division in 2004 specializing in M&A. In 2007, he returned to Norway and joined Orkla ASA’s investment management division with AuM of USD 3.5 billion. In 2012, Harald was a founding partner of Solsten AS, an independent and actively managed investment firm with a Norwegian and Nordic fund. Solsten was later acquired by competitor Arctic Fund Management.
Harald has a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (USA), in addition to attending Chinese language and culture studies at Fudan University in Shanghai (China).
Jon Audun Kvalbein
Jon Audun started his career at the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in 2007. As a senior advisor he has gained extensive experience in the energy field covering topics from renewable energy, climate policy, energy efficiency og ecodesign, including EU legislation in these areas. His work included updating the Ministry’s administrative and political leadership with global energy market analysis. In CARN he contributes with his strong background in energy and sustainability analysis.
Jon Audun holds a Master of Science degree in Development Management from London School of Economics and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Bergen.
Gregard started as credit analyst in Union Bank of Norway in 1995. Thereafter he joined the asset management arm of Kreditkassen which later merged with Nordea Investment Management. At Nordea he was, among others, Head of Institutional Sales. In 2008 he joined SEB Asset Management where he held the position as Head of SEB Asset Management Norway. From 2012 to 2018 he worked with Sector Asset Management as Director for Nordic Institutional Clients.
Gregard has a bachelor in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics. He is also an Authorized Portfolio Manager from The Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts and Norwegian School of Economics.