Trade Update: Investing South of the Equator

Wednesday, May 10th 2023

Investor Update

On Tuesday, we initiated positions in MercadoLibre (MELI) and Vista Energy (VIST) for clients in our Offshore strategy. We also trimmed our positions in Cenovus Energy (CVE) and L’Oreal (LRLCY), while rolling back our hedge for all clients.

The table below details these moves. Let’s dive in.

A Return to Latin America

Over the last several quarters, Latin America has been in the “too hard bucket” due to a strong U.S. dollar, ongoing geopolitical instability, and general macro uncertainty across the region. However, after nearly 18 months without investing in Latin America, we now believe that the very uncertainties that once deterred us have ultimately created intriguing new investment opportunities. 

MercadoLibre (MELI), known as the Amazon of LatAm, is a full-stack e-commerce and fintech platform serving more than 100 million customers across 18 countries in Central and South America. While the Commerce business continues to show resilience (+31% USD year-over-year revenue growth in Q1 2023), MELI’s Fintech businesses (Mobile Wallet, Credit, Financing, Payment processing) are also attractive growth stories (+40% USD year-over-year revenue growth in Q1 2023) that have caught our eye. 

The sheer scale that the marketplace has reached really unlocks the high-margin potential of the payments businesses. We believe that MercadoLibre has hit an inflection point due to economies of scale, giving it the opportunity to monetize highly profitable growth levers (credit cards, advertising, payments, etc.) for years to come. We’re excited to be invested in MercadoLibre once again.

Vista Energy (VIST) is one of the leading energy companies in Argentina with meaningful ownership of the largest shale oil and gas development outside of the U.S. Our thesis is two fold: Argentina’s macro normalizing ahead of the October presidential election and Vista’s operational excellence. 

With the presidential election coming this fall, we expect a continued normalization in Argentina’s political and macro environment, which we believe will further unlock infrastructure spend and development of Vaca Muerta, Vista’s most valuable asset. Management has also improved operational processes and reduced costs by more than 45% since 2018–a trend we expect to continue lifting margins. These drivers coupled with the fact that the stock is trading at a ~50% discount to peers, creates a compelling risk/reward setup for clients.

Trimming around the edges

L’Oreal (LRLCY) has been one of Offshore’s strongest performers to start the year, and we’re happy to take some chips off the table with the stock up more than 50% from the recent lows. The consumer has held up well thus far, but with cracks forming as we near the second half of the year, trimming the position feels prudent. 

Cenovus Energy (CVE) hasn’t played out as expected thus far due to operational issues and pricing pressure. As mentioned above, we’ve diversified our energy exposure with the addition of Vista and funded that investment with a portion of our Cenovus investment. All that being said, we still believe in the long-term story for Cenovus and remain invested in the Canadian energy company.

Rolling back the hedge

After activating our maximum hedges in January of 2022, our signposts have led us to roll these back for clients. As a reminder, these hedges are activated when our analysis leads us to conclude the high probability path for markets in the near-term is to the downside. This analysis was correct; the hedge not only reduced volatility, but generated a 19% return since initiation. 

Important note: This is not us calling the bottom. We lean heavily on technical analysis to determine our hedge timing/trades, and with the international index nearing its 200 day moving average, we’ve concluded that international markets have a high probability to sustain this move higher. Conservative clients will continue to have ~10% of their portfolio invested in the hedging vehicle (EUM), and moderate clients will have ~5% invested in the hedge.

As always, let us know if you have any questions about the recent trades; we’re happy to assist.

- Your Titan team


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As of this writing, EUM, LRLCY, CVE, VIST, MELI were a portfolio holding of Titan. This security may cease to be a portfolio holding at some point in the future.

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