We Seek Great Businesses at a Reasonable Price

Investment is most intelligent when it is most businesslike.
— Benjamin Graham

Our Strategy

We invest globally in great businesses that have durable economic moats, favorable customer economics, consistent financial results, high and stable returns on capital, strong cash flow generation, and attractive capital redeployment opportunities. 

We do that by buying securities of great companies with able and shareholder-oriented managements, a conservative capital structure, and a strong track record of rational capital allocation. 

We pay reasonable prices for these securities, giving us a margin of safety on our investment, and we place significant amounts of our capital into such rare opportunities and continue to own such companies as long as these conditions are satisfied.

We are patient and disciplined. We don't view ourselves as investing in little pieces of paper that trade in markets. Behind every stock there is a real business and we, the shareholders, collectively own that business. This mental framework drives our decision-making process. Many in the investment field call us value investors, we call ourselves businesspeople.

Most of the time, the successful execution of our strategy requires us to act against the crowd. Or, in the words of Warren Buffett: “Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” Our edge over other market participants is having a much longer investment horizon, better temperament, and the investment discipline to stay the course, especially in down and volatile markets.

 


The single greatest edge an investor can have is a long-term orientation
— Seth Klarman