5-Year Performance of 7.4% per annum*
Winner of the 20202 Canadian HF Awards
Winner of the 2019 Canadian HF Awards

Portland Focused Plus Fund LP


Portfolio Manager

James Cole, CFA
Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager

James has over 40 years of investment experience including over 30 years as a portfolio manager responsible for Canadian and U.S. equities.

Winner of the 2018 Canadian HF Awards

2017 PCMA Investment Fund Award

As at April 30, 2024

Annualized Returns (%) Year to Date 1 Month 3 Months 1 Year 3 Years* 5 Years* 10 Years* Inception*
Portland Focused Plus Fund LP Series A 6.1% (7.8%) 1.9% 9.9% (6.9%) 6.3% 11.5% 13.9%
Portland Focused Plus Fund LP Series F1 6.5% (7.7%) 2.1% 11.2% (5.8%) 7.4% 12.7% 15.0%
Portland Focused Plus Fund LP Series M 6.5% (7.7%) 2.2% 11.3% (5.7%) 9.0% 14.6% 17.0%
Portland Focused Plus Fund LP Series P 6.9% (7.7%) 2.4% 12.4% (4.8%) 8.6% 13.8% 16.0%
MSCI Canada Index1 4.6% (1.9%) 4.1% 9.3% 7.5% 8.0% 6.6% 7.6%
MSCI USA Index (USD)**1 5.7% (4.2%) 4.1% 22.8% 6.9% 12.6% 11.7% 13.2%

Fund Information by Series

Fund Information Series
A F2 M P
Net asset value per unit $222.1614 $249.5591 $305.1207 $276.6136
High-water-mark $277.4885 $303.7605 N/A $328.2305
Min. initial investment, accredited investors $2,500 $2,500 $1,000,000 $1,000,000
Min. initial investment, others $150,000 $150,000 N/A N/A
Min. subsequent investment $500 $500 $500 $500
Management fee 2.00% 1.00% 1.00% N/A
Performance fee 10% 10% N/A 10%
Fund Brief Presentation Performance Matters

Fund Details

Fund Net Assets $71.9 million
Introduction Date October 31, 2012
Fund type Alternative Strategies
Offer document Offering Memorandum
Legal type Limited Partnership
Eligible for PACs No
Purchases and redemptions Monthly
Minimum investment term None
Notice period for redemptions None
Redemption fee None
Performance fee 10% of the amount above the high water mark
Transaction processing Fundserv
2017 PCMA Investment Fund Award

Private Capital Markets Awards – are the only national industry awards for private capital markets professionals, which recognize business leaders who help build a vibrant and successful private capital markets in Canada. Nominees are evaluated based on their leadership in the industry, their contribution to the deal, innovative market, product or investment opportunities created, the benefits of the deal for the issuer and for investors, and the overall impact of the deal on the quality and integrity of the private capital markets

How The Fund is Managed

To achieve this investment objective, the Manager will employ the following core techniques of the Portland Focused Plus Fund LP (“LP”):

  • Focused investing in a limited number of long securities positions; and
  • Leverage by purchasing securities on margin.

To a lesser extent, the following techniques may also be used on an opportunistic basis in order to meet the LP’s investment objective:

  • Derivatives may be used to limit or hedge potential losses associated with currencies, specific securities, stock markets and interest rates or to generate income.
  • Short sale positions may be used to profit from the expected decline in valuations of overvalued securities or to hedge the LP’s long positions.
  • The LP may also invest in preferred shares and debt securities including convertibles, corporate and sovereign debt.
  • In addition, the LP may obtain exposure to securities through investing in underlying investment funds. Including mutual funds, investment funds and exchange-traded funds.
  • The LP may hold cash in short-term debt instruments, money market funds or similar temporary instruments pending full investment of the LP’s capital and at any time deemed appropriate by the Manager.
  • The LP has no geographic, industry sector, asset class or market capitalization restrictions.
  • There is no restriction on the percentage of the Net Asset Value of the LP which may be invested in the securities of a single issuer.

Investment Objective

  • Preservation of capital
  • Satisfactory return

The Offering

Units are being offered on a continuous basis to investors resident in in the Provinces or Territories of Canada who (a) are accredited investors, (b) non-individuals who invest a minimum of $150,000 in the LP, or (c) to whom Units may otherwise be sold.

The Manager has designated four series of Units, which are currently being offered:

  • Series A Units are available to all investors who invest a minimum of $2,500 and who meet the minimum investment criteria.
  • Series F Units will generally only be issued to investors who invest a minimum of $2,500, who purchase their Units through a fee-based account with their registered dealer and meet the minimum investment criteria.
  • Series M Units will be issued to investors who make an initial investment of $1,000,000 or more.
  • Series P Units will be issued to investors who make an initial investment of $1,000,000 or more.
  • Series Q Units will be issued to investors who make an initial investment of $10,000,000 or more.

Please see the Offering Memorandum for fees and specific details on the offering.

Offering Memorandum Subscription Agreement Partnership Agreement

Potential Risks

  • The Manager believes that the following risks may impact performance of the LP: concentration, leverage, foreign exchange rates risk and equity risk. Please read the “Risk Factors” section in the Offering Memorandum for a more detailed discussion of the relevant risks.


* Annualized.

** The MSCI USA Index is shown in U.S. dollars rather than in Canadian dollars since the LP generally hedges its exposure to the U.S. dollar.

1 Since the LP does not necessarily invest in the same securities as the benchmark or in the same proportion, the performance of the LP may not be directly comparable to the benchmark. In addition, the LP’s returns reflect the use of leverage. The use of benchmarks is for illustrative purposes only, and is not an indication of performance of the LP.

2 Generally available through dealers who have entered into a Portland Series F Dealer Agreement.

3 The Canadian Hedge Fund Awards are based solely on quantitative performance data of Canadian hedge funds with Fundata Canada managing the collection and tabulation of the data to determine the winners. There is no nomination process or subjective assessment in identifying the winning hedge funds. The 2018 awards were based on 207 Canadian hedge funds to June 30th, 2018; the 2019 awards were based on 197 Canadian hedge funds to June 30th, 2019; the 2020 awards were based on 221 Canadian hedge funds to June 30th, 2020, the 2021 awards are based on 226 Canadian hedge funds to June 30, 2021, and the 2022 awards are based on 234 Canadian hedge funds to June 30, 2022.

The GMR Top Performer Awards, recognize asset managers and funds which are available to Canadian institutional investors. The GMR Top Performer Awards are based on the annual and annualized total return of funds tracked by the Global Manager Research Database. The fund with the highest 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year period return within in each category is awarded a GMR Top Performer Award. The Portland Focused Plus Fund LP - Series M won the 2021 GMR Top Performer Award in the Alternatives - Equity Focused category which contained 42 comparative funds. The Portland Focused Plus Fund LP - Series M had the highest 3-year annualized return for the period ending December 31, 2021. Although the accuracy of the data is not guaranteed, Global Manager Research makes reasonable efforts to ensure the consistency of the data. GMR Top Performer Award, ©2022 Global Manager Research. All rights reserved.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investments. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in unit value and reinvestment of all distributions and does not take into account sales, redemptions, distributions or optional charges or income taxes payable by any securityholder in respect of a participating fund that would have reduced returns. Investment funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

The LP is not publicly offered. It is offered via an offering memorandum and available under exemptions to investors who meet certain eligibility or minimum purchase requirements such as “accredited investors”. You will only be permitted to purchase Units if your purchase qualifies for one of these exemptions. A list of criteria to qualify as an accredited investor is set out in the subscription agreement delivered with the Offering Memorandum and generally includes individuals who have net assets of at least $5,000,000, or financial assets of at least $1,000,000, or personal income of at least $200,000, or combined spousal income of at least $300,000 in the previous two years with reasonable prospects of same in the current year, or an individual registered under the securities legislation of a jurisdiction of Canada as a representative of a registered adviser or dealer.

James Cole is the portfolio manager of Portland Focused Plus Fund LP, Portland Focused Plus Fund and Portland Canadian Balanced Fund. The three funds generally hold some of the same securities and may make trades in such securities simultaneously.

Information herein pertaining to the LP is solely for the purpose of providing information and is not to be construed as a public offering in any jurisdiction of Canada. The offering of Units of the LP is made pursuant to an Offering Memorandum and the information contained herein is a summary only and is qualified by the more detailed information in the Offering Memorandum. Portland Investment Counsel Inc. has not independently verified all the information and opinions given in this material. Accordingly, no representative or warranty, express or implied, is made as to the accuracy, completeness or fairness of the information and opinions contained in this material.

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