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Portland Focused Plus Fund


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.


As at March 31, 2024

Annualized Returns (%) Year to Date 1 Month 3 Months 1 Year 3 Years* 5 Years* Inception*
Portland Focused Plus Fund Series A 15.0% 11.2% 15.0% 26.0% (3.0%) 11.5% 13.1%
Portland Focused Plus Fund Series F2 15.4% 11.3% 15.4% 27.4% (1.9%) 12.7% 14.3%
Portland Focused Plus Fund Series M 15.4% 11.3% 15.4% 27.5% (1.7%) 14.4% 16.4%
Portland Focused Plus Fund Series P 15.7% 11.4% 15.7% 28.9% (0.8%) 14.0% 15.7%
MSCI Canada Index1 6.7% 3.9% 6.7% 15.1% 9.0% 9.2% 9.0%
MSCI USA Index (USD)**1 10.3% 3.1% 10.3% 29.7% 10.3% 14.5% 13.9%

Fund Information by Series

Fund Information Series
A F2 M P
Net asset value per unit $59.5656 $60.7029 $76.1954 $75.3763
High-water-mark $70.3026 $69.9881 N/A $84.7893
Min. initial investment, accredited investors $2,500 $2,500 $500,000 $500,000
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 $74.2 million
Introduction Date March 31, 2016
Fund type Alternative Strategies
Offer document Offering Memorandum
Legal type Unit Trust
Eligible for PACs Yes, monthly minimum of $500
Eligible for registered plans Yes
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

How The Fund is Managed

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

  • 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 Trust’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 Trust’s long positions.
  • The Trust may also invest in preferred shares and debt securities including convertibles, corporate and sovereign debt.
  • In addition, the Trust may obtain exposure to securities through investing in underlying investment funds. Including mutual funds, investment funds and exchange-traded funds.
  • The Trust may hold cash in short-term debt instruments, money market funds or similar temporary instruments pending full investment of the Trust’s capital and at any time deemed appropriate by the Manager.
  • The Trust 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 Trust 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 Trust, 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 $500,000 or more.
  • Series P Units will be issued to investors who make an initial investment of $500,000 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

Potential Risks

  • The Manager believes that the following risks may impact performance of the Trust: 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 Trust generally hedges its exposure to the U.S. dollar.

1 Since the Trust does not necessarily invest in the same securities as the benchmark or in the same proportion, the performance of the Trust may not be directly comparable to the benchmark. In addition, the Trust’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 Trust.

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

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 Trust 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.

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