#220: Connor Haley - Founder of Alta Fox Capital Management
The FORT with Chris Powers
Connor Haley founded Alta Fox in 2018 and is responsible for managing all aspects of the firm’s investment process and strategy. He has over ten years of investing experience and a passion for investing in small-cap equities. Before founding Alta Fox, Connor was an Analyst at Scopia Capital Management LP in New York. Connor is a top-ranked investor on MicroCapClub.com1 and a member of the ValueInvestorsClub.com. Connor was an active investor in college: he was the President of Harvard’s largest undergraduate financial club and led the club to its highest-ever annual return. On this episode, Connor and Chris chat about how Alta Fox performs DD and reaches conviction on a new investment thesis, the benefits of activism and why it's more important than ever before, and the DNA of an exceptional business. Lastly, Connor shares his thoughts on the current investing landscape. Follow Chris on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/FortWorthChris Follow Chris on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chrispowersjr/ Subscribe to The Fort on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuJ32shRt8Od3MxMY-keTSQ Follow The Fort on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/TheFortPodcast Learn more about Alta Fox: Altafoxcapital.com Connor on Twitter (01:53) - Connor’s Background and Career in Investing (5:40) - Winning Investing and Trading Competitions at Harvard (8:33) - Connor’s Hedge Fund Experience in College (10:25) - What did working on the trading floor do to shape your knowledge in investing? (11:45) - What is your investment philosophy? (13:29) - Activist Investing (15:02) - Alta Fox (16:13) - What does a typical day look like for you? (17:57) - How do you know what to focus on? (22:39) - How quickly do you get to a “no”? (24:40) - Are you contacting a management team before buying their stock? (25:51) - Do public companies have to take a meeting with you? (27:47) - How do you rank your priorities for investments? (29:53) - How many ideas are you usually working on at a given time? (31:25) - Do you have Billions-style idea meetings? (32:18) - What categories are you weighing your decisions on? (34:17) - What are some common characteristics of great CEO’s? (37:59) - What is Capital Allocation and what makes someone good at it? (41:30) - What’s your goal once you’ve decided to buy stock in a company? (44:18) - How long do management calls usually last and do you have a favorite thing to ask them? (47:14) - How has the size of your business and focus changed over the years? (50:37) - How do you decide to sell stocks in your portfolio? (54:09) - What was going through your mind during the first 30 days of Covid? (58:07) - Deep Dive on Activism (1:06:23) - Thoughts on ESG (1:08:45) - How are you thinking about the market right now? (1:11:30) - How do you think we can curb inflation? (1:12:55) - What do you think Warren is thinking right now? (1:14:06) - Do you have an investing idol? Joel Greenblatt's Columbia Business School Notes on Investing (1:16:54) - Why did you choose Fort Worth to run your Hedge Fund? (1:19:29) - Connor’s Case Studies The Makings of a Multibagger (1:21:47) - Thoughts on Trading Options (1:23:20) - What is cheap vs. expensive volatility? (1:24:26) - Betting Against Warren Buffet on Hedge Fund Performances (1:26:33) - Thoughts on the Meme Stock Revolution (1:31:55) - Connor’s Distaste for sushi (1:32:39) - How can people find you? The Fort is produced by Johnny Podcasts
Microcap Investing Strategies with Hedge Fund Manager Connor Haley, Alta Fox Capital
Advice with GCI
How does chess relate to investing? How does one successfully navigate the Wild West of microcap companies & their management teams? Connor is the Founder and Managing Partner of Alta Fox Capital, an incredibly successful long/short fund focusing on small-micro cap stocks. In 2020, Alta Fox Capital was up 130% net and has compounded at 60%+ net annualized since inception in 2018. Tune in to learn the strategies behind Alta Fox Capital's success.
For this episode of the Planet MicroCap Podcast, I’m sharing with you the Planet MicroCap Podcast: Australia Virtual Edition panel from this week’s SNN Network Australia Virtual Event. We have a stacked line-up: Tony Hansen, Matt Joass, Michael Liu and Connor Haley. Tony and Matt are flying the Aussie flag for us, Michael is playing the role of North American investor looking abroad and Connor wrote a pretty epic report called, “The Makings of a Multibagger”, which showcases how Australia made up 5.1% of the total investable universe, and yet 11.5% of the 104 best performing stocks over the last 5 years were listed on the ASX. Let that sink in while listening to these brilliant folks. Planet MicroCap Podcast is on YouTube! All archived episodes and each new episode will be posted on the SNN Network YouTube channel. I’ve provided the link in the description if you’d like to subscribe. You’ll also get the chance to watch all our Video Interviews with management teams, educational panels from the conference, as well as expert commentary from some familiar guests on the podcast. Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/1Q5Yfym Click here to rate and review the Planet MicroCap Podcast The Planet MicroCap Podcast is brought to you by SNN Incorporated, publishers of StockNewsNow.com, The Official MicroCap News Source, and the MicroCap Review Magazine, the leading magazine in the MicroCap market. You can Follow the Planet MicroCap Podcast on Twitter @BobbyKKraft Connor Haley, Alta Fox Capital https://www.altafoxcapital.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AltaFoxCapital Tony Hansen, EGP Capital https://egpcapital.com.au/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/EGPtony Matt Joass, Maven Funds Management https://www.mavenfunds.com.au/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MattJoass Michael Liu, Intelligent Fanatics Capital Management https://if.capital/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michael2017l
Micro Cap Mastery & Lessons in Unit Economics w/ Connor Haley, Alta Fox Capital (Episode 36)
Value Hive Podcast
This episode is brought to you by TIKR. Join the free beta today at TIKR.com/hive. They're constantly releasing new updates that make the platform better. I couldn't be more excited to partner with TIKR. ***Disclaimer: Nothing you hear on this podcast is in any way, shape or form to be construed as investment advice. The guest on this podcast may hold positions in any/all names mentioned during the podcast. This is not investment advice and investors should always conduct personal due diligence before investing in any security. Past performance of any funds mentioned are not indicative of future returns.*** Connor Haley is the founder and managing partner of Alta Fox Capital. If you haven't heard of Connor, here's a few highlights: Graduated Harvard University Founded Alta Fox Capital in 2018 and has generated (to date) 40% gross annualized returns #1 Micro Cap Investor on Micro Cap Club Connor is a fantastic investor and great business thinker. He focuses all his attention on the fundamental unit economics of business, as well as what makes for a lasting competitive advantage. He fishes in overlooked areas (small-micro cap stocks) and routinely hunts overseas in search of attractive IRRs. We spend an hour diving into the nuances of business fundamentals, unit economics and why Connor rarely does a DCF model. Here's the time-stamp: [1:36] Intro Questions [7:12] Traditional Education & Self-Taught Investors [13:36] Lessons From The Best Chess Players [17:21] Skewed Institutional Incentives [19:56] Top-Ranked Micro Cap Club Member [22:17] Connor's 3-Pronged Strategy During COVID [27:17] Understanding How Competitors Compete [28:41] The Power of Unit Economic Analysis [34:44] Asking Questions Like An Owner [39:52] Stop Worrying About P/E Ratios [47:11] 3-5 Year Time Horizons & Multiples [51:35] Connor's Q2 Letter & Highlights [55:05] Don't Focus on the Market Narrative [59:47] Looking International For Ideas [60:00] Closing Questions If you're interested in learning more about Connor and Alta Fox, check out the following links: Connor's Twitter Alta Fox Capital Website Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/valuehive/support
This week we sit down with our friend Connor Haley, and he takes his turn asking us questions! We talk about the origin story of LaL, past hosts, our favorite places to eat, GP stories, and lots more!Don’t forget to Like/Follow/Subscribe to all the stuff that we do. Thank you for your support! @LaLMtG@jmee3rd@pateuglow //Stream!Support us on Patreon!Find us on Hipsters!Join the Facebook Groupfirstname.lastname@example.org
For this episode of the Planet MicroCap Podcast, we are back LIVE! And, this time, Virtual Edition. Joining me for this conversation will be Connor Haley, Jason Hirschman, Sam Namiri and Maj Soueidan. Planet MicroCap Podcast is on YouTube! All archived episodes and each new episode will be posted on the SNN Network YouTube channel. I’ve provided the link in the description if you’d like to subscribe. You’ll also get the chance to watch all our Video Interviews with management teams, educational panels from the conference, as well as expert commentary from some familiar guests on the podcast. Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/1Q5Yfym Click here to rate and review the Planet MicroCap Podcast The Planet MicroCap Podcast is brought to you by SNN Incorporated, publishers of StockNewsNow.com, The Official MicroCap News Source, and the MicroCap Review Magazine, the leading magazine in the MicroCap market. You can Follow the Planet MicroCap Podcast on Twitter @BobbyKKraft You can Follow Maj Soueidan on Twitter @majgeoinvesting You can Follow Connor Haley on Twitter @altafoxcapital You can Follow Sam Namiri on Twitter @snamiri You can Follow Jason Hirschman on Twitter @EightTrack180
Micro Master: Connor Haley talks long/short microcaps with Tobias Carlisle on The Acquirers Podcast
The Acquirers Podcast
Connor Haley is Managing Partner at Alta Fox Capital Management, LLC. He is the #1 ranked investor on MicroCapClub.com, a community of 250+ micro-cap focused investors, and a member of the exclusive ValueInvestorsClub.com. He has successfully managed a small and micro-cap focused personal investing account since 2007 and won numerous value investing competitions. Connor previously operated thevariantview.com, which analyzed small and micro-cap equity investment ideas. Connor's website: https://www.altafoxcapital.com/ Connor's Twitter: https://twitter.com/altafoxcapital ABOUT THE PODCAST Hi, I'm Tobias Carlisle. I've launched a new podcast called The Acquirers Podcast. The podcast is about finding undervalued stocks, deep value investing, hedge funds, activism, buyouts, and special situations. We uncover the tactics and strategies for finding good investments, managing risk, dealing with bad luck, and maximizing success. SEE LATEST EPISODES https://acquirersmultiple.com/podcast/ SEE OUR FREE DEEP VALUE STOCK SCREENER https://acquirersmultiple.com/screener/ FOLLOW TOBIAS Website: https://acquirersmultiple.com/ Firm: https://acquirersfunds.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Greenbackd LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tobycarlisle Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tobiascarlisle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tobias_carlisle ABOUT TOBIAS CARLISLE Tobias Carlisle is the founder of The Acquirer’s Multiple®, and Acquirers Funds®. He is best known as the author of the #1 new release in Amazon’s Business and Finance The Acquirer’s Multiple: How the Billionaire Contrarians of Deep Value Beat the Market, the Amazon best-sellers Deep Value: Why Activists Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations (2014) (https://amzn.to/2VwvAGF), Quantitative Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioral Errors (2012) (https://amzn.to/2SDDxrN), and Concentrated Investing: Strategies of the World’s Greatest Concentrated Value Investors (2016) (https://amzn.to/2SEEjVn). He has extensive experience in investment management, business valuation, public company corporate governance, and corporate law. Prior to founding the forerunner to Acquirers Funds in 2010, Tobias was an analyst at an activist hedge fund, general counsel of a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, and a corporate advisory lawyer. As a lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions he has advised on transactions across a variety of industries in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Australia, Singapore, Bermuda, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Guam. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland in Australia with degrees in Law (2001) and Business (Management) (1999).