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Acorn Capital began with an enquiry in 1998 by Barry Fairley, our founder and Managing Director, into why the cost of capital was so high for the junior gold mining company he managed and part owned. He quickly identified that the cost of capital was high for all small companies (microcaps, as Acorn Capital subsequently defined them). He then recognised that if the cost of capital for small companies was high, the potential for investors in those companies was also high. But small companies routinely failed, the microcap sector lacked liquidity and the standard of corporate governance was poor. Offsetting these challenges was the fact that 80 percent of the ASX stars over the previous 10 years had started as microcaps. And both buy and sell side research of these companies was slight or non-existent. So a properly structured investment process that sought to mitigate the risks particular to the microcap sector while exploiting the opportunity it represented was developed, involving extensive investment and academic research. The basics of the investment process that emerged were sector and style neutrality; a best of sector approach; intensive industry and company research; a large number of small bets; and patient dealing. Fourteen years on, these are still the fundamental elements of Acorn Capital's investment process.
  • Company Phone (03) 9639 0522
  • Address Line 1 C/- Acorn Capital Limited, Level 12, 90 Collins Street, MELBOURNE, VIC, AUSTRALIA,
  • City Melbourne
  • State Victoria
  • Country Australia
  • Postcode 3000
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