About VGI Partners

Overview

VGI Partners Limited (ASX:VGI) is a high conviction global equity manager with offices in Sydney, New York and Tokyo. VGI Partners manages capital for high net worth individuals, family offices, VGI Partners Global Investments Limited (ASX:VG1) and VGI Partners Asian Investments Limited (ASX:VG8).

 

At VGI Partners, we focus on businesses that we understand and where we believe we possess insights not appreciated by the wider investment industry. Long-term business success is achieved through operating where you have a competitive advantage. In the business of investing, competitive advantage is obtained through superior knowledge and analysis.

 

VGI Partners believes that its long-term investment horizon provides a competitive advantage in an investment world which is increasingly focused on the short term.

 

VGI Partners invests in a relatively small number of high-quality businesses. VGI Partners believes that diversification preserves wealth, while concentration builds wealth. This is complemented with opportunistic short selling of low-quality businesses that are typically structurally challenged, poorly managed and materially overvalued.

Funds managed by VGI Partners:

Key Milestones

Our Investment Philosophy

Capital preservation

 

We place a great deal of importance on assessing downside risk. We attempt to know as much about our portfolio companies as we can and believe that this will enable us to prevent permanent loss of capital. Risk comes from not properly understanding your investments.

Superior long-term compound growth

 

We aim to produce superior long term compound growth over time by seeking out and investing in what we believe to be some of the best businesses in the world. Great businesses purchased with a sufficient ‘margin of safety’ will provide superior long-term returns.

Concentration

 

We aim to invest in a relatively small number of high quality stocks. We aim to be concentrated enough in our best ideas so as not to dilute our overall returns but hold enough positions in order to provide an appropriate level of diversification. Concentrating capital in high quality businesses builds wealth.

Buy wonderful businesses

 

Buy these for the long term in an effort to defer tax, minimise frictional costs and maximise our long-term returns. If a business performs well, the stock price will eventually follow.

Margin of safety

 

We aim to hold cash when we feel that no ‘margin of safety’ exists. We demonstrated this in 2008 by holding the majority of our capital in cash. By doing this we were able to protect our clients’ capital during one of the worst market collapses since the Great Depression.

Be contrarian

 

We are often contrarian and strive to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. To have better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently to the crowd.

Selectively short

 

We aim to selectively short companies that we have identified to be structurally weak and believe are vulnerable to material price declines.

Alignment of Interests

Alignment of interests is a critical aspect of VGI Partners’ business model and culture. This is achieved through the following:

  • The entire investment team invests a material proportion of their net worth in VGI Partners and the various VGI Partners’ funds
  • VGI Partners’ staff are not permitted to purchase securities outside of VGI Partners’ funds and VGI Partners itself
  • VGI Partners meets establishment costs of listed investment companies (e.g. VG1 and VG8)
  • All operating costs of VG1 and VG8 (where permitted) are paid by VGI Partners
  • The founders of VGI Partners commit to reinvesting their pro-rata amount of VG1 and VG8 performance fees (after tax) back into VG1 and VG8 shares

“An example of a really responsible system is the system the Romans used when they built an arch. The guy who created the arch stood under it as the scaffolding was removed. It’s like packing your own parachute.”

 

Charles T. Munger, Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, 1993