Scherzer & Co (PZS) invests its funds mainly in domestic equities. PZS looks for companies that are unknown or unloved, and special situations. The focus is on special situations, where the downside is perceived to be limited. In addition, it acquires value stocks, mainly below book value. These stocks need to demonstrate strong business models.
Scherzer & Co (PZS) was able to offset the impact of subdued equity markets (the MDAX declined 1.3% in H118) through its business of writing options and higher dividend streams. As a result, despite the c 26% share price decline in the case of one of its largest holdings (freenet), the company’s NAV (including the dividend at €0.10 per share) rose by 4.7% in H118. However, the ytd return as at end-August was slightly lower at 2.2%. PZS’s portfolio of extra compensatory claims (ECS) increased to €102.1m (€119m including Allerthal-Werke and RM Rheiner Management), mainly due to the addition of €8.4m attributable to PZS’s stake in Oldenburgische Landesbank.