Dede Eyesan of Jenga Investment Partners discussed his research book, Global Outperformers, at MOI Global’s Meet-the-Author Forum.

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About the book:

Since the creation of the first modern stock market in 1611, economies have developed marketplaces to buy, sell and invest in shares of companies that shape how the world functions. Technology and digitalisation meant financial institutions and investors no longer needed a physical space, paper or even their voice to trade these shares. The holding period of shares also decreased; once an eight-year average holding period is now only 5.5 months. Innovative trading strategies, access to leverage, passive investing and algorithms also play a much more significant role within capital markets and have many implications.

Despite the changes and progress we have experienced, some principles remained constant; future earnings and cash flows drive the stock market returns over the long term.

This research aims to examine history to understand what works and drives the best companies, by studying the past decade and assessing the companies that returned more than 1,000%. We then split our analysis into four parts. In the first part, we conducted a factor analysis via a quantitative top-down assessment of the 446 companies that returned more than 1,000%. Critical factors such as profitability, growth, multiples and size were studied to determine if there are contributing qualities or attributes among outperformers. The results in this section can help with your searching and screening process for future outperformers.

The second section examines the global outperformers from a geographical viewpoint. We split the world into 13 economic regions and assessed the macro and micro factors that may have driven their overall returns. Our approach in this section is more qualitative, and we focus on answering the big questions, such as why India has been the best-performing country since the start of the 21st century, why smaller populated countries like Israel and Sweden performed better than more populous countries or why Mexico was missing despite being the 15th largest economy in the world. The goal here is to enrich our perspectives of global investing and capital allocation from a geographic view.

The next chapter, which is the most extensive section, explores global outperformers from an industry lens. We divide the stock market into the 11 sectors (defined by Global Industry Classification Standard GICS) and investigate which sectors did better, why they did and what it means for future global capital allocation. We also included case studies of 26 companies analysing their respective business models, investment cases and lessons to be learnt about investing in outperformers. We added relevant snapshots of their financial statements and other metrics that provide an accounting perspective of investing in outperformers. As you will see, investment ideas came from unlikely areas like emerging market airports, South Korean music labels, Nordic farmers, and Greek energy companies. We explored each of these in the case studies.

Finally, we conclude our research by sharing ten lessons we learned from the overall study. Our goal is to be better investors of the future, not the past, and we review how the information and wisdom gained from the assessment of history can make us better investors for the future.

About the author:

Dede Eyesan founded Jenga Investment Partners during his second year at the London School of Economics (LSE). Since then, Dede has led Jenga from just an investment club to a UK-incorporated investment firm with a global mandate of investing on behalf of clients in listed companies. His passion for entrepreneurship and investing since his first stock purchase at age 10 led him to found Jenga. He manages the Jenga Global Fund and the client Separately Managed Accounts (SMA). Dede holds a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Entrepreneurship from Bayes Business School, City University of London.