Q&A Series

Our ongoing Q&A series features Carillon Tower affiliate managers sharing their diverse investment philosophies and thoughts on the market.

Q&A with Eric Mintz, CFA
Portfolio co-manager, Mid Cap Growth, Eagle Asset Management

Eagle Asset Management’s investment team employs a rigorous bottom-up stock selection technique that seeks to capitalize on profitable mid-size companies.

The team seeks securities of companies that offer rapid growth at reasonable valuations based on qualitative analysis. The strategy focuses on managing risk, sticking with winners and being proactive in anticipating problems.

PHILOSOPHY: What is different about Eagle’s approach to mid-cap investing?

The overarching mantra of the Eagle Mid Cap Growth strategy is to invest in companies that are going to experience an acceleration in their earnings growth rate. Simply put: we are looking for companies where the future is better than the past. The key component of the strategy is to be early in identifying these opportunities and recognize this inflection in earnings growth before our competitors, which allows us to buy stocks at reasonable valuations.

PROCESS: How does your team choose stocks?

We leverage our years of experience researching specific sectors to find companies poised to see a step-change in growth. Typically, this inflection point in the growth rate coincides with a change in industry dynamics — a new product introduction or a strategic acquisition. We frequently scour the upper end of the small-cap investment universe to identify up-and-coming mid-cap stocks as candidates for the portfolio. As the acceleration in growth becomes apparent to the rest of the investment community, the stock typically experiences significant multiple expansion which drives substantial share price appreciation. Importantly, we do not use price targets; we tend to let our winners run and drive the alpha in the portfolio.

What role do the healthcare and information technology sectors play in Eagle’s strategy?

Unsurprisingly, the healthcare and technology sectors stand out as important areas of focus for growth investors. We allocate significant resources to research these sectors where we typically find many candidates for accelerating earnings growth. The earnings growth rates of companies in these sectors are less influenced by the economic cycle, which makes them attractive long-term holdings. Importantly, we employ a relatively neutral sector-allocation strategy. This means we typically will not significantly under- or overweight a specific sector versus the benchmark. Sector calls are extremely difficult to get right on a consistent basis and can lead to variability in performance.

MARKET OUTLOOK: What is your major macroeconomic concern for the near-term?

We believe the biggest influence on equity markets will be the healthcare system’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Timing and success of various vaccines and therapeutics will affect equity markets over the near to intermediate term. The pandemic caught the world flat-footed on a variety of fronts, but we have since made tremendous progress in a short period. We expect this trend to continue. Our portfolio consists of both cyclical companies that are well-positioned to benefit from the reopening of the global economy and companies that are seeing an acceleration in their secular growth rates due to the response to COVID-19.

ABOUT Eagle Asset Management

Eagle Asset Management provides a broad array of fundamental equity and fixed-income strategies designed to meet the long-term goals of institutional and individual investors. Eagle’s multiple independent investment teams have the autonomy to pursue investment decisions guided by their individual philosophies and strategies.

To learn more about Eagle Asset Management click here or contact us at 800.521.1195.

Risk Considerations:
All investments are subject to risk. Asset allocation and diversification do not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. There is no assurance that any investment strategy will be successful or that any securities transaction, holdings, sectors or allocations discussed will be profitable.

This material may include forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts, but instead represent only beliefs regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as it is possible that actual results and financial conditions may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and financial conditions indicated in these forward-looking statements. There are uncertainties, unknown risks, and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these statements.

The statements above are based on the views of the advisor and are subject to change.

The information presented is for discussion purposes only and not an offer.

The information presented is not tax, investment or legal advice. Prospective investors should consult with their advisers.

Investing in mid-sized companies is based on the premise that relatively smaller companies will increase their earnings and grow into larger, more valuable companies. Historically, mid-cap stocks have experienced greater volatility than other equity asset classes, and they may be less liquid than larger cap stocks. Thus, relative to larger, more liquid stocks, investing in mid-cap stocks involves potentially greater volatility and risk. In addition, midcap stocks have experienced greater volatility than other classes of securities. Mid-cap stocks can also be less liquid than those of large companies, and illiquidity increases the potential for volatility. As with all equity investing, there is the risk that a company will not achieve its expected earnings results, or that an unexpected change in the market or within the company will occur, both of which may adversely affect investment results. The biggest risk of equity investing is that returns can fluctuate and investors can lose money. Not every investment opportunity will meet all of the stringent investment criteria mentioned to the same degree. Trade-offs must be made, which is where experience and judgment play a key role. Accounts are invested at the discretion of the portfolio manager and may take up to 60 days to become fully invested.

Past performance does not guarantee or indicate future results. The information presented is for a representative account and for illustrative purposes only and should not be used as the sole basis for an investment decision. Actual account holdings will vary depending on the size of an account, cash flows within an account, and restrictions on an account.

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