Future Returns: Seeking Out Tech Trendsetters
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Future Returns: Seeking Out Tech Trendsetters

Where to look for the next big tech trend.

By Abby Schultz
Wed, Jul 28, 2021 11:15amGrey Clock 3 min

While many investors are focused on Facebook, Alphabet’sGoogle, Netflix, and other large tech companies that seem to change society daily, there are hundreds of smaller, under-the-radar companies that are transforming even mundane businesses such as mortgage applications into software companies.

Eaton Vance WaterOak Advisors, a US$14.3 billion registered investment advisor for wealthy individuals, foundations, and institutions, seeks out these smaller “analog-to-digital” companies across all of its investment strategies, says Duke Laflamme, chief investment officer of the firm, an arm of Boston-based asset manager Eaton Vance.

“We think there are a lot of companies out there that are smaller, less followed, and very similar in a lot of regards to some of the larger players that are getting all the attention,” Laflamme says.

Eaton Vance WaterOak owns larger, growth tech companies, too, including Netflix and Facebook, but says they will always be asking, “Is there something that has a clear path to a higher growth rate with great management?”

Penta recently spoke with Laflamme about the investment firm’s approach and the kind of companies it chooses.

Streamlining in Any Sector

Eaton Vance WaterOak’s premise is that “most companies are becoming software companies to a certain degree,” Laflamme says.

They are doing so to be more efficient—and therefore more profitable—and to improve the experience of their customers. These impulses are altering the trajectory of consumer-facing companies and industrial firms that can employ technology to streamline processes.

“We’re looking at it from the perspective of, ‘let’s find great companies that are already great companies, and see what they are doing in terms of some sort of transformation to make them even better,’” Laflamme says.

Take the unwieldy process of applying for a mortgage, which can involve lengthy sittings in legal offices signing documents “that no one really reads,” Laflamme says. “If you can digitize some of that, it’s a great way to improve the efficiency of that process.”

Black Night, a Jacksonville, Fla., company has capitalized on providing that efficiency with mortgage and consumer loans, from the point of origination to loan servicing and processing. The firm also provides mortgage lenders with insight on potential problem loans, Laflamme says. “It’s an end-to-end solution.”

A Pandemic Push

A theme during the height of the pandemic was how lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus speeded the digital transformation of many sectors of the economy. Zoom and Google Meet conferencing became the norm, art fairs and museums went digital, and more restaurants went online.

These dynamics benefited companies that already had been shifting to digital services, and helped others that were able to quickly adjust when the lockdowns went into effect.

Domino’s Pizza is an example of the latter, LaFlamme says. In the midst of the pandemic, “They really transformed the efficiency of their technology through [their] app, website, etcetera,” he says. “They now have a consumer base that is likely to stick with them through post-pandemic.”

Digital Stickiness

The investment firm likes companies that are nimble, and can create a moat around their business with that kind of customer “stickiness” through the use of technology, essentially making themselves the go-to provider in their sector, Laflamme says.

An example is Intuitive Surgical, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company that is a leader in providing robotic surgical equipment. If a doctor is trained by Intuitive Surgical on its machinery, he or she is unlikely to switch to another company that comes along with the same type of product, he says.

While competitors to Intuitive are coming out, they are “behind pace on adoption,” Laflamme says. “If Intuitive is the gold standard and you are a doctor and you get trained on the gold standard, if an equal [company] comes along, there’s no reason to get that training as well.”

Other companies the firm likes include Watsco, an air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment distributor based in Miami, that has created a just-in-time inventory system allowing plumbing and heating providers to get what they need when they need it.

“It’s one of these smaller, sleepy companies that you wouldn’t think of as a tech company that is transforming themselves and getting to be even better companies through that technology,” he says.

Another is Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in Burnaby, Canada, which sells heavy equipment via auctions. “They’ve done a good job of taking one of the oldest-school processes out there and bringing it into this century,” Laflamme says.

An advantage of the improved efficiencies and lower costs generated by the tech transformation is the deflationary effects it has on the economy. By reducing the amount of time and labour it takes to process a mortgage, for instance, many more mortgages can be processed. “There’s a lot that can be wrung out of the system,” he says.

Reprinted by permission of Penta. Copyright 2021 Dow Jones & Company. Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Original date of publication: June 25, 2021



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Seismic change

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“Since World War II, Western economies have been driven by an overt focus on economic prosperity,” he says. “This has come at the expense of environmental prosperity and has arguably imposed social costs. The next generation is poised to inherit huge sums, and all the research we have commissioned confirms that they value societal and environmental wellbeing alongside economic gain and are unlikely to continue the relentless pursuit of growth at all costs.”

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Mr Whattam said 66% of millennials wanted to invest with a purpose compared to 49% of Gen Xers. “Climate change is the number one concern for Gen Z and whether they’re rich or just affluent, they see it as their generational responsibility to fix what has been broken by their elders.”

Mike Pickett, director of Cazenove Capital, said millennial investors were less inclined to let a wealth manager make all the decisions.

“Overall, … there is a sense of the next generation wanting to be involved and engaged in the process of how their wealth is managed – for a firm to invest their money with them instead of for them,” he said.

Mr Pickett said another significant difference between millennials and older clients was their view on residential property investment. While property has generated immense wealth for baby boomers, particularly in Australia, younger investors did not necessarily see it as the best path.

“In particular, the low interest rate environment and impressive growth in house prices of the past 15 years is unlikely to be repeated in the next 15,” he said. “I also think there is some evidence that Gen Z may be happier to rent property or lease assets such as cars, and to adopt subscription-led lifestyles.”

Impact investing is a rising trend around the world, with more young entrepreneurs and activist investors proactively campaigning for change in the older companies they are invested in. Millennials are taking note of Gen X examples of entrepreneurs trying to force change. In 2022,  Australian billionaire tech mogul and major AGL shareholder, Mike Cannon-Brookes tried to buy the company so he could shut down its coal operations and turn it into a renewable energy giant. He described his takeover bid as “the world’s biggest decarbonisation project”.

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