Jeremy Hellman has over 20 years of Wall Street experience, ranging from trading as a NASDAQ market maker to portfolio management and research publication. Prior to joining Singular, he was most recently at Divine Capital Markets where he was jointly responsible for the development of the firm’s “Efficiency 3.0” research thematic. In that role he published research coverage on a variety of companies while also authoring several “macro” reports covering areas such as Water and the Smart Grid. His work experience includes a prior contributing analyst role with Singular as well as serving as Director of Research at mid-Atlantic regional firm Thompson, Davis and Company.
Mr. Hellman earned his Bachelor of Science/Business Administration at the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. He is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has been involved in the Richmond, VA CFA Society chapter as a multiple-year mentor in the annual research challenge for state-wide college students. In this Wall Street View, our host spoke with Jeremy Hellman, COO/Director of Research at Singular Research, at Singular Research's 9th Annual "Best of the Uncovereds" Conference 2014 in Bel Air, CA.
Mr. Hellman begins by briefly explaining what Singular does, “Singular focuses on covering undercover companies in the space, so we’re looking for companies that have exciting stories to tell that are really undercover by other firms in the streets. So ideally we’re looking for companies with no coverage where we can unearth what are really attractive investment ideas and really relay that out to the street and create value for a lot of different people that way.”
The three major things that Singular looks for while uncovering these companies are, “Quality of management is certainly high on the list…With smaller companies management decisions I think are more critical in the sense that a wrong decision can be near fatal to a smaller company, so having top shelf management is certainly key. I think a second one is you have to have a quality business model – are you selling something, a product or service that people want. That certainly makes life a lot easier. And a last thing, I think it’s always good when you’re looking for these smaller companies, I think a lot of people invest in this space because you’re looking for really outsized gains. I don’t think most people invest in this space looking for 4-5% returns and so you’re looking businesses that are scalable, that can have revenues go from 50 million to a 100 million to 500 million to a billion over time and I think that’s where things get exciting.”
Mr. Hellman concludes by looking forward to 2015, “We’ve got economic growth, you know it’s not like it was back in the day, but you know we still have growth and I think that as long as we have a growing economy that’s going to be good, as long as the financial system is healthy, then we have access to capital. I think for smaller companies access to capital is certainly key and I think as long as those pieces of the puzzle are intact, I think you know we have a bright future ahead.” For more information, check out their website at: www.SingularResearch.com
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