August 25, 2020 Oakbrook Terrace, IL – PSN Top Guns Press Release

Oakbrook Terrace, IL – August 25, 2020 – QSV Equity Investors has been awarded multiple PSN Top Guns distinctions by Informa Financial Intelligence’s PSN manager database, North America’s longest running database of investment managers.


QSV was honored with Bull and Bear Master recognition for its Quality Value Midcap strategy as well as 2-star and 3-star Top Gun ratings for that product in the Mid Cap Value Universe. QSV also received a 2-Star award for its Select strategy in the Small-Mid Value Universe.


“QSV is pleased to have delivered results for our clients that have been recognized by Informa Financial Intelligence,” noted QSV CEO Jeff Kautz. “We are particularly gratified that the Bull and Bear Master recognition reflects the smoother ride we seek to offer investors in volatile markets.”


Through a combination of Informa Financial Intelligence’s proprietary performance screens, *PSN Top Guns (*free registration to view Top Guns) ranks products in six proprietary categories in over 50 universes. This is a well-respected quarterly ranking and is widely used by institutional asset managers and investors. Informa Financial Intelligence is part of Informa plc, a leading provider of critical decision-making solutions and custom services to financial institutions.


QSV Quality Value Midcap strategy was named among the Bull and Bear Masters, meaning the strategy had an r-squared of 0.80 or greater relative to the style benchmark for a three-year period. Moreover, the strategy had an upside market capture over 100 and a downside market capture less than 100 relative to the style benchmark. The top ten ratios of Upside Capture Ratio over Downside Capture Ratio become the PSN Bull & Bear Masters. QSV Quality Value Midcap also received a Top Gun 2-Star and 3-Star rating, meaning this product had one of the top ten returns for the one-year and three-year periods in the Mid Value Universe.


QSV’s Select Value strategy was named Top Gun 2-Star rating, noting its top ten returns for the one-year period in the Small-Mid Value Universe.


QSV manages the Quality Value Midcap and Select Value strategies, and its Quality Value Smallcap strategy, with the objective to reward clients with performance that is above it benchmarks and peers over a full market cycle with less volatility. The sole focus of its partners is to invest alongside clients in small and mid-cap businesses it believes can sustain high returns on invested capital through durable competitive advantages. Markets currently present investors with high levels of uncertainty and QSV believes that selectively owning durable businesses purchased at reasonable valuations will be key to preserving and growing wealth.


“Congratulations to QSV Equity Investors for being recognized as a PSN Top Gun,” said Ryan Nauman, Market Strategist at Informa Financial Intelligence’s Zephyr. “This highly esteemed designation allows us to recognize success, excellence and performance of leading investment managers each quarter.”


The complete list of PSN Top Guns and an overview of the methodology can be located on


For more details on the methodology behind the PSN Top Guns Rankings or to purchase PSN Top Guns Reports, contact Margaret Tobiasen at


For more details on the specific performance and characteristics of QSV’s strategies, including a fully GIPS compliant presentation, please contact Dave Mertens at


About QSV Equity Investors, LLC

QSV Equity Management is an employee-owned asset management firm that invests alongside its clients in high conviction portfolios of quality small and mid-capitalization businesses. QSV manages these portfolios of publicly traded companies for individuals, family offices and institutions. Based in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, QSV was founded in 2016 by Jeff Kautz and Randy Hughes, investment professionals who previously held senior roles at Perkins Investment Management and have invested together for over 20 years. More information may be found at


About Informa Financial Intelligence’s Zephyr

Financial Intelligence, part of the Informa Intelligence Division of Informa plc, is a leading provider of products and services helping financial institutions around the world cut through the noise and take decisive action. Informa Financial Intelligence’s solutions provide unparalleled insight into market opportunity, competitive performance and customer segment behavioral patterns and performance through specialized industry research, intelligence, and insight. IFI’s Zephyr portfolio supports asset allocation, investment analysis, portfolio construction, and client communications that combine to help advisors and portfolio managers retain and grow client relationships. For more information about IFI, visit For more information about Zephyr’s PSN Separately Managed Accounts data, visit


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