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Robert A. Olstein

Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and Lead Portfolio Manager


Bob Olstein is widely acknowledged as a leading expert in corporate disclosure and reporting practices, and has long been recognized as one of the financial community's most astute research analysts and money managers.

Bob serves as co-lead Portfolio Manager of the Olstein All Cap Value Fund and the Olstein Strategic Opportunities Fund. He has long been recognized as one of the financial community's most astute research analysts and money managers. Widely acknowledged as a leading expert in corporate disclosure and reporting practices, in 1971 Bob co-founded The Quality of Earnings Report, which pioneered the use of forensic accounting techniques to identify positive or negative factors affecting a company's future earnings power.

In 1981, Bob began managing assets at Smith Barney (formerly Shearson Lehman) employing research and analytical methods developed at The Quality of Earnings. From 1981 to 1995, he served as Senior Portfolio Manager/Senior Vice President at Smith Barney, where he managed individual and institutional accounts. Bob founded Olstein Capital Management, L.P. and launched The Olstein All Cap Value Fund in 1995.

Bob is a past recipient of the Financial Analysts Federation (now CFA Institute) Graham & Dodd Scroll Award, (1973) and is a widely recognized expert on corporate reporting and disclosure practices. He appears frequently in leading print and broadcast business media that seek his views on corporate reporting, accounting practices, valuation techniques and activist investing. Bob has authored articles in The CPA Journal, Bloomberg Personal Finance and Financial Planning on the role of forensic statement analysis when analyzing and valuing companies. He has also a frequent speaker providing commentary on financial reporting issues that affect securities analysis and company valuations. Bob holds an M.B.A. in Accounting and B.A. in Mathematical Statistics from Michigan State University.

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Cash flow is the net amount of cash and cash-equivalents being transferred into and out of a business. At the most fundamental level, a company’s ability to create value for shareholders is determined by its ability to generate positive cash flows, or more specifically, maximize long-term free cash flow. Free cash flow represents the cash a company generates after accounting for cash outflows to support operations and maintain its capital assets. Unlike earnings or net income, free cash flow is a measure of profitability that excludes the non-cash expenses of the income statement and includes spending on equipment and assets as well as changes in working capital from the balance sheet.

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