Our History

Founded in 1995, Olstein Capital Management follows an accounting-driven, value-oriented investing philosophy based on the premise that the price of a common stock may not reflect the true value of a company’s underlying business.


OCM’s investment process utilizes analytical and valuation methods pioneered by Robert Olstein as co-founder and publisher of The Quality of Earnings Report. OCM believes that there is a strong correlation between above-average investment performance and error avoidance. To achieve long-term success, an investor must first consider downside risk before considering the potential for appreciation. OCM further believes that to properly assess downside risk an investor must undertake a thorough analysis of a company’s accounting practices and an assessment of a company’s Quality of Earnings. For OCM, a forensic analysis of financial statements reveals the Quality of a company’s Earnings, the success of its strategy, sustainability of its performance and impact of management decisions on future cash flow and future value of the business.

OCM finds a significant number of investment opportunities in companies suffering the effects of what it believes are temporary problems that mask the company’s true value. Olstein seeks to identify companies whose stock price has fallen considerably below its private market value due to temporary problems such as: missed earnings estimates, overreaction to short-term results or overall negative market psychology.

Olstein’s analysis focuses on how a company’s operations generate sustainable free cash flow, the level of ongoing investment required to maintain and/or grow free cash flow and how much of a company’s free cash flow is available to investors. Since OCM determines a company’s intrinsic value based on discounted free cash flow, reliable company valuations require a thorough understanding of a company’s accounting practices and an assessment of a company’s Quality of Earnings.  OCM undertakes an intensive, forensic analysis of a company’s financial statements, accompanying footnotes, shareholder reports and other required disclosures to assess the quality of its earnings. OCM’s analysis seeks to: determine if a company’s accounting policies reflect business reality; adjust reported earnings to eliminate management biases, and identify positive or negative factors that may affect future free cash flow.

Why do we look behind the numbers?

To understand the economic reality of a business and assess its ability to generate free cash flow. Learn More
Our History

2016

The Olstein Strategic Opportunities Fund celebrates its 10-year anniversary

2015

Olstein Strategic Opportunities Fund adds Adviser Share Class May 11, 2015

2010

Olstein Capital Management and its flagship fund (Olstein All Cap Value Fund) celebrate their 15-year anniversary

2008

Eric R. Heyman named co-Portfolio Manager of Olstein All Cap Value Fund

2006

Name changed to Olstein Capital Management, L.P. OFALX renamed: Olstein All Cap Value Fund Olstein Strategic Opportunities Fund launched on November 1, 2006 with Robert A. Olstein and Eric R. Heyman as co-portfolio managers OFSAX OFSCX

2005

Eric R. Heyman named Director of Research at Olstein Capital Management

2003

Olstein selected as sub-adviser for Smith Barney Mutual Funds.

2001

Olstein Capital Management begins managing additional institutional accounts

1999

Fund adds Adviser Share Class September 21, 1999 OFAFX

1995

Olstein & Associates, L.P. founded in June 1995 with 4 investment professionals Olstein Financial Alert Fund Launch September 21, 1995 OFALX

1981

Robert Olstein begins managing assets at Shearson Lehman employing research and analytical methods pioneered at the Quality of Earnings

1974

Robert Olstein & Thornton O’glove receive Graham & Dodd Scroll Award

1971

Robert Olstein co-founds the Quality of Earnings Report

Our History
LEGAL DISCLOSURES AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The fund recently experienced significant negative short-term performance due to market volatility associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Investing involves risk including possible loss of principal.  Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Olstein Funds.  This and other important information is contained in the prospectus, which should be read carefully before investing.  For a copy, click the prospectus link below.  

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. This information is not an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any security, nor shall any security be offered or sold to any person, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, purchase, or sale may not lawfully be made. Important legal information – please read the disclaimer before proceeding. Be sure to read the Olstein Funds Privacy Policy before becoming a shareholder. Click here to read the disclaimer+