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Billings Capital’s Bets On Industrial and Finance Stocks Pay Off With Huge Quarter

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Eric BillingsBillings Capital Management is one of the 749 hedge funds in our database that filed a 13F for the June 30 SEC reporting period. It’s also one of the newest hedge funds added to our database and as part of our small-cap strategy, being added during the first quarter of this year. The fund held a public equity portfolio valued at $93.89 million at the end of June, which consisted of just 11 long positions.

Billings Capital’s performance has steadily improved in each of the three quarters since we added it, culminating with 21.6% returns for its nine long positions in companies valued at $1 billion or more on June 30. It should be noted that our calculations may be different from the fund’s actual returns, as they do not account for changes to positions made during the quarter, or positions that don’t get reported in 13F filings, like short positions.

In this article, we’ll take a look at Billings Capital’s top-four stock picks as of June 30 and see how they performed during the latest quarter.

We’ll kick off our examination with MasTec, Inc. (NYSE:MTZ), Billings Capital’s top stock pick after its former top pick Diamond Resorts International Inc. (NYSE:DRII) agreed to be acquired for $2.2 billion towards the end of June, which prompted the fund to close its position in that stock. In MasTec, Billings owned 886,413 shares at the end of June, up by 11% quarter-over-quarter. It was a big third quarter for MasTec, Inc. (NYSE:MTZ), as the stock returned 33%, pushing its year-to-date gains to nearly 70%.

MTZ HF Sentiment

As you can see in the graph, the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were buying back into MasTec during the second quarter, as 23 of them held shares of the stock at the end of June, up from 17 at the end of March. Peconic Partners LLC, managed by William Harnisch, held the largest position in MasTec, Inc. (NYSE:MTZ) among those funds, valued at $108.7 million. The second-most bullish fund manager was Mariko Gordon of Daruma Asset Management, with a $55.1 million position. Neil Chriss’ Hutchin Hill Capital and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates were among the other shareholders of MasTec.

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Next up is Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC), which Billings Capital held 93,618 shares of on June 30, up by 13% quarter-over-quarter. The position was valued at $17.33 million and accounted for 18.45% of the value of the fund’s equity portfolio. It was a solid third quarter for the stock, as it gained about 8.6%. However, shares have slumped heavily in the fourth quarter, shedding about 16% of their value. Analysts aren’t big fans of the stock, as Compass Point recently downgraded it to ‘Sell’ from ‘Neutral’, while Stephens initiated coverage on it with an ‘Underweight’ rating.

A total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC) at the end of June, a dip of 9% from a quarter earlier. Abrams Bison Investments, managed by Gavin M. Abrams, held the most valuable position in Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC), with a $210.6 million position in the stock, comprising 19.5% of its 13F portfolio. Other investors included Jonathan Bloomberg of BloombergSen, William von Mueffling’s Cantillon Capital Management, Edward Goodnow’s Goodnow Investment Group, and Thomas Bancroft’s Makaira Partners.

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We’ll check out two more top stock picks of Billings Capital on the next page.

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