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Aaron’s (AAN): Strong Growth And Abundant Potential

Diamond Hill Capital recently released its Q1 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download below. The Diamond Hill Small Cap Fund posted a return of -36.17% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the Russell 2000 Index which returned -30.61% in the same quarter. You should check out Diamond Hill Capital’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash. There weren’t a lot of funds who could deliver these kinds of returns without shorting the market or using aggressive put options.

In the said letter, Diamond Hill Capital highlighted a few stocks and Aaron’s Inc (NYSE:AAN) is one of them. Aaron’s is a lease-to-own retailer. Year-to-date, Aaron’s Inc (NYSE:AAN) stock lost 30.5% and on June 2nd it had a closing price of $38.44. Here is what Diamond Hill Capital said:

“We added shares of rental and leasing services company Aaron’s, Inc. after selling the previous Aaron position in late summer 2019, when the stock price reached our estimate of intrinsic value. Weak revenue trends in Aaron’s brick and mortar stores during the fourth quarter of 2019 drove the stock price down sharply. However, its Progressive business, which processes lease-to-own transactions for third-party retail customers, is still growing revenue around a 20% rate, and it recently signed large retail customers Best Buy and Home Depot. Although Aaron’s will be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, it should be in a position to gain additional market share when market conditions stabilize.”

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In Q4 2019, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Aaron’s Inc (NYSE:AAN) stock increased by about 78% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers seem to agree with AAN’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Aaron’s Inc (NYSE:AAN) isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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