Baron Funds, an asset management firm, published its “Baron Growth Fund” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 0.94% was delivered by the fund’s institutional shares for the Q1 of 2021, trailing its primary benchmark, the Russell 2000 Growth Index, that rose to 4.88% and the S&P 500 Index that delivered a 6.17% return for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.
Baron Growth Fund, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE: BFAM), and shared their insights on the company. Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. is a Newton, Massachusetts-based child-care provider that currently has an $8.1 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, BFAM delivered a -22.37% return, while its 12-month gains are up by 33.85%. As of May 12, 2021, the stock closed at $134.29 per share.
Here is what Baron Growth Fund has to say about Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. in its Q1 2021 investor letter:
“Our Consumer Discretionary investments have fared much better than the industry as a whole and are continuing to enjoying the same month-over-month improvements. Utilization at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc.’s child care centers improved by approximately 10% sequentially during its most recently reported quarter, have continued to improve in early 2021, and are expected to reach pre-COVID levels by the end of this year. We expect to see trends continue to improve.”
Our calculations show that Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE: BFAM) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. was in 20 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 26 funds in the third quarter. BFAM delivered a -22.96% return in the past 3 months.
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