Baron Growth Fund Retains Conviction in ANSYS (ANSS) After its Poor Q1 Performance

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 ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), and shared their insights on the company. ANSYS, Inc. is a Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based software company that currently has a $28.3 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, ANSS delivered a 4.06% return, extending its 12-month gains to 35.84%. As of May 12, 2021, the stock closed at $320.56 per share.

Here is what Baron Growth Fund has to say about ANSYS, Inc. in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

ANSYS, Inc. is a leading provider of physics-based simulation software used to evaluate how products will perform under various scenarios. Shares fell amid a broader market correction in software valuations after a robust 2020. We retain conviction as ANSYS presented strong growth with large accounts and resiliency in its core business throughout 2020, supported by its diversified customer base and focus on secular growth initiatives.”


Our calculations show that ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS) 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, ANSYS, Inc. was in 40 hedge fund portfolios. ANSS delivered a 9.33% return in the past 3 months.

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