Carillon Tower Advisers: “DocuSign (DOCU) Remains in a Favorable Position to Continue Gaining Market Share”

Carillon Tower Advisers, an investment management firm, published its “Carillon Eagle Mid Cap Growth Fund” second quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. Mid-cap stocks extended their recent run of success in the second quarter, advancing for the fifth consecutive quarter following the sharp selloff induced by the early stages of the pandemic. Among the two style indexes, the Russell Midcap® Growth Index (up 11.07%) staged a strong comeback against its Russell Midcap® Value Index (up 5.66%) counterpart, after lagging rather significantly in the first quarter. You can take a look at the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their top bets for 2021.

In the Q2 2021 investor letter of Carillon Tower Advisers, the fund mentioned DocuSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU) and discussed its stance on the firm. DocuSign, Inc. is a San Francisco, California-based electronic agreements provider with a $53.9 billion market capitalization. DOCU delivered a 23.41% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month returns are up by 41.86%. The stock closed at $273.65  per share on September 15, 2021.

Here is what Carillon Tower Advisers has to say about DocuSign, Inc. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:

DocuSign provides electronic signature solutions. The firm reported an excellent quarter and investors have appreciated the strong growth combined with the excellent margins the company has posted. DocuSign has a long runway of growth ahead and we believe that it remains in a favorable position to continue gaining market share from traditional manual and paper-based signature solutions.”

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Based on our calculations, DocuSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU) was not able to clinch a spot in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. DOCU was in 58 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first half of 2021, compared to 60 funds in the previous quarter. DocuSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU) delivered a 5.09% return in the past 3 months.

Hedge funds’ reputation as shrewd investors has been tarnished in the last decade as their hedged returns couldn’t keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. Our research has shown that hedge funds’ small-cap stock picks managed to beat the market by double digits annually between 1999 and 2016, but the margin of outperformance has been declining in recent years. Nevertheless, we were still able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by 115 percentage points since March 2017 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that underperformed the market by 10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2017. Interestingly the margin of underperformance of these stocks has been increasing in recent years. Investors who are long the market and short these stocks would have returned more than 27% annually between 2015 and 2017. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 in our quarterly newsletter.

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