Carillon Tower Advisers is Optimistic on MarineMax (HZO), Here’s Why

Carillon Tower Advisers, an investment management firm, published its “Carillon Eagle Small Cap Growth Fund” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. Small-cap stocks advanced once again in the first quarter of 2021. However, there was a rather considerable disparity among the two style indexes, as the Russell 2000® Growth Index (up 4.87%) significantly lagged its Russell 2000® Value Index counterpart (up 21.16%). You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Carillon Eagle Small Cap Growth Fund, in their Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO), and shared their insights on the company. MarineMax, Inc. is a Clearwater, Florida-based recreational boat and yacht retailer that currently has a $1.3 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, HZO delivered a 78.08% return, extending its 12-month gains to 338.99%. As of May 04, 2021, the stock closed at $62.38 per share.

Here is what Carillon Eagle Small Cap Growth Fund has to say about MarineMax, Inc. in their Q1 2021 investor letter:

“MarineMax is the world’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer. The firm sells both new and used boats, yachts and related marine products and services, as well as providing yacht brokerage and charter services. MarineMax posted strong comparable store sales growth and record gross margins in the quarter, while subsequently raising its forward guidance for 2021. The company noted the pandemic has resulted in an influx of new boaters who are embracing the boating lifestyle, which should position the company nicely for future growth. It also has been able to successfully integrate a number of recent acquisitions that we believe will grow its higher-margin businesses such as storage and service.”

Our calculations show that MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) 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, MarineMax, Inc. was in 18 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 21 funds in the third quarter. HZO delivered a 47.61% return in the past 3 months.

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