Conestoga Capital is Optimistic in Vertex Inc. (VERX)’s Future

Conestoga Capital Advisors, a boutique, independent investment management firm, published its fourth-quarter 2020 ‘Small Cap Growth & SMid Cap Growth’ Investor Letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A net return of 31% was recorded by Conestoga’s Small Cap Growth fund and 19.72% return by its SMid Cap Growth Fund for the the end year 2020. Both performed below their Russell 2000 Growth and Russell 2500 Growth benchmarks that delivered a 34.63% and 25.89% return respectively. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Conestoga Capital Advisors, in their Q4 2020 investor letter, emphasized that they acquired a position in Vertex, Inc. (NASDAQ: VERX) last year. Vertex, Inc. is a Pennsylvania-based software company that currently has a $4.5 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, VERX delivered a -12.31% return, however its 3-month gains are still up by 17.54%. As of March 5, the stock closed at $30.56 per share.

Here is what Conestoga Capital Advisors has to say about Vertex, Inc. in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

“VERX is a leading provider of tax automation software that helps corporations with indirect taxes such as sales taxes or value added taxes (VAT). VERX’s software helps companies remit tax payments and comply with increasingly complex tax regulations through its industry-leading database of tax rules. We believe VERX should continue to see solid growth as it expands internationally, grows its cloud business (which increases recurring revenue), and cross-sells a broad product offering into its existing customer base.”

In December 2020, we published an article about Alger Mid Cap Focus Fund’s  Vertex, Inc. (NASDAQ: VERX) investment thesis. Our calculations show that Vertex, Inc. (NASDAQ: VERX) 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, Vertex, Inc. was in 11 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 15 funds in the third quarter.

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