Conestoga Capital Says Neogen Corp. (NEOG) is A Laggard Stock

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 Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) is among their Small Cap Growth Fund’s top 5 laggards. Neogen Corporation is a Michigan-based food safety company that offers test kits and related products to detect dangerous substances in food. It currently has a $4.2 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, NEOG is up 0.57%, extending its 12-month gains to 26.33%. As of March 5, the stock closed at $79.75 per share.

Here is what Conestoga Capital Advisors has to say about Neogen Corporation in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

“NEOG’s food and animal safety products business has seen a mixed impact from the COVID19 pandemic. It has driven demand for NEOG’s cleaning and disinfectant products but dampened demand for its food safety products. Investors have also been concerned about the company’s inability to return gross margins back to the high 40% – low 50% range. The company has cited an increasingly competitive market for acquisitions which has been a meaningful part of NEOG’s growth.”

Our calculations show that Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) 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, Neogen Corporation was in 16 hedge fund portfolios compared to 18 funds in the third quarter. NEOG delivered a 3.32% return in the past 3 months.

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