Do Hedge Funds Love Blackbaud, Inc. (BLKB)?

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Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 22. Our calculations also showed that BLKB isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).

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Do Hedge Funds Think BLKB Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 5% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 22 hedge funds with a bullish position in BLKB a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

The largest stake in Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB) was held by Echo Street Capital Management, which reported holding $32.6 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Greenhouse Funds with a $28.5 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Greenhouse Funds, AQR Capital Management, and Citadel Investment Group. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Greenhouse Funds allocated the biggest weight to Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB), around 3.06% of its 13F portfolio. Provenire Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 2.81 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to BLKB.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have jumped into Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB) headfirst. Two Sigma Advisors, managed by John Overdeck and David Siegel, assembled the most valuable position in Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB). Two Sigma Advisors had $3.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Anthony S. Daffer’s Provenire Capital also made a $0.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new BLKB positions are Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB). These stocks are InnovAge Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:INNV), Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI), PDC Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE), ABM Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ABM), Copa Holdings, S.A. (NYSE:CPA), 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD), and Visteon Corp (NASDAQ:VC). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to BLKB’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
INNV 32 190847 32
WRI 14 200031 1
PDCE 24 292637 3
ABM 17 40361 -3
CPA 18 213264 -3
DDD 16 315553 1
VC 20 196777 -3
Average 20.1 207067 4

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 20.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $207 million. That figure was $109 million in BLKB’s case. InnovAge Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:INNV) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) is the least popular one with only 14 bullish hedge fund positions. Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for BLKB is 49.9. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 23.8% in 2021 through July 16th and surpassed the market again by 7.7 percentage points. Unfortunately BLKB wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); BLKB investors were disappointed as the stock returned -0.4% since the end of March (through 7/16) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2021.

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