Do Hedge Funds Love Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (PRTH)?

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful value investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds’ and successful investors’ positions as of the end of the first quarter. You can find articles about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves over the last 4.5 years and analyze what the smart money thinks of Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRTH) based on that data.

Hedge fund interest in Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRTH) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare PRTH to other stocks including Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT), Sierra Metals Inc. (NYSE:SMTS), and Level One Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEVL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Millennium Management, Catapult Capital Management

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What does smart money think about Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRTH)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 3 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 2 hedge funds with a bullish position in PRTH a year ago. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is PRTH A Good Stock To Buy?

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, BlueCrest Capital Mgmt., managed by Michael Platt and William Reeves, holds the most valuable position in Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRTH). BlueCrest Capital Mgmt. has a $0.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Invenomic Capital Management, led by Ali Motamed, holding a $0.3 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Invenomic Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRTH), around 0.22% of its 13F portfolio. BlueCrest Capital Mgmt. is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.05 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PRTH.

Earlier we told you that the aggregate hedge fund interest in the stock was unchanged and we view this as a negative development. Even though there weren’t any hedge funds dumping their holdings during the third quarter, there weren’t any hedge funds initiating brand new positions. This indicates that hedge funds, at the very best, perceive this stock as dead money and they haven’t identified any viable catalysts that can attract investor attention.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRTH) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT), Sierra Metals Inc. (NYSE:SMTS), Level One Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEVL), and Iteris Inc (NYSE:ITI). This group of stocks’ market values resemble PRTH’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
LQDT 7 17843 -1
SMTS 1 181 -1
LEVL 3 659 0
ITI 11 11871 0
Average 5.5 7639 -0.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 5.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $8 million. That figure was $1 million in PRTH’s case. Iteris Inc (NYSE:ITI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Sierra Metals Inc. (NYSE:SMTS) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Priority Technology Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRTH) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. 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 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 7.9% in 2020 through May 22nd and surpassed the market by 15.6 percentage points. Unfortunately PRTH wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); PRTH investors were disappointed as the stock returned -12.9% during the second quarter and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2020.

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