Eagle Bancorp’s (EGBN) Attractive Value, Caught Wasatch Advisors’ Attention

Wasatch Advisors, an employee-owned investment manager, published its ‘Wasatch Small Cap Value Fund’ third-quarter 2020 Investor Letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 4.48% was recorded by the fund for the Q3 of 2020, above its Russel 2000 Value benchmark that returned 2.56%. You can view the fund’s top 10 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Wasatch Advisors, in their Q3 2020 Investor Letter said that they believe in the abilities of Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGBN) to navigate the difficult situation we have now just like what it did last 2008 market crash, making them acquire a position in the bank company. Eagle Bancorp, Inc. is a registered bank holding company that currently has a $1.4 billion market cap. For the past 3 months, Eagle Bancorp, Inc. delivered a 53.67% return and settled at $45.02 per share at the closing of January 15th.

Here is what Wasatch Advisors has to say about Eagle Bancorp, Inc. in their Investor Letter:

“We remain on the lookout for opportunities to make gradual additions to the Fund on a stock-by-stock basis. During the most recent quarter, for example, we added a position in Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (EGBN), a bank with a strong presence in the Washington D.C. beltway. Eagle has a history of navigating difficult credit environments—most notably the financial crisis of 2008 to 2009. We therefore believe the stock represented an attractive value at a price that was well off of its pre-Covid levels.”

Last December 2020, we published an article telling that Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGBN) was in 13 hedge fund portfolios. Its all time high statistics is 19. EGBN delivered a 9.42% return YTD.

As of September 2020, Wasatch Advisors had a 2.9 million share position in EGBN that amounted to $78 million. However, our calculations showed that Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGBN) does not belong to the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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