First Hawaiian, Inc. (FHB): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:FHB) a buy here? Prominent investors were taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions rose by 5 lately. First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:FHB) was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 28. Our calculations also showed that FHB isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).

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Ryan Tolkin, CIO of Schonfeld Strategic Advisors

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

At first quarter’s end, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 36% from the fourth quarter of 2020. By comparison, 21 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FHB 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 FHB A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, Yacktman Asset Management held the most valuable stake in First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:FHB), which was worth $80.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter. On the second spot was Royce & Associates which amassed $34.3 million worth of shares. GLG Partners, Citadel Investment Group, and Millennium Management were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Yacktman Asset Management allocated the biggest weight to First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:FHB), around 0.84% of its 13F portfolio. Gillson Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.54 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to FHB.

Consequently, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Gillson Capital, managed by Daniel Johnson, assembled the most valuable position in First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:FHB). Gillson Capital had $6.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ryan Tolkin (CIO)’s Schonfeld Strategic Advisors also made a $4.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new FHB investors: Donald Sussman’s Paloma Partners, Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital, and Mika Toikka’s AlphaCrest Capital Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:FHB). These stocks are Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI), LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN), ChemoCentryx Inc (NASDAQ:CCXI), National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EYE), Cloudera, Inc. (NYSE:CLDR), PotlatchDeltic Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH), and Equitrans Midstream Corporation (NYSE:ETRN). This group of stocks’ market valuations match FHB’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HI 15 17557 2
LPSN 31 193585 -4
CCXI 20 385704 -3
EYE 24 285800 0
CLDR 30 865678 1
PCH 26 152275 3
ETRN 28 361643 3
Average 24.9 323177 0.3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 24.9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $323 million. That figure was $174 million in FHB’s case. LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI) is the least popular one with only 15 bullish hedge fund positions. First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:FHB) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for FHB is 42.9. 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 FHB wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); FHB investors were disappointed as the stock returned 2.9% 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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