GEO Group (GEO): A Detractor for Miller Value Partners in Q4’20

Miller Value Partners, an investment management firm, published its ‘Income Strategy’ fourth-quarter 2020 Investor Letter – a copy of which can be seen here. A net return of 19.17% was recorded by the fund for the Q4 of 2020 which is almost twice as much of its benchmark that returned 6.48%. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Miller Value Partners, in their Q4 2020 Investor Letter, said that The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) was their top detractor in their fourth quarter 2020 results. The GEO Group, Inc. is a real estate investment trust company that currently has a $1 billion market cap. For the past 3 months, GEO delivered a -1.23% return and settled at $8.84 per share at the closing of February 12th.

Here is what Miller Value Partners has to say about The GEO Group, Inc. in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

GEO Group (GEO) was the top detractor over the quarter, falling 19.4%. The company reported Q3 revenue of $579.1M (-1% Quarter-over-Quarter (Q/Q)), net operating income of $151.4M (+2% Q/Q), and Earnings Before Income, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization, and Restructuring (EBITDAR) of $112.1M (-1% Q/Q). Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) of $0.67 drove 2.0x coverage on the quarterly dividend of $0.34/share (15.4% annualized yield). GEO exited the quarter with cash of $54M and net debt of $2.6Bn, which on TTM EBITDAR of $448.8M implies net leverage of 5.8x. Management lifted Fiscal Year (FY) 20 guidance across the board, including revenue +0.3% to $4.347Bn, Net Operating Income (NOI) +3% to $609M, EBITDAR +4.4% to $429M, and AFFO +5.6% to $2.44/share (28% FCF yield). Additionally, GEO maintained guidance for $100M of debt paydown in 2020 and a minimum of $50M each year moving forward, which coupled with savings from the previously announced reduced dividend will be applied towards debt reduction.”

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Last December, we published an article telling that The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) was in 12 hedge fund portfolios. Its all time high statistics is 23. GEO delivered a -48.75% return in the past 12 months.

Our calculations show that The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) does not belong in our list of the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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