Hedge Funds Are Dumping Cintas Corporation (CTAS)

In this article we will analyze whether Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) is a good investment right now by following the lead of some of the best investors in the world and piggybacking their ideas. There’s no better way to get these firms’ immense resources and analytical capabilities working for us than to follow their lead into their best ideas. While not all of these picks will be winners, our research shows that these picks historically outperformed the market by double digits annually.

Is Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) going to take off soon? Prominent investors were cutting their exposure. The number of long hedge fund positions decreased by 11 in recent months. Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 45. Our calculations also showed that CTAS isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings). There were 32 hedge funds in our database with CTAS holdings at the end of March.

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

At Q2’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -34% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 34 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CTAS 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 CTAS A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) was held by Alkeon Capital Management, which reported holding $146.9 million worth of stock at the end of June. It was followed by Chilton Investment Company with a $137.7 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Bristol Gate Capital Partners, AQR Capital Management, and D E Shaw. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Lunia Capital allocated the biggest weight to Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS), around 8.83% of its 13F portfolio. Bristol Gate Capital Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 4.65 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to CTAS.

Since Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) has witnessed a decline in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there were a few funds that slashed their entire stakes in the second quarter. Intriguingly, Amit Nitin Doshi’s Harbor Spring Capital dumped the biggest investment of all the hedgies followed by Insider Monkey, comprising about $26.7 million in stock, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $9.5 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 11 funds in the second quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE), CRH PLC (NYSE:CRH), SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY), Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD), Parker-Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:PH), O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY), and Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE:MPC). All of these stocks’ market caps are similar to CTAS’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SRE 28 343994 1
CRH 9 90599 0
SYY 40 2600524 -2
PXD 45 876323 8
PH 42 1446066 -1
ORLY 44 2366019 -1
MPC 48 2616162 2
Average 36.6 1477098 1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 36.6 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1477 million. That figure was $539 million in CTAS’s case. Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE:MPC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand CRH PLC (NYSE:CRH) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for CTAS is 23.4. 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. 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 24% in 2021 through October 22nd and still beat the market by 1.6 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on CTAS as the stock returned 11.7% since the end of the second quarter (through 10/22) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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