Hedge Funds Are Selling Surgery Partners, Inc. (SGRY)

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We at Insider Monkey have plowed through 821 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of March 31st, a week after the market trough. We are almost done with the second quarter. Investors decided to bet on the economic recovery and a stock market rebound. S&P 500 Index returned almost 20% this quarter. In this article we look at how hedge funds traded Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGRY) and determine whether the smart money was really smart about this stock.

Is Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGRY) a bargain? The best stock pickers were in a bearish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions were trimmed by 1 recently. Our calculations also showed that SGRY isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Hedge fund activity in Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGRY)

At Q1’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -9% from the fourth quarter of 2019. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SGRY over the last 18 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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More specifically, King Street Capital was the largest shareholder of Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGRY), with a stake worth $12.5 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing King Street Capital was Royce & Associates, which amassed a stake valued at $7.2 million. Centerbridge Partners, Citadel Investment Group, and Renaissance Technologies 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 Centerbridge Partners allocated the biggest weight to Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGRY), around 1.64% of its 13F portfolio. King Street Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 1.39 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SGRY.

Seeing as Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGRY) has experienced falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there exists a select few funds that decided to sell off their entire stakes heading into Q4. Interestingly, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management sold off the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds watched by Insider Monkey, totaling close to $7.1 million in stock, and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $2.9 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds heading into Q4.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGRY) but similarly valued. These stocks are Dorchester Minerals LP (NASDAQ:DMLP), HCI Group Inc (NYSE:HCI), Lizhi Inc. (NASDAQ:LIZI), and Computer Programs & Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSI). This group of stocks’ market caps match SGRY’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
DMLP 6 15276 1
HCI 10 21739 0
LIZI 1 355 1
CPSI 12 19417 -1
Average 7.25 14197 0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 7.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $14 million. That figure was $30 million in SGRY’s case. Computer Programs & Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Lizhi Inc. (NASDAQ:LIZI) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGRY) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. 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 12.3% in 2020 through June 30th but still beat the market by 15.5 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on SGRY as the stock returned 77.2% in Q2 and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.