Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On DLH Holdings Corp. (DLHC)

In this article we will take a look at whether hedge funds think DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:DLHC) is a good investment right now. We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, unconventional data sources, expert networks, and get tips from investment bankers and industry insiders. Sure they sometimes fail miserably, but their consensus stock picks historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.

DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:DLHC) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:DLHC) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistics is 7. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with DLHC holdings at the end of June. Our calculations also showed that DLHC isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Fred DiSanto Ancora Advisors

Fred DiSanto of Ancora Advisors

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What does smart money think about DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:DLHC)?

At the end of September, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 60% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in DLHC over the last 21 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

More specifically, Wynnefield Capital was the largest shareholder of DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:DLHC), with a stake worth $28.1 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Wynnefield Capital was Renaissance Technologies, which amassed a stake valued at $3.4 million. Cove Street Capital, Minerva Advisors, and Ancora Advisors 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 Wynnefield Capital allocated the biggest weight to DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:DLHC), around 17.47% of its 13F portfolio. Minerva Advisors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.61 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to DLHC.

As industrywide interest jumped, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Ancora Advisors, managed by Frederick DiSanto, assembled the most outsized position in DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:DLHC). Ancora Advisors had $0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also made a $0.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new DLHC position is Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Prelude Capital (previously Springbok Capital).

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:DLHC) but similarly valued. These stocks are Phoenix New Media Ltd (NYSE:FENG), Electromed, Inc. (NYSE:ELMD), Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEBK), PAVmed Inc. (NASDAQ:PAVM), Beyond Air, Inc. (NASDAQ:XAIR), Dynagas LNG Partners LP (NYSE:DLNG), and 22nd Century Group, Inc (NYSE:XXII). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to DLHC’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
FENG 8 4029 2
ELMD 6 5692 2
PEBK 2 3804 -1
PAVM 5 1137 2
XAIR 1 2652 -3
DLNG 1 153 0
XXII 4 546 -4
Average 3.9 2573 -0.3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 3.9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $3 million. That figure was $36 million in DLHC’s case. Phoenix New Media Ltd (NYSE:FENG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Beyond Air, Inc. (NASDAQ:XAIR) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:DLHC) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for DLHC is 88. 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 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks gained 31.6% in 2020 through December 2nd and still beat the market by 16 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on DLHC as the stock returned 37.9% since the end of Q3 (through 12/2) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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