Heico (HEI): Strong Growth And Abundant Potential

Giverny Capital recently released its Q1 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download below. You should check out Giverny Capital’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash. There weren’t a lot of funds who could deliver these kinds of returns without shorting the market or using aggressive put options.

In the said letter, Giverny Capital highlighted a few stocks and Heico Corp (NYSE:HEI) is one of them. Heico is an aerospace and electronics company that focuses on niche markets. Year-to-date, Heico Corp (NYSE:HEI) stock lost 12.8% and on May 22nd it had a closing price of $93.99. Here is what Giverny Capital said:

“Heico has been one of the best performing stocks in the US over the past 20 years, and we feel lucky to have bought it at recent prices. Run for three decades by Laurans Mendelson and his sons Eric and Victor, Heico has pioneered the market for private label aftermarket parts for the aerospace industry. It has made scores of small acquisitions of niche parts manufacturers and today has an extensive parts catalog and unparalleled skill at working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to get approval of new products. Giverny Capital has owned Heico for years, but the stock generally is so expensive we did not hold much hope of establishing a position for GCAM. We responded to the recent decline in the Heico Class A shares by buying a significant position. Undoubtedly, airlines are going to fly many fewer miles this year, and consequently buy fewer spare parts. But long-term, it feels inevitable that FAA-approved private label spares will take share from OEM parts, given the substantial price disparity. Like Carmax, Heico has a low-single digit market share in an enormous industry. It grew its operating income from $90 million to $460 million over the past decade, and in our estimation can grow for many more years. The Heico Class A shares have identical economic rights to common shares, but fewer voting rights, and typically trade at a discount.”

In Q4 2019, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Heico Corp (NYSE:HEI) stock increased by about 24% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers seem to agree with HEI’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Heico Corp (NYSE:HEI) isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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