Herbalife Ltd. (HLF), Polycom Inc (PLCM) Among Billionaire George Soros’ Top Small-Cap Stocks

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George SorosSoros Fund Management has disclosed its public equity portfolio for the reporting period of March 31 and according to the fund’s 13F filing the total value of that portfolio stands at $10.16 billion, while the fund has more than $28 billion in total assets under management. The fund was founded by George Soros, an investing expert and author, in 1969 and has registered enormous growth since. Soros has an estimated net worth of $24.2 billion, ranking him at 29th among the world’s richest people according to 2015 estimates by Forbes.  Having been in the business for decades, the billionaire has mastered the art of investment and we have been keenly following his investment activities since Insider Monkey’s inception. Some of Soros’ top small-cap picks, which we’ll discuss in this article, are Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO), Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY), Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF), and Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM).

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The top small-cap picks of George Soros are notable to us given the fact that it’s expert investors like him who add great value to our small-cap strategy system, as they are heavily invested in the success of their small-cap picks and have poured considerable resources into identifying undervalued or under-the-radar companies to invest in. We have found that collectively, hedge funds’ top small-cap picks provide a great investment opportunity, with our strategy having returned over 144% since it was launched at the end of August 2012, beating the market by nearly 85 percentage points (see the details).

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Let’s begin with Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO), in which Soros owned 25.92 million shares worth $264.85 million at the end of March. The number of shares owned by the billionaire remained the same compared to the previous reporting period, though their value went up by more than $50 million as the company’s shares had a strong quarter, gaining over 20%. Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO)’s shares have been on a slide since it posted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.02 for the first quarter of 2015, a figure that was well below the consensus estimate of $0.09 issued by Thomson Reuters. The agricultural company, operating mainly in South America, was also downgraded by Zacks to a “Hold” rating shortly afterwards, on May 26, while HSBC analysts downgraded the stock to a “Buy” rating ahead of its latest earnings release. Soros is the largest shareholder of Adecoagro in our database, followed by Dwight Anderson‘s Ospraie Management, whose $108.84 million public equity portfolio consists of Adecoagro and only Adecoagro (needless to say, he’s quite bullish on the stock).

Soros Fund Management has a position in Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) of 13.21 million shares with a market value of $186.49 million, representing an enormous increase both in the number of shares and market value. Six other billionaires also have stake in the stock, with their total ownership amounting to $505.81 million. In the first quarter of 2015, the company’s performance was poor, as it posted an EPS loss of $0.53 against estimated earnings of a gain of $0.01 per share. The company is however expected to improve its performance in the second quarter, with a consensus estimate of $0.08 in EPS. The company recently won a deal with ZTE after the latter chose to use the former’s TrueTouch Gen4 capacitive touchscreen for its nubia Z7 Max smartphone, a development that should positively impact the stock. Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) is respected for its production of high performance solutions for the technology industry, serving diverse markets such as computation, automotive, data communications, mobile handsets and more. Another billionaire who owns a stake in the company is Israel Englander of Millennium Management.

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