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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About EVO Payments, Inc. (EVOP)

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds’ and successful investors’ positions as of the end of the first quarter. You can find write-ups about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves and analyze what the smart money thinks of EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOP) based on that data.

Is EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOP) going to take off soon? The smart money is taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund positions moved up by 3 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that EVOP isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

Why do we pay any attention at all to hedge fund sentiment? Our research has shown that hedge funds’ large-cap stock picks indeed failed to beat the market between 1999 and 2016. However, we were able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the market by 40 percentage points since May 2014 through May 30, 2019 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that’ll significantly underperform the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 30.9% through May 30, 2019. That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

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We’re going to go over the fresh hedge fund action surrounding EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOP).

What have hedge funds been doing with EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOP)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 30% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in EVOP over the last 15 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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The largest stake in EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOP) was held by Greenhouse Funds, which reported holding $18.4 million worth of stock at the end of March. It was followed by Select Equity Group with a $17.9 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Adage Capital Management, D E Shaw, and Arrowstreet Capital.

Consequently, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Arrowstreet Capital, managed by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, initiated the biggest position in EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOP). Arrowstreet Capital had $2.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management also initiated a $1.1 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new EVOP investors: John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Ben Gambill’s Tiger Eye Capital, and Frank Slattery’s Symmetry Peak Management.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOP). We will take a look at Mednax Inc. (NYSE:MD), Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAR), Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE:EPC), and Granite Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:GRP). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to EVOP’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
MD 23 298044 -2
IPAR 22 98080 11
EPC 19 179921 1
GRP 13 137058 2
Average 19.25 178276 3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $178 million. That figure was $61 million in EVOP’s case. Mednax Inc. (NYSE:MD) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Granite Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE:GRP) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks EVO Payments, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVOP) is even less popular than GRP. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 6.2% in Q2 through June 19th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by nearly 3 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on EVOP, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 4% during the same time frame and outperformed the market as well.

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

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