Here’s Why Conestoga Capital Sold Pluralsight (PS)

Conestoga Capital Advisors, a boutique, independent investment management firm, published its fourth-quarter 2020 ‘Small Cap Growth & SMid Cap Growth’ Investor Letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A net return of 31% was recorded by Conestoga’s Small Cap Growth fund and 19.72% return by its SMid Cap Growth Fund for the the end year 2020. Both performed below their Russell 2000 Growth and Russell 2500 Growth benchmarks that delivered a 34.63% and 25.89% return respectively. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Conestoga Capital Advisors, in their Q4 2020 investor letter, emphasized that they sold their position in Pluralsight, Inc. (NASDAQ: PS) in the past year. Pluralsight, Inc. is a Utah-based software company that produces video training courses for software developers. It currently has a $3 billion market capitalization. In the past 3 months, PS is up 13.72%, extending its 12-month gains to  49.20%. As of March 5, the stock closed at $20.56 per share.

Here is what Conestoga Capital Advisors has to say about Pluralsight, Inc. in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

“As described above under the Laggards section, this subscription-based software company declined during the quarter as billings growth decelerated during the pandemic. We removed PS from client portfolios during the quarter after losing conviction in management’s ability to right-size the busines after two years of poor execution. The company was subsequently acquired by Vista Equity Partners in December.”

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Our calculations show that Pluralsight, Inc. (NASDAQ: PS) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Pluralsight, Inc. was in 35 hedge fund portfolios compared to 24 funds in the third quarter. AVLR delivered a -1.91% return YTD.

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