Here’s Why Lakehouse Capital Added Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) to its Portfolio

Lakehouse Capital, an investment management company, released its “Lakehouse Global Growth Fund” September 2022 investor letter. A copy of the same can be downloaded here. September was a volatile month and the fund returned -2.0% net of fees and expenses compared to -10.9% return for its benchmark MSCI All Country World Index. In addition, please check the fund’s top five holdings to know its best picks in 2022.

Lakehouse Capital discussed stocks like Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in the September 2022 investor letter. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is a multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington. On October 11, 2022, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock closed at $225.41 per share. One-month return of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was -10.63% and its shares lost 23.93% of their value over the last 52 weeks. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has a market capitalization of $1.681 trillion.

Here is what Lakehouse Capital specifically said about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in its September letter:

“During the month, the Fund initiated a new position in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), a name that is no doubt familiar to our investors. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in a friend’s garage in 1975 and began dominating the operating system market with MS-DOS by the mid-1980s. The company has come a long way since then and is now widely considered the most critical and indispensable IT mega-vendor for businesses globally. In addition to its well-known Windows operating systems and Office productivity suite, the company has a broad portfolio of strategic products, including a rapidly growing public cloud business in Azure and a sizeable gaming presence.

Microsoft’s foundational products, Office365 and Windows365, are ubiquitous and highly penetrated with circa 90% and 80% market share, respectively. These solutions are deeply ingrained in commercial and personal use globally and across all industry sectors. They serve as stable, high-margin cash flow generators for Microsoft whilst they expand and invest in other growth areas of the business. One particular growth area, which is the most exciting part of Microsoft’s business in our view, is their public cloud service, Azure.

Azure has grown at a rapid clip over the past decade to cement itself as the second-largest cloud service provider globally, behind Amazon Web Services. The business benefits from strong secular tailwinds as cloud adoption continues unabated and there is considerable runway ahead – it’s currently estimated that less than 20% of global IT spend is currently in the cloud. Research indicates that 80% of enterprises use Azure and its market share has grown to 21%, up from 13% five years ago. The mission-critical nature of the product, which is similar to many of Microsoft’s other solutions, is incredibly attractive as it leads to sticky, recurring revenue streams. Something we love to see…” (Click here to read the full text)

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) holds the top position on our list of 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As per our database, 258 hedge fund portfolios held Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) at the end of the second quarter which was 259 in the previous quarter.

We discussed Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in another article and shared Carillon Tower Advisers’ views on the company. In addition, please check out our hedge fund investor letters Q3 2022 page for more investor letters from hedge funds and other leading investors.


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