Here’s Why Mayar Capital Took Profits in Discovery Inc. (DISCK)

Mayar Capital, an investment management firm, published its first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 7.3% was delivered by the fund for the first quarter of 2021, outperforming the MSCI World Index that delivered a 4.9% return for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Mayar Capital, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCK), and shared their insights on the company. Discovery, Inc. is a New York, New York-based mass media company that currently has a $14.5 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, DISCK delivered a 5.65% return, extending its 12-month gains to 36.10%. As of June 16, 2021, the stock closed at $28.65 per share.

Here is what Mayar Capital has to say about Discovery, Inc. in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

“We also sold most of our holdings in Discovery as the stock price continued to increase to new highs. However, in late March the stock declined considerably when brokers liquidated holdings by Archegos Capital (see above in General Commentary) to satisfy margin calls. That brought the stock price down to levels that we found attractive, and we bought back a significant amount of the shares that we had sold earlier that month.”

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Our calculations show that Discovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCK) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the first quarter of 2021, Discovery, Inc. was in 40 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 31 funds in the fourth quarter of 2020. DISCK delivered a -56.52% return in the past 3 months.

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