ClearBridge Investments, an investment management firm, published its “Mid Cap Growth Strategy” second quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. While the ClearBridge Mid Cap Growth Strategy trailed the benchmark in the second quarter, it had an absolute performance (+14.9%) and relative success (+445 bps over benchmark) year-to-date. You can take a look at the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their top bets for 2021.
In the Q2 2021 investor letter of ClearBridge Investments, the fund mentioned IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX) and discussed its stance on the firm. IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a Westbrook, Maine-based diagnostic tests and software monitoring systems provider with a $53.3 billion market capitalization. IDXX delivered a 25.70% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month returns are up by 59.16%. The stock closed at $629.55 per share on September 29, 2021.
Here is what ClearBridge Investments has to say about IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:
“The Strategy also received strong contributions from several companies in the health care sector. IDEXX Laboratories, meanwhile, benefited from strong performance in its veterinary products segment as pet ownership continues to increase.”
Based on our calculations, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX) was not able to clinch a spot in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. IDXX was in 39 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first half of 2021, compared to 49 funds in the previous quarter. IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX) delivered a -1.73% return in the past 3 months.
Hedge funds’ reputation as shrewd investors has been tarnished in the last decade as their hedged returns couldn’t keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. Our research has shown that hedge funds’ small-cap stock picks managed to beat the market by double digits annually between 1999 and 2016, but the margin of outperformance has been declining in recent years. Nevertheless, we were still able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by 115 percentage points since March 2017 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that underperformed the market by 10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2017. Interestingly the margin of underperformance of these stocks has been increasing in recent years. Investors who are long the market and short these stocks would have returned more than 27% annually between 2015 and 2017. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 in our quarterly newsletter.
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