Is BeiGene, Ltd. (BGNE) A Good Stock To Buy?

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey have plowed through 821 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of March 31st, a week after the market trough. Now, we are almost done with the second quarter. Investors decided to bet on the economic recovery and a stock market rebound. S&P 500 Index returned almost 20% this quarter. In this article you are going to find out whether hedge funds thoughtBeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE) was a good investment heading into the second quarter and how the stock traded in comparison to the top hedge fund picks.

Is BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE) a buy, sell, or hold? The smart money was taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions retreated by 5 recently. Our calculations also showed that BGNE isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). BGNE was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with BGNE holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Lei Zhang of Hillhouse Capital Management

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How have hedgies been trading BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -31% from the fourth quarter of 2019. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in BGNE over the last 18 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Is BGNE A Good Stock To Buy?

More specifically, Baker Bros. Advisors was the largest shareholder of BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE), with a stake worth $1449.9 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Baker Bros. Advisors was Hillhouse Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $673.7 million. Rock Springs Capital Management, Indus Capital, and Millennium Management were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Hillhouse Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE), around 9.08% of its 13F portfolio. Baker Bros. Advisors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 8.93 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to BGNE.

Judging by the fact that BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE) has faced bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of funds who sold off their positions entirely heading into Q4. Intriguingly, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management cut the largest position of all the hedgies followed by Insider Monkey, worth about $11.8 million in stock, and Yi Xin’s Ariose Capital was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $8.5 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 5 funds heading into Q4.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE) but similarly valued. These stocks are Qiagen NV (NASDAQ:QGEN), NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR), Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEX), and ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT). This group of stocks’ market caps match BGNE’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
QGEN 30 341681 -21
NVR 34 744980 4
OTEX 18 376098 4
MT 13 123110 -4
Average 23.75 396467 -4.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $396 million. That figure was $2174 million in BGNE’s case. NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE) is even less popular than MT. Hedge funds clearly dropped the ball on BGNE as the stock delivered strong returns, though hedge funds’ consensus picks still generated respectable returns. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 12.3% in 2020 through June 30th and still beat the market by 15.5 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on BGNE as the stock returned 53% in the second quarter and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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