Is Bridgewater Bancshares, Inc. (BWB) A Good Stock To Buy?

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful value investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds’ and successful investors’ positions as of the end of the first quarter. You can find articles about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves over the last 4.5 years and analyze what the smart money thinks of Bridgewater Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWB) based on that data.

Is Bridgewater Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWB) a great stock to buy now? Money managers are becoming less hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went down by 2 lately. Our calculations also showed that BWB 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). BWB was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with BWB holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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David Harding of Winton Capital Management

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What does smart money think about Bridgewater Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWB)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -20% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 7 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in BWB a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is BWB A Good Stock To Buy?

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Emanuel J. Friedman’s EJF Capital has the biggest position in Bridgewater Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWB), worth close to $9.3 million, corresponding to 2% of its total 13F portfolio. On EJF Capital’s heels  of Renaissance Technologies, with a $5.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism contain Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and David Harding’s Winton Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position EJF Capital allocated the biggest weight to Bridgewater Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWB), around 1.97% of its 13F portfolio. AlphaOne Capital Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.77 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to BWB.

Due to the fact that Bridgewater Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWB) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, we can see that there were a few money managers that slashed their positions entirely by the end of the first quarter. Intriguingly, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management said goodbye to the largest stake of all the hedgies monitored by Insider Monkey, valued at about $1.6 million in stock. Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s fund, Marshall Wace LLP, also dropped its stock, about $0.2 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds by the end of the first quarter.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Bridgewater Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWB) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Endurance International Group Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:EIGI), Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:VRCA), Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO), and Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU). This group of stocks’ market valuations match BWB’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
EIGI 13 32611 -1
VRCA 3 53609 -1
ATRO 15 63536 -1
BTU 25 129012 -4
Average 14 69692 -1.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $70 million. That figure was $18 million in BWB’s case. Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:VRCA) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Bridgewater Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWB) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. 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 12.2% in 2020 through June 17th and surpassed the market by 14.8 percentage points. Unfortunately BWB wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); BWB investors were disappointed as the stock returned 1.5% during the second quarter and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2020.

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