Is Bright Horizons Family Solutions (BFAM) a Smart Long-term Buy?

Brown Capital Management Mid Company Fund recently released its Q3 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The fund posted a return of 6.15% (inst. class) for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the Russell Midcap Growth Index which returned 9.4% in the same quarter. You should check out Brown Capital Management’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.

In the Q3 2020 Investor Letter, Brown Capital Management highlighted a few stocks and Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BFAM) is one of them. Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BFAM) is a child-care provider. Year-to-date, Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BFAM) stock gained 13.8% and on December 15th it had a closing price of $170.96. Here is what Brown Capital Management said:

“Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the leading provider of employer-sponsored childcare and earlychildhood education, with more than 1,000 full-service centers across the U.S., the U.K. and the Netherlands. The company also offers back-up dependent care and educational-advisory services. The company is substantially larger than its closest competitor, boasting more than one-third of the Fortune 500 as clients.

Earlier this year, the global pandemic led Bright Horizons to temporarily close more than 80% of its centers, leaving open only those serving children of essential employees. As of March 19, 2020, shares had declined 53% year to date. We added to our position in late March as we believed the company’s largely white-collar customer base would be eager to use Bright Horizon’s service regardless of whether a post-COVID-19 environment was dominated by working in the office or from home. At the time of our purchase, we noted that a quarter of preschoolers are enrolled in childcare centers and that this percentage has been remarkably consistent for the past 30 years. During this period of uncertainty, Bright Horizons had a manageable debt load but it improved its liquidity by raising $250 million of cash from investors. Recently, shares appreciated because the company’s COVID-19 protocols have proven successful, with the company reopening 65% of centers and guiding that it will have more than 85% of centers reopened by the end of the third quarter. With less than 10% of U.S. companies offering childcare benefits, we believe Bright Horizons has many more years of high-single-digit revenue growth and low-tomid-teens earnings growth once all centers resume operation.”

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In October, we published an article revealing that Upslope Capital is bullish on Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BFAM) stock because of its unique employer-sponsored offering.

In Q2 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BFAM) stock increased by about 11% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in BFAM’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BFAM) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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