Is Brighthouse Financial (BHF) a Smart Long-Term Buy?

Miller Value Partners, an investment management firm, published its ‘Deep Value Strategy’ fourth-quarter 2020 Investor Letter – a copy of which can be seen here. A net return of 64.9% was recorded by the fund for the Q4 of 2020 which is twice as much of its S&P 500 benchmark return. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Miller Value Partners, in their Q4 2020 Investor Letter, said that their Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: BHF) position has been increased during the second half of 2020. Brighthouse Financial, Inc. is a life insurance company that currently has a $3.5 billion market cap. For the past 3 months, BHF delivered a decent 17.99% return and settled at $40 per share at the closing of February 12th.

Here is what Miller Value Partners has to say about Brighthouse Financial, Inc. in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

“In addition, we have recently increased our position size in Brighthouse Financial (BHF), one of the of the largest annuity and life insurance companies in the U.S. Since separating from MetLife, Brighthouse has built strong sales momentum and has focused on building out a new, less capital intensive business. Brighthouse is targeting nearly $9B in annual annuity sales by the end of 2021 (double 2017 levels) and expanding its life insurance businesses by 10x over the same time period. The company is targeting its capital-intensive business to be 18% by 2025 (half of 2016 levels), which should further enhance future cash flow generation. The company’s capital ratios remain strong and well above regulatory requirements. Management is aggressively returning cash to shareholders, targeting a total of $1.5B in share buybacks by the end of 2021 and retiring nearly 1/3 of their outstanding shares. While the market remains concerned about the impact of lower interest rates and their capital-intensive business, we believe the share price is over discounting these concerns and see the potential impact lessening over the coming years. Brighthouse’s equity appears significantly mispriced, closing the year at a greater than 70% discount to book value and a price-to-earnings multiple of 3 times, a significant discount to its peers and the overall market.”

Last November, we published an article telling that Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: BHF) was in 34 hedge fund portfolios. Its all time high statistics is 43. BHF delivered a 10.48% return YTD.

Our calculations show that Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: BHF) does not belong in our list of the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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