ClearBridge Investments, an investment management firm, published its “Sustainability Leaders Strategy” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. The ClearBridge Sustainability Leaders Strategy underperformed its Russell 3000 Index benchmark during the first quarter. On an absolute basis, the Strategy had gains in five of 10 sectors in which it was invested (out of 11 sectors total). You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.
ClearBridge Investments, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), and shared their insights on the company. Cisco Systems, Inc. is a San Jose, California-based networking hardware company that currently has a $227.8 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, CSCO delivered a 20.83% return, while its 12-month gains are up by 13.05%. As of June 04, 2021, the stock closed at $54.07 per share.
Here is what ClearBridge Investments has to say about Cisco Systems, Inc. in its Q1 2021 investor letter:
“Also in IT, we added Cisco Systems, which provides IT and networking services in the form of network security, software development and cloud computing. Cisco continues to derive over 50% of its sales from on-premise deployments of its products of enterprise and small and midsize customers, while recurring revenues from software are becoming a larger part of the mix. Return-to-office enterprise spending should offer upside to its core campus business. Cisco was an early technology leader in sustainability over two decades ago, through its Internet-connecting capabilities which supported live concerts in partnership with the United Nations Development Program to raise awareness and funds to fight poverty. Cisco has very strong environmental standards (including driving lower energy consumption in IT departments through new product innovations and a longstanding goal to reduce emissions and reliance on non-renewable energy sources). Its data privacy and supply chain management policies are best in class.”
Our calculations show that Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the first quarter of 2021, Cisco Systems, Inc. was in 59 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 60 funds in the fourth quarter of 2020. CSCO delivered a 16.91% return in the past 3 months.
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