Is Coupa Software Incorporated (COUP) A Smart Long-Term Buy?

Artisan Partners Limited Partnership, a high value-added investment management firm, published its ‘Artisan Mid Cap Fund’ fourth quarter 2020 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 16.82% was recorded by its Investor Class: ARTMX, 16.87% by its Advisor Class: APDMX, and 16.89% by its Institutional Class: APHMX, in the fourth quarter of 2020, all below its Russell Midcap Growth Benchmark that delivered a 19.02% return and its Russel Midcap Index that was up by 19.91% in the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Artisan Mid Cap Fund, in their Q4 2020 investor letter, mentioned Coupa Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: COUP) and emphasized their views on the company. Coupa Software Incorporated is a California-based global technology platform that currently has an $18.7 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, COUP delivered a -23.61% return, but its 12-month gains are still up by 91.93%. As of March 17, 2021, the stock closed at $258.89 per share.

Here is what Artisan Mid Cap Fund has to say about Coupa Software Incorporated in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

“We started new investment campaigns in Coupa Software. Coupa is a leading provider of cloud-based business spend-management software. The company helps 1,400 customers process over $2 trillion in annual spend across more than 5 million suppliers. While this quarter’s announcement of a major new customer win at Walmart shows it still has a long runway for growth in this business, we are particularly excited about Coupa Pay—a recently introduced set of cloud services that seeks to process B2B payments (not just invoices) across its large network. B2B payments has seen far less innovation in recent years compared to B2C (PayPal, Venmo, Square), but we see it as a major opportunity in the years ahead.”

Our calculations show that Coupa Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: COUP) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Coupa Software Incorporated was in 62 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 50 funds in the third quarter. COUP delivered a -22.94% return in the past 3 months.

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