Is Danaher Corp (DHR) a Smart Long-term Buy?

Del Principe O’Brien Financial Advisors recently released its third-quarter investor letter – a copy of which is available for download here. The fund posted a return of 8.6% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned 8.9% in the same quarter. You should check out Del Principe O’Brien Financial Advisors top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.

In the Q3 2020 Investor Letter, Del Principe O’Brien Financial Advisors highlighted a few stocks and Danaher Corp (NYSE:DHR) is one of them. Danaher Corp (NYSE:DHR) designs, manufactures and markets professional, medical, industrial and commercial products and services. Year-to-date, Danaher Corp (NYSE:DHR) stock gained 46.3% and on December 17th it had a closing price of $224.49. Here is what Del Principe O’Brien Financial Advisors said:

“Danaher, which designs, manufactures, and markets life science, diagnostics, dental, environmental, and applied solutions, is a prime example of how to use the business strategy of “bolt-on” acquisitions. Led by capital allocation experts the Rales brothers, Danaher will purchase a company in a fragmented industry, create a strategic platform for providing a unique service, and then spin off the company when it can create even more value as an independent entity.

Since Danaher’s bolt-on acquisition of the biopharma business of General Electric’s Life Sciences division for $21.4 billion in March 2019, we have realized a gain of well over 100%. The move boosted Danaher’s stock from around $90 (our purchase price) to the $210s. A gain like this is one of the big upsides of investing in a serial acquirer.”

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In September, we published an article revealing Del Principe O’Brien Financial Advisors bullish investment thesis on Danaher Corp (NYSE:DHR) stock in its Q2 2019 investor letter. This suggests that the investment firm has been bullish for a long time on Danaher Corp (NYSE:DHR).

In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Danaher Corp (NYSE:DHR) stock decreased by about 1% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in Danaher’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Danaher Corp (NYSE:DHR) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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