Is Envista Holdings Corporation (NVST) A Good Stock To Buy?

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey have plowed through 823 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of June 30th, when the S&P 500 Index was trading around the 3100 level. Since the end of March, investors decided to bet on the economic recovery and a stock market rebound. S&P 500 Index returned more than 50% since its bottom. In this article you are going to find out whether hedge funds thought Envista Holdings Corporation (NYSE:NVST) was a good investment heading into the third quarter and how the stock traded in comparison to the top hedge fund picks.

Envista Holdings Corporation (NYSE:NVST) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. Envista Holdings Corporation (NYSE:NVST) was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 42. Our calculations also showed that NVST isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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How are hedge funds trading Envista Holdings Corporation (NYSE:NVST)?

At the end of June, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -5% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NVST over the last 20 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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More specifically, Ariel Investments was the largest shareholder of Envista Holdings Corporation (NYSE:NVST), with a stake worth $129.6 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Ariel Investments was Viking Global, which amassed a stake valued at $95.4 million. Paradice Investment Management, Polar Capital, and Balyasny Asset Management were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Paradice Investment Management allocated the biggest weight to Envista Holdings Corporation (NYSE:NVST), around 4.66% of its 13F portfolio. Iron Triangle Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 2.66 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to NVST.

Seeing as Envista Holdings Corporation (NYSE:NVST) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, we can see that there exists a select few money managers who were dropping their entire stakes by the end of the second quarter. Interestingly, Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP dropped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, valued at an estimated $13.3 million in stock, and Michael Castor’s Sio Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $12.8 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds by the end of the second quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Envista Holdings Corporation (NYSE:NVST). We will take a look at RBC Bearings Incorporated (NASDAQ:ROLL), Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), Cosan Limited (NYSE:CZZ), Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH), Clean Harbors Inc (NYSE:CLH), PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTCT), and Air Lease Corp (NYSE:AL). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to NVST’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ROLL 17 61588 8
MAT 25 595357 8
CZZ 14 160277 -1
DCPH 31 761061 3
CLH 19 237400 -6
PTCT 31 278428 3
AL 22 618666 2
Average 22.7 387540 2.4

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 22.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $388 million. That figure was $396 million in NVST’s case. Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Cosan Limited (NYSE:CZZ) is the least popular one with only 14 bullish hedge fund positions. Envista Holdings Corporation (NYSE:NVST) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for NVST is 39.6. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 24.8% in 2020 through the end of September and still beat the market by 19.3 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on NVST as the stock returned 17% in the third quarter and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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