Is It Too Late to Buy Snap (SNAP) Stock?

RiverPark Advisors, LLC recently published its Q4 2020 RiverPark Large Growth Fund commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the RiverPark Large Growth Fund returned 18.66% (institutional shares), compared to the total return of 12.15% by the S&P 500 Index. You should check out RiverPark’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.

In the Q4 2020 Investor Letter, the fund highlighted a few stocks and Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) is one of them. Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) is a social media company. In the last three months, Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) stock gained 9.4% and on March 19th it had a closing price of $58.36. Here is what the fund said:

“Snap shares were our top contributor for the quarter driven by the company’s blow out third quarter earnings. The company grew revenue 52% year over year to $679 million (exceeding Street expectations by $120 million), and management guided to continued strong revenue growth of 47%-50% for the fourth quarter (more than $100 million greater than current estimates). Revenue growth was driven by strong engagement as well as better-than-expected monetization: Daily Active Users grew 18% year over year, they spent more time on the app (total daily time spent by Snapchatters watching Shows increased by over 50%) and created more Snaps (average Snaps created grew 25% year over year), while average revenue per user (ARPU) grew 28%. Additionally, SNAP delivered its most profitable quarter as a public company–adjusted EBITDA turned positive to $56 million for an 8% margin, vastly exceeding expectations of a $45 million loss.

Snap, known for its mobile-only picture and messaging application Snapchat, has a large and growing user base (249 million DAU) that is extremely engaged, opening Snapchat over 30 times every day, and creating, on average, more than 4 billion Snaps per day. Additionally, with less than $3 billion in run rate revenue and an ARPU that is about 1/2 that of Twitter and 1/3 that of Facebook, Snap should be able to more fully monetize its audience as it continues to create more services—content, advertising, gaming and developer tools.”

Earlier this month, we published an article revealing that Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) was one of the top 10 high growth companies hedge funds are buying.

In Q4 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) stock increased by about 24% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in Snap’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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