Is it Wise to Buy Wells Fargo (WFC) Shares?

Davis Funds, an investment management firm, published its “Davis Opportunity Fund” fourth-quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. For the year ended December 31, 2021, Davis Opportunity Fund delivered a return of 24.96%, reflecting real progress in the underlying business fundamentals across most of its holdings. Spare some time to check the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a clue about their top bets for 2022.

Davis Opportunity Fund, in its Q4 2021 investor letter, mentioned Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) and discussed its stance on the firm. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) is a San Francisco, California-based financial services company with a $196.3 billion market capitalization, and is currently spearheaded by its CEO, Charles W. Scharf. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) delivered a 7.29% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month returns are up by 26.15%. The stock closed at $51.60 per share on March 17, 2022.

Here is what Davis Opportunity Fund has to say about Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) in its Q4 2021 investor letter:

“The absolute level of revenues and profits generated by such companies is in fact so large that most of the major financial holdings in the portfolio produce enough annual operating income individually that a number of them could, in theory, purchase several entire businesses among hundreds of choices within the S&P 1500 Index, using just a year’s cash earnings without dipping into capital. This is theoretical, as financial companies would not be in the business of buying healthcare or technology companies, for example, but we point out these facts to illustrate the sheer scale of the economics produced by single financial companies in a given year, which is often a multiple of the cash earnings yielded by companies in a host of other industries.

Given this cash-generation power, we are naturally drawn to what we believe are strong and profitable financial institutions when the price is right. Presently, we believe the valuations of our financial holdings are not only reasonable, but extremely compelling, and our portfolio composition reflects this view. Representative financial holdings in the Fund includes Wells Fargo.”

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Our calculations show that Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) ranks 24th on our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) was in 94 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 88 funds in the previous quarter. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) delivered a 2.35% return in the past 3 months.

In February 2022, we also shared another hedge fund’s views on Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) in another article. You can find other letters from hedge funds and prominent investors on our hedge fund investor letters 2021 Q4 page.

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