Is LKQ Corporation (LKQ) Stock a Buy For 2021?

Bonsai Partners recently released its Q4 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The fund posted a return of 247% for the quarter (net of fees), outperforming their benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned 18.4% in the same quarter. You should check out Bonsai Partners’ top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of this year.

In the Q4 2020 Investor Letter, Bonsai Partners highlighted a few stocks and LKQ Corp (NASDAQ:LKQ) is one of them. LKQ Corp (NASDAQ:LKQ) is the largest supplier of used auto parts in the United States. In the last three months, LKQ Corp (NASDAQ:LKQ) stock gained 2.6% and on February 12th it had a closing price of $36.92. Here is what Bonsai Partners said:

“LKQ is the largest provider of alternative collision and mechanical automotive parts in the United States. In Europe, they are the leading distributor of general automotive maintenance parts and supplies. Its shares appreciated 27.1% during the quarter.

LKQ reported reasonably healthy third-quarter results, with revenues nearly flat year-over-year. This is quite remarkable considering ~9 months ago when we first considered buying LKQ, I didn’t know if the company would potentially trip its debt covenants and run into liquidity issues due to steep revenue declines. These issues appear well behind us now.

Given the serious tail-risk concerns when we first acquired the position, we cheaply hedged with put options; the only time we’ve ever done so. These options recently expired worthless and it never felt so good to lose money.

The company seems back on track to execute its strategy of streamlining its operations, and management used COVID as a catalyst to rationalize the business and improve service levels. Fortunately, LKQ’s business is counter-cyclical, so it stands to benefit from economic stresses if they are yet to come.”

In January, we published an article revealing that LKQ Corp (NASDAQ:LKQ) was one of the 5 best auto-parts stocks to buy for 2021.

In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on LKQ Corp (NASDAQ:LKQ) stock increased by about 16% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in LKQ’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that LKQ Corp (NASDAQ:LKQ) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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