Is Manchester United (MANU) a Smart Long-term Buy?

Baron Partners Fund recently published its third-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the third quarter of 2020, the Baron Partners Fund returned 47.15% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 8.93%, while the Russell Midcap Growth Index was up 9.37%. You should check out Baron Partners Fund’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.

In the Q3 2020 Investor Letter, Baron Partners Fund highlighted a few stocks and Manchester United Plc (NYSE:MANU) is one of them. Manchester United Plc (NYSE:MANU) is a sports teams and clubs company. Year-to-date, Manchester United Plc (NYSE:MANU) stock lost 17.7% and on December 4th it had a closing price of $16.41. Here is what Baron Partners Fund said:

“Manchester United plc is the best-known team in the English Premier League and generates revenue from broadcasting, sponsorship, and licensing. Shares fell on pandemic-related uncertainty around live sports. That said, the English Premier League resumed matches in mid-June, which we believe provides investors with greater visibility around the financial outlook in a no-fans scenario. We continue to view Manchester United as a unique media company. Its 1.1 billion fans worldwide and broad global appeal should allow it to continue to accrete value over the long term.”

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In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Manchester United Plc (NYSE:MANU) stock decreased by about 20% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t believe in Manchester United’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Manchester United Plc (NYSE:MANU) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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