Is PLAN A Good Stock To Buy Now?

In this article you are going to find out whether hedge funds think Anaplan, Inc. (NYSE:PLAN) is a good investment right now. We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research on a given stock. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to predict the winners in the stock market.

Is PLAN a good stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know were in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets rose by 6 lately. Anaplan, Inc. (NYSE:PLAN) was in 55 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 57. Our calculations also showed that PLAN isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Michael Lowenstein Kensico Capital

Michael Lowenstein of Kensico Capital

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What have hedge funds been doing with Anaplan, Inc. (NYSE:PLAN)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 55 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 12% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 44 hedge funds with a bullish position in PLAN a year ago. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

Among these funds, Coatue Management held the most valuable stake in Anaplan, Inc. (NYSE:PLAN), which was worth $760.9 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Tiger Global Management LLC which amassed $425.6 million worth of shares. Kensico Capital, Steadfast Capital Management, and OZ 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 Cowbird Capital allocated the biggest weight to Anaplan, Inc. (NYSE:PLAN), around 13.25% of its 13F portfolio. Kensico Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 4.83 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PLAN.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Palestra Capital Management, managed by Andrew Immerman and Jeremy Schiffman, created the biggest position in Anaplan, Inc. (NYSE:PLAN). Palestra Capital Management had $138.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jonathan Soros’s JS Capital also initiated a $21 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PLAN investors: Guy Shahar’s DSAM Partners, Principal Global Investors’s Columbus Circle Investors, and Mikal Patel’s Oribel Capital Management.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Anaplan, Inc. (NYSE:PLAN). We will take a look at ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE:ASX), RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR), Paylocity Holding Corp (NASDAQ:PCTY), Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE:CXO), Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE:GWRE), GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLIBA), and Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to PLAN’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ASX 11 131886 0
RNR 37 806129 -4
PCTY 27 505551 3
CXO 47 731966 3
GWRE 34 1087613 5
GLIBA 48 2311934 -5
CPT 25 327898 -1
Average 32.7 843282 0.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 32.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $843 million. That figure was $3199 million in PLAN’s case. GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLIBA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE:ASX) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Anaplan, Inc. (NYSE:PLAN) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for PLAN is 88.9. 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 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks returned 31.6% in 2020 through December 2nd but still managed to beat the market by 16 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on PLAN as the stock returned 11.1% since the end of September (through 12/2) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

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