Is Roper Technologies (ROP) a Smart Long-term Buy?

Del Principe O’Brien Financial Advisors recently released its third-quarter investor letter – a copy of which is available for download here. The fund posted a return of 8.6% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned 8.9% in the same quarter. You should check out Del Principe O’Brien Financial Advisors top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.

In the Q3 2020 Investor Letter, Del Principe O’Brien Financial Advisors highlighted a few stocks and Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) is one of them. Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) manufactures and distributes industrial equipment. Year-to-date, Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) stock gained 20% and on December 17th it had a closing price of $425.04. Here is what Del Principe O’Brien Financial Advisors said:

“Diversified technology company Roper is another serial acquirer. In August 2019, Roper acquired iPipeline, provider of cloud-based software solutions for the life insurance and financial services industry, in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.625 billion.

This August, Roper reached a definitive agreement to acquire Vertafore, provider of cloud-based software that simplifies and automates processes around property and casualty (“P&C”) insurance. The all-cash transaction is valued at about $5.35 billion. A move like this is what we have come to expect from Roper. The company tends to target niche industries with a zealous focus on each business executing a long-term, sustainable, and asset-light organic growth strategy. This move is the reason we added to our existing investment following the market pullback in the spring. It has proven to be a great growth opportunity for us.”

In September, we published an article revealing Del Principe O’Brien Financial Advisors bullish investment thesis on Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) stock in its Q2 2019 investor letter. This suggests that the investment firm has been bullish for a long time on Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP).

In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) stock increased by about 11% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in ROP’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE:ROP) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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