Is Silk Road Medical (SILK) a Smart Long-term Buy?

Baron Discovery Fund recently published its third-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the third quarter of 2020, the Baron Discovery Fund returned 18.83% (institutional shares). This was 11.67% better than the Russell 2000 Growth Index, the Fund’s primary benchmark index. You should check out Baron Discovery 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 Discovery Fund highlighted a few stocks and Silk Road Medical Inc (NASDAQ:SILK) is one of them. Silk Road Medical Inc (NASDAQ:SILK) produces and distributes surgical equipment. Year-to-date, Silk Road Medical Inc (NASDAQ:SILK) stock gained 37.5% and on December 1st it had a closing price of $55.51. Here is what Baron Discovery Fund said:

“Silk Road Medical, Inc. designs and manufactures medical devices used to clear plaque from the carotid arteries of patients at high risk of stroke. The device is minimally invasive, and we believe that over 80% of the current procedure market, which is about $1 billion ($650 million in currently approved applications), could shift to Silk Road’s device over the next few years. This has been the pattern when other forms of minimally invasive arterial surgery have entered the market. Shares performed well in the quarter as surgical procedures have started to return to more normalized volumes following the virtual shutdown of elective procedures during the depth of the COVID-19 pandemic in the second quarter. Interviews that we have conducted with surgeons and other industry experts indicate that procedure volumes may be back to 65% to 80% of normalized pre-COVID levels. This has validated our strategy of continuing to invest in medical technology companies that were hurt during the pandemic, with the expectation that the environment will ultimately turn around for the better. We believe that companies like Silk Road that have unique technologies and large markets to exploit will accelerate their growth over the next few years as the world begins to return to normal.”

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In Q2 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Silk Road Medical Inc (NASDAQ:SILK) stock increased by about 67% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in SILK’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Silk Road Medical Inc (NASDAQ:SILK) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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