Heartland Mid Cap Value Fund recently released its third-quarter investor letter – a copy of which is available for download here. The fund posted a return of 3.1% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the Russell Midcap Value Index which returned 6.4% in the same quarter. You should check out Heartland’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, Heartland Advisors highlighted a few stocks and Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SPB) is one of them. Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SPB) is a consumer product company. Year-to-date, Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SPB) stock gained 14.6% and on December 18th it had a closing price of $73.68. Here is what Heartland Advisors said:
“While investors spent much of the period bidding up businesses based on sales growth expectations, the portfolio reaped the benefits of some holdings that were driving an improved outlook through self-help measures. Spectrum Brands Holdings (SPB), a household products company, is one such example.
Spectrum sells a variety of home goods through its market-leading brands including Kwikset, Black and Decker, Pfister and Remington. Of the company’s $3.8 billion in annual sales, roughly 80% are driven by its top 15 brands. During the past 18 months, management has undertaken an initiative to exit non-core business lines such as auto care and batteries, reduce debt and improve efficiency. These efforts have begun to produce results and sales figures have exceeded expectations during the COVID downturn.
We believe Spectrum is in the early innings of its transformation and should also see continued organic sales growth as it invests proceeds form divestitures into its business. Despite recent improvements in its share price, the company still trades at meaningful discount to its peers on an enterprise value/earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization basis.”
In Q2 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SPB) stock increased by about 8% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in SPB’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SPB) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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