East 72, an investment management firm, published its second quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A quarterly portfolio gross return of 6.2% was recorded by the fund for the 2nd quarter of 2021 and a 33.6% gross return over the fiscal year. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.
In the Q2 2021 investor letter of East 72, the fund mentioned Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT), and discussed its stance on the firm. Spotify Technology S.A. is a Stockholm, Sweden-based music streaming services provider, that currently has a $49.9 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, SPOT delivered a -17.02% return, while its 12-month revenues are down by -3.02%. The stock closed at $263.52 per share on July 06, 2021.
Here is what East 72 has to say about Spotify Technology S.A. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:
“We acquired three stocks on price weakness which all performed exceptionally after our purchase (which includes), Spotify, the streaming audio business, which is now exhibiting pricing power and a wider array of product via podcasting, has risen some 24% over our purchase price.”
Our calculations show that Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the first quarter of 2021, Spotify Technology S.A. was in 46 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 48 funds in the fourth quarter of 2020. SPOT delivered a -6.79% return in the past 3 months.
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