Is Standex International Corp. (SXI) A Good Stock To Buy?

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We at Insider Monkey have plowed through 821 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of March 31st, a week after the market trough. In this article we look at what those investors think of Standex International Corp. (NYSE:SXI).

Is Standex International Corp. (NYSE:SXI) a healthy stock for your portfolio? The smart money is becoming less hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund bets dropped by 3 lately. Our calculations also showed that SXI isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). SXI was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2020. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with SXI positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Jeffrey Bronchick - Cove Street Capital

Jeffrey Bronchick of Cove Street Capital

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What have hedge funds been doing with Standex International Corp. (NYSE:SXI)?

Heading into the second quarter of 2020, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -25% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SXI over the last 18 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Jeffrey Bronchick’s Cove Street Capital has the most valuable position in Standex International Corp. (NYSE:SXI), worth close to $9.4 million, comprising 1.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, which holds a $3.2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions comprise Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Cove Street Capital allocated the biggest weight to Standex International Corp. (NYSE:SXI), around 1.92% of its 13F portfolio. GAMCO Investors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.04 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SXI.

Due to the fact that Standex International Corp. (NYSE:SXI) has experienced a decline in interest from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there is a sect of funds that decided to sell off their full holdings by the end of the first quarter. Interestingly, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management cut the biggest stake of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $0.5 million in stock. Ryan Tolkin (CIO)’s fund, Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, also sold off its stock, about $0.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds by the end of the first quarter.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Standex International Corp. (NYSE:SXI). These stocks are Molecular Templates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTEM), Akero Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRO), Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS), and The RealReal, Inc. (NASDAQ:REAL). This group of stocks’ market valuations match SXI’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
MTEM 17 142757 -3
AKRO 14 112061 5
ACLS 13 81385 1
REAL 15 79260 2
Average 14.75 103866 1.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $104 million. That figure was $20 million in SXI’s case. Molecular Templates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTEM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Standex International Corp. (NYSE:SXI) is even less popular than ACLS. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards SXI. Our calculations showed that the top 10 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 13.4% in 2020 through June 22nd but managed to beat the market by 15.9 percentage points. Unfortunately SXI wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); SXI investors were disappointed as the stock returned 12.1% during the second quarter (through June 22nd) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in 2020.

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