Is Tristate Capital Holdings (TSC) a Smart Long-term Buy?

Heartland Value Fund recently released its third-quarter investor letter – a copy of which is available for download here. The fund posted a return of 6.6% for the quarter, outperforming its benchmark, the Russell 2000 Value Index which returned 2.6% 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 Tristate Capital Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TSC) is one of them. Tristate Capital Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TSC) is a bank holding company. Year-to-date, Tristate Capital Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TSC) stock lost 35.2% and on December 21st it had a closing price of $16.92. Here is what Heartland Advisors said:

“In contrast to the recent new highs by the popular market indices, shares of many small cap banks are off 50% or more. With interest rates at historic lows, investors have avoided this industry due to compression of net interest margin and potential credit risk.

In our view, widespread abandonment of the group has created opportunities in well-run, unique franchises. A long-time favorite of ours, TriState Capital Holdings Inc. (TSC), is an example of the bargains available.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, TriState is a branchless bank with a terrific record of growth—driven by double-digit percentage gains in deposits and loans. In less than five years, assets have tripled to over $9 billion. The bank’s efficiency is outstanding with revenue per employee of $650k, twice the median for peers.

TriState has a differentiated product line led by a unique private banking model with $4 billion in assets serving a network of high net worth clients throughout America. The offering has been growing double digits and since inception has had zero losses. Fortune has ranked Tristate in their 100 fastest growing companies list three years in a row.

Overall loan quality is outstanding, with non-performing debt to total loans of just .09%. We believe the company has strong management and are impressed by their 9% stake in the company. During the recent selloff, leadership has continued to buy shares.

With shares priced below book value at a single-digit multiple to earnings, we believe TriState represents an exceptional opportunity.”

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In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Tristate Capital Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TSC) stock remained unchanged from the previous quarter (see the chart here). Our calculations showed that Tristate Capital Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TSC) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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