Maran Capital Management LLC, a value-driven, concentrated, long-term investment management firm, published its fourth-quarter 2020 Investor Letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 14.8% was recorded by the fund for the Q4 of 2020, outperforming its S&P 500 benchmark that delivered a 12.15% return, but below its Russell 2000 index that returned 31.4%. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.
Maran Capital Management, in their Q4 2020 Investor Letter said that they added their positions in RCM Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCMT) and that they continue to expect the best for the company. RCM Technologies, Inc. is world-class business and technology solutions company that has a $32.7 million market cap. For the past 3 months, RCMT delivered a massive 140.39% return and settled at $3.08 per share at the closing of February 2nd.
Here is what Maran Capital Management has to say about RCM Technologies, Inc. in their investor letter:
“We have held a position in RCMT for several years. While I added to the position last year, it remains outside of our top five (and a net detractor from fund performance to date). I laid out my thesis in my 3Q 2019 letter, and, despite Covid’s negative effects on RCMT’s nurse-staffing business (whose primary customers are school districts), my thesis (based on normalized levels of sales and profitability) is still intact. Despite the Covid-related headwinds, RCMT pulled a number of value-creation levers last year, including meaningful cash generation and the repurchase of a significant amount of stock at a very attractive price.
Through the first nine months of 2020, RCMT generated over $20mm of net cash, or ~$1.75/sh, while also reducing the share count by over 12% (RCMT repurchased 1.9mm shares).
When I discussed RCMT in the fall of 2019, I estimated that the three segments were together worth $125mm based on normalized levels of segment sales and profitability. Net of debt and on the share count at the time, this implied $8.50/sh of value for the stock. Updated for the meaningful share count reduction, this would now imply a fair value of $10/sh.”
RCMT delivered a 9.25% return in the past 12 months. However, our calculations show that RCM Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCMT) does not belong in our list of the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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