Artisan Partners, an investment management company, released its “Artisan Value Fund” third quarter 2022 investor letter. A copy of the same can be downloaded here. In the third quarter, the fund underperformed its benchmark index. Its Investor Class fund ARTLX returned -7.04%, Advisor Class fund APDLX posted a return of -7.07%, and Institutional Class fund APHLX returned -7.06% in the quarter, compared to a -5.62% return for the Russell 1000 Value Index. In addition, please check the fund’s top five holdings to know its best picks in 2022.
In the third-quarter letter, Artisan Partners discussed stocks like Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). Headquartered in Los Gatos, California, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is an entertainment services company. On November 14, 2022, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock closed at $299.27 per share. One-month return of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) was 22.10% and its shares lost 55.95% of their value over the last 52 weeks. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has a market capitalization of $133.181 billion.
Artisan Partners made the following comment about Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) in its Q3 2022 investor letter:
“Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Vertex Pharmaceuticals were two of our top contributors. Shares of Netflix got some relief after being under pressure in the first half of 2022. Media and entertainment stocks in general have been out of favor as investors grapple with the long-term economics of streaming services and slowing subscriber growth—what should be viewed as a normal feature of a maturing market. Our view is streaming is a scale and intellectual property business that will result in a few large winners, and we believe Netflix will be among this group. We initiated our position in Netflix in Q1 after shares fell by more than half due to concerns about subscriber growth and increasing competition from streaming upstarts. The stock then suffered a second down leg in April after the company reported subscriber losses for the first time in its history. Then in July, the company reported its second consecutive quarter of subscriber losses, but the nearly 1 million subscribers lost were much lower than the 2 million that management had forecast, and shares rallied on the news. For patient investors, there is reason for optimism that subscriber growth will turn around. The company has plans to crack down on password sharing and is launching a lower cost advertising supported tier. Our investment case is focused on an undemanding valuation, massive scale, a continued shift in time and attention from linear TV to streaming, and a financial condition which gives management the flexibility to operate unconstrained during a transition period for the business. We also believe Netflix can leverage its massive global scale of 200+ million subscribers into positive free cash flow though steady pricing increases and content spending controls.”
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is in 19th position on our list of 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As per our database, 95 hedge fund portfolios held Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) at the end of the second quarter, which was 109 in the previous quarter.
We discussed Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) in another article and shared LVS Advisory’s views on the company. In addition, please check out our hedge fund investor letters Q3 2022 page for more investor letters from hedge funds and other leading investors.
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