Conestoga Capital Advisors, a boutique, independent investment management firm, published its fourth-quarter 2020 ‘Small Cap Growth & SMid Cap Growth’ Investor Letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A net return of 31% was recorded by Conestoga’s Small Cap Growth fund and 19.72% return by its SMid Cap Growth Fund for the the end year 2020. Both performed below their Russell 2000 Growth and Russell 2500 Growth benchmarks that delivered a 34.63% and 25.89% return respectively. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.
Conestoga Capital Advisors, in their Q4 2020 investor letter, emphasized that Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL) ranks 1st in the their Small Cap Growth Fund’s top 5 leaders. Omnicell, Inc. is a healthcare software solutions provider that caters pharmacy care delivery model that reduce costs but increases human efficiencies. It currently has a $5.4 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, OMCL increased 3.62%, extending its 12-month gains to 49.92%. As of March 5, the stock closed at $124.37 per share.
Here is what Conestoga Capital Advisors has to say about Omnicell, Inc. in their Q4 2020 investor letter:
“OMCL, a provider of medication control solutions and medication adherence packaging to hospitals and long-term care facilities, saw its shares rise over 60% during the quarter. Early in the quarter, the company reported results and gave guidance that were above expectations, while rumors of a bid for OMCL from Baxter surfaced in December. Both events supported strong performance from the stock. Management has not commented on the rumor and no definitive deal has been
announced. We believe the fundamentals for OMCL remain robust and we continue to own the shares.”
Our calculations show that Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Omnicell, Inc. was in 20 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 22 funds in the third quarter. PLRB delivered a 13.99% return in the past 3 months.
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