Polen Capital Management recently released its Q3 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. During the third quarter of 2020, the Polen Focus Growth Composite Portfolio returned 10.15% gross of fees, while the Russell 1000 Growth Index was up 13.22% and the S&P 500 Index was up 8.93%. You should check out Polen Capital’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of this year.
In the said letter, Polen Capital highlighted a few stocks and Salesforce.Com Inc. (NYSE:CRM) is one of them. Salesforce.Com Inc. (NYSE:CRM) is a cloud-based software company. Year-to-date, Salesforce.Com Inc. (NYSE:CRM) stock gained 57.2% and on November 10th it had a closing price of $247.66. Here is what Polen Capital said:
“We think Salesforce.com is a good example of a dynamic we are seeing in this “new normal.” Today, our software businesses that are almost entirely cloud-based and subscription revenue models are proving to be highly resilient even in difficult economic times. In fact, across our software holdings, we are seeing extremely high retention rates and continued robust revenue growth even through the pandemic and recession.
We typically speak of the balance of growth and safety that we seek in our Portfolios. In the past, the safety-like holdings were slower growth and more consumer or healthcare-oriented businesses.
Much of this is because cloud subscription businesses, by nature, are more stable and recurring so long as the underlying services being provided remain mission critical to customers, which is exactly the point. Software businesses often already had network effects and monopoly or oligopoly like market structures in place. The subscription model can add the additional benefits of more stability through economic cycles and less piracy. We believe combining mission critical offerings with highly recurring business models can make these companies “new safeties.”
In Q2 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Salesforce.Com Inc. (NYSE:CRM) stock decreased by about 9% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t believe in Salesforce’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Salesforce.Com Inc. (NYSE:CRM) is ranked #17 among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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