Black Bear Value Partners recently released its Q4 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The fund posted a return of -6.5% (net) in 2020, underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned 18.4% in the same period. You should check out Black Bear Value Partners’ top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of this year.
In the Q4 2020 Investor Letter, the fund highlighted a few stocks and Armstrong World Industries Inc (NYSE:AWI) is one of them. Armstrong World Industries Inc (NYSE:AWI) is an international designer and manufacturer of walls and ceilings. In the last three months, Armstrong World Industries Inc (NYSE:AWI) stock gained 19% and on March 11th it had a closing price of $93.47. Here is what the fund said:
“AWI is a 129-year old designer and manufacturer of commercial and residential ceiling, wall, and suspension systems. 95% of their sales are for commercial use with the majority (70%) for repair and remodel (R&R). This translates to less sensitivity to new construction as R&R is a more stable revenue stream.
The US ceiling industry is consolidated with the top 3 companies controlling 98% of the market. AWI is the market leader with 65% market share. Because of a large previously installed base and exclusive distributor relationships, they’ve been able to increase pricing in the 5+% range annually.
AWI should be able to generate $4-$5 in annual free cash flow which implies a current yield of 5-6% that should be able to grow 5-7% per year over the long-run. This is an excellent business at a cheap price.”
In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Armstrong World Industries Inc (NYSE:AWI) stock decreased by about 12% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t believe in AWI’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Armstrong World Industries Inc (NYSE:AWI) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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