Baron Opportunity Fund recently published its fourth-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Baron Opportunity Fund returned 23.02% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 12.15%, while the Russell 3000 Growth Index was up 12.41%. You should check out Baron’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.
In the Q4 2020 Investor Letter, the fund highlighted a few stocks and Opendoor Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:OPEN) is one of them. Opendoor Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:OPEN) is an online real estate company. In the last three months, Opendoor Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:OPEN) stock lost 6.4% and on March 17th it had a closing price of $28.30. Here is what the fund said:
“Opendoor Technologies Inc. operates the leading “iBuying” digital platform in the U.S. enabling consumers to buy and sell homes instantly. On Opendoor, home buyers can tour properties virtually, make offers, and receive financing, while sellers can receive express cash offers on their homes with flexible close dates. In our view, Opendoor can be one of several winners in a massive and highly fragmented industry, with the company’s 2019 revenue of $4.7 billion representing less than 0.5% share of the $1.3 trillion in addressable U.S. residential real estate sales annually. This view is driven by our conviction that the one-stop shop iBuyer model is a vastly simpler experience for home buyers and sellers and will attract increasing consumer adoption to Opendoor. It is further bolstered by Opendoor’s impressive Net Promoter Score of 70.
Looking ahead, we expect tailwinds not only from increasing iBuyer adoption but also from Opendoor’s geographical expansion to over 100 markets from 21 currently, as well as its growing suite of ancillary offerings beyond title/escrow, mortgages, and automated closing processes to include home warranty, renovations, insurance, moving services, and more. Over time, we believe Opendoor can reach mid- to high-single-digit contribution margins per home vs. 4% in its most mature markets today driven by increasing attach rates of ancillary services. Today, 90% of Opendoor’s current markets are contribution margin positive, and as the company scales further and adds ancillary offerings, we expect improving unit economics to drive EBITDA breakeven by 2023.”
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