Should You Consider Investing in Amdocs Limited (DOX)?

Palm Valley Capital Management, an investment management firm, published its second quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here.  A quarterly portfolio return of 1.16% was recorded by the fund for the second quarter of 2021, trailing the S&P SmallCap 600 and Morningstar Small Cap Index that delivered a 4.50%, and 4.23% returns respectively for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their top bets for 2021.

In the Q2 2021 investor letter of Palm Valley Capital Management, the fund mentioned Amdocs Limited (NASDAQ: DOX), and discussed its stance on the firm. Amdocs Limited is a Chesterfield, Missouri-based software company, that currently has a $10.1 billion market capitalization. DOX delivered a 12.03% return since the beginning of the year, extending its 12-month revenues to 34.68%. The stock closed at $79.46 per share on July 09, 2021.

Here is what Palm Valley Capital Management has to say about Amdocs Limited in its Q2 2021 investor letter:

“The top contributors to the Fund’s second quarter returns (includes) Amdocs (ticker: DOX). Amdocs’ stock has fully recovered from the erroneous, widely disseminated anonymous short seller report issued on the final day of the first quarter. Amdocs’ organic growth is the strongest it has been in years, and the company is delivering excellent free cash flow.”

Based on our calculations, Amdocs Limited (NASDAQ: DOX) was not able to clinch a spot in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. Amdocs Limited was in 32 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021, compared to 20 funds in the fourth quarter of 2020. DOX delivered a 7.84% return in the past 3 months.

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