Should You Consider Investing in Bank OZK (OZK)?

Diamond Hill Capital, an investment management firm, published its “Diamond Hill Small Cap Fund” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. The portfolio outpaced the Russell 2000® Index in the quarter with positive absolute results across all sectors. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Diamond Hill Capital, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Bank OZK (NASDAQ: OZK), and shared their insights on the company. Bank OZK is a Little Rock, Arkansas-based regional bank that currently has a $5.5 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, OZK delivered a 37.45% return, extending its 12-month gains to 105.35%. As of May 21, 2021, the stock closed at $42.98 per share.

Here is what Diamond Hill Capital has to say about Bank OZK in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

“Second-largest holding Bank OZK has grown to be a respected partner in commercial real estate development. Its real estate
specialty group tackles highly complex real estate transactions and is a conservative underwriter, as shown by its minimal credit losses over many years of experience.”

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Our calculations show that Bank OZK (NASDAQ: OZK) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the first quarter of 2021, Bank OZK was in 25 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 20 funds in the fourth quarter of 2020. OZK delivered a 6.33% return in the past 3 months.

The top 10 stocks among hedge funds returned 231.2% between 2015 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 Index ETFs by more than 126 percentage points. We know it sounds unbelievable. You have been dismissing our articles about top hedge fund stocks mostly because you were fed biased information by other media outlets about hedge funds’ poor performance. You could have doubled the size of your nest egg by investing in the top hedge fund stocks instead of dumb S&P 500 ETFs. Here you can watch our video about the top 5 hedge fund stocks right now. All of these stocks had positive returns in 2020.

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