Should You Consider Investing in Domino’s Pizza (DPZ)?

Stewart Asset Management LLC, an investment management firm, published its second quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be seen here.  A quarterly portfolio net return of 13.07% was recorded by the fund for the second quarter of 2021, outperforming its S&P 500 benchmark that delivered an 8.55% return 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 Stewart Asset Management, the fund mentioned Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), and discussed its stance on the firm. Domino’s Pizza, Inc. is an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based pizza restaurant chain, that currently has an $18.5 billion market capitalization. DPZ delivered a 24.54% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month revenues are up by 19.90%. The stock closed at $477.56 per share on July 09, 2021.

Here is what Stewart Asset Management has to say about Domino’s Pizza, Inc. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:

“We should point out, however, that some of our holdings do have exposure to higher costs.  Domino’s Pizza is a clear example.  It is exposed to both the volatile cost of milk and higher employment costs for both its store employees and those employed in its delivery system.  In response to higher costs, the company has begun charging more for its industry-leading delivery service.  Despite this, its volumes continue to grow at double-digit rates.  Moreover, Domino’s has not raised food prices in the face of rising input costs, yet has managed to increase its operating margin.”

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Based on our calculations, Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) was not able to clinch a spot in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. Domino’s Pizza, Inc. was in 29 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021, compared to 37 funds in the fourth quarter of 2020. DPZ delivered a 22.34% return in the past 3 months.

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