5. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL)
Shares of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) outperformed the broader market index year to date, thanks to prospects for increased advertisement revenue. It is the sixth-largest stock holding of Ken Fisher’s portfolio, accounting for 2.50% of the overall portfolio.
Polen Capital stated in the first quarter investor letter that Google was among the top contributors to its performance. Here is what Polen Capital stated:
“For our top contributors, each generated strong returns for different, but fundamentally based reasons, in our opinion. Alphabet saw renewed strength recently as advertisers generally resumed spending after a short pause during the pandemic.
Alphabet experienced some challenging quarters in 2020 as many companies paused their advertising spend. But, the business bounced back recently, spurring a strong recovery in the company’s share price. Even during such a challenging period, the company still compounded revenue at 14% in constant currency for 2020.
This is partly due to Alphabet’s multiple growth engines. For example, while its search business was negative one quarter and only grew by 6% during another, YouTube ads and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) grew at over 30% and 46% during the quarter, respectively. YouTube and GCP combined now contribute over 50% of the company’s growth, which we believe is a testament to a strong culture of innovation, a long-term mindset, and prudent capital allocation. With search bouncing back this most recent quarter–growing 17% –we believe that Alphabet continues to be well-positioned to durably compound earnings at or above 15% for many years to come. It remains one of our largest positions.”