Longleaf Partners Fund, a Memphis-based fund under Southeastern Asset Management, recently released its Q3 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The fund posted a return of 7.21% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned 8.93% in the same quarter. You should check out Longleaf Partners’ top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.
In the Q3 2020 Investor Letter, Longleaf Partners’ highlighted a few stocks and General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) is one of them. General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) is an American multinational conglomerate. Year-to-date, General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) stock lost 2.1% and on December 16th it had a closing price of $10.93. Here is what Longleaf Partners’ said:
“General Electric (GE) (-9%, -0.41%), the industrial conglomerate, was also a detractor in the quarter due to the slow recovery of the commercial aerospace industry, where monthly departures are improving but are still down 40% against last year. GE Aviation’s commercial engine and maintenance revenues have fallen by half, and the segment will not approach its 2019 profits for another few years. We have taken down our appraisal value to reflect this new reality. CEO Larry Culp has responded with necessary cost cuts and announced that consolidated GE will be cash profitable in the second half of this year and 2021. In Healthcare, where GE’s quarterly revenues fell 4%, scanning procedures and pharmaceutical diagnostics sales are recovering. GE Power, despite reporting -9% revenues for the quarter, has begun receiving significant new orders in natural gas and renewable energy equipment, while service sales rebound back near normal levels. We expect each one of GE’s segments to keep improving revenues and profitability over the next several years, helping the company to reach its target of high-single digit FCF margins. Today, the stock trades at less than half of our conservative appraisal value for this world-class collection of businesses.”
In Q3 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) stock decreased by about 21% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t believe in GE’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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