What Does Billionaire Andreas Halvorsen See In Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (KORS)?

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We track quarterly 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds and other notable investors, including billionaire and Tiger Cub Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global. Even though the information in 13Fs is a bit old by the time it is released, we’ve actually found that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds- as determined by these filings- generate an average excess return of 18 percentage points per year, and think that more strategies are possible as well. We can also use our database to compare individual managers’ filings over time; when we looked through Viking Global’s, we saw that the fund increased its stake in Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) to a total of over 12 million shares during the first quarter of 2013 (see Halvorsen’s stock picks over time).

Andreas Halvorsen

The company’s 10-K for its most recent fiscal year (which ended in March) show a 68% increase in revenue compared to the previous fiscal year. Growth was led by an impressive 40% increase in comparable store sales; on a geographic basis, North America (the leading source of revenue) increased sales by over 60% with European revenue more than doubling. Roughly half of Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS)’s operating income comes from its retail business, with the wholesale segment performing strongly as well. With costs held down, earnings more than tripled over the course of the year. Growth rates have slowed a bit as the company has increased in size, but fiscal Q4 numbers still show net income up over 130% versus a year earlier.

Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) trades at 32 times trailing earnings, so investors are already pricing in high growth for some time though certainly Kors could easily prove undervalued if growth continues for the next several years at close to current rates. In fact, Wall Street analyst expectations imply a forward P/E of 20 and a five-year PEG ratio of 0.9. We’d note that the stock’s beta is 2.6, demonstrating a tight link to overall macro conditions for the premium apparel and accessories company. In addition to Viking Global’s interest in the stock, Lone Pine Capital- managed by fellow billionaire and Tiger Cub Stephen Mandel- reported a position of 8.1 million shares as of the end of March (find Mandel’s favorite stocks).

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