Where Do Hedge Funds Stand On Tiptree Inc. (TIPT)?

We know that hedge funds generate strong, risk-adjusted returns over the long run, therefore imitating the picks that they are collectively bullish on can be a profitable strategy for retail investors. With billions of dollars in assets, smart money investors have to conduct complex analyses, spend many resources and use tools that are not always available for the general crowd. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have occasional colossal losses; they do (like Peltz’s recent General Electric losses). However, it is still a good idea to keep an eye on hedge fund activity. With this in mind, as the current round of 13F filings has just ended, let’s examine the smart money sentiment towards Tiptree Inc. (NASDAQ:TIPT).

Is Tiptree Inc. (NASDAQ:TIPT) a cheap investment today? Hedge funds were in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 1 lately. Tiptree Inc. (NASDAQ:TIPT) was in 3 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistics is 7. Our calculations also showed that TIPT isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). There were 2 hedge funds in our database with TIPT holdings at the end of June.

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Hedge fund activity in Tiptree Inc. (NASDAQ:TIPT)

At Q3’s end, a total of 3 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 50% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in TIPT over the last 21 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

More specifically, Ancora Advisors was the largest shareholder of Tiptree Inc. (NASDAQ:TIPT), with a stake worth $0.6 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Ancora Advisors was Renaissance Technologies, which amassed a stake valued at $0.2 million. Arrowstreet Capital was also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Ancora Advisors allocated the biggest weight to Tiptree Inc. (NASDAQ:TIPT), around 0.02% of its 13F portfolio. Renaissance Technologies is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.0002 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to TIPT.

Consequently, some big names have jumped into Tiptree Inc. (NASDAQ:TIPT) headfirst. Renaissance Technologies, assembled the largest position in Tiptree Inc. (NASDAQ:TIPT). Renaissance Technologies had $0.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Tiptree Inc. (NASDAQ:TIPT). These stocks are Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE:OIS), Sol-Gel Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLGL), Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE:UTI), Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ETON), Grupo Supervielle S.A. (NYSE:SUPV), GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX), and National Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ:NKSH). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to TIPT’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
OIS 12 10351 -1
SLGL 2 6172 -1
UTI 14 39515 2
ETON 4 29256 1
SUPV 3 414 -1
GPX 9 49256 -2
NKSH 3 11806 1
Average 6.7 20967 -0.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 6.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $21 million. That figure was $1 million in TIPT’s case. Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE:UTI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Sol-Gel Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLGL) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. Tiptree Inc. (NASDAQ:TIPT) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for TIPT is 23. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks gained 28.1% in 2020 through November 23rd and beat the market by 15.4 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on TIPT, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 6.9% since the end of Q3 (through November 23rd) and outperformed the market.

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