Polen Capital Management recently released its Q3 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. During the third quarter of 2020, the Polen Focus Growth Composite Portfolio returned 10.15% gross of fees, while the Russell 1000 Growth Index was up 13.22% and the S&P 500 Index was up 8.93%. You should check out Polen Capital’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of this year.
In the said letter, Polen Capital highlighted a few stocks and Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:ISRG) is one of them. Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:ISRG) is the industry leader in robotic assisted surgery. Year-to-date, Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:ISRG) stock gained 26.3% and on November 10th it had a closing price of $749.50. Here is what Polen Capital said:
“Intuitive Surgical is the pioneer of robotic surgery and maker of da Vinci surgical systems and related instruments and accessories for minimally invasive surgery. Today, the da Vinci robot is used in more than one million surgical procedures per year. Since inception, greater than seven million procedures have been performed using the da Vinci, approximately 21,000 peerreviewed scientific and clinical articles have been published, and the installed base of da Vinci systems now stands at approximately 6,000.
In our view the company holds a monopoly position in robotic surgery and a 20+ year head start in the development and commercialization of robotic surgery. Surgeons like the da Vinci because it enables enhanced flexibility and dexterity in hand movement. Additionally, the patient experience and recovery improves because of reduced length of stay, fewer conversions to open surgery, and reduced complications. Switching costs are very high, driven by the capital cost of robotic systems and the time required to train surgeons on any robotic platform. We expect Intuitive to grow nicely within existing and new procedures as it continues to innovate, demonstrate strong outcomes relative to alternatives, and lowers per-procedure costs.”
In Q2 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:ISRG) stock decreased by about 14% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t believe in Intuitive Surgical’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:ISRG) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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