Fastest Growing Stocks In Chuck Akre’s Portfolio

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Akre Capital Management released its quarterly 13F filing with the SEC on May 15th. Analyzing the recent performance of the firm’s holdings, I highlight their fastest growing stocks below.


Akre Capital Management’s Fastest Growing Stocks

Analysts often look at companies as either thriving, surviving or dying. Analyzing a company’s revenue growth can help distinguish between these stages. Growth of over 10% typically signifies the core business is doing very well and the company’s products and services are in demand.

The table below lists 7 stocks in Akre Capital Management’s portfolio that have strong top-line growth.

Akre Capital Management Fastest Growing Stocks
Ticker Name Revenue Growth % Of Portfolio
PRMW PRIMO WTR CORP 74.9% 0.3%
AMTD TD AMERITRADE HLDG CORP 33.6% 2.3%
ALRM ALARM COM HLDGS INC 29.4% 0.2%
MA MASTERCARD INC 20.6% 12.2%
ROP ROPER INDS INC NEW 18.9% 5.7%
KKR KKR & CO L P DEL 18.9% 1.3%
UBNT UBIQUITI NETWORKS INC 18.7% 2.4%

Primo Water Corporation (NasdaqGM: PRMW) is the fastest growing company in Akre Capital Management’s portfolio. The company’s LTM total revenue of $299 million is up 74.9% year-over-year. Very impressive. Note that the stock price is up 39.7% over the last twelve months.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: AMTD) appears to be the second highest growth stock in the portfolio. The company’s latest top-line improvement of 33.6% is very intriguing. With 29.4% LTM sales growth, Alarm.com Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALRM) is the third fastest growing company in Chuck Akre’s portfolio.

Other notable growth stocks include Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE: MA), Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ROP), KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR) and Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.(NASDAQ: UBNT).


Final Thoughts

Akre Capital prides itself on being extremely discerning when selecting stocks. The investment team obsesses over the quality of the people running a business and the rate of return. In a 2014 interview, Akre said he looks for companies that he thinks are ‘compounding machines.’ At the time the firm owned Mastercard Inc (NYSE: MA) and Visa Inc (NYSE: V) which he pointed out have margins of over 30%, which is around three times that of the average US company.

Akre and his colleagues also refer to what they call the ‘three-legged stool’ approach to finding compounding machines. The three requirements are exceptional people running the business, reinvestment acumen and opportunities for reinvestment. The last point is important because even if the management team is good at allocating capital, they can’t generate returns if there are no opportunities.

In 2015, Akre wrote an article in which he asserts that rate of return is the most important metric to use when evaluating an investment. He said that in most cases this can be measured by the growth in the book value of a share.

Akre capital often holds positions for over ten years. As long as a company is able to keep increasing its economic value, the firm will hold a stock. Although the firm is a long-term investor, Akre doesn’t attribute its success to ‘buy and hold’ investing, but to the quality of the companies they buy.

Managers with more than $100 million in qualifying assets under management are required to disclose their holdings to the SEC each quarter via 13F filings. Qualifying assets include long positions in U.S. equities and ADRs, call/put options, and convertible debt securities. Shorts, cash positions, foreign investments and other assets are not included. It is important to note that these filings are due 45 days after the quarter end date. Therefore, Akre Capital Management’s holdings above represent positions held as of March 31st and not necessarily reflective of the fund’s current stock holdings.

However, most can agree that with thousands of stocks traded on U.S. exchanges, doing thorough research on each one is nearly impossible for smaller investors. Leveraging the resources of the largest hedge funds on Wall Street can be a powerful way to narrow down the list.

The ideas section of finbox.io tracks top investors and trending investment themes. You can get the latest data on the holdings discussed above at the Akre Capital Management page.

As of this writing, I did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities and this is not a buy or sell recommendation on any security mentioned.

Expertise: financial technology, analyzing market trends. Brian is a founder at finbox.io, where he’s focused on building tools that make it faster and easier for investors to research stock fundamentals. Brian’s background is in physics & computer science and previously worked as a software engineer at GE Healthcare. He enjoys applying his expertise in technology to help find market trends that impact investors. Brian can be reached at brian@finbox.io or at +1 (516) 778-6257.

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