Is it Time to Dispose Your Stake in ViacomCBS (VIAC)? – Yahoo Finance

Boyar Value Group, an investment management firm, published its first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. In its Q1 letter, the fund talked about the speculations that abounds cryptocurrencies, the signs of hope for value-oriented investors, the fund also talked about the interest rates & inflation, and the importance of taking a long-term view. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Boyar Value Group, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAC), and shared their insights on the company. ViacomCBS Inc. is a New York-based mass media company that currently has a $26.4 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, VIAC delivered a 9.37% return, extending its 12-month gains to 72.82%. As of June 22, 2021, the stock closed at $40.75 per share.

Here is what Boyar Value Group has to say about ViacomCBS Inc. in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

“Toward the end of the quarter we saw one of the largest financial implosions since Long-Term Capital Management when Archegos, the family office of Bill Hwang (a protégé of hedge fund legend Julian Robertson), was annihilated by massive margin calls on a select number of levered bets in companies such as ViacomCBS. Word on the street is that Mr. Hwang lost $20 billion in 2 days. Trying to mitigate their own losses, Hwang’s brokers liquidated his substantial positions via a series of block trades, causing stocks such as ViacomCBS to lose half their value over just a few days. JP Morgan estimates losses of more than $10 billion for the prime brokerages that loaned money to Mr. Hwang’s firm.”

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Our calculations show that ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAC) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the first quarter of 2021, ViacomCBS Inc. was in 89 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 44 funds in the fourth quarter of 2020. VIAC delivered a -41.87% return in the past 3 months.

Hedge funds’ reputation as shrewd investors has been tarnished in the last decade as their hedged returns couldn’t keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. Our research has shown that hedge funds’ small-cap stock picks managed to beat the market by double digits annually between 1999 and 2016, but the margin of outperformance has been declining in recent years. Nevertheless, we were still able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by 115 percentage points since March 2017 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that underperformed the market by 10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2017. Interestingly the margin of underperformance of these stocks has been increasing in recent years. Investors who are long the market and short these stocks would have returned more than 27% annually between 2015 and 2017. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 in our quarterly newsletter.

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