Baron Opportunity Fund: Top 10 Stock Holdings of the $300 Million Portfolio

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Mutual fund manager Michael Lippert , who manages the Baron Opportunity Fund (BIOPX) was interviewed recently about his fund’s holdings.  Following is information on the top 10 holdings in his fund:

  1. Gartner (NYSE:IT): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $22.72 to $43.39 and most recently traded at $38.56.  Its market capitalization is $3.75 billion, its forward price-to-earnings ratio is 21.66, its price-to-earnings growth ratio is 1.2, its price-to-sales ratio is 2.84, and its price-to-book ratio is 17.85.  About the company:  Gartner, Inc. provides research and analysis on the computer hardware, software, communications, and related information technology industries.  The Company’s business segments include research, consulting, measurements, events and executive programs.
  2. Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $69.42 to $105.09 and most recently traded at $100.61.  Its market capitalization is $4.71 billion, its forward price-to-earnings ratio is 32.56, its price-to-earnings growth ratio is 1.67, its price-to-sales ratio is 3.53, and its price-to-book ratio is 2.37.  About the company:  Equinix, Inc. provides core Internet exchange services to networks, Internet infrastructure companies, enterprises, and content providers.  The Company operates Internet Business Exchange centers in several countries, where customers can interconnect with the providers that serve Internet networks and users for their peering, transit, and traffic exchange requirements.
  3. NII Holdings (NASDAQ:NIHD): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $32.36 to $46.32 and most recently traded at $43.42.  Its market capitalization is $7.39 billion, its forward price-to-earnings ratio is 14.38, its price-to-earnings growth ratio is 0.85, its price-to-sales ratio is 1.24, and its price-to-book ratio is 2.1.  About the company:  NII Holdings, Inc. provides mobile communications for business customers in Latin America.  The Company has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Peru, offering a fully integrated wireless communications tool with digital cellular service, text/numeric paging, wireless internet access, and Nextel DirectConnect, a digital two-way radio feature.
  4. SBA Communications (NASDAQ:SBAC): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $31.62 to $44.44 and most recently traded at $39.25.  Its market capitalization is $4.45 billion, its forward price-to-earnings ratio cannot be calculated as the company is not profitable, its price-to-earnings growth ratio is -2.63 (earnings are negative), its price-to-sales ratio is 6.88, and its price-to-book ratio is 20.88.  About the company:  SBA Communications Corporation owns and operates wireless communications infrastructure in the United States.  The Company offers both site leasing and site development services.  SBA leases antenna space on its multi-tenant towers to a variety of wireless service providers under long-term lease contracts.  The Company also offers site development consulting and construction.
  5. Carbo Ceramics (NYSE:CRR): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $62.65 to $169.34 and most recently traded at $151.21.  Its market capitalization is $3.51 billion, its forward price-to-earnings ratio is 22.07, its price-to-earnings growth ratio is 1.01, its price-to-sales ratio is 7.00, and its price-to-book ratio is 6.39.  About the company:  CARBO Ceramics Inc. produces and supplies ceramic proppants for use in the oil and gas industry.  The Company also provides foundry metal casting, and industrial mineral grinding.  Carbo has manufacturing plants located worldwide.
  6. Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $25.38 to $61.70 and most recently traded at $57.37.  Its market capitalization is $5.06 billion, its forward price-to-earnings ratio is 20.79, its price-to-earnings growth ratio is 1.53, its price-to-sales ratio is 3.93, and its price-to-book ratio is 4.08.  About the company:  PolyCom, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets a line of video, voice, data and web conferencing collaboration solutions.  The solutions include enterprise video and voice communications end-points, network infrastructure, management products, product maintenance and other professional services.
  7. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $235.56 to $364.90 and most recently traded at $337.41 per share.  Its market capitalization is $312.02 billion, its forward price-to-earnngs ratio is 11.80, its price-to-earnings growth ratio is 0.65, its price-to-sales ratio is 3.57, and its price-to-book ratio is 5.07.  About the company:  Apple, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions.  The Company sells its produces worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers.  Competitors to Watch: Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Super Micro (NASDAQ:SMCI), Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM).
  8. Polypore International (NYSE:PPO):  The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $18.32 to $71.96 and most recently traded at $68.05.  Its market capitalization is $3.11 billion, its forward price-to-earnings ratio is 24.3, its price-to-earnings growth ratio is 1.66, its price-to-sales ratio is 4.73, and its price-to-book ratio is 7.48.  About the company:  Polypore International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets specialized polymer-based membranes used in separation and filtration processes.  The Company serves customers globally with manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia.  Competitors to Watch: Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALTI), Nanophase Tech. Corp. (NASDAQ:NANX), Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE), W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA), Media Sciences Intl. (MSII), Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ:IOSP), IKONICS Corporation (NASDAQ:IKNX), OM Group, Inc. (NYSE:OMG), Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC), Ferro Corporation (NYSE:FOE).
  9. Masimo (NASDAQ:MASI): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $21.05 to $35.15 and most recently traded at $30.28 per share.  Its market capitalization is $1.81 billion, its forward price-to-earnigns ratio is 21.32, its price-to-earnings growth ratio is 1.08, its price-to-sales ratio is 4.31, and its price-to-book ratio is 7.17.  About the company:  Masimo Corporation designs, develops, and licenses medical signal processing and sensor technology for the noninvasive monitoring of physiological parameters.  The Company’s first products are designed to improve the effectiveness of pulse oximetry by overcoming the inability of current monitors to precisely measure the levels of arterial blood oxygen saturation and low arterial blood flow.
  10. RealPage (NASDAQ:RP): The stock has traded in a 52-week range of $12.42 to $34.19 and most recently traded at $28.57.  Its market capitalization is $1.99 billion, its forward price-to-earnings ratio is 58.31, its price-to-earnings growth ratio is 3.69, its price-to-sales ratio is 9.72, and its price-to-book ratio is 11.06.  About the company:  RealPage, Inc. provides products and services to the multifamily real estate industry.  The Company’s services include applicant screening, accounting, budgeting, property management and compliance reporting.  RealPage also develops and delivers proprietary Web-based applications that enhance client information management capabilities.

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