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10 Biggest Losers in Cathie Wood’s Latest Portfolio

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In this article, we discuss the 10 biggest losers in Cathie Wood's latest portfolio. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of Wood's hedge fund performance, history and stock selection, go directly to 5 Biggest Losers in Cathie Wood's Latest Portfolio.

Cathie Wood became a superstar money-manager in 2020, the very year stock markets around the globe saw billions wiped off their valuations. Her hedge fund ARK Investment Management returned 170% in the year, powered by visionary bets placed on what later became known as pandemic stocks such as Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZM) and Teladoc Health, Inc (NYSE:TDOC).

Her philosophy revolves around 'disruptive tech', which are basically technologies with the potential to change the modern world and its relationship with tech as we know it. Just like Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) transformed social media, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) revolutionized smartphones and Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) changed the electric vehicles (EV) industry, Cathie Wood is on the constant lookout for companies producing groundbreaking technology that is only a few years away from dominating the global scene. Wood is particularly bullish on certain areas of the tech industry, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, robotics, energy storage and DNA sequencing.

But it takes some guts to have a long-term bullish view for technology people don't presently understand, or see generating a lot of money. And it takes even more to put a lot of money towards these ideas deemed 'far-fetched' by critics.

After a blockbuster 2020, the markets punished Cathie Wood for her views, and her flagship ARK Innovation ETF (NYSE:ARKK) has tanked around 60% in the last 12 months. This was because global inflation, hovering near all-time highs, coupled with soaring energy prices led to investors losing their appetite for risky, growth stocks. But Cathie Wood doesn't share the market's pessimism, and instead doubled down on her bets, increasing her stakes in the stocks that were brutally beaten down by the market. She says that her stock picks are in 'deep value territory', and over a five-year investment horizon, her strategy could post 30-40% compound annual rate of return.

10 Biggest Losers in Cathie Wood's Latest Portfolio
10 Biggest Losers in Cathie Wood's Latest Portfolio

Cathie Wood of ARK Investment Management

Therefore, it would be pertinent to know which stocks in Cathie Wood's Q1 2022 portfolio have taken a beating in recent times, and what future potential they hold. Some of the biggest names in the portfolio of ARK Investment Management include Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA), Teladoc Health, Inc (NYSE:TDOC), and Coinbase Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN).

Our Methodology

We studied Cathie Wood's portfolio for Q1 2022, and picked her top 10 holdings that have lost 60% or more in share price year to date. The share price data reported below is dated as of May 16.

10. Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DNA)

ARK Investment Management’s 13 Portfolio: 1.08% ARK Investment Management’s Stake Value: $260.07 million Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 30 Year-To-Date Share Price Loss : 70.71%

First up is Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DNA), a biotech firm which specializes in cell programming to enable the biological manufacturing of different products. It serves industries such as agriculture, food, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals.

Although shares of Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DNA) have lost 70.71% in the year to date, Cathie Wood increased her stake in the firm by 50% to come in at 64.53 million shares valued at $260 million at the close of the first quarter of 2022. In comparison, Wood held 43.18 million shares of the firm a quarter ago.

On March 31, BTIG analyst Mark Massaro kept a 'Buy' rating on Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DNA) shares, noting that the firm was seeing strong demand never seen before in its history. Ginkgo's platform will enable its customers to increase crop yield and the availability of food across the globe, according to the analyst, who lowered the price target to $6 from $12 on account of a broader sell-off in biotech. In May, Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DNA) partnered with Evo Foods to develop a method for producing animal-free egg proteins for use in the latter's products.

Of the hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey, 30 reported owning stakes in Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DNA) at the close of the fourth quarter, with a combined value of $4.23 billion. This is down from 32 hedge funds in the previous quarter.

In addition to Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA), Teladoc Health, Inc (NYSE:TDOC), and Coinbase Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN), Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DNA) is a prominent stock in the portfolio of Cathie Wood.

9. Roblox Corporation (NYSE:RBLX)

ARK Investment Management’s 13 Portfolio: 1.17% ARK Investment Management’s Stake Value: $281.72 million Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 61 Year-To-Date Share Price Loss : 66.59%

Then there's 'Metaverse' stock Roblox Corporation (NYSE:RBLX), which has lost around 66% in the year to date. The California-based firm offers an online platform where users can create and explore 3D worlds. Cathie Wood, according to her Q1 2022 portfolio, owned 6.09 million shares of Roblox Corporation (NYSE:RBLX) at a value of $281 million, representing 1.17% of her total portfolio. This was an increase of 201% over the previous quarter where she owned 2.02 million shares of the firm.

For the first quarter, Roblox Corporation (NYSE:RBLX) posted EPS of -$0.27, missing estimates by $0.07. Revenue of $631.2 million for the quarter was also below estimates by $15 million.

Needham analyst Bernie McTernan on May 12 lowered the firm's price target on Roblox Corporation (NYSE:RBLX) to $40 from $60 and maintained a 'Buy' rating on the company shares. Despite the Q1 earnings miss, the analyst is positive on the company leaning into monetization opportunities on its platform as it looks to convert engagement to bookings. McTernan also noted that he expects the firm's advertising business to start contributing to revenue next year and increase to over $1 billion by 2027.

Popular hedge funds held major stakes in Roblox Corporation (NYSE:RBLX) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021. In total, 61 hedge funds were long on the company shares, as compared to 50 hedge funds a quarter ago.

8. Sea Limited (NYSE:SE)

ARK Investment Management’s 13 Portfolio: 1.31% ARK Investment Management’s Stake Value: $315.05 million Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 108 Year-To-Date Share Price Loss : 68.55%

Sea Limited (NYSE:SE) provides digital financial services, e-commerce and digital entertainment services in Latin America, Asia and around the world. The Singapore-based company runs ShopeePay, SPayLater, and SeaBank, through which it offers payment processing and digital bank services. It also operates the e-commerce platform Shopee.

As of May 16, shares of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE) have lost 68.15% in the year to date, and 31.13% in the last month. But Cathie Wood decided to increase her stake in the firm by 302%, coming in at 2.63 million shares valued at $315 million at the end of the first quarter of 2022.

On May 4, HSBC analyst Piyush Choudhary reiterated a ‘Buy’ rating on Sea Limited (NYSE:SE) shares and revised the price target to $145 from $150. The analyst sees the firm’s adjusted revenue growing 32% year-over-year in Q1 and expects Shopee’s gross merchandise volume (GMV) to jump 40% in comparison to last year.

In total, investors decreased their holdings in Sea Limited (NYSE:SE) at the close of Q4 2021, with 108 hedge funds holding stakes in the firm as compared to 117 hedge funds a quarter ago. The aggregate value of Q4 hedge fund positions in the firm stood at $10.05 billion.

Investment firm Farrer Wealth Advisors talked about Sea Limited (NYSE:SE) in its Q1 2022 investor letter. The fund said:

Sea Limited had been selling off since its peak in early November of ~$363/share. This was driven by both a general sell off in tech, especially non-profitable tech, and a general belief that its gaming arm (Garena) was experiencing a slowdown due to its flagship game Free Fire. Free Fire has experienced a slowdown for three reasons: it is a victim of its own success, and by the end of Q321, nearly 10% of the world’s population already played the game, and thus reaching new users was difficult; A return to normal with people traveling/going out more and spending less time playing games; and the Indian market imposed a ban on the game due to anti-Chinese sentiment (Tencent is a large shareholder in Sea). We believed that these issues, while worth considering, were a bit overblown, and some of the data we saw from 3rd party sources showed that though Free Fire usage was dipping, it wasn’t too drastic. Thus, we marginally added to the position throughout the quarter. This was a mistake. During Sea’s earnings report in early March, the company guidance for Garena (down nearly 35% yoy) showed that the slowdown was far worse than predicted. Secondly, Shopee (Sea’s ecommerce arm) has pulled out of certain markets (in Europe and India), which long-term is probably the right strategy, but short-term hampers the optionality of the business. After considering this information and the guidance from earnings, we decided to significantly trim the position. In our opinion, management does have a bit of egg on its face from an overly aggressive expansion or as one investor called it, “bull market hubris.” We think management’s moves were mostly logical, it’s just that their failures came during an unforgiving market. While we believe that Sea’s future is still bright (especially with regards to their e-commerce and financial services), it will take a few quarters of strong earnings for them to regain their momentum, and for now the capital can be better spent elsewhere.”

7. Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)

ARK Investment Management’s 13 Portfolio: 2.54% ARK Investment Management’s Stake Value: $610.43 million Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 86 Year-To-Date Share Price Loss : 73.22%

Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP) is a Canadian e-commerce company which offers merchants a cloud-based platform to run their businesses across all sales channels, by managing products, inventory, as well as order and payment processing. ARK Investment Management in its Q1 2022 regulatory filings reported owning roughly 903,000 shares of Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP) with a price tag of $610.4 million.

On May 6, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian kept an 'Outperform' rating on Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP) shares and revised the price target to $630 from $1000. The analyst noted that the firm's below-expectations results were not a big surprise given weakening e-commerce trends observed since mid-February. He sees attractive long-term opportunities for Shopify across e-commerce, payments, software and fulfilment, but notes near-term headwinds in the macro environment amid shifting consumer spending patterns.

For the first quarter of 2022, Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP) posted EPS of $0.20, falling below estimates by $0.45. The company raked in $1.2 billion in revenue for the quarter, underperforming estimates by $38.2 million.

Investors were seen piling into Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP). At the close of Q4 2021, 86 hedge funds reported owning stakes in the firm, with a combined value of $12.01 billion. This is in comparison to 73 hedge funds a quarter ago.

Here is what investment firm Baron Funds had to say about Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP) in its Q1 2022 investor letter:

Shopify Inc. is a cloud-based software provider offering an operating system for multi-channel commerce. Shopify has been adopted by over two million merchants who processed $175 billion of gross merchandise volume in 2021, making it the second largest e-commerce player in the U.S. The stock corrected sharply in the first quarter, declining 51%, as a result of investor rotation out of fast-growing, long-duration stocks and after the company released quarterly results, expecting a normalization in the rapid growth it has experienced during the early stages of the pandemic. We remain shareholders as we believe Shopify has a long runway for growth addressing less than 1% of global commerce spending with a unique and competitively advantaged platform.”

6. Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTLA)

ARK Investment Management’s 13 Portfolio: 2.72% ARK Investment Management’s Stake Value: $652.65 million Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 31 Year-To-Date Share Price Loss : 60.19%

Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTLA) is a genome-editing firm based in Massachusetts. It develops curative therapeutics that permanently edit disease-associated genes in the human body, and create engineered cells that can treat oncological and immunological diseases. ARK Investment Management held 8.98 million shares of Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTLA) at the end of Q1 2022, with a value of $652.7 million which represented 2.72% of its total portfolio.

31 hedge funds out of the 900+ tracked by Insider Monkey were long Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTLA) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021. In contrast, 37 hedge funds were long on the company shares a quarter ago.

On May 9, Oppenheimer analyst Jay Olson gave Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTLA) an unchanged rating of 'Outperform', and lowered the price target to $130 from $160. The analyst is "encouraged" by the firm's emerging profile of drugs, which he believes supports curative potential.

Reporting its first quarter earnings on May 5, Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTLA) posted quarterly revenue of $11.3 million, beating estimates by $2.7 million and showing an increase of 74.58% from the year-ago quarter. However, EPS came in at -$1.96, missing consensus estimates by $0.85.

Investment firm Carillon Tower Advisers talked about many stocks in its Q2 2021 investor letter, and Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTLA) was one of them. The fund said:

Intellia Therapeutics is a clinical-stage genome editing company focused on the development of proprietary, potentially curative therapeutics. The company’s stock soared after announcing positive interim data from an ongoing phase 1 clinical study of its in vivo gene editing candidate, which is being developed as a single-dose treatment for hereditary transthyretin (ATTR) amyloidosis. This specific form of therapy would be the first of its kind resulting in the precision editing of a gene in a target tissue in the human body.”

Along with Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA), Teladoc Health, Inc (NYSE:TDOC), and Coinbase Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN), Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTLA) is a stock to consider for investors looking to emulate Cathie Wood.

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