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Here’s What Conestoga Capital Thinks About Simpson Manufacturing Co. (SSD)

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Conestoga Capital Advisors, a boutique, independent investment management firm, published its fourth-quarter 2020 ‘Small Cap Growth & SMid Cap Growth’ Investor Letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A net return of 31% was recorded by Conestoga’s Small Cap Growth fund and 19.72% return by its SMid Cap Growth Fund for the the end year 2020. Both performed below their Russell 2000 Growth and Russell 2500 Growth benchmarks that delivered a 34.63% and 25.89% return respectively. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Conestoga Capital Advisors, in their Q4 2020 investor letter, emphasized that Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NYSE: SSD) is among their Small Cap Growth Fund’s top 5 laggards. Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. is a California-based engineering firm that offers structural products for construction purposes. It currently has a $4.4 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, SSD is up 7.42%, extending its 12-month gains to 21.47%. As of March 5, the stock closed at $100.38 per share.

Here is what Conestoga Capital Advisors has to say about Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

"SSD is a leading provider of structural connectors to the U.S. housing market. Despite reporting better-than-expected growth in its business, investors focused on several negative factors, including concerns about rising raw material prices, tough 2021 comparisons and the halted rollout of mechanical anchors and fasteners with Home Depot. We believe the company will continue to benefit from a strong residential housing market particularly in the Southern and Western parts of the U.S. Additionally, the company’s focus on internal improvement with respect to working capital should drive long-term shareholder returns."

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Our calculations show that Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NYSE: SSD) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NYSE: SSD) was in 25 hedge fund portfolios compared to 17 funds in the third quarter. SSD delivered a 10.60% return in the past 3 months.

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