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ClearBridge Investments, an investment management firm, published its “SMID Cap Growth Strategy” second quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the second quarter, the ClearBridge SMID Cap Growth Strategy outperformed the benchmark Russell 2500 Growth Index. On an absolute basis, the Strategy had gains across nine of the 10 sectors in which it was invested during the quarter (out of 11 sectors total), with the IT, health care, and industrials sectors the leading contributors. You can take a look at the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their top bets for 2021.
In the Q2 2021 investor letter of ClearBridge Investments, the fund mentioned Shoals Technologies Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLS) and discussed its stance on the firm. Shoals Technologies Group, Inc. is a Portland, Tennessee-based electrical balance of system (EBOS) solutions provider with a $4.6 billion market capitalization. SHLS delivered a -16.91% return for the past month and it closed at $27.77 per share on October 01, 2021.
Here is what ClearBridge Investments has to say about Shoals Technologies Group, Inc. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:
"Our largest new addition was Shoals Technologies, in the industrials sector, which manufactures electric balance of systems (EBOS) components for ground-mounted solar projects. The company has IP protection around a system of EBOS installation that does not rely on licensed electricians for installation and can be installed above ground, thereby offering the customer significant time and labor savings."
Based on our calculations, Shoals Technologies Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLS) was not able to clinch a spot in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. SHLS was in 12 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first half of 2021, compared to 22 funds in the previous quarter. Shoals Technologies Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHLS) delivered a -22.13% return in the past 3 months.
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