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Wasatch Global on Sangamo (SGMO): “We Remain Optimistic About its Future Prospects”

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Wasatch Global Investors, an investment management firm, published its “Wasatch Ultra Growth Fund” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 4.69% was recorded by the fund’s investor class for the Q1 of 2021, trailing the benchmark, Russell 2000 Growth Index, that rose to 4.88% for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Wasatch Ultra Growth Fund, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO), and shared their insights on the company. Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. is a Richmond, California-based biotechnology company that currently has an $1.5 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, SGMO delivered a -31.75% return, while its 12-month gains are up by 8.78%. As of May 11, 2021, the stock closed at $10.65 per share.

Here is what Wasatch Ultra Growth Fund has to say about Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

"Another weak stock in the Fund was Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (SGMO). Some investors may have been spooked by the resignation of Sangamo’s chief financial officer (CFO) after a tenure of less than one year. After conducting our own research, which included a conversation with the departing CFO, we believe the move was purely for personal reasons. Sangamo specializes in the treatment and cure of single-gene disorders. We remain optimistic about its future prospects, current partnerships and development pipeline— which includes gene therapy, in-vivo gene editing and ex-vivo genome medicine. (Current and future holdings are subject to risk.)"

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