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Here’s Why White Brook Capital Sold its First Solar Inc. (FSLR) and Itron Inc. (ITRI) Positions

White Brook Capital, an investment management firm, published its first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 25.42% was delivered by the fund for the Q1 of 2021, ahead of its S&P 500 and S&P Midcap 400 benchmarks that delivered a 6.2% and 13.47% returns respectively for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

White Brook Capital, in their Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) and Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI). First Solar, Inc. is a Tempe, Arizona-based solar company that currently has a $9.4 billion market capitalization, while Itron, Inc. is a Liberty Lake, Washington-based technology company that currently has a $4.1 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, FSLR delivered a -10.32% return, while its 12-month gains are up by 94.77%. On the other hand, ITRI delivered a -1.99% year-to-date return, while its 12 month gains are up by 24.70%. As of April 27, 2021, FSLR closed at $89.69, and ITRI ended the day at $93.40 per share.

Here is what White Brook Capital has to say about First Solar, Inc. and Itron, Inc. in their Q1 2021 investor letter:

"First Solar (FSLR) and Itron (ITRI), both of which I’ve written about in past In Focus sections were long-term positions that were sold as their prices exceeded price targets. Both are solid companies that remain on my watchlist, but the opportunity cost of not investing in other potential investments exceeded their potential mid-term returns."

Our calculations show that First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) and Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) 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, First Solar, Inc. was in 34 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 40 funds in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Itron, Inc. was in 6 hedge fund portfolios, versus the 15 funds in the third quarter. FSLR and ITRI delivered a -13.71% and 5.16% returns respectively in the past 3 months.

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