Baron Asset Fund recently published its second-quarter commentary – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the second quarter of 2020, the Baron Asset Fund returned 28.02% (institutional shares). In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index was up 20.54%, while the Russell Midcap Growth Index was up 30.26%. You should check out Baron Asset Fund’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash.
In the said letter, Baron Asset Fund highlighted a few stocks and ZoomInfo Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ZI) is one of them. ZoomInfo Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ZI) provides marketing solutions. Here is what Baron Asset Fund said:
"The Fund established a meaningful position in ZoomInfo Technologies Inc., which completed its IPO during the quarter. ZoomInfo operates a cloudbased information platform used primarily by sales professionals to identify and target their highest-value potential sales targets. We believe that ZoomInfo’s customers find the platform effective in uncovering new sales leads, shortening their sales cycles, and increasing their win rates. The company currently has more than 200,000 paying users across 15,000 customer companies. We believe this represents a mere 2% penetration rate of an approximately $24 billion global addressable market for the company’s current products.
ZoomInfo obtains the bulk of its data from a contributory network of user data, which the company aggregates and analyzes for its clients. We believe this approach has enabled ZoomInfo to create an unrivaled database that includes the most accurate collection of corporate emails and phone numbers spanning approximately 14 million companies and 120 million professionals. More importantly, the database also includes unique technographic data (for example, all companies with benefits plans expiring within the next six months) and advanced attributes, such as time series growth, granular department and location information, employee trends, organizational charts, news and events, hierarchy information, and funding details. In addition to employing a research team of more than 400 analysts, the company uses machine learning to score and validate its data, which it supplements with unstructured public information extracted through patented technologies.
We are optimistic that the company has a long runway for profitable growth, driven by its large addressable market, its strong competitive position, and secular trends favoring data-driven marketing. In addition, the company has the potential to introduce new products targeting areas beyond sales, such as recruiting, market research, and investing. Its revenues are virtually all subscription-based, and it has an attractive sales model resulting in exceptionally high returns on its customer acquisition expenditures. We expect the company should be able to continue growing its revenues at approximately 40% while also maintaining free cash flow margins of approximately 40%."
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