Is Olo Inc. (OLO) A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We at Insider Monkey have plowed through 866 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of March 31st. In this article we look at what those investors think of Olo Inc. (NYSE:OLO).

Is OLO a good stock to buy? The smart money was turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went up by 21 recently. Olo Inc. (NYSE:OLO) was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. Our calculations also showed that OLO isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).

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Alex Sacerdote of Whale Rock Capital Management

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Do Hedge Funds Think OLO Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At Q1’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 21 from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards OLO over the last 23 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is OLO A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in Olo Inc. (NYSE:OLO) was held by Tiger Global Management LLC, which reported holding $18 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Citadel Investment Group with a $9.5 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Whale Rock Capital Management, Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, and Alyeska Investment Group. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position ThornTree Capital Partners allocated the biggest weight to Olo Inc. (NYSE:OLO), around 0.45% of its 13F portfolio. Pinz Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.36 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to OLO.

Now, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Tiger Global Management LLC, managed by Chase Coleman, assembled the largest position in Olo Inc. (NYSE:OLO). Tiger Global Management LLC had $18 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also made a $9.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new OLO positions are Alex Sacerdote’s Whale Rock Capital Management, Ryan Tolkin (CIO)’s Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, and Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Olo Inc. (NYSE:OLO). We will take a look at Safehold Inc. (NYSE:SAFE), Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC), Companhia Energetica Minas Gerais (NYSE:CIG), Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC), Hancock Whitney Corporation (NASDAQ:HWC), MultiPlan Corporation (NYSE:MPLN), and LGI Homes Inc (NASDAQ:LGIH). All of these stocks’ market caps match OLO’s market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position SAFE,8,7714,-1 DOC,19,119409,4 CIG,13,65122,1 CMC,20,134704,-3 HWC,15,114698,0 MPLN,30,328984,5 LGIH,16,80296,-7 Average,17.3,121561,-0.1 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 17.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $122 million. That figure was $86 million in OLO’s case. MultiPlan Corporation (NYSE:MPLN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Safehold Inc. (NYSE:SAFE) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Olo Inc. (NYSE:OLO) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for OLO is 57.3. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 23.8% in 2021 through July 16th and still beat the market by 7.7 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on OLO as the stock returned 30.9% since the end of Q1 (through 7/16) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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