Aristotle Atlantic Partners, LLC, an investment advisor, released its “Focus Growth Strategy” first quarter 2023 investor letter. A copy of the same can be downloaded here. In the first quarter, Aristotle Atlantic’s Focus Growth strategy returned 13.05% (net) underperforming the Russell 1000 Growth Index’s return of 14.37%. Allocation effects led the portfolio to underperform in the quarter relative to its benchmark, while security selection modestly contributed. Security selection in Information Technology, Financials, and Health Care contributed to the relative performance of the strategy in the quarter, while holdings in Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples, as well as overweight exposure in Health Care, detracted. In addition, you can check the top 5 holdings of the fund to know its best picks in 2023.
Aristotle Atlantic Focus Growth Strategy highlighted stocks like Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) in the first quarter 2023 investor letter. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) is an electric vehicle and energy generation and storage systems manufacturer. On April 26, 2023, Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock closed at $153.75 per share. One-month return of Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) was -21.27%, and its shares lost 47.44% of their value over the last 52 weeks. Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has a market capitalization of $487.311 billion.
Aristotle Atlantic Focus Growth Strategy made the following comment about Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) in its Q1 2023 investor letter:
“Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) was a negative contributor to performance due to our underweight position relative to Russell 1000 Growth Index, as the company had strong performance in Q1. The strength occurred after the company partially reversed a previously announced price cut for its electric vehicles following a period of strong demand. Tesla also reported better-than-expected results for Q4 2022 during the first quarter.
Tesla Motors designs, develops, manufactures, and markets high-performance, technologically advanced electric cars and solar energy generation and energy storage products. Tesla sells more than five fully electric cars, among others, the Model X and Y SUVs, as well as the Model S sedan and Model 3 sedan. The company has a growing global network of Tesla Superchargers, which are industrial grade, high-speed vehicle chargers, typically placed along well-traveled routes and in and around dense city centers to allow Tesla owners quick and reliable charging. Tesla offers certain advanced driver assist systems under its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving options. US customers generate nearly half of Tesla’s sales.
We see Tesla as the leading manufacturer of battery powered electric vehicles (EVs). The company has achieved scaled production of EVs before the other large automobile manufacturers. The company’s technology in battery production and self-driving technology is more mature than competitors’ offerings. EVs are one of the fastest growing categories within automobile manufacturing. The profit margin in the automotive segment is significantly above automotive competitors which provides the company flexibility to price its vehicles more strategically as the competition eventually scales up their EV production. The direct-to-consumer sales model gives the company more control over its relationship with its customers as well as a source of higher profit margin since there is no dealership share of the profits.”
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Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) is in 28th position on our list of 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As per our database, 91 hedge fund portfolios held Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) at the end of the fourth quarter which was 88 in the previous quarter.
We discussed Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) in another article and shared Polen Focus Growth Strategy’s views on the company. In addition, please check out our hedge fund investor letters Q1 2023 page for more investor letters from hedge funds and other leading investors.
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