Sands Capital Trims Microsoft, Exits Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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Tiziano Frateschi
Feb 23, 2021
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Frank Sands (Trades, Portfolio)' Sands Capital Management sold shares of the following stocks during the fourth quarter, which ended on Dec. 31.

Microsoft

The Microsoft Corp. (

MSFT, Financial) stake was reduced by 82.81%, impacting the portfolio by -1.57%.

The company, which develops and licenses consumer and enterprise software, has a market cap of $1.84 trillion and an enterprise value of $1.78 trillion.

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GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 9 out of 10. The return on equity of 43.01% and return on assets of 17.4% are outperforming 95% of companies in the software industry. Its financial strength is rated 7 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 1.9 is below the industry median of 2.4.

The largest guru shareholder of the company is

Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.31% of outstanding shares, followed by Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.29% and PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.27%.

Regeneron

The Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc . (

REGN, Financial) holding was closed, impacting the portfolio by -1.04%.

The company has a market cap of $50.39 billion and an enterprise value of $49.50 billion.

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GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 8 out of 10. The return on equity of 32.88% and return on assets of 22.45% are outperforming 96% of companies in the biotechnology industry. Its financial strength is rated 7 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 1.33 is below the industry median of 9.77.

The largest guru shareholder of the company is the

Vanguard Health Care Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.39% of outstanding shares, followed by Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies with 0.84% and Catherine Wood (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.42%.

Snowflake

The firm trimmed its Snowflake Inc. (

SNOW, Financial) position by 82.87%. The portfolio was impacted by -1.03%.

The data lake, warehousing and sharing company has a market cap of $82.10 billion and an enterprise value of $77.55 billion.

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The return on equity of -27.92% and return on assets of -15.24% are underperforming 78% of companies in the software industry. Its financial strength is rated 5 out of 10 with a cash-debt ratio of 23.07.

The largest guru shareholder of the company is

Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)'s Berkshire Hathaway with 2.16% of outstanding shares, followed by Philippe Laffont (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.44% and Chase Coleman (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.62%.

Sea

The firm cut its Sea Ltd. (

SE, Financial) stake by 6.48%. The portfolio was impacted by -0.72%.

The internet company has a market cap of $143.34 billion and an enterprise value of $141.96 billion.

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GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 3 out of 10. The return on equity of -139.77% and return on assets of -24.52% are underperforming 93% of companies in the interactive media industry. Its financial strength is rated 4 out of 10 with a cash-debt ratio of 1.65.

The largest guru shareholder of the company is Sands with 9.38% of outstanding shares, followed by Coleman with 1.80% and Laffont with 0.61%.

Galapagos

The firm exited its position in Galapagos NV (

GLPG, Financial). The portfolio was impacted by -0.70%.

The clinical-stage biotechnology company has a market cap of $5.64 billion.

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GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 3 out of 10. The return on equity of -13.21% and return on assets of -6.16% are outperforming 73% of companies in the biotechnology industry. Its financial strength is rated 6 out of 10. The cash-debt ratio of 182.64 is far above the industry median of 9.77.

The largest guru shareholders of the company include the

Vanguard Health Care Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.80% of outstanding shares, Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.40% and Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies with 0.11%.

Monster Beverage

The Monster Beverage Corp. (

MNST, Financial) position was closed, impacting the portfolio by -0.56%.

The company, which operates in the in the energy drink subsegment of the beverage industry, has a market cap of $47.33 billion and an enterprise value of $45.65 billion.

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GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 10 out of 10. The return on equity of 28.4% and return on assets of 22.89% are outperforming 91% of companies in the beverages, non-alcoholic industry. Its financial strength is rated 9 out of 10 with no debt.

The largest guru shareholder of the company is Simons' firm with 1.94% of outstanding shares, followed by Cohen with 0.17% and

Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.13%/

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