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Yamil Berard
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Tiger Management's Top Growth Picks

The firm has walked away with gains of up to 141% for these earnings and revenue growth powerhouses

The top-growth companies of Tiger Management, the firm founded by legendary investor Julian Robertson (Trades, Portfolio), have packed hefty returns over a 10-year period. The New York-based investment management firm has walked away with gains of up to 141% for some of these revenue and earnings growth powerhouses.

Tiger Management’s top-growth holding was in the company that operates China’s most popular online marketplace, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE:BABA), which reported an average earnings growth rate of 87.9% over the last decade, this week’s filing showed.

Another top-growth company was Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD). Gilead, which develops cutting-edge therapies for HIV as well as liver and cardiovascular diseases, reported 31% growth in earnings over the last decade.

Other top performers were global video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) with a 10-year earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization growth rate of 22.4%. New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE:EDU) packed an EBITDA of more than 21%. Dublin-based airline operator Ryanair Holdings (NASDAQ:RYAAY) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) packed 10-year EBITDA growth of more than 20%. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NYSE:NCLH) reported a 19.5% growth rate, while Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS) reported a growth rate of 14.6%. NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) reported 13.8%.

Other stocks with EBITDA growth of 6% to 11% over the last decade included: Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Anthem (ANTM), PVH Corp. (PVH), Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) and L Brands (LB).

The 10-year growth rate for the company stood at more than 87% after a decade of pumping returns. It was ranked with a 3.5-star business predictability ranking by GuruFocus, which outlined those companies that reported a stock hike on average of 9% a year.

The fund, in total, holds 96 stocks for a value of $780 million as of filings. In the first quarter, the fund experienced a quarter-over-quarter turnover of 24%. It expanded its holdings of 11 stocks and added 19 stocks to the portfolio. That compared to the last quarter, when it had 90 stocks for a total portfolio value of $640 million.

Alibaba

Tiger Management held 25,300 shares of the company. It increased its holding by 11% in the last quarter. It has reported an estimated gain of 43% since the 214,000-share position was initiated in the second quarter of 2017 at an average price of $122.95 per share. Alibaba traded at just over $178 a share on Wednesday afternoon. The stock was slightly down by 1%.

GuruFocus ranked the company's business predictabiltiy 3.5 out of 5 stars. GuruFocus provides this ranking to stocks that have grown an average of 9% a year for the last 10 years.

Alibaba reported earnings growth, on average, of 48.9% a year over the last five years and 76% over the last 12 months. In revenue, it jumped 75% over the last decade.

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Gilead Sciences

The antiviral drugmaker also produces the drugs to treat influenza, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. It is based in California.

Tiger Management held 38,500 shares of the company. It has reported an estimated gain of 19% since the 387,000-share position was initiated in the second quarter of 2013 for an average price of $52 per share. Gilead traded at just under $77 a share on Wednesday afternoon. The stock was down by 1.86%.

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The stock has a 4-star business predictability ranking from GuruFocus, which provides the ranking to stocks that have grown an average of 9.8% a year for the last 10 years.

Gilead reported average earnings growth of 44% per annum over the last five years and -30.9% over the last 12 months. In revenue, it jumped 28% over the last decade.

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Activision Blizzard

The "World of Warcraft" publisher has more than $8 billion in lifetime sales. It is based in Santa Monica, California.

Tiger Management held 25,000 shares of the company. It has reported an estimated gain of 11% since the position was initiated in the fourth quarter of 2017 for an average price of $63 per share. Gilead traded at $70.25 a share late Wednesday afternoon. The stock was up 0.03%.

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The stock has a 3.5-star business predictability ranking from GuruFocus, which provides the ranking to stocks that have grown an average of 9% a year for the last 10 years.

Activision reported average earnings growth of 18.5% a year over the last five years and -9% over the last 12 months. In revenue, it jumped 11.7% over the last decade.

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New Oriental Education & Technology Group

The company provides private educational services in China. The company announced last month it had submitted an application in order to apply for a listing of its ordinary shares on the main board of the stock exchange of Hong Kong Ltd.

Tiger Management held 39,500 shares of New Oriental. It opened the position last quarter. It reported an estimated gain of -7% on the stock after an average purchase price of $93 a share. It traded on Wednesday for about $86 a share.

New Oriental Education and Technology Group was down by 1% in late Wednesday trading.

The stock has a 3.5-star business predictability ranking from GuruFocus, which provides the ranking to stocks that have grown an average of 9% a year for the last 10 years.

New Oriental reported average earnings growth of 15% a year over the last five years and 5.6% over the last 12 months. In revenue, it jumped 30% over the last decade.

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Ryanair Holdings

Tiger Management held more than 97,000 shares of Ryanair. Shares sit in about 1.53% of the equity portfolio. The holding reported an estimated gain of 141% since the 119,900-share position was initiated in 2012 for an average price of $33 per share. Ryanair traded at just under $100 a share on Thursday. The stock was down 1.5%.

The stock has 3-star business predictability ranking from GuruFocus, which provides the ranking to stocks that have grown an average of 8% a year for the last 10 years.

Ryanair reported average earnings growth of 18% a year over the last five years and -4.3% over the last 12 months. In revenue, it jumped 13% over the last decade.

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