BL’s top 5 Q2 deals

BLAIR WILLIAM & CO/IL recently filed its 13F report for the second quarter of 2022, which ended on 2022-06-30.

The 13F report details the stocks that were in a guru’s stock portfolio at the end of the quarter, although investors should note that these filings are limited in scope, containing only an overview of long stock positions. listed in the United States and American certificates of deposit at the end of the quarter. They are not required to include international holdings, short positions or other types of investments. Yet even this limited repository can provide valuable information.

William Blair & Company was originally founded as Blair, Bonner & Co. by William Blair and Francis Bonner in 1935. In its early days, the business focused on raising capital through its own shows for fast-growing Midwest companies. When Bonner left the firm in 1941, the firm would have Blair and five other managing partners and be renamed to its current name of William Blair & Company. Five years later, Edward Blair, son of William Blair, will take over the business. The business would experience some difficulties during the 1960s and 1970s, but would expand to international locations such as London and Liechtenstein in the 1980s. In the 1990s the company would grow at a rapid pace, adding services financing and bond trading and expanding its customer base to include healthcare, higher education institutions and transportation. William Blair & Company would continue to expand through the 1990s and into the 2000s, opening offices in Zurich, San Francisco, Boston and Shanghai and increasing the presence of its other branches. The company is currently employee-owned and offers its wide range of services to retail, institutional and issuing clients. William Blair Capital Partners used to be its investment division, but since 2004 it has morphed into Chicago Growth Partners, focusing on growth capital and buyouts of lower-middle-market growth companies. William Blair & Company’s current line of products and services include investment banking, equity research, institutional and private brokerage, asset management, portfolio management, mutual funds and financing by venture capital. The company offers 25 funds, including its range of growth funds, Global Leaders Fund, International Equity Fund, Emerging Markets Growth Fund, Bond Fund, Income Fund, Ready Reserves Fund and Macro Allocation Fund, among others. William Blair & Company currently has 355 employees who manage a total of more than 11,000 accounts, totaling estimated total assets under management of $69 billion.

According to the latest 13F report, the guru’s stock portfolio contained 1841 stocks valued at a total of $22.53 billion. Top holdings were MSFT (4.23%), AAPL (4.03%) and AMZN (2.68%).

According to data from GuruFocus, these were BLAIR WILLIAM & CO/IL’s top five deals of the quarter.

Airbnb Inc.

BLAIR WILLIAM & CO/IL reduced its investment in NAS:ABNB by 393,523 shares. The transaction had an impact of 0.24% on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $130.8.

On 11/8/2022, Airbnb Inc traded at a price of $123.27 per share and a market capitalization of $78.45 billion. The stock has posted a return of -17.20% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 7 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 1 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Airbnb Inc has a price/earnings ratio of 67.02, a price/book ratio of 14.95, an EV/Ebitda ratio of 49.20 and a price/sales ratio of 10.98.

Starbucks Corp.

BLAIR WILLIAM & CO/IL reduced its investment in NAS:SBUX by 638,516 shares. The transaction had an impact of 0.2% on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $77.03.

On 8/11/2022, Starbucks Corp traded at a price of $87.26 per share and a market capitalization of $99.93 billion. The stock has returned -23.56% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 4 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 9 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Starbucks Corp has a price/earnings ratio of 24.55, a price/earnings/growth (PEG) ratio of 5.01, an EV/EBITDA ratio of 16.27 and a price/sales ratio of 3. ,19.

The GF price/value ratio is 0.75, giving the stock a GF value rank of 10.

Ecolab Inc.

BLAIR WILLIAM & CO/IL reduced its investment in NYSE:ECL by 275,634 shares. The transaction had an impact of 0.17% on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $166.01.

On 08/11/2022, Ecolab Inc traded at a price of $172.325 per share and a market capitalization of $49.13 billion. The stock has returned -20.95% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 5 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 7 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Ecolab Inc has a price/earnings ratio of 44.89, a price/book ratio of 6.93, an EV/Ebitda ratio of 23.37 and a price/sales ratio of 3.69.

The GF price/value ratio is 0.74, giving the stock a GF value rank of 10.

Arista Networks Inc.

BLAIR WILLIAM & CO/IL reduced their investment in NYSE:ANET by 320,311 shares. The transaction had an impact of 0.16% on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $110.18.

On 08/11/2022, Arista Networks Inc traded at a price of $127.32 per share and a market capitalization of $38.74 billion. The stock has returned 37.97% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 8 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 10 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Arista Networks Inc has a price/earnings ratio of 39.33, a price/book ratio of 9.69, a price/earnings/growth (PEG) ratio of 1.48, an EV/Ebitda ratio of 30.14 and a price-to-sales ratio of 11.61.

The GF price-to-value ratio is 1.11, giving the stock a GF value rank of 3.

Goosehead Insurance Inc

BLAIR WILLIAM & CO/IL reduced its investment in NAS:GSHD by 571,071 shares. The transaction had an impact of 0.16% on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $54.95.

On 8/11/2022, Goosehead Insurance Inc traded at a price of $64.72 per share and a market capitalization of $1.33 billion. The stock has returned -51.96% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 3 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 6 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Goosehead Insurance Inc has a price/earnings ratio of 590.92, an EV/EBITDA ratio of 129.53 and a price/sales ratio of 7.76.

The GF price/value ratio is 0.51, giving the stock a GF value rank of 4.

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