Here's A Diversified Way To Play Tech's M&A Hot Streak
- Motif Investing constantly looks for “trends, ideas and world events that could create an investment opportunity.”
- They then pick 10 to 30 related stocks to build portfolios around, weighing them based on their exposure to the coinciding idea, event or trend.
- One of the two highest-returns portfolios this month was the Tech Takeout Targets motif, which rose roughly 9.6 percent over the past month.
“It's a Catch-22 for many of the biggest names in technology – there they sit on top of their respective industries, with cash in the vault, and yet the next disruptive or emerging product or service could be the brainchild of a company that nobody's heard of,” Motif explains.
To drive growth, tech giants are often inclined to using one of their best weapons: cash – a buyout. An economic recovery has fueled this acquisition spree.
According to 451 Research, global tech M&A activity rose to $177 billion in 2012, up 23 percent from its multi-year low of 2009. “Within that flurry has been a focus on a few key industries: cloud-based software, business intelligence and analytics, and cyber-security,” the research site added.
Stocks in the Tech Takeout Targets motif “provide an opportunity to invest in companies connected to some of tech's most-talked-about buzzwords – with a potential additional bonus if these targeted companies are snapped up for attractive premiums.”
Check out the Tech Takeout Targets portfolio from five months ago here.
Performance And Allocation
The Tech Takeout Targets motif was the one of the best performing in the last month, having returned 9.6 percent versus the S&P 500’s 1.2 percent rise. Over the past year, the portfolio returned approximately 13.3 percent, versus the S&P’s 1.3 percent surge.
In terms of allocation, 43.1 percent of the portfolio's assets are placed in software-as-a-service (SaaS) stocks, 37.0 percent in business intelligence and analytics companies, and 19.8 percent in the cyber security industry.
As for individual stocks, the top companies in this portfolio in terms of allocation are:
- 9.9 percent CommVault Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVLT)
- 9.4 percent Luxoft Holding Inc (NYSE: LXFT)
- 9.0 percent Qualys Inc (NASDAQ: QLYS)
- 8.6 percent Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD)
- 6.4 percent MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ: MSTR)
- 6.0 percent LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ: LOGM)
- 5.8 percent PROS Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PRO)
- 5.3 percent SPS Commerce, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPSC)
- 5.3 percent AVG Technologies NV (NYSE: AVG)
- 5.2 percent Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY)
Disclosure: Javier Hasse holds no positions in any of the securities mentioned above.
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