HDGE: 4th Quarter 2021 PortfolioReview

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For the fourth quarter of 2021, the AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF (NYSE Arca: HDGE) returned -4.04% (NAV) while the S&P 500 Index gained 11.03%.

Markets Review

Market sentiment points to the bull side right now. The market is deeply oversold and not just among technology stocks. The following two charts show that fear is the dominant emotion.  When this fear eases (and it always does), a snap-back reaction typically follows. The quality of the bounce will determine the right time for the fund to increase exposure again.


Further inside the market, risk appetites dried up in Q4, as evidenced by the following two graphs.  Investors fled smaller caps, especially those of younger, unprofitable companies that had been bid up for years. The top chart, below, shows the performance of the bottom quintile of market cap in the Two Rivers Analytics universe versus the performance of the universe itself.  This decline in risk appetites provided the fund a particularly fertile set of opportunities in Q4. 

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Top Holdings

For the fourth quarter of 2021, the largest realized and unrealized gains were Carvana Co. (CVNA), Magnite, Inc. (MGNI), and Healthcare Services Group, Inc. (HCSG).  Carvana (CVNA) stock dropped sharply in December, ending the quarter down -23.13%.  Carvana’s recent operating profit proved transitory as profits turned into an operating loss last quarter.  Gross profit per unit sold declined in its core and wholesale segments.  In addition, the company includes non-operating items in its EBITDA calculations.  Magnite (MGNI) stock fell throughout the quarter ending down -37.50%.  The earnings release in November highlighted that most of the company’s growth came through acquisitions, not organically. Further, GAAP losses were higher than forecasts expected due to supply-chain ad cancellations.  Healthcare Services Group (HCSG) stock fell sharply in October  ending down -28.81%.  The stock has been a perennial underperformer.  This quarter it announced revenues that were 5% below last years.  Worse, the company missed earnings expectations dramatically.  The stock plunged and we closed the position.

The largest realized and unrealized losses for the fourth quarter were SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc. (SAIL), HSBC Holdings PLC ADR (HSBC) and FMC Corporation (FMC).  All positions were closed by year end.  SailPoint (SAIL) stock spiked in November closing the quarter 12.73% higher than it started.  The identity security company reported strong sales and earnings growth that were higher than analysts anticipated.  HSBC (HSBC) stock rose during the quarter, rising 15.30%.  Strong earnings, expansion into Chinese insurance markets and a newly announced stock buyback program lifted the stock.  FMC (FMC) stock jumped on earnings in November, closing the quarter up 20.02%.  The company’s results soundly beat estimates.  Strong end-user demand and aggressive supply chain management boosted the company’s fortunes.

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
PTC PTC INC -2.52%

As of 12.31.2021. Cash not included.


Brad Lamensdorf
Ranger Alternative Management
AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF (HDGE) Portfolio Manager



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