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Alger, an investment management firm, published its “Alger Mid Cap Focus Fund” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. During the quarter, the largest portfolio sector weightings for the fund were Consumer Discretionary and Information Technology. The fund’s largest sector overweight was Consumer Discretionary. Class Z shares of the Alger Mid Cap Focus Fund outperformed the Russell Midcap Growth Index during the first quarter of 2021. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Alger Mid Cap Focus Fund, in their Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Magnite, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGNI) and shared their insights on the company. Magnite, Inc. is a Los Angeles, California-based online advertising company that currently has a $4.3 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, MGNI delivered a 22.57% return, impressively extending its 12-month gains to 578.20%. As of April 16, 2021, the stock closed at $37.64 per share.

Here is what Alger Mid Cap Focus Fund has to say about Magnite, Inc. in their Q1 2021 investor letter:

“Magnite, Inc. was among the top contributors to performance. Magnite is an advertising technology company serving as a supply side platform for publishers. The platform helps publishers such as network television stations or cable news providers automate the sale of digital advertising inventory across different formats and channels, like desktop, mobile, video, audio, connected TV and over-the-top TV. Publishers monetize their digital advertising inventory by using Magnite’s platform to access a global market of ad buyers, including advertising agencies that use supply side platforms. Magnite also helps sellers decrease costs and protect their brands and user experience.

Magnite receives ad inventory from sellers and optimizes publishers’ revenue yields by processing the highest buyer bids. Currently, Magnite keeps approximately 14% of ad spend as revenue (i.e. take rate) and passes on the remainder of the ad spend to publishers. Magnite’s clients include many of the world’s leading publishers of websites and mobile applications and the company believes that its platform reaches approximately 1 billion individuals globally. Shares of Magnite outperformed in the first quarter due to stronger-than-expected fourth quarter results driven by a rapid recovery in digital advertising. Additionally, the company acquired SpotX, its largest competitor in connected TV. The combination makes Magnite the industry’s largest independent supply side platform and a much larger connected TV player. We believe connected TV is the most exciting part of the digital ad market and is in the early days of growth, including capturing market share from linear TV.”

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Our calculations show that Magnite, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGNI) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Magnite, Inc. was in 29 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 25 funds in the third quarter. MGNI delivered a 25.22% return in the past 3 months.

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