Artko Capital LP, an investment management firm, published its second-quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 0.5% was delivered by the fund for the second quarter of 2021, underperforming the S&P 500 Index, the Russell 2000, and Russell Microcap Index, which delivered an 8.6%, 4.3%, and 4.1% return respectively for the same period. You can take a look at the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their top bets for 2021.
In the Q2 2021 investor letter of Artko Capital, the fund mentioned Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPH) and discussed its stance on the firm. Recro Pharma, Inc. is a Pennsylvania, United States-based pharmaceutical company with a $98.8 million market capitalization. REPH delivered a -25.61% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month returns are up by 0.95%. The stock closed at $2.03 per share on September 23, 2021.
Here is what Artko Capital has to say about Recro Pharma, Inc. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:
“There is of course the other side of the coin as microcaps can also crash spectacularly after a substantial run up, such as our investments in Recro Pharma (REPH) where taking our gains off the table after the run up resulted in us having a positive return on those investments and limited our losses. This is a delicate balance of adjusting the process without taking additional risks. Over the years our portfolio has had a pretty modest turnover, with an average holding period of around three years, and one of our goals in adjusting the process is to lengthen the average holding period to closer to five years and beyond. With that adjustment, we will also likely adjust our maximum single position sizing to high teens from 15% today and make our reduction sizes smaller.”
Based on our calculations, Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPH) was not able to clinch a spot in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. REPH was in 18 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first half of 2021, compared to 15 funds in the previous quarter. Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPH) delivered a -8.23% return in the past 3 months.
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