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Sep 21, 2021

Opportunity Equity Update for Week Ended 9/17/21

Christina Siegel Malbon

Matterport Gains on Price Target Increase While Alibaba Falls on Continued Regulatory Pressure

Last week, the Opportunity Equity strategy -0.45%, outperforming the S&P 500’s -0.54% decline. (Exhibit 1). The strategy ended the week up 6.61% YTD, 1,265 basis points behind the S&P 500.

Exhibit 1: Preliminary Performance of Opportunity Equity Strategy Versus S&P 500, Through 9/17/211

Time Period Opportunity Equity S&P 500
Last Week (9/10 - 9/17) -0.45% -0.54%
MTD -2.51% -1.91%
QTD -12.29% 3.28%
YTD 6.61% 19.26%
Inception (annualized since 6/26/00) 8.85% 7.45%

Source: Bloomberg, Miller Value Partners

Wedbush increased their price target on Matterport Inc. (MTTR) from $22 to $26 (upside of 16.8%) maintaining their outperform rating. The company also named Pranab Smith as Chief Information Officer, joining from Genesys where he held the same role. Diamondback Energy Inc. (FANG) rose through the 50-day and 100-day moving average as the company announced a $2bn buyback that will begin immediately. The company now plans to return 50% of FCF to shareholders beginning in 4Q21, versus 2022 previously. Truist increased their price target from $122 to $130 (upside of 57.3%). Citron Research published a positive report on The RealReal Inc. (REAL) suggesting the stock is worth at least $30 (upside of 116.8%). Bank of America upgraded their rating on DXC Technology Company (DXC) to buy with a price target of $45 (upside of 25.1%). Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) rose through the 50-day moving average as their subsidiary Oceania Cruises reported that they set an all-time single day booking record, breaking the previous mark by 60%.

Exhibit 2: Significant Contributors to Performance, 9/10/21 - 9/17/21

Name Type Return
Matterport Inc Equity 17.8%
Diamondback Energy Inc. Equity 10.1%
DXC Technology Company Equity 4.6%
The RealReal Inc. Equity 10.0%
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Equity 4.1%

Source: Miller Value Partners

Precigen (PGEN) fell through the 50-day moving average on limited news. Stifel Nicholas cut their price target on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. ADS (BABA) from $260 to $210 (upside of 31.2%). Chinese regulators asked all the companies in the industry to stop blocking links from competitors, continuing the regulatory crack down in the country. The company also announced a $300mm investment in the autonomous vehicle company Vroom, Inc. (VRM) announced that Robert Krakowiak was appointed CFO effective immediately, with David Jones remaining with the company through the end of November. Krakowiak was CFO of Stoneridge Corporation since 2016, a designer/manufacturer of electrical and electronic vehicle systems. Jeffries increased their price target on Facebook Inc. (FB) from $425 to $440 (upside of 20.6%), while Goldman Sachs initiated coverage with a price target of $455 (upside of 24.8%) and a buy rating.

Exhibit 3: Significant Detractors from Performance, 9/10/21 - 9/17/21

Name Type Return
Precigen Inc. Equity -11.3%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. ADS Equity -4.8%
*New Security* Derivative -8.8%
Vroom, Inc. Equity -8.4%
Facebook Inc. Cl A Equity -3.7%

-Source: Miller Value Partners

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1The performance figures reflect the results of a representative account net of management fee and certain other expenses. For important additional information about Opportunity Equity performance, please click on the Opportunity Equity Composite Performance Disclosure. The performance returns shown in this report are preliminary and are subject to revision. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Significant Contributors and Significant Detractors are the Strategy holdings that had the greatest effect on Strategy performance for the week. Holdings that have been in the Strategy since the end of the most recent calendar quarter are identified by name. For information on how Contributor/Detractor data were calculated and a list showing the contribution to the Strategy's weekly performance of each investment held at such quarter end, contact us.

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