In the investment world, Cathie Wood has garnered increasing attention for her successes in recent years. Her ARK Innovation ETF (NYSEMKT:ARKK) boasts a 1-year return of 22% and an average annualized return of 40% over the last five years.
Wood has accomplished this by picking market-leading companies that put an emphasis on innovation in their respective industries. Holdings such as Nano Dimension (NASDAQ:NNDM), Teladoc Health (NYSE:TDOC), and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) have the potential to boost those returns further. Let’s find out a bit more about these three companies.
1. Nano Dimension
Nano Dimension stands out in the 3D printing world for its unique capabilities — its printers can make circuit boards. Previously, the only option for a company that needed custom circuit boards was to contract with a manufacturer such as Jabil and purchase them in sufficient quantities to make that cost-effective.
Nano Dimension’s DragonFly LDM system applies lights-out digital manufacturing (LDM) to make electronic circuitry via a 3D printer. This enables smaller electronics businesses to produce their own custom circuit boards independently.
Its major risk is sales. It only generated $1.6 million in revenue in the first half of 2021. Considering its printers sell for between $50,000 and $100,000, that top-line figure shows its unit sales are minuscule, though revenue did rise by 64% from the first six months of 2020. Also, with around $30 million in operating expenses during that period, profitability is a long way off.
However, the company holds over $1.4 billion in financial reserves, which should allow it to survive for a long time and invest in product improvements as it works its way toward profitability. A team of 130 scientists and engineers also supports this product.
Fundamentally, though, investing in Nano Dimension stock is a bet that the company can find the market for DragonFly. About 2% of Wood’s ARK Autonomous Tech & Robotics ETF (NYSEMKT:ARKQ) consists of Nano Dimension stock, and the fund has added shares in recent weeks. If future quarters’ results validate Wood’s optimism about the company, this tech stock could bring shareholders a substantial payoff.
2. Teladoc Health
Teladoc is the leader in telehealth, connecting patients to healthcare services via video calls. Although such a service would seem to have a narrow competitive moat at first glance, Teladoc has made investments such as its acquisitions of Livongo Health and Advance Medical that give it expertise and enhanced patient monitoring options that competitors may struggle to match.
Still, concerns about the durability of its competitive advantage have weighed on the stock. Investors sold off Teladoc earlier this year on word that Amazon was entering the telehealth market. The stock has fallen by around 55% since February.
However, the company reported $957 million in revenue for the first half of 2021, a 127% increase year over year, so that price drop may seem strange. On the other hand, its operating expenses grew by almost 150% during that period, taking its losses to $333 million, well above the $55 million it lost in the first half of 2020.
Nonetheless, the company projects at least $2 billion in revenue for 2021, up 84% from its 2020 revenue of $1.1 billion. Wood has also made it the second-largest holding in the…
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