It’s a pretty enviable ‘problem’ though. Do you sell your Afterpay shares or hold onto them to convert into Square stock?
One of Afterpay’s biggest fans, Frazis Capital Partners portfolio manager Michael Frazis, revealed last month that his team took the money and ran.
“We sold our Afterpay shares,” Frazis said.
“We owned about 6% in Square, which is one of our largest positions… We’re going to maintain 6% or 7% in Square,… which we think is about right.”
Keeping some Afterpay shares up her sleeve
However, Tribeca Investment Partners portfolio manager Jun Bei Liu told The Motley Fool this week that she had the opposite idea.
“We took some profit but we still remain a shareholder of Afterpay,” she told Ask A Fund Manager this week.
“I’m still not ruling out that there might be somebody else that will come in to bid for Afterpay — just simply because Afterpay is a first mover and is the market leader in this space. It’s the innovator, and also is the one with the most active user within its ecosystem.”
Ophir Asset Management co-founders Andrew Mitchell and Steven Ng took a similar view to Liu.
“Further consolidation in the BNPL industry will likely follow with perhaps 2 to 3 key players left at maturity.”
Liu told The Motley Fool that her team sold down partially because Square is a broader business than Afterpay.
“Though we believe it’s a really great thing for Afterpay to move to the next level, it does reduce that buy now, pay later exposure,” she said.
“Because it’s now part of a bigger group and Square does make quite a lot of money from Bitcoin and a lot of other things. That is quite different from what we used to invest in.”
Square’s $39 billion takeover of the Australian buy now, pay later player is expected to wrap up early in the new year.