Management & Investment Process


The investment team leverages high degrees of experience and knowledge within a disciplined investment process. Learn more about the Team.
  • Daniel J. O'Keefe
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Managing Director
  • 27Years Investment
  • Michael J. McKinnon, CFA
  • Co-Portfolio Manager
  • Managing Director
  • 17Years Investment
  • Justin V. Bandy, CFA
  • Co-Portfolio Manager
  • 16Years Investment

Investment Process

The investment team seeks to invest in high-quality, undervalued businesses that offer the potential for superior risk/reward outcomes.


  • Determine the intrinsic value of the business
  • Invest at a significant discount to intrinsic value

Business Quality

  • Strong free cash flow
  • High/improving returns on capital
  • Strong competitive positions

Financial Strength

  • Strong balance sheets reduce potential for capital risk
  • Provides management ability to build value

Shareholder-Oriented Management

  • History of building shareholder value

In-depth Investment Process


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Investment Results (% USD)

As of 30 September 2020 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Composite — Gross 7.59 -11.70 -4.47 0.48 6.99 9.81 7.17
Composite — Net 7.34 -12.35 -5.39 -0.48 5.97 8.76 6.15
MSCI All Country World Index 8.13 1.37 10.44 7.11 10.29 8.54 4.80
As of 30 September 2020 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Composite — Gross 7.59 -11.70 -4.47 0.48 6.99 9.81 7.17
Composite — Net 7.34 -12.35 -5.39 -0.48 5.97 8.76 6.15
MSCI All Country World Index 8.13 1.37 10.44 7.11 10.29 8.54 4.80

Annual Returns (% USD)

12 Months Ended 30 September 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Composite — Gross 13.41 21.88 5.53 0.64 -4.47

Calendar Year Returns (% USD)

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Composite — Gross -1.83 11.32 23.47 -12.02 25.41
Composite — Net -2.77 10.26 22.31 -12.86 24.24
MSCI All Country World Index -2.36 7.86 23.97 -9.41 26.60
Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. 

Past performance does not guarantee and is not a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance shown. Composite performance has been presented in both gross and net of investment management fees. 

Investment Risk: Investments will rise and fall with market fluctuations and investor capital is at risk. Investors investing in investment vehicles denominated in non-local currency should be aware of the risk of currency exchange fluctuations that may cause a loss of principal. These risks, among others, are further described in the Important Disclosures section which should be read in conjunction with this material. 
Top 10 Holdings
(% of total portfolio as of 30 September 2020)
FedEx Corp (United States) 5.6
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Korea) 5.1
Alphabet Inc (United States) 4.7
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (United States) 4.3
Facebook Inc (United States) 3.9
Novartis AG (Switzerland) 3.6
Cie Financiere Richemont SA (Switzerland) 3.5
UBS Group AG (Switzerland) 3.5
NXP Semiconductors NV (United States) 3.5
Berkshire Hathaway Inc (United States) 3.3
Total 41.1%
Portfolio Statistics
(as of 30 September 2020)
Median Market Cap (Billions) $34.8
Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $158.3
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY1) 18.1X
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY2) 14.9X
Weighted Avg. Net Debt/Capital 8.9%
Median Price/Book Value 2.1X
Weighted Average ROA 7.0%
Active Share 93.0%
Portfolio Turnover Rate 28.0%
Number of Securities 36
Number of Countries 11
Cash (% of total portfolio) 5.1%
Region Allocation
(% of total portfolio equities as of 30 September 2020)
Americas 61.4
Europe 28.7
Emerging Markets 9.9
Total 100.0%
Top 10 Countries
(% of total portfolio equities as of 30 September 2020)
United States 60.6
Switzerland 11.3
United Kingdom 10.1
Korea 5.3
Germany 3.1
China 2.7
Belgium 2.1
Brazil 1.8
Netherlands 1.2
France 1.0
Sector Diversification
(% of total portfolio equities as of 30 September 2020)
Communication Services 13.6
Consumer Discretionary 16.1
Consumer Staples 1.8
Energy 0.8
Financials 27.3
Health Care 10.6
Industrials 12.0
Information Technology 14.6
Materials 3.1
Real Estate
Total 100.0%
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International investments involve special risks, including currency fluctuation, lower liquidity, different accounting methods and economic and political systems, and higher transaction costs. These risks typically are greater in emerging markets.  Securities of small- and medium-sized companies tend to have a shorter history of operations, be more volatile and less liquid and may have underperformed securities of large companies during some periods.  Value securities may underperform other asset types during a given period.  These risks, among others, are further described in Artisan Partners Form ADV, which is available upon request. 

Unless otherwise indicated, strategy characteristics relate to that of a representative account managed within the investment composite. It is intended to provide a general illustration of the investment strategy and considerations used by Artisan Partners in managing that strategy. Individual accounts managed to the strategy may differ, at times significantly, from the reference data shown due to varying account restrictions, fees and expenses, and longevity periods, among others. Where applicable, this information is supplemental to, and not to be construed with, a current or prospective client's investment account information.

Performance Source: Artisan Partners/MSCI. Net-of-fees composite returns were calculated using the highest model investment advisory fees applicable to portfolios within the composite. Fees may be higher for certain pooled vehicles and the composite may include accounts with performance-based fees. All performance results are net of commissions and transaction costs, and have been presented gross and net of investment advisory fees. Dividend income is recorded net of foreign withholding taxes on ex-dividend date or as soon after the ex-dividend date as the information becomes available to Artisan Partners. Interest income is recorded on the accrual basis. Performance results for the Index include reinvested dividends and are presented net of foreign withholding taxes but, unlike the portfolio's returns, do not reflect the payment of sales commissions or other expenses incurred in the purchase or sale of the securities included in the indices. 

Data & Statistics Sources: Artisan Partners/MSCI/GICS. Sector exposure percentages reflect sector designations as currently classified by GICS. Portfolio turnover is reported as of the strategy’s fiscal year end. Artisan Partners may exclude outliers when calculating portfolio statistics. If information is unavailable for a particular security Artisan may use data from a related security to calculate portfolio statistics. Securities of the same issuer are aggregated to determine a holding’s weight in the portfolio. Cash weighting includes cash and cash equivalents. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 

Median is the data's midpoint value. Market Cap (USD) is the aggregate value of all of a company's outstanding equity securities. Weighted Average is the average of values weighted to the data set's composition. Weighted Harmonic Average is a calculation of weighted average commonly used for rates or ratios. Price-to-Earnings Ratio (P/E Ratio) measures how expensive a stock is. Earnings figures used for FY1 and FY2 are estimates for the current and next unreported fiscal years. Net Debt/Capital reflects a company’s financial leverage as measured by its net debt (total debt minus cash & cash equivalents) divided by total capital. The aggregate calculation excludes companies classified by GICS as banks, consumer finance and capital markets to focus on nonfinancial liabilities. Price-to-Book Ratio (P/B Ratio) is a valuation measure used to compare a stock's market value to its book value. Return on Assets (ROA) is a profitability ratio that measures the amount of net income returned as a percentage of total assets. Active Share is defined as the percentage of a portfolio that differs from its benchmark index. Active Share can range from 0% for an index fund that perfectly mirrors its benchmark to 100% for a portfolio with no overlap with an index. Portfolio Turnover is a measure of the trading activity in an investment portfolio—how often securities are bought and sold by a portfolio. Free Cash Flow is a measure of financial performance calculated as operating cash flow minus capital expenditures. Return on Capital (ROC) is a measure of how effectively a company uses the money (borrowed or owned) invested in its operations. 

MSCI All Country World Index measures the performance of developed and emerging markets. The index(es) are unmanaged; include net reinvested dividends; do not reflect fees or expenses; and are not available for direct investment. 

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