Management & Investment Process


The investment team leverages high degrees of experience and knowledge within a disciplined investment process. Learn more about the Team.
  • Craigh A. Cepukenas, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 32Years Investment
  • James D. Hamel, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 23Years Investment
  • Matthew H. Kamm, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 20Years Investment
  • Jason L. White, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 20Years Investment

Investment Process

The investment team seeks to invest in companies with franchise characteristics that are benefiting from an accelerating profit cycle and are trading at a discount to private market value.

Security Selection

  • Identify companies with franchise characteristics and defensible competitive positions
  • Invest in emerging profit cycles
  • Purchase stocks at a discount to private market value
  • Assess key environmental, social and governance issues that could impact future stock returns

Capital Allocation—Garden, Crop, Harvest® Investing

  • Build position size according to conviction
  • GardenSM — Smaller position sizes in companies that are early on in the profit cycle
  • CropSM — Larger position sizes in companies where profit cycle is being realized
  • HarvestSM — Reduced or sold positions as stock approaches full valuation or profit cycle begins to decelerate

Broad Knowledge

  • Invest opportunistically across entire global economy
  • Find growth wherever growth occurs

In-depth Investment Process


    Investment Results (% USD)

    As of 30 September 2020 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
    Composite — Gross 8.86 27.85 41.20 25.75 21.68 18.86 12.10
    Composite — Net 8.59 26.92 39.83 24.52 20.49 17.70 11.01
    Russell 2000® Growth Index 7.16 3.88 15.71 8.17 11.41 12.33 7.89
    Russell 2000® Index 4.93 -8.69 0.39 1.77 7.99 9.84 8.57
    As of 30 September 2020 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
    Composite — Gross 8.86 27.85 41.20 25.75 21.68 18.86 12.10
    Composite — Net 8.59 26.92 39.83 24.52 20.49 17.70 11.01
    Russell 2000® Growth Index 7.16 3.88 15.71 8.17 11.41 12.33 7.89
    Russell 2000® Index 4.93 -8.69 0.39 1.77 7.99 9.84 8.57

    Annual Returns (% USD)

    12 Months Ended 30 September 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Composite — Gross 16.73 14.98 36.45 3.27 41.20

    Calendar Year Returns (% USD)

    2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
    Composite — Gross 1.61 6.90 28.38 3.54 41.90
    Composite — Net 0.60 5.84 27.13 2.51 40.52
    Russell 2000® Growth Index -1.38 11.32 22.17 -9.31 28.48
    Russell 2000® Index -4.41 21.31 14.65 -11.01 25.52
    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)
    Chegg Inc (Consumer Discretionary) 4.9
    Halozyme Therapeutics Inc (Health Care) 4.0
    HubSpot Inc (Information Technology) 3.8
    Blackline Inc (Information Technology) 3.7
    Q2 Holdings Inc (Information Technology) 3.6
    NeoGenomics Inc (Health Care) 3.4
    Zynga Inc (Communication Services) 3.4
    LivePerson Inc (Information Technology) 3.3
    Ascendis Pharma A/S (Health Care) 3.0
    Argenx SE (Health Care) 2.9
    Total 36.0%
    Portfolio Statistics
    (as of 30 September 2020)
    Median Market Cap (Billions) $5.7
    Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $7.2
    Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY1) 50.5X
    Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY2) 41.9X
    Weighted Avg. LT EPS Growth Rate (3-5 Yr) 24.0%
    Weighted Avg. LT Debt/Capital 29.4%
    Active Share 92.2%
    Portfolio Turnover Rate 42.4%
    Number of Securities 62
    Cash (% of total portfolio) 1.6%
    Market Cap Distribution
    (% of total portfolio equities as of 30 September 2020)

    $ USD in billions
    4.0+ 73.2
    2.9–4.0 16.4
    2.2–2.9 2.9
    1.3–2.2 4.0
    0.0–1.3 3.4
    TOTAL 100.0%
    Sector Diversification
    (% of total portfolio equities as of 30 September 2020)
    Communication Services 4.8
    Consumer Discretionary 12.9
    Consumer Staples 1.4
    Financials 1.2
    Health Care 30.6
    Industrials 11.5
    Information Technology 37.5
    Real Estate
    Total 100.0%
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    • A Scientific Approach to Identifying Profit Cycles
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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.  Growth 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. 

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    Performance Source: Artisan Partners/Russell. 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/Russell/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. 

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    Russell 2000® Growth Index measures the performance of US small-cap companies with higher price/book ratios and forecasted growth values. Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of roughly 2,000 US small-cap companies. 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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