Investment Process

The investment team seeks to invest in companies within its preferred themes with sustainable growth characteristics at attractive valuations that do not reflect their long-term potential.


  • Identify long-term secular growth trends
  • Invest in companies poised to be beneficiaries of those trends

Sustainable Growth

  • Sustainable competitive advantage
  • Superior business model
  • High-quality management team


  • Assess valuation relative to growth potential and to history and peers
  • Invest in companies whose sustainable growth prospects are not fully reflected in underlying stock prices

In-depth Investment Process


    Other Funds Managed

    Results (%)

    As of 30 November 2018 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
    Investor Class: ARTHX -6.60 2.99 4.01 9.52 7.48 11.31
    MSCI All Country World Index -6.14 -2.55 -0.98 8.57 6.16 7.78
    As of 30 September 2018 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
    Investor Class: ARTHX 4.52 10.27 16.38 13.99 9.88 12.44
    MSCI All Country World Index 4.28 3.83 9.77 13.40 8.67 8.74

    Calendar Year Returns (%)

    2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
    Investor Class: ARTHX 29.65 3.32 1.13 -1.87 31.34
    MSCI All Country World Index 22.80 4.16 -2.36 7.86 23.97
    Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. 

    Past performance does not guarantee and is not a reliable indicator of future results. Investment returns and principal values will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown. Performance may reflect agreements to limit a Fund’s expenses, which would reduce performance if not in effect. The Fund's investments in initial public offerings (IPOs) made a material contribution to the Fund's performance. IPO investments may not be available in the future. 


    Morningstar Overall RatingTM
    As of 30 November 2018
    Morningstar Analyst RatingTM
    As of 30 November 2018

    Morningstar Rating Disclosure

    Expense Ratio

    Annual Report 30 September 2018 1.36%
    Prospectus 30 September 2017 1.40%

    Expense Ratio Disclosure

    See prospectus for further details. 

    Top 10 Holdings
    (% of total portfolio as of 30 November 2018)
    Linde PLC (United Kingdom) 4.7
    Harris Corp (United States) 4.4
    Deutsche Boerse AG (Germany) 4.4
    Wirecard AG (Germany) 4.3
    Mondelez International Inc (United States) 4.0
    Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Brazil) 3.7
    Intercontinental Exchange Inc (United States) 3.5
    InterXion Holding NV (Netherlands) 3.1
    Abbott Laboratories (United States) 2.8
    ING Groep NV (Netherlands) 2.8
    Total 37.8%
    View Full Holdings Historical Holdings
    Portfolio Statistics
    (as of 30 November 2018)
    Median Market Cap (Billions) $24.5
    Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $86.7
    Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY1) 20.6X
    Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY2) 18.0X
    Weighted Avg. LT EPS Growth Rate (3-5 Yr) 16.2%
    Weighted Average ROE 16.7%
    Active Share 91.7%
    Portfolio Turnover Rate 109.9%
    Number of Securities 63
    Number of Countries 17
    Cash (% of total portfolio) 0.7%
    Region Allocation
    (% of total portfolio equities as of 30 November 2018)
    Europe 44.5
    Americas 44.4
    Emerging Markets 6.7
    Pacific Basin 4.4
    Total 100.0%
    Top 10 Countries
    (% of total portfolio equities as of 30 November 2018)
    United States 43.5
    France 10.1
    Germany 8.8
    United Kingdom 8.2
    Netherlands 5.9
    Switzerland 4.4
    Brazil 3.7
    Japan 3.3
    India 2.7
    Italy 2.1
    Sector Diversification
    (% of total portfolio equities as of 30 November 2018)
    Communication Services 2.9
    Consumer Discretionary 2.5
    Consumer Staples 12.7
    Energy 4.6
    Financials 21.1
    Health Care 16.3
    Industrials 13.0
    Information Technology 18.7
    Materials 7.1
    Real Estate
    Utilities 1.1
    Total 100.0%
    The investment team leverages high degrees of experience and knowledge within a disciplined investment process. Learn more about the Team.
    • Mark L. Yockey, CFA
    • Portfolio Manager
    • 38Years Investment
    • Charles-Henri Hamker
    • Portfolio Manager
    • 29Years Investment
    • Andrew J. Euretig
    • Portfolio Manager
    • 15Years Investment

    Artisan Partners Insights

    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 are discussed in the prospectus. Please read it carefully before you invest or send money. 

    Performance Source: Artisan Partners/MSCI. Data & Statistics Sources: Artisan Partners/FactSet/MSCI/GICS. Sector exposure percentages reflect sector designations as currently classified by GICS. Portfolio turnover is reported as of the Fund’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. For the purpose of determining the Fund's holdings, securities of the same issuer are aggregated to determine the weight in the Fund. Cash weighting includes cash and cash equivalents. Totals may not sum due to rounding. 

    Median is the data's midpoint value. Market Cap 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. LT EPS Growth Rate is the average of the 3-5 year forecasted EPS growth rate of a company. Return on Equity (ROE) is a profitability ratio that measures the amount of net income returned as a percentage of shareholders equity. 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. 

    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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