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

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 (%)

    As of 31 October 2017 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
    Investor Class: ARTSX 3.30 24.04 25.17 10.58 14.13 7.72 9.01
    Russell 2000® Growth Index 1.55 18.62 31.00 10.51 15.36 8.16 7.88
    Russell 2000® Index 0.85 11.89 27.85 10.12 14.49 7.63 9.53
    As of 30 September 2017 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
    Investor Class: ARTSX 3.77 20.08 13.56 11.78 12.33 7.66 8.89
    Russell 2000® Growth Index 6.22 16.81 20.98 12.17 14.28 8.47 7.84
    Russell 2000® Index 5.67 10.94 20.74 12.18 13.79 7.85 9.53

    Calendar Year Returns (%)

    2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
    Investor Class: ARTSX 17.84 42.82 -0.78 0.34 5.54
    Russell 2000® Growth Index 14.59 43.30 5.60 -1.38 11.32
    Russell 2000® Index 16.35 38.82 4.89 -4.41 21.31

    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. 

    Ratings

    Morningstar Overall RatingTM
    As of 31 October 2017
       
    Morningstar Analyst RatingTM
    As of 31 October 2017
    Silver

    Morningstar Rating and Analyst Rating Disclosure

    Expense Ratio

    Semi-Annual Report 31 March 2017 1.23%
    Prospectus 30 September 2016 1.25%

    Expense Ratio Disclosure

    See prospectus for more information. Semi-Annual Report Figures: Unaudited, annualized for the six month period. 

    Top 10 Holdings
    (% of total portfolio as of 31 October 2017)
    Teledyne Technologies Inc (Industrials) 3.8
    Guidewire Software Inc (Information Technology) 3.5
    BWX Technologies Inc (Industrials) 3.4
    Veeva Systems Inc (Health Care) 3.4
    John Bean Technologies Corp (Industrials) 3.3
    Proofpoint Inc (Information Technology) 3.2
    Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (Information Technology) 3.1
    Visteon Corp (Consumer Discretionary) 3.1
    Q2 Holdings Inc (Information Technology) 3.0
    Cognex Corp (Information Technology) 2.7
    Total 32.6%
    View Full Holdings Historical Holdings
    Portfolio Statistics
    (as of 31 October 2017)
    Median Market Cap (Billions) $3.5
    Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $5.7
    Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY1) 36.2X
    Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY2) 30.1X
    Weighted Avg. LT EPS Growth Rate (3-5 Yr) 18.3%
    Weighted Avg. LT Debt/Capital 30.4%
    Active Share 97.5%
    Portfolio Turnover Rate 27.0%
    Number of Securities 60
    Cash (% of total portfolio) 7.3%
    Market Cap Distribution
    (% of total portfolio equities as of 31 October 2017)

    $ in billions
    3.1+ 73.0
    2.4–3.1 11.9
    1.7–2.4 6.4
    1.1–1.7 4.9
    0.0–1.1 3.8
    TOTAL 100.0%
    Sector Diversification
    (% of total portfolio equities as of 31 October 2017)
    Consumer Discretionary 12.2
    Consumer Staples 0.7
    Energy 2.5
    Financials 7.1
    Health Care 14.2
    Industrials 23.7
    Information Technology 39.6
    Materials
    Real Estate
    Telecommunication Services
    Utilities
    Total 100.0%
    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
    • 29Years Investment
      Experience
    • James D. Hamel, CFA
    • Portfolio Manager
    • 21Years Investment
      Experience
    • Matthew H. Kamm, CFA
    • Portfolio Manager
    • 17Years Investment
      Experience
    • Jason L. White, CFA
    • Portfolio Manager
    • 17Years Investment
      Experience

    Portfolio Manager Viewpoints

    • Finding Retail Opportunities in the Age of Amazon
    • View PDF
    • A Scientific Approach to Identifying Profit Cycles
    • View PDF

    Artisan Partners Insights

    • Where We Are Finding Growth—Financials Are Investible Again
    • View PDF
    • Where We Are Finding Growth—Internal Change Catalysts
    • View PDF
    • Where We Are Finding Growth—Next-Generation Data Analytics
    • View PDF
    • Where We Are Finding Growth—The Rise of Emerging Markets Consumers
    • View PDF
    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/Russell. Data & Statistics Sources: Artisan Partners/FactSet/Russell/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. 

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