Overview

From left to right: Joseph Vari, David Samra, Ian McGonigle

Team Highlights

The investment team is composed of deeply rooted value investors who have applied the same philosophy their entire careers.

  • All team members are first and foremost analysts dedicated to finding high-quality investments across all sectors within their broadly defined areas of country responsibility.
  • The team is supported by an experienced global trading desk that averages more than 15 years of experience in global markets.
  • The investment team is located in San Francisco.

Investment Process

The team seeks to invest in high-quality, undervalued companies with strong balance sheets and shareholder-oriented management teams.

Undervaluation

Determining the intrinsic value of a business is the heart of the team’s research process. Intrinsic value represents the amount that a buyer would pay to own a company’s future cash flows. The team seeks to invest at a significant discount to its estimate of the intrinsic value of a business.

Business Quality

The team seeks to invest in companies with histories of generating strong free cash flow, improving returns on capital and strong competitive positions in their industries.

Financial Strength

The team believes that investing in companies with strong balance sheets helps to reduce the potential for capital risk and provides company management the ability to build value when attractive opportunities are available.

Shareholder-Oriented Management

The team’s research process attempts to identify management teams with a history of building value for shareholders.

In-depth Investment Process

 

  • N. David Samra
  • Portfolio Manager
  • International Value Fund
  • 26Years Investment
    Experience

N. David Samra is a managing director of Artisan Partners and founding partner of the Artisan Partners International Value Team. He is lead portfolio manager of the Artisan International Value Fund, which he has managed since its inception in September 2002. Mr. Samra also was co-portfolio manager for the Global Value Fund from its inception in December 2007 through September 2018.

Prior to joining Artisan Partners in May 2002, Mr. Samra was a portfolio manager and a senior analyst in international equities at Harris Associates LP from August 1997 through May 2002. Earlier in his career, he was a portfolio manager with Montgomery Asset Management, Global Equities Division.

Under Mr. Samra’s leadership, the team was nominated six times (in 2008, consecutively from 2011-2014 and again in 2016) for Morningstar, Inc.’s International-Stock Fund Manager of the Year award in the US and won the award in 2008 and 2013. 

Mr. Samra holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Bentley College and a master's degree in business administration from Columbia Business School.

Morningstar: Established in 1988, the Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year award recognizes portfolio managers who demonstrate excellent investment skill and the courage to differ from the consensus to benefit investors. To qualify for the award, managers’ funds must have not only posted impressive returns for the year, but the managers also must have a record of delivering outstanding long-term risk-adjusted performance and of aligning their interests with shareholders’. Beginning in 2012, nominated funds must be Morningstar Medalists—a fund that has garnered a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Gold, Silver or Bronze. The Fund Manager of the Year award winners are chosen based on Morningstar’s proprietary research and in-depth qualitative evaluation by its manager research analysts.

Morningstar Inc.’s awards are based on qualitative evaluation and research, thus subjective in nature and should not be used as the sole basis for investment decisions. Morningstar’s awards are not guarantees of a fund’s future investment performance. Morningstar, Inc. does not sponsor, issue, sell or promote any open-end mutual funds including the Artisan Partners Funds.

  • Ian P. McGonigle, CFA
  • Co-Portfolio Manager
  • International Value Fund
  • 17Years Investment
    Experience

Ian P. McGonigle, CFA, is a co-portfolio manager on the Artisan Partners International Value Team. In this role, he oversees the research process and conducts fundamental research as a generalist.

Prior to joining Artisan Partners in June 2009, Mr. McGonigle was a securities analyst for Eagle Capital Partners LLC. Earlier in his career, he was a research analyst and vice president for the First Eagle group of mutual funds at Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Advisers LLC and a senior equity research analyst at Estabrook Capital Management LLC. Mr. McGonigle holds a bachelor's degree in business from Franklin & Marshall College.

  • Joseph Vari
  • Co-Portfolio Manager
  • International Value Fund
  • 21Years Investment
    Experience

Joseph Vari is a co-portfolio manager on the Artisan Partners International Value Team. In this role, he oversees the research process and conducts fundamental research as a generalist.

Prior to joining Artisan Partners in August 2012, Mr. Vari was a generalist analyst for Hunter Global Investors. Earlier in his career, he was a research analyst for Himalaya Capital, a long/short equity fund affiliated with Tiger Management. Mr. Vari holds a bachelor's degree in history (summa cum laude) from Loyola University, a master's degree in anthropology from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a master's degree in international affairs, international finance and banking from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.