Investment Process

The investment team seeks to invest in cash-producing businesses in strong financial condition that are selling at undemanding valuations.

Attractive Valuation

  • Distinct discount to intrinsic value
  • Low expectations
  • Favorable risk/reward

Sound Financial Condition

  • Focus on financial flexibility and liquidity
  • Evaluate on- and off-balance sheet liabilities
  • Allows management to pursue value-enhancing initiatives

Attractive Business Economics

  • Focus on free cash flow and return on capital capabilities
  • Ability to grow underlying business value
  • Avoid “value traps”

In-depth Investment Process


Other Funds Managed

Results (%)

As of 31 December 2017 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Investor Class: ARTLX 5.41 15.98 15.98 10.81 12.42 7.34 7.50
Russell 1000® Value Index 5.33 13.66 13.66 8.65 14.04 7.10 7.24
Russell 1000® Index 6.59 21.69 21.69 11.23 15.71 8.59 8.66
As of 31 December 2017 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Investor Class: ARTLX 5.41 15.98 15.98 10.81 12.42 7.34 7.50
Russell 1000® Value Index 5.33 13.66 13.66 8.65 14.04 7.10 7.24
Russell 1000® Index 6.59 21.69 21.69 11.23 15.71 8.59 8.66

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Investor Class: ARTLX 25.75 4.96 -9.10 29.04 15.98
Russell 1000® Value Index 32.53 13.45 -3.83 17.34 13.66
Russell 1000® Index 33.11 13.24 0.92 12.05 21.69

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. 


Morningstar Overall RatingTM
As of 31 December 2017
Morningstar Analyst RatingTM
As of 31 December 2017

Morningstar Rating Disclosure

Expense Ratio

Annual Report 30 September 2017 1.01%
Prospectus 30 September 2016 0.97%

Expense Ratio Disclosure

See prospectus for more information. 

Top 10 Holdings
(% of total portfolio as of 31 December 2017)
Air Lease Corp (Industrials) 4.8
Citigroup Inc (Financials) 4.2
LyondellBasell Industries NV (Materials) 4.2
Berkshire Hathaway Inc (Financials) 4.1
Devon Energy Corp (Energy) 4.1
Alphabet Inc (Information Technology) 3.8
Apple Inc (Information Technology) 3.6
Agrium Inc (Materials) 3.5
Occidental Petroleum Corp (Energy) 3.3
Hess Corp (Energy) 3.3
Total 39.1%
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Portfolio Statistics
(as of 31 December 2017)
Median Market Cap (Billions) $41.9
Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $143.7
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY1) 16.0X
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY2) 14.3X
Median Price/Book Value 2.1X
Median ROE 11.7%
Median Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio 6.5X
Active Share 84.9%
Portfolio Turnover Rate 44.2%
Number of Securities 37
Cash (% of total portfolio) 5.7%
Non U.S. Equities (% of total portfolio) 9.9%
Market Cap Distribution
(% of total portfolio equities as of 31 December 2017)

$ in billions
230.0+ 17.9
100.0–230.0 13.0
40.0–100.0 24.8
15.0–40.0 23.0
0.0–15.0 21.2
TOTAL 100.0%
Sector Diversification
(% of total portfolio equities as of 31 December 2017)
Consumer Discretionary 14.3
Consumer Staples
Energy 15.7
Financials 22.2
Health Care 10.0
Industrials 6.5
Information Technology 17.2
Materials 12.1
Real Estate 2.1
Telecommunication Services
Total 100.0%
The investment team leverages high degrees of experience and knowledge within a disciplined investment process. Learn more about the Team.
  • James C. Kieffer, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 29Years Investment
  • Thomas A. Reynolds IV
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 19Years Investment
  • Daniel L. Kane, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 19Years Investment

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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 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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Russell 1000® Index measures the performance of roughly 1,000 US large-cap companies. Russell 1000® Value Index measures the performance of US large-cap companies with lower price/book ratios and forecasted growth values. 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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