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 30 September 2020 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
    Investor Class: ARTLX 8.29 -7.80 0.35 2.51 9.48 9.05 6.20
    Russell 1000® Value Index 5.59 -11.58 -5.03 2.63 7.66 9.95 6.02
    Russell 1000® Index 9.47 6.40 16.01 12.38 14.09 13.76 9.10
    As of 30 September 2020 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
    Investor Class: ARTLX 8.29 -7.80 0.35 2.51 9.48 9.05 6.20
    Russell 1000® Value Index 5.59 -11.58 -5.03 2.63 7.66 9.95 6.02
    Russell 1000® Index 9.47 6.40 16.01 12.38 14.09 13.76 9.10

    Calendar Year Returns (%)

    2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
    Investor Class: ARTLX -9.10 29.04 15.98 -14.92 30.29
    Russell 1000® Value Index -3.83 17.34 13.66 -8.27 26.54
    Russell 1000® Index 0.92 12.05 21.69 -4.78 31.43
    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 30 September 2020
    Morningstar Analyst RatingTM
    As of 30 September 2020

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    Expense Ratio

    Semi-Annual Report 31 March 2020 1.06%
    Prospectus 30 September 2019 1.07%

    Expense Ratio Disclosure

    See prospectus for further details. Semi-Annual Report Figure(s): Unaudited, annualized for the six month period. 

    Top 10 Holdings
    (% of total portfolio as of 30 September 2020)
    Alphabet Inc (Communication Services) 6.2
    FedEx Corp (Industrials) 5.5
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc (Financials) 5.0
    Comcast Corp (Communication Services) 4.4
    Booking Holdings Inc (Consumer Discretionary) 4.2
    AutoNation Inc (Consumer Discretionary) 3.5
    E*TRADE Financial Corp (Financials) 3.2
    Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co KGaA (Health Care) 3.2
    The Goldman Sachs Group Inc (Financials) 3.2
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Information Technology) 3.0
    Total 41.3%
    View Full Holdings Historical Holdings
    Portfolio Statistics
    (as of 30 September 2020)
    Median Market Cap (Billions) $57.0
    Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $202.5
    Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY1) 18.0X
    Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY2) 13.7X
    Median Price/Book Value 2.5X
    Median ROE 15.5%
    Median Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio 6.0X
    Active Share 87.8%
    Portfolio Turnover Rate 28.4%
    Number of Securities 37
    Cash (% of total portfolio) 4.8%
    Non U.S. Equities (% of total portfolio) 17.8%
    Market Cap Distribution
    (% of total portfolio equities as of 30 September 2020)

    $ in billions
    250.0+ 18.5
    98.0–250.0 20.1
    42.6–98.0 22.9
    16.5–42.6 18.9
    0.0–16.5 19.6
    TOTAL 100.0%
    Sector Diversification
    (% of total portfolio equities as of 30 September 2020)
    Communication Services 15.2
    Consumer Discretionary 15.2
    Consumer Staples 8.2
    Energy 1.5
    Financials 19.2
    Health Care 10.5
    Industrials 14.8
    Information Technology 12.5
    Materials 2.7
    Real Estate
    Total 100.0%
    The investment team leverages high degrees of experience and knowledge within a disciplined investment process. Learn more about the Team.
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    • Portfolio Manager
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    • Daniel L. Kane, CFA
    • Portfolio Manager
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    Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk.  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/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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