Management & Investment Process

Management

The investment team leverages high degrees of experience and knowledge within a disciplined investment process. Learn more about the Team.
  • N. David Samra
  • Managing Director
  • 29Years Investment
    Experience
  • Beini Zhou, CFA
  • Co-Portfolio Manager
  • 17Years Investment
    Experience
  • Anand Vasagiri
  • Co-Portfolio Manager
  • 17Years Investment
    Experience

Investment Process

The investment team seeks to invest in high-quality, undervalued businesses that offer the potential for superior risk/reward outcomes. The investment universe is generally non-US equities with market caps below $5 billion.

Undervaluation

  • Determine the intrinsic value of the business
  • Invest at a significant discount to intrinsic value

Business Quality

  • Strong free cash flow
  • High/improving returns on capital
  • Strong competitive positions

Financial Strength

  • Strong balance sheets reduce potential for capital risk
  • Provides management ability to build value

Shareholder-Oriented Management

  • History of building shareholder value

In-depth Investment Process

 

Investment Results (%)

As of 31 August 2022 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Composite — Gross 0.56 -12.53 -14.79 15.61
Composite — Net 0.90 -14.50 -16.85 12.77
MSCI All Country World ex USA Small Cap Index 3.00 -20.61 -22.54 4.92
As of 30 June 2022 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Composite — Gross -12.57 -13.02 -12.93 16.94
Composite — Net -13.65 -15.26 -15.35 13.55
MSCI All Country World ex USA Small Cap Index -17.55 -22.92 -22.45 3.58
Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. 

Past performance does not guarantee and is not a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance shown. Composite performance has been presented in both gross and net of investment management fees. 
Top 10 Holdings
(% of total portfolio as of 30 September 2022)
M&C Saatchi PLC (Communication Services) 6.4
Glenveagh Properties PLC (Consumer Discretionary) 5.2
Mitra Adiperkasa Tbk PT (Consumer Discretionary) 4.7
Hensoldt AG (Industrials) 4.4
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc (Industrials) 4.3
Steadfast Group Ltd (Financials) 4.2
Despegar.com Corp (Consumer Discretionary) 4.0
IDOX PLC (Information Technology) 3.9
Zuken Inc (Information Technology) 3.6
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (Communication Services) 3.4
Total 44.0%
Portfolio Statistics
(as of 30 September 2022)
Median Market Cap (Billions) $0.5
Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $1.2
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY1) 12.8X
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY2) 11.4X
Weighted Avg. Net Debt/Capital -5.1%
Weighted Avg. EV/EBITDA 18.8%
Median Price/Book Value 1.9X
Weighted Avg. ROA 5.2%
Active Share 99.2%
Number of Securities 36
Number of Countries 21
Cash (% of total portfolio) 13.3%
Region Allocation
(% of portfolio securities as of 30 September 2022)
Region Allocation chart
Europe 45.4
Emerging Markets 26.1
Pacific Basin 16.2
Americas 12.3
Total 100.0%
Top 10 Countries
(% of portfolio securities as of 30 September 2022)
United Kingdom 21.5
Canada 9.5
Japan 8.0
Germany 7.3
Ireland 5.9
Indonesia 5.4
South Africa 5.2
Australia 4.8
Argentina 4.6
Hong Kong 3.4
Sector Diversification
(% of portfolio securities as of 30 September 2022)
Communication Services 12.9
Consumer Discretionary 20.0
Consumer Staples 1.2
Energy
Financials 10.8
Health Care 8.6
Industrials 24.7
Information Technology 15.9
Materials 3.1
Real Estate 2.8
Utilities
Other
Total 100.0%
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International investments involve special risks that may in particular cause a loss in principal, 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. Such risks include new and rapidly changing political and economic structures, which may cause instability; underdeveloped securities markets; and higher likelihood of high levels of inflation, deflation or currency devaluations. 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. 

Performance Source: Artisan Partners/MSCI. Net-of-fees composite returns were calculated using the highest model investment advisory fees applicable to portfolios within the composite. Fees may be higher for certain pooled vehicles and the composite may include accounts with performance-based fees. All performance results are net of commissions and transaction costs, and have been presented gross and net of investment advisory fees. Dividend income is recorded net of foreign withholding taxes on ex-dividend date or as soon after the ex-dividend date as the information becomes available to Artisan Partners. Interest income is recorded on the accrual basis. Performance results for the Index include reinvested dividends and are presented net of foreign withholding taxes but, unlike the portfolio's returns, do not reflect the payment of sales commissions or other expenses incurred in the purchase or sale of the securities included in the indices. 

Data & Statistics Sources: Artisan Partners/MSCI/GICS. Sector exposure percentages reflect sector designations as currently classified by GICS. Artisan Partners may exclude outlier data and certain securities which lack applicable attributes, such as private securities 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 (USD) 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. Net Debt/Capital reflects a company’s financial leverage as measured by its net debt (total debt minus cash & cash equivalents) divided by total capital. The aggregate calculation excludes companies classified by GICS as banks, consumer finance and capital markets to focus on nonfinancial liabilities. Enterprise Value to Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EV/EBITDA) is a measure of the intrinsic value of a business. EV is calculated as the market capitalization of the company plus its long-term debt. EBITDA is an approximate measure of a company's operating cash flow based on data from the company's income statement. It is calculated by looking at earnings before the deduction of interest expenses, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Return on Assets (ROA) is a profitability ratio that measures the amount of net income returned as a percentage of total assets. 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. Free Cash Flow is a measure of financial performance calculated as operating cash flow minus capital expenditures. Return on Capital (ROC) is a measure of how effectively a company uses the money (borrowed or owned) invested in its operations. 

MSCI All Country World ex USA Small Cap Index measures the performance of small-cap companies in developed markets and emerging markets excluding the US. 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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