Investment Process

The team’s investment approach is based on idea generation, a systematic framework for analyzing companies and proactive risk management. Utilizing this approach, the team seeks to construct a focused portfolio designed to maximize alpha while limiting downside risk over the long term.

Idea Generation

  • Identify inflections in multi-year trends caused by changes in supply/demand dynamics, societal behavior, market conditions, technology, laws/regulations and business models, among other variables—these can lead to powerful re-ratings of industries and companies
  • Find areas where the team’s views on industry fundamentals differ from consensus estimates—a key element in alpha generation

Systematic Analytical Framework

  • Apply a systematic framework for analyzing companies across sectors and themes, creating a repeatable and methodical decision-making process
  • Focus on multi-year earnings power differentiation, expected outcome scenario analysis, return on invested capital and discounted cash flow valuations using the team’s proprietary company models
  • Utilize internally developed visual outputs to consistently evaluate positions across the portfolio

Proactive Risk Management

  • Incorporate risk management into all stages of the investment process
  • Evaluate metrics including crowding, correlation, volatility, stress tests, liquidity, factor analysis and macro drivers, in order to inform portfolio construction and position sizing
  • Where appropriate, use various instruments, such as options, in an effort to magnify alpha and minimize downside

Investment Results (%)

As of 31 August 2022 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Advisor Class: APDTX 3.39 -22.30 -17.32 9.74 15.64 17.69
S&P 500® Index 4.77 -16.14 -11.23 12.39 11.82 12.00
As of 30 June 2022 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Advisor Class: APDTX -15.81 -24.85 -13.79 10.19 17.07 17.57
S&P 500® Index -16.10 -19.96 -10.62 10.60 11.31 11.41

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2019 2020 2021
Advisor Class: APDTX 32.65 29.88 23.62
S&P 500® Index 31.49 18.40 28.71
Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. Class inception: Investor (24 April 2017); Advisor (31 July 2018). For the period prior to inception, Advisor Class performance is the Investor Class’s return for that period (“Linked Performance”). Linked Performance has not been restated to reflect expenses of the Advisor Class and the share class’s returns during that period would be different if such expenses were reflected. 

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. Performance may reflect agreements to limit a Fund’s expenses, which would reduce performance if not in effect. The fund’s investments in initial public offerings (IPOs) made a material contribution to performance. IPO investments may contribute significantly to a small portfolio’s return, an effect that will generally decrease as assets grow. IPO investments may be unavailable in the future. 

Expense Ratio

Semi-Annual Report 31 March 2022 1.09%
Prospectus 30 September 2021 1.12%

Expense Ratio Disclosure

Semi-Annual Report Figure(s): Unaudited, annualized for the six-month period. Excludes Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses as described in the prospectus. See prospectus for further details. 

Top 5 Issuers
(% of net assets as of 31 August 2022)
T-Mobile US Inc (Network Infrastructure Modernization) 7.6
UnitedHealth Group Inc (Data Monetization) 7.1 Inc (Digitization of Commerce) 6.9
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (De-Globalization) 6.6
Microsoft Corp (Transformation of the Enterprise) 6.4
Total 34.7%
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Portfolio Statistics
(as of 31 August 2022)
Number of Companies 26
Non-US Companies (% of net assets) 6.6%
Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $343.6
Weighted Avg. ROE 26.9%
Weighted Avg. LT EPS Growth Rate (3-5 Yr) 20.2%
Weighted Avg. P/E (FY2) 23.5X
Active Share 86.5%
Cash (% of total portfolio) 5.0%
Market Cap Distribution
(% of net assets as of 31 August 2022)

$ in billions
75.0+ 61.6
25.0–75.0 36.7
5.0–25.0 1.7
Not Applicable -4.7
TOTAL 95.3%
Portfolio Exposure by Theme
(% of net assets as of 30 June 2022)
De-Globalization 26.2
Data Monetization 24.2
Network Infrastructure Modernization 18.0
Transformation of the Enterprise 15.9
Automation of Industrial Complex 4.5
Cash Flow Inflection 4.5
Life Sciences 3.2
Total 96.6%
Sector Diversification
(% of net assets as of 31 August 2022)
Communication Services 7.6
Consumer Discretionary 10.5
Consumer Staples 5.0
Energy 2.0
Financials 10.6
Health Care 22.5
Industrials 13.7
Information Technology 12.6
Materials 0.5
Real Estate 8.9
Utilities 6.2
Other -4.7
Total 95.3%
% of net assets represents the portfolio's exposures based on the economic value of investments and options are delta-adjusted. Categories “Other” and “N/A” may include ETFs, ETF/Index options and other securities which have not explicitly been classified.
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Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk. The value of portfolio securities selected by the investment team may rise or fall in response to company, market, economic, political, regulatory or other news, at times greater than the market or benchmark index. A non-diversified portfolio may invest a larger portion of assets in securities of a smaller number of issuers and performance of a single issuer may affect overall portfolio performance greater than in a diversified portfolio. The portfolio’s use of derivative instruments may create additional leverage and involve risks different from, or greater than, the risks associated with investing in more traditional investments. High portfolio turnover may adversely affect returns due to increased transaction costs and creation of additional tax consequences. 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. 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. These risks are discussed in the prospectus. Please read it carefully before you invest or send money. 

Performance Source: Artisan Partners/S&P®. Data & Statistics Sources: Artisan Partners/Bloomberg/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. Idiosyncratic Positions are issuers held outside of a theme. Theme categorizations are at the sole discretion of the team. Themes and constituents are as of the date indicated and subject to change. Portfolio sector classifications are defined by the investment team and may differ substantially from the Global Industry Classification System (GICS) classifications. For the portfolio’s sector breakdown according to GICS methodology, refer to the Fund’s most recent portfolio holdings filed at

The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) is the exclusive intellectual property of MSCI Inc. (MSCI) and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, LLC (S&P). Neither MSCI, S&P, their affiliates, nor any of their third party providers (“GICS Parties”) makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to GICS or the results to be obtained by the use thereof, and expressly disclaim all warranties, including warranties of accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The GICS Parties shall not have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of such damages.

All information in this report includes all classes of shares, except performance and expense ratio information and as otherwise indicated. 

S&P 500® Index measures the performance of 500 US companies focused on the large-cap sector of the market. 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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Exposure Pct Assets represents the portfolio's exposures based on the economic value of investments (including delta-adjusting options exposures). Delta-adjusted options exposure is a measure of the market exposure created by the options and accounts for the sensitivity of options to changes in price of the underlying security. In comparison, measuring the exposure of an option at the market value of the option or notional value can understate or overstate, respectively, the economic exposure and risk. This estimate of portfolio exposure is only an approximation of the portfolio at a point in time. 

Market Cap (USD) is the aggregate value of all of a company's outstanding equity securities. Return on Equity (ROE) is a profitability ratio that measures the amount of net income returned as a percentage of shareholders equity. Weighted Average is the average of values weighted to the data set's composition. The Focus portfolio Weighted Avg. P/E is a Weighted Harmonic Average. Weighted Harmonic Average is a calculation of weighted average commonly used for rates or ratios. LT EPS Growth Rate is the average of the 3-5 year forecasted EPS growth rate of a company. 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. 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. Active Share is not delta-adjusted and includes cash, cash equivalents, ETFs and ETF/Index options.