Investment Process

The investment team seeks to invest in companies within its preferred themes with sustainable growth characteristics at attractive valuations that do not reflect their long-term potential.

Themes

  • Identify long-term secular growth trends
  • Invest in companies poised to be beneficiaries of those trends

Sustainable Growth

  • Sustainable competitive advantage
  • Superior business model
  • High-quality management team

Valuation

  • Assess valuation relative to growth potential and to history and peers
  • Invest in companies whose sustainable growth prospects are not fully reflected in underlying stock prices

In-depth Investment Process

 

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Investment
Results (%)

As of 31 January 2024 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Advisor Class: APDIX 0.75 0.75 6.03 0.78 5.85 4.16 8.06
MSCI EAFE Index 0.58 0.58 10.01 4.59 6.92 4.77 4.92
MSCI All Country World ex USA Index -0.99 -0.99 5.88 1.14 5.32 4.21 5.04
As of 31 December 2023 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Advisor Class: APDIX 9.91 14.44 14.44 0.20 6.99 3.55 8.05
MSCI EAFE Index 10.42 18.24 18.24 4.02 8.16 4.28 4.91
MSCI All Country World ex USA Index 9.75 15.62 15.62 1.55 7.08 3.83 5.09

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Advisor Class: APDIX 29.36 7.72 9.16 -19.47 14.44
MSCI EAFE Index 22.01 7.82 11.26 -14.45 18.24
MSCI All Country World ex USA Index 21.51 10.65 7.82 -16.00 15.62
Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. Index inception 31 Dec 1995. MSCI ACWI ex USA Index performance represents linked performance data for the MSCI ACWI ex USA (Gross) Index from 31 Dec 1995 to 31 Dec 2000 and the MSCI ACWI ex USA (Net) Index from 1 Jan 2001 forward. Class inception: Investor (28 December 1995); Advisor (1 April 2015). 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. 

Expense Ratio

Annual Report 30 September 2023 1.05%
Prospectus 30 September 2023 1.05%

Expense Ratio Disclosure

See prospectus for further details. 

Top 10 Holdings
(% of total portfolio as of 31 January 2024)
UBS Group AG (Switzerland) 6.5
Novo Nordisk A/S (Denmark) 5.6
Linde PLC (United States) 4.9
Amazon.com Inc (United States) 4.9
Air Liquide SA (France) 4.9
Deutsche Telekom AG (Germany) 4.4
Allianz SE (Germany) 3.7
Deutsche Boerse AG (Germany) 3.1
Canadian Pacific Kansas City Ltd (Canada) 2.9
BAE Systems PLC (United Kingdom) 2.9
Total 43.9%
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Portfolio Statistics
(as of 31 January 2024)
Median Market Cap (Billions) $57.7
Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $192.8
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY1) 19.0X
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY2) 16.9X
Weighted Avg. LT EPS Growth Rate (3-5 Yr) 14.9%
Weighted Avg. Operating Margin 19.2%
Active Share 83.5%
Annual Turnover 77.0%
Number of Securities 57
Number of Countries 19
Cash (% of total portfolio) 4.6%
Region Allocation
(% of portfolio securities as of 31 January 2024)
Region Allocation chart
Europe 73.4
Americas 17.7
Pacific Basin 5.4
Emerging Markets 3.5
Total 100.0%
Top 10 Countries
(% of portfolio securities as of 31 January 2024)
Switzerland 13.1
Germany 12.9
United States 12.2
France 12.2
Denmark 11.4
United Kingdom 9.9
Netherlands 5.5
Canada 5.5
Japan 4.9
Belgium 4.5
Sector Diversification
(% of portfolio securities as of 31 January 2024)
Communication Services 4.6
Consumer Discretionary 5.1
Consumer Staples 6.2
Energy 1.3
Financials 22.4
Health Care 19.6
Industrials 25.0
Information Technology 2.3
Materials 13.4
Real Estate
Utilities
Other
Total 100.0%
The investment team leverages high degrees of experience and knowledge within a disciplined investment process. Learn more about the Team.
  • Mark L. Yockey, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 43Years Investment
    Experience
  • Charles-Henri Hamker
  • Associate Portfolio Manager
  • 34Years Investment
    Experience
  • Andrew J. Euretig
  • Associate Portfolio Manager
  • 20Years Investment
    Experience
  • Michael Luciano
  • Associate Portfolio Manager
  • 23Years Investment
    Experience
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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 portfolio’s environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) considerations may limit the investment opportunities available and, as a result, the portfolio may forgo certain investment opportunities and underperform portfolios that do not consider ESG factors. 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 and less developed markets, including frontier 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. Growth 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/MSCI. Data & Statistics Sources: Artisan Partners/MSCI/GICS. Sector exposure percentages reflect sector designations as currently classified by GICS. Annual turnover is reported as of the Fund’s fiscal year end. 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. LT EPS Growth Rate is the average of the 3-5 year forecasted EPS growth rate of a company. Operating Margin is a measure of a corporation’s profitability. It is calculated as the last twelve months operating income before depreciation for the ending quarter and subtracts out the last twelve months depreciation from the ending quarter divided by the last twelve months sales for the ending quarter, weighted by the size of the company’s position within the portfolio. 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. Annual Turnover is a measure of the trading activity in an investment portfolio—how often securities are bought and sold by a portfolio. 

MSCI EAFE Index measures the performance of developed markets, excluding the US and Canada. MSCI All Country World ex-USA Index measures the performance of developed 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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