Investment Process

The investment team seeks to invest in high-quality, undervalued businesses that offer the potential for superior risk/reward outcomes.


  • 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


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Results (%)

As of 31 October 2020 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Advisor Class: APDGX -1.07 -13.33 -8.84 -1.50 3.97 7.82 6.04
MSCI All Country World Index -2.43 -1.09 4.89 5.52 8.11 7.90 4.35
As of 30 September 2020 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Advisor Class: APDGX 7.35 -12.39 -5.48 -0.62 5.73 8.35 6.17
MSCI All Country World Index 8.13 1.37 10.44 7.12 10.30 8.55 4.58

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Advisor Class: APDGX -2.76 10.11 21.76 -12.91 23.99
MSCI All Country World Index -2.36 7.86 23.97 -9.41 26.60
Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. Class inception: Investor (10 December 2007); 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

Semi-Annual Report 31 March 2020 1.12%
Prospectus 30 September 2019 1.13%

Expense Ratio Disclosure

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

Top 10 Holdings
(% of total portfolio as of 31 October 2020)
FedEx Corp (United States) 5.3
Alphabet Inc (United States) 5.3
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Korea) 5.2
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (United States) 4.5
Facebook Inc (United States) 4.0
NXP Semiconductors NV (United States) 3.9
Novartis AG (Switzerland) 3.8
UBS Group AG (Switzerland) 3.7
DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc (United States) 3.6
Anthem Inc (United States) 3.6
Total 42.8%
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Portfolio Statistics
(as of 31 October 2020)
Median Market Cap (Billions) $37.0
Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $167.3
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY1) 17.2X
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY2) 14.7X
Weighted Avg. Net Debt/Capital 8.1%
Median Price/Book Value 2.3X
Weighted Average ROA 6.9%
Active Share 92.8%
Portfolio Turnover Rate 31.2%
Number of Securities 35
Number of Countries 11
Cash (% of total portfolio) 5.3%
Region Allocation
(% of total portfolio equities as of 31 October 2020)
Americas 62.4
Europe 27.4
Emerging Markets 10.2
Total 100.0%
Top 10 Countries
(% of total portfolio equities as of 31 October 2020)
United States 61.5
Switzerland 11.4
United Kingdom 9.1
Korea 5.5
Germany 2.9
China 2.9
Belgium 1.9
Brazil 1.8
Netherlands 1.2
Canada 0.9
Sector Diversification
(% of total portfolio equities as of 31 October 2020)
Communication Services 14.4
Consumer Discretionary 15.6
Consumer Staples 1.8
Energy 0.9
Financials 26.7
Health Care 11.6
Industrials 10.8
Information Technology 15.3
Materials 2.9
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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  • Co-Portfolio Manager
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  • Justin V. Bandy, CFA
  • Co-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/MSCI. Data & Statistics Sources: Artisan Partners/MSCI/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. 

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. Price-to-Book Ratio (P/B Ratio) is a valuation measure used to compare a stock's market value to its book value. 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. Portfolio Turnover is a measure of the trading activity in an investment portfolio—how often securities are bought and sold by a portfolio. 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 Index measures the performance of developed and emerging markets. 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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