Investment Process

The investment team seeks to invest in companies with franchise characteristics that are benefiting from an accelerating profit cycle and are trading at a discount to private market value.

Security Selection

  • Identify companies with franchise characteristics and defensible competitive positions
  • Invest in emerging profit cycles
  • Purchase stocks at a discount to private market value
  • Assess key environmental, social and governance issues that could impact future stock returns

Capital Allocation—Garden, Crop, Harvest® Investing

  • Build position size according to conviction
  • GardenSM — Smaller position sizes in companies that are early on in the profit cycle
  • CropSM — Larger position sizes in companies where profit cycle is being realized
  • HarvestSM — Reduced or sold positions as stock approaches full valuation or profit cycle begins to decelerate

Broad Knowledge

  • Invest opportunistically across entire global economy
  • Find growth wherever growth occurs

In-depth Investment Process


Artisan Partners Growth Team Annual Sustainability Report

Other Funds Managed

Investment Results (%)

As of 30 June 2021 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Advisor Class: APDDX 10.27 6.35 39.17 24.92 24.17
MSCI All Country World Index 7.39 12.30 39.26 14.57 13.67
As of 30 June 2021 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Advisor Class: APDDX 10.27 6.35 39.17 24.92 24.17
MSCI All Country World Index 7.39 12.30 39.26 14.57 13.67

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2018 2019 2020
Advisor Class: APDDX -3.09 42.57 45.83
MSCI All Country World Index -9.41 26.60 16.25
Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. Class inception: Investor (21 August 2017); Advisor (3 February 2020). 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. 

Expense Ratio

  Gross Net
Semi-Annual Report 31 March 2021 1.48% 1.30%
Prospectus 30 September 2020 1.75% 1.31%

Expense Ratio Disclosure

Net expenses reflect a contractual expense limitation agreement in effect through 31 Jan 2022. 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 10 Holdings
(% of total portfolio as of 30 June 2021)
Global Payments Inc (United States) 3.8
Boston Scientific Corp (United States) 3.4
Veeva Systems Inc (United States) 3.3
Techtronic Industries Co Ltd (Hong Kong) 2.9
Advanced Micro Devices Inc (United States) 2.9
Atlassian Corp PLC (United States) 2.8
Zynga Inc (United States) 2.7
First Republic Bank (United States) 2.6
Eurofins Scientific SE (France) 2.6
Teledyne Technologies Inc (United States) 2.4
Total 29.4%
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Portfolio Statistics
(as of 30 June 2021)
Median Market Cap (Billions) $21.6
Weighted Avg. Market Cap (Billions) $29.4
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY1) 34.0X
Weighted Harmonic Avg. P/E (FY2) 29.5X
Weighted Avg. LT EPS Growth Rate (3-5 Yr) 17.2%
Weighted Avg. LT Debt/Capital 28.7%
Active Share 98.3%
Portfolio Turnover Rate 40.4%
Number of Securities 58
Number of Countries 13
Cash (% of total portfolio) 3.5%
Region Allocation
(% of portfolio securities as of 30 June 2021)
Americas 65.5
Europe 25.2
Pacific Basin 7.1
Emerging Markets 2.2
Total 100.0%
Top 10 Countries
(% of portfolio securities as of 30 June 2021)
United States 64.5
Germany 8.3
Denmark 5.2
Japan 3.7
Hong Kong 3.5
France 2.7
Switzerland 2.4
Netherlands 2.2
Brazil 2.2
United Kingdom 2.1
Sector Diversification
(% of portfolio securities as of 30 June 2021)
Communication Services 4.2
Consumer Discretionary 6.1
Consumer Staples
Financials 11.8
Health Care 25.3
Industrials 18.8
Information Technology 29.1
Materials 2.2
Real Estate 1.0
Utilities 1.5
Total 100.0%
The investment team leverages high degrees of experience and knowledge within a disciplined investment process. Learn more about the Team.
  • Jason L. White, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 21Years Investment
  • James D. Hamel, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 24Years Investment
  • Matthew H. Kamm, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 21Years Investment
  • Craigh A. Cepukenas, CFA
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 32Years Investment
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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.  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. 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. LT Debt/Capital is the long-term debt to total capital relationship of each company 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. Portfolio Turnover is a measure of the trading activity in an investment portfolio—how often securities are bought and sold by a portfolio. 

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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