Baron Focused Growth Fund (BFGFX)

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Fund Description

Baron Focused Growth Fund invests in a focused portfolio of small and mid-size growth companies.



Facts & Characteristics as of December 31, 2014

Inception Date May 31, 1996
Net Assets (All share classes combined) $195.27 million
# of Equity Securities / % of Net Assets 24/98.6%
Turnover (3 Year Average) 36.32%
Median Market Cap $5.91 billion
Weighted Average Market Cap $7.47 billion
CUSIP 06828M207
Gross Expense Ratio (as of FYE 12/13)* 1.42%
Less: Reimbursement of Expenses by Adviser (as of FYE 12/13) (0.07)%
Net Expense Ratio (as of FYE 12/13) 1.35%
EPS Growth (3-5 year forecast) 16.0%
Price/Earnings Ratio (trailing 12-month) 24.5
Price/Book Ratio 2.9
Price/Sales Ratio 2.3

Top Ten Holdings as of February 28, 2015

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Holding Sector Percentage*
Hyatt Hotels Corp. (H) is a global hospitality company with 554 Hyatt branded properties representing 148,239 keys. The company’s brands include Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Hyatt Place, and Hyatt Summerfield Suites.
Consumer Discretionary 7.3%
CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP) is the leading provider of information and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry.
Information Technology 7.0%
Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) manufactures luxury automobiles which are powered by purely electric drivetrains. It also sells electric drivetrains to other vehicle manufacturers.
Consumer Discretionary 6.6%
Vail Resorts, Inc. (MTN) is the largest operator of ski resorts in the U.S. It owns and operates 10 world class ski resorts in Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Beaver Creek in Colorado; Canyons in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkland in Lake Tahoe. It also operates resorts in Michigan and Minnesota. 
Consumer Discretionary 6.0%
FactSet Research Systems, Inc. (FDS) provides financial information to the global investment community.
Information Technology 5.8%
CarMax, Inc. (KMX) is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars with over $13 billion in annual sales and 131 superstores.
Consumer Discretionary 5.0%
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (CHH) is one of the largest hotel franchisors in the world with 6,364 hotels and 493 hotels under development. Its franchise contracts are long term in nature, many for 20 years. Some of its brands include Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, and Cambria.
Consumer Discretionary 4.8%
Colfax Corp. (CFX) is a diversified global industrial manufacturing and engineering company that provides gas- and fluid-handling products, and fabrication technology products.
Industrials 4.7%
Manchester United plc (MANU), is an English Premier League professional sports team. The team generates revenue from broadcasting, sponsorship, and licensing.
Consumer Discretionary 4.4%
Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (GWR) owns and operates short-line and regional freight railroads in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands. It owns and operates over 100 rail properties representing 15,000 miles of track. It is the only public short-line railroad in the U.S.
Industrials 4.1%
Total 55.7%
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Portfolio Holdings as of December 31, 2014

Holding Sector Market Cap ($Bn) Percentage*
Hyatt Hotels Corp. Consumer Discretionary $9.140 7.4%
Tesla Motors Inc. Consumer Discretionary $27.886 7.4%
CoStar Group, Inc. Information Technology $5.940 6.6%
Vail Resorts, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $3.310 6.4%
FactSet Research Systems, Inc. Information Technology $5.876 5.4%
CarMax, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $14.341 5.1%
Colfax Corp. Industrials $6.379 4.7%
Manchester United plc Consumer Discretionary $2.604 4.5%
Choice Hotels International, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $3.259 4.3%
Iridium Communications Inc. - Pfd Telecommunication Services $0.914 4.2%
ITC Holdings Corp. Utilities $6.296 4.1%
Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $5.940 3.7%
Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. Industrials $4.845 3.7%
Financial Engines, Inc. Financials $1.899 3.7%
CaesarStone Sdot-Yam Ltd. Materials $2.100 3.7%
The Carlyle Group Financials $1.853 3.7%
Arch Capital Group Ltd. Financials $7.630 3.0%
Fastenal Co. Industrials $14.099 2.9%
Benefitfocus, Inc. Information Technology $0.839 2.9%
Verisk Analytics, Inc. Industrials $10.563 2.8%
Guidewire Software, Inc. Information Technology $3.523 2.6%
Airgas, Inc. Materials $8.604 2.1%
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Consumer Staples $10.543 2.0%
PRINCIPAL CASH Cash & Cash Equivalents - 1.4%
TerraForm Power, Inc. - Cl A Utilities - 1.3%
TerraForm Power, Inc. Utilities $3.120 0.4%
Total 100.0%
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Sector Breakdown as of February 28, 2015

Sector Sub-Industry Percentage*
Cash & Cash Equivalents
Consumer Discretionary
  • Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines 12.0%
  • Automobile Manufacturers 6.6%
  • Leisure Facilities 6.0%
  • Automotive Retail 5.0%
  • Movies & Entertainment 4.4%
  • Specialty Stores 3.9%
Consumer Staples
  • Household Products 2.1%
  • Asset Management & Custody Banks 7.4%
  • Property & Casualty Insurance 3.0%
  • Industrial Machinery 4.7%
  • Railroads 4.1%
  • Building Products 3.9%
  • Research & Consulting Services 3.1%
  • Trading Companies & Distributors 2.5%
Information Technology
  • Internet Software & Services 10.6%
  • Application Software 8.7%
  • Industrial Gases 2.1%
Telecommunication Services
  • Alternative Carriers 3.9%
  • Electric Utilities 3.9%
  • Renewable Electricity 1.9%
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Top Contributors & Detractors as of December 31, 2014

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3 Months

By Sub-Industry
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Automotive Retail 4.33% 1.63%
Internet Software & Services 6.90% 1.35%
Application Software 7.86% 1.20%
Electric Utilities 4.47% 0.62%
Construction Materials 3.46% 0.53%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Automobile Manufacturers 6.19% -0.70%
Industrial Machinery 5.36% -0.63%
Oil & Gas Drilling 1.50% -0.58%
Casinos & Gaming 1.87% -0.39%
Railroads 4.04% -0.28%
By Holdings
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
CarMax, Inc. 4.33% 1.63%
CoStar Group, Inc. 5.90% 1.05%
FactSet Research Systems, Inc. 5.18% 0.81%
ITC Holdings Corp. 4.47% 0.62%
CaesarStone Sdot-Yam Ltd. 3.46% 0.53%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Tesla Motors Inc. 6.19% -0.70%
Colfax Corp. 5.36% -0.63%
Helmerich & Payne, Inc. 1.50% -0.58%
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. 1.87% -0.39%
The Carlyle Group 3.78% -0.39%

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By Sub-Industry
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Application Software 7.92% 2.56%
Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines 10.96% 2.03%
Automotive Retail 4.06% 1.60%
Alternative Carriers 2.52% 1.39%
Leisure Facilities 5.43% 1.23%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Casinos & Gaming 4.18% -1.45%
Industrial Machinery 6.65% -1.25%
Internet Software & Services 6.88% -1.06%
Internet Retail 1.00% -1.05%
Specialty Stores 4.03% -1.05%
By Holdings
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
CarMax, Inc. 4.06% 1.60%
Hyatt Hotels Corp. 7.11% 1.43%
Iridium Communications Inc. 2.52% 1.39%
FactSet Research Systems, Inc. 4.58% 1.35%
Vail Resorts, Inc. 5.43% 1.23%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Benefitfocus, Inc. 2.54% -1.89%
Colfax Corp. 6.65% -1.25%
AO World plc 1.00% -1.05%
Penn National Gaming, Inc. 0.36% -0.93%
BRP, Inc. 2.19% -0.82%
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Price/Book Ratio and Price/Sales Ratio are calculated using the Weighted Harmonic Average. Source: FactSet PA. Internal valuation metrics may differ.  

*Top Ten Holdings, Portfolio Holdings, and Sector Breakdown based on net assets. Portfolio holdings may change over time. Positions smaller than 0.05% round to 0.0%.

Industry sector or sub-industry group levels are provided from the Global Industry Classification Standard ("GICS"), developed and exclusively owned by MSCI, Inc. ("MSCI") and Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P"), unless otherwise stated that they have been reclassified or classified by the Adviser. All GICS data is provided "as is" with no warranties.

^The Adviser has reclassified/classified certain securities in or out of this Sub-Industry. Such reclassifications/classifications are not supported by S&P or MSCI. 
Top Contributors & Detractors Source: FactSet PA.

Definitions (provided by Baron Capital, Inc.): EPS Growth Rate (3-5 Year): indicates the long-term forecasted EPS growth of the companies in the portfolio, calculated using the weighted average of the available 3-to-5 year forecasted growth rates for each of the stocks in the portfolio provided by Factset Estimates. The EPS Growth rate does not forecast the Fund’s performance. Price/ Earnings Ratio (trailing 12-months): is a valuation ratio of a company’s current share price compared to its actual earnings per share over the last twelve months. Price/Book Ratio: is a ratio used to compare a company’s stock price to its tangible assets, and it is calculated by dividing the current closing price of the stock by the latest quarter’s book value per share. Price/Sales Ratio is a valuation ratio of a stock’s price relative to its past performance. It represents the amount an investor is willing to pay for a dollar generated from a particular company’s operations. Price/Sales is calculated by dividing a stock’s current price by its revenue per share for the last 12 months. Weighted Harmonic Average: is a calculation that reduces the impact of extreme observation on the aggregate calculation by weighting them based on their size in the fund.

One year turnover information to the most recent quarter and average market cap (unweighted) is available upon request.