Distribution Information 2014

The following Funds have made a distribution in December 2014

See Important Tax Information Below

The Funds listed below have distributions as follows. 
  

Record Date 12/01/2014 - Ex Date 12/02/2014 - Payable Date 12/03/2014
Fund
Ticker
Ordinary Income
Short-Term Capital Gain
Long-Term Capital Gain
Total
Baron Asset Fund- Retail BARAX - - $4.1656 $4.1656
Baron Asset Fund- Institutional BARIX - - $4.1656 $4.1656
Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund- Retail BFTHX - - - -
Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund- Institutional BFTIX $0.0231 - - $0.0231
Baron Growth Fund- Retail BGRFX - - $3.2241 $3.2241
Baron Growth Fund- Institutional BGRIX - - $3.2241 $3.2241
Baron Small Cap Fund- Retail BSCFX - - $2.0346 $2.0346
Baron Small Cap Fund- Institutional BSFIX - - $2.0346 $2.0346
Baron Opportunity Fund- Retail BIOPX - - $1.0304 $1.0304
Baron Opportunity Fund- Institutional BIOIX - - $1.0304 $1.0304
Baron Discovery Fund- Retail BDFFX - - - -
Baron Discovery Fund- Institutional BDFIX - - - -
Baron Partners Fund - Retail BPTRX - - - -
Baron Partners Fund - Institutional BPTIX - - - -
Baron Focused Growth Fund- Retail BFGFX - - $0.0741 $0.0741
Baron Focused Growth Fund- Institutional BFGIX - - $0.0741 $0.0741
Baron International Growth Fund- Retail BIGFX - - $0.3885 $0.3885
Baron International Growth Fund- Institutional BINIX - - $0.3885 $0.3885
Baron Real Estate Fund - Retail BREFX $0.0263 - - $0.0263
Baron Real Estate Fund - Institutional BREIX $0.0848 - - $0.0848
Baron Emerging Markets Fund- Retail BEXFX $0.0308 - - $0.0308
Baron Emerging Markets Fund- Institutional BEXIX $0.0541 - - $0.0541
Baron Energy and Resources Fund - Retail BENFX - - - -
Baron Energy and Resources Fund - Institutional BENIX - - - -
Baron Global Advantage Fund - Retail BGAFX - - - -
Baron Global Advantage Fund - Institutional BGAIX - - - -

                                                                                                                                                                                                             


The following Funds have made a Spillback Distribution as follows:  


Record Date 9/22/2014     -     Ex Date 9/23/2014     -     Payable Date 9/24/2014
Fund Ticker Ordinary Income Short-Term Capital Gain  Long-Term Capital Gain
Total
Baron Focused Growth Fund- Retail BFGFX - - $0.0119 $0.0119
Baron Focused Growth Fund- Institutional BFGIX - - $0.0119 $0.0119
Baron International Growth Fund- Retail BIGFX $0.0034 - $0.1491 $0.1525
Baron International Growth Fund- Institutional BINIX $0.0400 - $0.1491 $0.1891
Baron Global Advantage Fund- Retail BGAFX - $0.0009 - $0.0009
Baron Global Advantage Fund- Institutional BGAIX - $0.0009 - $0.0009

Net investment income and short-term capital gains are considered ordinary income for tax purposes and are taxed at the same federal tax rate.

Shareholders should remember that the net asset value of a fund with an ordinary income and/or capital gain distribution will decline on the ex-dividend date to reflect the adjusted net asset value of a Fund after the distribution.

What is a Spillback Distribution?

Spillback distributions are distributions of ordinary income and/or capital gains from the previous fiscal year that were not distributed by the end of that year. Spillback distributions must be declared within 9 1/2 months of the end of the Fund's fiscal year. They are common practice for mutual funds with fiscal years ending December 31.

Spillback distributions are taxable to investors who hold shares on the record date, even though they represent ordinary income and/or capital gains earned by the funds in 2013.

Spillback distributions will be reported to shareholders on Form 1099-DIV, which will be mailed to shareholders in 2015.

More information on Distributions:

Fund distributions are taxable currently whether shareholders receive them in cash or reinvest in additional Fund shares, unless Fund shares are held in a tax-advantaged account.

Shareholders should consult their tax advisor regarding the necessary filings with the IRS.

Record Date - Investors who own shares in the Fund as of the record date (shareholders of record) will receive the distribution.

Ex Date - The Fund’s NAV will be reduced by the amount of the distribution on this day.

Payable Date - Distributions will be paid to shareholders of record on this day.

Qualified Dividends - If your Baron Fund has a qualified dividend percentage listed in the table, multiply that percentage by the sum of your income dividends plus short-term capital gains. This is the amount of your year-end dividend distribution that is eligible to be taxed at the lower 15% rate applicable to qualified dividends. In order to treat a dividend as qualifying for the lower rates, you must have held your shares for at least 61 days during the 121-day period beginning 60 days before the ex-dividend date of the distribution.

FOREIGN TAX CREDIT:

For the 2014 tax year, Baron Emerging Markets Fund elected to pass through a credit for taxes paid to foreign jurisdictions. Your share of foreign withholding taxes paid by the Fund has been reported to you and the Internal Revenue Service in Box 6 of Form 1099-DIV. Federal tax rules generally permit U.S. taxpayers to either claim a deduction or take a credit against their U.S. tax liability for taxes paid to foreign jurisdictions. Your ability to claim a foreign tax credit may be subject to certain limitations, including a holding period requirement.
 

Tax Information
Fund Qualified Dividend Percentage  Foriegn Tax  Credit    Foreign Source Income For Corporate Shareholders: Dividend Received Deduction Income from Tax-Exempt securities Percent of Ordinary Dividends from U.S. Government Obligations Percent of Long-Term Capital Gains Attributable to Gains on U.S. Government Obligations
Baron Asset Fund n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Baron Emerging Markets Fund 86.57% 0.012404006 100.00% 0.00% n/a n/a n/a
Baron Energy and Resources Fund n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund 100.00% n/a n/a 100.00% n/a n/a n/a
Baron Focused Growth Fund n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Baron Global Advantage Fund 0.21% n/a n/a 0.06% n/a n/a n/a
Baron Growth Fund n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Baron International Growth Fund 100.00% n/a n/a 13.96% n/a n/a n/a
Baron Opportunity Fund n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Baron Partners Fund n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Baron Real Estate Fund 100.00% n/a n/a 100.00% n/a n/a n/a
Baron Small Cap Fund n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Baron Discovery Fund n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

 
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