Baron Focused Growth Fund (BFGIX)

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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 September 30, 2016

Inception Date May 31, 1996
Net Assets (All share classes combined) $177.91 million
# of Equity Securities / % of Net Assets 20/95.9%
Turnover (3 Year Average) 22.52%
Median Market Cap $3.58 billion
Weighted Average Market Cap $7.97 billion
CUSIP 06828M504
Expense Ratio (as of FYE 12/15)* 1.09%
EPS Growth (3-5 year forecast) 15.4%
Price/Earnings Ratio (trailing 12-month) 28.8
Price/Book Ratio 3.3
Price/Sales Ratio 2.7

Top Ten Holdings as of November 30, 2016

Holding Sector Percentage*
Vail Resorts, Inc. (MTN) is the largest operator of ski resorts in the U.S. It owns and operates 13 ski resorts in Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Beaver Creek in Colorado; Canyons and Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkland in Lake Tahoe, Perisher in Australia and three U.S. regional resorts.
Consumer Discretionary 12.6%
Hyatt Hotels Corp. (H) is a global hospitality company with 633 Hyatt-branded properties representing 166,784 keys. The company’s brands include Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Hyatt Place, and Hyatt Summerfield Suite.
Consumer Discretionary 10.2%
Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) manufactures luxury automobiles powered by purely electric drivetrains. It offers a sedan (Model S), a CUV (Model X), and battery-based energy storage. Tesla expects to start delivering its mass market vehicle, Model 3, in 2017 for a base price of $35k.
Consumer Discretionary 10.0%
CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP) is the leading provider of information and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry.
Information Technology 8.4%
FactSet Research Systems, Inc. (FDS) provides financial information to the global investment community.
Financials 7.0%
Arch Capital Group Ltd. (ACGL) is a specialty insurance and reinsurance company with operations in Bermuda, the U.S., Europe, and Canada.
Financials 4.9%
Manchester United plc (MANU) is an English Premier League professional sports team. The team generates revenue from broadcasting, sponsorship, and licensing.
Consumer Discretionary 4.8%
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (CHH) is one of the largest hotel franchisers in the world, with 6,429 hotels and 673 hotels under development. Its franchise contracts are typically long term, many as long as 20 years. Brands include Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, and Cambria.
Consumer Discretionary 4.5%
Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM) provides mobile voice and data communications services to businesses, U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and consumers using a constellation of low-earth orbiting satellites.
Telecommunication Services 4.1%
The Carlyle Group (CG) is one of the largest diversified alternative asset managers with approximately $180 billion under management. The company has approximately 90 proprietary funds and over 50 funds of funds, each having a specific geographic and industry mandate.
Financials 4.0%
Total 70.5%
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Portfolio Holdings as of September 30, 2016

Holding Sector Market Cap ($Bn) Percentage*
Vail Resorts, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $5.676 12.0%
Tesla Motors, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $30.338 10.3%
Hyatt Hotels Corp. Consumer Discretionary $6.548 9.4%
CoStar Group, Inc. Information Technology $7.060 9.1%
FactSet Research Systems, Inc. Financials $6.590 6.8%
Manchester United plc Consumer Discretionary $2.769 5.2%
Benefitfocus, Inc. Information Technology $1.184 5.1%
Arch Capital Group Ltd. Financials $9.715 4.5%
PRINCIPAL CASH Cash & Cash Equivalents - 4.1%
Choice Hotels International, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $2.529 3.8%
The Carlyle Group Financials $1.267 3.8%
Iridium Communications Inc. - Pfd Telecommunication Services $0.776 3.8%
Guidewire Software, Inc. Information Technology $4.383 3.4%
Caesarstone Ltd. Industrials $1.327 3.4%
Financial Engines, Inc. Financials $1.836 2.9%
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Consumer Staples $12.344 2.7%
Verisk Analytics, Inc. Industrials $13.734 2.7%
AO World plc Consumer Discretionary $0.922 2.5%
Fastenal Co. Industrials $12.073 2.4%
Inovalon Holdings, Inc. Cl A Health Care $2.242 1.3%
Virtu Financial, Inc. Class A Financials $2.094 0.8%
Total 100.0%
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Sector Breakdown as of November 30, 2016

Sector Sub-Industry Percentage*
Cash & Cash Equivalents
Consumer Discretionary
  • Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines 14.8%
  • Leisure Facilities 12.6%
  • Automobile Manufacturers 10.0%
  • Movies & Entertainment 4.8%
  • Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 2.5%
Consumer Staples
  • Household Products 2.6%
  • Asset Management & Custody Banks 7.5%
  • Financial Exchanges & Data 7.0%
  • Property & Casualty Insurance 4.9%
Health Care
  • Health Care Technology 1.4%
  • Research & Consulting Services 2.9%
  • Trading Companies & Distributors 2.8%
  • Building Products 2.6%
Information Technology
  • Internet Software & Services 12.0%
  • Application Software 3.3%
Telecommunication Services
  • Alternative Carriers 4.1%
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Top Contributors & Detractors as of September 30, 2016

3 Months | 12 Months

3 Months

By Sub-Industry
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Leisure Facilities 11.37% 1.36%
Specialized Finance 4.88% 0.82%
Property & Casualty Insurance 4.19% 0.38%
Asset Management & Custody Banks 6.28% 0.30%
Movies & Entertainment 4.98% 0.26%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Financial Exchanges & Data 2.23% -0.81%
Health Care Technology 3.61% -0.52%
Automobile Manufacturers 10.71% -0.35%
Alternative Carriers 3.81% -0.23%
Household Products 2.72% -0.18%
By Holdings
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Vail Resorts, Inc. 11.37% 1.36%
Arch Capital Group Ltd. 4.19% 0.38%
Financial Engines, Inc. 2.79% 0.37%
Caesarstone Ltd. 3.32% 0.26%
Manchester United plc 4.98% 0.26%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Inovalon Holdings, Inc. 3.61% -0.52%
Tesla Motors, Inc. 10.71% -0.35%
Iridium Communications Inc. 3.81% -0.23%
Choice Hotels International, Inc. 3.96% -0.19%
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 2.72% -0.18%

12 Months

By Sub-Industry
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Leisure Facilities 10.11% 4.31%
Internet Software & Services 12.83% 2.81%
Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines 12.80% 1.08%
Alternative Carriers 3.71% 1.01%
Industrial Gases 0.20% 0.82%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Automobile Manufacturers 10.63% -1.93%
Financial Exchanges & Data 0.56% -0.81%
Health Care Technology 2.76% -0.61%
Automotive Retail 0.81% -0.43%
Investment Banking & Brokerage 1.00% -0.40%
By Holdings
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Vail Resorts, Inc. 10.11% 4.31%
CoStar Group, Inc. 8.32% 1.78%
Benefitfocus, Inc. 4.51% 1.03%
Hyatt Hotels Corp. 8.66% 1.02%
Iridium Communications Inc. 3.71% 1.01%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Tesla Motors, Inc. 10.63% -1.93%
Inovalon Holdings, Inc. 2.76% -0.61%
Mobileye N.V. 0.57% -0.50%
CarMax, Inc. 0.81% -0.43%
Virtu Financial, Inc. 1.00% -0.40%
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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.