Prices & Performance: Baron Emerging Markets Fund (BEXFX)

Prices

as of 05/29/20

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NAV Daily Change ($) Daily Change (%) MTD QTD YTD
$12.61 $0.27 2.19% 3.36% 14.32% -14.33%

Performance

as of 03/31/20

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YTD1 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Since Inception Expense Ratio2
Gross Net
BEXFX - Baron Emerging Markets Fund -25.07% -20.59% -3.56% -1.27% 1.32% 1.36% 1.36%
MSCI EM Index -23.60% -17.69% -1.62% -0.37% -0.87%
MSCI EM IMI Growth Index -20.34% -11.70% 1.07% 1.12% 0.65%

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 12/31/2017

The performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate; an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Adviser reimburses certain Baron Fund expenses pursuant to a contract expiring on August 29, 2030, unless renewed for another 11-year term and the Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by expense offsets from an unaffiliated transfer agent, without which performance would have been lower. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For performance information current to the most recent month end, visit www.BaronFunds.com or call 1-800-99BARON.

Performance Characteristics: BEXFX

as of 03/31/20

3 Years 5 Years Since Inception
Standard Deviation (%) 17.36 16.28 15.55
Sharpe Ratio -0.31 -0.15 0.04
Alpha (%) -1.92 -0.93 2.03
Beta 0.95 0.87 0.82
R-Squared (%) 90.99 88.60 85.15
Tracking Error (%) 5.27 5.94 6.74
Information Ratio -0.37 -0.15 0.32
Upside Capture (%) 85.37 83.11 83.76
Downside Capture (%) 95.07 87.69 75.65

Except for Standard Deviation and Sharpe Ratio, the performance based-characteristics above were calculated relative to the Baron Emerging Markets Fund's(BEXFX) benchmark (MSCI EM Index). Performance statistics for additional periods will be provided on request. Source FactSet: SPAR.

NAV $12.61
Daily Change ($) $0.27
Daily Change (%) 2.19%
MTD 3.36%
QTD 14.32%
YTD -14.33%
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BEXFX - Baron Emerging Markets Fund MSCI EM Index MSCI EM IMI Growth Index
QTD1 10.61% 9.16% 10.21%
YTD1 -17.12% -16.60% -12.21%
1 Year -13.23% -12.00% -5.26%
3 Years -1.39% 0.57% 3.27%
5 Years 0.01% -0.10% 1.83%
Since Inception 2.41% 0.07% 1.70%
Expense Ratio2 - Gross 1.35%
Expense Ratio2 - Net 1.35%

*As of 04/30/20

*Annualized as of 04/30/20

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 12/31/2017

The performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate; an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Adviser reimburses certain Baron Fund expenses pursuant to a contract expiring on August 29, 2030, unless renewed for another 11-year term and the Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by expense offsets from an unaffiliated transfer agent, without which performance would have been lower. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For performance information current to the most recent month end, visit www.BaronFunds.com or call 1-800-99BARON.

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BEXFX - Baron Emerging Markets Fund MSCI EM Index MSCI EM IMI Growth Index
YTD1 -25.07% -23.60% -20.34%
1 Year -20.59% -17.69% -11.70%
3 Years -3.56% -1.62% 1.07%
5 Years -1.27% -0.37% 1.12%
Since Inception 1.32% -0.87% 0.65%
Expense Ratio2 - Gross 1.36%
Expense Ratio2 - Net 1.36%

*As of 03/31/20

*Annualized as of 04/30/20

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 12/31/2017

The performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate; an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Adviser reimburses certain Baron Fund expenses pursuant to a contract expiring on August 29, 2030, unless renewed for another 11-year term and the Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by expense offsets from an unaffiliated transfer agent, without which performance would have been lower. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For performance information current to the most recent month end, visit www.BaronFunds.com or call 1-800-99BARON.

as of 03/31/20

3 Years 5 Years Since Inception
Standard Deviation (%) 17.36 16.28 15.55
Sharpe Ratio -0.31 -0.15 0.04
Alpha (%) -1.92 -0.93 2.03
Beta 0.95 0.87 0.82
R-Squared (%) 90.99 88.60 85.15
Tracking Error (%) 5.27 5.94 6.74
Information Ratio -0.37 -0.15 0.32
Upside Capture (%) 85.37 83.11 83.76
Downside Capture (%) 95.07 87.69 75.65

Except for Standard Deviation and Sharpe Ratio, the performance based-characteristics above were calculated relative to the Baron Emerging Markets Fund's(BEXFX) benchmark (MSCI EM Index). Performance statistics for additional periods will be provided on request. Source FactSet: SPAR.

as of 04/30/20

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Year Baron Emerging Markets Fund MSCI EM Index MSCI EM IMI Growth Index
2019 18.48% 18.42% 23.60%
2018 -18.67% -14.58% -18.44%
2017 40.34% 37.28% 44.70%
2016 3.75% 11.19% 5.84%
2015 -11.16% -14.92% -10.51%
2014 3.47% -2.19% -0.15%
2013 14.71% -2.60% 0.10%
2012 22.98% 18.22% 20.72%
2011 -17.20% -18.42% -20.04%

1Not annualized.

The performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate; an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Adviser reimburses certain Baron Fund expenses pursuant to a contract expiring on August 29, 2030, unless renewed for another 11-year term and the Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by expense offsets from an unaffiliated transfer agent, without which performance would have been lower. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For performance information current to the most recent month end, visit www.BaronFunds.com or call 1-800-99BARON.

Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 12/31/2017

Record Date 11/25/2019 09/26/2019 11/28/2018 11/27/2017 09/27/2017 11/28/2016 10/05/2016 12/02/2015 12/01/2014 11/28/2012
Ex Date 11/26/2019 09/27/2019 11/29/2018 11/28/2017 09/28/2017 11/29/2016 10/06/2016 12/03/2015 12/02/2014 11/29/2012
Payable Date 11/27/2019 09/30/2019 11/30/2018 11/29/2017 09/29/2017 11/30/2016 10/07/2016 12/04/2015 12/03/2014 11/30/2012
Income $0.0252 $0.0023 $0.0178 $0.0297 $0.0047 $0.0152 $0.0017 $0.0113 $0.0308 $0.1200
Return of Capital $0.0021 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0014 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000
Short-Term Capital Gain $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000
Long-Term Capital Gain $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000 $0.0000
Total $0.0273 $0.0023 $0.0178 $0.0311 $0.0047 $0.0152 $0.0017 $0.0113 $0.0308 $0.1200
Re-Invest NAV $14.04 $13.46 $12.83 $14.97 $14.32 $11.09 $12.07 $10.69 $12.16 $9.82
Calendar-Yr Return 18.48% 18.48% -18.67% 40.34% 40.34% 3.75% 3.75% -11.16% 3.47% 22.98%

Portfolio Characteristics

 

as of 03/31/20

Baron Emerging Markets Fund MSCI EM Index
Net Assets$3.81 billion
# of Equity Securities / % of Net Assets94 / 98.6%
Turnover (3 Year Average)46.81%
Active Share77.8%
Median Market Cap$8.94 billion$4.15 billion
Weighted Average Market Cap$95.91 billion$109.99 billion
EPS Growth (3-5 year forecast)5.4%11.3%
Price/Earnings Ratio (trailing 12-month)16.911.3
Price/Book Ratio2.31.4
Price/Sales Ratio1.61.0
Current Expense Ratio Date12/31/2019

The Net Assets include all share classes combined.

Price/Book Ratio and Price/Sales Ratio are calculated using the Weighted Harmonic Average. Source: FactSet PA. Internal valuation metrics may differ.

Contributors/Detractors

Quarterly as of 03/31/20

Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Zai Lab Limited 1.83% 0.24%
Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd. 0.93% 0.23%
Tencent Holdings Limited 3.94% 0.22%
GDS Holdings Limited 1.97% 0.19%
Kingdee International Software Group Co. Ltd. 0.69% 0.18%

Source: FactSet PA.

Insights & News: BEXFX

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the investment carefully before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectuses contain this and other information about the Funds. You may obtain them from the Funds’ distributor, Baron Capital, Inc., by calling 1-800-99BARON or visiting www.BaronFunds.com. Please read them carefully before investing.

Risks: In addition to the general stock market risk that securities may fluctuate in value, investments in developing countries may have increased risks due to a greater possibility of: settlement delays; currency and capital controls; interest rate sensitivity; corruption and crime; exchange rate volatility; and inflation or deflation. The Fund invests in companies of all sizes, including small and medium sized companies whose securities may be thinly traded and more difficult to sell during market downturns.

The Fund may not achieve its objectives.

Definitions (provided by BAMCO, Inc.): The MSCI EM (Emerging Markets) Index Net USD is designed to measure equity market performance of large and mid-cap securities across 23 Emerging Markets countries. The MSCI EM (Emerging Markets) IMI Growth Index Net USD is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure equity market performance of large, mid and small-cap securities exhibiting overall growth characteristics across 23 Emerging Markets countries. The indexes and the Fund include reinvestment of dividends, net of withholding taxes, which positively impact the performance results. The indexes are unmanaged. The index performance is not Fund performance; one cannot invest directly into an index.

Definitions (provided by BAMCO, Inc.): Standard Deviation: measures the degree to which a fund’s performance has varied from its average performance over a particular time period. The greater the standard deviation, the greater a fund’s volatility (risk). Sharpe Ratio: is a risk-adjusted performance statistic that measures reward per unit of risk. The higher the Sharpe ratio, the better a fund’s risk adjusted performance. Alpha: measures the difference between a fund’s actual returns and its expected performance, given its level of risk as measured by beta. Beta: measures a fund’s sensitivity to market movements. The beta of the market is 1.00 by definition. R-Squared: measures how closely a fund’s performance correlates to the performance of the benchmark index, and thus is a measurement of what portion of its performance can be explained by the performance of the index. Values for R-Squared range from 0 to 100, where 0 indicates no correlation and 100 indicates perfect correlation. Tracking Error: measures how closely a fund’s return follows the benchmark index returns. It is calculated as the annualized standard deviation of the difference between the fund and the index returns. Information Ratio: measures the excess return of a fund divided by the amount of risk the fund takes relative to the benchmark index. The higher the information ratio, the higher the excess return expected of the fund, given the amount of risk involved. Upside Capture: explains how well a fund performs in time periods where the benchmark’s returns are greater than zero. Downside Capture: explains how well a fund performs in time periods where the benchmark’s returns are less than zero

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. Active Share is a term used to describe the share of a portfolio’s holdings that differ from that portfolio’s benchmark index. It is calculated by comparing the weight of each holding in the Fund to that holding’s weight in the benchmark. Positions with either a positive or negative weighting versus the benchmark have Active Share. An Active Share of 100% implies zero overlap with the benchmark. Active Share was introduced in 2006 in a study by Yale academics, M. Cremers and A. Petajisto, as a measure of active portfolio management.

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

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”). All GICS data is provided “as is” with no warranties.  The Adviser may have reclassified/classified certain securities in or out of a sub-industry.  Such reclassifications are not supported by S&P or MSCI.