Prices & Performance

Prices

as of 10/11/19

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NAV Daily Change ($) Daily Change (%) MTD QTD YTD
$18.42 $0.28 1.54% 1.04% 1.04% 14.06%

Performance

 

as of 08/31/19

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QTD1 YTD1 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since Inception Expense Ratio2
Gross Net
BFGIX - Baron Focused Growth Fund - I 1.42% 14.98% -2.14% 13.48% 8.81% 11.71% 11.07% 1.09% 1.09%
Russell 2500 Growth Index -1.32% 22.27% -3.70% 13.16% 9.65% 14.42% 8.01%
S&P 500 Index -0.17% 18.34% 2.92% 12.70% 10.11% 13.45% 8.59%

1Not annualized.

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

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 Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by the 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 above.

as of 09/30/19

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QTD1 YTD1 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since Inception Expense Ratio2
Gross Net
BFGIX - Baron Focused Growth Fund - I -0.44% 12.88% 0.22% 13.91% 8.97% 10.99% 10.94% 1.09% 1.09%
Russell 2500 Growth Index -3.18% 19.97% -4.11% 12.33% 10.22% 13.48% 7.90%
S&P 500 Index 1.70% 20.55% 4.25% 13.39% 10.84% 13.24% 8.64%

1Not annualized.

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

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 Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by the 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 above.

1Not annualized.

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 Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by the 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 above.

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

as of 09/30/19

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Year Baron Focused Growth Fund Russell 2500 Growth Index S&P 500 Index
2018 4.07% -7.47% -4.38%
2017 26.59% 24.46% 21.83%
2016 0.97% 9.73% 11.96%
2015 -2.12% -0.19% 1.38%
2014 2.54% 7.05% 13.69%
2013 26.09% 40.65% 32.39%
2012 16.17% 16.13% 16.00%
2011 -1.11% -1.57% 2.11%
2010 25.39% 28.86% 15.06%
2009 33.94% 41.66% 26.46%
2008 -39.06% -41.50% -37.00%
2007 15.25% 9.69% 5.49%
2006 26.63% 12.26% 15.79%
2005 4.51% 8.17% 4.91%
2004 50.24% 14.59% 10.88%
2003 40.01% 46.32% 28.68%
2002 -8.44% -29.09% -22.06%
2001 -24.33% -10.83% -11.93%
2000 -6.00% -16.09% -9.10%
1999 19.87% 55.48% 21.04%
1998 36.17% 3.10% 28.58%
1997 38.38% 14.76% 33.36%
1996 6.83% -2.81% 12.11%

1Not annualized.

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 Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by the 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 above.

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

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Record Date Ex Date Payable Date Income Return of Capital Short-Term Capital Gain Long-Term Capital Gain Total Re-Invest NAV Calendar-Yr Return
09/24/2018 09/25/2018 09/26/2018 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.169 $0.169 $18.54 4.07%
11/27/2017 11/28/2017 11/29/2017 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.165 $0.165 $16.01 26.59%
09/27/2017 09/28/2017 09/29/2017 $0.002 $0.000 $0.000 $0.160 $0.162 $15.25 26.59%
11/28/2016 11/29/2016 11/30/2016 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.182 $0.182 $12.43 0.97%
10/05/2016 10/06/2016 10/07/2016 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.566 $0.566 $12.86 0.97%
12/02/2015 12/03/2015 12/04/2015 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.257 $0.257 $13.37 -2.12%
09/23/2015 09/24/2015 09/25/2015 $0.058 $0.000 $0.000 $0.482 $0.540 $13.00 -2.12%
12/01/2014 12/02/2014 12/03/2014 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.074 $0.074 $13.91 2.54%
09/22/2014 09/23/2014 09/24/2014 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.012 $0.012 $13.97 2.54%
09/25/2013 09/26/2013 09/27/2013 $0.198 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.198 $13.21 26.09%
12/13/2010 12/14/2010 12/15/2010 $0.326 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.326 $9.50 25.39%
12/28/2009 12/29/2009 12/30/2009 $0.126 $0.125 $0.000 $0.000 $0.251 $8.25 33.94%
12/19/2008 12/22/2008 12/23/2008 $0.000 $0.400 $0.000 $0.000 $0.400 $5.98 -39.06%

Performance Characteristics

as of 09/30/19

3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since Inception
Standard Deviation (%) 14.75 14.49 15.17 20.62
Sharpe Ratio 0.84 0.55 0.69 0.42
Alpha (%) 4.92 1.12 0.19 4.92
Beta 0.72 0.78 0.81 0.77
R-Squared (%) 64.77 71.14 80.47 67.94
Tracking Error (%) 9.93 8.53 7.42 12.72
Information Ratio 0.16 -0.15 -0.34 0.24
Upside Capture (%) 93.71 85.53 83.12 90.00
Downside Capture (%) 80.66 84.42 84.34 76.94

Except for Standard Deviation and Sharpe Ratio, the performance based-characteristics above were calculated relative to the Baron Focused Growth Fund's(BFGIX) benchmark (Russell 2500 Growth Index). Performance statistics for additional periods will be provided on request. Source FactSet: SPAR.

 
NAV $18.42
Daily Change ($) $0.28
Daily Change (%) 1.54%
MTD 1.04%
QTD 1.04%
YTD 14.06%
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BFGIX - Baron Focused Growth Fund - I Russell 2500 Growth Index S&P 500 Index
QTD1 1.42% -1.32% -0.17%
YTD1 14.98% 22.27% 18.34%
1 Year -2.14% -3.70% 2.92%
3 Years 13.48% 13.16% 12.70%
5 Years 8.81% 9.65% 10.11%
10 Years 11.71% 14.42% 13.45%
Since Inception 11.07% 8.01% 8.59%
Expense Ratio2 - Gross 1.09%
Expense Ratio2 - Net 1.09%

*As of 08/31/19

*Annualized as of 09/30/19

1Not annualized.

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

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 Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by the 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 above.

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BFGIX - Baron Focused Growth Fund - I Russell 2500 Growth Index S&P 500 Index
QTD1 -0.44% -3.18% 1.70%
YTD1 12.88% 19.97% 20.55%
1 Year 0.22% -4.11% 4.25%
3 Years 13.91% 12.33% 13.39%
5 Years 8.97% 10.22% 10.84%
10 Years 10.99% 13.48% 13.24%
Since Inception 10.94% 7.90% 8.64%
Expense Ratio2 - Gross 1.09%
Expense Ratio2 - Net 1.09%

*As of 09/30/19

*Annualized as of 09/30/19

1Not annualized.

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

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 Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by the 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 above.

as of 09/30/19

3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since Inception
Standard Deviation (%) 14.75 14.49 15.17 20.62
Sharpe Ratio 0.84 0.55 0.69 0.42
Alpha (%) 4.92 1.12 0.19 4.92
Beta 0.72 0.78 0.81 0.77
R-Squared (%) 64.77 71.14 80.47 67.94
Tracking Error (%) 9.93 8.53 7.42 12.72
Information Ratio 0.16 -0.15 -0.34 0.24
Upside Capture (%) 93.71 85.53 83.12 90.00
Downside Capture (%) 80.66 84.42 84.34 76.94

Except for Standard Deviation and Sharpe Ratio, the performance based-characteristics above were calculated relative to the Baron Focused Growth Fund's(BFGIX) benchmark (Russell 2500 Growth Index). Performance statistics for additional periods will be provided on request. Source FactSet: SPAR.

as of 09/30/19

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Year Baron Focused Growth Fund Russell 2500 Growth Index S&P 500 Index
2018 4.07% -7.47% -4.38%
2017 26.59% 24.46% 21.83%
2016 0.97% 9.73% 11.96%
2015 -2.12% -0.19% 1.38%
2014 2.54% 7.05% 13.69%
2013 26.09% 40.65% 32.39%
2012 16.17% 16.13% 16.00%
2011 -1.11% -1.57% 2.11%
2010 25.39% 28.86% 15.06%
2009 33.94% 41.66% 26.46%
2008 -39.06% -41.50% -37.00%
2007 15.25% 9.69% 5.49%
2006 26.63% 12.26% 15.79%
2005 4.51% 8.17% 4.91%
2004 50.24% 14.59% 10.88%
2003 40.01% 46.32% 28.68%
2002 -8.44% -29.09% -22.06%
2001 -24.33% -10.83% -11.93%
2000 -6.00% -16.09% -9.10%
1999 19.87% 55.48% 21.04%
1998 36.17% 3.10% 28.58%
1997 38.38% 14.76% 33.36%
1996 6.83% -2.81% 12.11%

1Not annualized.

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 Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by the 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 above.

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

Select Year
Record Date 09/24/2018 11/27/2017 09/27/2017 11/28/2016 10/05/2016 12/02/2015 09/23/2015 12/01/2014 09/22/2014 09/25/2013 12/13/2010 12/28/2009 12/19/2008
Ex Date 09/25/2018 11/28/2017 09/28/2017 11/29/2016 10/06/2016 12/03/2015 09/24/2015 12/02/2014 09/23/2014 09/26/2013 12/14/2010 12/29/2009 12/22/2008
Payable Date 09/26/2018 11/29/2017 09/29/2017 11/30/2016 10/07/2016 12/04/2015 09/25/2015 12/03/2014 09/24/2014 09/27/2013 12/15/2010 12/30/2009 12/23/2008
Income $0.000 $0.000 $0.002 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.058 $0.000 $0.000 $0.198 $0.326 $0.126 $0.000
Return of Capital $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.125 $0.400
Short-Term Capital Gain $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000
Long-Term Capital Gain $0.169 $0.165 $0.160 $0.182 $0.566 $0.257 $0.482 $0.074 $0.012 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000
Total $0.169 $0.165 $0.162 $0.182 $0.566 $0.257 $0.540 $0.074 $0.012 $0.198 $0.326 $0.251 $0.400
Re-Invest NAV $18.54 $16.01 $15.25 $12.43 $12.86 $13.37 $13.00 $13.91 $13.97 $13.21 $9.50 $8.25 $5.98
Calendar-Yr Return 4.07% 26.59% 26.59% 0.97% 0.97% -2.12% -2.12% 2.54% 2.54% 26.09% 25.39% 33.94% -39.06%

Portfolio Characteristics

 

as of 09/30/19

Baron Focused Growth Fund Russell 2500 Growth Index
Net Assets$226.53 million
# of Equity Securities / % of Net Assets15 / 100.1%
Turnover (3 Year Average)7.78%
Active Share98.4%
Median Market Cap$7.78 billion$1.19 billion
Weighted Average Market Cap$14.22 billion$5.28 billion
EPS Growth (3-5 year forecast)13.3%17.3%
Price/Earnings Ratio (trailing 12-month)29.523.5
Price/Book Ratio3.54.2
Price/Sales Ratio2.62.0
Current Expense Ratio Date12/31/2018

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.

Holdings

as of 09/30/19

Open All Close All Holding Sector % of Long Positions

CoStar Group, Inc.

CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP) is the leading provider of information and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry.
CoStar has built a proprietary database through primary and data collection research over a 20-year period, creating high barriers to entry. We think CoStar suite should grow at mid-teens rates, and we believe that the new Loopnet marketing platform can grow even faster. The Apartments.com platform has emerged as the dominant multifamily ILS and should revenue in excess of 20%. The company is starting to expand into Europe, creating additional greenfield opportunities that should offer high margin growth. Costar's balance sheet and cash generation creates M&A optionality.

Industrials 17.3%

Vail Resorts, Inc.

Vail Resorts, Inc. (MTN) is the largest operator of ski resorts in the U.S. It owns 20 resorts in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, including Vail and Breckenridge in Colorado, Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, and Stowe in Vermont. Its RockResorts brand offers luxury ski lodging properties.
Most of Vail's revenues come from its ski resorts. The company has been upgrading its properties to offer new and higher quality services and amenities and summer recreational activities, which we believe should help attract more visitors and allow it to continue to raise lift ticket prices. Vail is also focused on increasing season-pass sales and has been acquiring resorts to enhance the attractiveness of its multi-resort season pass. The company generates strong free cash flow that it is using for increased dividends, debt reduction, and share buybacks.

Consumer Discretionary 13.4%

Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. (H) is a global hospitality company with 865 Hyatt-branded properties representing 210,459 keys. The company's brands include Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Hyatt Place, and Hyatt Summerfield Suite.  It derives 56% of EBITDA from fees and 44% from owned assets.
We believe Hyatt has a significant opportunity to market more of its brands globally, given an undersupply of rooms in developing countries. Compared to its competitors, Hyatt has the least brand penetration across the globe and the largest pipeline of unit growth. We believe its asset light strategy and strong balance sheet, coupled with continued strong pricing for hotel assets, give Hyatt an opportunity to generate strong growth. The resulting potential increased cash flow could be used for continued share repurchases and further acquisitions.

Consumer Discretionary 11.0%

Tesla, Inc.

Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) manufactures purely electric automobiles including a sedan (Model S), a CUV (Model X), mass market sedan (Model 3). In addition, through acquisition and internal development, the company offers energy generation solutions (solar) and battery-based energy storage.
In our view, Tesla could continue to grow its business rapidly through international and product expansion. We believe its strong engineer talent pool, first mover advantage, scale with its existing facilities and supply chain, Giga battery plant, expanding production capacity to China and Europe, solar activity, and recognized brand could potentially result in a market capitalization of more than $100 billion in two to three years and more thereafter.

Consumer Discretionary 9.6%

FactSet Research Systems, Inc.

FactSet Research Systems, Inc. (FDS) provides financial information to the global investment community.
FactSet serves only a small part of the addressable market, which we estimate is roughly $20 billion annually. The company has been taking market share and offering broader data sets and more advanced portfolio analytics than its competitors, and has a highly regarded customer service model. FactSet has also been expanding into the fixed income and wealth management markets. Its products are sticky, leading to retention rates of over 95% and high visibility. FactSet generates robust free cash flow, which it has returned to shareholders via share repurchases and dividends.

Financials 8.0%

Choice Hotels International, Inc.

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (CHH) is one of the largest hotel franchisers in the world, with 7,045 hotels and an additional 1,111 properties under development. Its franchise contracts are long term, with many as long as 20 years. Brands include Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, ComfortSuites, and Sleep Inn.
Choice has a strong franchising business with recurring revenue. It has demonstrated consistent profitability across up and down cycles through increased rates and occupancy, new unit growth, and increased royalty rates. The company has a strong pipeline of new hotel franchises and is looking to expand the number of upscale brands in its portfolio through acquisitions and new brand creations like Cambria Suites and Ascend Collection. It is also selling its systems to third-party hotels, which we think will generate significant income over time.

Consumer Discretionary 5.9%

Arch Capital Group Ltd.

Arch Capital Group Ltd. (ACGL) is a specialty insurance and reinsurance company with operations in Bermuda, the U.S., Europe, and Canada.
Arch Capital is led by an experienced management team with a successful track record across insurance cycles. The company excels at underwriting specialized policies and can nimbly shift its business mix to target the most profitable lines. Arch has a compensation system that rewards long-term profitability rather than short-term premium growth. In our view, management has demonstrated strong underwriting discipline and capital stewardship, allowing Arch to maintain industry-leading returns on equity with less risk.

Financials 5.5%

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SPACEX.A) is a private company that designs, manufactures, and launches rockets and spacecrafts into space. SpaceX is aiming to revolutionize space technology, including reusable orbital launch systems.
We believe SpaceX could leverage its unique inventory of reusable rockets to reduce the costs of space launches, capture a growing portion of the available addressable market, and continue to build a track record of success. As launch costs decline, we believe more companies will offer services with space capabilities, increasing the need for rockets. With low launch costs, we expect SpaceX to have an advantage in building its new constellation of satellite-based broadband services leading to potentially taking share in a larger TAM than the rocket launch market.

Industrials 5.2%

Guidewire Software, Inc.

Guidewire Software, Inc. (GWRE) is a leading provider of core systems software to the global P&C insurance industry.
Guidewire is a small player in a vast addressable market and has been benefiting from the inevitable need for P&C insurers to upgrade 30-year-old systems. The company offers best-in-class functionality, as evidenced by its growing installed base and 100% retention rates, and we believe it has a significant amount of off- balance sheet revenue. We think the company’s launch of data and digital applications meaningfully expand the total addressable market, and growing demand for cloud deployments could increase prices by two to three times.

Information Technology 4.7%

Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN) is the largest and most diversified regional casino operator, with 42 facilities in 19 jurisdictions post its recent Pinnacle, Margaritaville and Greektown acquisitions. The company has a history of acquiring quality gaming companies at favorable prices that are accretive.
We think Penn is one of the best regional gaming operators with a strong and experienced management team and the highest gaming-tax adjusted margins in the industry. We think there is much potential for it to grow through the acquisition of the Tropicana in Las Vegas, the recent closing of the Pinnacle Entertainment acquisition as well as most recently Margaritaville and Greektown. Penn should generate substantial synergies from all three deals that we expect will add value for shareholders over time through substantial debt reduction and possible share repurchases.

Consumer Discretionary 4.1%

Total

84.7%

Long Equity Exposure

100.1%

Cash & Equivalents

-0.1%

Top Ten Fund Holdings based on net assets. Portfolio holdings may change over time.

as of 09/30/19

Name Sector % of Long Positions

CoStar Group, Inc.

Industrials 17.3%

Vail Resorts, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary 13.4%

Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Consumer Discretionary 11.0%

Tesla, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary 9.6%

FactSet Research Systems, Inc.

Financials 8.0%

Choice Hotels International, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary 5.9%

Arch Capital Group Ltd.

Financials 5.5%

Guidewire Software, Inc.

Information Technology 4.7%

Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary 4.1%

Manchester United plc

Communication Services 4.0%

Iridium Communications Inc.

Communication Services 3.8%

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Series H Preferred Stock

Industrials 2.8%

American Homes 4 Rent - Cl A

Real Estate 2.6%

Red Rock Resorts, Inc. - Cl. A

Consumer Discretionary 2.5%

Benefitfocus, Inc.

Information Technology 2.4%

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. - Cl. A

Industrials 2.0%

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. - Cl. C

Industrials 0.3%

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.-Series I Preferred Stock

Industrials 0.1%

GICS SECTOR BREAKDOWN

As of 09/30/19

As of 09/30/19

Colors of Sub-Industry bars correspond to the GICS sector chart.

Contributors/Detractors

Quarterly as of 09/30/19

Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
CoStar Group, Inc. 17.05% 1.10%
Tesla, Inc. 9.06% 0.68%
Arch Capital Group Ltd. 5.08% 0.63%
Vail Resorts, Inc. 13.58% 0.22%
Choice Hotels International, Inc. 5.75% 0.17%

Quarterly as of 09/30/19

Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
FactSet Research Systems, Inc. 8.96% -1.36%
Manchester United plc 4.16% -0.39%
Hyatt Hotels Corp. 11.04% -0.33%
Benefitfocus, Inc. 2.48% -0.32%
Iridium Communications Inc. 4.11% -0.31%

Source: FactSet PA.

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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: The Fund is non-diversified, which increases volatility of the Fund’s returns and exposes it to greater risk of loss in any given period.  Specific risks associated with investing in small and medium-sized companies include that the 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 indexes are unmanaged. The Russell 2500™ Growth Index measures the performance of small to medium-sized companies that are classified as growth, and the S&P 500 Index of 500 widely held large-cap U.S. companies. The indexes and the Fund are with dividends, which positively impact the performance results. Index performance is not fund performance. Investors cannot invest directly in 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.