Prices & Performance

Prices

as of 01/22/20

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NAV Daily Change ($) Daily Change (%) MTD QTD YTD
$25.41 $0.10 0.40% 6.27% 6.27% 6.27%

Performance

 

as of 11/30/19

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QTD1 YTD1 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since Inception Expense Ratio2
Gross Net
BIOIX - Baron Opportunity Fund - I 12.64% 38.60% 26.33% 27.82% 15.53% 14.82% 7.73% 1.11% 1.11%
Russell 3000 Growth Index 7.48% 31.93% 20.28% 19.21% 13.39% 15.11% 5.04%
S&P 500 Index 5.87% 27.63% 16.11% 14.88% 10.98% 13.44% 6.36%

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/2018

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.

The Fund’s historical performance was impacted by gains from IPOs and/or secondary offerings, and there is no guarantee that these results can be repeated or that the Fund’s level of participation in IPOs and secondary offerings will be the same in the future

Performance for the Institutional Shares prior to 5/29/2009, is based on the performance of the Retail Shares, which have a distribution fee. The Institutional Shares do not have a distribution fee. If the annual returns prior to 5/29/2009, did not reflect this fee, the returns would be higher.

as of 12/31/19

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1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since Inception Expense Ratio2
Gross Net
BIOIX - Baron Opportunity Fund - I 40.60% 28.99% 15.75% 14.32% 7.77% 1.11% 1.11%
Russell 3000 Growth Index 35.85% 19.89% 14.23% 15.05% 5.18%
S&P 500 Index 31.49% 15.27% 11.70% 13.56% 6.49%

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/2018

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.

The Fund’s historical performance was impacted by gains from IPOs and/or secondary offerings, and there is no guarantee that these results can be repeated or that the Fund’s level of participation in IPOs and secondary offerings will be the same in the future

Performance for the Institutional Shares prior to 5/29/2009, is based on the performance of the Retail Shares, which have a distribution fee. The Institutional Shares do not have a distribution fee. If the annual returns prior to 5/29/2009, did not reflect this fee, the returns would be higher.

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.

The Fund’s historical performance was impacted by gains from IPOs and/or secondary offerings, and there is no guarantee that these results can be repeated or that the Fund’s level of participation in IPOs and secondary offerings will be the same in the future

Performance for the Institutional Shares prior to 5/29/2009, is based on the performance of the Retail Shares, which have a distribution fee. The Institutional Shares do not have a distribution fee. If the annual returns prior to 5/29/2009, did not reflect this fee, the returns would be higher.

Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/2017

as of 12/31/19

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Year Baron Opportunity Fund Russell 3000 Growth Index S&P 500 Index
2019 40.60% 35.85% 31.49%
2018 8.35% -2.12% -4.38%
2017 40.88% 29.59% 21.83%
2016 -4.56% 7.39% 11.96%
2015 1.45% 5.09% 1.38%
2014 -1.40% 12.44% 13.69%
2013 37.90% 34.23% 32.39%
2012 14.04% 15.21% 16.00%
2011 -5.93% 2.18% 2.11%
2010 25.74% 17.64% 15.06%
2009 62.08% 37.01% 26.46%
2008 -46.06% -38.44% -37.00%
2007 21.10% 11.40% 5.49%
2006 12.14% 9.46% 15.79%
2005 7.05% 5.17% 4.91%
2004 25.59% 6.93% 10.88%
2003 73.80% 30.97% 28.68%
2002 -29.01% -28.03% -22.06%
2001 -3.62% -19.63% -11.93%
2000 -38.98% -23.60% -2.45%

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.

The Fund’s historical performance was impacted by gains from IPOs and/or secondary offerings, and there is no guarantee that these results can be repeated or that the Fund’s level of participation in IPOs and secondary offerings will be the same in the future

Performance for the Institutional Shares prior to 5/29/2009, is based on the performance of the Retail Shares, which have a distribution fee. The Institutional Shares do not have a distribution fee. If the annual returns prior to 5/29/2009, did not reflect this fee, the returns would be higher.

2Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/2018

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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
11/25/2019 11/26/2019 11/27/2019 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $1.676 $1.676 $23.46
11/28/2018 11/29/2018 11/30/2018 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.926 $0.926 $19.85 8.35%
11/27/2017 11/28/2017 11/29/2017 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $2.649 $2.649 $17.54 40.88%
11/28/2016 11/29/2016 11/30/2016 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $1.891 $1.891 $14.74 -4.56%
12/02/2015 12/03/2015 12/04/2015 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $1.817 $1.817 $17.18 1.45%
12/01/2014 12/02/2014 12/03/2014 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $1.030 $1.030 $18.14 -1.40%
11/25/2013 11/26/2013 11/27/2013 $0.000 $0.000 $0.588 $0.615 $1.202 $18.85 37.90%
11/28/2012 11/29/2012 11/30/2012 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.240 $0.240 $14.92 14.04%
11/15/2000 11/16/2000 11/17/2000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.026 $0.000 $0.026 $7.20 -38.98%

Performance Characteristics

as of 12/31/19

3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
Standard Deviation (%) 16.20 16.48 16.47
Sharpe Ratio 1.69 0.89 0.84
Alpha (%) 5.92 -0.35 -1.69
Beta 1.11 1.15 1.10
R-Squared (%) 83.82 83.59 79.85
Tracking Error (%) 6.67 6.97 7.52
Information Ratio 1.36 0.22 -0.10
Upside Capture (%) 126.87 116.70 110.71
Downside Capture (%) 102.34 123.46 127.56

Except for Standard Deviation and Sharpe Ratio, the performance based-characteristics above were calculated relative to the Baron Opportunity Fund's(BIOIX) benchmark (Russell 3000 Growth Index). Performance statistics for additional periods will be provided on request. Source FactSet: SPAR.

 
NAV $25.41
Daily Change ($) $0.10
Daily Change (%) 0.40%
MTD 6.27%
QTD 6.27%
YTD 6.27%
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BIOIX - Baron Opportunity Fund - I Russell 3000 Growth Index S&P 500 Index
QTD1 12.64% 7.48% 5.87%
YTD1 38.60% 31.93% 27.63%
1 Year 26.33% 20.28% 16.11%
3 Years 27.82% 19.21% 14.88%
5 Years 15.53% 13.39% 10.98%
10 Years 14.82% 15.11% 13.44%
Since Inception 7.73% 5.04% 6.36%
Expense Ratio2 - Gross 1.11%
Expense Ratio2 - Net 1.11%

*As of 11/30/19

*Annualized as of 12/31/19

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/2018

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.

The Fund’s historical performance was impacted by gains from IPOs and/or secondary offerings, and there is no guarantee that these results can be repeated or that the Fund’s level of participation in IPOs and secondary offerings will be the same in the future

Performance for the Institutional Shares prior to 5/29/2009, is based on the performance of the Retail Shares, which have a distribution fee. The Institutional Shares do not have a distribution fee. If the annual returns prior to 5/29/2009, did not reflect this fee, the returns would be higher.

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BIOIX - Baron Opportunity Fund - I Russell 3000 Growth Index S&P 500 Index
1 Year 40.60% 35.85% 31.49%
3 Years 28.99% 19.89% 15.27%
5 Years 15.75% 14.23% 11.70%
10 Years 14.32% 15.05% 13.56%
Since Inception 7.77% 5.18% 6.49%
Expense Ratio2 - Gross 1.11%
Expense Ratio2 - Net 1.11%

*As of 12/31/19

*Annualized as of 12/31/19

1Not annualized.

2Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/2018

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.

The Fund’s historical performance was impacted by gains from IPOs and/or secondary offerings, and there is no guarantee that these results can be repeated or that the Fund’s level of participation in IPOs and secondary offerings will be the same in the future

Performance for the Institutional Shares prior to 5/29/2009, is based on the performance of the Retail Shares, which have a distribution fee. The Institutional Shares do not have a distribution fee. If the annual returns prior to 5/29/2009, did not reflect this fee, the returns would be higher.

as of 12/31/19

3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
Standard Deviation (%) 16.20 16.48 16.47
Sharpe Ratio 1.69 0.89 0.84
Alpha (%) 5.92 -0.35 -1.69
Beta 1.11 1.15 1.10
R-Squared (%) 83.82 83.59 79.85
Tracking Error (%) 6.67 6.97 7.52
Information Ratio 1.36 0.22 -0.10
Upside Capture (%) 126.87 116.70 110.71
Downside Capture (%) 102.34 123.46 127.56

Except for Standard Deviation and Sharpe Ratio, the performance based-characteristics above were calculated relative to the Baron Opportunity Fund's(BIOIX) benchmark (Russell 3000 Growth Index). Performance statistics for additional periods will be provided on request. Source FactSet: SPAR.

as of 12/31/19

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Year Baron Opportunity Fund Russell 3000 Growth Index S&P 500 Index
2019 40.60% 35.85% 31.49%
2018 8.35% -2.12% -4.38%
2017 40.88% 29.59% 21.83%
2016 -4.56% 7.39% 11.96%
2015 1.45% 5.09% 1.38%
2014 -1.40% 12.44% 13.69%
2013 37.90% 34.23% 32.39%
2012 14.04% 15.21% 16.00%
2011 -5.93% 2.18% 2.11%
2010 25.74% 17.64% 15.06%
2009 62.08% 37.01% 26.46%
2008 -46.06% -38.44% -37.00%
2007 21.10% 11.40% 5.49%
2006 12.14% 9.46% 15.79%
2005 7.05% 5.17% 4.91%
2004 25.59% 6.93% 10.88%
2003 73.80% 30.97% 28.68%
2002 -29.01% -28.03% -22.06%
2001 -3.62% -19.63% -11.93%
2000 -38.98% -23.60% -2.45%

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.

The Fund’s historical performance was impacted by gains from IPOs and/or secondary offerings, and there is no guarantee that these results can be repeated or that the Fund’s level of participation in IPOs and secondary offerings will be the same in the future

Performance for the Institutional Shares prior to 5/29/2009, is based on the performance of the Retail Shares, which have a distribution fee. The Institutional Shares do not have a distribution fee. If the annual returns prior to 5/29/2009, did not reflect this fee, the returns would be higher.

2Expense ratios are as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/2018

Select Year
Record Date 11/25/2019 11/28/2018 11/27/2017 11/28/2016 12/02/2015 12/01/2014 11/25/2013 11/28/2012 11/15/2000
Ex Date 11/26/2019 11/29/2018 11/28/2017 11/29/2016 12/03/2015 12/02/2014 11/26/2013 11/29/2012 11/16/2000
Payable Date 11/27/2019 11/30/2018 11/29/2017 11/30/2016 12/04/2015 12/03/2014 11/27/2013 11/30/2012 11/17/2000
Income $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000
Return of Capital $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000
Short-Term Capital Gain $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.000 $0.588 $0.000 $0.026
Long-Term Capital Gain $1.676 $0.926 $2.649 $1.891 $1.817 $1.030 $0.615 $0.240 $0.000
Total $1.676 $0.926 $2.649 $1.891 $1.817 $1.030 $1.202 $0.240 $0.026
Re-Invest NAV $23.46 $19.85 $17.54 $14.74 $17.18 $18.14 $18.85 $14.92 $7.20
Calendar-Yr Return 8.35% 40.88% -4.56% 1.45% -1.40% 37.90% 14.04% -38.98%

Portfolio Characteristics

 

as of 12/31/19

Baron Opportunity Fund Russell 3000 Growth Index
Net Assets$438.40 million
# of Equity Securities / % of Net Assets63 / 97.8%
Turnover (3 Year Average)30.35%
Active Share71.3%
Median Market Cap$14.50 billion$1.89 billion
Weighted Average Market Cap$246.06 billion$367.88 billion
EPS Growth (3-5 year forecast)20.4%14.4%
Price/Earnings Ratio (trailing 12-month)35.028.2
Price/Book Ratio7.77.1
Price/Sales Ratio7.33.4
Current Expense Ratio Date9/30/2019

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.

Holdings

as of 12/31/19

Open All Close All Holding Sector % of Net Assets

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) is a software company traditionally known for its Windows and Office products. Over the last five years, it has built a $38 billion cloud business. This includes its infrastructure-as-a-service Azure business, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 (Microsoft's CRM offering).
Microsoft is led by Satya Nadella, who has refocused the company on cloud computing and AI. He has been quite successful thus far, with Microsoft's commercial cloud business now representing over 30% of its revenues and growing at nearly a 40% rate. The company's strong moat is based on the wide reach of its sales channel into enterprises, its hybrid cloud offering, its positioning in the public cloud market, high barriers to entry, and high switching costs. We believe Microsoft can grow by double digits for the next five years.

Information Technology 7.3%

Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) is an e-commerce pioneer, innovator, and market share leader, with relentless focus on providing value and convenience to its customers. It also operates the industry-leading cloud infrastructure business Amazon Web Services.
Amazon's market share of U.S. online retail sales is over 30%, while its share of global online retail sales is less than 5%. Amazon has numerous avenues for new revenue growth opportunities, including consumer staples, apparel, international expansion, digital media offerings, office and industrial supplies, private label, pharmacy services, and advertising. We believe Amazon represents a unique opportunity to invest in the secular growth of both online retail and cloud computing. We estimate that Amazon Web Services will account for over 50% of Amazon's value over time.

Consumer Discretionary 6.3%

Alphabet Inc.

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (formerly Google Inc.) is the world's most recognized and dominant online search provider, as well as the owner and operator of YouTube. The company provides a variety of services and tools for advertisers, primarily for search and display advertising.
Alphabet is the largest beneficiary of a secular shift of advertising from all other mediums to online and mobile. Data is becoming increasingly important, and Alphabet has processed and indexed more data than any other company. Alphabet's leadership position in artificial intelligence allows it to leverage its large data sets to quickly improve its products, and subsidiary Waymo provides entry into autonomous driving. We believe Alphabet has the greatest collection of engineering talent of any company we cover, which should allow it to grow and innovate for years to come.

Communication Services 4.7%

Tesla, Inc.

Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) manufactures purely electric automobiles, including a sedan (Model S), CUV (Model X), mass-market sedan (Model 3), and soon a hatchback (Model Y). In addition, through acquisition and internal development, the company offers energy generation solutions 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 4.3%

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 3.9%

Gartner, Inc.

Gartner, Inc. (IT) is the leading independent provider of research and analysis on the information technology industry.
Gartner has a vast addressable market, which management estimates exceeds $70 billion annually, implying a penetration rate of less than 3%. IT is rapidly changing and growing in strategic importance, leading users to turn to third-party providers for insight into trends. The low price of Gartner’s research relative to its value has created strong renewal trends, with retention rates running above 100%. We think management can improve results with its recent acquisition of CEB, accelerating growth towards 15%+ over the next three years.

Information Technology 3.2%

Trainline Plc

Trainline Plc (TRN LN) is a leading U.K.-based provider of tickets, journey planning, and booking solutions for rail and coach travel in the U.K. and throughout Europe.
Trainline is a market leader in Europe, which makes up £70 billion of the £225 billion global rail and coach market. Given its strong technological advantage, market leadership, and secular tailwinds from growing online penetration of rail and coach, we believe the company can grow revenue at approximately 20% annually, driven by take rate expansion and growth in its international and B2B segments.

Consumer Discretionary 2.5%

argenx SE

argenx SE (ARGX) is a biotechnology company developing antibodies for the treatment of autoimmune disorders and cancer based on the uniquely powerful immune system of llamas.
Argenx's main product, ARGX-113, which treats a rare muscle weakness disorder, has potentially broad applicability in ameliorating overactive antibody-based diseases. We expect the share price to increase as the company proves its products' effectiveness in multiple autoantibody disorders.

Health Care 2.5%

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 data collection research over a 20-year period, creating high barriers to entry. We think CoStar's suite should grow at mid-teens rates, and we believe its Loopnet marketing platform can grow even faster. The Apartments.com platform has emerged as a dominant multi-family internet listing service, and should grow revenue more than 20%. CoStar is starting to expand into Europe, creating additional greenfield opportunities that should offer high margin growth. Its balance sheet and cash generation create M&A optionality, in our view.

Industrials 2.4%

Mastercard Incorporated

Mastercard Incorporated (MA) is a leading global payment network. The company authorizes and facilitates electronic payments for consumers, merchants, and banks.
Mastercard benefits from consumer spending growth and the secular shift from cash to electronic payments. Most of the revenue comes from international markets, where consumer spending and the adoption rate of electronic payments are rising quickly. Margins should continue expanding due to operating leverage. The company generates significant free cash flow, which is being used for acquisitions and share repurchases. We believe Mastercard enjoys high barriers to entry given its well-established brand, ubiquitous acceptance network, and extensive banking relationships.

Information Technology 2.3%

Total

39.4%

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

as of 12/31/19

Name Sector % of Net Assets

Microsoft Corporation

Information Technology 7.3%

Amazon.com, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary 6.3%

Alphabet Inc. - Cl C

Communication Services 4.7%

Tesla, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary 4.3%

Guidewire Software, Inc.

Information Technology 3.9%

Gartner, Inc.

Information Technology 3.2%

argenx SE - ADR

Health Care 2.5%

Trainline Plc

Consumer Discretionary 2.5%

CoStar Group, Inc.

Industrials 2.4%

Mastercard Incorporated

Information Technology 2.3%

Visa, Inc.

Information Technology 2.2%

Adobe, Inc.

Information Technology 2.2%

Alibaba Group Holding Limited - ADR

Consumer Discretionary 2.2%

Mellanox Technologies Ltd.

Information Technology 2.1%

Equinix, Inc.

Real Estate 1.8%

Wix.com Ltd.

Information Technology 1.8%

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Information Technology 1.7%

NVIDIA Corporation

Information Technology 1.6%

IAC/InterActiveCorp

Communication Services 1.6%

Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.

Information Technology 1.6%

RingCentral, Inc.

Information Technology 1.6%

GDS Holdings Limited - ADR

Information Technology 1.6%

Electronic Arts Inc.

Communication Services 1.5%

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Health Care 1.4%

Illumina, Inc.

Health Care 1.4%

Endava plc -ADR

Information Technology 1.4%

Acceleron Pharma Inc.

Health Care 1.4%

ServiceNow, Inc.

Information Technology 1.3%

LiveRamp Holdings, Inc.

Information Technology 1.3%

Medallia Inc.

Information Technology 1.3%

MercadoLibre, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary 1.3%

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Communication Services 1.3%

Netflix, Inc.

Communication Services 1.3%

Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Health Care 1.2%

Datadog, Inc. - Class A

Information Technology 1.2%

The Trade Desk

Information Technology 1.2%

Yext, Inc.

Information Technology 1.1%

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Health Care 1.1%

Edwards Lifesciences Corp.

Health Care 1.1%

Splunk, Inc.

Information Technology 1.1%

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Real Estate 1.0%

salesforce.com, inc.

Information Technology 1.0%

ANSYS, Inc.

Information Technology 1.0%

Verisk Analytics, Inc.

Industrials 0.9%

MarketAxess Holdings Inc.

Financials 0.9%

Arco Platform, Ltd. - Class a

Consumer Discretionary 0.8%

Twilio Inc. (Class A Shares)

Information Technology 0.8%

Proofpoint, Inc.

Information Technology 0.8%

Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.

Health Care 0.7%

PayPal Holdings, Inc.

Information Technology 0.7%

Future plc

Communication Services 0.6%

Sage Therapeutics, Inc.

Health Care 0.6%

Manchester United plc

Communication Services 0.6%

SBA Communications Corp.

Real Estate 0.5%

Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

Information Technology 0.5%

Guardant Health, Inc.

Health Care 0.5%

Pagseguro Digital Ltd

Information Technology 0.3%

CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc.

Information Technology 0.3%

XP Inc.

Financials 0.3%

10X Genomics, Inc.

Health Care 0.2%

Coupa Software Inc.

Information Technology 0.2%

Veeva Systems Inc. Cl - A

Health Care 0.2%

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation

Health Care 0.1%

GICS SECTOR BREAKDOWN

As of 12/31/19

As of 12/31/19

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

Contributors/Detractors

Quarterly as of 12/31/19

Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Tesla, Inc. 3.78% 2.26%
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 1.27% 1.17%
Microsoft Corporation 7.23% 1.01%
argenx SE 2.44% 0.92%
Trainline Plc 2.43% 0.73%

Quarterly as of 12/31/19

Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Sage Therapeutics, Inc. 1.18% -0.58%
Arco Platform Limited 0.83% -0.15%
PagSeguro Digital Ltd. 0.37% -0.14%
Yext, Inc. 1.21% -0.12%
Twilio Inc. 0.89% -0.11%

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: Securities issued by small and medium sized companies may be thinly traded and may be more difficult to sell during market downturns. Companies propelled by innovation, including technology advances and new business models, may present the risk of rapid change and product obsolescence, and their success may be difficult to predict for the long term.  Even though the Fund is diversified, it may establish significant positions where the Adviser has the greatest conviction. This could increase volatility of the Fund’s returns.

The Fund may not achieve its objectives.

The indexes are unmanaged. The Russell 3000® Growth Index measures the performance of the broad growth segment of the U.S. equity universe comprised of the largest 3000 U.S. companies representing approximately 98% of the investable U.S. equity market, 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. Russell Investment Group is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. Russell is a trademark of Russell Investment Group. 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.