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If a Fund’s historical performance was impacted by gains from IPOs and/or secondary offerings, there is no guarantee that these results can be repeated or that a Fund’s level of participation in IPOs and secondary offerings will be the same in the future.
Portfolio holdings are subject to change. Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk.Baron Capital has purchased 1,602,106 shares of Tesla to date. The average purchase price was $216.17 with cost of purchase $346,323,829. The current market value of the Firm’s investment in Tesla is $575,172,075.
Portfolio holdings as a percentage of net assets as of March 31, 2017 for securities mentioned are as follows: The Charles Schwab Corp. – Baron Asset Fund (3.7%), Baron Partners Fund (5.2%*), Baron Opportunity Fund (2.1%), Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund (2.4%); Under Armour, Inc. – Baron Growth Fund (2.2%), Baron Partners Fund (1.8%*); Tesla Motors, Inc.– Baron Partners Fund (14.2%*), Baron Opportunity Fund (5.0%), Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund (0.9%), Baron Focused Growth Fund (13.4%), Baron Energy and Resources Fund (4.0%), Baron Global Advantage Fund (1.3%)%.
*% of Long Positions.
Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund’s annualized returns as of March 31, 2017: 1-year, 19.00%; 5-years, 11.87%; 10-years, 6.92%. Annual expense ratio for the Institutional Shares as of September 30, 2016 (restated to reflect current fees) was 0.85%. Baron Global Advantage Fund’s annualized returns as of March 31, 2017: 1-year, 21.94%; Since Inception (4/30/12), 10.46%. As of December 31, 2016 annual operating expense ratio for the Institutional Shares was 3.55%, but the net annual expense ratio was 1.25% (restated to reflect current expense waiver) (net of the Adviser’s fee waivers).
The net assets of Baron Emerging Markets Fund as of 3/31/17 is $3.21 billion
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