Polen Small Company Growth Team

Disruption with discipline. This concept guides our search for innovative, agile companies that we believe can stand the test of time.

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Expertise & Collaboration

We work closely together to identify investment opportunities we believe are primed for long-term success and build concentrated portfolios of our best ideas.

Located: Boston, MA 
Head of Team: Rayna Lesser Hannaway, CFA, Portfolio Manager & Analyst 
Average Team Member Experience: 13 years (as of 03-31-2024) 

Our Investment Philosophy

Concentrated Portfolio: High Active Share

Risk Management: Durable Businesses

Long Holding/Compounding Period: Time Arbitrage 

Outcome Orientation: Absolute Return Mentality  



Our Strategic Approach

Polen Small Company Growth Stock Selection Process

Our team uses a distinctive Flywheel approach to select stocks. We focus on companies with specific characteristics we consider essential to long-term value generation. Each business we assess undergoes a rigorous research process and must meet all five of our Flywheel criteria in our view to be chosen as an investment. 


Small Company Growth Flywheel Framework Explained



There is no guarantee that companies included in the Portfolio will exhibit all of these qualities.

The Polen Small Company Growth strategies typically hold 25 to 40 companies that the team feels are the highest-quality growth names. Examples as of 03/31/2024 include:

CCC Intelligent Solutions is a provider of software and solutions focused on simplifying the auto insurance claims process.  At their core, they aim to make a complex and emotional experience (a car accident) run as smoothly as possible using data  analytics and AI. CCC’s customers—insurance carriers and repair shops—navigate a variety of structural headwinds, and CCC seeks to create value for these customers by continually investing in technology and leveraging its vast historical data set. Over time, we believe this approach has resulted in a durable competitive advantage that positions the company well for long term growth.

Dynatrace is a software intelligence platform that helps large organizations monitor and optimize their digital performance across apps and data. With growing digital transformation and cloud modernization, the volume and complexity of data makes it harder for enterprises to manage their technology stack. In our view, the demand for Dynatrace’s solutions is very robust and will continue to be for some time given structural tailwinds.

Fever-Tree, based in the UK, effectively created the premium mixer category. As the first mover in the space, Fever-Tree has built brand equity and expertise, a global footprint, and unique partnerships with well-known premium spirits brands. In our view, their outsourced business model results in high margins and free cash flow generation with ample room to reinvest in new growth opportunities.

We seek companies that offer infinite opportunities through long-term compounding, always in pursuit of great advantages for our clients.

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Rayna Lesser Hannaway
Head of Team, Portfolio Manager & Analyst

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Active Share: is a measure of the percentage of stock holdings in a manager's portfolio that differs from the benchmark index. "Weighing Machine vs. Voting Machine": In the short term, the market might be swayed by various factors like news and sentiment, and act like a “voting machine” or a popularity contest. Long term, the market will factor in the fundamentals and act like a weighing machine, and primarily reflect the corporate earnings trajectory.