Polen Focus Growth

Active Share
68.4%
Downside Capture
61.35%
YTD Return
-13.56%
As of 3/31/2022
Inception Date
1/1/1989

Investment Objective

Our Focus Growth strategy seeks to achieve long-term growth by building a concentrated portfolio of outstanding businesses with competitive advantages and the potential for sustained superior growth.

Why Invest in Polen Focus Growth?

  • U.S. growth strategy with a strong emphasis on sustainable earnings growth
  • Focus on companies with high returns on capital and double-digit total returns
  • Concentrated portfolio of approximately 25 high-quality growth companies
  • Low portfolio turnover with long-term holding periods

A High Conviction & Quality Approach

We believe that consistent earnings growth is the primary driver of intrinsic value and long-term stock appreciation. We seek to invest in companies with a durable earnings profile driven by a sustainable competitive advantage, superior financial strength, sound ESG practices, proven management teams and powerful products/services. By thinking and investing like a business owner and taking a long-term investment approach, we believe we can preserve capital and provide stability across market cycles.

Product Profile

Number of holdings 20-30
Style Growth
Benchmark Russell 1000 Growth

Experience in High Quality Growth Investing

Dan Davidowitz, CFA
Portfolio Manager & Analyst, Large Company Growth
23 years of experience
Brandon Ladoff
Portfolio Manager & Director of Sustainable Investing, Large Company Growth
9 years of experience

Related Perspectives

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We try to remain dispassionate, separating facts and data about companies from the stories people tell about stocks

Seeks Growth & Capital Preservation (%)

Data shown (%) as of recent calendar quarter end. The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Current performance may be lower or higher. Periods over one-year are annualized. 

Portfolio Statistics*

*Since inception

Attractive Risk-Adjusted Returns (%)*

*Since inception

Long-Term Performance Strength

The chart pictured above depicts how an investment of $10,000 would have grown from inception to current calendar quarter end based on the actual performance of the strategy over the same period.

Top Ten Holdings (% of Portfolio)

Active Share

GICS Sector Exposure (% of Portfolio)

Portfolio Characteristics+

Annual turnover since inception

+In an effort to avoid distorting aggregate portfolio characteristics, the weighted average portfolio calculations exclude an individual financial ratio that has a negative denominator or an outlier value (e.g., greater than 100x or 100%, less than 0%) which we view as not representative of the ongoing underlying economics of the business, likely due to transitory issues or GAAP accounting limitations. Additional information is available upon request.

Polen Capital Management, LLC is an independent registered investment advisor.

Polen Capital claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS). This presentation is supplemental information to the fully compliant composite performance disclosure available here on the Materials tab.

The S&P 500® Index is a market capitalization weighted index that measures 500 common equities that are generally representative of the U.S. stock market. The index is maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices. The Russell 2000® Growth Index is a market capitalization weighted index that measures the performance of the small-cap growth segment of the U.S. equity universe. It includes Russell 2000® Index companies with higher price/book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. The index is maintained by the FTSE Russell, a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group. The volatility and other material characteristics of the indices referenced may be materially different from the performance achieved by an individual investor.  In addition, an investor’s holdings may be materially different from those within the index.  Indices are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index.

ESG refers to Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria.

Holdings are subject to change. The top holdings, as well as other data, are as of the period indicated and should not be considered a recommendation to purchase, hold, or sell any particular security. There is no assurance that any of the securities noted will remain in a portfolio at the time you receive this fact sheet. Actual holding and percentage allocation in individual client portfolios may vary and are subject to change. It should not be assumed that any of the holdings discussed were or will prove to be profitable or that the investment recommendations or decisions we make in the future will be profitable. A list of all securities held in this portfolio in the prior year is available upon request.

Active Share: Active share is a measure of the percentage of stock holdings in a manager’s portfolio that differ from the benchmark index. Average Weighted Market Cap: a weighted average of the price of each security multiplied by the number of shares outstanding all the securities in the portfolio. Estimated 3-5 Year EPS Growth: a Polen Capital estimate of projected long-term earnings growth rates. Long-Term Debt/Capital: denotes the weighted average of each security’s long-term debt divided by the total capital of the security. P/E Forward: denotes the weighted harmonic average of all the P/E’s of the securities in the fund’s portfolio. Return on Invested Capital: assesses a company’s efficiency at allocating the capital and is measured by operating profit after taxes divided by investment capital.