We believe high-quality growth companies can help investors play defense and offense—even during periods of elevated uncertainty
Polen U.S. Small Company Growth
Our U.S. Small Company Growth strategy seeks to achieve long-term growth by building a concentrated portfolio of competitively advantaged businesses with sustainable, above-average earnings growth.
Why Invest in Polen Small Company Growth?
- U.S. growth strategy with a strong emphasis on sustainable earnings growth
- Focus on companies with high returns on capital and double-digit earnings growth
- Concentrated portfolio of approximately 30 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, 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.
|Number of Holdings||25-35|
|Benchmark||Russell 2000 Growth|
Expertise in High Quality & Growth Investing
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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. Performance figures are presented gross and net of fees and have been calculated after the deduction of all transaction costs and commissions and include the reinvestment of all income.
Risk-Adjusted Returns (%)*
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 10 Holdings (% of Portfolio)
GICS Sector Exposure (% of Portfolio)
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.
All performance is calculated in U.S. Dollars. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Returns are presented gross and net of management fees and have been calculated after the deduction of all transaction costs and commissions, and include the reinvestment of all income.
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. It is impossible to invest directly in an index. The performance of an index does not reflect any transaction costs, management fees, or taxes. The volatility and other material characteristics of the indices referenced may be materially different from the performance achieved. In addition, the portfolio’s holdings may be materially different from those within the index. Indices are unmanaged.
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.
Portfolio characteristics are shown as of the stated date. There can be no guarantee that the portfolio will exhibit identical or similar characteristics to those shown at any future time of investment. Investments are subject to risks, including the possibility that the value of any investment (and income derived thereof (if any)) can increase, decrease, or in some cases, be entirely lost and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. This document does not identify all the risks (direct or indirect) or other considerations which might be material to you when entering any financial transaction. The views and strategies described may not be suitable for all clients.
ESG refers to Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria. The U.S. Small Company Growth strategy integrates material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into research analysis as part of a comprehensive evaluation of a company’s long-term financial sustainability. There is a risk that the investment techniques and risk analyses applied, including but not limited to the integration of ESG factors into the research analysis, will not produce the desired results and that legislative, regulatory, or tax developments may affect the investment techniques available. There is no guarantee that the investment objective will be achieved.
Active Share: a measure of the percentage of stock holdings in a manager’s portfolio that differ from the benchmark index. Alpha: the excess return of an investment relative to the return of the benchmark. Annual Turnover: percentage of the portfolio holdings that have been replaced in a given year. Beta: the measure of systemic risk of a portfolio in comparison to the market as a whole. Downside Capture: a statistical measure of overall performance relative to a benchmark during declining markets. Est. 3-5 year Earnings Growth: a Polen Capital estimate of projected long-term earnings growth rates. GICS Sectors: The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) is a system for categorizing every public company by economic sector and industry group. Information Ratio: a measurement of portfolio returns relative to a given benchmark. Return on Invested Capital: assesses a company’s efficiency at allocating capital and is measured by operating profit after taxes divided by investment capital. Risk-Adjusted Return: a calculation of the profit or potential profit from an investment that considers the degree of risk that must be accepted in order to achieve it. Sharpe Ratio: a ratio of the return on an investment relative to its risk. Standard Deviation: measurement of the dispersion or volatility of investment returns relative to its mean or average. Upside Capture: a statistical measure of overall performance relative to a benchmark during rising markets. Weighted Average Market Cap: a weighted average of the price of each security multiplied by the number of shares outstanding for all the securities in the portfolio.