Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund’s investment team employs a fundamental investment process to construct a diversified portfolio of securities of undervalued, primarily non-US small companies. The team seeks to invest in what the team considers to be high quality, undervalued companies with strong balance sheets and shareholder-oriented management teams.
The team’s investment process focuses on four key characteristics:
■Undervaluation—Determining the intrinsic value of a business is the heart of the team’s research process. The team believes that intrinsic value represents the amount that a buyer would pay to own a company’s future cash flows. The team seeks to invest at a significant discount to its estimate of the intrinsic value of a business.
■Business Quality—The team seeks to invest in companies with histories of generating strong free cash flow, improving returns on capital and strong competitive positions in their industries.
■Financial Strength—The team believes that investing in companies with strong balance sheets helps to reduce the potential for capital risk and provides company management the ability to build value when attractive opportunities are available.
■Shareholder-Oriented Management—The team’s research process attempts to identify management teams with a history of building value for shareholders.
1. a subject/verb agreement error ["Artisan's infrastructure and the guidance provided by David Samra allows (sic) us both to spend 100% of our time...."];
2. the creation of a new verb ["The fund leverages the same investment philosophy and process architected (sic) by Mr. Samra….];
3. and an off-putting characterization ["The Artisan Partners International Value Team is composed of idiosyncratic investors who share a passion for investing in companies with unrecognized value."] By my reading, this sentence means the PMs can retain their claim to being idiosyncratic only so long as the value of their investments remains unrecognized.
I know, I know, it's just a press release. Still, words matter.