Artisan Small Cap Value Fund (ARTVX) Investor Class

The Milwaukee-based Artisan Partners LP provides variety of Artisan Funds. Three of these Artisan funds had managed to beat their peers in 2011 such as Artisan Mid Cap Value, Artisan Small Cap Value, and Artisan Value. The managers (Scott Satterwhite, James Kieffer and George Sertl) who manage these funds have been awarded 2011 domestic stock manager of the year. Details about the Artisan Small Cap Value fund can be found below.

Artisan Small Cap Value Investor (ARTVX)

This Artisan Small Cap Value fund objective is to seek long-term capital growth. This fund invests primarily in undervalued small U.S. companies. This equity fund performance is benchmarked against the Russell 2000 Value Index.

This top rated fund uses the following strategies to select the companies: attractive valuation small companies, companies with sound financial condition, and companies with attractive business economics.

ARTKX Fund Details
Artisan Small Cap Value Fund (ARTVX) Investor Class
Artisan Small Cap Value fund
  • Fund Inception Date: 09/29/1997
  • Ticker Symbol: ARTKX
  • CUSIP: 04314H501
  • Beta (3yr): 1.20
  • Rank in category (2011): 48%
  • Category: Small Blend
  • Yield: 0.04%
  • Net Assets: $ 2.8 billion
  • Sales Load: 0%
  • Expense Ratio: 1.20%
  • Capital Gains:  $1.3485 (Dec 2011)
  • Number of Years Up: 9 years
  • Number of Years Down: 3 years
Updated on 01/25/2012

As discussed before, this U.S. stock fund is managed by Scott Satterwhite, James Kieffer, and George Sertl. The fund’s annual expense ratio fee is 1.20%. It has total net assets of $2.8 Billion. This small blend US stock fund also has a small yield of 0.04%. There is no sales load.

Best Performing Small Cap Stock Mutual Funds of 2012

Currently, this fund is closed to new investor. Previous investor can still invest in this fund as previously. If it is open to new customer, investor can buy this mutual fund with $1,000 minimum initial investment. Investor can purchase this fund from 76 brokerages.

Fund’s performance

This small blend stock fund is rated with 4 stars rating by Morningstar. Morningstar analyst also rated this fund with Gold Rating. For 2011, this fund returned -3.17%. This performance is ranked 48% among the fund category, small blend U.S. equity funds. This best stock fund also has returned 16.93% over the past 3 years, 2.74% over the past 5 years, and 9.43% over the past 10 years. The best performance occurred in 2003 with 40.54% and the worst performance occurred in 2008 with -23.83%.

Fund Composition

As of January 2012, the top 8 sectors diversification include industrials (28.3%), information technology (24.8%), consumer discretionary (13.4%), energy (11.4%), financials (7.9%), materials (6.8%), health care (2.4%), and consumer staples (1.9%). The top 10 stocks in its holdings are: FTI Consulting Inc, HB Fuller Co, EMCOR Group Inc, Rent-A-Center Inc, Diebold Inc, Ryder System Inc, Intersil Corp, Cloud Peak Energy Inc, Ultratech Inc, and SYKES Enterprises Inc. This fund currently has 102 holdings in its assets.

According to the fund’s prospectus, investment risks include stock market risk, value investing risk, sector risk, etc.

  • Good track record
  • No sales load
  • Low minimum investment requirement
  • closed to new investors

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