Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund (BFTIX)

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Fund Description

Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund invests in large growth companies.


Facts & Characteristics as of September 30, 2016

Inception Date April 30, 2004
Net Assets (All share classes combined) $156.81 million
# of Equity Securities / % of Net Assets 35/100.1%
Turnover (3 Year Average) 16.89%
Median Market Cap $35.42 billion
Weighted Average Market Cap $182.90 billion
CUSIP 068278878
Expense Ratio (as of FYE 09/15)* 1.04%
EPS Growth (3-5 year forecast) 23.6%
Price/Earnings Ratio (trailing 12-month) 33.7
Price/Book Ratio 4.3
Price/Sales Ratio 5.4

Top Ten Holdings as of October 31, 2016

Holding Sector Percentage*, Inc. (AMZN) is an e-commerce pioneer, innovator, and market share leader, with relentless focus on providing value and convenience to its customers. It also operates the industry-leading cloud infrastructure business Amazon Web Services.
Consumer Discretionary 15.3%
Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) is the largest e-commerce company in the world. Alibaba owns and operates the two largest online shopping platforms in China, Taobao and Tmall. It also participates in the profits of Ant Financial, which owns Alipay, the largest third party online payment provider in China.
Information Technology 6.4%
Alphabet, Inc. (GOOG) (formerly Google Inc.) is the world’s most recognized and dominant online search provider. The company provides a variety of services and tools for advertisers, primarily for search and display advertising.
Information Technology 6.3%
Facebook, Inc. (FB) is the world's largest social network with over 1.25 billion active monthly users, 950 million mobile users, and 750 million daily active users.
Information Technology 5.7%
Equinix, Inc. (EQIX) is a network neutral operator of state-of-the-art data centers across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. It provides highly reliable facilities and offers low latency interconnection to and among business partners, networks, and cloud service providers, among others.
Real Estate 4.6%
MasterCard, Inc. (MA) is the world's second-largest payment network that facilitates electronic payments for consumers, merchants, and banks.
Information Technology 4.6%
Visa, Inc. (V) is the world's largest payment network authorizing and facilitates electronic payments for consumers, merchants, and banks.
Information Technology 4.6%
The Priceline Group, Inc. (PCLN) is a leading global online travel agent, with particular strength in international travel and hotel bookings. The company’s brands include,,, and
Consumer Discretionary 4.3%
Apple, Inc. (AAPL) designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices. Its products include Mac laptops, iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, iPay, and professional software.
Information Technology 3.1%
Illumina, Inc. (ILMN)  is the recognized leader in next generation DNA sequencing platforms.
Health Care 3.1%
Total 58.0%
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Portfolio Holdings as of September 30, 2016

Holding Sector Market Cap ($Bn) Percentage*, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $396.947 15.6%
Alibaba Group Holding Limited - ADR Information Technology $263.975 6.3%
Facebook, Inc. Information Technology $368.305 5.3%
Alphabet Inc. - Cl C Information Technology $542.758 5.0%
Equinix, Inc. Real Estate $25.605 4.5%
Visa, Inc. Information Technology $195.239 4.4%
Mastercard Incorporated Information Technology $111.717 4.2%
The Priceline Group, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $72.731 4.1%
Illumina, Inc. Health Care $26.631 3.9%
Apple, Inc. Information Technology $609.164 3.0%
Naspers Limited Consumer Discretionary $75.977 2.7%
CME Group, Inc. Financials $35.417 2.4%
Starbucks Corp. Consumer Discretionary $79.402 2.4%
Mobileye N.V. Information Technology $9.333 2.4%
YUM! Brands, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $35.406 2.3%
Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. Financials $34.696 2.2% International, Ltd. Consumer Discretionary $23.175 2.1%
Red Hat, Inc. Information Technology $14.638 2.1%
Allergan plc Health Care $91.192 2.0%
Monsanto Co. Materials $44.744 2.0%
ASML Holding N.V. Information Technology $47.485 2.0%
FireEye, Inc. Information Technology $2.499 2.0%
The Charles Schwab Corp. Financials $41.767 1.7%
First Republic Bank Financials $11.491 1.6%
Concho Resources, Inc. Energy $19.337 1.6%
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Health Care $27.479 1.6%
Verisk Analytics, Inc. Industrials $13.734 1.4%
Under Armour, Inc. CL C Consumer Discretionary $15.774 1.3%
Expedia, Inc. Consumer Discretionary $17.495 1.2%
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Health Care $90.093 1.2%
Biogen, Inc. Health Care $68.591 1.1%
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Health Care $42.331 1.1%
Alphabet Inc. - Cl A Information Technology $542.758 1.0%
EPAM Systems, Inc. Information Technology $3.527 1.0%
athenahealth, Inc. Health Care $4.962 0.9%
TerraForm Global, Inc. Cl - A Utilities $0.732 0.4%
Total 100.0%
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Sector Breakdown as of October 31, 2016

Sector Sub-Industry Percentage*
Cash & Cash Equivalents
Consumer Discretionary
  • Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 23.2%
  • Restaurants 4.5%
  • Cable & Satellite 2.7%
  • Apparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods 1.1%
  • Oil & Gas Exploration & Production 1.6%
  • Financial Exchanges & Data 2.4%
  • Asset Management & Custody Banks 2.3%
  • Investment Banking & Brokerage 1.8%
  • Regional Banks 1.6%
Health Care
  • Biotechnology 3.7%
  • Life Sciences Tools & Services 3.1%
  • Pharmaceuticals 1.9%
  • Health Care Technology 0.8%
  • Research & Consulting Services 1.5%
Information Technology
  • Internet Software & Services 18.3%
  • Data Processing and Outsourced Services 9.2%
  • Systems Software 3.8%
  • Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals 3.1%
  • Application Software 2.2%
  • Semiconductor Equipment 2.0%
  • IT Consulting & Other Services 1.0%
  • Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals 2.1%
Real Estate
  • Specialized REITs 4.6%
  • Renewable Electricity 0.4%
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Top Contributors & Detractors as of September 30, 2016

3 Months | 12 Months

3 Months

By Sub-Industry
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 20.92% 3.29%
Internet Software & Services 17.41% 3.12%
Data Processing and Outsourced Services 8.35% 1.11%
Life Sciences Tools & Services 3.57% 0.94%
Biotechnology 4.20% 0.72%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Pharmaceuticals 3.60% -0.54%
Specialized REITs 4.71% -0.34%
Application Software 2.76% -0.16%
Apparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods 1.32% -0.10%
Health Care Technology 0.95% -0.09%
By Holdings
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution, Inc. 14.44% 2.39%
Alibaba Group Holding Limited 5.61% 1.65%
Illumina, Inc. 3.57% 0.94%
Alphabet Inc. 6.59% 0.84%
The Priceline Group, Inc. 3.90% 0.67%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company 1.58% -0.50%
Equinix, Inc. 4.71% -0.34%
FireEye, Inc. 2.10% -0.25%
Mobileye N.V. 2.69% -0.21%
Starbucks Corp. 2.86% -0.14%

12 Months

By Sub-Industry
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution
Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 17.91% 8.19%
Internet Software & Services 19.56% 5.29%
Specialized REITs 4.05% 1.41%
Data Processing and Outsourced Services 8.10% 1.37%
Cable & Satellite 2.24% 0.89%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
Systems Software 4.52% -2.12%
Biotechnology 5.17% -0.87%
Pharmaceuticals 2.72% -0.85%
Health Care Technology 1.09% -0.40%
Renewable Electricity 0.47% -0.34%
By Holdings
Top Contributors Average Weight Contribution, Inc. 12.39% 6.74%
Alibaba Group Holding Limited 4.41% 2.78%
Facebook, Inc. 6.15% 2.41%
Alphabet Inc. 7.46% 1.78%
Equinix, Inc. 4.05% 1.41%
Top Detractors Average Weight Contribution
FireEye, Inc. 2.08% -1.80%
Twitter, Inc. 1.01% -1.04%
LinkedIn Corp. 0.53% -0.64%
Allergan plc 1.53% -0.63%
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2.18% -0.60%
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Price/Book Ratio and Price/Sales Ratio are calculated using the Weighted Harmonic Average. Source: FactSet PA. Internal valuation metrics may differ.  

*Top Ten Holdings, Portfolio Holdings and Sector breakdown based on net assets. Portfolio holdings may change over time. Positions smaller than 0.05% round to 0.0%.

Industry sector or sub-industry group levels are provided from the Global Industry Classification Standard ("GICS"), developed and exclusively owned by MSCI, Inc. ("MSCI") and Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P"), unless otherwise stated that they have been reclassified or classified by the Adviser. All GICS data is provided "as is" with no warranties.

^The Adviser has reclassified/classified certain securities in or out of this Sub-Industry. Such reclassifications/classifications are not supported by S&P or MSCI. 
Top Contributors & Detractors Source: FactSet PA.

Definitions (provided by Baron Capital, Inc.): EPS Growth Rate (3-5 Year): indicates the long-term forecasted EPS growth of the companies in the portfolio, calculated using the weighted average of the available 3-to-5 year forecasted growth rates for each of the stocks in the portfolio provided by Factset Estimates. The EPS Growth rate does not forecast the Fund’s performance. Price/ Earnings Ratio (trailing 12-months): is a valuation ratio of a company’s current share price compared to its actual earnings per share over the last twelve months. Price/Book Ratio: is a ratio used to compare a company’s stock price to its tangible assets, and it is calculated by dividing the current closing price of the stock by the latest quarter’s book value per share. Price/Sales Ratio: is a valuation ratio of a stock’s price relative to its past performance. It represents the amount an investor is willing to pay for a dollar generated from a particular company’s operations. Price/Sales: is calculated by dividing a stock’s current price by its revenue per share for the last 12 months. Weighted Harmonic Average: is a calculation that reduces the impact of extreme observation on the aggregate calculation by weighting them based on their size in the fund.

One year turnover information to the most recent quarter and average market cap (unweighted) is available upon request.

On November 7, 2013, the Fund participated in the initial public offering of Twitter, Inc. common stock.