Baron Opportunity Fund (BIOIX)

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MichaelLippert
Michael Lippert

Fund Manager since 2006

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Fund Description

Baron Opportunity Fund invests in innovative high-growth companies.

    

  

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Review and Outlook (for quarter ended 9/30/2014)

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Top Contributors/Detractors to Performance

Contributors (for quarter ended 9/30/2014)
  • Shares of Concur Technologies, Inc. increased in Q3. Concur is a leading provider of travel booking and expense management software.  On September 18, SAP SE announced an agreement to acquire Concur for $129 per share, a 28% premium to the closing price on September 2, the day before Bloomberg reported that Concur was exploring a sale. The $8.3 billion acquisition implied a valuation of roughly 9.7 times Concur’s estimated fiscal year 2015 revenue and confirmed our view that Concur was a valuable strategic asset.

  • Mobileye N.V. is a software and systems design leader for camera-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The share price increased after we participated in Mobileye's IPO in the quarter. We believe the company has the potential to become a multi-decade leader in the race to autonomous driving, a trend that we believe will improve transportation safety and efficiencies.

  • Mellanox Technologies Ltd. supplies semiconductor-based systems for computing, storage and communications applications that connect servers to servers and servers to storage. Mellanox's stock rose on reports of better Q2 results and Q3 guidance, as the latest generation of Intel chips spurred customer demand for high performance interconnect systems. We believe we are still in the early innings of the Mellanox growth story.

Detractors (for quarter ended 9/30/2014)
  • Shares of Benefitfocus, Inc. fell in Q3, partly due to a secondary offering in July that increased the public float by more than 30%. Benefitfocus is the leading provider of cloud-based benefits software, offering an integrated suite of solutions to help customers more efficiently shop, enroll, manage, and exchange benefits information. We think Benefitfocus serves an addressable market more than 100 times larger than its current business, which should allow it to compound revenue at more than 30% annually.

  • CARBO Ceramics, Inc., is, principally, the leading provider of ceramic proppants that are used in the hydraulic fracturing process for oil and gas wells. CARBO shares fell sharply in Q3 after one of its key clients announced it was shifting its wells to sand from ceramics and it became clearer that this shift could be imitated by other clients. CARBO's rerouting of volumes away from this client has resulted in increased price competition. We exited our position in CARBO as this transition and the resulting negative earnings effects became clearer.

  • Marchex, Inc. is a mobile advertising technology company that delivers and analyzes customer phone calls to businesses. While we believe the Marchex technology holds promise, the company recently lost a substantial piece of business from one of its largest customers, leading us to exit our position.

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The prospective performance of the companies discussed herein is based on our internal analysis and reflect our opinions only. We cannot promise future returns and our opinions are a reflection of our best judgement at the time of publication. Our views are not intended as recommendations or investment advice to any person and are subject to change at any time based on market and other conditions and Baron has no obligation to update them. Investing in the stock market is always risky. Current and future portfolio holdings in the Fund are subject to risk.

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