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ARGFX Ariel Fund Investor

  • Fund
  • ARGFX
  • Price as of: May 19, 2017
  • $67.26
  • + $0.73
  • + 1.10%
  • Category
  • Mid Cap Blend Equities

ARGFX - Profile

Vitals

  • YTD Return 4.6%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Return 10.4%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Return 15.5%
  • Net Assets $2.35 B
  • Holdings in Top 10 35.9%

52 WEEK LOW AND HIGH

$67.26
$55.39
$69.16

Expenses

OPERATING RELATED FEES

  • Expense Ratio 1.02%

SALES FEES

  • Front Load N/A
  • Deferred Load N/A

BROKERAGE FEES

  • Turnover 20.00%

TRADING FEES

  • Max Redemption Fee N/A

Min Investment

STANDARD (TAXABLE)

$1,000

IRA

$1,000

Investment Themes

CATEGORY

Mid Cap Blend Equities
  • Fund Type Open End Mutual Fund
  • Investment Style Mid-Cap Blend

Distributions

  • YTD Total Return 4.6%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Total Return 10.4%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Total Return 15.5%
  • Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually
  • Net Income Ratio 1.02%
DIVIDENDS
  • Dividend Yield 0.4%
  • Dividend Distribution Frequency Annually

Fund Details

  • Legal Name Ariel Fund
  • Fund Family Name Ariel Investments, LLC
  • Inception Date Nov 06, 1986
  • Shares Outstanding N/A
  • Share Class Inv
  • Currency USD
  • Domiciled Country United States
  • Manager Kenneth E. Kuhrt

Fund Description

The fund invests in small/mid cap undervalued companies that show strong potential for growth. It invests primarily in equity securities of U.S. companies, and the fund generally will invest in companies with market capitalizations between $1 billion and $7.5 billion, measured at the time of initial purchase.

ARGFX - Performance

Return Ranking - Trailing

Period ARGFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
YTD 4.6% -32.8% 12.7% 35.19% 2
1 Yr 22.6% -53.8% 31.5% 9.51% 1
3 Yr 10.4% * -16.8% 24.3% 7.05% 1
5 Yr 15.5% * -8.6% 18.0% 3.07% 1
10 Yr 7.1% * -6.1% 10.6% 40.61% 3

* Annualized


Return Ranking - Calendar

Period ARGFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
2016 8.2% -16.6% 40.3% 53.16% 3
2015 -17.3% -32.9% 3.3% 78.18% 5
2014 -2.5% -42.4% 20.0% 63.04% 4
2013 43.9% -4.0% 57.3% 2.48% 1
2012 19.2% -100.0% 29.4% 10.04% 1

Total Return Ranking - Trailing

Period ARGFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
YTD 4.6% -32.8% 12.7% 35.19% 2
1 Yr 22.6% -48.2% 36.6% 7.67% 1
3 Yr 10.4% * -17.5% 30.0% 6.09% 1
5 Yr 15.5% * -9.0% 18.0% 2.73% 1
10 Yr 7.1% * -6.4% 10.6% 39.30% 2

* Annualized


Total Return Ranking - Calendar

Period ARGFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
2016 8.2% -16.6% 40.3% 58.23% 3
2015 -4.4% -23.9% 20.2% 56.03% 3
2014 14.7% -42.4% 56.1% 9.57% 1
2013 73.1% -4.5% 208.7% 6.74% 1
2012 38.7% -100.0% 304.1% 11.20% 1

NAV & Total Return History

ARGFX - Holdings

Filings data as of: Mar 31, 2017

Concentration Analysis

ARGFX Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
Net Assets 2.35 B 1.41 M 84.9 B 6.13% 1
Number of Holdings 40 4 3295 25.77% 5
Net Assets in Top 10 851 M 618 K 5.65 B 3.68% 1
Weighting of Top 10 35.9% 2.9% 120.8% 10.43% 2

Top 10 Holdings

  1. Lazard Ltd Shs A 4.38%
  2. KKR & Co LP 4.16%
  3. Tegna Inc 3.55%
  4. Kennametal Inc 3.32%
  5. Zebra Technologies Corp 4.23%
  6. Jones Lang LaSalle Inc 3.29%
  7. CBRE Group Inc 3.43%
  8. MSG Networks Inc Class A 3.05%
  9. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd 3.46%
  10. Viacom Inc B 3.05%

Asset Allocation

Weighting Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
Stocks
92.19% 32.09% 120.27% 24.23% 4
Cash
7.81% -20.27% 65.68% 11.04% 2
Preferred Stocks
0.00% 0.00% 5.86% 3.07% 5
Other
0.00% -0.39% 8.23% 11.04% 5
Convertible Bonds
0.00% 0.00% 2.06% 1.84% 5
Bonds
0.00% -0.06% 15.34% 7.36% 5

Stock Sector Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
Consumer Cyclical
26.77% 0.00% 33.86% 1.53% 1
Industrials
18.00% 0.09% 42.48% 6.13% 1
Financial Services
17.68% -0.39% 46.36% 9.82% 2
Healthcare
8.06% 0.00% 41.90% 23.01% 4
Real Estate
6.72% 0.00% 13.49% 12.58% 2
Technology
6.23% -1.22% 40.54% 34.36% 5
Consumer Defense
4.78% -2.40% 18.07% 16.56% 2
Energy
2.71% -1.29% 17.97% 27.91% 5
Basic Materials
1.25% -1.05% 22.41% 33.13% 5
Utilities
0.00% -0.76% 14.10% 23.62% 5
Communication Services
0.00% 0.00% 20.30% 24.23% 5

Stock Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
US
92.19% 30.23% 119.14% 20.25% 3
Non US
0.00% -1.18% 40.92% 31.29% 5

ARGFX - Expenses

Operational Fees

ARGFX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
Expense Ratio 1.02% 0.04% 16.03% 33.74% 2
Management Fee 0.59% 0.04% 2.00% 10.43% 2
12b-1 Fee 0.25% 0.00% 1.00% 4.95% 3
Administrative Fee N/A 0.01% 0.45% N/A N/A

Sales Fees

ARGFX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High ARGFX Rank Quintile
Front Load N/A 0.00% 5.75% N/A N/A
Deferred Load N/A 1.00% 5.00% N/A N/A

Trading Fees

ARGFX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High ARGFX Rank Quintile
Max Redemption Fee N/A 0.50% 2.00% N/A N/A

Turnover Related Fees

Turnover provides investors a proxy for the trading fees incurred by mutual fund managers who frequently adjust position allocations. Higher turnover means higher trading fees.

ARGFX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High ARGFX Rank Quintile
Turnover 20.00% 4.00% 394.00% 23.31% 2

ARGFX - Distributions

Dividend Yield Analysis

ARGFX Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
Dividend Yield 0.4% 0.00% 1.76% 5.56% 1

Dividend Distribution Analysis

ARGFX Category Low Category High Category Mode
Dividend Distribution Frequency Annually Annually Monthly Annually

Dividend Payout History


Net Income Ratio Analysis

ARGFX Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
Net Income Ratio 1.02% -4.48% 2.50% 17.48% 2

Capital Gain Distribution Analysis

ARGFX Category Low Category High Capital Mode
Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually Annually Semi-Annually Annually

ARGFX - Managers

Kenneth E. Kuhrt

Manager

Start Date

Dec 30, 2011

Tenure

5.34

Tenure Rank

11.8%

Kenneth E. Kuhrt, CPA, is a Senior Vice President for Ariel Investments, LLC. Ken serves as portfolio manager for our micro-cap, small cap deep value, small cap, and small/mid cap value products. As a research analyst, Ken covers consumer services and industrial companies. Prior to joining Ariel as a research analyst in 2004, Ken spent more than two years with William Blair & Company, LLC, most recently as a senior investment banking analyst. He also worked as a senior auditor at KPMG, LLP. Ken earned a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Ken is also a Certified Public Accountant.


John P. Miller

Manager

Start Date

Nov 20, 2006

Tenure

10.45

Tenure Rank

5.6%

John P. Miller, CFA, is a Senior Vice President for Ariel Investments, LLC. John has served on Ariel's Investment Team for almost two decades and inherently embodies a strong value discipline. As portfolio manager, he works side-by-side with lead portfolio manager John W. Rogers, Jr. on stock selection for Ariel Fund as well as the firm's small and small/mid cap portfolios. Additionally, he oversees the firm's proprietary research in the asset management and media/entertainment industries. Prior to joining Ariel in 1989, John worked in Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.'s institutional equity division. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Chicago as well as a board member of Voices for Illinois Children. John earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and received a BB in management from Western Illinois University.


John W. Rogers

Lead Manager

Start Date

Nov 06, 1986

Tenure

30.5

Tenure Rank

0.2%

John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, CEO, CIO, founded Ariel Investments in 1983 to focus on undervalued small- and medium-sized companies showing strong growth potential. As CIO, Rogers is the Lead Portfolio Manager for Ariel Fund and Ariel Appreciation Fund as well as the firm’s small-, small/mid- and mid-cap institutional portfolios. He has served as Portfolio Manager for Ariel Fund since 1986 and for Ariel Appreciation Fund since 2002. Previously, Rogers worked as a stockbroker for William Blair & Company, LLC. He received an AB in Economics in 1980 from Princeton University.


Tenure Analysis

Category Low

0.0

Category High

38.4

Category Average

6.33

Category Mode

2.3