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ARGFX Ariel Fund Investor

  • Fund
  • ARGFX
  • Price as of: Dec 01, 2016
  • $63.03
  • - $0.09
  • - 0.14%
  • Category
  • Mid Cap Blend Equities

ARGFX - Profile

Vitals

  • YTD Return 6.1%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Return 5.5%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Return 13.9%
  • Net Assets $1.9 B
  • Holdings in Top 10 37.8%

52 WEEK LOW AND HIGH

$63.03
$49.46
$66.49

Expenses

OPERATING RELATED FEES

  • Expense Ratio 1.02%

SALES FEES

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

BROKERAGE FEES

  • Turnover 25.00%

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 6.1%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Total Return 5.5%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Total Return 13.9%
  • Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually
  • Net Income Ratio 0.67%
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-sized undervalued companies that show strong potential for growth. It invests primarily in equity securities of U.S. companies, and the fund generally will have a weighted average market capitalization between $1 billion and $7.5 billion.

ARGFX - Performance

Return Ranking - Trailing

Period ARGFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
YTD 6.1% -32.8% 39.3% 68.21% 4
1 Yr 0.1% -53.8% 29.2% 66.56% 4
3 Yr 5.5% * -17.2% 24.3% 42.48% 3
5 Yr 13.9% * -10.2% 15.5% 3.19% 1
10 Yr 6.3% * -6.9% 10.4% 53.28% 3

* Annualized


Return Ranking - Calendar

Period ARGFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
2015 -17.3% -32.9% 6.7% 78.80% 5
2014 -2.5% -42.4% 14.7% 62.95% 4
2013 43.9% -4.0% 57.3% 2.48% 1
2012 19.2% -100.0% 29.4% 10.04% 1
2011 -11.5% -23.2% 6.9% 84.94% 5

Total Return Ranking - Trailing

Period ARGFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
YTD 6.1% -32.8% 39.3% 72.84% 4
1 Yr 0.1% -48.2% 36.6% 58.59% 3
3 Yr 5.5% * -17.9% 30.0% 38.89% 2
5 Yr 13.9% * -10.7% 15.5% 2.84% 1
10 Yr 6.3% * -7.1% 10.4% 51.09% 3

* Annualized


Total Return Ranking - Calendar

Period ARGFX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
2015 -4.4% -23.9% 6.7% 55.06% 3
2014 14.7% -42.4% 20.2% 9.51% 1
2013 73.1% -4.5% 208.7% 6.74% 1
2012 38.7% -100.0% 304.1% 11.58% 1
2011 -19.6% -77.4% 14.0% 91.21% 5

NAV & Total Return History

ARGFX - Holdings

Filings data as of: Sep 30, 2016

Concentration Analysis

ARGFX Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
Net Assets 1.9 B 1.41 M 71.6 B 7.06% 2
Number of Holdings 39 3 3295 24.85% 5
Net Assets in Top 10 753 M 618 K 4.95 B 3.99% 1
Weighting of Top 10 37.8% 2.9% 123.0% 9.20% 2

Top 10 Holdings

  1. Lazard Ltd Shs A 4.54%
  2. KKR & Co LP 4.45%
  3. Tegna Inc 3.39%
  4. Brady Corp Class A 3.52%
  5. Kennametal Inc 4.13%
  6. Dun & Bradstreet Corp 3.29%
  7. Zebra Technologies Corp 4.19%
  8. Jones Lang LaSalle Inc 3.65%
  9. Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc 3.34%
  10. CBRE Group Inc 3.28%

Asset Allocation

Weighting Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
Stocks
98.77% 37.25% 122.13% 7.67% 2
Cash
1.23% -22.43% 62.75% 24.54% 4
Other
0.00% -0.31% 20.23% 12.88% 5
Convertible Bonds
0.00% 0.00% 2.20% 1.23% 5
Preferred Stocks
0.00% 0.00% 6.92% 2.76% 5
Bonds
0.00% -0.22% 19.71% 7.98% 5

Stock Sector Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
Consumer Cyclical
26.32% 1.07% 33.74% 1.84% 1
Industrials
22.81% 1.38% 42.11% 2.76% 1
Financial Services
19.20% 0.00% 45.14% 4.91% 1
Healthcare
8.96% 0.00% 43.42% 18.40% 3
Real Estate
6.93% 0.00% 23.62% 14.11% 2
Technology
4.77% 0.00% 40.54% 35.58% 5
Consumer Defense
4.74% 0.00% 25.11% 17.48% 3
Energy
3.20% -0.17% 16.64% 26.69% 4
Basic Materials
1.83% -1.54% 24.97% 29.45% 5
Communication Services
0.00% 0.00% 23.25% 24.23% 5
Utilities
0.00% -0.71% 24.46% 25.46% 5

Stock Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
US
98.77% 33.86% 122.01% 5.52% 1
Non US
0.00% -0.28% 40.92% 27.61% 5

ARGFX - Expenses

Operational Fees

ARGFX Fees (% of AUM) Category Low Category High Rank in Category (%) Quintile
Expense Ratio 1.02% 0.05% 16.03% 31.90% 2
Management Fee 0.58% 0.04% 2.00% 10.12% 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 25.00% 1.00% 394.00% 22.09% 2

ARGFX - Distributions

Dividend Yield Analysis

ARGFX Category Low Category High ARGFX % Rank Quintile
Dividend Yield 0.4% 0.00% 1.76% 5.53% 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 0.67% -4.48% 2.51% 22.09% 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

4.84

Tenure Rank

12.1%

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

9.95

Tenure Rank

5.8%

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

30.01

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

0.1

Category High

37.9

Category Average

6.22

Category Mode

4.8