AGTHX: American Funds Growth Fund of Amer A

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Profile

AGTHX - Profile

Vitals

  • YTD Return 23.2%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Return 5.6%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Return 2.1%
  • Net Assets $199 B
  • Holdings in Top 10 28.8%

52 WEEK LOW AND HIGH

$52.66
$40.05
$53.36

Expenses

OPERATING RELATED FEES

  • Expense Ratio 0.63%

SALES FEES

  • Front Load 5.75%
  • Deferred Load N/A

BROKERAGE FEES

  • Turnover 36.00%

TRADING FEES

  • Max Redemption Fee N/A

Min Investment

  • Standard (Taxable) $250
  • IRA $25

Fund Classification


Distributions

  • YTD Total Return 23.2%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Total Return 10.3%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Total Return 8.9%
  • Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually
  • Net Income Ratio 0.61%
DIVIDENDS
  • Dividend Yield 0.6%
  • Dividend Distribution Frequency Annually

Fund Details

  • Legal Name
    American Funds The Growth Fund of America®
  • Fund Family Name
    American Funds
  • Inception Date
    Nov 30, 1973
  • Shares Outstanding
    N/A
  • Share Class
    A
  • Currency
    USD
  • Domiciled Country
    United States
  • Manager
    Donald D. O'Neal

Fund Description

The American Funds The Growth Fund of America Class A Shares (AGTHX) is a low-cost, actively managed fund that seeks to grow investor capital. The fund uses a broad mandate and seeks classic growth stocks, cyclical stocks and turnaround situations among small-, mid- and large-cap domestic companies. At the same time, AGTHX can hold some international developed-market stocks as well. The fund uses various screens to determine exactly where it believes the opportunities for growth are.

With its broad mandate to seek growth everywhere, AGTHX is best suited as a subcore position in a broad equity portfolio. The fund is managed by Capital Research and Management Company.


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Performance

AGTHX - Performance

Return Ranking - Trailing

Period AGTHX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
YTD 23.2% -69.0% 58.8% 75.22%
1 Yr 3.0% -84.7% 58.7% 77.76%
3 Yr 5.6%* -48.7% 31.4% 71.94%
5 Yr 2.1%* -35.0% 20.6% 64.67%
10 Yr 6.8%* -14.1% 17.7% 68.12%

* Annualized

Return Ranking - Calendar

Period AGTHX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
2018 -13.7% -65.5% 13.4% 56.72%
2017 17.8% -46.3% 37.5% 55.93%
2016 1.8% -43.3% 15.3% 33.02%
2015 -3.3% -38.0% 11.4% 48.06%
2014 -0.7% -52.4% 105.4% 61.64%

Total Return Ranking - Trailing

Period AGTHX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
YTD 23.2% -69.0% 58.1% 77.12%
1 Yr 3.0% -84.7% 58.7% 84.11%
3 Yr 10.3%* -48.7% 31.0% 72.81%
5 Yr 8.9%* -35.0% 19.2% 54.63%
10 Yr 11.5%* -14.2% 17.7% 59.80%

* Annualized

Total Return Ranking - Calendar

Period AGTHX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
2018 -13.7% -65.5% 16.5% 72.14%
2017 26.1% -28.2% 51.5% 48.76%
2016 8.4% -43.3% 17.1% 11.29%
2015 5.4% -38.0% 17.3% 26.92%
2014 10.4% -52.4% 120.7% 39.60%

NAV & Total Return History


Holdings

AGTHX - Holdings

Concentration Analysis

AGTHX Category Low Category High AGTHX % Rank
Net Assets 199 B 1.25 M 199 B 0.31%
Number of Holdings 335 7 2081 5.43%
Net Assets in Top 10 53.6 B 429 K 53.6 B 0.31%
Weighting of Top 10 28.80% 11.9% 100.0% 86.80%

Top 10 Holdings

  1. Facebook Inc A 5.24%
  2. Microsoft Corp 5.04%
  3. Amazon.com Inc 3.90%
  4. Netflix Inc 3.71%
  5. UnitedHealth Group Inc 2.29%
  6. Alphabet Inc Class C 2.29%
  7. Broadcom Inc 1.82%
  8. Mastercard Inc A 1.58%
  9. The Home Depot Inc 1.54%
  10. Abbott Laboratories 1.38%

Asset Allocation

Weighting Return Low Return High AGTHX % Rank
Stocks
92.71% 80.50% 105.55% 92.62%
Cash
6.26% -5.55% 16.25% 6.99%
Preferred Stocks
0.83% 0.00% 2.51% 2.41%
Other
0.15% -0.92% 3.79% 10.95%
Bonds
0.04% 0.00% 3.92% 3.88%
Convertible Bonds
0.00% 0.00% 0.02% 26.63%

Stock Sector Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High AGTHX % Rank
Technology
28.61% 7.37% 58.59% 55.90%
Consumer Cyclical
16.04% 0.00% 49.54% 44.25%
Healthcare
14.78% 0.00% 46.23% 35.87%
Financial Services
10.52% 0.00% 32.66% 63.90%
Industrials
9.78% 0.00% 24.88% 41.61%
Consumer Defense
3.56% 0.00% 17.24% 67.31%
Energy
3.45% -0.02% 7.24% 12.66%
Communication Services
2.48% 0.00% 28.18% 52.95%
Basic Materials
1.93% 0.00% 11.24% 44.25%
Real Estate
1.51% 0.00% 10.94% 57.07%
Utilities
0.04% -0.01% 9.70% 30.43%

Stock Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High AGTHX % Rank
US
82.23% 80.50% 100.50% 97.67%
Non US
10.48% 0.00% 17.37% 12.89%

Bond Sector Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High AGTHX % Rank
Cash & Equivalents
6.26% -2.43% 47.35% 7.38%
Corporate
0.87% 0.00% 8.26% 3.14%
Derivative
0.00% -0.06% 0.21% 29.59%
Securitized
0.00% 0.00% 0.69% 27.39%
Municipal
0.00% 0.00% 0.29% 27.32%
Government
0.00% 0.00% 3.92% 28.49%

Bond Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High AGTHX % Rank
US
0.04% 0.00% 3.92% 3.80%
Non US
0.00% 0.00% 0.36% 27.17%

Expenses

AGTHX - Expenses

Operational Fees

AGTHX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Expense Ratio 0.63% 0.00% 165.48% 88.43%
Management Fee 0.27% 0.00% 1.40% 3.42%
12b-1 Fee 0.25% 0.00% 1.00% 36.40%
Administrative Fee 0.01% 0.00% 1.02% 2.56%

Sales Fees

AGTHX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Front Load 5.75% 0.50% 25.00% 17.56%
Deferred Load N/A 1.00% 5.50% N/A

Trading Fees

AGTHX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Max Redemption Fee N/A 0.50% 5.00% N/A

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.

AGTHX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Turnover 36.00% 0.00% 536.00% 39.75%

Distributions

AGTHX - Distributions

Dividend Yield Analysis

AGTHX Category Low Category High AGTHX % Rank
Dividend Yield 0.58% 0.00% 15.32% 9.47%

Dividend Distribution Analysis

AGTHX Category Low Category High Category Mod
Dividend Distribution Frequency Annually Annually Quarterly Annually

Net Income Ratio Analysis

AGTHX Category Low Category High AGTHX % Rank
Net Income Ratio 0.61% -7.55% 1.83% 16.48%

Capital Gain Distribution Analysis

AGTHX Category Low Category High Capital Mode
Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually Annually Annually Annually

Dividend Payout History

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Fund Manager Analysis

AGTHX - Fund Manager Analysis

Managers

Donald D. O'Neal


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 1993

26.1

26.1%

Donald D. O’Neal is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 33 years of investment experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered chemical, environmental service and aerospace & defense companies. Don holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from University of California, Los Angeles graduating summa cum laude. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Don is based in San Francisco.

Michael T. Kerr


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 1998

21.09

21.1%

Michael T. Kerr is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 35 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 33 years. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered global oil & gas companies and U.S. multi-utilities. Prior to joining Capital, Mike was an exploration geophysicist with Cities Service Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was awarded first-year honors, and a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences from Harvard University graduating cum laude. Mike is based in Los Angeles.

J. Blair Frank


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2001

18.09

18.1%

J. Blair Frank is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 25 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 24 years. Earlier in his career at Capital, as an equity investment analyst, Blair covered U.S. small-cap companies. Before joining Capital, Blair worked as an equity manager at Institutional Capital Corp. in Chicago. He holds an MBA in finance from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Bates College. Blair is based in Los Angeles.

Barry S. Crosthwaite


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2007

12.09

12.1%

Barry S. Crosthwaite is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 22 years of investment experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career at Capital, as an equity investment analyst, he covered U.S. electrical equipment/appliances, global energy equipment, and oil field services & drilling companies, as well as North American communications & networking equipment companies. Barry holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Occidental College graduating magna cum laude. Barry is based in San Francisco.

James Terrile


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2008

11.08

11.1%

James Terrile is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 24 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 22 years. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered U.S. health care supplies & equipment, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Prior to joining Capital, James was an equity research analyst for Gabelli Asset Management Company in New York. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with Beta Gamma Sigma distinction and a bachelor’s degree in music from William Paterson University graduating magna cum laude. James is based in Los Angeles.

Lawrence R. Solomon


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

May 01, 2010

9.59

9.6%

Lawrence R. Solomon is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 35 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 34 years. Earlier in his career at Capital, Larry was an equity investment analyst covering computer hardware, software, communications equipment, computer services and imaging. Prior to joining Capital, he was an economic consultant and research analyst for Data Resources, Inc. in Los Angeles. Larry holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College, graduating cum laude, and the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Larry is based in San Francisco.

Martin Romo


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2010

9.08

9.1%

Martin Romo is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He is president of Capital Research Company, Inc. and serves on the Capital Group Management Committee. Martin has 27 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 26 years. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered the global chemicals industry, mortgage and consumer financials, and select conglomerate companies. He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Martin is based in San Francisco.

Carl M. Kawaja


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2010

9.08

9.1%

Carl M. Kawaja is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered global household products and U.S. personal care companies, along with Canadian companies. Before joining Capital, Carl was a security analyst for Gabelli & Company in New York, as well as an equity analyst for Lévesque Beaubien in Montreal. He holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University graduating magna cum laude.

Alan J. Wilson


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 03, 2012

7.08

7.1%

Alan J. Wilson is a portfolio manager at Capital Group. Earlier in his career, as an equity investment analyst at Capital, he covered U.S. construction & housing, machinery & engineering, environmental services, energy equipment, trucks, personal care, household products and energy companies. Before joining Capital, Alan was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and an engineer with Texas Eastern Corp. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alan is based in Los Angeles.

Mark L. Casey


Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 01, 2012

7.08

7.1%

Mark L. Casey is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 18 years of investment experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career at Capital, Mark was an equity investment analyst and covered U.S. media, entertainment, newspapers, infrastructure software, internet and document imaging. Prior to joining Capital, he was a director and product manager for Siebel Systems. He holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University graduating magna cum laude. Mark is based in San Francisco.

Tenure Analysis

Category Low Category High Category Average Category Mode
0.0 51.95 8.02 0.42