Stephens Small-Mid Cap Core Growth Strategy
Stephens Small-Mid Cap Core Growth StrategyStephens Investment Management Group, LLC is the investment adviser to the Stephens Small-Mid Cap Core Growth Strategy. This diversified strategy seeks long term growth of capital by investing primarily in small and mid-cap core growth companies.
We select growth companies that are established growth companies that have achieved above average growth. Typically such companies have achieved this by having a defensible business model, quality management team and/or unique product opportunity in a large market.
In addition, both small and mid-cap stocks can be a complement to an overall portfolio, offering strong diversification benefits while reducing capitalization concentration risk and offering the potential to maximize long-term returns. Of course, investing in small or mid-cap companies involves greater risk than investing in more established companies, and the prices of small or mid company stocks may be more volatile than those of larger company stocks.
We feel our experience in small cap issues gives us the knowledge and expertise in mid cap companies. Since the majority of mid cap companies were once small cap, we have the advantage of having closely followed many of these companies since their early stages of growth.
Small and Mid Cap Core Growth Separate Account Annual Disclosure Presentation
*Strategy Assets are shown as supplemental information as these assets include UMA assets managed within the Small and Mid Cap Core Growth Separate Account Strategy.
Small and Mid Cap Core Growth Separate Account Composite contains fully discretionary accounts invested primarily in small cap and mid-cap common stock of U.S. companies. Under normal market conditions, most of the securities purchased for this composite have market capitalizations equal to or less than the largest company contained within the Russell 2500® Growth Index at the time the security was initially purchased by accounts in the composite and are securities of companies which appear to have clear indicators of future earnings growth or that appear to demonstrate other potential for growth of capital. Securities purchased for this composite are predominantly those categorized by SIMG as core growth securities which are securities SIMG perceives to be high quality, well managed businesses that have the potential for consistent, predictable revenue and earnings growth. In addition to common stock the composite may also purchase convertible and preferred stock as well as certain Exchange Traded Funds. This composite is actively managed and securities in the composite are frequently purchased and sold by the manager. For comparison purposes the composite is measured against the Russell 2500® Growth Index. Prior to September 1, 2011, this composite was known as the Small/Mid Cap Growth Separate Account Composite.
Stephens Investment Management Group, LLC claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. Stephens Investment Management Group has been independently verified for the periods December 1, 2005 through September 30, 2018. Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm’s policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. The Small and Mid Cap Core Growth Separate Account Composite has been examined for the periods February 1, 2005 through September 30, 2018. The verification and performance examination reports are available upon request.
Stephens Investment Management Group, LLC is a registered investment advisor specializing in equity investment management, specifically small and mid-capitalization growth companies. The firm maintains a complete list and description of composites, which is available upon request.
Results are based on fully discretionary accounts under management, including those accounts no longer with the firm. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
The U.S. Dollar is the currency used to express performance. Returns are presented gross and net of management fees and include the reinvestment of all income. Net of fee performance is calculated using actual fees incurred. 1Pure Gross returns are shown as supplemental information and are stated gross of all fees and transaction costs; net returns are reduced by all fees and transaction costs incurred. In addition to a management fee, the accounts pay an all-inclusive fee based on a percentage of assets under management. Other than brokerage commissions, this fee includes advisory, custody, execution and other services provided in connection with the program. Policies for valuing portfolios, calculating performance, and preparing compliant presentations are available upon request.
The bundled fee schedule begins at 2.75% of assets under management. Actual investment advisory fees incurred by clients may vary.
The Small-Mid Cap Core Growth Separate Account Composite was created December 1, 2005. Performance for the period prior to December 1, 2005 occurred while the Portfolio Management Team provided services on behalf of the prior firm, Stephens Inc., and the Portfolio Management Team members were the only individuals responsible for selecting the securities to buy and sell.
Beginning September 30, 2007, composite policy requires the temporary removal of any account from the composite which incurs a client initiated significant cash inflow or outflow of 10% or more of the value of the net assets of the account in any 30 day period. The temporary removal of such an account occurs at the beginning of the month in which the significant cash flow occurs and the account re-enters the composite at the beginning of the month after the cash flow. Additional information regarding the treatment of significant cash flows is available upon request.
The annual composite dispersion is an asset-weighted standard deviation calculated for the accounts in the composite the entire year.