Shares of ANSYS, Inc. (ANSS), the leading global provider of simulation software, fell in the quarter due to macroeconomic concerns, particularly in emerging markets. We beli eve ANSYS can sustainably grow revenue at low double digit rates in the current macro environment and can accelerate to mid-teens growth when macro conditions improve. Management is increasingly willing to deploy cash for share repurchases, which we view as a favor able indicator for the long term. Baron Growth Fund has about tripled its money in this investment ov er the past five years. (Neal Rosenberg)
From Baron Funds' first quarter 2014 letter to investors.