Ron Baron

Ron Baron

Last Update: 08-14-2017

Number of Stocks: 338
Number of New Stocks: 38

Total Value: $19,575 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 4%

Countries: USA
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Ron Baron' s Profile & Performance

Profile

Ron Baron is the founder of Baron Capital Management. He is Co-Portfolio Manager of Baron Asset Fund and remains Portfolio Manager of the Growth and Partners Funds. Baron graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Chemistry, and later attended George Washington University Law School in the evenings.

Web Page:http://www.baronfunds.com/

Investing Philosophy

Ron Baron invests primarily in small and mid-size growth companies. He likes companies with open-ended growth opportunities and defensible niches. He applies a bottom-up company research, invests for the long-term, and tries to purchase companies at what he believes are attractive prices. He invests in growth companies using a value-oriented purchase discipline. Baron ignores short-term market fluctuations when he believes the fundamental reasons for purchasing a company have not changed. He holds investments for longer than five years on average.

Total Holding History

Performance of Baron Partners Fund

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
20164.0411.96-7.9
2015-2.711.38-4.1
201410.2613.69-3.4
3-Year Cumulative11.6 (3.7%/year)29 (8.9%/year)-17.4 (-5.2%/year)
201347.6332.3915.2
201216.4160.4
5-Year Cumulative91.8 (13.9%/year)98.2 (14.7%/year)-6.4 (-0.8%/year)
2011-5.742.11-7.8
201031.5215.0616.5
200928.226.461.7
2008-46.67-37-9.7
200711.345.495.9
10-Year Cumulative81 (6.1%/year)95.7 (6.9%/year)-14.7 (-0.8%/year)
200621.5515.795.8
200514.374.919.5
200442.3510.8831.5
200334.9528.686.3
2002-18.07-22.14.0
15-Year Cumulative296 (9.6%/year)164.2 (6.7%/year)131.8 (2.9%/year)
2001-15.71-11.89-3.8
20004.82-9.113.9
199918.4221.04-2.6
199811.6828.58-16.9
199749.8833.3616.5
20-Year Cumulative593.5 (10.2%/year)339.2 (7.7%/year)254.3 (2.5%/year)
199616.1322.96-6.8
199536.9437.58-0.6
19944.761.323.4
199328.7810.0818.7
199216.837.629.2
25-Year Cumulative1638.3 (12.1%/year)791.8 (9.1%/year)846.5 (3%/year)

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Baron Funds Comments on Zillow Group Guru stock highlight
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Baron Funds Comments on Inovalon Holdings Guru stock highlight
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Kinsale Captial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:KNSL) is a specialty insurance company that focuses exclusively on excess and surplus lines, which includes risks that are unique or hard to place in the standard insurance market. The company, which went public in July 2016, outperformed in the fourth quarter after reporting excellent financial results. Earnings were much higher than expected thanks to strong underwriting and favorable reserve development. The stock also benefited from a secondary offering that increased float and a sector rotation into small-cap financials following the U.S. elections on expectations for faster economic growth, higher interest rates, and lower corporate tax rates. We continue to own the stock because of Kinsale’s niche market focus, industry-leading growth, industry-leading ROE, and experienced management team. Read more...
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Ron Baron Cuts Stake in Company With Declining Earnings Baron Funds sells half its position in CaesarStone Ron Baron - Ron Baron Cuts Stake In Company With Declining Earnings
Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio)’s firm New York-based Baron Funds has chopped in half its position in CaesarStone Ltd. to 3.85% from 7.7%, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks. More...

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High-Quality Stocks: Priceline, Nike, Novo Nordisk These 7 companies receive high predictability ratings Ron Baron,Chuck Royce,Jim Simons,Murray Stahl,Stev - High-Quality Stocks: Priceline, Nike, Novo Nordisk
According to GuruFocus’ All-in-One Screener, the following stocks have high business predictability ratings, and total returns since the beginning of the year are positive. At least five gurus are shareholders in the companies. More...

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Stocks With High Business Predictability Ratings Gurus are buying these high-quality stocks Ron Baron,Jim Simons,Chuck Royce,Columbia Wanger,R - Stocks With High Business Predictability Ratings
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Baron Funds Comments on Banco Santander-Chile Guru stock highlight
We also recently initiated a position in Chilean bank Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC), in our view one of the best managed Latin American banks. We believe the bank will benefit from a market-friendly shift in political direction in Chile combined with the substantial recovery in commodity prices over the past year. Responding to the slowdown that ensued post commodity-boom, the bank adopted a conservative position, exiting high risk segments, preserving liquidity, being more selective on asset growth, and cutting costs. As a result, we think Banco Santander-Chile is well positioned to benefit as a new credit cycle emerges in the country. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on BM&FBOVESPA SA Guru stock highlight
As the leading operator of financial exchanges in Brazil, BM&FBOVESPA SA (BSP:BVMF3) should benefit from the long-term development of the Brazilian capital markets, in our view. While the macroeconomic environment in Brazil remains weak, expectations of a recovery have driven solid gains in BM&FBOVESPA along with the broader Brazilian equity market and currency. Shares have also benefited from the company’s recent acquisition of Cetip, a provider of registration, custody, and settlement of fixed income securities, derivatives, and auto liens. The company has high barriers to entry due to its scale advantages, capital resources, and vertical integration into post-trading activities. We think BM&FBOVESPA will benefit from continued growth in trading volumes, bolstered by an improved competitive position from its acquisition of Cetip. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on China Everbright Limited Guru stock highlight
China Everbright Limited (HKSE:00165) is an asset management company with approximately US$6.5 billion in AuM, operating in Hong Kong and mainland China. The company has grown AuM at a 30% CAGR over the last five years and we believe it can maintain this impressive rate of growth as it is a big beneficiary of China’s increasing demand for asset diversification. Growth in AuM for the asset management industry is expected to triple by 2020 as China pushes to internationalize the RMB and eases investment constraints for institutional/state-owned investors. In addition we believe the low interest rates that have resulted from economic stimulus, a stagnating real estate market, and a recent crackdown on so-called wealth management products will compel more Chinese households to shift assets from traditional, low-yield products such as savings accounts into professionally managed investment vehicles. Taken together, we think these trends represent a significant opportunity for asset managers such as China Everbright. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Haitong Securities Co. Guru stock highlight
Haitong Securities Co., Ltd. (SHSE:600837) is a leading firm providing securities and futures brokerage, investment banking, asset management, proprietary trading, and direct investment services. We believe the securities industry in China is still in early stages of development which provides meaningful growth opportunities such as deeper penetration of capital markets and the development of more sophisticated products. Trading volumes have fallen in response to a government crackdown on market misconduct, but we believe this headwind will prove temporary. In addition, should reforms move forward, we believe Haitong is well positioned to increase its participation in the financing of private and public enterprises, which is currently dominated by the state-owned bank sector. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Worldpay Group plc Guru stock highlight
As is the case with numerous other industries, aspects of the financial industry are experiencing transformative technology-driven change, ranging from electronic trading platforms to software-as-a-service suppliers of financial intelligence to the investment community. While many of our financial technology holdings are based in the U.S., we also own U.K.-based Worldpay Group plc. (LSE:WPG), the largest payment processor and merchant acquirer in Europe. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Worldpay Group plc Guru stock highlight
As is the case with numerous other industries, aspects of the financial industry are experiencing transformative technology-driven change, ranging from electronic trading platforms to software-as-a-service suppliers of financial intelligence to the investment community. While many of our financial technology holdings are based in the U.S., we also own U.K.-based Worldpay Group plc. (LSE:WPG), the largest payment processor and merchant acquirer in Europe. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Julius Baer Group Ltd. Guru stock highlight
We think Swiss private bank Julius Baer Group Ltd. (XSWX:BAER) is also well positioned to benefit from higher rates globally. The firm is one of the leading independent private banks, with over 5,800 employees and AuM of over CHF300 billion. Longer term, we think Julius Baer will be among the winners in the global private banking industry given its presence in fast growing geographies, stellar reputation, and scale, which we think will lead to solid net-new money growth. In addition to being positively levered to higher rates, the firm is highly cash generative, which offers strategic flexibility, including the opportunity to increase dividends, buy back shares, or engage in accretive acquisitions. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on BNP Paribas Guru stock highlight
Given our view that European monetary policy remains accommodative while growth prospects have brightened, we recently initiated a position in BNP Paribas S.A. (LSE:TRYS) of France, which we believe was offered at a particularly attractive valuation given concerns over the upcoming French elections at the time of our purchase. We are seeing the beginning of a lagged upturn in credit growth across Europe, and believe we will see rising earnings momentum and strength across Financials in many of the European countries as we look ahead over the next year or two, and continue to actively look for investment opportunities in the region. More...

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Baron Insight: Banking on Growth in International Financials By Jose Barria, research analyst and Josh Saltman, VP, research analyst Ron Baron - Baron Insight: Banking On Growth In International Financials
The surge in global Financials following the U.S. presidential election in November 2016 has drawn investor attention back to this long-out-of-favor sector. We think the sector merits this renewed consideration. International Financials have lagged significantly since the global 2007-08 financial crisis triggered by the collapse in the subprime mortgage market in the U.S. Even with the recent uptick, as of March 31, 2017, the category, as measured by the MSCI ACWI ex USA Financials Index, was still down more than 25% since its October 2007 peak, compared with the broader market, as measured by the MSCI ACWI ex USA Index, which was roughly unchanged. While their stock prices have trailed, many financial company fundamentals have continued to improve. More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Benefitfocus Guru stock highlight
Shares of benefits software vendor Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:BNFT) fell in the first quarter after the company reported 2017 guidance that was lower than analysts expected. We see several short-term headwinds, including longer implementation periods for national accounts, slower employer signings because of a sales force restructuring, and a revenue share of BenefitStore commissions. While we believe these headwinds will weigh on reported growth through mid-2017, we don’t believe they impact its large long-term growth opportunity. (Neal Rosenberg) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on AO World Guru stock highlight
AO World plc (LSE:AO.) is the leading online seller of major domestic appliances in the U.K. Shares were down in the first quarter as the company continues to be negatively impacted by rising appliance manufactured in Europe as the British Pound weakens relative to the Euro. We expect higher costs for AO products to stabilize later in 2017. AO continues to execute its domestic U.K. plan and take share from competitors. We expect its German business to expand while the company works to improve terms with vendors in advance of further volume expansion. (Ashim Mehra) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Under Armour Guru stock highlight
Shares of athletic apparel company Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA) declined in the first quarter on reported earnings and guidance that missed Street expectations. Increased promotional activity, improved competitor positioning and a key distributor’s bankruptcy lowered wholesale revenue. The company is attempting to diversify its wholesale distribution domestically while growing into other geographies and categories, which will likely cut into profitability over the next year, in our view. We believe many of these issues are temporary and the long-term demand for its products, and, as a result, its earnings potential remains relatively intact. (Michael Baron) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Manchester United Guru stock highlight
Manchester United plc (NYSE:MANU) is an English Premier League professional sports team that generates revenue from broadcasting, sponsorship, and licensing. Shares were up in the first quarter over enthusiasm around the hiring of Jose Mourinho as the new manager and the addition of marquee players to its roster. The company recently launched MUTV, a global video subscription offering, which we expect to grow over coming quarters and years. The company maintains a strong pipeline of sponsorship deals, and we expect shares to benefit as it provides greater detail on its merchandising and licensing strategy and new growth initiatives in 2017. (Ashim Mehra) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Vail Resorts Guru stock highlight
Shares of ski resort company Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:MTN) increased in the first quarter on an earnings report that beat Street expectations due to increased visitation and spend levels in a strong ski season. Vail’s recent acquisitions of Whistler Blackcomb, Park City, and Perisher continue to help drive season pass sales and visitation, which will help insulate earnings from poor snowfall seasons and improve its cash flow. (David Baron) More...

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Baron Funds Comments on Tesla Guru stock highlight
Shares of electric vehicle company Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) rose during the first quarter following its launch of GigaFactory, one of the world’s largest manufacturing facilities, which will potentially drive significant cost reduction. Tesla is on target for a July 2017 launch of its mass market Model 3, potentially the largest product cycle in history. Additionally, the company’s SolarCity merger is on track, showing less cash drain than initially feared by investors. We believe a pro-U.S. jobs administration is a tailwind for Tesla as it is one of North America’s fastest growing employers. The company also raised $1.4 billion from capital markets during the period. As importantly, we think, was an announcement by Tencent, the largest publicly owned company in China, that it had acquired 5% of Tesla for $1.8 billion. (Gilad Shany/Ishay Levin) More...

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