Brown Capital Management (BCM) is thrilled to announce that portfolio managers Keith Lee, Robert Hall, Kempton Ingersol, Damien Davis and Andrew Fones, the firm’s Small Company team, have been named Morningstar, Inc.’s U.S. Domestic-Stock Fund Manager of the Year for 2015.
Morningstar made the announcement in a live broadcast of CNBC’s Power Lunch on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
Keith Lee and Robert Hall have led Brown Capital Management Small Company since the Fund’s inception in 1992. The Small Company Fund1 has a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Gold (Morningstar’s highest Medalist rating) and a Morningstar Overall Rating™ of 5 stars (in a category of 660 Small Growth Funds based on risk adjusted returns as of 12/31/2015). The team employs a unique and patient strategy, buying companies that earn $250 million or less in revenue (at the time of initial investment) and that save lives, time, money, or headaches. In 2015, the top 10 contributors to performance were names that have been in the portfolio for an average of nine years.
“We have had high regard for the team at Brown Capital Management for a long time. Since we launched the Morningstar Analyst Rating in 2011, the Fund has carried a Gold rating,” Jon Hale, Morningstar’s director of manager research, North America, said in Morningstar’s press release on Jan. 26.
Of course, Eddie Brown, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder said, “We are thrilled to be honored with this prestigious award—it is especially meaningful as the Small Company Service will celebrate its 25th anniversary later this year. Since the beginning, our disciplined team has employed the same process to uncover, what we believe to be, the exceptional small companies with the wherewithal to become exceptional larger companies. We are extremely proud that they are recognized by the industry.”
About Brown Capital
Brown Capital Management is an investment management firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. BCM is focused on a growth approach, has deep investment experience in domestic and international markets, and is committed to meeting the investment needs of genuine long-term investors.
Established in 1988, the Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year award recognizes portfolio managers who demonstrate excellent investment skill and the courage to differ from the consensus to benefit investors. To qualify for the award, managers’ funds must have not only posted impressive returns for the year, but the managers also must have a record of delivering outstanding long-term risk-adjusted performance, and of aligning their interests with shareholders’. Nominated funds must be Morningstar Medalists, a fund that has garnered a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold, Silver, or Bronze. The Fund Manager of the Year award winners are chosen based on Morningstar’s proprietary research and in-depth qualitative evaluation by its fund analysts.
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1 For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a funds monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of the funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. Brown Capital Management Small Company Fund were rated against the following numbers of U.S.-domiciled Small Growth funds over the following time periods as of 12/31/2015: 660 of funds in the 3-year rating and for the Overall rating, 588 of funds in the last five years, and 423 of funds in the last ten years. With respect to these Small Growth funds, Brown Capital Management Small Company Fund received a Morningstar Rating™ of five stars for the 3- year rating and five stars for 5- year rating, and five stars for ten-year rating periods, respectively.
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