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Ariel Focused Value

Ariel’s focused value approach attempts to take advantage of infrequent but significant gaps between short-term price and long-term intrinsic value.

Ariel Focused Value (Gross)
Inception Date 03/31/2005
Assets (as of 06/30/2024) $133.3 million*

Our Portfolio Manager

Charles K. Bobrinskoy

Vice Chairman, Head of Investment Group


We embrace

Active patience

Long investment horizon
Lower turnover
Margin of safety*

Independent thinking

Contrarian point of view
Benchmark agnostic
Volatility equals opportunity

Focused expertise

All-Cap value specialists
Deep industry knowledge
Bottom-up stock selection
Low price/earnings multiples

Bold teamwork

Long-tenured colleagues
Collective experience leveraged
Aligned incentives

We reject

Short termism

Trading mentality
Risk on/risk off investing

Group think

Conventional wisdom
Closet indexing
Selling on short-term certainty

All-purpose strategies

Momentum investing
Companies “too hard” to understand
Macro-economic prognostications
High price/earnings multiples


Job hoppers
Smartest in the room mentality
Winner takes all

*Attempting to purchase a stock with a margin of safety does not protect investors from the loss of their investment, volatility associated with stocks, declining fundamentals, external forces, or our incorrect assumptions.​

Industry Weightings

Weightings table for Ariel Focused Value
(as of 06/30/2024)
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Health Care
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Disclosures related to the data above can be found at the bottom of this page.

The following disclosures provide definitions relevant to the Key Facts / General Information about this Product, its Performance tables, Top 10 Positions tables, and Industry or Sector Weightings data tables shown above.

Ariel Investments, LLC (Ariel) is a Delaware limited liability company and federally registered investment adviser regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ariel is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Sydney. Ariel offers investment strategies that seek long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities. Ariel utilizes a bottom-up, fundamental analysis to select quality company stocks. Taking a long-term view and applying independent thinking to our investment decisions, Ariel spans the market cap spectrum from small to large and covers the globe with international and global offerings. Ariel claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). GIPS® is a registered trademark of CFA Institute. CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of the content contained herein.

*Total strategy assets include all accounts and investment funds employing the strategy. All other information presented is for the Ariel Focused Value Composite and its representative account.

The Ariel Focused Value Composite seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of companies of any size in order to provide investors access to superior opportunities in companies of all market capitalizations. The Ariel Focused Value Composite differs from its benchmark, the Russell 1000® Value Index, with dramatically fewer holdings concentrated in fewer sectors.

Performance results are net of transaction costs and reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. Net returns reflect the deduction of the maximum advisory fee in effect for the respective period. Actual fees may vary depending on, among other things, the applicable fee schedule and portfolio size. Fee information is available upon request and may also be found in Ariel’s Form ADV, Part 2. Results shown may be preliminary. Returns are calculated in U.S. dollars. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investing in equity stocks is risky and subject to the volatility of the markets. Investing in small cap and mid-cap stocks is more risky and more volatile than investing in large cap stocks. A focused portfolio may be subject to greater volatility than a more diversified portfolio. The intrinsic value of the stocks in which the portfolio invests may never be recognized by the broader market. The portfolio is often concentrated in fewer sectors than its benchmarks, and its performance may suffer if these sectors underperform the overall stock market. Investing in equity stocks is risky and subject to the volatility of the markets.

The Ariel Focused Value Composite has been examined for the periods from April 1, 2005 through December 31, 2023. A copy of the examination report is available upon request. Click here to obtain a GIPS Report.

The Russell 1000® Value Index measures the performance of the large-cap value segment of the U.S. equity universe. It includes those Russell 1000 companies with lower price-to-book ratios, lower forecasted growth values and lower sales per share historical growth. Its inception date is January 1, 1987.

Russell® is a trademark of London Stock Exchange Group, which is the source and owner of the Russell Indexes’ trademarks, service marks and copyrights. Neither Russell nor its licensors accept any liability for any errors or omissions in the Russell Indexes or underlying data and no party may rely on any Russell Indexes and/or underlying data contained in this communication. No further distribution of Russell data is permitted without Russell’s express written consent. Russell does not promote, sponsor or endorse the content of this communication.

The S&P 500® Index is widely regarded as the best gauge of large-cap U.S. equities. It includes 500 leading companies and covers approximately 80% of available U.S. market capitalization. Its inception date is March 4, 1957.

Ending Weight is the value of the holding relative to the portfolio’s total assets as of the report date.