SMID Cap Growth

Information as of 9/30/2018

Strategy Highlights

  • The SMID Cap Growth Strategy is benchmarked to the Russell 2500™ Growth index.
  • Companies in the portfolio typically have a growing investment base with strong or improving cash flows.
  • The Portfolio Manager seeks companies, that in her opinion, have a sustainable competitive advantage, intrinsic value in excess of the market and a favorable macro environment.
  • Portfolios generally demonstrate a higher level of cash-flow return on investment and a greater spread to the cost of capital than the Russell 2500™ Growth Index.
  • Portfolios are actively managed using a bottom-up investment approach and the Portfolio Manager does not attempt to time the market, generally holding less than 5% cash.
  • The Portfolio Manager’s approach seeks to balance the risk/reward aspect of investing through portfolio construction, monitoring and diversification. Portfolios hold between 75-110 stocks with no one stock typically exceeding 5%.


To outperform the Russell 2500™ Growth index by identifying mid and small cap companies with a growing asset base and a stable or growing return on invested capital. We seek to identify these companies at valuation levels that allow for significant price appreciation.

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SMID Cap Growth | Annualized Returns as of 9/30/2018

† Not Annualized. Source: Advent APX.

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The SMID Cap Growth Composite invests in growth securities of predominately small and mid cap companies that generally have a market capitalization that is reflective of the Russell 2500™ Growth Index. The Manager generally looks for fundamentally strong companies that exhibit higher sales growth rates with lower Price/Sales-to-growth ratios than the average company in the Russell 2500™ Growth Index, and are more likely to experience positive earnings revisions and earnings acceleration. The weighted average market capitalization of the Account will generally be within 80% of the average market capitalization of the Russell 2500™ Growth Index. The U.S. Dollar is the currency used to express performance.

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The Russell 2500™ Growth Index measures the performance of the small to mid-cap growth segment of the U.S. equity universe. It includes those Russell 2500™ Index companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. The Russell 2500™ Growth Index is constructed to provide a comprehensive and unbiased barometer of the small to mid-cap growth market. The Index is completely reconstituted annually to ensure larger stocks do not distort the performance and characteristics of the true small to mid-cap opportunity set and that the represented companies continue to reflect growth characteristics.

The Russell 2500™ Growth is used as the benchmark. The Index is unmanaged and represents total returns including reinvestment of dividends. The benchmark is used for comparative purposes only and generally reflects the comparable risk or investment style of the Firm’s strategy. The investment portfolios underlying the Index are different from the investments in the portfolios managed by the Firm. Certain accounts may also use other benchmarks not listed in the Annual Disclosure Presentation. The Independent Verifier’s Report does not cover the benchmark returns included in the Annual Disclosure Presentation.

Jean Barnard, CFA®

Portfolio Manager, Director of Research

JEAN BARNARD, CFA®, is the Portfolio Manager of the Small Cap Growth and SMID Cap Growth strategies. Ms. Barnard also serves as the Director of Research, responsible for the coordination and direction of internal research operations. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, most recently Jean was Executive Vice President and Co-Portfolio Manager of the Janus Classic Growth Strategy (Janus Fund), a position she held since January 2016 after serving in the role of Assistant Portfolio Manager from 2014. Previously as the Sector Lead for Communications, Ms. Barnard led a team of analysts covering the internet, media, and telecommunications sectors globally. Jean began her career at Janus Capital in 1992 as an equity research analyst, soon becoming a key founding member of the firm’s international team supporting the Janus Worldwide and Overseas strategies. Ms. Barnard earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University, graduating with distinction in both majors.

Garrett Brinton

Equity Trader

GARRETT BRINTON, is the principal Equity Trader for the Micro Cap, Small Cap Growth and SMID Cap Growth strategies. Prior to joining KCM in 2016, Mr. Brinton was a Portfolio Manager Associate with Commerce Trust Company for two years.  Before joining Commerce Trust, Garrett was a Corporate Banking and Financial Credit Analyst at Commerce Bank, Inc.  Mr. Brinton earned his B.S.B.A. from the University of Missouri - Columbia with an emphasis in Finance and Banking along with an emphasis in Real Estate.