High Quality Growth Plus


We seek to invest in companies with a demonstrated history of consistent growth and stability in earnings in an effort to outperform over the long term by participating in rising markets and minimizing participation in declining markets. The strategy is managed with a fundamental, bottom up process, seeking to identify high quality growth businesses with dominant franchises that provide competitive advantages, priced below our estimate of intrinsic value.

Key Stats

Asset Class:  Large Cap Equity
Primary Index: Russell 1000® Growth
Inception Date: January 1, 1992
Strategy Assets: $618 mm
Holdings Range: 45 - 55
Mkt. Cap at Purchase: >$3 bn  
Max Position Sizes: 5% 
Sector Constraint: 30%
Max Cash: 5%
3-Yr Avg. Turnover: 9% 



Beta Relative to Russell 1000® Growth Index



3-Yr Avg. Turnover


27 Yrs

Avg. Industry Experience


Composite Performance (%)

as of March 31, 2024

  Quarter 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since Inception
High Quality Growth Plus (Gross)   5.87 21.35   9.62 14.98 13.98 11.07
High Quality Growth Plus (Net)   5.69 20.52   8.86 14.19 13.20 10.30
Russell 1000® Growth Index 11.41 39.00 12.50 18.52 15.98 10.45

Periods greater than one year are annualized. Composite inception date 1/1/92. Composite data is based upon all discretionary institutional accounts eligible for inclusion in the Composite for the periods shown. Performance is calculated in US dollars and reflects the reinvestment of all income and capital gains. Net of fee returns reflect the deduction of the highest applicable annual management fee of 0.70%, applied monthly.


Up, Down, Cumulative Market Capture (%)

July 2015 - March 31, 2024
Net of Fees

*Annualized, Upside reward, downside participation, long-term results, beta and standard deviation are calculated for the period since the Team inception, June 8, 2015.  Up-Down Market Capture measures composite performance (net of fees) relative to index during periods when index has risen/fallen.  Source: Evestment


Sector Diversification (%)

as of March 31, 2024

  High Quality Growth Plus Russell 1000® Growth Index Over/Under
Communication Services 5.8 12.0 -6.2
Consumer Discretionary 7.9 14.9 -7.0
Consumer Staples 4.7 4.1 0.6
Energy 0.0 0.5 -0.5
Financials 23.5 6.4 17.1
Health Care 16.4 10.6 5.8
Industrials 8.7 5.8 2.9
Information Technology 20.8 44.0 -23.2
Materials 8.4 0.7 7.7
Real Estate 3.8 0.8 3.0
Utilities 0.0 0.1 -0.1

Sector Diversification and Top Ten Holdings are based on the equity-only assets of a representative client portfolio managed according to this strategy. Sources: Atlanta Capital, eVestment, FactSet.

Sector Diversification (%)

as of March 31, 2024

Sector chart

Top Ten Holdings

(%) of representative portfolio

Mastercard CL A 5.0
Microsoft Corporation 4.9
Alphabet CL C 4.9
Visa CL A 4.9
Thermo Fisher Scientific 4.8
Danaher Corporation 4.7
TJX Companies 3.7
Zoetis CL A 3.6
Gartner 3.3
Intuit 3.3
TOTAL 43.2%


Joe Hudepohl, CFA

Joe Hudepohl, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Rob Walton, CFA

Rob Walton, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Lance Garrison, CFA

Lance Garrison, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Jeff Miller, CFA

Jeff Miller, CFA

Portfolio Manager



Fact Sheet

High Quality Growth Plus

March 31, 2024
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Investment Commentary

 High Quality Growth Plus

March 31, 2024
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Risk Considerations

Equity: The value of investments held by the Strategy may increase or decrease in response to economic, and financial events (whether real, expected or perceived) in the U.S. and global markets. The value of equity securities is sensitive to stock market volatility.

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