High Quality SMID Cap


We seek to invest in high-quality companies with a demonstrated history of consistent growth and earnings stability.  The portfolio is managed with a fundamental, bottom-up investment process, looking for businesses with innovative models, quality management, strong free cash flow, and high returns on invested capital.  Historically, this process has produced a diversified portfolio that exhibits solid up-market capture, minimized participation in declining markets, reduced volatility, low turnover and high active share.

Key Stats

Asset Class: Small-to-Mid Cap Equity
Primary Index: Russell 2500™ Index
Inception Date: April 1, 2004
Strategy Assets: $16.4 bn
Current Holdings: 52
Max Position Sizes: 5%
Sector Constraint: 30%
Max Use of Cash: 5%
3-Yr. Avg. Turnover: 11%



Downside Capture
Since Inception



Active Share



3-Yr. Avg. Turnover 


Investment Performance (%)

as of March 31, 2024

  Quarter    1 Yr 3 Yr   5 Yr  10 Yr Since Inception
High Quality SMID Cap (Gross) 9.86 24.87 9.65 13.42 13.41 13.12
High Quality SMID Cap (Net) 9.65 23.89 8.79 12.53 12.51 12.23
Russell 2500™ Index 6.92 21.43 2.97   9.90   8.84   9.13

Periods greater than one year are annualized. Composite inception date is 4/1/04. 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 0.80%, applied monthly.


Up, Down, Cumulative Market Capture (%)

April 1, 2004 – March 31, 2024
Net of Fees

Annualized. 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 SMID Cap Russell 2500™ Index Over / Under Weight
Communication Services 0.0 2.3 -2.3
Consumer Discretionary 15.4 13.2 2.2
Consumer Staples 1.7 3.2 -1.5
Energy 0.0 5.1 -5.1
Financials 25.5 16.0 9.5
Health Care 5.9 11.8 -5.9
Industrials 30.6 20.8 9.8
Information Technology 12.2 13.1 -0.9
Materials 7.4 5.5 1.9
Real Estate 1.3 6.4 -5.1
Utilities 0.0 2.6 -2.6

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


Top Ten Holdings

(%) of representative portfolio

W.R. Berkley Corporation 5.2
Carlisle Companies 4.9
GoDaddy CL A 3.4
CACI International CL A 3.3
Brown & Brown 3.1
Morningstar 3.0
Markel Group 2.9
Dolby Laboratories CL A 2.6
RPM International 2.6
AptarGroup 2.6
TOTAL 33.6%


Chip Reed, CFA

Chip Reed, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Bill Bell, CFA

Bill Bell, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Matt Hereford, CFA

Matt Hereford, CFA

Portfolio Manager



Fact Sheet

High Quality SMID Cap

March 31, 2024
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Investment Commentary

High Quality SMID Cap

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. Investments in small- and medium- capitalization companies tend to be more volatile and less liquid than those of larger, more established, companies.

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