Wasatch Heritage Growth Fund

Class No Load (WAHGX)
Scorecard
3 / 5 Stars
Lipper
2 2 4 5 4
Zacks Investment Research
3 (Hold)
Standard & Poor's
4 / 5 Stars
TheStreet.com
C (Hold)

#32 in Mid-Cap Growth

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Performance

The fund has returned 23.86 percent over the past year, 11.70 percent over the past three years, and 17.63 percent over the past five years.

Trailing Returns Updated 06.30.2014
Year to date 2.5%
1 Year 23.9%
3 Years (Annualized) 11.7%
5 Years (Annualized) 17.6%
10 Years (Annualized) 7.7%

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Summary

Wasatch Heritage Growth has yet to prove itself. 

As of July 03, 2014, the fund has assets totaling almost $130.80 million invested in 46 different holdings. Its portfolio consists primarily of shares of large and mid-sized companies.

Lately, this fund has been overweight to tech companies. As of the end of the first quarter, tech companies accounted for 28 percent of the fund's portfolio. That's nearly as high as that number has been in the past three years for the fund. So far in 2011, it's also led to some disappointing results. Notably, the fund's positions in Amphenol Corporation, Linear Technology, and Cognizant Technology Solutions have been weighing on its performance. 

Since this fund's 2004 launch, its performance has been somewhat disappointing. In particular, it has finished four of its six full calendar years in the bottom 30 percent of its Morningstar category. Investors, to be sure, have benefitted somewhat from the fund's competitively cheap expense ratio and low turnover ratio. Still, that hasn't been enough to make up for shoddy relative performance. The fund has returned 23.86 percent over the past year, 11.70 percent over the past three years, and 17.63 percent over the past five years.

Investment Strategy

According to the fund's prospectus: "We focus on companies that we consider to be high quality, and we use a process of 'bottom up' fundamental analysis to look for individual companies that we believe are stable and have the potential to grow steadily for long periods of time. Our analysis may include studying a company's financial statements, building proprietary financial models, visiting company facilities, and meeting with executive management, suppliers and customers."

Role in Portfolio

Morningstar calls the fund a "supporting player."

Management

Christopher Bowen and Ryan Snow manage the fund.

Fees

Wasatch Heritage Growth Fund has an expense ratio of 0.95 percent. 

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Risk

Like all stock funds, this one comes with some risks.

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