Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management

Kayne Anderson Rudnick manages the model portfolio for Azzad’s small cap growth strategy

Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management (KAR) was founded in 1984 by two successful entrepreneurs, Richard Kayne and John Anderson, to manage the funds of its principals and clients. John Anderson was a prominent Los Angeles attorney and businessman, member of the Forbes 400 and named benefactor of The Anderson School of Business at The University of California, Los Angeles. KAR manages $12.7 billion as of 12/31/2016.

Clients include corporate and public pension plans, foundations, endowments, brokerage firms, and high-net-worth individuals. Our range of domestic equity and fixed income strategies all embody our unified investment philosophy. The firm, headquartered in Los Angeles, is wholly owned by Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ: VRTS).

Portfolio Manager

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Mr. Beiley is a Portfolio Manager and a Senior Research Analyst with primary research responsibilities for the small and mid-capitalization financials and producer-durables sectors. Before joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2002, he worked as an Associate Analyst in equity research at Prudential Securities and before that was an Equity Research Associate at RNC Capital Management. He has approximately 14 years of equity research experience. Mr. Beiley earned a B.S. in Finance from Northern Arizona University and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. Mr. Beiley is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

Mr. Christensen is a Portfolio Manager and a Senior Research Analyst with primary research responsibilities for the small and mid-capitalization health-care sector. Before joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2001, Mr. Christensen was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst for Doheny Asset Management and has approximately 18 years of equity research experience. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics/Applied Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.B.A. from the California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Christensen is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

Investment Approach

The KAR Small Cap Sustainable Growth strategy follows a growth investment style, investing primarily in small cap growth companies that are expected to deliver long-term, risk-adjusted performance. Historically, small cap stocks have outperformed large and mid cap stocks because of their greater potential for growth, but with greater volatility. The portfolio typically varies to within 10% of the sector weights of the Russell 2000 Growth Index and is relatively concentrated with 25 to 35 securities.

The Kayne Anderson Rudnick investment philosophy is that strong risk-adjusted returns can be achieved through investment in high-quality companies purchased at reasonable prices. The firm uses a disciplined, bottom-up, fundamental research approach to identify companies with rising free cash flow, high reinvestment rate, and strong financial characteristics. The portfolio uses the Russell 2000 Growth Index as a guide for determining sector weights. KAR focuses on selecting the highest quality stocks within each sector according to their screening criteria. Individual security selection is overlaid with a sector allocation discipline to avoid over-concentration in any single sector. There is an additional company limit of 5% (at cost) of any one security. The portfolio managers may allow a security to appreciate up to 8% to 9% of the portfolio at market before it is reduced.

Azzad makes no assurance that the manner in which Kayne manages its assets in the Small Cap Growth model is the same as or entirely consistent with the manner in which it manages any of its other Funds or accounts. Small cap investing involves risks including loss of principal. CFA is a trademark owned by CFA Institute.