Loomis Sayles Growth Fund Earns Gold Morningstar Analyst Rating

Loomis Sayles Growth Fund is described as “a strategy with competitive advantages of its own” in the Morningstar Analyst RatingTM report.

Report noted that “Hamzaogullari has crafted and faithfully followed a worthy approach.”

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Loomis, Sayles & Company today announced that its Loomis Sayles Growth Fund, which is managed by the firm’s Growth Equity Strategies (GES) team, has earned a Morningstar Analyst RatingTM of Gold.

The Loomis Sayles Growth Fund (LSGRX) is among a suite of growth equity products managed by Aziz V. Hamzaogullari, the chief investment officer and founder of the firm’s GES team, which has nearly $52 billion in assets under management. A differentiated investment philosophy – supported by a proprietary seven-step research framework – underpins the GES team’s long-term, private equity approach. In the supporting analysis for awarding the Gold rating, Morningstar cited the Growth Fund’s “attractive and well-executed approach” which earned the fund a “High” rating for the Process pillar.

“The team believes that patient, high-conviction, valuation-sensitive investing in companies with clear and persistent competitive advantages is key to success,” the report asserts. Recognizing the team’s disciplined execution of its process, Morningstar highlights, “The team then walks the walk. It uses an extensive seven-step process to identify effective business models that can produce durable free cash flow growth. Analysts dig into company and industry growth drivers and expect them to persist for five years or longer. They also try to discern whether a stock’s recent price reflects changes in market sentiment or fundamentals, looking for disconnects between the two that create opportunities. They’re willing to spend months on their research. Ultimately, Hamzaogullari constructs a relatively concentrated 30- to 40-stock portfolio that he trades with restraint.”

“We are honored and grateful for Morningstar’s recognition of the Growth Equity Strategies team’s differentiated investment philosophy, rigorous process and disciplined decision-making with a Gold analyst rating for our Growth Fund,” said Hamzaogullari. “Our focus remains on striving to generate long-term value for investors through patient and disciplined adherence to our process by investing in durable growth businesses at attractive valuations.”

“As the leader of Loomis Sayles’ Growth Equity Strategies team for over a decade, Aziz has cultivated both a unique investment process and an exceptionally capable, stable team to follow it,” said Kevin Charleston, chief executive officer of Loomis Sayles. “I am proud that Morningstar’s Gold analyst rating for the Growth Fund reflects the team’s consistency, passion for investing and dedication to serving our clients’ needs.”

Click here to learn more about the Loomis Sayles Growth Fund and here to learn more about Loomis Sayles’ Growth Equity Strategies team.


Since 1926, Loomis, Sayles & Company has helped fulfill the investment needs of institutional and mutual fund clients worldwide. The firm’s performance-driven investors integrate deep proprietary research and risk analysis to make informed, judicious decisions. Teams of portfolio managers, strategists, research analysts and traders collaborate to assess market sectors and identify investment opportunities wherever they may lie, within traditional asset classes or among a range of alternative investments. Loomis Sayles has the resources, foresight and the flexibility to look far and wide for value in broad and narrow markets in its commitment to deliver attractive, risk-adjusted returns for clients. This rich tradition has earned Loomis Sayles the trust and respect of clients worldwide, for whom it manages $277.5 billion* in assets (as of 30 September 2022).

*Includes the assets of both Loomis, Sayles & Co., LP, and Loomis Sayles Trust Company, LLC. ($32.9 billion for the Loomis Sayles Trust Company). Loomis Sayles Trust Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P.

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