Growth Opportunities Fund (Class A)  (POGAX)

Seeking to harness the growth potential of large U.S. companies


Track this fund
ratings as of
Large Growth (funds in category)
Overall
(1246)
3 yrs.
(1246)
5 yrs.
(1125)
10 yrs.
(802)

Highlights

Objective

The fund seeks capital appreciation.

Strategy and process

  • Seeks above-average growth: The fund invests in large U.S. companies with a competitive edge and strong earnings and cash flows that can lead to better growth potential.
  • A thematic approach: The portfolio managers combine top-down investment themes with bottom-up research to select securities that can benefit from growth trends.
  • Rigorous analysis: Backed by fundamental research, the portfolio managers seek to take advantage of market opportunities and differentiated views.

Fund price

Yesterday’s close 52-week high 52-week low
Net asset value $33.81
-0.06% | $-0.02
$34.51
01/26/18
$28.08
05/24/17
Historical fund price

Fund facts as of 04/30/18

Total net assets
$4,690.72M
Turnover (fiscal year end)
70%
Dividend frequency
Annually
Number of holdings
78
Fiscal year-end
July
CUSIP / Fund code
746802800 / 0048
Inception date
10/02/95
Category
Growth
Open to new investors
Ticker
POGAX

Management team

Portfolio Manager
Co-Director of Equity Research


Literature

Fund documents

Fact Sheet (A share) (PDF)
Fact Sheet (Y share) (PDF)
Prospectus (PDF)
Statement of Additional Information (SAI) (PDF)
Annual Report (PDF)
Semiannual Report (PDF)
Proxy voting results (Form N-PX) (PDF)
Equity Outlook (PDF)
Comparing Putnam's U.S. equity funds (PDF)

Performance

  • Total return (%) as of 03/31/18

  • Annual performance as of 03/31/18

Annualized Total return (%) as of 03/31/18

Annualized performance 1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. 10 yrs.
Before sales charge 22.72% 12.18% 15.64% 11.94%
After sales charge 15.67% 9.98% 14.28% 11.28%
Russell 1000 Growth Index 21.25% 12.90% 15.53% 11.34%

Current performance may be lower or higher than the quoted past performance, which cannot guarantee future results. Share price, principal value, and return will vary, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares. Performance assumes reinvestment of distributions and does not account for taxes. Returns before sales charge do not reflect the current maximum sales charges as indicated below. Had the sales charge been reflected, returns would be lower. Returns at public offering price (after sales charge) for class A and class M shares reflect the current maximum initial sales charges of 5.75% and 3.50% for equity funds and Putnam Multi-Asset Absolute Return Fund, and 4.00% and 3.25% for income funds (1.00% and 0.75% for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, Putnam Absolute Return 100 Fund, Putnam Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund, and Putnam Short-Term Municipal Income Fund), respectively. Class B share returns reflect the applicable contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC), which is 5% in the first year, declining to 1% in the sixth year, and is eliminated thereafter (except for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, Putnam Absolute Return 100 Fund, Putnam Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund, and Putnam Short-Term Municipal Income Fund, which is 1% in the first year, declining to 0.5% in the second year, and is eliminated thereafter). Class C shares reflect a 1% CDSC the first year that is eliminated thereafter. Performance for class B, C, M, R, and Y shares prior to their inception is derived from the historical performance of class A shares, adjusted for the applicable sales charge (or CDSC) and, except for class Y shares, the higher operating expenses for such shares (with the exception of Putnam Tax-Free High Yield Fund and Putnam AMT-Free Municipal Fund, which are based on the historical performance of class B shares). Class R5/R6 shares, available to qualified employee-benefit plans only, are sold without an initial sales charge and have no CDSC. Class Y shares are generally only available for corporate and institutional clients and have no initial sales charge. Performance for Class R5/R6 shares before their inception are derived from the historical performance of class Y shares, which have not been adjusted for the lower expenses; had they, returns would have been higher. For a portion of the period, some funds had expenses limitations or had been sold on a limited basis with limited assets and expenses, without which returns would be lower.

Performance snapshot

  Before sales charge After sales charge
1 mt. as of 04/30/18 0.62 % -5.16 %
YTD as of 05/24/18 8.02 % 1.81 %

Risk-adjusted performance as of 04/30/18

Alpha (3 yrs.) -1.47
Sharpe ratio (3 yrs.) 0.99
Treynor ratio (3 yrs.) 11.00
Information ratio (3 yrs.) -0.11

Volatility as of 04/30/18

Standard deviation (3 yrs.) 12.15%
Beta 1.10
R-squared 0.96

Capture ratio as of 04/30/18

Up-market (3 yrs.) 106.74
Down-market (3 yrs.) 118.01

Lipper rankings as of 04/30/18

Large-Cap Growth Funds Percentile ranking Rank/Funds in category
1 yr. 43% 298/696
3 yrs. 37% 217/599
5 yrs. 22% 122/555
10 yrs. 12% 48/406

Morningstar ratings as of 04/30/18

Large Growth Rating Funds in category
Overall (1246)
3 yrs. (1246)
5 yrs. (1125)
10 yrs. (802)

Distributions

Record/Ex dividend date 12/06/17
Payable date 12/08/17
Income $0.08
Extra income --
Short-term cap. gain --
Long-term cap. gain $0.512

Lipper rankings are based on total return without sales charge relative to all share classes of funds with similar objectives as determined by Lipper. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The up-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has risen. The ratio is calculated by dividing the manager’s returns by the returns of the index during the up-market, and multiplying that factor by 100. The down-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has dropped. The ratio is calculated by dividing the manager’s returns by the returns of the index during the down-market and multiplying that factor by 100.


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Holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 04/30/18

Amazon.Com 7.07%
Microsoft Corp 6.66%
Alphabet 5.66%
Visa 4.84%
Apple 4.43%
Becton Dickinson And 2.92%
Home Depot The 2.54%
Paypal Holdings 2.46%
UnitedHealth Group 2.42%
Charter Communications 2.37%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 41.37%

Full portfolio holdings as of 03/31/18

AMAZON.COM INC 6.56%
MICROSOFT CORP 6.52%
ALPHABET INC-CL C 5.76%
VISA INC-CLASS A SHARES 4.58%
APPLE INC 4.51%
BECTON DICKINSON AND CO 2.74%
PAYPAL HOLDINGS INC 2.51%
HOME DEPOT INC 2.46%
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC 2.19%
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS INC-A 2.12%
ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING-SP ADR 2.10%
DANAHER CORP 2.05%
BOEING CO/THE 2.01%
NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP 1.99%
SALESFORCE.COM INC 1.81%
ADOBE SYSTEMS INC 1.79%
FACEBOOK INC-A 1.78%
INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE IN 1.65%
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC 1.65%
SERVICENOW INC 1.64%
NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP 1.55%
NETFLIX INC 1.54%
BANK OF AMERICA CORP 1.50%
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO/THE 1.49%
BLACKROCK INC 1.48%
HEINEKEN NV 1.45%
AMERICAN TOWER CORP 1.44%
MCCORMICK & CO-NON VTG SHRS 1.34%
BOOKING HOLDINGS INC 1.28%
WYNN RESORTS LTD 1.28%
PRAXAIR INC 1.27%
FORTIVE CORP 1.25%
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO 1.19%
INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC 1.17%
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD INC 1.16%
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP 1.07%
ROCKWELL AUTOMATION INC 1.02%
METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL 0.99%
LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT IN 0.96%
EQUINIX INC 0.92%
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS IN 0.85%
WASTE CONNECTIONS INC 0.83%
PRUDENTIAL PLC 0.82%
COSTAR GROUP INC 0.81%
ROPER TECHNOLOGIES INC 0.80%
NVIDIA CORP 0.77%
YUM CHINA HOLDINGS INC 0.76%
ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS INC 0.75%
FORTUNE BRANDS HOME & SECURI 0.75%
SMITH (A.O.) CORP 0.66%
TRANSDIGM GROUP INC 0.66%
ADIDAS AG 0.64%
HUNT (JB) TRANSPRT SVCS INC 0.61%
KION GROUP AG 0.54%
PIRELLI & C SPA 0.54%
SUMMIT MATERIALS INC -CL A 0.52%
CONSTELLATION BRANDS INC-A 0.51%
LIBERTY MEDIA CORP-LIBERTY-C 0.49%
TENCENT HOLDINGS LTD 0.49%
ON SEMICONDUCTOR CORP 0.48%
STMICROELECTRONICS NV-NY SHS 0.43%
UBER TECH INC P/P CV PFD 0.40%
OKTA INC 0.36%
FMC CORP 0.31%
DISH NETWORK CORP-A 0.16%
JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS PLC 0.16%
DEVON ENERGY CORP 0.14%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P SERIES H PFD 0.10%
ENVEN ENERGY CORP - P/P 144A 0.09%
GLOBAL FASHION GRP P/P 0.05%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P 0.03%
OPORTUN FIN F-1 PFD CV P/P 0.03%
OPORTUN FIN G-1 PFD CV P/P 0.03%
SELECT ENERGY SVCS-A-1 0.03%
OPORTUN FIN D-1 PFD CV P/P 0.01%
OPORTUN FIN F PFD CV P/P 0.01%
CANADIAN DOLLAR ACCOUNT 0.00%
ENVEN ENERGY CORP-CW P/P 144A 0.00%
ENVEN ENERGY CORP-CW P/P 144A 0.00%
EUR/USD 06/20/2018 SSBT 0.00%
EUR/USD 06/20/2018 UBS 0.00%
GBP/USD 06/20/2018 BANKAM 0.00%
HC BRILLANT SERVICES GMBH P/P 0.00%
HONG KONG DOLLAR CALL ACCOUNT 0.00%
KOREAN WON CALL ACCOUNT 0.00%
NEURALSTEM INC SERIES K COMMON STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT 0.00%
NEW BIGFOOT OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
NEW MIDDLE EAST OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN A-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN B-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN C-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN E-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
POUND STERLING CALL ACCOUNT 0.00%
S&P500 EMINI FUT JUN18 ESM8 0.00%
EUR/USD 06/20/2018 JPMCB -0.01%

Prior top 10 holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 04/30/18
Amazon.Com
Microsoft Corp
Alphabet
Visa
Apple
Becton Dickinson And
Home Depot The
Paypal Holdings
UnitedHealth Group
Charter Communications
Holdings represent 41.37% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 03/31/18
Amazon.Com
Microsoft Corp
Alphabet
Visa
Apple
Becton Dickinson And
Paypal Holdings
Home Depot The
UnitedHealth Group
Alibaba Group Holding
Holdings represent 40.22% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 02/28/18
Amazon.Com
Microsoft Corp
Alphabet
Visa
Apple
Home Depot The
Becton Dickinson And
Paypal Holdings
Facebook
UnitedHealth Group
Holdings represent 41.30% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 01/31/18
Amazon.Com
Alphabet
Microsoft Corp
Visa
Apple
Facebook
Norfolk Southern Corp
Becton Dickinson And
Home Depot The
Bank Of America Corp
Holdings represent 41.24% of portfolio

Portfolio composition as of 04/30/18

Common stock 99.28%
Convertible preferred stock 0.58%
Cash and net other assets 0.14%

Equity statistics as of 04/30/18

Median market cap $31.39B
Weighted average market cap $262.09B
Price to book 5.65
Price to earnings 24.17

Fund characteristics will vary over time.

Due to rounding, percentages may not equal 100%.

Consider these risks before investing: Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and the market may not favor growth-style investing. Stock prices may fall or fail to rise over time for several reasons, including general financial market conditions and factors related to a specific issuer or industry. You can lose money by investing in the fund.

Top Industry Sectors as of 04/30/18

Information technology 36.50%
Consumer discretionary 20.70%
Health care 14.17%
Industrials 12.82%
Financials 5.55%
Materials 4.09%
Consumer staples 3.52%
Real estate 2.41%
Cash and net other assets 0.14%
 
Other
0.10%
Energy 0.10%

The unclassified sector (where applicable) includes exchange traded funds and other securities not able to be classified by sector.

Sectors will vary over time.


Expenses

Expense ratio

Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
Total expense ratio 0.93% 1.68% 1.68% 1.43% 1.18% 0.63% 0.53% 0.68%
What you pay 0.93% 1.68% 1.68% 1.43% 1.18% 0.63% 0.53% 0.68%

Sales charge/Dealer allowance

 Breakpoint Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
$0-$49,999 5.75% / 5.00% 0.00% / 4.00% 0.00% / 1.00% 3.50% / 3.00% -- -- -- --
$50,000-$99,999 4.50% / 3.75% 0.00% / 4.00% 0.00% / 1.00% 2.50% / 2.00% -- -- -- --
$100,000-$249,999 3.50% / 2.75% -- 0.00% / 1.00% 1.50% / 1.00% -- -- -- --
$250,000-$499,999 2.50% / 2.00% -- 0.00% / 1.00% 1.00% / 1.00% -- -- -- --
$500,000-$999,999 2.00% / 1.75% -- 0.00% / 1.00% 1.00% / 1.00% -- -- -- --
$1M-$4M 0.00% / 1.00% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
$4M-$50M 0.00% / 0.50% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
$50M+ 0.00% / 0.25% -- -- -- -- -- -- --

CDSC

  Class A (sales for $1,000,000+) Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
0 to 9 mts. 1.00% 5.00% 1.00% -- -- -- -- --
9 to 12 mts. 1.00% 5.00% 1.00% -- -- -- -- --
2 yrs. 0.00% 4.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
3 yrs. 0.00% 3.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
4 yrs. 0.00% 3.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
5 yrs. 0.00% 2.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
6 yrs. 0.00% 1.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
7+ yrs. 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --

Trail commissions

  Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
  0.25% 0.20% 1 1.00% 0.65% 0.50% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
  NA 0.25% 2 NA NA NA NA NA NA
  NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
  1. Through 03/31/90
  2. After 03/31/90

For sales and trail commission information on purchases over $1 million and participant-directed qualified retirement plans, see a Putnam fund prospectus and the statement of additional information.

The Russell 1000 Growth Index is an unmanaged index of those companies in the large-cap Russell 1000 Index chosen for their growth orientation. You cannot invest directly in an index.

Consider these risks before investing: Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and the market may not favor growth-style investing. Stock prices may fall or fail to rise over time for several reasons, including general financial market conditions and factors related to a specific issuer or industry. You can lose money by investing in the fund.