10-Q 1 apam-2017x9x3010q.htm 10-Q Document

 


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 

Form 10-Q

(Mark One)
 
þ
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
OR
o
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM TO

Commission file number: 001-35826
 
Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
45-0969585
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
875 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 800
Milwaukee, WI
53202
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
 
 

(414) 390-6100
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes þ No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes þ No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer þ
 
 
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer o
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company o
 
 
 
Emerging growth company o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No þ

The number of outstanding shares of the registrant’s Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share, Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share, and Class C common stock, par value $0.01 per share, as of October 27, 2017 were 49,989,107, 12,314,974 and 13,265,764, respectively.
 



TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
Page
Part I
Financial Information
 
Item 1.
Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
Item 3.
Item 4.
Part II
Other Information
 
Item 1.
Item 1A.
Item 2.
Item 3.
Item 4.
Item 5.
Item 6.
 
Except where the context requires otherwise, in this report, references to the “Company”, “Artisan”, “we”, “us” or “our” refer to Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. (“APAM”) and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, including Artisan Partners Holdings LP (“Artisan Partners Holdings” or “Holdings”). On March 12, 2013, APAM closed its initial public offering and related corporate reorganization. Prior to that date, APAM was a subsidiary of Artisan Partners Holdings.
Forward-Looking Statements
This report contains, and from time to time our management may make, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements regarding future events and our future performance, as well as management’s current expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates, or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may”, “might”, “will”, “should”, “expects”, “intends”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “potential” or “continue”, the negative of these terms and other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are only predictions based on current expectations and projections about future events. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and there are important factors that could cause actual results, level of activity, performance, actions or achievements to differ materially from the results, level of activity, performance, actions or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These factors include: the loss of key investment professionals or senior management, adverse market or economic conditions, poor performance of our investment strategies, change in the legislative and regulatory environment in which we operate, operational or technical errors or other damage to our reputation and other factors disclosed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors listed under the caption entitled “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the SEC on February 21, 2017, which is accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this report, except as required by law.



Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about:
our anticipated future results of operations;
our potential operating performance and efficiency;
our expectations with respect to future levels of assets under management, including the capacity of our strategies and client cash inflows and outflows;
our expectations with respect to industry trends and how those trends may impact our business;
our financing plans, cash needs and liquidity position;
our intention to pay dividends and our expectations about the amount of those dividends;
our expected levels of compensation of our employees, including equity compensation;
our expectations with respect to future expenses and the level of future expenses;
our expected tax rate, and our expectations with respect to deferred tax assets; and
our estimates of future amounts payable pursuant to our tax receivable agreements.



Part I — Financial Information
Item 1. Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements
ARTISAN PARTNERS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share amount)
 
September 30,
2017
 
December 31,
2016
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents
$
202,636

 
$
156,777

Accounts receivable
73,672

 
59,739

Investment securities
5,831

 
6,297

Property and equipment, net
20,508

 
20,018

Deferred tax assets
782,333

 
678,518

Prepaid expenses and other assets
14,453

 
14,817

Assets of consolidated investment products
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
19,113

 

Accounts receivable and other
946

 

Investment assets, at fair value
41,429

 

Total assets
$
1,160,921

 
$
936,166

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS, AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Accounts payable, accrued expenses, and other
$
19,681

 
$
20,087

Accrued incentive compensation
78,291

 
12,642

Borrowings
198,932

 
199,477

Amounts payable under tax receivable agreements
666,589

 
586,246

Liabilities of consolidated investment products
 
 
 
Accounts payable, accrued expenses, and other
8,079

 

Investment liabilities, at fair value
17,288

 

Total liabilities
988,860

 
818,452

Commitments and contingencies

 


Redeemable noncontrolling interests
15,269

 

Common stock
 
 
 
Class A common stock ($0.01 par value per share, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 49,989,627 and 42,149,436 shares outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively)
500

 
421

Class B common stock ($0.01 par value per share, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 12,314,974 and 15,142,049 shares outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively)
123

 
151

Class C common stock ($0.01 par value per share, 400,000,000 shares authorized, 13,265,764 and 17,063,384 shares outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively)
133

 
171

Additional paid-in capital
136,413

 
119,221

Retained earnings
19,900

 
13,395

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
(923
)
 
(1,648
)
Total Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. stockholders’ equity
156,146

 
131,711

Noncontrolling interest - Artisan Partners Holdings
646

 
(13,997
)
Total stockholders’ equity
156,792

 
117,714

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests, and stockholders’ equity
$
1,160,921

 
$
936,166

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

1


ARTISAN PARTNERS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 For the Three Months Ended September 30,

 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017

2016

2017

2016
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Management fees
$
204,540

 
$
184,006

 
$
584,565

 
$
538,522

Performance fees
16

 
75

 
338

 
856

Total revenues
$
204,556

 
$
184,081

 
$
584,903

 
$
539,378

Operating Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Compensation and benefits
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Salaries, incentive compensation and benefits
98,525

 
89,585

 
288,200

 
265,076

Pre-offering related compensation - share-based awards

 
6,786

 
12,678

 
21,741

Total compensation and benefits
98,525

 
96,371

 
300,878

 
286,817

Distribution, servicing and marketing
7,603

 
8,080

 
22,269

 
24,642

Occupancy
3,579

 
3,321

 
10,745

 
9,688

Communication and technology
8,180

 
8,230

 
25,204

 
23,927

General and administrative
6,039

 
6,170

 
20,642

 
18,657

Total operating expenses
123,926

 
122,172

 
379,738

 
363,731

Total operating income
80,630

 
61,909

 
205,165

 
175,647

Non-operating income (loss)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense
(2,870
)
 
(2,924
)
 
(8,671
)
 
(8,763
)
Net investment gain (loss) of consolidated investment products
1,549

 

 
1,567

 

Net investment income and other
178

 
862

 
504

 
908

Net gain (loss) on the tax receivable agreements
501

 
650

 
501

 
650

Total non-operating income (loss)
(642
)
 
(1,412
)
 
(6,099
)
 
(7,205
)
Income before income taxes
79,988

 
60,497

 
199,066

 
168,442

Provision for income taxes
21,479

 
15,110

 
49,169

 
39,261

Net income before noncontrolling interests
58,509

 
45,387

 
149,897

 
129,181

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests - Artisan Partners Holdings
27,234

 
26,301

 
72,191

 
75,450

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests - consolidated investment products
610

 

 
614

 

Net income attributable to Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc.
$
30,665

 
$
19,086

 
$
77,092

 
$
53,731

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share
$
0.61

 
$
0.41

 
$
1.48

 
$
1.15

Basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding
45,890,291

 
38,646,194

 
44,068,172

 
37,883,039

Dividends declared per Class A common share
$
0.60

 
$
0.60

 
$
2.16

 
$
2.20


The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

2


ARTISAN PARTNERS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(U.S. dollars in thousands)
 
 For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Net income before noncontrolling interests
$
58,509

 
$
45,387

 
$
149,897

 
$
129,181

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unrealized gain (loss) on investment securities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unrealized gain (loss) on investment securities, net of tax of $113, ($28), $144, and $22, respectively
345

 
723

 
521

 
860

Less: reclassification adjustment for gain (loss) included in net income

 
804

 
93

 
786

Net unrealized gain (loss) on investment securities
345

 
(81
)
 
428

 
74

Foreign currency translation gain (loss)
422

 
(320
)
 
1,151

 
(1,529
)
Total other comprehensive income (loss)
767

 
(401
)
 
1,579

 
(1,455
)
Comprehensive income
59,276

 
44,986

 
151,476

 
127,726

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests - Artisan Partners Holdings
27,540

 
26,115

 
73,046

 
74,844

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests - consolidated investment products
610

 

 
614

 

Comprehensive income attributable to Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc.
$
31,126

 
$
18,871

 
$
77,816

 
$
52,882


The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

3


ARTISAN PARTNERS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Changes in StockholdersEquity
(U.S. dollars in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
Class A Common stock
Class B Common stock
Class C Common stock
Additional paid-in capital
Retained earnings
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
Non-controlling interest - Artisan Partners Holdings
Total stockholders’ equity
Redeemable non-controlling interest
Balance at January 1, 2017
$
421

$
151

$
171

$
119,221

$
13,395

$
(1,648
)
$
(13,997
)
$
117,714

$

Net income




77,092


72,191

149,283

614

Other comprehensive income - foreign currency translation





746

405

1,151


Other comprehensive income - available for sale investments, net of tax





240

192

432


Cumulative impact of changes in ownership of Artisan Partners Holdings LP, net of tax



(5,624
)

(261
)
5,881

(4
)

Amortization of equity-based compensation



31,758



18,512

50,270


Deferred tax assets, net of amounts payable under tax receivable agreements



22,467




22,467


Issuance of Class A common stock, net of issuance costs
56



161,986




162,042


Forfeitures









Issuance of restricted stock awards
13



(13
)





Employee net share settlement



(891
)


(586
)
(1,477
)

Exchange of subsidiary equity
10

(7
)
(3
)






Purchase of equity and subsidiary equity

(21
)
(35
)
(162,438
)



(162,494
)

Capital contributions








14,655

Distributions






(81,869
)
(81,869
)

Dividends



(30,053
)
(70,587
)

(83
)
(100,723
)

Balance at September 30, 2017
$
500

$
123

$
133

$
136,413

$
19,900

$
(923
)
$
646

$
156,792

$
15,269

 
Class A Common stock
Class B Common stock
Class C Common stock
Additional paid-in capital
Retained earnings
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
Non-controlling interest - Artisan Partners Holdings
Total stockholders’ equity
Balance at January 1, 2016
$
394

$
183

$
157

$
116,448

$
13,238

$
(375
)
$
(13,494
)
$
116,551

Net income




53,731


75,450

129,181

Other comprehensive income - foreign currency translation





(852
)
(677
)
(1,529
)
Other comprehensive income - available for sale investments, net of tax





46

30

76

Cumulative impact of changes in ownership of Artisan Partners Holdings LP, net of tax



(3,569
)

(43
)
3,610

(2
)
Amortization of equity-based compensation



31,493

(409
)

24,353

55,437

Deferred tax assets, net of amounts payable under tax receivable agreements



6,669




6,669

Issuance of Class A common stock, net of issuance costs



(22
)



(22
)
Forfeitures

(1
)
1






Issuance of restricted stock awards
11



(11
)




Employee net share settlement



(422
)


(340
)
(762
)
Exchange of subsidiary equity
16

(15
)
(1
)





Distributions






(95,333
)
(95,333
)
Dividends



(36,184
)
(53,972
)

(89
)
(90,245
)
Balance at September 30, 2016
$
421

$
167

$
157

$
114,402

$
12,588

$
(1,224
)
$
(6,490
)
$
120,021



The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

4


ARTISAN PARTNERS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(U.S. dollars in thousands)
 
 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
Net income before noncontrolling interests
$
149,897

 
$
129,181

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
3,859

 
3,816

Deferred income taxes
29,585

 
25,083

Capital (gains) losses on the sale of investment securities
(93
)
 
(786
)
Net (gain) loss on the tax receivable agreements
(501
)
 
(650
)
Loss on disposal of property and equipment
20

 
58

Amortization of debt issuance costs
336

 
336

Share-based compensation
50,270

 
55,437

Net investment (gain) loss of consolidated investment products
(1,567
)
 

Purchase of investments by consolidated investment products
(51,546
)
 

Proceeds from sale of investments by consolidated investment products
28,596

 

Change in assets and liabilities resulting in an increase (decrease) in cash:
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
(13,934
)
 
(5,467
)
Prepaid expenses and other assets
1,127

 
(1,799
)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
63,959

 
53,931

Class B liability awards
(506
)
 
(1,422
)
Deferred lease obligations
1,731

 
541

Net change in operating assets and liabilities of consolidated investment products
(11,604
)
 

Net cash provided by operating activities
249,629

 
258,259

Cash flows from investing activities
 
 
 
Acquisition of property and equipment
(1,312
)
 
(2,763
)
Leasehold improvements
(3,037
)
 
(3,808
)
Proceeds from sale of investment securities
6,382

 
2,035

Purchase of investment securities
(5,250
)
 
(14
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(3,217
)
 
(4,550
)
Cash flows from financing activities
 
 
 
Partnership distributions
(81,869
)
 
(95,333
)
Dividends paid
(100,723
)
 
(90,245
)
Payment of debt issuance costs
(611
)
 

Proceeds from issuance of notes payable
60,000

 

Principal payments on notes payable
(60,000
)
 

Payment under the tax receivable agreements
(30,234
)
 
(20,953
)
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock
162,494

 

Payment of costs directly associated with the issuance of Class A common stock
(294
)
 

Purchase of equity and subsidiary equity
(162,494
)
 

Taxes paid related to employee net share settlement
(1,477
)
 
(762
)
Capital contributions to consolidated investment products
14,655

 

Net cash used in financing activities
(200,553
)
 
(207,293
)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
45,859

 
46,416

Cash and cash equivalents
 
 
 
Beginning of period
156,777

 
166,193

End of period
$
202,636

 
$
212,609

 
 
 
 
Supplementary information
 
 
 
Noncash activity:
 
 
 
Establishment of deferred tax assets
$
133,544

 
$
31,132

Establishment of amounts payable under tax receivable agreements
111,077

 
24,463


The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

5


ARTISAN PARTNERS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC.
Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements
(U.S. currencies in thousands, except per share or per unit amounts and as otherwise indicated)
Note 1. Nature of Business and Organization
Nature of Business
Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. (“APAM”), through its subsidiaries, is an investment management firm focused on providing high-value added, active investment strategies to sophisticated clients globally. APAM and its subsidiaries are hereafter referred to collectively as “Artisan” or the “Company”.
Artisan’s autonomous investment teams manage a broad range of U.S., non-U.S. and global investment strategies that are diversified by asset class, market cap and investment style. Strategies are offered through multiple investment vehicles to accommodate a broad range of client mandates. Artisan offers its investment management services primarily to institutions and through intermediaries that operate with institutional-like decision-making processes and have long-term investment horizons.
Organization
On March 12, 2013, APAM completed its initial public offering (the “IPO”). APAM was formed for the purpose of becoming the general partner of Artisan Partners Holdings LP (“Artisan Partners Holdings” or “Holdings”) in connection with the IPO. Holdings is a holding company for the investment management business conducted under the name “Artisan Partners”. The reorganization (“IPO Reorganization”) established the necessary corporate structure to complete the IPO while at the same time preserving the ability of the firm to conduct operations through Holdings and its subsidiaries.
As the sole general partner, APAM controls the business and affairs of Holdings. As a result, APAM consolidates Holdings’ financial statements and records a noncontrolling interest for the equity interests in Holdings held by the limited partners of Holdings. At September 30, 2017, APAM held approximately 66% of the equity ownership interest in Holdings.
Holdings, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, Artisan Investments GP LLC (“AIGP”), controls a 100% interest in Artisan Partners Limited Partnership (“APLP”), a multi-product investment management firm that is the principal operating subsidiary of Artisan Partners Holdings. APLP is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. APLP provides investment advisory services to separate accounts and pooled investment vehicles, including Artisan Partners Funds, Inc. (“Artisan Funds” or the “Funds”) and Artisan Partners Global Funds plc (“Artisan Global Funds”). Artisan Funds are a series of open-end, diversified mutual funds registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. Artisan Global Funds is a family of Ireland-domiciled UCITS.
2017 Follow-On Offering
On February 28, 2017, APAM completed a registered offering of 5,626,517 shares of Class A common stock (the “2017 Follow-On Offering”) and utilized all of the proceeds to purchase an aggregate of 5,626,517 common units of Artisan Partners Holdings at a price per unit of $28.88. The offering and subsequent purchase of units had the following impact on the consolidated financial statements:
APAM received 5,626,517 GP units of Holdings, which increased APAM’s ownership interest in Holdings. See Note 7, “Noncontrolling interest - Holdings” for the financial statement impact of changes in ownership.
APAM’s purchase of common units of Holdings with the proceeds resulted in an increase to deferred tax assets and amounts payable under the tax receivable agreements. See Note 10, “Income Taxes and Related Payments”.
Holdings Unit Exchanges
Limited partners of Artisan Partners Holdings are entitled to exchange partnership units (along with a corresponding number of shares of Class B or C common stock of APAM) for shares of Class A common stock each quarter (the “Holdings Common Unit Exchanges”). The following partnership units were exchanged for APAM Class A common stock during the nine months ended September 30, 2017:
 
Total Common Units Exchanged
Class A Common Units
Class B Common Units
Class E Common Units
Common units exchanged on March 6, 2017
206,770


206,770


Common units exchanged on May 5, 2017
474,127

50,000

404,127

20,000

Common units exchanged on August 8, 2017
317,281

133,073

45,238

138,970

Total Units Exchanged
998,178

183,073

656,135

158,970

The corresponding shares of APAM Class B and C common stock were immediately canceled upon exchange. The Holdings Common Unit Exchanges increased APAM’s equity ownership interest in Holdings and resulted in an increase to deferred tax assets and amounts payable under the tax receivable agreements. See Note 10, “Income Taxes and Related Payments”.

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Note 2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Basis of presentation
The accompanying financial statements are unaudited. In the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair statement of such consolidated financial statements have been included. Such interim results are not necessarily indicative of full year results.
The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial reporting and accordingly they do not include all of the information and footnotes required in the annual consolidated financial statements and accompanying footnotes.
The year-end condensed balance sheet data was derived from audited financial statements, but does not include all disclosures required by U.S. GAAP. As a result, the interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements included in APAM’s latest annual report on Form 10-K.
The accompanying financial statements were prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and related rules and regulations of the SEC. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates or assumptions that affect the reported amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Actual results could differ from these estimates or assumptions.
Principles of consolidation
Artisan’s policy is to consolidate all subsidiaries or other entities in which it has a controlling financial interest. The consolidation guidance requires an analysis to determine if an entity should be evaluated for consolidation using the voting interest entity (“VOE”) model or the variable interest entity (“VIE”) model. Under the VOE model, controlling financial interest is generally defined as a majority ownership of voting interests. Under the VIE model, controlling financial interest is defined as (i) the power to direct activities that most significantly impact the economic performance of the entity and (ii) the right to receive potentially significant benefits or the obligation to absorb potentially significant losses. The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of APAM and all subsidiaries or other entities in which APAM has a direct or indirect controlling financial interest. All material intercompany balances have been eliminated in consolidation.
Artisan serves as the investment adviser to Artisan Funds, Artisan Global Funds and other investment products, including Artisan sponsored private funds. Artisan Funds and Artisan Global Funds are corporate entities the business and affairs of which are managed by their respective boards of directors. The shareholders of the funds retain voting rights, including rights to elect and reelect members of their respective boards of directors. Each series of Artisan Funds is a VOE and is separately evaluated for consolidation under the VOE model. The shareholders of Artisan Global Funds lack simple majority liquidation rights, and as a result, Artisan Global Funds is evaluated for consolidation under the VIE model. Artisan sponsored privately offered funds are also evaluated for consolidation under the VIE model.
From time to time, the Company makes investments in Artisan Funds and Artisan Global Funds, which are made on the same terms as are available to other investors. If the investment results in a controlling financial interest, APAM consolidates the fund, and the underlying individual securities are accounted for as trading securities. Investments in which the Company does not have a controlling financial interest are classified as available-for-sale investments. As of September 30, 2017, Artisan does not have a controlling financial interest in any series of Artisan Funds or Artisan Global Funds and therefore does not consolidate these entities.
Artisan manages the business and affairs of investment funds relating to the firm’s privately offered investment strategy. As of September 30, 2017, Artisan was deemed to have a controlling financial interest in these funds and, as a result, the funds are included in Artisan’s Consolidated Financial Statements. Because the funds are investment companies, Artisan has retained the specialized industry accounting principles for investment companies in its Consolidated Financial Statements. See Note 6, “Variable Interest Entities and Consolidated Investment Products” for additional details.
Recent accounting pronouncements
Accounting standards not yet adopted
In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which supersedes existing accounting standards for revenue recognition and creates a single framework. The guidance also changes the accounting for certain costs to obtain or fulfill a contract. The new guidance will be effective on January 1, 2018, and allows for either a full retrospective or modified retrospective transition method. Based on current evaluations, the Company currently expects to apply the modified retrospective transition method and does not expect the adoption to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

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In January 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-01, Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities, which requires all equity investments to be measured at fair value with changes in the fair value recognized through net income. ASU 2016-01 will be effective on January 1, 2018 and will result in a cumulative-effect adjustment to the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition upon adoption. Upon adoption, the Company’s unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale investment securities will be recognized through net income, which will be a change from the current treatment of recognition in other comprehensive income (loss).
In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases, which introduces a lessee model that brings most leases on the balance sheet. The new guidance will be effective on January 1, 2019 and will require a modified retrospective approach to adoption. Early adoption is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adoption on its consolidated financial statements. The standard is expected to result in a significant increase in total assets and liabilities, but will not have a significant impact on the consolidated statement of operations.
Note 3. Investment Securities
The disclosures below include details of Artisan’s investments, excluding money market funds and consolidated funds. Investments held by consolidated investment products are described in Note 6, “Variable Interest Entities and Consolidated Investment Products”.
 
Cost
 
Unrealized
Gains
 
Unrealized
Losses
 
Fair Value
September 30, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mutual funds
$
5,156

 
$
675

 
$

 
$
5,831

December 31, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mutual funds
$
6,194

 
$
103

 
$

 
$
6,297

Artisan’s investments in mutual funds consist of investments in shares of Artisan Funds and Artisan Global Funds and are considered to be available-for-sale securities. As a result, unrealized gains (losses) are recorded to other comprehensive income (loss).
As of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, none of the Company’s investment securities were in an unrealized loss position. No impairment losses were recorded on these available-for-sale securities.
Note 4. Fair Value Measurements
The table below presents information about Artisan’s assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value and the valuation techniques Artisan utilized to determine such fair value. The fair value of financial instruments held by consolidated investment products is presented in Note 6, “Variable Interest Entities and Consolidated Investment Products”.
In accordance with ASC 820, fair value is defined as the price that Artisan would receive upon selling an investment in an orderly transaction to an independent buyer in the principal or most advantageous market for the investment. The following three-tier fair value hierarchy prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value:
Level 1 – Observable inputs such as quoted (unadjusted) market prices in active markets for identical securities.
Level 2 – Other significant observable inputs (including but not limited to quoted prices for similar instruments, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.).
Level 3—Significant unobservable inputs (including Artisan’s own assumptions in determining fair value).

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The following provides the hierarchy of inputs used to derive fair value of Artisan’s assets and liabilities that are financial instruments as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016:
 
Assets and Liabilities at Fair Value
 
Total
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
September 30, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash equivalents
$
96,518

 
$
96,518

 
$

 
$

Mutual funds
5,831

 
5,831

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 31, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash equivalents
$
64,170

 
$
64,170

 
$

 
$

Mutual funds
6,297

 
6,297

 

 

Fair values determined based on Level 1 inputs utilize quoted market prices for identical assets. Level 1 assets generally consist of money market funds, open-end mutual funds and UCITS funds. There were no Level 2 or Level 3 assets or liabilities recorded at fair value as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016.
Artisan’s policy is to recognize transfers in and transfers out of the valuation levels as of the beginning of the reporting period. There were no transfers between Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 securities during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016.
Note 5. Borrowings
Artisan’s borrowings consist of the following as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016:
 
Maturity
 
Outstanding Balance as of 9/30/2017
 
Outstanding Balance as of 12/31/2016
 
Interest Rate Per Annum
Revolving credit agreement
August 2022
 
$

 
$

 
NA

Senior notes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Series A
August 2017
 

 
60,000

 
4.98
%
Series B
August 2019
 
50,000

 
50,000

 
5.32
%
Series C
August 2022
 
90,000

 
90,000

 
5.82
%
Series D
August 2025
 
60,000

 

 
4.29
%
Total borrowings
 
 
$
200,000

 
$
200,000

 
 
The fair value of borrowings was approximately $207.9 million as of September 30, 2017. Fair value was determined based on future cash flows, discounted to present value using current market interest rates. The inputs are categorized as Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy, as defined in Note 4, “Fair Value Measurements”.
On August 16, 2017, Artisan Partners Holdings issued $60 million of 4.29% Series D senior notes and used the proceeds to repay the $60 million of 4.98% Series A senior notes that matured on August 16, 2017. In addition, Holdings amended and extended its $100 million revolving credit facility for an additional five-year period. The Company incurred debt issuance costs related to the notes and revolving credit facility of $0.7 million and $1.1 million, respectively, which are amortized as interest expense over the life of the instruments.
Interest expense incurred on the unsecured notes and revolving credit agreement was $2.7 million and $2.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, and $8.2 million and $8.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

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As of September 30, 2017, the aggregate maturities of debt obligations, based on their contractual terms, are as follows:
2017
$

2018

2019
50,000

2020

2021

Thereafter
150,000

Total
$
200,000

Note 6. Variable Interest Entities and Consolidated Investment Products
Artisan serves as the investment adviser for various types of investment products, consisting of both VIEs and VOEs. Artisan consolidates an investment product if it has a controlling financial interest in the entity. Any such entity is referred to herein as a consolidated investment product or CIP.
Artisan has established a privately offered investment strategy for which it serves as the investment manager. Artisan manages the business and affairs of the funds relating to the privately offered investment strategy. Third-party equity holders of the funds lack the ability to remove Artisan as the general partner, or otherwise divest Artisan of its control of the funds, and as a result the funds are evaluated for consolidation under the VIE model. Artisan made an initial seed investment of $20.0 million in the strategy and is considered to be the primary beneficiary of the funds as of September 30, 2017.
Artisan’s maximum exposure to loss in connection with the assets and liabilities of the privately offered strategy is limited to its direct equity investment, while the potential benefit is limited to the management fee and incentive allocation received and the return on its equity investment. With the exception of Artisan’s direct equity investment, the assets of the privately offered strategy are not available to Artisan’s creditors, nor are they available to Artisan for general corporate purposes. In addition, third-party investors in the privately offered strategy have no recourse to the general credit of the Company. As of September 30, 2017, Artisan’s direct equity investment in the privately offered strategy was $20.9 million.
Artisan earned management fees of $3 thousand from CIPs during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017. No incentive allocation revenue was recognized during the nine months ended September 30, 2017. Any management fees and incentive allocations earned from CIPs are eliminated from revenue upon consolidation.
Third-party investors’ ownership interest in CIPs is presented as redeemable noncontrolling interest in the Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition as third-party investors have the right to withdraw their capital, subject to certain conditions. Net income attributable to third-party investors is reported as net income attributable to noncontrolling interests - consolidated investment products in the Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Operations.
Fair Value Measurements - Consolidated Investment Products
The carrying value of CIPs’ investments is also their fair value. Short and long positions on equity securities are valued based upon closing prices of the security on the exchange or market designated by the accounting agent or pricing vendor as the principal exchange. The closing price may represent last sale price, official closing price, a closing auction or other information depending on market convention. Short and long positions on fixed income instruments are valued at market value. Market values are generally evaluations based on the judgment of pricing vendors, which may consider the prices at which the instruments trade, broker-dealer quotations, pricing formulas, estimates of market values obtained from yield data relating to instruments with similar characteristics and/or discounted cash flow models that may be applicable.

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The following tables present the fair value hierarchy levels of assets and liabilities held by CIPs measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of September 30, 2017. There were no CIP assets or liabilities as of December 31, 2016.
 
Assets and Liabilities at Fair Value
 
Total
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
September 30, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 

Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash equivalents
$
9,877

 
$
9,877

 
$

 
$

Fixed income instruments - long position
41,429

 

 
41,429

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Equity securities - short position
$
2,089

 
$
2,089

 
$

 
$

Fixed income instruments - short position
15,111

 

 
15,111

 

Credit default swaps
88

 

 
88

 

Cash equivalents consisted of money market funds. Artisan’s policy is to recognize transfers in and transfers out of the valuation levels as of the beginning of the reporting period. There were no transfers between Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 securities during the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
Note 7. Noncontrolling interest - Holdings
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests - Artisan Partners Holdings in the Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations represents the portion of earnings or loss attributable to the equity ownership interests in Holdings held by the limited partners of Holdings. As of September 30, 2017, APAM held approximately 66% of the equity ownership interests in Holdings.
In order to maintain the one-to-one correspondence of the number of Holdings partnership units and APAM common shares, Holdings will issue one general partner (“GP”) unit to APAM for each share of Class A common stock issued by APAM. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, APAM’s equity ownership interest in Holdings has increased as a result of the following transactions:
 
Holdings GP Units
Limited Partnership Units
Total
APAM Ownership %
Balance at December 31, 2016
42,149,436

32,205,433

74,354,869

57
 %
2017 Follow-On Offering
5,626,517

(5,626,517
)

7
 %
Holdings Common Unit Exchanges
998,178

(998,178
)

1
 %
Issuance of APAM Restricted Shares
1,267,250


1,267,250

1
 %
Restricted Share Award Net Share Settlement (1)
(48,646
)

(48,646
)
 %
Forfeitures of Holdings GP Units from Employee Terminations (1)
(3,108
)

(3,108
)
 %
Balance at September 30, 2017
49,989,627

25,580,738

75,570,365

66
 %
(1) The impact of the transaction on APAM’s ownership percentage was less than 1%.
Since APAM continues to have a controlling interest in Holdings, changes in ownership of Holdings are accounted for as equity transactions. Additional paid-in capital and noncontrolling interest - Artisan Partners Holdings in the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition are adjusted to reallocate Holdings’ historical equity to reflect the change in APAM’s ownership of Holdings.

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The reallocation of equity had the following impact on the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition:
Statement of Financial Condition
 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
2017
 
2016
Additional paid-in capital
$
(5,624
)
 
$
(3,569
)
Noncontrolling interest - Artisan Partners Holdings
5,881

 
3,610

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
(257
)
 
(41
)
Net impact to financial condition

 

In addition to the reallocation of historical equity, the change in ownership resulted in an increase to deferred tax assets and additional paid-in capital of $2.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and $2.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.
Note 8. Stockholders’ Equity
APAM - Stockholders’ Equity
As of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, APAM had the following authorized and outstanding equity:
 
 
 
Outstanding
 
 
 
 
 
Authorized
 
September 30, 2017
 
December 31, 2016
 
Voting Rights (1)
 
Economic Rights
Common shares
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Class A, par value $0.01 per share
500,000,000

 
49,989,627

 
42,149,436

 
1 vote per share
 
Proportionate
Class B, par value $0.01 per share
200,000,000

 
12,314,974

 
15,142,049

 
5 votes per share
 
None
Class C, par value $0.01 per share
400,000,000

 
13,265,764

 
17,063,384

 
1 vote per share
 
None
(1) The Company’s employees to whom Artisan has granted equity have entered into a stockholders agreement with respect to all shares of APAM common stock they have acquired from the Company and any shares they may acquire from the Company in the future, pursuant to which they granted an irrevocable voting proxy to a Stockholders Committee. As of September 30, 2017, Artisan’s employees held 3,912,631 restricted shares of Class A common stock subject to the agreement and all 12,314,974 outstanding shares of Class B common stock.
APAM is dependent on cash generated by Holdings to fund any dividends. Generally, Holdings will make distributions to all of its partners, including APAM, based on the proportionate ownership each holds in Holdings. APAM will fund dividends to its stockholders from its proportionate share of those distributions after provision for its taxes and other obligations. APAM declared and paid the following dividends per share during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016:
Type of Dividend
 
Class of Stock
 
For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Quarterly
 
Class A Common
 
$
0.60


$
0.60


$
1.80


$
1.80

Special Annual
 
Class A Common
 
$


$


$
0.36


$
0.40


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The following table summarizes APAM’s stock transactions for the nine months ended September 30, 2017:
 
Total Stock Outstanding
Class A Common Stock(1)
Class B Common Stock
Class C Common Stock
Balance at December 31, 2016
74,354,869

42,149,436

15,142,049

17,063,384

2017 Follow-On Offering

5,626,517

(2,104,517
)
(3,522,000
)
Holdings Common Unit Exchanges

998,178

(656,135
)
(342,043
)
Restricted Share Award Grants
1,267,250

1,267,250



Restricted Share Award Net Share Settlement
(48,646
)
(48,646
)


Employee/Partner Terminations
(3,108
)
(3,108
)
(66,423
)
66,423

Balance at September 30, 2017
75,570,365

49,989,627

12,314,974

13,265,764

(1) There were 218,089 and 178,401 restricted stock units outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. Restricted stock units are not reflected in the table because they are not considered outstanding or issued stock.
Each Class A, Class B, Class D and Class E common unit of Holdings (together with the corresponding share of Class B or Class C common stock) is exchangeable for one share of Class A common stock. The corresponding shares of Class B and Class C common stock are immediately canceled upon any such exchange.
Upon termination of employment with Artisan, an employee-partner’s Class B common units are exchanged for Class E common units and the corresponding shares of Class B common stock are canceled. APAM issues the former employee-partner a number of shares of Class C common stock equal to the former employee-partner’s number of Class E common units. Class E common units are exchangeable for Class A common stock subject to the same restrictions and limitations on exchange applicable to the other common units of Holdings.
Artisan Partners Holdings - Partners’ Equity
Holdings makes distributions of its net income to the holders of its partnership units for income taxes as required under the terms of the partnership agreement and also makes additional distributions under the terms of the partnership agreement. The distributions are recorded in the financial statements on the declaration date, or on the payment date in lieu of a declaration date. Holdings’ partnership distributions for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, were as follows:
 
 
For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Holdings Partnership Distributions to Limited Partners
 
$
27,101

 
$
32,910

 
$
81,869

 
$
95,333

Holdings Partnership Distributions to APAM
 
50,065

 
39,568

 
133,609

 
112,809

Total Holdings Partnership Distributions
 
$
77,166

 
$
72,478

 
$
215,478

 
$
208,142

The distributions are recorded as a reduction to consolidated stockholders’ equity, with the exception of distributions made to APAM, which are eliminated upon consolidation.
Note 9. Compensation and Benefits
Total compensation and benefits consists of the following:
 
 
 For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Salaries, incentive compensation and benefits (1)
 
$
86,019


$
77,997

 
$
251,563


$
232,305

Restricted share-based award compensation expense
 
12,506


11,588

 
36,637


32,771

Total salaries, incentive compensation and benefits
 
98,525

 
89,585

 
288,200

 
265,076

Pre-offering related compensation - share-based awards
 

 
6,786

 
12,678

 
21,741

Total compensation and benefits
 
$
98,525

 
$
96,371

 
$
300,878

 
$
286,817

(1) Excluding restricted share-based award compensation expense

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Incentive compensation
Cash incentive compensation paid to members of Artisan’s investment teams and members of its distribution teams is generally based on formulas that are tied directly to revenues. These payments are made in the quarter following the quarter in which the incentive was earned with the exception of fourth quarter payments which are paid in the fourth quarter of the year. Cash incentive compensation paid to most other employees is discretionary and subjectively determined based on individual performance and Artisan’s overall results during the applicable year and has historically been paid in the fourth quarter of the year. The cash incentive compensation earned by executive officers for the year ended December 31, 2016, was paid in the three months ended March 31, 2017.
Restricted share-based awards
Artisan has registered 14,000,000 shares of Class A common stock for issuance under the 2013 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan (the “Plan”). Pursuant to the Plan, APAM has granted a combination of restricted stock awards and restricted stock units (collectively referred to as “restricted share-based awards”) of Class A common stock to employees. The restricted share-based awards generally vest on a pro rata basis over five years. Certain share-based awards will vest upon a combination of both (1) pro-rata annual time vesting and (2) qualifying retirement (as defined in the award agreements).
Unvested awards are subject to forfeiture upon termination of employment. Grantees receiving the awards are entitled to dividends on unvested and vested shares and units. 7,998,198 shares of Class A common stock were reserved and available for issuance under the Plan as of September 30, 2017.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, Artisan granted 1,267,250 restricted stock awards and 1,250 restricted stock units of Class A common stock to employees of the Company. Total compensation expense associated with the 2017 grants is expected to be approximately $35.9 million. Compensation expense related to the restricted share-based awards is recognized based on the estimated grant date fair value on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period of the award. The initial requisite service period is generally five years for restricted share-based awards.
The Company’s accounting policy is to record the impact of forfeitures when they occur. The following table summarizes the restricted share-based award activity for the nine months ended September 30, 2017:
 
 
Weighted-Average Grant Date Fair Value
 
Number of Awards
Unvested at January 1, 2017
 
$
44.47

 
3,394,910

Granted
 
28.30

 
1,268,500

Forfeited
 
41.08

 
(3,108
)
Vested
 
48.06

 
(645,796
)
Unvested at September 30, 2017
 
$
38.79

 
4,014,506

Compensation expense recognized related to the restricted share-based awards was $12.5 million and $11.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, and $36.6 million and $32.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The unrecognized compensation expense for the unvested awards as of September 30, 2017 was $110.2 million with a weighted average recognition period of 3.1 years remaining. The initial requisite service period and remaining weighted average recognition period for all types of restricted share-based awards are substantially equivalent.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company withheld a total of 48,646 restricted shares as a result of net share settlements to satisfy employee tax withholding obligations. The Company paid $1.5 million in employee tax withholding obligations related to these settlements during the nine months ended September 30, 2017. These net share settlements had the effect of shares repurchased and retired by the Company, as they reduced the number of shares outstanding.
Pre-offering related compensation - share-based awards
Holdings historically granted Class B share-based awards to certain employees. These awards vested over a period of five years. Prior to the IPO, all vested Class B awards were subject to mandatory redemption on termination of employment for any reason and were reflected as liabilities measured at fair value; unvested Class B awards were forfeited on termination of employment.
The vested Class B liability awards of a terminated employee were historically redeemed in cash in annual installments, generally over the five years following termination of employment. The remaining $0.5 million of redemption payments for Class B awards of partners whose services to Holdings terminated prior to the IPO was paid during the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

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As a part of the IPO Reorganization, the Class B grant agreements were amended to eliminate the cash redemption feature. The amendment was considered a modification under ASC 718 and the Class B awards have been classified as equity awards since such modification. Compensation expense is recorded for unvested Class B awards on a straight-line basis over the remaining vesting period.
The following table summarizes the activity related to unvested Class B awards for the nine months ended September 30, 2017:
 
Weighted-Average Grant Date Fair Value
 
Number of Class B Awards
Unvested Class B awards at January 1, 2017
$
30.00

 
845,220

Granted

 

Forfeited

 

Vested
30.00

 
(845,220
)
Unvested Class B awards at September 30, 2017
$

 

Compensation expense recognized related to the unvested Class B awards was $0.0 and $6.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, and $12.7 million and $21.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively. There is no remaining unrecognized compensation expense for the Class B awards as of September 30, 2017, as the Class B awards became fully vested on July 1, 2017.
Note 10. Income Taxes and Related Payments
APAM is subject to U.S. federal, state and local income taxation on APAM’s allocable portion of Holdings’ income. APAM’s effective income tax rate was lower than the U.S. federal statutory rate of 35% primarily due to a rate benefit attributable to the fact that, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, approximately 38% of Artisan Partners Holdings’ full year projected taxable earnings were attributable to other partners and not subject to corporate-level taxes. The effective tax rate was higher due to higher tax expense related to the vesting of restricted share-based awards, net of dividends paid on unvested share-based awards. In addition to such net unfavorable impact, the effective tax rate also increased as a result of certain permanent items, primarily attributable to pre-IPO share-based compensation expenses, that are not deductible for tax purposes.
Components of the provision for income taxes consist of the following:
 
 For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Current:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Federal
$
9,365

 
$
6,055

 
$
17,223

 
$
11,963

State and local
1,023

 
661

 
2,024

 
1,711

Foreign
110

 
159

 
337

 
504

Total
10,498

 
6,875

 
19,584

 
14,178

Deferred:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Federal
10,388

 
7,790

 
27,986

 
23,727

State and local
593

 
445

 
1,599

 
1,356

Total
10,981

 
8,235

 
29,585

 
25,083

Income tax expense
$
21,479

 
$
15,110

 
$
49,169

 
$
39,261

In connection with the IPO, APAM entered into two tax receivable agreements (“TRAs”). The first TRA generally provides for the payment by APAM to a private equity fund (the “Pre-H&F Corp Merger Shareholder”) of 85% of the applicable cash savings, if any, of U.S. federal, state and local income taxes that APAM actually realizes (or is deemed to realize in certain circumstances) as a result of (i) the tax attributes of the preferred units APAM acquired in the merger of a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pre-H&F Corp Merger Shareholder into APAM in March 2013, (ii) net operating losses available as a result of the merger and (iii) tax benefits related to imputed interest.

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The second TRA generally provides for the payment by APAM to current or former limited partners of Holdings of 85% of the applicable cash savings, if any, of U.S. federal, state and local income taxes that APAM actually realizes (or is deemed to realize in certain circumstances) as a result of (i) certain tax attributes of their partnership units sold to APAM or exchanged (for shares of Class A common stock, convertible preferred stock or other consideration) and that are created as a result of such sales or exchanges and payments under the TRAs and (ii) tax benefits related to imputed interest. Under both agreements, APAM generally will retain the benefit of the remaining 15% of the applicable tax savings.
For purposes of the TRAs, cash savings of income taxes are calculated by comparing APAM’s actual income tax liability to the amount it would have been required to pay had it not been able to utilize any of the tax benefits subject to the TRAs, unless certain assumptions apply. The TRAs will continue in effect until all such tax benefits have been utilized or expired, unless APAM exercises its right to terminate the agreements or payments under the agreements are accelerated in the event that APAM materially breaches any of its material obligations under the agreements.
The actual increase in tax basis, as well as the amount and timing of any payments under these agreements, will vary depending upon a number of factors, including the timing of sales or exchanges by the holders of limited partnership units, the price of the Class A common stock at the time of such sales or exchanges, whether such sales or exchanges are taxable, the amount and timing of the taxable income APAM generates in the future and the tax rate then applicable and the portion of APAM’s payments under the TRAs constituting imputed interest or depreciable basis or amortizable basis.
Payments under the TRAs, if any, will be made pro rata among all TRA counterparties entitled to payments on an annual basis to the extent APAM has sufficient taxable income to utilize the increased depreciation and amortization charges and imputed interest deductions. Artisan expects to make one or more payments under the TRAs, to the extent they are required, prior to or within 125 days after APAM’s U.S. federal income tax return is filed for each fiscal year. Interest on the TRA payments will accrue at a rate equal to one-year LIBOR plus 100 basis points two days prior to the due date (without extension) of such tax return until such payments are made.
Amounts payable under tax receivable agreements are estimates which may be impacted by factors, including but not limited to, expected tax rates, projected taxable income, and projected ownership levels and are subject to change. Changes in the estimates of amounts payable under tax receivable agreements are recorded as non-operating income (loss) in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
The change in the Company’s deferred tax assets related to the tax benefits described above and the change in corresponding amounts payable under the TRAs for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 is summarized as follows:
 
Amounts payable under tax receivable agreements
 
Deferred Tax Asset - Amortizable basis
December 31, 2016
$
586,246

 
$
653,942

2017 Follow-On Offering
96,406

 
113,419

2017 Holdings Common Unit Exchanges
14,672

 
17,260

Amortization

 
(31,946
)
Payments under TRA
(30,234
)
 

Change in estimate
(501
)
 
(245
)
September 30, 2017
$
666,589

 
$
752,430

Net deferred tax assets comprise the following:
 
As of September 30, 2017
 
As of December 31, 2016
Deferred tax assets:
 
 
 
Amortizable basis (1)
$
752,430

 
$
653,942

Other (2)
29,903

 
24,576

Total deferred tax assets
782,333

 
678,518

Less: valuation allowance (3)

 

Net deferred tax assets
$
782,333

 
$
678,518

(1) Represents the unamortized step-up of tax basis and other tax attributes from the merger and partnership unit sales and exchanges described above. These future tax benefits are subject to the TRA agreements.
(2) Represents the net deferred tax assets associated with the merger described above and other miscellaneous deferred tax assets.
(3) Artisan assessed whether the deferred tax assets would be realizable and determined based on its history of taxable income that the benefits would more likely than not be realized. Accordingly, no valuation allowance is required.

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Accounting standards establish a minimum threshold for recognizing, and a system for measuring, the benefits of income tax return positions in financial statements. There were no uncertain tax positions recorded as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016.
In the normal course of business, Artisan is subject to examination by federal and certain state, local and foreign tax regulators. As of September 30, 2017, U.S. federal income tax returns for the years 2014 through 2016 are open and therefore subject to examination. State and local tax returns are generally subject to examination from 2013 to 2016. Foreign tax returns are generally subject to examination from 2013 to 2016.
Note 11. Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), net of tax, in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition represents the portion of accumulated other comprehensive income attributable to APAM, and consists of the following:
 
As of September 30, 2017
 
As of December 31, 2016
Unrealized gain on investments, net of tax
$
281

 
$
37

Foreign currency translation gain (loss)
(1,204
)
 
(1,685
)
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
$
(923
)
 
$
(1,648
)
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests - Artisan Partners Holdings in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) represents the portion of comprehensive income (loss) attributable to the equity ownership interests in Holdings held by the limited partners of Holdings.
Note 12. Earnings Per Share
Basic earnings per share is computed under the two-class method by dividing income available to Class A common stockholders by the weighted average number of Class A common shares outstanding during the period. Unvested restricted share-based awards are excluded from the number of Class A common shares outstanding for the basic earnings per share calculation because the shares have not yet been earned by employees. Income available to Class A common stockholders is computed by reducing net income attributable to APAM by earnings (distributed and undistributed) allocated to participating securities, according to their respective rights to participate in those earnings. Unvested share-based awards are participating securities because the awards include non-forfeitable dividend rights during the vesting period. Class B and Class C common shares do not share in profits of APAM and therefore are not reflected in the calculations.
The computation of basic and diluted earnings per share under the two-class method for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 were as follows:
 
 For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Numerator:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income attributable to APAM
$
30,665

 
$
19,086

 
$
77,092

 
$
53,731

Less: Allocation to participating securities
2,654

 
3,407

 
12,086

 
10,294

Net income available to common stockholders
$
28,011

 
$
15,679

 
$
65,006

 
$
43,437

Denominator:

 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding
45,890,291

 
38,646,194

 
44,068,172

 
37,883,039

Earnings per share
$
0.61

 
$
0.41

 
$
1.48

 
$
1.15

Allocation to participating securities in the table above generally represents dividends paid to holders of unvested restricted share-based awards and reduces net income available to common stockholders.

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There were no dilutive securities outstanding during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. The Holdings limited partnership units are anti-dilutive primarily due to the impact of public company expenses and unrecognized share-based compensation expense. Unvested restricted share-based awards are considered participating securities and are therefore anti-dilutive. The following table summarizes the weighted-average shares outstanding that are excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per share because their effect would have been anti-dilutive:
 
 For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
Anti-Dilutive Weighted Average Shares Outstanding
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Holdings limited partnership units
25,715,238

 
32,406,438

 
27,318,732

 
32,955,746

Unvested restricted share-based awards
4,189,441

 
3,590,680

 
4,200,142

 
3,622,230

Total
29,904,679

 
35,997,118

 
31,518,874

 
36,577,976

Note 13. Indemnifications
In the normal course of business, APAM enters into agreements that include indemnities in favor of third parties. Holdings has also agreed to indemnify APAM as its general partner, Artisan Investment Corporation (“AIC”) as its former general partner, the directors and officers of APAM, the directors and officers of AIC as its former general partner, the members of its former Advisory Committee, and its partners, directors, officers, employees and agents. Holdings’ subsidiaries may also have similar agreements to indemnify their respective general partner(s), directors, officers, directors and officers of their general partner(s), partners, members, employees, and agents. The Company’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown, as this would involve future claims that may be made against us that have not yet occurred. APAM maintains insurance policies that may provide coverage against certain claims under these indemnities.
Note 14. Related Party Transactions
Several of the current named executive officers of APAM and certain members of APAM’s board (or their affiliates) are limited partners of Holdings. As a result, certain transactions (such as TRA payments) between Artisan and the limited partners of Holdings are considered to be related party transactions with respect to these persons.
Affiliate transactions—Artisan Funds     
Artisan has an agreement to serve as the investment adviser to Artisan Funds, with which certain Artisan employees are affiliated. Under the terms of the agreement, which generally is reviewed and continued by the board of directors of Artisan Funds annually, a fee is paid to Artisan based on an annual percentage of the average daily net assets of each Artisan Fund ranging from 0.625% to 1.25%. Artisan generally collects revenues related to these services on the last business day of each month and records them in Management Fees in the Consolidated Statement of Operations. Artisan has contractually agreed to waive its management fees or reimburse for expenses incurred to the extent necessary to limit annualized ordinary operating expenses incurred by certain of the Artisan Funds to not more than a fixed percentage (ranging from 0.88% to 1.50%) of a Fund’s average daily net assets. In addition, Artisan may voluntarily waive fees or reimburse any of the Artisan Funds for other expenses. The officers and a director of Artisan Funds who are affiliated with Artisan receive no compensation from the funds. Fees for managing the Funds and amounts waived or reimbursed by Artisan for fees and expenses (including management fees) are as follows:
 
 For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Investment management fees:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artisan Funds
$
121,004

 
$
115,742

 
$
347,778

 
$
341,977

Fee waiver / expense reimbursement:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artisan Funds
$
150

 
$
178

 
$
462

 
$
534


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Affiliate transactions—Artisan Global Funds
Artisan has an agreement to serve as the investment manager to Artisan Global Funds, with which certain Artisan employees are affiliated. Under the terms of these agreements, a fee is paid based on an annual percentage of the average daily net assets of each fund ranging from 0.75% to 1.75%. Artisan reimburses each sub-fund of Artisan Global Funds to the extent that sub-fund’s expenses, not including Artisan’s fee, exceed certain levels, which range from 0.10% to 0.20%. In addition, Artisan may voluntarily waive fees or reimburse any of the Artisan Global Funds for other expenses. The directors of Artisan Global Funds who are affiliated with Artisan receive no compensation from the funds. Accounts receivable included $2.0 million and $1.8 million due from Artisan Global Funds as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. Fees for managing Artisan Global Funds and amounts reimbursed to Artisan Global Funds by Artisan are as follows:
 
For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Investment management fees:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artisan Global Funds
$
7,672

 
$
4,266

 
$
22,187

 
$
11,558

Fee waiver / expense reimbursement:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artisan Global Funds
$
60

 
$
48

 
$
130

 
$
309

Affiliate transactions—Privately Offered Funds
Pursuant to written agreements, Artisan serves as the investment manager of certain privately offered investment funds constituting the firm’s privately offered strategy. Under the terms of these agreements, Artisan earns a management fee and is entitled to receive an allocation of profits. Artisan made an initial seed investment of $20.0 million in the privately offered investment funds. Certain related parties, including employees, officers and members of the Company’s board invested an additional $12.7 million in the funds. These related party investors currently do not pay a management fee or incentive allocation. In addition, for a period of time following the formation of the privately offered funds, Artisan has agreed to reimburse the funds to the extent that expenses, excluding Artisan’s management fee and transaction related costs, exceed 1.00% per annum of the net assets of the funds. Artisan may also voluntarily waive fees or reimburse the funds for other expenses. Fees for managing the privately offered funds were $3 thousand for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, which were eliminated from revenue upon consolidation. Expense reimbursements totaled $82 thousand and $115 thousand for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.
Note 15. Subsequent Events
Distributions and dividends
On October 25, 2017, APAM, acting as the general partner of Artisan Partners Holdings, declared a distribution by Artisan Partners Holdings of $37.8 million to holders of Artisan Partners Holdings partnership units, including APAM. On the same date, the board of directors of APAM declared a quarterly dividend of $0.60 per share of Class A common stock. The APAM dividend is payable on November 30, 2017, to shareholders of record as of November 16, 2017.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Overview and Recent Highlights
We are an investment management firm focused on providing high-value added, active investment strategies to sophisticated clients globally. As of September 30, 2017, our eight autonomous investment teams managed a total of 16 investment strategies across multiple asset classes and investment styles. Over our firm’s history we have created new investment strategies that can use a broad array of securities, instruments, and techniques (which we call degrees of freedom) to differentiate returns and manage risk. During 2017 we have launched the Thematic and Global Discovery strategies and a privately offered strategy managed by our Credit team, each of which provides our investment talent with significant degrees of freedom with which to add value and manage risk.
We focus our distribution efforts on sophisticated investors and asset allocators, including institutions and intermediaries that operate with institutional-like decision-making processes. We offer our investment strategies to clients and investors through multiple investment vehicles, including separate accounts and different types of pooled vehicles. As of September 30, 2017, approximately 81% and 19% of our assets under management were managed for clients and investors domiciled in and outside of the U.S., respectively. Over the last five years we have grown our assets under management from clients and investors domiciled outside of the U.S. from $6.7 billion as of September 30, 2012, to $21.9 billion as of September 30, 2017.
As a high-value added investment manager we expect that long-term investment performance will be the primary driver of our long-term business and financial results. If we maintain and evolve existing investment strategies and launch new investment strategies that meet the needs of sophisticated asset allocators and, over the long-term, add value relative to benchmark indices and peers, we are confident that we will continue to generate strong business and financial results. Over the last five years, we have grown our total assets under management from $69.8 billion as of September 30, 2012, to $113.7 billion as of September 30, 2017
Over shorter time periods, changes in our business and financial results are largely driven by market conditions and fluctuations in our assets under management that may not necessarily be the result of our long-term investment performance or the long-term demand for our strategies. For this reason, we expect that our business and financial results will be lumpy over time. During the third quarter of 2017, our assets under management increased to $113.7 billion, an increase of $4.3 billion, or 3.9%, compared to $109.4 billion at June 30, 2017, as a result of $5.4 billion in market appreciation, partially offset by $1.2 billion of net client cash outflows.
Compared to September 30, 2016, assets under management increased $13.9 billion, or 13.9%, due to $17.1 billion in market appreciation, partially offset by $3.2 billion of net client cash outflows. Average assets under management for the September quarter of 2017 was $111.4 billion, an increase of 13.4% from the average of $98.2 billion for the September quarter of 2016.
We strive to maintain a financial model that is transparent and predictable. We derive essentially all of our revenues from investment management fees, nearly all of which are based on a specified percentage of clients’ average assets under management. A majority of our expenses, including most of our compensation expense, vary directly with changes in our revenues. We invest thoughtfully to support our investment teams and future growth, while also paying out to shareholders and partners a majority of the cash that we generate from operations through distributions and dividends. Revenues were $584.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, an 8% increase from revenues of $539.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. GAAP operating margin was 35.1% for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared to 32.6% for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Adjusted operating margin was 37.2% for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared to 36.6% for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.
Business highlights for the third quarter of 2017 included:
Our assets under management as of September 30, 2017 were $113.7 billion, our highest quarter-end assets under management.
Our investment teams continue to generate strong absolute and relative investment returns for clients and investors. Ten of our 13 investment strategies with at least a one-year track record have outperformed their broad-based benchmarks since inception, net of fees.
During the quarter, we launched the Global Discovery strategy managed by our Growth team. The Global Discovery strategy is the third strategy we have launched in 2017, which is the most strategies we have ever established in a single year.
We refinanced $60 million of senior notes and extended our $100 million revolving credit facility through August 2022.
We declared and paid dividends of $0.60 per share of Class A common stock.

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Organizational Structure
Organizational Structure
Our operations are conducted through Artisan Partners Holdings (“Holdings”) and its subsidiaries. On March 12, 2013, Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. (“APAM”) and Artisan Partners Holdings LP completed a series of transactions (“the IPO Reorganization”) to reorganize their capital structures in connection with the initial public offering (“IPO”) of APAM’s Class A common stock. The IPO Reorganization and IPO were completed on March 12, 2013. The IPO Reorganization was designed to create a capital structure that preserves our ability to conduct our business through Holdings, while permitting us to raise additional capital and provide access to liquidity through a public company.
Our employees and other limited partners of Holdings held approximately 34% of the equity interests in Holdings as of September 30, 2017. As a result, our post-IPO results reflect that significant noncontrolling interest.
We operate our business in a single segment.
2017 Follow-On Offering and Holdings Unit Exchanges
On February 28, 2017, APAM completed an offering of 5,626,517 shares of Class A common stock and utilized all of the proceeds to purchase an aggregate of 5,626,517 common units from certain limited partners of Holdings. In connection with the offering, APAM received 5,626,517 GP units of Holdings.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, certain limited partners of Holdings exchanged 998,178 common units (along with a corresponding number of shares of Class B or C common stock of APAM) for 998,178 shares of Class A common stock. In connection with the exchanges, APAM received 998,178 GP units of Holdings.
APAM’s equity ownership interest in Holdings increased from 57% at December 31, 2016 to 66% at September 30, 2017, as a result of these transactions and other equity transactions during the period.
Tax Impact of IPO Reorganization
In connection with the IPO, APAM entered into two tax receivable agreements (“TRAs”). The first TRA generally provides for the payment by APAM to a private equity fund (the “Pre-H&F Corp Merger Shareholder”) of 85% of the applicable cash savings, if any, of U.S. federal, state and local income taxes that APAM actually realizes (or is deemed to realize in certain circumstances) as a result of (i) the tax attributes of the preferred units APAM acquired in the merger of a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pre-H&F Corp Merger Shareholder into APAM in March 2013, (ii) net operating losses available as a result of the merger and (iii) tax benefits related to imputed interest.
The second TRA generally provides for the payment by APAM to current or former limited partners of Holdings of 85% of the applicable cash savings, if any, of U.S. federal, state and local income taxes that APAM actually realizes (or is deemed to realize in certain circumstances) as a result of (i) certain tax attributes of their partnership units sold to us or exchanged (for shares of Class A common stock, convertible preferred stock or other consideration) and that are created as a result of such sales or exchanges and payments under the TRAs and (ii) tax benefits related to imputed interest. Under both agreements, APAM generally will retain the benefit of the remaining 15% of the applicable tax savings.
The change in the Company’s deferred tax assets related to the tax benefits described above and the change in corresponding amounts payable under the TRAs for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 is summarized as follows:
 
Amounts payable under tax receivable agreements
 
Deferred Tax Asset - Amortizable basis
 
(unaudited; in millions)
December 31, 2016
$
586.2

 
$
653.9

2017 Follow-On Offering and Exchanges
111.1

 
130.7

Amortization

 
(31.9
)
Payments under TRA
(30.2
)
 

Change in estimate
(0.5
)
 
(0.3
)
September 30, 2017
$
666.6

 
$
752.4


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Financial Overview
Economic Environment
Global equity and debt market conditions can materially affect our financial performance. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, market appreciation increased our assets under management by 5.0% and 20.4%, respectively. The following table presents the total returns of relevant market indices for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016:
 
For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
S&P 500 total returns
4.5
%
 
3.9
%
 
14.2
%
 
7.8
%
MSCI All Country World total returns
5.2
%
 
5.3
%
 
17.3
%
 
6.6
%
MSCI EAFE total returns
5.4
%
 
6.4
%
 
20.0
%
 
1.7
%
Russell Midcap® total returns
3.5
%
 
4.5
%
 
11.7
%
 
10.3
%
MSCI Emerging Markets Index
7.9
%
 
9.0
%
 
27.8
%
 
16.0
%
BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Total Return Index
2.0
%
 
5.5
%
 
7.1
%
 
15.3
%
Key Performance Indicators
When we review our business and financial performance we consider, among other things, the following:
 
 For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
(unaudited; dollars in millions)
Assets under management at period end
$
113,688

 
$
99,817

 
$
113,688

 
$
99,817

Average assets under management (1)
$
111,372

 
$
98,234

 
$
106,622

 
$
95,926

Net client cash flows
$
(1,157
)
 
$
(935
)
 
$
(2,951
)
 
$
(4,594
)
Total revenues
$
204.6

 
$
184.1

 
$
584.9

 
$
539.4

Weighted average fee (2)
72.9
 bps
 
74.5
 bps
 
73.3
 bps
 
75.0
 bps
Operating margin
39.4
%
 
33.6
%
 
35.1
%
 
32.6
%
Adjusted operating margin (3)
39.4
%
 
37.3
%
 
37.2
%
 
36.6
%
 
 
 
 
 
(1) We compute average assets under management by averaging day-end assets under management for the applicable period.
(2) We compute our weighted average fee by dividing annualized investment management fees by average assets under management for the applicable period.
(3) Adjusted measures are non-GAAP measures and are explained and reconciled to the comparable GAAP measures in “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Information” below.
The period-over-period changes in these metrics are discussed below. The decrease in the weighted average fee rate is primarily a result of the shift in the mix of our assets under management between our investment strategies and vehicles, primarily the reduction in the proportion of our total assets managed through Artisan Funds.
Management fees and assets under management within our consolidated investment products are excluded from the weighted average fee calculations and from total revenues, since any such revenues are eliminated upon consolidation. Assets under management within our privately offered strategies are included in the reported firm-wide, separate account, and institutional assets under management figures reported below.
Assets Under Management and Investment Performance
Changes to our operating results from one period to another are primarily caused by changes in the amount of our assets under management. Changes in the relative composition of our assets under management among our investment strategies and vehicles and the effective fee rates on our products also impact our operating results.

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The amount and composition of our assets under management are, and will continue to be, influenced by a variety of factors including, among others:

investment performance, including fluctuations in both the financial markets and foreign currency exchange rates and the quality of our investment decisions;
flows of client assets into and out of our various strategies and investment vehicles;
our decision to close strategies or limit the growth of assets in a strategy or a vehicle when we believe it is in the best interest of our clients; as well as our decision to re-open strategies, in part or entirely;
our ability to attract and retain qualified investment, management, and marketing and client service professionals;
industry trends towards products or strategies that we do not offer;
competitive conditions in the investment management and broader financial services sectors; and
investor sentiment and confidence.
The table below sets forth changes in our total assets under management:
 
 For the Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Period-to-Period
 
2017
 
2016
 
$
 
%
 
(unaudited; in millions)
 
 
 
 
Beginning assets under management
$
109,405

 
$
94,959

 
$
14,446

 
15.2
 %
Gross client cash inflows
3,660

 
4,219

 
(559
)
 
(13.2
)%
Gross client cash outflows
(4,817
)
 
(5,154
)
 
337

 
6.5
 %
Net client cash flows
(1,157
)
 
(935
)
 
(222
)
 
(23.7
)%
Market appreciation (depreciation) (1)
5,440

 
5,793

 
(353
)
 
(6.1
)%
Net transfers (2)

 

 

 
 %
Ending assets under management
$
113,688

 
$
99,817

 
$
13,871

 
13.9
 %
Average assets under management
$
111,372

 
$
98,234

 
$
13,138

 
13.4
 %
(1) Includes the impact of translating the value of assets under management denominated in non-USD currencies into U.S. dollars. The impact was immaterial for the periods presented.
(2) Net transfers represent certain amounts that we have identified as having been transferred out of one investment strategy or investment vehicle and into another strategy or vehicle.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
Period-to-Period
 
2017
 
2016
 
$
 
%
 
(unaudited; in millions)
 
 
 
 
Beginning assets under management
$
96,845

 
$
99,848

 
$
(3,003
)
 
(3.0
)%
Gross client cash inflows
13,028

 
12,582

 
446

 
3.5
 %
Gross client cash outflows
(15,979
)
 
(17,176
)
 
1,197

 
7.0
 %
Net client cash flows
(2,951
)
 
(4,594
)
 
1,643

 
35.8
 %
Market appreciation (depreciation) (1)
19,794

 
4,563

 
15,231

 
333.8
 %
Net transfers (2)

 

 

 
 %
Ending assets under management
$
113,688

 
$
99,817

 
$
13,871

 
13.9
 %
Average assets under management
$
106,622

 
$
95,926

 
$
10,696

 
11.2
 %
(1) Includes the impact of translating the value of assets under management denominated in non-USD currencies into U.S. dollars. The impact was immaterial for the periods presented.
(2) Net transfers represent certain amounts that we have identified as having been transferred out of one investment strategy or investment vehicle and into another strategy or vehicle.

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Across the firm, we experienced total net outflows of $1.2 billion and $3.0 billion during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, our Non-U.S. Growth strategy experienced net outflows of $0.8 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively, and our Mid-Cap Growth strategy experienced net outflows of $0.5 billion and $1.7 billion, respectively. We expect both strategies to continue to experience net outflows. During the same periods, our Global Opportunities strategy experienced net inflows of $0.3 billion and $1.4 billion, respectively, our Developing World strategy experienced net inflows of $0.4 billion and $0.7 billion, respectively, and our High Income strategy experienced net inflows of $0.1 billion and $0.4 billion, respectively. We expect all three strategies to continue to experience net inflows.
We monitor the availability of attractive investment opportunities relative to the amount of assets we manage in each of our investment strategies. When appropriate, we will close a strategy to new investors or otherwise take action to slow or restrict its growth, even though our aggregate assets under management may be negatively impacted in the short term. We may also re-open a strategy, widely or selectively, to fill available capacity or manage the diversification of our client base in that strategy. We believe that management of our investment capacity protects our ability to manage assets successfully, which protects the interests of our clients and, in the long term, protects our ability to retain client assets and maintain our profit margins.
As of the date of this filing, our Non-U.S. Growth, Non-U.S. Small-Cap Growth, Non-U.S. Value, U.S. Mid-Cap Growth and U.S. Small-Cap Growth strategies are closed to most new investors and client relationships. Our Global Value and Global Opportunities strategies are open across pooled vehicles, but closed to most new separate account clients. We may selectively accept additional separate account clients in those strategies, but we are managing asset flows into those strategies with a bias towards assets from pooled vehicles.
When we close or otherwise restrict the growth of a strategy, we typically continue to allow additional investments in the strategy by existing clients and certain related entities. We may also permit new investments by other eligible investors in our discretion. As a result, during a given period we may have net client cash inflows in a closed strategy. However, when a strategy is closed or its growth is restricted we expect there to be periods of net client cash outflows.
In November 2017 we expect the Artisan Funds will make their annual income and capital gains distributions. Based on our current estimates, we expect this year’s distributions to result in about $450 million of net client cash outflows from investors who choose not to reinvest their dividends. In November 2016 those distributions resulted in approximately $294 million of net client cash outflows.
The table below sets forth the total assets under management for each of our investment teams and strategies as of September 30, 2017, the inception date for each investment composite, and the average annual total returns for each composite (gross of fees) and its respective broad-based benchmark (and style benchmark, if applicable) over a multi-horizon time period as of September 30, 2017. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized.
We measure investment performance based upon the results of our “composites”, which represent the aggregate performance of all discretionary client accounts, including mutual funds, invested in the same strategy except those accounts with respect to which we believe client-imposed investment restrictions may have a material impact on portfolio construction and those accounts managed in a currency other than U.S. dollars. The results of these excluded accounts, which represented approximately 12% of our assets under management at September 30, 2017, are maintained in separate composites the results of which are not included below.


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