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Developing Growth Fund

Summary

Summary

What is the Developing Growth Fund?

The Fund seeks to deliver long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in stocks of small U.S. companies.

Fund Basicsas of 10/31/2019

Total Net Assets
$1.80 B
Inception Date
08/01/1996
Dividend Frequency
Annually
Fund Expense Ratio
1.69%
Number of Holdings
92
Minimum Initial Investment
$1,000+

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.69%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 08/01/1996
w/o sales charge 29.13% 15.44% 19.34% 8.79% 14.35% 9.15%
Lipper Category Avg. Small-Cap Growth Funds 26.84% 12.48% 14.06% 10.07% 13.50% -
Russell 2000® Growth Index 25.61% 10.93% 12.15% 9.48% 13.68% 7.39%
w/ sales charge 28.22% 15.44% 19.34% 8.79% 14.35% 9.15%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.69%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.69%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 08/01/1996
w/o sales charge 22.08% -7.32% 16.16% 9.00% 13.42% 8.95%
Lipper Category Avg. Small-Cap Growth Funds 17.83% -6.59% 12.06% 9.68% 12.44% -
Russell 2000® Growth Index 15.34% -9.63% 9.79% 9.08% 12.25% 7.05%
w/ sales charge 21.08% -7.32% 16.16% 9.00% 13.42% 8.95%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.69%

TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS as of 10/31/2019View Portfolio

Holding Assets
Generac Holdings, Inc. 3.1%
Inphi Corp. 2.3%
YETI Holdings Inc 2.2%
Repligen Corp. 2.1%
Inspire Medical Systems Inc 1.9%
Roku Inc 1.9%
RealReal Inc/The 1.8%
Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc. 1.8%
Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. 1.8%
Coherus Biosciences, Inc. 1.7%

Investment Team

F. Thomas O'Halloran
F. Thomas O'Halloran, J.D., CFA

Partner & Portfolio Manager

32 Years of Industry Experience

Matthew DeCicco
Matthew R. DeCicco, CFA

Managing Director & Portfolio Manager

20 Years of Industry Experience

Vernon Bice
Vernon Bice, CMT

Portfolio Manager

18 Years of Industry Experience

Supported By 6 Investment Professionals with 18 Years Avg. Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.69%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 08/01/1996
w/o sales charge 29.13% 15.44% 19.34% 8.79% 14.35% 9.15%
Lipper Category Avg. Small-Cap Growth Funds 26.84% 12.48% 14.06% 10.07% 13.50% -
Russell 2000® Growth Index 25.61% 10.93% 12.15% 9.48% 13.68% 7.39%
w/ sales charge 28.22% 15.44% 19.34% 8.79% 14.35% 9.15%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.69%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.69%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 08/01/1996
w/o sales charge 22.08% -7.32% 16.16% 9.00% 13.42% 8.95%
Lipper Category Avg. Small-Cap Growth Funds 17.83% -6.59% 12.06% 9.68% 12.44% -
Russell 2000® Growth Index 15.34% -9.63% 9.79% 9.08% 12.25% 7.05%
w/ sales charge 21.08% -7.32% 16.16% 9.00% 13.42% 8.95%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.69%

Year Fund Returns Russell 2000® Growth Index
2018 4.21% -9.31%
2017 28.93% 22.17%
2016 -3.42% 11.32%
2015 -9.54% -1.38%
2014 2.54% 5.60%
2013 56.21% 43.30%
2012 9.65% 14.59%
2011 -2.28% -2.91%
2010 35.64% 29.09%
2009 45.99% 34.47%
2008 -47.80% -
2007 34.99% -
2006 11.72% -
2005 11.17% -
2004 5.30% -
2003 39.19% -
2002 -29.77% -
2001 -7.50% -
2000 -18.16% -
1999 37.21% -
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2019 26.77% 8.84% -11.52% - 28.90%
2018 6.93% 14.67% 11.95% -24.08% 4.21%
2017 8.12% 3.89% 6.83% 7.44% 28.93%
2016 -10.48% 1.99% 10.69% -4.44% -3.42%
2015 6.93% 2.46% -15.88% -1.84% -9.54%
2014 1.50% 0.00% -5.91% 7.37% 2.54%
2013 13.37% 9.85% 18.53% 5.82% 56.21%
2012 12.02% -2.84% 5.36% -4.39% 9.65%
2011 10.09% 1.34% -21.01% 10.88% -2.28%
2010 7.98% -8.05% 16.30% 17.47% 35.64%
2009 -2.39% 24.20% 13.99% 5.65% 45.99%
2008 -21.94% 6.47% -11.96% -28.66% -47.80%
2007 4.56% 13.34% 9.71% 3.83% 34.99%
2006 15.79% -6.35% -6.95% 10.72% 11.72%
2005 -6.02% 5.63% 9.47% 2.30% 11.17%
2004 1.88% 0.00% -7.18% 11.35% 5.30%
2003 -3.39% 21.08% 9.62% 8.55% 39.19%
2002 -0.14% -11.73% -23.96% 4.78% -29.77%
2001 -17.58% 15.83% -22.77% 25.47% -7.50%
2000 3.35% -13.77% -0.69% -7.52% -18.16%
1999 1.24% 11.49% -3.50% 25.96% 37.21%
1998 11.37% -3.10% -22.18% 28.08% 7.56%
1997 -3.14% 17.51% 21.55% -6.24% 29.72%
1996 - - - 7.31% 14.56%

NAV Historical Prices

Date Net Asset Value

Portfolio

Portfolio

Portfolio Positioning as of 09/30/2019

  • The portfolio has moderated its overweight in the information technology sector relative to its benchmark, the Russell 2000® Growth Index.   Although we anticipate continued innovation in e-commerce and cloud computing companies, the outsized gains in these stocks over the past few years have led us to selectively reduce exposure.
  • Within the health care sector, we remain focused on innovative biotechnology companies, as large cap firms within the industry seek growth opportunities. Moreover, the portfolio maintains an overweight to health care equipment, specifically to innovative minimally-invasive medical device companies.
  • The portfolio remains underweight in certain bond proxy sectors, such as consumer staples and real estate, as we continue to believe these sectors are overvalued, considering they lack operating momentum and the fundamental characteristics that we favor. 
  • During the third quarter, the equity market continued to wrestle with trade war worries and interest rate volatility. Although the companies that we favor underperformed in this environment, we believe innovative growth companies continue to be very attractive over the long term. Furthermore, we believe that improving fundamentals and moderate inflation levels will continue to support higher equity prices for select innovative growth stocks.

Portfolio Details as of 10/31/2019

Total Net Assets
$1.80 B
Number of Holdings
92
Weighted Average Market Cap.
4.1 B
P/B Ratio
7.1x
P/E Ratio
33.6x

Contributors & Detractors as of  09/30/2019

Contributors

Holding Contribution
Acacia Communications, Inc. 0.3%
Appian Corp 0.3%
Inphi Corp. 0.3%
Insulet Corp. 0.3%
Nevro Corp. 0.3%

Detractors

Holding Contribution
Caredx Inc -0.7%
uniQure NV -0.6%
Everbridge, Inc. -0.5%
Blueprint Medicines Corp. -0.4%
Stitch Fix Inc -0.4%

Attribution Analysis 

Developing Growth Fund Benchmark Variance
Sector Avg. Weight Base Return Avg. Weight Base Return Stock Selection Group Weight Total

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Capital Gains Distributions

For
Record Date Reinvest & Payable Date Long-term Short-term * Total Reinvest Price
11/20/2019 11/21/2019 $4.4885 - $4.4885 $10.72

Upcoming Capital Gain Distribution

This section lists all anticipated Income and Capital Gain distribution dates and any actual distributions are subject to adequacy of earnings and must be approved by the Board of Directors/Trustees. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Expense Ratioas of 11/30/2019

1.69%

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