Delaware Global Real Estate Opportunities Fund

Objective

Delaware Global Real Estate Opportunities Fund seeks maximum long-term total return through a combination of current income and capital appreciation.

Strategy

The Fund invests primarily in securities issued by U.S. and non-U.S. real estate and real estate-related companies.

Fund information
Inception date01/10/2007
Dividends paid (if any)Quarterly
Capital gains paid (if any)November or December
Fund identifiers
NASDAQDGROX
CUSIP245917620

Institutional Class shares are only available to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information. 

The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

Total returns may reflect waivers and/or expense reimbursements by the manager and/or distributor for some or all of the periods shown. Performance would have been lower without such waivers and reimbursements.

Average annual total return as of month-end (02/28/2015)
YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)3.63%15.14%13.72%13.93%n/a2.55%01/10/2007
FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Index4.36%16.44%13.34%13.65%n/an/a
Average annual total return as of quarter-end (12/31/2014)
QTDYTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)7.85%16.21%16.21%16.17%12.52%n/a2.14%01/10/2007
FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Index8.07%15.89%15.89%15.89%12.03%n/an/a

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

The Delaware Global Real Estate Opportunities Fund's performance information for periods prior to Sept. 28, 2012, reflects the performance of The Global Real Estate Securities Portfolio (the “Portfolio”) of Delaware Pooled® Trust, which merged into Delaware Global Real Estate Opportunities Fund (the “Fund”) as of that date. The performance information for Class A shares at offer has been adjusted to reflect the Fund’s current maximum sales charge. The Fund also has higher expenses than the Portfolio, including a Rule 12b-1 fee to which the Institutional Class of the Portfolio was not subject. Historical performance results at net asset value and offer prior to Sept. 28, 2012 have not been recalculated to reflect these expenses, but future results will be affected by them. The historical performance of the Portfolio would have been lower had it been subject to the Fund’s expense ratio.

Expense ratio
Gross1.53%
Net1.15%

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver of certain fees and/or expense reimbursements from Feb. 27, 2015 through Feb. 29, 2016. Please see the fee table in the Fund's prospectus for more information.

Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return
20144.70%7.13%-3.94%7.85%16.21%
20136.06%-3.20%1.34%0.40%4.46%
201211.90%2.70%4.56%7.49%29.16%
20113.15%3.95%-16.58%7.49%-3.86%
20103.43%-7.23%17.89%5.76%19.64%
2009-21.32%31.78%21.99%3.32%30.67%
2008-7.61%-8.10%-8.35%-31.03%-46.33%
2007n/a-4.55%4.05%-8.94%n/a

Institutional Class shares are only available to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information. 

Portfolio characteristics - as of 02/28/2015
Number of holdings78
Market cap (median)$5.24 billion
Market cap (weighted average)$16.66 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)107%
Beta (relative to FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Index) (view definition)0.98
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)12.05
Portfolio composition as of 02/28/2015Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Domestic equities56.0%
International equities & depositary receipts38.7%
Cash and cash equivalents5.3%
Top 10 holdings as of 02/28/2015
Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Holding% of portfolio
Simon Property Group Inc.5.6%
Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd.3.2%
Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd.3.2%
Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd.2.9%
British Land Co. PLC2.8%
Health Care REIT Inc.2.7%
General Growth Properties Inc.2.5%
Equity Residential2.4%
Boston Properties Inc.2.4%
SL Green Realty Corp.2.3%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings30.0%

Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.

Top 10 countries as of 02/28/2015List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Country% of portfolio
United States56.0%
Japan8.2%
United Kingdom7.6%
Hong Kong6.9%
Australia5.7%
Germany2.4%
Singapore2.0%
France1.5%
Canada1.2%
Mexico0.8%
Distribution history - annual distributions (Institutional Class)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)
YearCapital gains3Net investment
income
20150.0000.023
20140.0000.168
20130.0000.206
20120.0000.160
20110.0000.226
20100.0000.502
20090.0000.373
20080.0000.009
20070.0000.336
20060.0000.000
20050.0000.000

1If a Fund makes a distribution from any source other than net income, it is required to provide shareholders with a notice disclosing the source of such distribution (each a "Notice"). The amounts and sources of distributions reported above and in each Notice are only estimates and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. Each Fund will send each shareholder a Form 1099 DIV for the calendar year that will provide definitive information on how to report the Fund's distributions for federal income tax purposes. The information in the table above will not be updated to reflect any subsequent recharacterization of dividends and distributions. Click here to see recent Notices pertaining to the Fund (if any).

2Information on return of capital distributions (if any) is only provided from June 1, 2014 onward.

3Includes both short- and long-term capital gains.

Institutional Class shares are only available to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information. 

Bob Zenouzi

Bob Zenouzi 

Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer — Real Estate Securities and Income Solutions (RESIS)

Start date on the Fund: September 2012

Years of industry experience: 28

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Damon Andres

Damon Andres, CFA

Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: September 2012

Years of industry experience: 24

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Institutional Class shares are only available to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information. 

The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.

Shareholder fees
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases as a percentage of offering pricenone
Maximum contingent deferred sales charge (load) as a percentage of original purchase price or redemption price, whichever is lowernone
Annual fund operating expenses
Management fees0.99%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.54%
Total annual fund operating expenses1.53%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements(0.38%)
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements1.15%

Institutional Class shares are only available to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information. 

1The Fund's investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), has contractually agreed to waive all or a portion of its investment advisory fees and/or pay/reimburse expenses (excluding any 12b-1 fees, acquired fund fees and expenses, taxes, interest, short sale and dividend interest expenses, brokerage fees, certain insurance costs, and nonroutine expenses or costs, including, but not limited to, those relating to reorganizations, litigation, conducting shareholder meetings, and liquidations) in order to prevent total annual fund operating expenses from exceeding 1.15% of the Fund's average daily net assets from Feb. 27, 2015 through Feb. 29, 2016. These waivers and reimbursements may only be terminated by agreement of the Manager and the Fund.

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Delaware Global Real Estate Opportunities Fund Quarterly commentary December 31, 2014

Within the Fund

For the fourth quarter of 2014, Delaware Global Real Estate Opportunities Fund (Class A and Institutional Class shares at net asset value) underperformed its benchmark, the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Index.

Throughout the quarter the influences of security selection and country selection were neutral. Additionally, currencies significantly affected security returns, but ultimately had a neutral effect as winners and losers offset one other.

The Fund’s out-of-index exposure to Mexico had the largest negative effect on the portfolio.  While the Fund’s two holdings, Concentradora Fibra Hotelera Mexicana and Prologis Property Mexico, were down only slightly in local terms (-1.5% and -2.6%, respectively) currency had a more significant effect on the downside. The value of the Mexican peso plummeted 9.0% relative to the U.S. dollar during the quarter. This decline in the peso was driven by the fact that about a quarter of Mexico’s fiscal budget is derived from oil, and the plummet in oil prices has raised concerns about Mexico’s overall economic and fiscal health.

The Fund’s exposure to Finland was also a drag on performance. Finland’s exposure to Russia amounts to approximately 10% of Finland’s gross domestic product. Given the turmoil in Russia’s currency and economy, Finland’s stock market sold off during the quarter. The Fund’s single Finnish holding, Citycon, fell 6.7% for the quarter and detracted from the Fund’s overall performance.

Italy was another area of weakness for the Fund. And similar to Finland, this weakness was more macro-driven than company-specific. Periphery euro-zone countries were all affected by political uncertainty in Greece. Despite minimal direct impact to events in Greece, Italy is viewed as a weaker economy among the euro-zone countries, and tends to trade in sympathy with Greece. The Fund’s single holding in Italy, Beni Stabili, traded down for the quarter.

Positive developments for the Fund included its positioning in Japan, the United States, and Singapore. In all three countries, the Fund’s allocation helped performance; in the U.S. and Singapore, stock selection also contributed to performance. The U.S. remained the largest single-country overweight in the Fund. This overweight, coupled with a strong U.S. dollar and good stock selection, was beneficial to total return. The U.S. as a whole continued to benefit from having a stable economy and an ever-extending accommodative interest rate policy. From a stock-specific viewpoint, two names with strong returns were Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and Health Care REIT, each advancing more than 20%. Pebblebrook has benefited from strong growth in its urban boutique hotel collection. With its sought-after hotels and virtually no new supply to compete with, Pebblebrook is producing industry-leading cash flow growth. Health Care REIT is expecting moderating cash flow growth, but continues to be favored as a consolidator in the senior housing sector.

Japan, as mentioned earlier, faces a difficult and uncertain economic future. With real estate stocks trading at high valuations, we believe it to be a high-risk region and it remains the largest underweight in the Fund. Additionally, given the aggressive action by the Bank of Japan and signs of a more fragile economy, the Japanese yen was off 8.4% relative to the U.S. dollar, further helping the Fund’s return versus the index (source: Bloomberg).

Singapore, overall, trailed in the quarter with a return of -0.1%. The Fund’s underweight helped relative performance. Strong stock selection also contributed to performance, with the Fund’s two largest positions in Singapore, Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust and CapitaCommercial Trust, returning 8.6% and 5.9%, respectively. These two companies led the way in Singapore as they are exposed to central business district (CBD) office properties that are realizing good cash flow growth from high office demand and minimal supply. In Singapore, we have avoided retail and multifamily companies, which are constrained by government regulation and slow inbound tourism.

Outlook

Closing out 2014 with a market-leading annual return of 15.9% (as measured by the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Index), global real estate equities have gotten investors’ attention. While we do not expect the asset class to repeat such lofty returns in 2015, we remain constructive on the ability to realize solid performance out of global real estate equities. Valuations do keep us somewhat cautious at this point, but we believe overall fundamentals are quite positive and the credit and capital markets appear to be supportive for positive spread investing for the foreseeable future. We believe this should also support real estate returns.

Looking forward, we view the U.S. as attractive and remain wary of emerging markets. Despite the turmoil realized in most emerging markets, particularly in Asia and Latin America, we continue to see significant capital flows from emerging markets into developed markets, particularly markets such as New York, San Francisco, London, and Sydney. Supply in these markets, while up slightly, is still well below historical averages. Thus, given improving economics, continued favorable credit markets, and limited supply, we believe the outlook remains positive for certain developed markets. We remain cautious on Japan, however, as the credit markets seem to be telling a more cautionary tale there.

For now, we do not see any major shifts in our strategy as mentioned above; however, we do eventually expect a shakeup in these priorities, possibly in 2015. We are constantly looking to find opportunities in which we believe the market overly discounts risk and overpays for safety. For now, however, we do not see valuations that would cause us to shift our overall position, and we see the potential for global real estate equities to produce modestly positive risk-adjusted returns for the upcoming year.

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The views expressed represent the Manager's assessment of the Fund and market environment as of the date indicated, and should not be considered a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell any security, and should not be relied on as research or investment advice. Information is as of the date indicated and subject to change.

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Carefully consider the Fund's investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Fund's prospectus and its summary prospectus, which may be obtained by clicking the prospectus link located in the right-hand sidebar or calling 800 362-7500. Investors should read the prospectus and the summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

Narrowly focused investments may exhibit higher volatility than investments in multiple industry sectors.

REIT investments are subject to many of the risks associated with direct real estate ownership, including changes in economic conditions, credit risk, and interest rate fluctuations.

A REIT fund's tax status as a regulated investment company could be jeopardized if it holds real estate directly, as a result of defaults, or receives rental income from real estate holdings.

“Nondiversified” funds may allocate more of their net assets to investments in single securities than “diversified” funds. Resulting adverse effects may subject these funds to greater risks and volatility.

International investments entail risks not ordinarily associated with U.S. investments including fluctuation in currency values, differences in accounting principles, or economic or political instability in other nations.

Investing in emerging markets can be riskier than investing in established foreign markets due to increased volatility and lower trading volume.

The Funds are distributed by Delaware Distributors L.P., an affiliate of Delaware Management Holdings, Inc., and Macquarie Group Limited.

Not FDIC Insured | No Bank Guarantee | May Lose Value

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Daily pricing (as of 03/27/2015)

Institutional ClassPriceNet changeYTD
NAV$7.440.034.23%
Max offer price$7.44n/an/a

Total net assets (as of 02/28/2015)

$57.1 million all share classes

Lipper ranking (as of 02/28/2015)

YTD ranking135 / 166
1 year79 / 139
3 years12 / 108
5 years11 / 96
10 yearsn/a
Lipper classificationGlobal Real Estate Funds

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Benchmark

FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Index (view)

Lipper Global Real Estate Funds Average (view)

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