Delaware Select Growth Fund*

Objective

Delaware Select Growth Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation.

Strategy

The Fund invests in companies of any size or market capitalization that are believed to have long-term capital appreciation potential and are expected to grow faster than the U.S. economy.

Fund information
Inception date08/28/1997
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)December
Fund identifiers
NASDAQVAGGX
CUSIP928931757

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 (11/30/2014)
YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)5.72%8.53%16.36%18.09%10.28%11.03%08/28/1997
Russell 3000 Growth Index13.29%16.45%20.42%16.86%8.99%n/a
Average annual total return as of quarter-end (09/30/2014)
QTDYTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-3.10%-0.86%8.02%17.71%17.73%10.42%10.78%08/28/1997
Russell 3000 Growth Index0.88%6.91%17.87%22.41%16.43%8.95%n/a

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Expense ratio
Gross1.00%
Net1.00%
Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return
2014-1.16%3.51%-3.10%n/an/a
20138.22%1.04%10.66%8.96%31.84%
201217.73%-5.09%4.47%-0.97%15.60%
20119.84%2.27%-11.17%7.93%7.70%
20106.29%-6.16%15.14%10.23%26.58%
20090.53%23.34%15.57%9.80%57.35%
2008-9.16%-3.86%-14.85%-24.91%-44.16%
20070.62%3.83%7.45%-2.11%9.89%
20063.84%-7.57%-1.46%7.38%1.55%
2005-6.29%4.77%13.48%5.49%17.53%
20043.76%-2.71%-5.53%13.49%8.22%

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

Portfolio characteristics - as of 11/30/2014
Share assets$505.7 million
Number of holdings68
Market cap (median)$11.90 billion
Market cap (weighted average)$59.01 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)20%
Beta - (relative to Russell 3000 Growth Index) (view definition)1.10
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)11.81
Portfolio composition as of 11/30/2014Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Domestic equities90.5%
International equities & depository receipts9.1%
Cash and cash equivalents0.4%
Top 10 holdings as of 11/30/2014
Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Holding% of portfolio
Microsoft Corp.5.1%
Celgene Corp.4.8%
Zebra Technologies Corp.4.2%
DineEquity Inc.4.1%
Equity Commonwealth3.6%
Allergan Inc.3.5%
QUALCOMM Inc.3.0%
Walgreen Co.2.9%
eBay Inc.2.9%
EOG Resources Inc.2.8%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings36.9%
Top sectors as of 11/30/2014
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Sector% of portfolio
Consumer Discretionary28.5%
Technology25.3%
Financial Services16.9%
Health Care12.0%
Producer Durables6.5%
Energy5.7%
Consumer Staples2.9%
Utilities1.4%
Materials & Processing0.1%
Distribution history - annual distributions (Institutional Class)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)
YearCapital gains3Net investment
income
20145.7790.216
20131.7770.000
20120.0000.000
20110.0000.000
20100.0000.000
20090.0000.000
20080.0000.000
20070.0000.000
20060.0000.000
20050.0000.000
20040.0000.000

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. 

Investment manager

Delaware Management Company, a series of Delaware Management Business Trust

Sub-advisors

Jackson Square Partners, LLC


Jeff VanHarte

Jeffrey S. Van Harte, CFA

Chairman, Chief Investment Officer — Jackson Square Partners, LLC

Start date on the Fund: May 2005

Years of industry experience: 34

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Chris Bonavico

Christopher J. Bonavico, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Equity Analyst — Jackson Square Partners, LLC

Start date on the Fund: May 2005

Years of industry experience: 26

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Ken Broad

Kenneth F. Broad, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Equity Analyst — Jackson Square Partners, LLC

Start date on the Fund: May 2005

Years of industry experience: 20

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Patrick Fortier

Patrick G. Fortier, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Equity Analyst — Jackson Square Partners, LLC

Start date on the Fund: May 2005

Years of industry experience: 19

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Greg Heywood

Gregory M. Heywood, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Equity Analyst — Jackson Square Partners, LLC

Start date on the Fund: August 2006

Years of industry experience: 21

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Daniel J. Prislin, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Equity Analyst — Jackson Square Partners, LLC

Start date on the Fund: May 2005

Years of industry experience: 21

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Chris Ericksen

Christopher M. Ericksen, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Equity Analyst — Jackson Square Partners, LLC

Start date on the Fund: July 2007

Years of industry experience: 20

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Ian Ferry

Ian D. Ferry 

Portfolio Manager, Equity Analyst — Jackson Square Partners, LLC

Start date on the Fund: January 2013

Years of industry experience: 8

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

The following table 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 fees0.72%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.28%
Total annual fund operating expenses1.00%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursementsnone
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements1.00%

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

*Effective after the close of business on June 8, 2012, Delaware Select Growth Fund was closed to new investors. Existing shareholders of the Fund; certain retirement plans and IRA transfers and rollovers from these plans; and certain advisory or fee-based programs sponsored by and/or controlled by financial intermediaries where the financial intermediary has entered into an arrangement with the Fund’s Distributor or transfer agent (mutual fund wrap accounts) may continue to purchase shares. Please read the prospectus and the summary prospectus for more information concerning this event.

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Delaware Select Growth Fund* Quarterly commentary September 30, 2014

Within the Fund

For the third quarter of 2014, Delaware Select Growth Fund (Class A and Institutional Class shares at net asset value) posted a negative return and underperformed its benchmark, the Russell 3000® Growth Index. Strong relative performance in the financial services and materials and processing sectors was unable to overcome weak relative performance in the consumer discretionary and technology sectors.

Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance was a strong contributor to the Fund’s performance during the quarter. The company appreciated sharply after it reported better-than-expected financial results driven, in part, by strong same-store sales growth. Additionally, the company unveiled a five-year plan with impressive growth estimates that was generally viewed favorably by the market. We continue to believe ULTA should continue to take share from department stores and mass-merchants through its unique one-stop shop model, access to prestige brands, and strong customer service levels from brand agnostic employees.

Microsoft was a contributor to performance during the quarter. The company reported solid financial results early on in the quarter driven, in part, by strong data-center software and commercial cloud results. The company continues to make meaningful progress towards gradually shifting to cloud based technology, which should be beneficial as the company’s software could be better utilized across multiple platforms. Furthermore, this shift to more cloud-based products moves customers from a “seat license” software model to a ”subscription” cloud-based model and therefore could lead to more consistent, stable revenue streams with increased recurring revenues.

Celgene contributed to performance during the quarter. The stock appreciated, in part, because the United Kingdom’s cost agency reversed course and gave positive draft guidance for use of one of Celgene’s drugs that was rejected the prior year. Celgene continues to be a leading player in the treatment of blood cancers with a growing product pipeline in breast, lung, and pancreatic cancer treatments. Additionally, the company continues to benefit from large growth prospects driven by additional indications of its drugs, by increased usage of existing drugs, and by international growth opportunities.

Coupons.com was a detractor from the Fund’s performance during the quarter. The stock declined after the company reported financial results that missed consensus expectations, as well as issuing relatively light future guidance. We understand that the stock has the potential to be volatile at times given the relatively low number of shares trading in the market as a new public company. However, we continue to hold the stock given the company’s established position as a key player in the secular growth trend of paper coupons moving toward mobile coupon distribution.

K12 detracted from performance during the quarter. While the company reported strong financial results that exceeded consensus estimates, the stock declined over concerns of weaker-than-expected student enrollment rates. We believe this technology-based provider of education products will participate in the secular growth of complementary services within education, such as online and advanced courses and related materials, enhancing the traditional teaching experience in the classroom.

Walgreen was a large detractor from performance during the quarter. The stock fell sharply after the company announced it would not pursue a corporate tax inversion through its acquisition of Alliance Boots, but rather will combine and form a holding company based in the United States. Despite the news of no tax inversion — which we had assigned a low probability — the partnership with Alliance Boots is already creating synergies and leading to upside in certain financial metrics. Additionally, we believe recent activist activity surrounding the company should ensure management’s focus and urgency in unlocking additional value for shareholders.

Outlook

Despite positive absolute returns in the equity market during the past few years, we believe the relatively tepid market sentiment demonstrates that there are more than just fundamental factors affecting stock prices. A lack of significant bull market sentiment suggests to us that many investors appear to be struggling with accurately predicting the pace of global economic recovery and are assessing factors that threaten economic fundamentals (for example, central bank actions and fiscal policy debates across the globe). While some fundamentals in various geographies may be trending in a positive direction (from a very low base during the global financial crisis in 2008-2009), we don’t believe we are entering into a typical post-recessionary global boom cycle.  Rather, we believe the lingering effects of the credit crisis years ago could lead to moderate growth, at best, for the intermediate term.  In such a tenuous environment, we believe the quality of a company’s business model, competitive position, and management may prove to be of utmost importance.

Regardless of the economic outcome, we remain consistent in our long-term investment philosophy: We want to own what we view as strong secular-growth companies with solid business models and competitive positions that we believe can grow market share and have the potential to deliver shareholder value in a variety of market environments.

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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.

Document must be used in its entirety.

*Effective after the close of business on June 8, 2012, Delaware Select Growth Fund was closed to new investors. Existing shareholders of the Fund; certain retirement plans and IRA transfers and rollovers from these plans; and certain advisory or fee-based programs sponsored by and/or controlled by financial intermediaries where the financial intermediary has entered into an arrangement with the Fund’s Distributor or transfer agent (mutual fund wrap accounts) may continue to purchase shares. Please read the latest prospectus and the summary prospectus for more information concerning this event.

Jackson Square Partners, LLC (JSP) is the sub-advisor to the Fund. As sub-advisor, JSP is responsible for day-to-day management of the Fund’s assets. Although JSP serves as sub-advisor, the investment manager, Delaware Management Company, a series of Delaware Management Business Trust, has ultimate responsibility for all investment advisory services with JSP.

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.

Investments in small and/or medium-sized companies typically exhibit greater risk and higher volatility than larger, more established companies.

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 12/19/2014)

Institutional ClassPriceNet changeYTD
NAV$51.060.077.05%
Max offer price$51.06n/an/a

Total net assets (as of 11/30/2014)

$1.0 billion all share classes

Lipper ranking (as of 11/30/2014)

YTD ranking468 / 557
1 year478 / 551
3 years376 / 468
5 years59 / 416
10 years34 / 268
Lipper classificationMulti-Cap Growth Funds

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Benchmark, peer group

Russell 3000® Growth Index (view)

Lipper Multi-Cap Growth Funds Average (view)

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