Delaware VIP® REIT Series

Objective

Delaware VIP REIT Series seeks maximum long-term total return, with capital appreciation as a secondary objective.

Strategy

The Series invests primarily in real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Series information
Inception date05/01/2000
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)Annually
Series identifier
CUSIP246493738

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 (07/31/2014)
YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)17.02%11.50%10.92%20.22%8.78%11.13%05/01/2000
FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index17.70%12.18%11.28%21.09%9.58%n/a
Average annual total return as of quarter-end (06/30/2014)
QTDYTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)6.56%17.02%13.10%11.48%22.45%8.88%11.20%05/01/2000
FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index6.98%17.66%13.21%11.84%23.52%9.61%n/a

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Expense ratio
Gross1.14%
Net1.09%

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual distribution fee waiver from April 30, 2014 to April 30, 2015. Please see the fee table in the Series' prospectus for more information.

The performance and expense ratio information shown represent the performance and fees as they relate to actual shares of the Series. These examples do not include any fees or sales charges imposed by the variable insurance contract for which the Series is an investment option. If they were included, your costs would be higher and performance would be lower. Investors should consult the contract prospectus or disclosure documents for more information.

Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return
20149.82%6.56%n/an/an/a
20136.89%-1.35%-3.11%-0.25%1.92%
201210.61%3.32%-0.34%2.38%16.61%
20116.78%3.99%-13.52%15.20%10.62%
20108.38%-2.57%13.02%6.09%26.61%
2009-30.82%26.03%30.42%8.38%23.24%
20081.38%-4.53%5.66%-36.71%-35.28%
20074.19%-8.97%2.98%-12.13%-14.18%
200612.90%-1.90%8.48%10.14%32.32%
2005-6.94%12.19%1.86%0.48%6.86%
200412.17%-5.89%8.67%14.27%31.09%
Portfolio characteristics - as of 07/31/2014
Share assets$223.8 million
Number of holdings53
Market cap (median)$4.31 billion
Market cap (weighted average)$15.16 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)97%
P/FFO ratio (view definition)16.25x
Beta (relative to FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index) (view definition)0.98
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)16.11
Portfolio composition as of 07/31/2014Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Domestic equities95.8%
Cash and cash equivalents4.2%
Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/2014
Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Holding% of portfolio
Simon Property Group Inc.9.7%
Equity Residential4.5%
Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.4.3%
Boston Properties Inc.4.3%
Prologis Inc.4.1%
AvalonBay Communities Inc.3.6%
Vornado Realty Trust3.0%
SL Green Realty Corp.3.0%
Essex Property Trust Inc.2.8%
Ventas Inc.2.8%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings42.1%
Top sectors as of 07/31/2014
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Sector% of portfolio
Apartments19.2%
Regional Malls15.6%
Office13.1%
Shopping Centers9.9%
Lodging9.0%
Health Care6.9%
Industrial5.5%
Diversified4.6%
Mixed3.5%
Freestanding3.1%
Bob Zenouzi

Bob Zenouzi 

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

Start date on the Fund: May 2006

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Damon Andres

Damon Andres, CFA

Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: May 1998

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The following table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Series. The fee table does not reflect any fees or sales charges imposed by variable insurance contracts. If it did, the expenses would be higher.

Annual series operating expenses
Management fees0.75%
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees0.30%
Other expenses0.09%
Total annual series operating expenses1.14%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements(0.05%)
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements1.09%

1The Series' distributor, Delaware Distributors, L.P. (Distributor), has contracted to limit the 12b-1 fees to no more than 0.25% of average daily net assets from April 30, 2014 through April 30, 2015. This waiver may be terminated only by agreement of the Distributor and the Series.

Carefully consider the Series' investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Series' prospectus and its summary prospectus, which may be obtained by clicking the prospectus link located in the right-hand sidebar or by calling 800 523-1918. 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.

The Series may invest in derivatives, which may involve additional expenses and are subject to risk, including the risk that an underlying security or securities index moves in the opposite direction from what the portfolio manager anticipated. A derivative transaction depends upon the counterparties’ ability to fulfill their contractual obligations.

Delaware VIP Series refers to Delaware VIP Funds. Delaware VIP Funds are not available for direct investment except for issuers of variable insurance product contracts. They are only available through the purchase of certain variable insurance products.

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

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Daily pricing (as of 08/29/2014)

Service ClassPriceNet changeYTD
NAV$14.410.0920.27%
Max offer price$14.41n/an/a

Total net assets (as of 07/31/2014)

$458.5 million all share classes

Benchmark, peer group

FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index (view)

Lipper Real Estate Funds Average (view)

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