Delaware VIP® Small Cap Value Series

Objective

Delaware VIP Small Cap Value Series seeks capital appreciation.

Strategy

We invest primarily in stocks of small companies whose stock prices appear low relative to their underlying value or future potential.

Series information
Inception date05/01/2000
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)Annually
Series identifier
CUSIP246493688

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 (08/31/2015)
YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-5.15%-6.58%11.74%13.73%7.17%10.43%05/01/2000
Average annual total return as of quarter-end (06/30/2015)
QTDYTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-1.08%1.98%0.77%15.26%15.81%8.35%11.08%05/01/2000
Russell 2000 Value Index-1.20%0.76%0.78%15.50%14.81%6.87%n/a

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Index performance returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs, or expenses. Indices are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index.

Expense ratio
Gross1.10%
Net1.05%

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual distribution fee waiver from April 29, 2015 to April 29, 2016. 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
20153.09%-1.08%n/an/an/a
20143.03%3.74%-5.40%4.46%5.62%
201312.20%1.02%7.52%9.28%33.17%
201211.25%-4.31%3.97%2.67%13.63%
20117.37%-2.02%-19.55%16.27%-1.59%
20109.51%-7.27%13.03%14.92%31.92%
2009-13.61%16.29%22.71%6.73%31.56%
2008-4.38%1.10%-4.36%-24.37%-30.07%
20072.65%4.73%-6.79%-7.03%-6.84%
200611.54%-2.87%1.25%5.64%15.89%
2005-0.64%3.53%4.31%1.72%9.15%
Portfolio characteristics - as of 08/31/2015
Number of holdings115
Market cap (median)$1.87 billion
Market cap (weighted average)$2.56 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)16%
Beta, 3 years (relative to Russell 2000 Value Index) (view definition)0.89
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)11.96
Portfolio composition as of 08/31/2015Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Domestic equities99.3%
Cash and cash equivalents0.7%
Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/2015
Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Holding% of portfolio
East West Bancorp Inc.2.9%
ITT Corp.1.8%
Synopsys Inc.1.7%
Kaiser Aluminum Corp.1.7%
Webster Financial Corp.1.7%
Service Corp. International/US1.7%
Berry Plastics Group Inc.1.6%
Selective Insurance Group Inc.1.6%
Bank of Hawaii Corp.1.6%
CommScope Holding Co. Inc.1.5%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings17.8%
Top sectors as of 08/31/2015
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Sector% of portfolio
Financial Services25.5%
Technology13.4%
Consumer Services9.4%
Basic Industry8.7%
Capital Spending8.1%
Health Care7.6%
Reits6.8%
Energy5.6%
Consumer Cyclical4.4%
Consumer Staples3.1%
Chris Beck

Christopher S. Beck, CFA

Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer — Small-Cap Value / Mid-Cap Value Equity

Start date on the Fund: May 1997

Years of industry experience: 34

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Steve Catricks

Steven G. Catricks, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Equity Analyst

Start date on the Fund: July 2012

Years of industry experience: 16

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Kent Madden

Kent P. Madden, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Equity Analyst

Start date on the Fund: July 2012

Years of industry experience: 19

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Kelly McKee

Kelley A. McKee, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Equity Analyst

Start date on the Fund: July 2012

Years of industry experience: 13

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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 fees0.72%
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees0.30%
Other expenses0.08%
Total annual series operating expenses1.10%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements(0.05%)
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements1.05%

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 29, 2015 through April 29, 2016. This waiver may be terminated only by agreement of the Distributor and the Series.

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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.

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

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.

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 09/02/2015)

Service ClassPriceNet changeYTD
NAV$33.370.39-7.05%
Max offer price$33.37n/an/a

Total net assets (as of 08/31/2015)

$997.6 million all share classes

Benchmark, peer group

Russell 2000® Value Index (view definition)

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