Optimum Large Cap Growth Fund


Optimum Large Cap Growth Fund seeks long-term growth of capital.


Under normal circumstances, the Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes, in securities of large market capitalization companies (80% policy). This policy may be changed only upon 60 days’ prior notice to shareholders. For purposes of this Fund, large market capitalization companies are those companies whose market capitalization is similar to the market capitalization of companies in the Russell 1000® Growth Index. As of June 30, 2015, the Russell 1000 Growth Index had a market capitalization range between $1.8 billion and $722.7 billion. The market capitalization range for this index will change on a periodic basis. A company’s market capitalization is based on its current market capitalization or its market capitalization at the time of the Fund’s investment. Companies whose market capitalization no longer meets this definition after purchase continue to be considered to have a large capitalization for purposes of this 80% policy.

The Fund intends to invest primarily in common stocks of U.S. companies, but it may also invest in other securities that the sub-advisors believe provide opportunities for capital growth, such as preferred stocks, warrants, and securities convertible into common stocks. In keeping with the Fund’s investment objective, the Fund may also invest in foreign securities, including American depositary receipts (ADRs) and other depositary receipts and shares; futures, options, and other derivatives; and fixed income securities, including those rated below investment grade.

The Fund’s manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), has selected T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. (T. Rowe Price) and Fred Alger Management, Inc. (Alger) to serve as the Fund’s sub-advisors. Each sub-advisor is responsible for the day-to-day investment management of the portion of the Fund’s assets that the Manager allocates to the sub-advisor. The Manager may change the allocation at any time. The relative values of each sub-advisor’s share of the Fund’s assets also may change over time. Each sub-advisor selects investments for its portion of the Fund based on the sub-advisor's own investment style and strategy.

In managing its portion of the Fund’s assets, T. Rowe Price normally invests in common stocks of a diversified group of growth companies. While it may invest in companies of any market capitalization, T. Rowe Price generally seeks investments in stocks of large-capitalization companies with one or more of the following characteristics: strong cash flow and an above-average rate of earnings growth; the ability to sustain earnings momentum during economic downturns; and occupation of a lucrative niche in the economy and ability to expand even during times of slow economic growth. T. Rowe Price believes that when a company increases its earnings faster than both inflation and the overall growth rate of the economy, the market will eventually reward it with a higher stock price. T. Rowe Price's portion of the Fund may at times invest significantly in technology stocks.

In pursuing its investment strategy, T. Rowe Price has the discretion to deviate from its normal investment criteria, as described above, and purchase securities that T. Rowe Price believes will provide an opportunity for substantial appreciation. These situations might arise when T. Rowe Price's management believes a security could increase in value for a variety of reasons, including a change in management, an extraordinary corporate event, a new product introduction or innovation, or a favorable competitive development. T. Rowe Price may sell securities for a variety of reasons, such as to secure gains, limit losses, or redeploy assets into more promising opportunities.

In managing its portion of the Fund’s assets, Alger invests primarily in growth stocks. Alger believes that issuers of growth stocks tend to fall into one of two categories:

  • High unit volume growth
    Vital, creative companies which offer goods or services to a rapidly expanding marketplace. They include both established and emerging firms, exercising market dominance, offering new or improved products, or firms simply fulfilling an increased demand for an existing product line.
  • Positive life cycle change
    Companies experiencing a major change that is expected to produce advantageous results. These changes may be as varied as new management, products or technologies; restructuring or reorganization; regulatory change; or merger and acquisition.

In implementing this philosophy, Alger places a heavy emphasis on original, in-depth analysis. Accordingly, Alger currently employs a team of more than 25 analysts. Analysts are sector specialists with broad responsibility to cover fundamental trends across the capitalization spectrum of their industries. The analyst team is composed of experienced analysts, who have years of experience analyzing the same industries and following the same companies as well as junior analysts supporting Alger's research, financial modeling and analytical process. The portfolio manager may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.

In response to market, economic, political, or other conditions, a sub-advisor may temporarily use a different investment strategy for defensive purposes. If a sub-advisor does so, different factors could affect the Fund’s performance and the Fund may not achieve its investment objective. The Fund’s investment objective is nonfundamental and can be changed without shareholder approval. However, the Fund’s Board of Trustees must approve any changes to nonfundamental investment objectives, and the Fund's shareholders would be given at least 60 days' notice prior to any such change.

Fund information
Inception date08/01/2003
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)November or December
Fund identifiers
Investment minimums
Initial investment$1,000
Subsequent Investments$100
Account features
Payroll DeductionNo

On Nov. 4, 2014, Class B shares of the Fund converted to Class A shares.

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 (03/31/2016)

as of quarter-end (03/31/2016)

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-4.41%-2.27%12.78%10.89%6.56%7.72%08/01/2003
Max offer price-9.93%-7.91%10.56%9.58%5.94%7.21%
Russell 1000 Growth Index0.74%2.52%13.61%12.38%8.28%n/a
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-4.41%-2.27%12.78%10.89%6.56%7.72%08/01/2003
Max offer price-9.93%-7.91%10.56%9.58%5.94%7.21%
Russell 1000 Growth Index0.74%2.52%13.61%12.38%8.28%n/a

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Class A shares have a maximum up-front sales charge of 5.75% and are subject to an annual distribution fee.

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

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver from certain fees and/or expense reimbursements from July 29, 2015 to July 29, 2016. Please see the fee table in the Fund’s prospectus for more information.

Performance characteristics - as of 03/31/2016
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)12.95
Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return

On Nov. 4, 2014, Class B shares of the Fund converted to Class A shares.

Investment manager

Delaware Management Company


T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Joseph B. Fath, CPA

Vice President

Start date on the Fund: January 2014

Joseph B. Fath is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of T. Rowe Price’s share of the Fund’s assets. Fath is Chairman of T. Rowe Price’s Investment Advisory Committee, which develops and executes the Fund's investment program. He joined T. Rowe Price in 2002 as an equity research analyst and, since 2008, has assisted other T. Rowe Price portfolio managers in managing the firm's U.S. large-cap growth strategies. Fath has held his Fund responsibilities since January 2014.

Fred Alger Management, Inc.

Ankur Crawford, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President

Start date on the Fund: June 2015

Ankur Crawford shares primary responsibility for the day-to-day management of the investment program for Alger’s portion of the Fund. Dr. Crawford has been employed by Alger since 2004 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and portfolio manager. She has held her Fund responsibilities since June 2015.

Patrick Kelly, CFA 

Executive Vice President

Start date on the Fund: September 2008

Patrick Kelly shares primary responsibility for the day-to-day management of the investment program for Alger’s portion of the Fund. Kelly has been employed by Alger since 1999 and currently serves as Executive Vice President and portfolio manager. He has held his Fund responsibilities since September 2008.

On Nov. 4, 2014, Class B shares of the Fund converted to Class A shares.

You may qualify for sales-charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $75,000 in the Optimum Funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your financial advisor, in the Fund's prospectus under the section entitled "About your account," and in the Fund's statement of additional information (SAI) under the section entitled "Purchasing shares."

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 price5.75%
Maximum contingent deferred sales charge (load) as a percentage of original purchase price or redemption price, whichever is lowernone
Annual fund operating expenses
Management fees0.74%
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees0.25%
Other expenses0.38%
Total annual fund operating expenses1.37%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements(0.03%)
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements1.34%

On Nov. 4, 2014, Class B shares of the Fund converted to Class A shares.

1The Fund’s investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), is contractually waiving its investment advisory fees and/or paying 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 1.09% of the Fund’s average daily net assets from July 29, 2015 through July 29, 2016. These waivers and reimbursements may only be terminated by agreement of the Manager and the Fund.

The chart below lists the percentage of the Fund's total assets under management that each sub-adviser manages on behalf of the Fund. The percentages include securities, cash, and any other assets managed by each sub-adviser in its sleeve of the Fund. These percentages allocations should be updated some time after 30 days following a given month end.


DateFred Alger ManagementMarsico Capital ManagementT. Rowe PriceTotal

Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.

On Nov. 4, 2014, Class B shares of the Fund converted to Class A shares.

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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, if available, its summary prospectus, which may be obtained by visiting the fund literature page or calling 800 914-0278. Investors should read the prospectus and, if available, the summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

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.

Fixed income securities and bond funds can lose value, and investors can lose principal, as interest rates rise. They also may be affected by economic conditions that hinder an issuer’s ability to make interest and principal payments on its debt.

The Fund may also be subject to prepayment risk, the risk that the principal of a fixed income security that is held by the Fund may be prepaid prior to maturity, potentially forcing the Fund to reinvest that money at a lower interest rate.

High yielding, non-investment-grade bonds (junk bonds) involve higher risk than investment grade bonds.

The high yield secondary market is particularly susceptible to liquidity problems when institutional investors, such as mutual funds and certain other financial institutions, temporarily stop buying bonds for regulatory, financial, or other reasons. In addition, a less liquid secondary market makes it more difficult for the Fund to obtain precise valuations of the high yield securities in its portfolio.

The Funds 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.

Liquidity risk is the possibility that securities cannot be readily sold within seven days at approximately the price at which a fund has valued them.

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.

Not FDIC Insured | No Bank Guarantee | May Lose Value

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Daily pricing (as of 04/29/2016)

Class APriceNet change
NAV$14.86no chg
Max offer price$15.77n/a

Total net assets (as of 03/31/2016)

$1.5 billion all share classes

Lipper ranking (as of 03/31/2016)

YTD ranking542 / 716
1 year429 / 663
3 years200 / 611
5 years214 / 540
10 years244 / 393
Lipper classificationLarge-Cap Growth Funds

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Benchmark, peer group

Russell 1000® Growth Index (view definition)

Lipper Large-Cap Growth Funds Average (view definition)

On Nov. 4, 2014, Class B shares of the Fund converted to Class A shares.

Any Macquarie Group entity noted on this page is not an authorized deposit-taking institution for the purposes of the Banking Act 1959 (Commonwealth of Australia) and that entity's obligations do not represent deposits or other liabilities of Macquarie Bank Limited (MBL). MBL does not guarantee or otherwise provide assurance in respect of the obligations of that entity, unless noted otherwise. 

Delaware Investments, a member of Macquarie Group, refers to Delaware Management Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including the Fund's investment manager (DMC) and the Fund's distributor, Delaware Distributors, L.P. Macquarie Group refers to Macquarie Group Limited and its subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. DMC, a series of Delaware Management Business Trust, is a U.S. registered investment advisor.

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