Optimum Large Cap Value Fund seeks long-term growth of capital. The Fund may also seek income.
Under normal circumstances, the Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets (plus 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® Value Index. As of June 28, 2013, the Russell 1000 Value Index had a market capitalization range between $487.2 million and $401.7 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-advisers believe provide opportunities for capital growth and income, 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 Depository 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 Massachusetts Financial Services Company (MFS) and Herndon Capital Management, LLC (Herndon), to serve as the Fund’s sub-advisers. Each sub-adviser is responsible for the day-to-day investment management of the portion of the Fund’s assets that the Manager allocates to the sub-adviser. The Manager may change the allocation at any time. The relative values of each sub-adviser’s share of the Fund’s assets also may change over time. Each sub-adviser selects investments for its portion of the Fund based on its own investment style and strategy.
MFS focuses on investing the Fund’s assets in the stocks of companies that it believes are undervalued compared to their perceived worth (value companies). Value companies tend to have stock prices that are low relative to their earnings, dividends, assets, or other financial measures. MFS uses a bottom-up investment approach to buying and selling investments for the Fund. Investments are selected primarily based on fundamental analysis of individual issuers and their potential in light of their financial condition and market, economic, political, and regulatory conditions. Factors considered may include analysis of an issuer’s earnings, cash flows, competitive position, and management ability. Quantitative models that systematically evaluate an issuer’s valuation, price and earnings momentum, earnings quality and other factors may also be considered.
In managing its portion of the Fund’s assets, Herndon combines a value-oriented approach with fundamental analysis to seek to identify companies primarily from the Russell 1000 Index that they believe have strong fundamentals and are undervalued relative to other companies comprising the Russell 1000 Index. Value companies tend to have stock prices that are low relative to their earnings, dividends, assets or other financial measures. Companies that meet minimum capitalization and quality screens are evaluated and ranked based on a number of fundamental metrics. Herndon seeks to construct a portfolio that it believes has favorable characteristics relative to the Russell 1000 Index, including higher quality, higher dividend growth rates, lower valuation, stronger earnings growth, and lower volatility. To manage risk, Herndon seeks to limit sector and security exposure, maintain sector diversification, maintain a bias towards liquidity and adhere to a disciplined sell process.
In response to market, economic, political, or other conditions, a sub-adviser may temporarily use a different investment strategy for defensive purposes. If a sub-adviser 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 may be changed without shareholder approval. However, the Fund’s Board of Trustees must approve any changes to nonfundamental investment objectives, and the Fund will notify shareholders at least 60 days prior to a material change in the Fund’s objective.
|Capital gains paid*||December|
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 (02/28/2014)|
|YTD||1 year||3 year||5 year||10 year||Lifetime||Inception date|
|NAV (view definition)||-0.20%||23.06%||12.97%||21.64%||6.85%||8.15%||08/01/2003|
|Max offer price||n/a||15.96%||10.75%||20.23%||6.21%||7.54%|
|Average annual total return as of quarter-end (12/31/2013)|
|QTD||YTD||1 year||3 year||5 year||10 year||Lifetime||Inception date|
|NAV (view definition)||11.06%||32.14%||32.14%||15.08%||16.73%||7.23%||8.30%||08/01/2003|
|Max offer price||4.67%||24.51%||24.51%||12.84%||15.36%||6.59%||7.68%|
|Russell 1000 Value Index||10.01%||32.53%||32.53%||16.06%||16.67%||7.58%||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.
Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver from certain fees and/or expense reimbursements from July 29, 2013 to July 29, 2014. Please see the fee table in the Fund's prospectus for more information.
|Performance characteristics - as of 02/28/2014|
|Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)||13.74|
|Quarterly total returns @ NAV|
|Year||1st quarter||2nd quarter||3rd quarter||4th quarter||Annual return|
Delaware Management Company
Herndon Capital Management, LLC
Randell Cain, CFA
Principal, Portfolio Manager
Start date on the Fund: October 2010
Randell Cain, CFA, has primary responsibility for the day-to-day portfolio management of Herndon’s share of the Fund’s assets. He is a principal and portfolio manager at Herndon, and has been employed by Herndon since 2002. Cain has held responsibilities for this Fund since October 2010.
Massachusetts Financial Services Company
Steven R. Gorham, CFA
Start date on the Fund: August 2003
Steven R. Gorham, Investment Officer, shares primary responsibility for the day-to-day portfolio management of MFS’s share of the Fund’s assets. Gorham has been employed in the investment area of MFS since 1992, and has held responsibilities for this Fund since its inception.
Nevin P. Chitkara
Start date on the Fund: May 2006
Nevin P. Chitkara, Investment Officer, shares primary responsibility for the day-to-day portfolio management of MFS’s share of the Fund’s assets. Chitkara has been employed in the investment area of MFS since 1997, and has held responsibilities for this Fund since May 2006.
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 under the section entitled "Purchasing shares."
The following table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.
|Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases as a percentage of offering price||5.75%|
|Maximum contingent deferred sales charge (load) as a percentage of original purchase price or redemption price, whichever is lower||none|
|Annual fund operating expenses|
|Distribution and service (12b-1) fees||0.25%|
|Total annual fund operating expenses||1.49%|
|Fee waivers and expense reimbursements||(0.04%)|
|Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements||1.45%|
The chart below lists the percentage of the Fund's total assets under management that each sub-advisor manages on behalf of the Fund. The percentages include securities, cash, and any other assets managed by each sub-advisor in its sleeve of the Fund. These percentage allocations should be updated some time after 30 days following a given month end.
|Date||Herndon Capital Management||MFS Investment Management||Total|
Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.
High yielding, noninvestment 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.
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.