Delaware Smid Cap Growth Fund


Delaware Smid Cap Growth Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation.


The Fund invests primarily in common stocks of growth-oriented companies that its portfolio managers believe have long-term capital appreciation potential and expect to grow faster than the U.S. economy. The portfolio managers particularly seek small to mid-sized companies.

Fund information
Inception date11/09/1992
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)November or December
Fund identifiers

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 (12/31/2016)

as of quarter-end (12/31/2016)

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-4.10%-4.10%1.98%10.63%8.80%9.61%11/09/1992
Russell 2500 Growth Index9.73%9.73%5.45%13.88%8.24%n/a
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-9.83%-4.10%1.98%10.63%8.80%9.61%11/09/1992
Russell 2500 Growth Index2.60%9.73%5.45%13.88%8.24%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
Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return

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

Portfolio characteristics - as of 12/31/2016Russell 2500 Growth Index
Number of holdings391,454
Market cap (median)$4.47 billion$1.24 billion
Market cap (weighted average)$4.50 billion$4.42 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)24%n/a
Beta (relative to Russell 2500 Growth Index) (view definition)0.73n/a
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)13.01n/a
Portfolio composition as of 12/31/2016Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Domestic equities100.1%
Cash and cash equivalents-0.1%
Top 10 equity holdings as of 12/31/2016
Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Holding% of portfolio
United Rentals Inc.5.6%
Trex Co. Inc.4.0%
American Woodmark Corp.3.9%
Jack in the Box Inc.3.8%
Yelp Inc.3.8%
Brunswick Corp. DE3.7%
Nutanix Inc.3.6%
Acacia Communications Inc.3.6%
Arista Networks Inc.3.6%
Diamondback Energy Inc.3.5%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings39.1%

Equity sectors as of 12/31/2016

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

Information technology29.0%0.0%
Consumer discretionary16.5%0.0%
Real Estate3.2%0.0%
Consumer staples2.7%0.0%
Distribution history - annual distributions (Institutional Class)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)
YearCapital gains3Net investment

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. 

Alexander Ely

Alex Ely 

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

Start date on the Fund: July 2016

Years of industry experience: 24

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

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 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 fees0.71%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.23%
Total annual fund operating expenses0.94%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursementsnone
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.94%

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

Effective July 1, 2016, the Small/Mid-Cap Growth team, of Delaware Management Company, replaced the Fund's sub-advisor, Jackson Square Partners, LLC. In connection with the investment team change, the board approved certain changes to the Fund's investment strategy. These changes may result in higher portfolio turnover in the near term. 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 800 523-1918 (individual investors), 877 693-3546 (financial advisors), or 800 362-7500 (institutional investors). These changes are significant and may affect future performance, as well as create tax implications.

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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 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.

Holding a relatively concentrated portfolio of a limited number of securities may increase risk because each investment has a greater effect on the Fund’s overall performance than would be the case for a more diversified fund.

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 01/20/2017)

Institutional ClassPriceNet change
Max offer price$22.83n/a

Total net assets (as of 12/31/2016)

$949.4 million all share classes

Overall Morningstar RatingTM

Institutional Class shares (as of 12/31/2016)
RatingNo. of funds
3 Yrs2588
5 Yrs2504
10 Yrs4368
Morningstar categoryMid-Cap Growth

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Morningstar ranking (as of 12/31/2016)

YTD ranking615 / 644
1 year615 / 644
3 years492 / 588
5 years371 / 504
10 years48 / 368
Morningstar categoryMid-Cap Growth

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Lipper ranking (as of 12/31/2016)

YTD ranking546 / 556
1 year546 / 556
3 years324 / 504
5 years348 / 442
10 years26 / 321
Lipper classificationSmall-Cap Growth Funds

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Benchmark, peer group

Russell 2500 Growth Index (view definition)

Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Category (view definition)

Lipper Small-Cap Growth Funds Average (view definition)

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