Virtus KAR Small-Cap Value Series
The Series seeks to generate attractive risk-adjusted long-term returns by investing in the stocks of U.S. small-cap value companies with durable competitive advantages, excellent management, lower financial risk, and strong growth trajectories. A disciplined investment process is employed to identify businesses that are differentiated by above-average returns on capital and trading at attractive valuations.
Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, LLC
Kayne Anderson Rudnick believes that superior risk-adjusted returns may be achieved through investment in high-quality companies with market dominance, excellent management, financial strength, and consistent growth, purchased at reasonable prices.
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Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst
Industry start date: 2001
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2010
Julie Kutasov is a portfolio manager and senior research analyst at Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners. She has primary research responsibilities for the small- and mid-cap materials, industrials, and utilities sectors.
Before joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2001, Ms. Kutasov worked at Goldman Sachs in a program focused on investment management for high-net worth individuals. Prior to that, she was a senior associate at Arthur Andersen, leading teams that provided financial audit and business advisory services to a variety of clients in service-related industries.
Ms. Kutasov earned a B.A. in business economics, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She previously worked as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. She began working in the investment industry in 2001.
Co-Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst
Industry start date: 1989
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2010
Craig Stone is co-chief investment officer, portfolio manager, and senior research analyst at Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners. He has primary research responsibilities for the small- and mid-cap real estate and consumer discretionary sectors. As co-chief investment officer, Mr. Stone shares responsibility for leading the investment team and overseeing the strategic management of the firm’s investment portfolios with Douglas S. Foreman.
Before joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2000, Mr. Stone was a portfolio manager at Doheny Asset Management.
Mr. Stone earned a B.S. in international business from San Francisco State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He began working in the investment industry in 1989.
Searches for quality small-cap value companies with solid balance sheets, consistent growth, profitability, and market dominant business models
Lower Volatility Approach
Extensive fundamental research favors companies with less business risk, as defined by lower earnings variability, consistent and profitable growth, high returns on capital, strong free cash flow, and a low organic need for external financing, all of which can help to protect profits in difficult markets
Focused on the portfolio team's 25-35 strongest investment opportunities, with a long-term, low-turnover approach to realize full stock value potential
Characteristics4(as of 09/29/2023)
|Average Weighted Market Cap (billions)||$4.96|
|Median Market Cap (billions)||$3.15|
|Trailing P/E Ex-Negative Earnings||21.28|
|3-Year Earnings Growth Rate||16.12|
Top Holdings (% Series)
|Houlihan Lokey Inc||
|Thor Industries Inc||
|Construction Partners Inc||
|SiteOne Landscape Supply Inc||
|RBC Bearings Inc||
|Landstar System Inc||
|Hillman Solutions Corp||
Holdings are subject to change.
Sector Allocation (% Equity)
Performance & Risk
Growth of $10,000 InvestmentFrom to
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Shares of the Funds are sold only through the currently effective prospectuses and are not available to the general public. Shares of the Funds may be purchased only by life insurance companies to be used with their separate accounts which fund variable annuity and variable life insurance policies or qualified retirement plans and are also available as an underlying investment fund for certain qualified retirement plans. The performance information for the Funds does not reflect fees and expenses of the insurance companies. If such fees and expenses were deducted, performance would be lower.
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1 Yields/Distributions: Distribution Yield (at NAV) is calculated by annualizing the latest month's distribution and dividing by the NAV on the last business day of the period. SEC Yield represents the net investment income earned by a fund over a 30-day period (7-day period for Money Market Funds), expressed as an annual percentage rate based on the fund's public offering share price at the end of the 30-day period (7-day period for Money Market Funds).
2 Distribution History: Distributions are represented on a cash basis and may be reclassified at year end for tax purposes. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes. STCG: Short Term Capital Gain, LTCG: Long Term Capital Gain
3 Risk Statistics: R2 is a statistical measure that represents the percentage of a fund or security's movements that can be explained by movements in a benchmark index. Beta is a quantitative measure of the volatility of a given portfolio to the overall market. Alpha is a risk adjusted measure of an investment's excess return relative to a benchmark. A positive Alpha indicates that the investment produced a return greater than expected for the risk (as measured by Beta) taken. Standard Deviation measures variability of returns around the average return for an investment fund. Higher standard deviation suggests greater risk. Risk Statistics are calculated using 36 monthly returns.
4 Characteristics: For Equity Funds: Avg. Weighted Market Cap (bn): The sum of each security's weight within the fund (or index) multiplied by the security's market capitalization. Trailing P/E-Negative Earnings: Per-share stock price divided by the latest 12-months Earnings per Share; Price/Cash Flow: Per-share stock price divided by the per-share operating cash flow; Price/Book: Per-share stock price divided by the latest 12-month per-share Book Value; 3-Year EPS Growth Rate: Average of earnings per share growth for latest 3-year period. The 3-Year EPS Growth Rate is not a forecast of the fund's performance.
4 Characteristics: For Fixed Income Funds: Effective Duration represents the interest rate sensitivity of a fixed income fund. For example, if a fund's effective duration is five years, a 1% increase in interest rates would result in a 5% decline in the fund's price. Similarly, a 1% decline in interest rates would result in a 5% gain in the fund's price.
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