Virtus GF U.S. Small Cap Focus Fund

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Product Overview

Investment Partner

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.


Learn more about Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, LLC

This is a marketing communication. Please refer to the prospectus of the UCITS and to the KIID before making any final investment decisions.

Investment Overview

  • The strategy seeks to provide strong long-term results by investing in a focused portfolio of small cap companies believed by Kayne Anderson Rudnick to have enduring competitive protections and favorable long-term prospects, purchased at attractive prices.
  • The firm's extensive knowledge of high-quality companies is used to construct a portfolio of the best opportunities chosen from across Kayne Anderson Rudnick's investment universe without consideration of style or sector weight restrictions.
  • The focus is not on attempting to forecast the market, but instead on trying to understand individual companies and their worth in order to be in the position to recognize attractive prices when they arise.
  • The fund invests primarily in stocks of small-capitalization companies located in the United States.
  • Investors invest in shares of the Fund. The Fund is suitable for long-term investors seeking capital appreciation and prepared to accept a moderate to high level of volatility.
  • The Fund is actively managed. The Fund uses the Russell 2000® Index as a comparator benchmark but not to constrain portfolio composition or as a target for performance.

This fund is registered in the following countries: Finland, Germany, Norway, and the UK

Risk Considerations

Equity Securities: The market price of equity securities may be adversely affected by financial market, industry, or issuer-specific events. Focus on a particular style or on small or medium-sized companies may enhance that risk.
Foreign & Emerging Markets: Investing in foreign securities, especially in emerging markets, subjects the portfolio to additional risks such as increased volatility, currency fluctuations, less liquidity, and political, regulatory, economic, and market risk.
Limited Number of Investments: Because the portfolio has a limited number of securities, it may be more susceptible to factors adversely affecting its securities than a portfolio with a greater number of securities.
Non-Diversified: The portfolio is not diversified and may be more susceptible to factors negatively impacting its holdings to the extent the portfolio invests more of its assets in the securities of fewer issuers than would a diversified portfolio.
Market Volatility: The value of the securities in the portfolio may go up or down in response to the prospects of individual companies and/or general economic conditions. Price changes may be short- or long-term. Local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, the spread of infectious illness or other public health issue, recessions, or other events could have a significant impact on the portfolio and its investments, including hampering the ability of the portfolio's manager(s) to invest the portfolio's assets as intended.
Prospectus: For additional information on risks, please see the fund's prospectus.

Fund Codes

Share Class ISIN Currency Bloomberg
A Shares Accumulating IE00BH4GXR02 USD VGUSCFA
C Shares Accumulating IE00BQSBKK65 USD VGUSCFC
I Shares Accumulating IE00BH4GXS19 USD VGUSCFI
I Shares Accumulating IE00BQSBKC81 EUR VGUSFIE
R Shares Accumulating IE00BQSBKL72 USD VGUSCFR

Process

Step 1:
Identify High-Quality Companies that

> Dominate their market

> Possess management excellence

> Have strong balance sheets and financial strength

> Show consistent growth

Step 2:
Develop Investment Conviction

> Determine sustainability of competitive advantages

> Identify superior return opportunities

> Assess strength of company management

> Seek independent confirmation from interviews with suppliers, competitors, and end-users

Step 3:
Construct a Diversified Portfolio

> Focus on companies with low business and financial risk

> Broad sector diversification

> Build a concentrated, high-conviction portfolio

Investment Professional

Todd Beiley

Todd Beiley, CFA

Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst

Industry start date: 1999
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2014

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