Investment Focus

Royce offers a collection of distinct small-cap investment strategies and portfolios with different risk/return profiles that aim to meet a variety of investors' needs.

What does each Fund have in common?

  • Active, bottom-up, risk-conscious, and fundamental investment approach
  • Experienced small-cap portfolio managers
  • High active share, significant manager investment

What makes each Fund different?

  • Investment styles that focus on companies with specific attributes including, attractive valuations, premium quality companies, or companies with significant growth potential
  • Investable market caps that range from micro-cap to small-cap to mid-cap
  • Volatility levels and approaches to risk management

Style

Each of our portfolio managers uses an active, bottom-up, risk-conscious, and fundamental investment approach that aligns with one of the following styles.

Value


Emphasizes attractive valuation as one of the primary stock selection criteria
  • Seeks companies trading at a significant discount to Royce’s estimate of the business's worth and/or
  • Statistically inexpensive companies with low price-to-book or price-to-sales ratios

Core


Portfolios in this group use one of two distinct approaches
  • The first focuses on high-quality companies with histories of attractive, sustainable returns on invested capital
  • The second utilizes a combination of our value and growth strategies with selected high-quality companies

Growth


Invests in companies with above-average growth potential driven by organic revenue expansion
  • Seeks businesses benefiting from growth themes/trends
  • Focuses on companies with sustainable competitive advantage

Important Disclosure Information

Royce classifies a Fund as ‘Value’ because it anticipates the portfolio will have a weighted average price-to-book ratio lower than the Fund’s benchmark; as ‘Core’ because it anticipates the portfolio will have a weighted average price-to-book ratio that is similar to, or somewhat higher than, the Fund’s benchmark; or as ‘Growth’ because it anticipates the portfolio will have weighted average estimated EPS growth higher than the Fund’s benchmark.

Market Cap

Market cap defines the size of the companies in each Fund’s primary investment universe.

Micro-Cap


Companies with market caps up to $1B.
  • Stocks may often be inefficiently (and thus attractively) priced
  • May have higher volatility than small-cap or mid-cap stocks
  • More than 3,370 companies*

Small-Cap


Companies with market caps up to $3B
  • Stocks have more research coverage than micro-caps, but also greater liquidity
  • Lower volatility than micro-caps, but higher volatility than mid-caps
  • More than 4,240 companies*

Small/Mid-Cap


Companies with market caps up to $15B
  • Many stocks are established businesses with long histories of steady profitability
  • Lower volatility than micro-cap or small-cap stocks
  • More than 5,035 companies*

* Source: Reuters as of 6/30/15

Volatility

Royce Funds fall into one of five volatility levels based on that Fund’s relative volatility compared with its Morningstar peer group.

Low




Below Average




Average




Above Average




High


Important Disclosure Information

Low Volatility describes Funds with standard deviations in the lowest quintile among peers; Below Average Volatility describes Funds with standard deviations in the second-lowest quintile among peers; Average Volatility describes Funds with standard deviations in the middle volatility quintile among peers; Above Average Volatility describes Funds with standard deviations in the second-highest volatility quintile among peers; High Volatility describes Funds with standard deviations in the highest volatility quintile among peers. Volatility quintiles were determined among all funds in Morningstar’s Small Growth, Small Blend, and Small Value Categories with at least five years of history, a total of 474 funds as of 3/31/16 for Royce Low-Priced Stock, Micro-Cap, Micro-Cap Opportunity, Opportunity, Pennsylvania Mutual, Premier, Small-Cap Leaders, Small-Cap Value, Special Equity, Total Return, and Smaller-Companies Growth Funds; for Royce Dividend Value and Heritage Funds the quintile ranking among all funds in Morningstar’s Small-and Mid-Cap Growth, Small- and Mid-Cap Blend, and Small- and Mid-Cap Value Categories with at least five years of history, a total of 862 funds as of 3/31/16. In each case, the universe consists of each Fund’s oldest share class only. Royce calculated volatility quintiles based on the average five-year standard deviation for each of the last four calendar quarters. Higher volatility is usually associated with higher risk.

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