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At a Glance

Why invest in Special Equity?

  • Small-cap value fund (generally market caps up to $3 billion) that looks for conservatively managed companies with transparent accounting that have a viable niche or franchise whose stock can be bought below its economic value
  • Seeks companies with superior balance sheets, sustainable returns on invested capital, and strong levels of free cash flow from operations, among other attributes
  • Has a long-term history of low volatility and better risk-adjusted returns than its benchmark, the Russell 2000 Index

As of 03/31/17

  • Small-Cap
    Value Approach
    $1.34B
    Avg. Market Cap
  • Low
    Volatility
    98%
    Active Share
  • Lead Manager
    Tenure
    18+
    Years on Fund

Portfolio Management

"A deep understanding of accounting principles gives me a chance to get at the veracity of a company’s finances by scrutinizing the financial reports… I spend a lot of time going over the numbers. Frankly, I benefit, because I don’t believe everyone does this kind of work."
Charlie Dreifus

Performance

Average Annual Total Returns (%)

Outperformed Russell 2000 since inception (05/01/98) period as of 03/31/17.
QTR YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR 15YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
Special Equity -0.55 -0.5523.554.508.347.018.068.54 05/01/98
Russell 2000 2.47 2.4726.227.2212.357.128.387.12 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: 2.18

MAR YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR 15YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
Special Equity 2.61 -0.5523.554.508.347.018.068.54 05/01/98
Russell 2000 0.13 2.4726.227.2212.357.128.387.12 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: 2.18

APR YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR 15YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
Special Equity 1.15 0.6024.836.248.596.757.798.57 05/01/98
Russell 2000 1.10 3.5924.589.3612.716.858.537.15 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: 2.18

Important Performance and Expense Information

All performance information reflects past performance, is presented on a total return basis, reflects the reinvestment of distributions, and does not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, so that shares may be worth more or less than their original cost when redeemed. Consultant Class shares redeemed within 365 days of purchase may be subject to a 1% contingent deferred sales charge, payable to the Fund's distributor, Royce Fund Services, LLC, which is not reflected in the performance shown above; if it were, performance would be lower. Current month-end performance may be higher or lower than performance quoted and may be obtained at www.roycefunds.com. Operating expenses reflect the Fund's total annual operating expenses for the Consultant Class as of the Fund's most current prospectus and include management fees, 12b-1 distribution and service fees, and other expenses.

All performance and risk information presented in this material prior to the commencement date of Consultant Class shares on 6/2/03 reflects Investment Class results.Consultant Class shares bear an annual distribution expense that is not borne by Investment Class shares. If Consultant Class's annual distribution expense had been reflected, total returns prior to 6/2/03 would have been lower.

Rolling Returns

On a monthly basis, the Fund outperformed the Russell 2000 in 51% of all 10-Year periods; and 62% of all 5-Year periods.

For 99% of the periods, 10-year average annual total returns were greater than 5%.

Relative Returns: Monthly Rolling Average Annual Return Periods Since Inception Through 03/31/17

periods beating
the index(%)
fund
avg(%)
index
avg(%)
10-year
55/107
51 8.4 6.7
5-year
104/167
62 9.7 8.2
1-year
83/215
39 9.9 9.8

Absolute Returns: 10-Year Monthly Rolling Return PeriodsNumber of 10-Year Average Annual Return Periods Since the Fund’s Inception

Return Range Periods % in Range
> 10% 21 20
> 5% and ≤ 10% 85 79
> 0% and ≤ 5% 1 1
≤ 0% 0 0

The Fund averaged a 8.4% return over all 107 10-year monthly rolling return periods.

Market Cycle Performance

The Fund outperformed the Russell 2000 from the 6/23/15 index peak through current (3/31/17) and in one of the two previous full market cycle periods.
Peak-Peak - 07/13/07 - 04/29/11
Special Equity16.0%
Russell 20006.6%

Peak-Peak - 04/29/11 - 06/23/15
Special Equity37.4%
Russell 200058.5%

Peak-Current - 06/23/15 - 03/31/17
Special Equity11.3%
Russell 20009.8%

Royce defines market cycles as those that have retreated at least 15% from a previous market peak and have rebounded to establish a new peak above the previous one. 

Royce defines market cycles as those that have retreated at least 15% from a previous market peak and have rebounded to establish a new peak above the previous one. 

Calendar Year Total Returns (%)

 

Growth of Investment

Value of $10,000 invested between 05/01/98 and 03/31/17

Special Equity$47,151.63
Russell 2000$36,747.72

Portfolio Impactas of 03/31/17

SECTOR NAMEAVERAGE WEIGHT (%)TOTAL RETURN (%)CONTRIBUTION TO RETURN (%)
Information Technology
14.68
8.49
1.23
Industrials
19.86
0.01
-0.02
Real Estate
1.63
-8.01
-0.15
Consumer Discretionary
36.28
-0.59
-0.29
Consumer Staples
6.69
-4.89
-0.33
Materials
6.55
-6.29
-0.44
Cash
14.30
0.15
0.02

Top Contributors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Specialty RetailConsumer Discretionary1.11
Semiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.78
MachineryIndustrials0.26
Auto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary0.24
Electronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology0.24

Top Detractors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Household DurablesConsumer Discretionary-1.24
Food & Staples RetailingConsumer Staples-0.48
Paper & Forest ProductsMaterials-0.42
Professional ServicesIndustrials-0.27
Commercial Services & SuppliesIndustrials-0.21

Top Contributors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Children's PlaceSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary1.06
TeradyneSemiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.78
Cooper Tire & RubberAuto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary0.46
Wabash NationalMachineryIndustrials0.34
Meredith CorporationMediaConsumer Discretionary0.30

Top Detractors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Scholastic CorporationMediaConsumer Discretionary-0.51
Hooker FurnitureHousehold DurablesConsumer Discretionary-0.49
Weis MarketsFood & Staples RetailingConsumer Staples-0.48
Neenah PaperPaper & Forest ProductsMaterials-0.42
Flexsteel IndustriesHousehold DurablesConsumer Discretionary-0.39
SECTOR NAMEAVERAGE WEIGHT (%)TOTAL RETURN (%)CONTRIBUTION TO RETURN (%)
Information Technology
14.68
8.49
1.23
Industrials
19.86
0.01
-0.02
Real Estate
1.63
-8.01
-0.15
Consumer Discretionary
36.28
-0.59
-0.29
Consumer Staples
6.69
-4.89
-0.33
Materials
6.55
-6.29
-0.44
Cash
14.30
0.15
0.02

Top Contributors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Specialty RetailConsumer Discretionary1.11
Semiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.78
MachineryIndustrials0.26
Auto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary0.24
Electronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology0.24

Top Detractors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Household DurablesConsumer Discretionary-1.24
Food & Staples RetailingConsumer Staples-0.48
Paper & Forest ProductsMaterials-0.42
Professional ServicesIndustrials-0.27
Commercial Services & SuppliesIndustrials-0.21

Top Contributors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Children's PlaceSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary1.06
TeradyneSemiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.78
Cooper Tire & RubberAuto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary0.46
Wabash NationalMachineryIndustrials0.34
Meredith CorporationMediaConsumer Discretionary0.30

Top Detractors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Scholastic CorporationMediaConsumer Discretionary-0.51
Hooker FurnitureHousehold DurablesConsumer Discretionary-0.49
Weis MarketsFood & Staples RetailingConsumer Staples-0.48
Neenah PaperPaper & Forest ProductsMaterials-0.42
Flexsteel IndustriesHousehold DurablesConsumer Discretionary-0.39
SECTOR NAMEAVERAGE WEIGHT (%)TOTAL RETURN (%)CONTRIBUTION TO RETURN (%)
Consumer Discretionary
35.66
32.44
11.03
Industrials
21.99
26.30
5.70
Information Technology
14.85
31.83
4.58
Consumer Staples
5.41
50.34
2.54
Materials
8.93
19.48
2.52
Real Estate
1.46
-3.19
-0.04
Cash
11.71
0.39
0.05

Top Contributors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Auto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary3.40
Electronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology2.76
Diversified Consumer ServicesConsumer Discretionary2.55
MediaConsumer Discretionary2.36
Commercial Services & SuppliesIndustrials2.06

Top Detractors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Household DurablesConsumer Discretionary-0.25
Building ProductsIndustrials-0.06
Metals & MiningMaterials-0.05
Real Estate Management & DevelopmentReal Estate-0.04
Household ProductsConsumer Staples0.02

Top Contributors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Standard Motor ProductsAuto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary2.24
Children's PlaceSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary2.21
AVX CorporationElectronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology2.07
Capella EducationDiversified Consumer ServicesConsumer Discretionary1.98
UniFirst CorporationCommercial Services & SuppliesIndustrials1.93

Top Detractors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Bed Bath & BeyondSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-0.36
Hooker FurnitureHousehold DurablesConsumer Discretionary-0.32
Bassett Furniture IndustriesHousehold DurablesConsumer Discretionary-0.15
Hurco CompaniesMachineryIndustrials-0.10
CSS IndustriesHousehold DurablesConsumer Discretionary-0.09
SECTOR NAMEAVERAGE WEIGHT (%)TOTAL RETURN (%)CONTRIBUTION TO RETURN (%)
Consumer Discretionary
33.92
29.47
9.86
Information Technology
14.76
28.11
4.24
Industrials
22.81
18.34
4.04
Consumer Staples
6.11
64.78
3.09
Materials
10.57
17.14
2.10
Health Care
1.01
10.88
0.23
Energy
0.11
-15.75
-0.03
Real Estate
0.56
-22.78
-0.19
Financials
0.70
-46.26
-1.54
Cash
9.20
0.52
0.06
Unclassified
0.23
48.72
0.24

Top Contributors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
MediaConsumer Discretionary3.33
Diversified Consumer ServicesConsumer Discretionary2.70
Auto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary2.56
Paper & Forest ProductsMaterials2.37
Commercial Services & SuppliesIndustrials2.30

Top Detractors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Capital MarketsFinancials-1.54
Construction & EngineeringIndustrials-0.65
ChemicalsMaterials-0.32
Leisure ProductsConsumer Discretionary-0.32
Real Estate Management & DevelopmentReal Estate-0.19

Top Contributors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Children's PlaceSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary5.32
Capella EducationDiversified Consumer ServicesConsumer Discretionary2.29
Meredith CorporationMediaConsumer Discretionary2.29
Neenah PaperPaper & Forest ProductsMaterials2.14
Standard Motor ProductsAuto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary2.12

Top Detractors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Bed Bath & BeyondSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-2.64
Finish Line (The) Cl. ASpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-1.88
Foster (L.B.) CompanyMachineryIndustrials-1.57
Waddell & Reed Financial Cl. ACapital MarketsFinancials-1.54
Buckle (The)Specialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-0.93
SECTOR NAMEAVERAGE WEIGHT (%)TOTAL RETURN (%)CONTRIBUTION TO RETURN (%)
Consumer Discretionary
29.82
65.40
18.63
Industrials
21.82
85.77
17.95
Materials
11.62
81.33
11.02
Consumer Staples
6.30
160.06
7.55
Information Technology
15.21
57.85
7.27
Health Care
2.66
52.51
2.47
Energy
0.13
-2.47
0.14
Real Estate
0.34
-22.78
-0.19
Financials
0.42
-46.26
-1.54
Cash
10.17
0.64
0.09
Unclassified
1.50
153.47
3.93

Top Contributors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
ChemicalsMaterials6.53
Electrical EquipmentIndustrials6.41
MediaConsumer Discretionary6.41
Auto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary6.12
Commercial Services & SuppliesIndustrials6.05

Top Detractors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Capital MarketsFinancials-1.54
Construction & EngineeringIndustrials-0.53
Leisure ProductsConsumer Discretionary-0.43
Internet Software & ServicesInformation Technology-0.24
Real Estate Management & DevelopmentReal Estate-0.19

Top Contributors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
UniFirst CorporationCommercial Services & SuppliesIndustrials5.30
Children's PlaceSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary5.16
Meredith CorporationMediaConsumer Discretionary4.42
EnerSysElectrical EquipmentIndustrials3.89
Minerals TechnologiesChemicalsMaterials3.30

Top Detractors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Bed Bath & BeyondSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-2.27
Waddell & Reed Financial Cl. ACapital MarketsFinancials-1.54
DanaAuto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary-0.79
Finish Line (The) Cl. ASpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-0.76
LeapFrog Enterprises Cl. ALeisure ProductsConsumer Discretionary-0.70

Risk

Low Volatility vs. Peer Group as of 03/31/17

The Fund has a low volatility within its peer group of 525 Small-Cap Funds based on 5-year rolling standard deviation.

Down Market Performance Comparisonas of 03/31/17

The Fund outperformed the Russell 2000 during eight out of nine downturns of 10% or more from the index’s prior historical high since the Fund’s inception.

Market Downturns (%)

DownMarketImg
Outperformed in 14 out of 19 down quarters.

Russell 2000 Down Quarters

QUARTER ENDRUSSELL 2000 (%)SPECIAL EQUITY (%)SPREAD (%)
03/31/16-1.5+5.4+6.9
09/30/15-11.9-11.5+0.4
09/30/14-7.4-7.3+0.1
06/30/12-3.5-4.7-1.2
09/30/11-21.9-14.9+7.0
06/30/11-1.6-2.6-1.0
06/30/10-9.9-10.0-0.1
03/31/09-15.0-8.8+6.2
12/31/08-26.1-15.1+11.0
09/30/08-1.1+2.1+3.2
03/31/08-9.9-4.7+5.2
12/31/07-4.6-1.2+3.4
09/30/07-3.1-5.2-2.1
06/30/06-5.0-4.0+1.0
03/31/05-5.3-2.7+2.6
09/30/04-2.9-3.3-0.4
03/31/03-4.5-4.2+0.3
09/30/02-21.4-9.0+12.4
06/30/02-8.4+3.7+12.1

Capture Ratios Fund's First Full Quarter (06/30/98) to 03/31/17

Upside Capture Ratio measures a manager's performance in up markets relative to the Fund's benchmark. It is calculated by measuring the Fund's performance in quarters when the benchmark goes up and dividing it by the benchmark's return in those quarters.

Downside Capture Ratio measures a manager's performance in down markets relative to the Fund's benchmark. It is calculated by measuring the Fund's performance in quarters when the benchmark goes down and dividing it by the benchmark's return in those quarters.

Long Term Risk Measurementas of 03/31/17

Over the past 10 years, the Fund outperformed the Russell 2000 Index with lower volatility.
Over the past 5 years, the Fund produced lower volatility than the Russell 2000 Index.
Over the past 3 years, the Fund produced lower volatility than the Russell 2000 Index.
From the Fund's inception, the Fund outperformed the Russell 2000 Index with lower volatility.

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Morningstar Statistical Measures as of 03/31/17

The Fund produced lower volatility than the Russell 2000 and 75% of small-cap objective funds, as shown by its standard deviation.
Sharpe RatioStandard Deviation
Special Equity0.6712.97
Russell 20000.8814.36
Category Median0.8614.02
Best Quartile Breakpoint0.9613.18

Category Median and Best Quartile Breakpoint based on 525 small-cap objective funds (oldest class only) with at least five years of history.
Sharpe Ratio Standard Deviation
Special Equity
Russell 2000
Category Median
Best Quartile Breakpoint

Composition

Morningstar Style Map™as of 12/31/16

mstar-RSQCX

The Morningstar Style Map is the Morningstar Style Box™ with the center 75% of fund holdings plotted as the Morningstar Ownership Zone™. The Morningstar Style Box is designed to reveal a fund's investment strategy. The Morningstar Ownership Zone provides detail about a portfolio's investment style by showing the range of stock sizes and styles. The Ownership Zone is derived by plotting each stock in the portfolio within the proprietary Morningstar Style Box. The shaded area represents the center 75% of the Fund's assets while the plot point in the middle represents the weighted average of its holdings. Over time, the shape and location of a fund's ownership zone may vary.

Portfolio Diagnosticsas of 03/31/17

  RSQCX Russell 2000
Average Market Cap
1.34B
1.74B
98%
-
2016 Portfolio Turnover
29%
-
Weighted Average P/E,
18.9x
22.9x
Weighted Average P/B
2.1x
2.3x
U.S. Investments (% of Net Assets)
82.0%
-
Non-U.S. Investments (% of Net Assets)
0.0%
-

Portfolio Allocation

  • Total
    Holdings
    38


SECTORS
RSQCX (%) RUSSELL
2000 (%)
Consumer Discretionary
34.6
12.2
Industrials
19.1
14.3
Information Technology
14.0
17.5
Consumer Staples
6.7
2.9
Materials
5.9
5.2
Real Estate
1.7
7.8
Financials
-
19.4
Health Care
-
13.0
Utilities
-
3.7
Energy
-
3.4
Telecommunication Services
-
0.7
Cash and Cash Equivalents
18.0
-
POSITIONS% OF NET ASSETS
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Children's Place
5.8
AVX Corporation
5.0
UniFirst Corporation
4.6
Scholastic Corporation
4.2
Weis Markets
3.9
Standard Motor Products
3.7
Hubbell Cl. B
3.6
Cooper Tire & Rubber
3.3
Teradyne
3.3
Capella Education
2.9
Top 10 as % of Net Assets
40.3

SECTORS
RSQCX (%) RUSSELL
2000 (%)
Consumer Discretionary
34.6
12.2
Industrials
19.1
14.3
Information Technology
14.0
17.5
Consumer Staples
6.7
2.9
Materials
5.9
5.2
Real Estate
1.7
7.8
Financials
-
19.4
Health Care
-
13.0
Utilities
-
3.7
Energy
-
3.4
Telecommunication Services
-
0.7
Cash and Cash Equivalents
18.0
-
POSITIONS% OF NET ASSETS
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Children's Place
5.8
AVX Corporation
5.0
UniFirst Corporation
4.6
Scholastic Corporation
4.2
Weis Markets
3.9
Standard Motor Products
3.7
Hubbell Cl. B
3.6
Cooper Tire & Rubber
3.3
Teradyne
3.3
Capella Education
2.9
Top 10 as % of Net Assets
40.3

Portfolio Holdings

View the complete list of holdings for this fund as of 03/31/17. Unaudited schedule of portfolio holdings is presented for informational purposes only.

Least Portfolio Overlap - U.S. Equity Funds

Greatest Portfolio Overlap - U.S. Equity Funds

Geographical Breakdown

Distributions

NAV & Distributions


Start DateEnd Date
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Distributions

RECORD
DATE
EX-DATE PAYABLE
DATE
INCOME ($) SHORT
TERM
GAINS ($)
LONG
TERM
GAINS ($)
RETURN OF
CAPITAL ($)
TOTAL ($) REINVEST
PRICE ($)
12/14/16 12/15/16 12/15/16 0.0422 - 1.4903 - 1.5325 20.18
12/16/15 12/17/15 12/17/15 0.0311 - 1.8558 - 1.8869 16.58
12/16/14 12/17/14 12/17/14 0.0000 0.1069 2.1579 - 2.2648 20.86
12/04/13 12/05/13 12/05/13 0.0000 0.2421 1.9603 - 2.2024 22.76
12/05/12 12/06/12 12/06/12 0.2347 - 1.0981 - 1.3328 19.77
12/07/11 12/08/11 12/08/11 0.0000 - 1.0775 - 1.0775 18.63

NAV History for

Fees & Expenses

Shareholder Fees (%)

(fees paid directly from your investment)

Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases 0.00
Maximum deferred sales charge on purchases held for less than 365 days 1.00
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends 0.00

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (%)

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

Management fees 0.99
Distribution (12b-1) fees 1.00
Other expenses 0.19
Total annual Fund operating expenses 2.18

Important Disclosure Information

This material is not authorized for distribution unless preceded or accompanied by a current prospectus. Please read the prospectus carefuly before investing or sending money. The Fund invests primarily in small-cap and micro-cap stocks which may involve considerably more risk than investing in larger-cap stocks. (Please see "Primary Risks for Fund Investors" in the prospectus.) As of 03/31/17 the Fund invested a significant portion of its assets in a limited number of stocks, which may involve considerably more risk than more broadly diversified portfolio because a decline in the value of any one of these stocks would cause the Fund's overall value to decline to a greater degree. (Please see "Primary Risks for Fund Investors" in the prospectus.) 

Sector weightings are determined using the Global Industry Classification Standard ("GICS"). GICS was developed by, and is the exclusive property of, Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P") and MSCI Inc. ("MSCI"). GICS is the trademark of S&P and MSCI. "Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS)" and "GICS Direct" are service marks of S&P and MSCI.

The Price-Earnings, or P/E, Ratio is calculated by dividing a company's share price by its trailing 12-month earnings-per-share (EPS). The Fund's P/E ratio calculation excludes companies with zero or negative earnings. The Price-to-Book, or P/B, Ratio is calculated by dividing a company's share price by its book value per share. Standard deviation is a statistical measure within which a fund's total returns have varied over time. The greater the standard deviation, the greater a fund's volatility. Russell Investment Group is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks, and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. Russell® is a trademark of Russell Investment Group. Russell Investment Group is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. Russell© is a trademark of Russell Investment Group. The Russell 2000 is an unmanaged, capitalization-weighted index of domestic small-cap stocks. It measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest publicly traded U.S. companies in the Russell 3000 index. The performance of an index does not represent exactly any particular investment, as you cannot invest directly in an index. The performance of an index does not represent exactly any particular investment, as you cannot invest directly in an index.

Managed by Charlie Dreifus since 1998, assistant portfolio manager Steven McBoyle since 2014

6/2/2003 12:00:00 AM

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