Royce International Premier Fund

 

International small-caps—and Royce International Premier Fund—are less risky than you may think.

 

How has the Fund's high-quality approach helped to produce lower historical volatility and strong performance?

The Fund's process emphasizes companies with strong balance sheets, high return on invested capital, and long-term records of franchise sustainability.

Selecting companie with these attributes has been critical in achieving the portfolio's long-term record of strong performance with relatively low volatility.

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RIPNX  
CUSIP
780811667
As of 09/30/17

ACTIVE SHARE 1
99%
VOLATILITY 2
Below Avg
NET ASSETS
117.0M

David Nadel
Lead Portfolio Manager
Mark Rayner, CA
Portfolio Manager
INTERNATIONAL WEBCAST

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December 5, 2017 4:00PM EST

AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS (%)
Outperformed Russell Global ex-U.S. Small Cap for the Quarter, Year To Date, 1-Year, 3-Year, 5-Year and since inception (12/31/10) periods as of 09/30/17.
QTR YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
International Premier 7.70 31.8923.3112.9812.048.24 12/31/10
Russell Glo x US SC 5.98 21.8817.487.138.775.16 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: Gross 1.59 Net 1.19

OCT YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
International Premier 2.25 34.8530.5914.4912.328.48 12/31/10
Russell Glo x US SC 2.18 24.5422.578.709.295.43 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: Gross 1.59 Net 1.19

NOV YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
International Premier 0.79 35.9137.7815.0812.598.53 12/31/10
Russell Glo x US SC N/A N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: Gross 1.59 Net 1.19

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. Shares redeemed within 30 days of purchase may be subject to a 2% redemption fee, payable to the Fund, 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. Gross operating expenses reflect the Fund's total gross annual operating expenses for the Investment Class and include management fees and other expenses. Net operating expenses reflect contractual fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements. All expense information is reported as of the Fund's most current prospectus. Royce & Associates has contractually agreed, without right of termination, to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessary to maintain the Investment Class's net annual operating expenses (excluding brokerage commissions, taxes, interest, litigation expenses, acquired fund fees and expenses, and other expenses not borne in the ordinary course of business) at or below 1.19% through April 30, 2018.

All performance and risk information presented in this material prior to the commencement date of Investment Class shares on 1/22/14 reflects Service Class results. Service Class shares bear an annual distribution expense that is not borne by Investment Class shares.

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 thoughts concerning recent market movements and future prospects for international small-company stocks are solely those of Royce & Associates, LP, and, of course, there can be no assurances with respect to future market performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

The Fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in foreign companies which may be subject to different risks than investments in securities of U.S. companies, including adverse political, social, economic, or other developments that are unique to a particular country or region. These risk factors may affect the prices of foreign securities issued by companies headquartered in developing countries more than those headquartered in developed countries. (Please see "Investing in Foreign Securities" in the prospectus.) Therefore, the prices of the securities of foreign companies in particular countries or regions may, at times, move in a different direction than those of the securities of U.S. companies. (Please see “Primary Risks for Fund Investors” in the prospectus.) The Fund invests primarily in small-cap stocks, which may involve considerably more risk than investing in larger-cap stocks. The Fund also generally invests a significant portion of its assets in a limited number of stocks, which may involve considerably more risk than a 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.)

1 Active Share: The sum of the absolute values of the different weightings of each holding in the Fund versus the each holding in the benchmark, divided by two.

2The Fund was in the second-lowest volatility quintile compared with all funds in Morningstar’s Foreign Small/Mid Growth, Foreign Small/Mid Blend, and Foreign Small/Mid Value Categories with at least five years of history, a total of 81 funds as of 6/30/17. The universe consists of each fund’s oldest share class only. Volatility quintiles are based on the average five-year standard deviation for each of the last four calendar quarters. Higher volatility is usually associated with higher risk.

The Sharpe Ratio is calculated for a specified period by dividing a fund's annualized excess returns by its annualized standard deviation. The higher the Sharpe Ratio, the better the fund's historical risk-adjusted performance. Return on Invested Capital is calculated by dividing a company’s past 12 months of operating income (earnings before interest and taxes) by its average invested capital (total equity, less cash and cash equivalents, plus total debt, minority interest, and preferred stock). The portfolio calculation is a simple weighted average that excludes cash, all non-equity securities, investment companies, and securities in the Financials sector with the exceptions of the asset management & custody banks and insurance brokers sub-industries. The portfolio calculation also eliminates outliers by applying the inter-quartile method of outlier removal. Upside Capture Ratio measures a manager’s performance in up markets relative to the Fund’s benchmark (Russell Global ex-U.S. Small Cap). 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 (Russell Global ex-U.S. Small Cap). 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.

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 Russell 2000 is an unmanaged, capitalization-weighted index of domestic small-cap stocks that measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest publicly traded U.S. companies in the Russell 3000 index. The Russell 1000 is an unmanaged, capitalization-weighted index of domestic large-cap stocks. It measures the performance of the 1,000 largest publicly traded U.S. companies in the Russell 3000 index. The Russell Global ex-U.S. Small Cap Index is an unmanaged, capitalization-weighted index of global small-cap stocks, excluding the United States. Index returns include net reinvested dividends and/or interest income. The Russell Global ex-U.S. Large Cap Index is an index of global large-cap stocks, excluding the United States. The performance of an index does not represent exactly any particular investment, as you cannot invest directly in an index. Frank Russell Company (“Russell”) is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. Russell® is a trademark of Frank Russell Company. Neither Russell nor its licensors accept any liability for any errors or omissions in the Russell Indexes and / or Russell ratings or underlying data and no party may rely on any Russell Indexes and / or Russell ratings and / or underlying data contained in this communication. No further distribution of Russell Data is permitted without Russell’s express written consent. Russell does not promote, sponsor or endorse the content of this communication.

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