• Overview

    Category
    Domestic Equity

    Hennessy Cornerstone Growth Fund

    Quantitatively managed, the Fund maintains a concentrated portfolio, which seeks growth at a reasonable price.

    Investor

    HFCGX

    Institutional

    HICGX

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    • Investor
    • HFCGX
    • Institutional
    • HICGX

    Among 584 Small Blend Funds (Based on risk-adjusted returns, as of 3/31/24)

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    Why Invest

    • Quantitatively-driven, repeatable investment process
    • Combines growth investing with a valuation overlay
    • Focus on undervalued companies that have proven earnings and stock price growth

    Investment Criteria

    The Hennessy Cornerstone Growth Fund utilizes a quantitative formula to identify 50 common stocks with the highest one-year price appreciation that also meet the following criteria:

    1. Market capitalization exceeding $175 million
    2. Price-to-sales ratio below 1.5
    3. Annual earnings higher than the previous year
    4. Positive stock price appreciation over the past three- and six-month periods

    Portfolio Managers

    • Neil J. Hennessy
      Chief Market Strategist and Portfolio Manager
      • 24
        Years on Fund
      • 44
        Years of Experience
    • Ryan C. Kelley
      Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager
      • 7
        Years on Fund
      • 28
        Years of Experience
    • L. Joshua Wein, CAIA
      Portfolio Manager
      • 5
        Years on Fund
      • 27
        Years of Experience

    “The Fund marries value and momentum investing.”

    - Neil Hennessy

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  • Performance

    Daily Pricing & Performance

    as of 6/18/24
    • Investor Class (HFCGX)
      • NAV

        $33.67

      • $ Change

        $0.09

      • % Change

        0.27%

      • YTD

        23.20%

    • Institutional Class (HICGX)
      • NAV

        $35.19

      • $ Change

        $0.09

      • % Change

        0.26%

      • YTD

        23.39%

    Average Annualized Total Return

    as of 5/31/24
    Name 1 Mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (11/1/96)
    Investor Class (HFCGX) 7.55% 28.28% 66.23% 14.41% 20.82% 11.44% 10.13%
    Institutional Class (HICGX) 7.61% 28.47% 66.77% 14.78% 21.20% 11.78% 10.34%
    Russell 2000® Index 5.02% 2.68% 20.12% -1.65% 8.61% 7.66% 8.21%
    S&P 500® Index 4.96% 11.30% 28.19% 9.57% 15.80% 12.69% 9.58%

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    as of 3/31/24
    Name QTR YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (11/1/96)
    Investor Class (HFCGX) 25.32% 25.32% 52.38% 16.05% 19.19% 11.13% 10.10%
    Institutional Class (HICGX) 25.42% 25.42% 52.85% 16.43% 19.57% 11.47% 10.31%
    Russell 2000® Index 5.18% 5.18% 19.71% -0.10% 8.11% 7.58% 8.35%
    S&P 500® Index 10.56% 10.56% 29.88% 11.49% 15.05% 12.96% 9.62%

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    Hypothetical Growth of $10,000

    as of 5/31/2024

    Value of $10,000 invested between 5/31/2023 and 5/31/2024

    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HFCGX) $16,623
    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HICGX) $16,677
    Russell 2000® Index $12,012
    S&P 500® Index $12,819

    Value of $10,000 invested between 5/31/2021 and 5/31/2024

    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HFCGX) $14,976
    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HICGX) $15,121
    Russell 2000® Index $9,513
    S&P 500® Index $13,154

    Value of $10,000 invested between 5/31/2019 and 5/31/2024

    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HFCGX) $25,747
    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HICGX) $26,154
    Russell 2000® Index $15,116
    S&P 500® Index $20,826

    Value of $10,000 invested between 5/31/2014 and 5/31/2024

    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HFCGX) $29,539
    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HICGX) $30,454
    Russell 2000® Index $20,918
    S&P 500® Index $33,028

    Value of $10,000 invested between 11/1/1996 and 5/31/2024

    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HFCGX) $143,196
    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HICGX) $150,716
    Russell 2000® Index $88,008
    S&P 500® Index $124,683

    This data illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 investment made in the Fund for the period noted, and it assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. This chart does not imply future performance.

    Calendar Year Total Returns

      2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
    Investor Class (HFCGX)
    13.82% -1.09% 8.37% 16.60% -21.22% 20.70% 17.73% 28.89% -4.93% 19.58%
    Institutional Class (HICGX)
    14.01% -0.86% 8.70% 16.99% -20.91% 21.05% 18.08% 29.36% -4.65% 19.99%
    Russell 2000® Index
    4.89% -4.41% 21.31% 14.65% -11.01% 25.52% 19.96% 14.82% -20.44% 16.93%
    S&P 500® Index
    13.69% 1.38% 11.96% 21.83% -4.38% 31.49% 18.40% 28.71% -18.11% 26.29%
    Year
    Investor Class (HFCGX)
    Institutional Class (HICGX)
    Russell 2000® Index
    S&P 500® Index
    2013 35.89% 36.43% 38.82% 32.39%
    2012 30.31% 30.76% 16.35% 16.00%
    2011 -10.78% -10.58% -4.18% 2.11%
    2010 11.50% 12.06% 26.85% 15.06%
    2009 10.29% 10.60% 27.17% 26.46%
    2008 -43.69% -43.56% -33.79% -37.00%
    2007 -2.18% -2.18% -1.57% 5.49%
    2006 10.42% 10.42% 18.37% 15.79%
    2005 11.96% 11.96% 4.55% 4.91%
    2004 16.65% 16.65% 18.33% 10.88%
    2003 45.82% 45.82% 47.25% 28.68%
    2002 -4.71% -4.71% -20.48% -22.10%
    2001 12.14% 12.14% 2.49% -11.89%
    2000 5.30% 5.30% -3.02% -9.10%
    1999 37.72% 37.72% 21.26% 21.04%
    1998 3.67% 3.67% -2.55% 28.58%
    1997 31.33% 31.33% 22.36% 33.36%

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    Returns-Based Statistics
    Relative to Russell 2000® Index

    as of 3/31/24
    Investor Class (HFCGX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha 15.58 10.57 3.97
    Beta 0.96 1.03 0.96
    Upside Capture 130.03 120.25 98.59
    Downside Capture 79.77 91.25 84.65
    Institutional Class (HICGX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha 15.91 10.89 4.28
    Beta 0.96 1.03 0.96
    Upside Capture 130.67 120.78 99.20
    Downside Capture 79.33 90.81 84.14

    Alpha measures the fund’s excess return relative to the return of the benchmark. Beta measures the volatility of the fund compared to that of the benchmark. The beta of the benchmark is 1.00. Capture ratios measure the fund’s overall performance in up markets (positive return periods) and down markets (negative return periods).

    Sharpe Ratio

    as of 3/31/24
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Investor Class (HFCGX) 0.62 0.71 0.53
    Institutional Class (HICGX) 0.64 0.72 0.54
    Russell 2000® Index -0.04 0.36 0.39
    Small Blend Category Average 0.11 0.40 0.38

    Sharpe Ratio is a measure of risk-adjusted return, reflecting the average return earned in excess of the risk-free rate per unit of volatility.

    Standard Deviation

    as of 3/31/24
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Investor Class (HFCGX) 23.86 27.28 21.91
    Institutional Class (HICGX) 23.89 27.28 21.91
    Russell 2000® Index 21.39 23.88 20.30
    Small Blend Category Average 19.60 22.76 19.15

    Standard deviation is a statistical measure of the historical volatility of a mutual fund or portfolio.

    Fund Expenses

    • Investor Class (HFCGX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.33%

    • Institutional Class (HICGX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.02%

    Performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance of the fund may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

    Morningstar Proprietary Ratings reflect risk-adjusted performance as of 3/31/24. The Morningstar Rating for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Institutional Class (HICGX) received 5 stars for the three-year, 5 stars for the five-year and 5 stars for the ten-year periods ended 3/31/24 / Investor Class (HFCGX) received 5 stars for the three-year, 5 stars for the five-year and 5 stars for the ten-year periods ended 3/31/24 among 584, 552 and 384 Small Blend Funds, respectively. Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in distribution percentage.

    Each Morningstar category average represents a universe of funds with similar objectives. The Morningstar Style Box reveals the fund's investment style as of 3/31/24. The vertical axis shows the market capitalization of the stocks owned and the horizontal axis shows investment style (value, blend, or growth). ©Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

    The performance shown for Institutional Class shares / HICGX prior to 3/3/08 represents the performance of Investor Class shares of the Fund and includes expenses that are not applicable to and are higher than those of Institutional Class shares.

    The S&P 500® and Russell 2000® are unmanaged indices commonly used to measure the performance of U.S. stocks. One cannot invest directly in an index.

    Standard & Poor’s Financial Services is the source and owner of the S&P® and S&P 500® trademarks.

    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 Russell. Neither Russell nor its licensors accept any liability for any errors or omissions in the Russell Indexes or Russell ratings or underlying data, and no party may rely on any Russell Indexes or Russell ratings 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.

    Fund holdings and sector allocations are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security.

  • Portfolio

    Portfolio Characteristics

    as of 3/31/24
    Inception Date (HFCGX) 11/1/96
    Inception Date (HICGX) 3/3/08
    Total Fund Assets $331 Million
    Active Share vs. Russell 2000® Index 94%
    Portfolio Turnover 9%
    Median Market Cap $4.3 Billion
    Median Price/Earnings 12.0x
    Median Price/Book 2.6x
    Median Price/Sales 0.8x

    Price/Earnings measures a stock’s price per share compared to earnings. Price/Book measures a stock’s price per share to book value. Price/Sales measures a stock’s price per share to revenue. Portfolio Turnover, Price/Earnings, and Price/Sales shown reflect the trailing 12-month period.

    Sector Weighting

    as of 3/31/24
    Fund Russell 2000® Index Difference
    Industrials 27.8% 17.6% +10.2%
    Energy 18.9% 7.3% +11.5%
    Information Technology 17.1% 15.0% +2.1%
    Consumer Discretionary 15.8% 10.8% +5.0%
    Materials 12.2% 4.5% +7.6%
    Financials 2.3% 15.9% -13.6%
    Real Estate 0.8% 5.6% -4.8%
    Utilities 0.0% 2.5% -2.5%
    Health Care 0.0% 15.3% -15.3%
    Consumer Staples 0.0% 3.3% -3.3%
    Communication Services 0.0% 2.1% -2.1%
    Cash & Other 5.1%

    Portfolio Holdings

    Top 10 Holdings

    as of 3/31/24
    Top 10 Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    Super Micro Computer, Inc. SMCI 13.5%
    Modine Manufacturing Co. MOD 5.1%
    Sterling Infrastructure, Inc. STRL 3.6%
    Comfort Systems USA, Inc. FIX 2.9%
    EMCOR Group, Inc. EME 2.8%
    Alpha Metallurgical Resources AMR 2.5%
    Green Brick Partners, Inc. GRBK 2.5%
    Weatherford International PLC WFRD 2.4%
    YPF SA YPF 2.3%
    Jabil, Inc. JBL 2.1%
    Total as % of Net Assets 39.7%

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    Total Holdings: 51

    as of 3/31/24
    Equity Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    Super Micro Computer, Inc. SMCI 13.5%
    Modine Manufacturing Co. MOD 5.1%
    Sterling Infrastructure, Inc. STRL 3.6%
    Comfort Systems USA, Inc. FIX 2.9%
    EMCOR Group, Inc. EME 2.8%
    Alpha Metallurgical Resources AMR 2.5%
    Green Brick Partners, Inc. GRBK 2.5%
    Weatherford International PLC WFRD 2.4%
    YPF SA YPF 2.3%
    Jabil, Inc. JBL 2.1%
    Marathon Petroleum Corp. MPC 2.1%
    Carpenter Technology Corp. CRS 2.0%
    Clean Harbors, Inc. CLH 2.0%
    Applied Industrial Technologiees AIT 1.9%
    Dillard's, Inc. DDS 1.8%
    Encore Wire Corp. WIRE 1.8%
    Granite Construction, Inc. GVA 1.8%
    Reliance, Inc. RS 1.8%
    Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. PARR 1.8%
    PBF Energy, Inc. PBF 1.7%
    Valero Energy Corp. VLO 1.7%
    ATI, Inc. ATI 1.7%
    Unum Group UNM 1.7%
    Fluor Corp. FLR 1.6%
    Materion Corp. MTRN 1.6%
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. STLD 1.6%
    Oceaneering International, Inc. OII 1.5%
    CVR Energy, Inc. CVI 1.5%
    Penske Automotive Group, Inc. PAG 1.5%
    Wabash National Corp. WNC 1.5%
    Terex Corp. TEX 1.5%
    Academy Sports & Outdoors, Inc. ASO 1.5%
    Belden, Inc. BDC 1.5%
    Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM 1.4%
    WESCO International, Inc. WCC 1.4%
    Timken Co. TKR 1.3%
    Oxford Industries, Inc. OXM 1.3%
    Insperity, Inc. NSP 1.2%
    United Airlines Holdings, Inc. UAL 1.2%
    CECO Environmental Corp. CECO 1.1%
    O-I Glass, Inc. OI 1.0%
    BorgWarner, Inc. BWA 1.0%
    Visteon Corp. VC 0.9%
    Oil States International, Inc. OIS 0.9%
    Service Properties Trust SVC 0.8%
    Teekay Corp. TK 0.8%
    Tsakos Energy Navigation, Ltd. TNP 0.6%
    StoneX Group, Inc. SNEX 0.6%
    Phinia Inc PHIN 0.3%
    Titan Machinery, Inc. TITN 0.2%
    Vertex Energy, Inc. VTNR 0.2%
    Total as % of Net Assets 94.9%
    Cash & Other Holdings % of Net Assets
    Cash & Other 5.1%
    Total as % of Net Assets 5.1%

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    Full portfolio holdings as of 4/30/24, which reflect the Fund's most recent rebalance.

    Equity Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    Oscar Health, Inc. OSCR 2.4%
    LendingTree, Inc. TREE 2.3%
    Tutor Perini Corp. TPC 2.3%
    IES Holdings, Inc. IESC 2.2%
    Tenet Healthcare Corp. THC 2.1%
    Stride, Inc. LRN 2.1%
    Liberty Energy, Inc. LBRT 2.1%
    Dell Technologies, Inc. DELL 2.1%
    Universal Technical Institute UTI 2.1%
    Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. SFM 2.1%
    Moog, Inc. MOG/A 2.0%
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries TEVA 2.0%
    DaVita, Inc. DVA 2.0%
    Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. BKD 2.0%
    EMCOR Group, Inc. EME 2.0%
    TechnipFMC, PLC FTI 2.0%
    Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. AMRX 2.0%
    VSE Corp. VSEC 2.0%
    REV Group, Inc. REVG 2.0%
    Mercury General Corp. MCY 2.0%
    Allstate Corp. ALL 2.0%
    Groupon, Inc. GRPN 2.0%
    JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. JELD 1.9%
    Greenbrier Cos, Inc. GBX 1.9%
    Celestica, Inc. CLS 1.9%
    Koppers Holdings, Inc. KOP 1.9%
    AZZ, Inc. AZZ 1.9%
    Cimpress PLC CMPR 1.9%
    Assurant, Inc. AIZ 1.9%
    Toll Brothers, Inc. TOL 1.9%
    American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. AEO 1.8%
    SiriusPoint, Ltd. SPNT 1.8%
    American Woodmark Corp. AMWD 1.8%
    Interface, Inc. TILE 1.8%
    Griffon Corp. GFF 1.8%
    Masterbrand, Inc. MBC 1.8%
    Quanex Building Products Corp. NX 1.8%
    Ultrapar Participacoes SA UGP 1.8%
    SMART Global Holdings, Inc. SGH 1.7%
    Urban Outfitters, Inc. URBN 1.7%
    PVH Corp. PVH 1.7%
    Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. LYV 1.7%
    Blue Bird Corp. BLBD 1.7%
    Guess?, Inc. GES 1.7%
    Dave & Buster's Entertainment PLAY 1.7%
    Dream Finders Homes, Inc. DFH 1.7%
    Turtle Beach Corp. HEAR 1.6%
    Gap, Inc. GPS 1.6%
    Stellantis NV STLA 1.6%
    Forestar Group, Inc. FOR 1.6%
    Cash & Other 4.8%

    Country Allocation

    as of 3/31/24
    • United States

      88.8%

    • International

      6.1%

    • Cash & Other

      5.1%

    United States 88.8%
    Ireland 2.4%
    Argentina 2.3%
    Marshall Islands 0.8%
    Bermuda 0.6%
    Cash & Other 5.1%
  • Distributions

    The Hennessy Cornerstone Growth Fund pays capital gains (if any) once annually, usually in December. Ordinary income distributions (if any) are paid annually, usually in December.

    Date Paid Income Short-Term Gain Long-Term Gain Total Per Share Reinvest Price
    12/27/2023 $0.10342 -- -- $0.10342 $27.78
    12/28/2022 $0.27175 -- -- $0.27175 $22.55
    12/08/2022 -- -- $0.55021 $0.55021 $23.13
    12/07/2021 -- -- $6.64534 $6.64534 $24.58
    12/07/2018 -- -- $1.81640 $1.81640 $18.60
    12/29/2015 $0.02018 -- -- $0.02018 $19.48
    11/29/2007 -- -- $2.23953 $2.23953 $15.25
    11/28/2006 -- -- $3.11146 $3.11146 $17.95
    11/17/2005 -- $0.83227 $0.39919 $1.23146 $18.70
    11/19/2004 -- -- $3.87642 $3.87642 $17.25
    11/22/2002 -- $0.01221 $0.47171 $0.48392 $13.93
    11/26/2001 -- $0.06809 $0.96207 $1.03016 $13.23
    11/16/2000 -- $1.52830 $1.97550 $3.50380 $14.55
    12/30/1997 -- $1.78100 -- $1.78100 $11.34
    12/31/1996 $0.00300 -- -- $0.00300 $10.07

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    Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

    Download historical distributions and NAVs
    Date Paid Income Short-Term Gain Long-Term Gain Total Per Share Reinvest Price
    12/27/2023 $0.18394 -- -- $0.18394 $28.98
    12/28/2022 $0.35372 -- -- $0.35372 $23.52
    12/08/2022 -- -- $0.57544 $0.57544 $24.19
    12/07/2021 -- -- $6.92698 $6.92698 $25.63
    12/07/2018 -- -- $1.87674 $1.87674 $19.20
    12/29/2015 $0.05101 -- -- $0.05101 $19.91

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    Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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  • Fund Documents

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    Cornerstone Growth Fund Documents
    Fact Sheet
    Portfolio Perspective View
    Summary Prospectus
    Full Prospectus
    Statement of Additional Information
    Cornerstone Growth Fund Shareholder Reports and Quarterly Holdings
    Q1 Holdings
    Semi-Annual Report
    Q3 Holdings
    Annual Report

    Currently, paper copies of the annual and semi-annual reports are not sent by mail unless shareholders specifically request paper copies. You may elect to receive paper copies free of charge by calling U.S. Bank Global Fund Services at 1-800-261-6950 or, if you own shares through a financial intermediary, by contacting your financial intermediary.

    **Please note the upcoming change to shareholder report delivery.**

    After July 24, 2024, shareholder reports will be sent by mail unless a shareholder has elected or elects to receive reports electronically via e-delivery. To sign up for e-delivery, please visit My Account. https://www.hennessyfunds.com/account or by calling U.S. Bank Global Fund Services at 1-800-261-6950 or, if you own shares through a financial intermediary, by contacting your financial intermediary.