• 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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    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
      • 20
        Years on Fund
      • 41
        Years of Experience
    • Ryan C. Kelley
      Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager
      • 4
        Years on Fund
      • 25
        Years of Experience
    • L. Joshua Wein, CAIA
      Portfolio Manager
      • 2
        Years on Fund
      • 24
        Years of Experience

    “The Fund marries value and momentum investing.”

    - Neil Hennessy

  • Insights & News

  • Performance

    Daily Pricing & Performance

    as of 4/9/21
    • Investor Class (HFCGX)
      • NAV

        $29.59

      • $ Change

        $0.18

      • % Change

        0.61%

      • YTD

        20.09%

    • Institutional Class (HICGX)
      • NAV

        $30.78

      • $ Change

        $0.19

      • % Change

        0.62%

      • YTD

        20.23%

    Average Annualized Total Return

    as of 3/31/21
    Name 1 Mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (11/1/96)
    Investor Class (HFCGX) 7.82% 17.49% 127.77% 10.91% 10.75% 10.30% 9.39%
    Institutional Class (HICGX) 7.84% 17.62% 128.45% 11.27% 11.12% 10.65% 9.58%
    Russell 2000® Index 1.00% 12.70% 94.85% 14.76% 16.35% 11.68% 9.44%
    S&P 500® Index 4.38% 6.18% 56.35% 16.78% 16.29% 13.91% 9.39%

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    as of 3/31/21
    Name QTR YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (11/1/96)
    Investor Class (HFCGX) 17.49% 17.49% 127.77% 10.91% 10.75% 10.30% 9.39%
    Institutional Class (HICGX) 17.62% 17.62% 128.45% 11.27% 11.12% 10.65% 9.58%
    Russell 2000® Index 12.70% 12.70% 94.85% 14.76% 16.35% 11.68% 9.44%
    S&P 500® Index 6.18% 6.18% 56.35% 16.78% 16.29% 13.91% 9.39%

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    Hypothetical Growth of $10,000

    as of 3/31/2021

    Value of $10,000 invested between 3/31/2020 and 3/31/2021

    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HFCGX) $22,777
    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HICGX) $22,845
    Russell 2000® Index $19,485
    S&P 500® Index $15,635

    Value of $10,000 invested between 3/31/2018 and 3/31/2021

    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HFCGX) $13,644
    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HICGX) $13,778
    Russell 2000® Index $15,114
    S&P 500® Index $15,925

    Value of $10,000 invested between 3/31/2016 and 3/31/2021

    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HFCGX) $16,663
    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HICGX) $16,942
    Russell 2000® Index $21,326
    S&P 500® Index $21,271

    Value of $10,000 invested between 3/31/2011 and 3/31/2021

    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HFCGX) $26,664
    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HICGX) $27,500
    Russell 2000® Index $30,195
    S&P 500® Index $36,788

    Value of $10,000 invested between 11/1/1996 and 3/31/2021

    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HFCGX) $89,499
    Cornerstone Growth Fund (HICGX) $93,235
    Russell 2000® Index $90,427
    S&P 500® Index $89,363

    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

      2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
    Investor Class (HFCGX)
    -10.78 30.31 35.89 13.82 -1.09 8.37 16.60 -21.22 20.70 17.73
    Institutional Class (HICGX)
    -10.58 30.76 36.43 14.01 -0.86 8.70 16.99 -20.91 21.05 18.08
    Russell 2000® Index
    -4.18 16.35 38.82 4.89 -4.41 21.31 14.65 -11.01 25.52 19.96
    S&P 500® Index
    2.11 16.00 32.39 13.69 1.38 11.96 21.83 -4.38 31.49 18.40
    Year
    Investor Class (HFCGX)
    Institutional Class (HICGX)
    Russell 2000® Index
    S&P 500® Index
    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 3/31/21
    Investor Class (HFCGX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha -3.42 -5.03 -1.06
    Beta 1.07 1.04 1.02
    Upside Capture 95.18 86.73 92.03
    Downside Capture 105.19 102.53 94.27
    Institutional Class (HICGX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha -3.08 -4.68 -0.74
    Beta 1.07 1.04 1.02
    Upside Capture 95.61 87.36 92.65
    Downside Capture 104.65 101.91 93.63

    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 3/31/21
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Investor Class (HFCGX) 0.46 0.51 0.55
    Institutional Class (HICGX) 0.47 0.52 0.56
    Russell 2000® Index 0.61 0.77 0.65
    Small Blend Category Average 0.51 0.65 0.58

    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 3/31/21
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Investor Class (HFCGX) 29.14 23.64 21.09
    Institutional Class (HICGX) 29.10 23.61 21.08
    Russell 2000® Index 25.70 21.01 18.93
    Small Blend Category Average 25.15 20.48 18.29

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

    Fund Expenses

    • Investor Class (HFCGX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.36%

    • Institutional Class (HICGX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.05%

    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.

    Each Morningstar category average represents a universe of funds with similar objectives. The Morningstar Style Box reveals the fund's investment style as of 3/31/21. 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.

    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 3/31/21
    Inception Date (HFCGX) 11/1/96
    Inception Date (HICGX) 3/3/08
    Total Fund Assets $168 Million
    Active Share vs. Russell 2000® Index 98%
    Portfolio Turnover 124%
    Median Market Cap $1.4 Billion
    Median Price/Earnings 15.2x
    Median Price/Book 2.7x
    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 3/31/21
    Fund Russell 2000® Index Difference
    Consumer Discretionary 41.9% 14.6% +27.3%
    Industrials 15.3% 16.0% -0.7%
    Health Care 10.1% 19.5% -9.4%
    Consumer Staples 7.2% 3.3% +4.0%
    Information Technology 7.1% 12.7% -5.5%
    Materials 6.8% 4.5% +2.3%
    Financials 3.7% 15.8% -12.1%
    Energy 3.1% 2.6% +0.5%
    Communication Services 2.5% 2.4% +0.1%
    Utilities 0.0% 2.8% -2.8%
    Real Estate 0.0% 5.9% -5.9%
    Cash & Other 2.2%

    Portfolio Holdings

    Top 10 Holdings

    as of 3/31/21
    Top 10 Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. HOV 3.9%
    Danaos Corp. DAC 3.2%
    Century Aluminum Co. CENX 2.9%
    Yellow Corp. YELL 2.9%
    Community Health Systems, Inc. CYH 2.5%
    Citi Trends, Inc. CTRN 2.4%
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. UCTT 2.4%
    Signet Jewelers, Ltd. SIG 2.3%
    Big Lots, Inc. BIG 2.3%
    United Natural Foods, Inc. UNFI 2.2%
    Total as % of Net Assets 27.1%

    Total Holdings: 50

    as of 3/31/21
    Equity Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. HOV 3.9%
    Danaos Corp. DAC 3.2%
    Century Aluminum Co. CENX 2.9%
    Yellow Corp. YELL 2.9%
    Community Health Systems, Inc. CYH 2.5%
    Citi Trends, Inc. CTRN 2.4%
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. UCTT 2.4%
    Signet Jewelers, Ltd. SIG 2.3%
    Big Lots, Inc. BIG 2.3%
    United Natural Foods, Inc. UNFI 2.2%
    Owens & Minor, Inc. OMI 2.2%
    AutoNation, Inc. AN 2.2%
    Hibbett Sports, Inc. HIBB 2.1%
    MYR Group, Inc. MYRG 2.1%
    Lithia Motors, Inc. LAD 2.0%
    MarineMax, Inc. HZO 2.0%
    Quanta Services, Inc. PWR 2.0%
    Titan Machinery, Inc. TITN 2.0%
    Rayonier Advanced Materials, Inc. RYAM 2.0%
    Surgery Partners, Inc. SGRY 2.0%
    GoPro, Inc. GPRO 1.9%
    Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. BBBY 1.9%
    Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. BGFV 1.9%
    Molina Healthcare, Inc. MOH 1.9%
    Virtu Financial, Inc. VIRT 1.9%
    Centrus Energy Corp. LEU 1.9%
    Kirkland's, Inc. KIRK 1.9%
    Green Brick Partners, Inc. GRBK 1.9%
    Tronox Holdings PLC TROX 1.9%
    PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. PFSI 1.9%
    BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings BJ 1.8%
    Vista Outdoor, Inc. VSTO 1.8%
    BlueLinx Holdings, Inc. BXC 1.8%
    Alpha & Omega Semiconductor AOSL 1.7%
    Sportsman's Warehouse Holdings SPWH 1.7%
    VOXX International Corp. VOXX 1.7%
    Qurate Retail, Inc. QRTEA 1.7%
    SunOpta, Inc. STKL 1.6%
    Turtle Beach Corp. HEAR 1.6%
    1-800-Flowers.com, Inc. FLWS 1.6%
    Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. NUS 1.6%
    VirnetX Holding Corp. VHC 1.5%
    Lands' End, Inc. LE 1.5%
    Covetrus , Inc. CVET 1.5%
    Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. LL 1.5%
    MoneyGram International, Inc. MGI 1.4%
    Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. IEA 1.4%
    Gogo, Inc. GOGO 1.3%
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc. REGI 1.2%
    Fluent, Inc. FLNT 1.2%
    Total as % of Net Assets 97.8%
    Cash & Other Holdings % of Net Assets
    Cash & Other 2.2%
    Total as % of Net Assets 2.2%

    Country Allocation

    as of 3/31/21
    • United States

      87.0%

    • International

      10.8%

    • Cash & Other

      2.2%

    United States 87.0%
    Bermuda 4.1%
    Marshall Islands 3.2%
    United Kingdom 1.9%
    Canada 1.6%
    Cash & Other 2.2%
  • 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
    12/07/2018 -- -- $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
    12/07/2018 -- -- $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

    Paper copies of the annual and semi-annual reports will no longer be 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.