• Overview

    Category
    Domestic Equity

    Hennessy Cornerstone Large Growth Fund

    Quantitatively managed, the Fund maintains a concentrated portfolio of large, growth-oriented companies.

    Investor

    HFLGX

    Institutional

    HILGX

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    Why Invest

    • Quantitatively-driven, repeatable investment process
    • Focus on large companies with high levels of profitability, trading at reasonable valuations 

    Investment Criteria

    The Hennessy Cornerstone Large Growth Fund utilizes a quantitative formula to identify 50 domestic, common stocks from the investable common stocks of public companies in the S&P Capital IQ Database that meet the following criteria, in the specified order:

    1. Above-average market capitalization
    2. Price-to-cash flow ratio less than the median of the remaining securities
    3. Positive total capital
    4. Highest one-year return on total capital

    Portfolio Managers

    “We believe that return on capital is the best way to assess how effective a company is at turning capital into profits.”

    - Neil Hennessy

  • Insights & News

  • Performance

    Daily Pricing & Performance

    as of 4/7/20
    • Investor Class (HFLGX)
      • NAV

        $8.14

      • $ Change

        $0.07

      • % Change

        0.87%

      • YTD

        -26.60%

    • Institutional Class (HILGX)
      • NAV

        $8.22

      • $ Change

        $0.08

      • % Change

        0.98%

      • YTD

        -26.54%

    Average Annualized Total Return

    as of 3/31/20
    Name 1 Mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (3/20/09)
    Investor Class (HFLGX) -17.73% -28.85% -18.34% -2.30% 0.24% 7.46% 11.48%
    Institutional Class (HILGX) -17.67% -28.78% -18.08% -1.99% 0.51% 7.74% 11.76%
    Russell 1000® Index -13.21% -20.22% -8.03% 4.64% 6.22% 10.39% 13.98%
    S&P 500® Index -12.35% -19.60% -6.98% 5.10% 6.73% 10.53% 13.98%

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    as of 3/31/20
    Name QTR YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (3/20/09)
    Investor Class (HFLGX) -28.85% -28.85% -18.34% -2.30% 0.24% 7.46% 11.48%
    Institutional Class (HILGX) -28.78% -28.78% -18.08% -1.99% 0.51% 7.74% 11.76%
    Russell 1000® Index -20.22% -20.22% -8.03% 4.64% 6.22% 10.39% 13.98%
    S&P 500® Index -19.60% -19.60% -6.98% 5.10% 6.73% 10.53% 13.98%

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    Hypothetical Growth of $10,000

    as of 3/31/2020

    Value of $10,000 invested between 3/31/2019 and 3/31/2020

    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HFLGX) $8,166
    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HILGX) $8,192
    Russell 1000® Index $9,197
    S&P 500® Index $9,302

    Value of $10,000 invested between 3/31/2017 and 3/31/2020

    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HFLGX) $9,326
    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HILGX) $9,415
    Russell 1000® Index $11,458
    S&P 500® Index $11,611

    Value of $10,000 invested between 3/31/2015 and 3/31/2020

    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HFLGX) $10,122
    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HILGX) $10,255
    Russell 1000® Index $13,523
    S&P 500® Index $13,847

    Value of $10,000 invested between 3/31/2010 and 3/31/2020

    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HFLGX) $20,535
    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HILGX) $21,068
    Russell 1000® Index $26,878
    S&P 500® Index $27,210

    Value of $10,000 invested between 3/20/2009 and 3/31/2020

    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HFLGX) $33,142
    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund (HILGX) $34,099
    Russell 1000® Index $42,343
    S&P 500® Index $42,328

    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

      2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
    Investor Class (HFLGX)
    18.85 2.59 10.44 33.79 16.18 -6.60 14.69 17.08 -8.98 27.53
    Institutional Class (HILGX)
    19.28 2.97 10.71 34.08 16.29 -6.47 15.05 17.33 -8.66 27.82
    Russell 1000® Index
    16.10 1.50 16.42 33.11 13.24 0.92 12.05 21.69 -4.78 31.43
    S&P 500® Index
    15.06 2.11 16.00 32.39 13.69 1.38 11.96 21.83 -4.38 31.49

    Returns-Based Statistics
    Relative to Russell 1000® Index

    as of 3/31/20
    Investor Class (HFLGX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha -6.93 -6.06 -2.74
    Beta 1.18 1.12 1.02
    Upside Capture 89.48 81.56 88.96
    Downside Capture 124.02 112.94 100.97
    Institutional Class (HILGX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha -6.61 -5.79 -2.49
    Beta 1.18 1.12 1.02
    Upside Capture 90.08 82.14 89.72
    Downside Capture 123.07 112.02 100.40

    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 3/31/20
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Investor Class (HFLGX) -0.12 0.03 0.52
    Institutional Class (HILGX) -0.10 0.05 0.54
    Russell 1000® Index 0.26 0.42 0.75
    Large Value Category Average -0.15 0.08 0.48

    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 3/31/20
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Investor Class (HFLGX) 19.14 16.85 14.89
    Institutional Class (HILGX) 19.08 16.81 14.88
    Russell 1000® Index 15.54 13.91 13.55
    Large Value Category Average 16.66 14.70 14.01

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

    Fund Expenses

    • Investor Class (HFLGX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.31%

    • Institutional Class (HILGX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.00%

    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 3/31/20. 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. among 1107, 957 and 703 Large Value 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 3/31/20. 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 S&P Capital IQ Database is a robust source of data on the universe of publicly traded companies.

    Price to cash flow ratio is a stock valuation measure calculated by dividing a firm's cash flow per share into the current stock price.

    The Russell 1000® and S&P 500® are unmanaged indices commonly used to measure the performance of U.S. stocks. The Russell 1000® measures large-cap 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 3/31/20
    Inception Date (HFLGX) 3/20/09
    Inception Date (HILGX) 3/20/09
    Total Fund Assets $97 Million
    Active Share vs. Russell 1000® Index 91%
    Portfolio Turnover 57%
    Median Market Cap $24.7 Billion
    Median Price/Earnings 11.7x
    Median Price/Book 3.6x

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

    Sector Weighting

    as of 3/31/20
    Fund Russell 1000® Index Difference
    Industrials 33.4% 8.7% +24.7%
    Consumer Discretionary 18.2% 10.1% +8.1%
    Information Technology 15.1% 25.1% -9.9%
    Health Care 11.3% 15.3% -4.0%
    Consumer Staples 6.7% 7.3% -0.6%
    Communication Services 5.8% 10.3% -4.5%
    Financials 4.4% 11.1% -6.8%
    Energy 4.2% 2.5% +1.7%
    Utilities 0.0% 3.5% -3.5%
    Materials 0.0% 2.6% -2.6%
    Real Estate 0.0% 3.6% -3.6%
    Cash & Other 1.0%

    Portfolio Holdings

    Top 10 Holdings

    as of 3/31/20
    Top 10 Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    General Mills, Inc. GIS 2.6%
    United Parcel Service (Class B) UPS 2.6%
    Walmart, Inc. WMT 2.6%
    Biogen, Inc. BIIB 2.5%
    Amgen AMGN 2.5%
    Merck & Co., Inc. MRK 2.5%
    Oracle Corp. ORCL 2.4%
    Electronic Arts, Inc. EA 2.4%
    3M Co. MMM 2.4%
    Progressive Corp. PGR 2.4%
    Total as % of Net Assets 24.8%

    Total Holdings: 50

    as of 3/31/20
    Equity Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    General Mills, Inc. GIS 2.6%
    United Parcel Service (Class B) UPS 2.6%
    Walmart, Inc. WMT 2.6%
    Biogen, Inc. BIIB 2.5%
    Amgen AMGN 2.5%
    Merck & Co., Inc. MRK 2.5%
    Oracle Corp. ORCL 2.4%
    Electronic Arts, Inc. EA 2.4%
    3M Co. MMM 2.4%
    Progressive Corp. PGR 2.4%
    Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO 2.4%
    Tractor Supply Co. TSCO 2.3%
    Intel Corp. INTC 2.3%
    Caterpillar, Inc. CAT 2.3%
    PACCAR, Inc. PCAR 2.2%
    NetApp, Inc. NTAP 2.2%
    Cummins, Inc. CMI 2.2%
    Target Corp. TGT 2.1%
    Deere & Co. DE 2.1%
    Union Pacific Corp. UNP 2.1%
    AutoZone, Inc. AZO 2.1%
    eBay, Inc. EBAY 2.1%
    Henry Schein, Inc. HSIC 2.1%
    IBM Corp. IBM 2.0%
    Masco Corp. MAS 2.0%
    T Rowe Price Group, Inc. TROW 2.0%
    United Rentals, Inc. URI 2.0%
    General Dynamics Corp. GD 2.0%
    CSX Corp. CSX 2.0%
    The Western Union Co. WU 1.9%
    Norfolk Southern Corp. NSC 1.9%
    Omnicom Group, Inc. OMC 1.9%
    Cognizant Technology Solutions CTSH 1.9%
    Southwest Airlines Co. LUV 1.8%
    Emerson Electric Co. EMR 1.8%
    Las Vegas Sands Corp. LVS 1.8%
    Best Buy Co., Inc. BBY 1.8%
    Advance Auto Parts, Inc. AAP 1.8%
    HCA Healthcare, Inc. HCA 1.7%
    Sysco Corp. SYY 1.6%
    DR Horton, Inc. DHI 1.5%
    ConocoPhillips COP 1.5%
    Delta Air Lines, Inc. DAL 1.4%
    ViacomCBS Inc. VIAC 1.4%
    Pioneer Natural Resources Co. PXD 1.4%
    EOG Resources, Inc. EOG 1.4%
    American Airlines Group, Inc. AAL 1.4%
    PulteGroup, Inc. PHM 1.3%
    Darden Restaurants, Inc. DRI 1.3%
    United Airlines Holdings, Inc. UAL 1.2%
    Total as % of Net Assets 99.0%
    Cash & Other Holdings % of Net Assets
    Cash & Other 1.0%
    Total as % of Net Assets 1.0%

    Country Allocation

    as of 3/31/20
    • United States

      99.0%

    • Cash & Other

      1.0%

    United States 99.0%
    Cash & Other 1.0%
  • Distributions

    The Hennessy Cornerstone Large 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
    12/27/2019 $0.13920 -- -- $0.13920 $11.12
    12/06/2019 -- $0.10746 $0.02252 $0.12998 $10.91
    12/27/2018 $0.08724 -- -- $0.08724 $8.86
    12/07/2018 -- -- $2.29850 $2.29850 $9.57
    12/27/2017 $0.07705 -- -- $0.07705 $12.33
    12/07/2017 -- $0.01724 $0.40932 $0.42656 $12.05
    12/28/2016 $0.12393 -- -- $0.12393 $10.98
    12/29/2015 $0.15914 -- -- $0.15914 $9.78
    12/09/2015 -- -- $2.73419 $2.73419 $9.86
    12/31/2014 $0.14224 -- -- $0.14224 $13.37
    12/08/2014 -- -- $2.23720 $2.23720 $13.35
    12/31/2013 $0.14574 -- -- $0.14574 $13.58
    12/10/2013 -- $0.00147 $0.67490 $0.67637 $13.33
    12/31/2012 $0.10383 -- -- $0.10383 $10.78
    12/07/2012 -- -- $0.01678 $0.01678 $10.79
    12/27/2011 $0.07380 -- -- $0.07380 $9.96
    12/05/2011 -- -- $2.46063 $2.46063 $10.07
    12/30/2010 $0.09412 -- -- $0.09412 $12.07
    12/02/2010 -- -- $0.01631 $0.01631 $12.00
    12/29/2009 $0.04948 -- -- $0.04948 $10.33

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    Date Paid Income Short-Term Gain Long-Term Gain Total Per Share Reinvest Price
    12/27/2019 $0.16582 -- -- $0.16582 $11.22
    12/06/2019 -- $0.10864 $0.02276 $0.13140 $11.03
    12/27/2018 $0.11796 -- -- $0.11796 $8.93
    12/07/2018 -- -- $2.32790 $2.32790 $9.68
    12/27/2017 $0.09506 -- -- $0.09506 $12.44
    12/07/2017 -- $0.01747 $0.41414 $0.43161 $12.17
    12/28/2016 $0.14888 -- -- $0.14888 $11.07
    12/29/2015 $0.17106 -- -- $0.17106 $9.86
    12/09/2015 -- -- $2.76324 $2.76324 $9.94
    12/31/2014 $0.16466 -- -- $0.16466 $13.47
    12/08/2014 -- -- $2.25762 $2.25762 $13.47
    12/31/2013 $0.17419 -- -- $0.17419 $13.69
    12/10/2013 -- $0.00147 $0.67490 $0.67637 $13.46
    12/31/2012 $0.11645 -- -- $0.11645 $10.86
    12/07/2012 -- -- $0.01678 $0.01678 $10.88
    12/27/2011 $0.09891 -- -- $0.09891 $10.01
    12/05/2011 -- -- $2.46063 $2.46063 $10.15
    12/30/2010 $0.12215 -- -- $0.12215 $12.11
    12/02/2010 -- -- $0.01631 $0.01631 $12.06
    12/29/2009 $0.05037 -- -- $0.05037 $10.35

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  • Fund Documents

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    Fund Documents
    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund Fact Sheet
    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund Portfolio Manager Commentary View
    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund Summary Prospectus
    Full Prospectus
    Statement of Additional Information
    Shareholder Reports
    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund Semi-Annual Report
    Cornerstone Large Growth Fund Annual Report