• Overview

    Category
    Domestic Equity

    Hennessy Focus Fund

    Actively managed, the Fund maintains a highly concentrated, best ideas portfolio.

    Investor

    HFCSX

    Institutional

    HFCIX

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    • Institutional
    • HFCIX

    Among 565 Mid-Cap Growth Funds (Based on risk-adjusted returns, as of 12/31/19)

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    Why Invest

    • Highly concentrated portfolio of approximately 20 exceptional investment ideas, conviction weighted with 60-80% of assets in the top 10
    • In-depth, rigorous research process developed by a management team who has worked together for over a decade
    • Expectation to hold companies five to 10 years or longer, leading to low portfolio turnover

    Investment Approach

    The Hennessy Focus Fund seeks to identify secular growth businesses that have the potential to produce a sustained mid-teens or higher rate of earnings growth, purchased at a mid-teens or lower multiple of earnings.

    The Portfolio Managers employ independent, fundamental research, with a primary focus on five key investment criteria:

    1. High-Quality Business
    2. Large Growth Opportunity
    3. Excellent Management
    4. Low "Tail Risk"
    5. Discount Valuation

    Portfolio Managers

    The Fund is sub-advised by Broad Run Investment Management, LLC, an independent, employee-owned investment adviser headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

    “Simply put, we seek to own a small collection of truly great businesses.”

    - David Rainey

  • Insights & News

  • Performance

    Daily Pricing & Performance

    as of 3/31/20
    • Investor Class (HFCSX)
      • NAV

        $55.42

      • $ Change

        -$1.79

      • % Change

        -3.13%

      • YTD

        -30.24%

    • Institutional Class (HFCIX)
      • NAV

        $57.27

      • $ Change

        -$1.85

      • % Change

        -3.13%

      • YTD

        -30.18%

    Average Annualized Total Return

    as of 2/29/20
    Name 1 Mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (1/3/97)
    Investor Class (HFCSX) -6.69% -5.49% 12.68% 9.38% 7.64% 12.97% 12.69%
    Institutional Class (HFCIX) -6.65% -5.44% 13.06% 9.78% 8.04% 13.34% 12.89%
    Russell 3000® Index -8.19% -8.29% 6.90% 9.28% 8.72% 12.48% 8.21%
    Russell Midcap® Growth Index -6.90% -6.02% 7.86% 12.63% 9.14% 13.44% 9.01%

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    as of 12/31/19
    Name QTR YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (1/3/97)
    Investor Class (HFCSX) 5.25% 34.86% 34.86% 12.93% 9.69% 13.55% 13.07%
    Institutional Class (HFCIX) 5.35% 35.34% 35.34% 13.35% 10.09% 13.92% 13.26%
    Russell 3000® Index 9.10% 31.02% 31.02% 14.57% 11.24% 13.42% 8.68%
    Russell Midcap® Growth Index 8.17% 35.47% 35.47% 17.36% 11.60% 14.24% 9.37%

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    Hypothetical Growth of $10,000

    as of 2/29/2020

    Value of $10,000 invested between 2/28/2019 and 2/29/2020

    Focus Fund (HFCSX) $11,268
    Focus Fund (HFCIX) $11,306
    Russell 3000® Index $10,690
    Russell Midcap® Growth Index $10,786

    Value of $10,000 invested between 2/28/2017 and 2/29/2020

    Focus Fund (HFCSX) $13,086
    Focus Fund (HFCIX) $13,231
    Russell 3000® Index $13,052
    Russell Midcap® Growth Index $14,289

    Value of $10,000 invested between 2/28/2015 and 2/29/2020

    Focus Fund (HFCSX) $14,451
    Focus Fund (HFCIX) $14,721
    Russell 3000® Index $15,191
    Russell Midcap® Growth Index $15,484

    Value of $10,000 invested between 2/28/2010 and 2/29/2020

    Focus Fund (HFCSX) $33,867
    Focus Fund (HFCIX) $34,969
    Russell 3000® Index $32,406
    Russell Midcap® Growth Index $35,302

    Value of $10,000 invested between 1/3/1997 and 2/29/2020

    Focus Fund (HFCSX) $159,082
    Focus Fund (HFCIX) $165,645
    Russell 3000® Index $62,164
    Russell Midcap® Growth Index $73,697

    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 (HFCSX)
    24.55 3.63 16.64 35.33 10.20 2.88 7.16 19.27 -10.47 34.86
    Institutional Class (HFCIX)
    24.79 3.97 16.98 35.70 10.55 3.25 7.55 19.71 -10.12 35.34
    Russell 3000® Index
    16.93 1.03 16.42 33.55 12.56 0.48 12.74 21.13 -5.24 31.02
    Russell Midcap® Growth Index
    26.38 -1.65 15.81 35.74 11.90 -0.20 7.33 25.27 -4.75 35.47
    Year
    Investor Class (HFCSX)
    Institutional Class (HFCIX)
    Russell 3000® Index
    Russell Midcap® Growth Index
    2009 34.80% 35.70% 28.34% 46.29%
    2008 -33.85% -33.81% -37.31% -44.32%
    2007 2.30% 2.30% 5.14% 11.43%
    2006 28.49% 28.49% 15.72% 10.66%
    2005 2.32% 2.32% 6.12% 12.10%
    2004 30.65% 30.65% 11.95% 15.48%
    2003 45.77% 45.77% 31.06% 42.71%
    2002 2.63% 2.63% -21.54% -27.41%
    2001 32.63% 32.63% -11.46% -20.15%
    2000 -8.79% -8.79% -7.46% -11.75%
    1999 19.62% 19.62% 20.90% 51.29%
    1998 -3.52% -3.52% 24.14% 17.86%

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    Returns-Based Statistics
    Relative to Russell 3000® Index

    as of 12/31/19
    Investor Class (HFCSX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha 0.28 -0.41 0.87
    Beta 0.86 0.90 0.95
    Upside Capture 85.42 83.19 91.49
    Downside Capture 81.10 80.45 81.99
    Institutional Class (HFCIX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha 0.66 -0.04 1.16
    Beta 0.86 0.90 0.95
    Upside Capture 86.68 84.44 92.68
    Downside Capture 80.47 79.63 81.70

    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 12/31/19
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Investor Class (HFCSX) 0.97 0.75 0.98
    Institutional Class (HFCIX) 1.00 0.78 1.01
    Russell 3000® Index 1.03 0.85 1.00
    Mid-Cap Growth Category Average 0.98 0.69 0.82

    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 12/31/19
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Investor Class (HFCSX) 11.56 11.83 13.26
    Institutional Class (HFCIX) 11.56 11.83 13.31
    Russell 3000® Index 12.38 12.23 12.87
    Mid-Cap Growth Category Average 13.98 13.68 14.59

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

    Fund Expenses

    • Investor Class (HFCSX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.47%

    • Institutional Class (HFCIX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.12%

    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 12/31/19. 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 (HFCIX) received 3 stars for the three-year, 3 stars for the five-year and 4 stars for the ten-year periods ended 12/31/19 / among 565, 501 and 385 Mid-Cap Growth 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 12/31/19. 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 / HFCIX prior to 5/30/08 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 performance shown for periods prior to 10/26/12 is that of the predecessor FBR Fund.

    The Russell 3000® Index is an unmanaged index commonly used to measure the performance of U.S. stocks. The Russell Midcap® Growth Index is an unmanaged index commonly used to measure the performance of U.S. medium-capitalization growth 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 12/31/19
    Inception Date (HFCSX) 1/3/97
    Inception Date (HFCIX) 5/30/08
    Total Fund Assets $1.9 Billion
    Active Share vs. Russell 3000® Index 99%
    Portfolio Turnover 2%
    Median Market Cap $14.9 Billion
    Median Price/Earnings 22.0x
    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 12/31/19
    Fund Russell 3000® Index Difference
    Financials 37.6% 13.5% +24.1%
    Consumer Discretionary 23.9% 10.0% +13.9%
    Industrials 19.7% 9.9% +9.8%
    Real Estate 9.6% 4.0% +5.6%
    Information Technology 2.3% 22.4% -20.1%
    Utilities 0.0% 3.2% -3.2%
    Materials 0.0% 2.9% -2.9%
    Health Care 0.0% 14.2% -14.2%
    Consumer Staples 0.0% 6.5% -6.5%
    Energy 0.0% 4.1% -4.1%
    Communication Services 0.0% 9.4% -9.4%
    Cash & Other 6.8%

    Portfolio Holdings

    Top 10 Holdings

    as of 12/31/19
    Top 10 Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    American Tower Corp. AMT 9.6%
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. ORLY 9.5%
    Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. BAM 9.5%
    CarMax, Inc. KMX 9.3%
    Markel Corp. MKL 7.6%
    Aon PLC AON 7.6%
    American Woodmark Corp. AMWD 7.6%
    Encore Capital Group, Inc. ECPG 5.8%
    The Charles Schwab Corp. SCHW 5.8%
    NVR, Inc. NVR 5.2%
    Total as % of Net Assets 77.6%

    Total Holdings: 16

    as of 12/31/19
    Equity Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    American Tower Corp. AMT 9.6%
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. ORLY 9.5%
    Brookfield Asset Management, Inc. BAM 9.5%
    CarMax, Inc. KMX 9.3%
    Markel Corp. MKL 7.6%
    Aon PLC AON 7.6%
    American Woodmark Corp. AMWD 7.6%
    Encore Capital Group, Inc. ECPG 5.8%
    The Charles Schwab Corp. SCHW 5.8%
    NVR, Inc. NVR 5.2%
    Hexcel Corp. HXL 4.7%
    Ashtead Group, PLC AHT 4.7%
    SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. SSNC 2.3%
    AMETEK, Inc. AME 2.0%
    Marlin Business Services Corp. MRLN 1.2%
    Mistras Group, Inc. MG 0.7%
    Total as % of Net Assets 93.2%
    Cash & Other Holdings % of Net Assets
    Cash & Other 6.8%
    Total as % of Net Assets 6.8%

    Country Allocation

    as of 12/31/19
    • United States

      71.4%

    • Foreign

      21.8%

    • Cash & Other

      6.8%

    United States 71.4%
    United Kingdom 12.3%
    Canada 9.5%
    Cash & Other 6.8%
  • Distributions

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

    Date Paid Income Short-Term Gain Long-Term Gain Total Per Share Reinvest Price
    12/06/2019 -- -- $8.56199 $8.56199 $80.23
    12/07/2018 -- -- $14.47031 $14.47031 $67.71
    12/07/2017 -- -- $0.00534 $0.00534 $87.76
    12/09/2015 -- -- $0.13953 $0.13953 $70.33
    12/31/2014 $0.01684 -- -- $0.01684 $67.35
    12/08/2014 -- $0.12621 $5.11315 $5.23936 $65.89
    12/10/2013 -- -- $1.06512 $1.06512 $64.42
    12/07/2012 -- -- $4.32119 $4.32119 $49.36
    12/15/2011 -- -- $5.24345 $5.24345 $44.72
    12/15/2010 -- -- $1.72061 $1.72061 $49.14
    12/16/2008 -- -- $5.19180 $5.19180 $30.11
    12/31/2007 $0.12018 -- -- $0.12018 $54.45
    12/14/2007 -- $0.02147 $0.48914 $0.51061 $53.60
    12/15/2006 -- -- $0.12387 $0.12387 $52.62
    07/31/2006 -- -- $0.05348 $0.05348 $44.47
    12/16/2005 -- -- $0.71639 $0.71639 $42.02
    10/31/2005 -- -- $0.00384 $0.00384 $40.36
    12/17/2004 -- $0.34281 $0.22818 $0.57099 $40.66
    12/17/2003 -- -- $0.02779 $0.02779 $31.75
    12/20/2001 -- -- $0.16925 $0.16925 $21.12
    12/20/2000 -- -- $0.64495 $0.64495 $15.56
    12/11/1998 -- $0.21190 $0.22240 $0.43430 $14.30
    12/12/1997 -- $0.48740 -- $0.48740 $16.54

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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
    12/06/2019 -- -- $8.83830 $8.83830 $82.82
    12/07/2018 -- -- $14.98779 $14.98779 $69.66
    12/07/2017 -- -- $0.00549 $0.00549 $90.04
    12/09/2015 -- -- $0.14191 $0.14191 $71.63
    12/31/2014 $0.04974 -- -- $0.04974 $68.36
    12/08/2014 -- $0.12815 $5.19208 $5.32023 $66.90
    12/10/2013 -- -- $1.06512 $1.06512 $65.20
    12/07/2012 -- -- $4.32119 $4.32119 $49.80
    12/15/2011 -- -- $5.24345 $5.24345 $44.96
    12/15/2010 -- -- $1.72061 $1.72061 $49.23
    12/31/2009 $0.02053 -- -- $0.02053 $2.30
    12/16/2008 -- -- $5.19180 $5.19180 $1.68

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  • Fund Documents

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