• Overview

    GASFX
    Investor

    Hennessy Gas Utility Fund

    Using an index strategy, the Fund maintains a portfolio of distribution-focused natural gas companies.

    Category

    Sector & Specialty - Energy

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    Why Invest

    • Exposure to companies that should benefit from the growing demand for natural gas
    • Index-based investment methodology
    • Gas utility stocks may provide stability during highly volatile market cycles

    Investment Approach

    The Hennessy Gas Utility Fund holds shares of publicly traded members of the American Gas Association (AGA), which comprise the AGA Stock Index. The AGA Stock Index is market-cap weighted and adjusted for the percentage of natural gas assets on each company’s balance sheet.

    The Fund invests in each company in approximately the same proportion as its weighting in the AGA Stock Index, with no company representing greater than 5% of Fund assets. The Fund tracks the Index on a real-time basis, and the Fund is adjusted daily. The Fund's portfolio remains fully invested, with a goal of correlation of performance to the AGA Stock Index of over 95%.

     

    Portfolio Managers

    “With a 100+ year supply and competitive pricing, clean-burning natural gas represents a compelling investment for decades to come.”

    - Ryan Kelley

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  • Performance

    Daily Pricing & Performance

    as of 2/27/20 (Investor)
    • Nav

      $27.16

    • $ Change

      -$1.15

    • % Change

      -4.06%

    • YTD

      -5.07%

    Average Annualized Total Return

    as of 1/31/20 (Investor)
    Name 1 Mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (5/10/89)
    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX) 2.62% 2.62% 15.46% 7.75% 5.43% 12.04% 9.68%
    AGA Stock Index 2.77% 2.77% 17.17% 9.13% 6.77% 13.02% 10.84%
    S&P 500® Index -0.04% -0.04% 21.68% 14.54% 12.37% 13.97% 10.31%

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    as of 12/31/19 (Investor)
    Name QTR YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (5/10/89)
    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX) 0.52% 20.78% 20.78% 7.65% 4.81% 11.26% 9.62%
    AGA Stock Index 0.82% 22.66% 22.66% 9.00% 6.15% 12.22% 10.78%
    S&P 500® Index 9.07% 31.49% 31.49% 15.27% 11.70% 13.56% 10.34%

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    Hypothetical Growth of $10,000

    as of 1/31/2020 (Investor)

    Value of $10,000 invested between 1/31/2019 and 1/31/2020

    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX) $11,546
    AGA Stock Index $11,717
    S&P 500® Index $12,168

    Value of $10,000 invested between 1/31/2017 and 1/31/2020

    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX) $12,509
    AGA Stock Index $12,997
    S&P 500® Index $15,026

    Value of $10,000 invested between 1/31/2015 and 1/31/2020

    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX) $13,029
    AGA Stock Index $13,872
    S&P 500® Index $17,917

    Value of $10,000 invested between 1/31/2010 and 1/31/2020

    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX) $31,177
    AGA Stock Index $34,019
    S&P 500® Index $36,982

    Value of $10,000 invested between 5/10/1989 and 1/31/2020

    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX) $171,032
    AGA Stock Index $236,664
    S&P 500® Index $203,825

    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
    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX)
    12.40 25.15 7.45 25.42 21.20 -16.01 20.70 7.03 -3.51 20.78
    AGA Stock Index
    13.81 24.98 7.05 26.77 21.72 -14.88 22.27 8.38 -2.59 22.66
    S&P 500® Index
    15.06 2.11 16.00 32.39 13.69 1.38 11.96 21.83 -4.38 31.49
    Year
    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX)
    AGA Stock Index
    S&P 500® Index
    2009 23.92% 25.81% 26.46%
    2008 -28.30% -28.38% -37.00%
    2007 14.03% 14.43% 5.49%
    2006 21.27% 23.33% 15.79%
    2005 13.53% 14.78% 4.91%
    2004 23.03% 24.43% 10.88%
    2003 23.49% 24.71% 28.68%
    2002 -23.93% -21.72% -22.10%
    2001 -14.78% -16.15% -11.89%
    2000 55.87% 61.68% -9.10%
    1999 -3.71% -3.79% 21.04%
    1998 5.26% 7.74% 28.58%
    1997 24.19% 24.93% 33.36%
    1996 20.76% 21.44% 22.96%
    1995 30.54% 32.75% 37.58%
    1994 -9.77% -8.20% 1.32%
    1993 16.57% 17.27% 10.08%
    1992 11.40% 12.74% 7.62%
    1991 3.24% 4.33% 30.47%
    1990 -10.45% -8.99% -3.10%

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    Yield

    as of 1/31/20 (Investor)
    Distribution Rate 1.25%
    30-Day SEC Yield 2.34%
    Distribution Frequency Quarterly

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    Returns-Based Statistics
    Relative to S&P 500® Index

    as of 12/31/19 (Investor)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha 0.41 -0.64 3.30
    Beta 0.43 0.45 0.58
    Upside Capture 45.16 44.97 65.96
    Downside Capture 37.30 48.58 47.14

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    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 (Investor)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX) 0.63 0.39 0.94
    S&P 500® Index 1.10 0.90 1.04
    Utilities Category Average 1.18 0.70 0.92

    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 (Investor)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Gas Utility Fund (GASFX) 9.86 10.78 11.43
    S&P 500® Index 12.10 11.98 12.46
    Utilities Category Average 8.92 9.94 10.34

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

    Fund Expenses

    • Gross expense ratio

      1.01%

    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 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 periods prior to 10/26/12 is that of the predecessor FBR Fund.

    The AGA Stock Index is a market capitalization weighted index consisting of member companies of the American Gas Association (AGA), and performance for the AGA Stock Index is provided monthly by the AGA. The S&P 500® Index is an unmanaged index commonly used to measure the performance of U.S. stocks. One cannot invest directly in an index.

    Distribution Rate reflects the investment income per share during the last 12 months divided by the share price at the end of the period, expressed as an annual percentage rate. It is calculated by annualizing the Fund’s most recent distribution. The annualized dividend yield may not reflect the actual yield an investor would receive. 30-Day SEC Yield is a standardized yield computed by dividing the net investment income per share earned during the past 30-day period by the share price at the end of the period, expressed as an annual percentage rate. The 30-Day SEC Yield should be regarded as an estimate of the Fund’s rate of recent investment income, and it may not equal the Fund’s actual distribution rate. Past yields are no guarantee of future yields.

    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 (GASFX) 5/10/89
    Total Fund Assets $848 Million
    Portfolio Turnover 10%
    Median Market Cap $13.7 Billion
    Median Price/Earnings 22.0x
    Median Price/Book 2.2x

    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
    Utilities 73.7%
    Energy 22.9%
    Financials 2.8%
    Cash & Other 0.6%
    Sub-Industry Weighting % of Net Assets
    Multi-Utilities 40.1%
    Oil & Gas Storage & Transportation 22.3%
    Gas Utilities 17.5%
    Electric Utilities 16.2%
    Multi-Sector Holdings 2.7%
    Oil & Gas Exploration & Production 0.6%

    Portfolio Holdings

    Top 10 Holdings

    as of 12/31/19
    Top 10 Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    Kinder Morgan, Inc. KMI 5.1%
    Atmos Energy Corp. ATO 5.0%
    TC Energy Corp. TRP 5.0%
    Southern Co. SO 5.0%
    Sempra Energy SRE 4.9%
    Dominion Energy, Inc. D 4.9%
    Enbridge, Inc. ENB 4.9%
    National Grid, PLC NGG 4.9%
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. LNG 4.9%
    WEC Energy Group, Inc. WEC 4.5%
    Total as % of Net Assets 49.2%

    Total Holdings: 49

    as of 12/31/19
    Equity Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    Kinder Morgan, Inc. KMI 5.1%
    Atmos Energy Corp. ATO 5.0%
    TC Energy Corp. TRP 5.0%
    Southern Co. SO 5.0%
    Sempra Energy SRE 4.9%
    Dominion Energy, Inc. D 4.9%
    Enbridge, Inc. ENB 4.9%
    National Grid, PLC NGG 4.9%
    Cheniere Energy, Inc. LNG 4.9%
    WEC Energy Group, Inc. WEC 4.5%
    NiSource, Inc. NI 3.1%
    Public Service Enterprise Group PEG 2.9%
    Consolidated Edison, Inc. ED 2.8%
    DTE Energy Co. DTE 2.8%
    Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (Class A) BRK/A 2.8%
    CMS Energy Corp. CMS 2.7%
    Duke Energy Corp. DUK 2.7%
    ONE Gas, Inc. OGS 2.4%
    Xcel Energy, Inc.. XEL 1.9%
    CenterPoint Energy, Inc. CNP 1.7%
    Spire, Inc. SR 1.7%
    Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. SWX 1.7%
    Equitrans Midstream Corp. ETRN 1.4%
    Fortis, Inc. FTS 1.4%
    New Jersey Resources Corp. NJR 1.3%
    South Jersey Industries, Inc. SJI 1.3%
    MDU Resources Group, Inc. MDU 1.3%
    UGI Corp. UGI 1.2%
    Black Hills Corp. BKH 1.2%
    National Fuel Gas Co. NFG 1.2%
    Exelon Corp. EXC 1.2%
    PPL Corp. PPL 1.1%
    Northwest Natural Holding Co. NWN 1.1%
    Avangrid, Inc. AGR 1.0%
    Plains GP Holdings LP (Class A) PAGP 1.0%
    Eversource Energy ES 0.9%
    Ameren Corp. AEE 0.9%
    Tellurian, Inc. TELL 0.7%
    Chesapeake Utilities Corp. CPK 0.6%
    PG&E Corp. PCG 0.6%
    Algonquin Power & Utilities Co. AQN 0.4%
    NorthWestern Corp. NWE 0.4%
    Avista Corp. AVA 0.3%
    MGE Energy, Inc. MGEE 0.3%
    Unitil Corp. UTL 0.3%
    RGC Resources, Inc. RGCO 0.1%
    Entergy Corp. ETR 0.1%
    Corning Natural Gas Corp. CNIG 0.0%
    ALLETE, Inc. ALE 0.0%
    Total as % of Net Assets 99.4%
    Cash & Other Holdings % of Net Assets
    Cash & Other 0.6%
    Total as % of Net Assets 0.6%

    Country Allocation

    as of 12/31/19
    • United States

      82.8%

    • Foreign

      16.6%

    • Cash & Other

      0.6%

    United States 82.8%
    Canada 11.7%
    United Kingdom 4.9%
    Cash & Other 0.6%
  • Distributions

    The Hennessy Gas Utility Fund pays capital gains (if any) once annually, usually in December. Ordinary income distributions are paid quarterly, at the end of March, June, September, and December.

    Date Paid Income Short-Term Gain Long-Term Gain Total Per Share Reinvest Price
    12/27/2019 $0.09282 -- -- $0.09282 $28.44
    12/06/2019 -- -- $1.44077 $1.44077 $27.51
    09/30/2019 $0.10524 -- -- $0.10524 $30.05
    06/28/2019 $0.19629 -- -- $0.19629 $29.40
    03/29/2019 $0.20022 -- -- $0.20022 $28.82
    12/27/2018 $0.12129 -- -- $0.12129 $25.31
    12/07/2018 -- -- $2.48261 $2.48261 $27.18
    09/28/2018 $0.16198 -- -- $0.16198 $29.15
    06/29/2018 $0.17839 -- -- $0.17839 $29.11
    03/29/2018 $0.18667 -- -- $0.18667 $27.32
    12/27/2017 $0.11601 -- -- $0.11601 $29.28
    12/07/2017 -- $0.06521 $0.09201 $0.15722 $30.41
    09/29/2017 $0.14858 -- -- $0.14858 $30.05
    06/30/2017 $0.28895 -- -- $0.28895 $29.59
    03/31/2017 $0.16176 -- -- $0.16176 $29.74
    12/28/2016 $0.12033 -- -- $0.12033 $28.21
    12/07/2016 -- -- $0.39616 $0.39616 $28.00
    09/30/2016 $0.13671 -- -- $0.13671 $29.14
    06/30/2016 $0.16337 -- -- $0.16337 $29.52
    03/31/2016 $0.18005 -- -- $0.18005 $27.10
    12/29/2015 $0.20684 -- -- $0.20684 $24.53
    12/09/2015 -- -- $0.62624 $0.62624 $24.44
    09/30/2015 $0.16112 -- -- $0.16112 $26.35
    06/30/2015 $0.19655 -- -- $0.19655 $28.30
    03/31/2015 $0.17961 -- -- $0.17961 $29.77
    12/31/2014 $0.16638 -- -- $0.16638 $30.51
    12/08/2014 -- $0.57900 $0.32673 $0.90573 $29.83
    09/30/2014 $0.18957 -- -- $0.18957 $30.27
    06/30/2014 $0.13713 -- -- $0.13713 $31.16
    03/31/2014 $0.15228 -- -- $0.15228 $28.28
    12/31/2013 $0.11504 -- -- $0.11504 $26.50
    12/10/2013 -- $0.21812 $0.38497 $0.60309 $25.69
    09/30/2013 $0.13490 -- -- $0.13490 $25.59
    06/28/2013 $0.17375 -- -- $0.17375 $24.52
    03/28/2013 $0.16183 -- -- $0.16183 $25.08
    12/31/2012 $0.13998 -- -- $0.13998 $22.13
    12/07/2012 -- $0.08608 $0.46686 $0.55294 $22.10
    09/28/2012 $0.13903 -- -- $0.13903 $22.98
    06/29/2012 $0.16775 -- -- $0.16775 $22.20
    03/30/2012 $0.16650 -- -- $0.16650 $21.64
    12/30/2011 $0.10218 -- -- $0.10218 $21.70
    12/15/2011 -- $0.08314 $0.08182 $0.16496 $20.86
    09/30/2011 $0.11272 -- -- $0.11272 $19.33
    06/30/2011 $0.16008 -- -- $0.16008 $20.31
    03/31/2011 $0.12123 -- -- $0.12123 $19.57
    12/31/2010 $0.11702 -- -- $0.11702 $17.91
    12/15/2010 -- $0.01493 $0.18954 $0.20447 $17.74
    09/30/2010 $0.10500 -- -- $0.10500 $17.20
    06/30/2010 $0.25531 -- -- $0.25531 $15.47
    03/31/2010 $0.17072 -- -- $0.17072 $16.78
    12/31/2009 $0.05021 -- -- $0.05021 $16.76
    12/16/2009 -- -- $0.01928 $0.01928 $16.72
    09/30/2009 $0.10563 -- -- $0.10563 $15.33
    06/30/2009 $0.16647 -- -- $0.16647 $13.98
    03/31/2009 $0.10069 -- -- $0.10069 $12.33
    12/31/2008 $0.11620 -- -- $0.11620 $13.95
    12/16/2008 -- -- $0.74400 $0.74400 $13.93
    09/30/2008 $0.10751 -- -- $0.10751 $17.69
    06/30/2008 $0.15776 -- -- $0.15776 $21.29
    03/31/2008 $0.09609 -- -- $0.09609 $19.21
    01/12/2008 -- $0.00962 -- $0.00962 $21.11
    12/31/2007 $0.11319 -- -- $0.11319 $21.05
    12/14/2007 -- $0.05731 $1.69240 $1.74971 $20.90
    09/28/2007 $0.11442 -- -- $0.11442 $21.80
    06/29/2007 $0.15541 -- -- $0.15541 $21.53
    03/30/2007 $0.09922 -- -- $0.09922 $21.21
    12/29/2006 $0.11479 -- -- $0.11479 $20.46
    09/29/2006 $0.10704 -- -- $0.10704 $18.73
    06/30/2006 $0.17466 -- -- $0.17466 $18.19
    03/31/2006 $0.10324 -- -- $0.10324 $17.35
    12/30/2005 $0.22499 -- -- $0.22499 $17.33
    09/30/2005 $0.08529 -- -- $0.08529 $18.44
    06/30/2005 $0.12912 -- -- $0.12912 $17.34
    03/31/2005 $0.09248 -- -- $0.09248 $16.14
    12/31/2004 $0.10337 -- -- $0.10337 $15.74
    09/30/2004 $0.10838 -- -- $0.10838 $14.23
    06/30/2004 $0.09766 -- -- $0.09766 $13.48
    03/31/2004 $0.09322 -- -- $0.09322 $13.55
    12/30/2003 $0.08805 -- -- $0.08805 $13.24
    09/30/2003 $0.09288 -- -- $0.09288 $12.32
    06/30/2003 $0.09100 -- -- $0.09100 $12.25
    03/31/2003 $0.09640 -- -- $0.09640 $10.41
    12/30/2002 $0.10669 -- -- $0.10669 $10.97
    09/30/2002 $0.10240 -- -- $0.10240 $10.42
    06/28/2002 $0.11980 -- -- $0.11980 $13.33
    03/31/2002 $0.11200 -- -- $0.11200 $15.53
    12/31/2001 $0.11012 -- -- $0.11012 $14.97
    12/12/2001 -- $0.02500 $2.00600 $2.03100 $14.26
    09/30/2001 $0.14080 -- -- $0.14080 $16.67
    06/29/2001 $0.12420 -- -- $0.12420 $18.54
    03/30/2001 $0.13870 -- -- $0.13870 $19.42
    01/02/2001 -- $0.00622 -- $0.00622 $20.04
    12/29/2000 $0.12800 -- -- $0.12800 $20.67
    12/13/2000 -- $0.41700 $2.09700 $2.51400 $19.61
    09/29/2000 $0.13000 -- -- $0.13000 $21.77
    06/30/2000 $0.12800 -- -- $0.12800 $17.73
    03/31/2000 $0.12980 -- -- $0.12980 $16.93
    12/31/1999 $0.12300 -- -- $0.12300 $15.37
    12/16/1999 -- $0.08400 $1.33300 $1.41700 $16.55
    09/30/1999 $0.13000 -- -- $0.13000 $17.76
    06/30/1999 $0.14000 -- -- $0.14000 $18.17
    03/31/1999 $0.12000 -- -- $0.12000 $16.28
    12/31/1998 $0.12700 -- -- $0.12700 $17.98
    12/11/1998 -- $0.01800 $0.66500 $0.68300 $18.10
    09/30/1998 $0.13000 -- -- $0.13000 $18.22
    06/30/1998 $0.13000 -- -- $0.13000 $18.55
    03/31/1998 $0.12000 -- -- $0.12000 $18.59
    12/31/1997 $0.12000 -- -- $0.12000 $18.25
    12/18/1997 -- -- $0.12100 $0.12100 $17.67
    09/30/1997 $0.12000 -- -- $0.12000 $16.38
    06/30/1997 $0.11000 -- -- $0.11000 $15.61
    03/31/1997 $0.11000 -- -- $0.11000 $14.84
    12/31/1996 $0.10900 -- -- $0.10900 $15.22
    09/30/1996 $0.11000 -- -- $0.11000 $14.14
    06/28/1996 $0.13000 -- -- $0.13000 $13.87
    03/29/1996 $0.10000 -- -- $0.10000 $13.25
    12/29/1995 $0.11500 -- -- $0.11500 $13.01
    09/29/1995 $0.13000 -- -- $0.13000 $12.12
    06/30/1995 $0.11000 -- -- $0.11000 $11.62
    03/31/1995 $0.11000 -- -- $0.11000 $11.13
    12/30/1994 $0.13000 -- -- $0.13000 $10.36
    09/30/1994 $0.10000 -- -- $0.10000 $10.87
    06/30/1994 $0.11000 -- -- $0.11000 $10.79
    03/31/1994 $0.10000 -- -- $0.10000 $11.08
    12/31/1993 $0.11000 -- $0.06400 $0.17400 $11.96
    09/30/1993 $0.10000 -- -- $0.10000 $13.04
    06/30/1993 $0.09600 -- -- $0.09600 $12.59
    03/31/1993 $0.09300 -- -- $0.09300 $12.17
    12/31/1992 $0.10600 -- $0.05900 $0.16500 $10.65
    09/30/1992 $0.10200 -- -- $0.10200 $10.73
    06/30/1992 $0.10000 -- $0.07600 $0.17600 $9.96
    03/31/1992 $0.11000 -- -- $0.11000 $9.45
    12/31/1991 $0.11700 -- -- $0.11700 $10.09
    09/30/1991 $0.11400 -- -- $0.11400 $10.17
    06/28/1991 $0.12300 -- -- $0.12300 $9.57
    03/28/1991 $0.11500 -- -- $0.11500 $10.20
    12/31/1990 $0.13700 -- $0.05100 $0.18800 $10.24
    09/28/1990 $0.12100 -- -- $0.12100 $10.40
    06/29/1990 $0.13300 $0.05100 -- $0.18400 $11.08
    03/30/1990 $0.15300 -- -- $0.15300 $11.20
    12/29/1989 $0.10459 $0.06100 -- $0.16559 $12.14
    09/29/1989 $0.10845 -- -- $0.10845 $11.28
    06/30/1989 $0.03317 -- -- $0.03317 $10.55

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    Gas Utility Fund Annual Report