• Overview

    Category
    Sector & Specialty - Japan

    Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund

    Actively managed, the Fund maintains a relatively concentrated portfolio of Japanese small-cap companies.

    Investor

    HJPSX

    Institutional

    HJSIX

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    • Investor
    • HJPSX
    • Institutional
    • HJSIX

    Among 34 Japan Stock Funds (Based on risk-adjusted returns, as of 3/31/21)

    Portfolio Manager Commentary
    Portfolio Manager Commentary

    Why Invest

    • Opportunity to invest in the potential rebound of Japan's economy
    • Growth-oriented, small-cap Japanese companies that may be overlooked by other investors
    • Asia-based management enables rigorous due diligence and research process leading to an in-depth understanding of the Japanese market and culture

    Investment Approach

    From a universe of Japanese stocks with market capitalization in the bottom 20%, the Hennessy Japan Small Cap Fund seeks companies with time-tested business models and exceptional management trading at attractive valuations. Focusing on sustainable growth while limiting the downside, the Portfolio Managers seek companies that exhibit:

    - A well-capitalized balance sheet with little debt

    - Durable competitive advantage

    - High return on equity

    - Above average earnings growth rate, which is sustainable and predictable

    - Strong cash flow generation 

    - Value gap between intrinsic value and market price

    The portfolio is limited to the Managers’ best ideas and is unconfined to benchmarks.

    Portfolio Managers

    The Fund is sub-advised by Tokyo-based SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd.  Since its founding in 1989, SPARX has grown to become the largest independent asset manager in Japan.

    CMA designates Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan.

    “Our extensive research allows us to uncover hidden opportunities among small-cap Japanese companies.”

    - Tad Fujimura

  • Insights & News

  • Performance

    Daily Pricing & Performance

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

        $18.34

      • $ Change

        $0.09

      • % Change

        0.49%

      • YTD

        1.61%

    • Institutional Class (HJSIX)
      • NAV

        $18.13

      • $ Change

        $0.10

      • % Change

        0.55%

      • YTD

        1.74%

    Average Annualized Total Return

    as of 3/31/21
    Name 1 Mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (8/31/07)
    Investor Class (HJPSX) 4.67% 0.50% 48.43% 5.11% 14.06% 13.00% 10.39%
    Institutional Class (HJSIX) 4.73% 0.62% 49.03% 5.57% 14.49% 13.24% 10.56%
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index 3.08% 3.02% 36.00% 0.86% 9.25% 8.62% 6.08%
    Tokyo Stock Price Index 1.92% 2.08% 38.85% 5.54% 10.54% 7.67% 4.02%

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    as of 3/31/21
    Name QTR YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (8/31/07)
    Investor Class (HJPSX) 0.50% 0.50% 48.43% 5.11% 14.06% 13.00% 10.39%
    Institutional Class (HJSIX) 0.62% 0.62% 49.03% 5.57% 14.49% 13.24% 10.56%
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index 3.02% 3.02% 36.00% 0.86% 9.25% 8.62% 6.08%
    Tokyo Stock Price Index 2.08% 2.08% 38.85% 5.54% 10.54% 7.67% 4.02%

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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

    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJPSX) $14,843
    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJSIX) $14,903
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index $13,600
    Tokyo Stock Price Index $13,885

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

    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJPSX) $11,612
    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJSIX) $11,764
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index $10,088
    Tokyo Stock Price Index $11,754

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

    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJPSX) $19,304
    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJSIX) $19,674
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index $15,298
    Tokyo Stock Price Index $16,508

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

    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJPSX) $33,941
    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJSIX) $34,659
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index $22,482
    Tokyo Stock Price Index $20,948

    Value of $10,000 invested between 8/31/2007 and 3/31/2021

    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJPSX) $38,276
    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJSIX) $39,085
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index $21,923
    Tokyo Stock Price Index $17,074

    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 (HJPSX)
    -4.17 12.76 33.17 8.75 11.59 8.52 49.58 -12.51 19.95 13.43
    Institutional Class (HJSIX)
    -4.17 12.76 33.17 8.75 11.81 8.62 50.27 -12.13 20.42 13.88
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index
    -2.34 6.37 25.28 -0.50 15.49 7.74 35.34 -18.12 18.34 4.97
    Tokyo Stock Price Index
    -11.82 8.06 26.48 -2.95 10.97 3.69 26.56 -14.30 19.67 13.38
    Year
    Investor Class (HJPSX)
    Institutional Class (HJSIX)
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index
    Tokyo Stock Price Index
    2010 23.99% 23.99% 17.73% 14.44%
    2009 13.88% 13.88% 6.60% 4.69%
    2008 -22.31% -22.31% -16.28% -25.50%

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    Returns-Based Statistics
    Relative to Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index

    as of 3/31/21
    Investor Class (HJPSX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha 4.30 4.52 4.60
    Beta 1.01 0.99 0.93
    Upside Capture 112.94 109.03 105.64
    Downside Capture 94.16 85.36 81.19
    Institutional Class (HJSIX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha 4.73 4.91 4.81
    Beta 1.01 0.99 0.93
    Upside Capture 114.04 109.98 106.13
    Downside Capture 93.27 84.31 80.49

    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 (HJPSX) 0.29 0.87 0.92
    Institutional Class (HJSIX) 0.31 0.90 0.93
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index 0.05 0.62 0.64
    Japan Stock Category Average 0.32 0.73 0.61

    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 (HJPSX) 17.83 15.04 13.73
    Institutional Class (HJSIX) 17.83 15.05 13.73
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index 16.65 14.09 13.49
    Japan Stock Category Average 15.62 12.82 13.49

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

    Fund Expenses

    • Investor Class (HJPSX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.55%

    • Institutional Class (HJSIX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.13%

    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 3/31/21. 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 (HJSIX) received 3 stars for the three-year, 5 stars for the five-year and 5 stars for the ten-year periods ended 3/31/21 / Investor Class (HJPSX) received 2 stars for the three-year, 5 stars for the five-year and 5 stars for the ten-year periods ended 3/31/21 among 34, 29 and 19 Japan Stock 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. The 10-year Morningstar Rating is an extended performance rating based on the historically adjusted returns prior to the inception date of the Institutional Class share class (6/15/15) and reflects the historical performance, fees, and expenses of the Investor share class.

    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 / HJSIX prior to 6/15/15 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 Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index represents the universe of small capitalization companies in the Japanese equity markets. The Tokyo Stock Price Index (TOPIX) is a market capitalization-weighted index of all companies listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. One cannot invest directly in an index.

    The returns of the Russell/Nomura Small Cap and TOPIX indices are presented in U.S. Dollar terms.

    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 (HJPSX) 8/31/07
    Inception Date (HJSIX) 6/15/15
    Total Fund Assets $97 Million
    Active Share vs. Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index 95%
    Portfolio Turnover 19%
    Median Market Cap $1.1 Billion
    Median Price/Earnings 16.1x
    Median Price/Book 1.4x

    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 3/31/21
    Fund Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index Difference
    Industrials 38.5% 26.3% +12.2%
    Information Technology 15.7% 13.3% +2.3%
    Consumer Discretionary 10.9% 16.8% -5.9%
    Materials 7.2% 10.9% -3.6%
    Consumer Staples 5.5% 8.3% -2.8%
    Financials 4.6% 8.9% -4.4%
    Health Care 3.0% 6.3% -3.3%
    Energy 2.5% 1.1% +1.4%
    Real Estate 2.4% 1.7% +0.7%
    Utilities 2.1% 1.2% +0.9%
    Communication Services 1.6% 5.2% -3.6%
    Cash & Other 6.2%

    Portfolio Holdings

    Top 10 Holdings

    as of 3/31/21
    % of Net Assets
    Top 10 Holdings Ticker Current Vs. 4Q20 Vs. 1Q20 10-Year Holdings History (%) Time Held
    Iwatani Corp. 8088 2.45% -0.06% +0.89%
    1 Year
    Hanwa Co., Ltd. 8078 2.29% -0.19% +0.46%
    8 Years
    Fuji Corp. 6134 2.23% -0.12% +0.69%
    1 Year
    Ship Healthcare Holdings, Inc. 3360 2.18% -0.04% +0.04%
    5 Years
    EF-ON, Inc. 9514 2.12% -0.53% +0.61%
    3 Years
    Digital Garage, Inc. 4819 2.10% -0.09% -0.15%
    5 Years
    Kito Corp. 6409 2.09% +0.14% +0.21%
    8 Years
    Tocalo Co., Ltd. 3433 2.05% -0.18% -0.15%
    8 Years
    SBS Holdings, Inc. 2384 2.04% -0.08% -0.24%
    11 Years
    Mitsubishi Logisnext Co., Ltd. 7105 2.02% -0.14% +0.69%
    4 Years
    Total as % of Net Assets 21.57%

    Total Holdings: 62

    as of 12/31/20

    Please note that full portfolio holdings for the Japan Funds will be available 30 days after each calendar quarter end.

    % of Net Assets
    Equity Holdings Ticker Current Vs. 4Q20 Vs. 1Q20 10-Year Holdings History (%) Time Held
    EF-ON, Inc. 9514 2.65% -0.53% +0.61%
    3 Years
    Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co. Ltd. 7220 2.56% -0.58% +1.28%
    1 Year
    Iwatani Corp. 8088 2.51% -0.06% +0.89%
    1 Year
    Hanwa Co., Ltd. 8078 2.48% -0.19% +0.46%
    8 Years
    Fuji Corp. 6134 2.35% -0.12% +0.69%
    1 Year
    Daihen Corp. 6622 2.28% -0.41% -0.41%
    5 Years
    Tocalo Co., Ltd. 3433 2.23% -0.18% -0.15%
    8 Years
    Ship Healthcare Holdings, Inc. 3360 2.22% -0.04% +0.04%
    5 Years
    Digital Garage, Inc. 4819 2.19% -0.09% -0.15%
    5 Years
    Mitsubishi Logisnext Co., Ltd. 7105 2.16% -0.14% +0.69%
    4 Years
    SBS Holdings, Inc. 2384 2.12% -0.08% -0.24%
    11 Years
    Hito Communications Holdings, Inc. 4433 2.10% -0.20% +0.41%
    2 Years
    Takeei Corp. 2151 2.07% -0.16% +0.02%
    6 Years
    Pacific Industrial Co., Ltd. 7250 2.04% -0.53% -0.42%
    3 Years
    Mirait Holdings Corp. 1417 2.04% -0.02% -0.06%
    4 Years
    Benefit One, Inc. 2412 2.00% -0.25% -0.12%
    6 Years
    Senko Group Holdings Co., Ltd. 9069 1.99% -0.11% -0.18%
    2 Years
    Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. 4471 1.99% -0.16% +0.38%
    2 Years
    Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd. 4186 1.97% -0.62% +0.14%
    2 Years
    Kito Corp. 6409 1.95% +0.14% +0.21%
    8 Years
    LIFENET Insurance Co. 7157 1.93% -0.57% -0.57%
    4 Years
    Macnica Fuji Electronics Holdings 3132 1.92% -0.31% -0.36%
    3 Years
    Elecom Co., Ltd. 6750 1.83% -0.30% -0.72%
    8 Years
    METAWATER Co., Ltd. 9551 1.82% -0.24% -0.63%
    3 Years
    Nihon Unisys, Ltd. 8056 1.79% -0.42% -0.85%
    6 Years
    AEON Financial Service Co., Ltd. 8570 1.76% +0.16% +1.01%
    1 Year
    Japan Pile Corp. 5288 1.75% +0.11% -0.15%
    5 Years
    Seiren Co., Ltd. 3569 1.72% +0.23% +0.40%
    8 Years
    Bell System24 Holdings, Inc. 6183 1.72% +0.10% +0.09%
    5 Years
    Sato Holdings Corp. 6287 1.71% +0.30% +0.03%
    4 Years
    Towa Corp. 6315 1.62% -0.12% -0.50%
    1 Year
    Cosmos Pharmaceutical Corp. 3349 1.62% -0.45% -1.28%
    1 Year
    Nishimoto Co., Ltd. 9260 1.62% +0.28% +0.33%
    3 Years
    Star Mica Holdings Co. Ltd. 2975 1.61% -0.29% -0.59%
    2 Years
    Matsuoka Corp. 3611 1.57% -0.50% -0.53%
    2 Years
    Transcosmos, Inc. 9715 1.55% +0.06% -0.26%
    2 Years
    KAWADA TECHNOLOGIES, Inc. 3443 1.50% 0.00% -0.57%
    2 Years
    Nihon Flush Co., Ltd. 7820 1.50% -0.09% -0.29%
    3 Years
    Nippon Signal Company Ltd. 6741 1.50% -0.30% -0.73%
    2 Years
    Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. 1954 1.33% +0.40% -0.41%
    4 Years
    Tosei Corp. 8923 1.23% -0.17% +0.01%
    2 Years
    Saizeriya Co., Ltd. 7581 1.22% +0.10% -0.61%
    3 Years
    Siix Corp. 7613 1.18% -0.05% +1.13%
    1 Year
    Poletowin Pitcrew Holdings, Inc. 3657 1.09% +0.28% +1.37%
    < 1 Year
    Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. 6638 1.04% +0.25% +0.33%
    5 Years
    CYBERDYNE, Inc. 7779 1.04% -0.21% +0.21%
    1 Year
    Septeni Holdings Co., Ltd. 4293 0.99% +0.05% +1.04%
    1 Year
    Rengo Co., Ltd. 3941 0.99% +0.27% +1.26%
    < 1 Year
    Kobe Bussan Co., Ltd. 3038 0.98% -0.98% -2.23%
    3 Years
    Nojima Corp. 7419 0.95% -0.09% -0.64%
    1 Year
    Tatsuta Electric Wire and Cable 5809 0.94% -0.94% 0.00%
    < 1 Year
    Kanto Denka Kogyo Co., Ltd. 4047 0.91% +0.03% +0.94%
    1 Year
    Rorze Corp. 6323 0.88% +0.06% +0.94%
    1 Year
    Nippn Corp. 2001 0.84% +0.10% +0.94%
    < 1 Year
    Nichiha Corp. 7943 0.73% +0.35% +1.08%
    < 1 Year
    Morita Holdings Corp. 6455 0.71% -0.06% -0.08%
    1 Year
    Kakaku.com, Inc. 2371 0.66% -0.06% -1.23%
    3 Years
    NGK Spark Plug Co. Ltd. 5334 0.65% +0.66% +1.31%
    < 1 Year
    Yoshimura Food Holdings 2884 0.60% +0.51% +1.11%
    < 1 Year
    Okamura Corp. 7994 0.55% +0.16% -1.24%
    7 Years
    Starzen Co., Ltd. 8043 0.34% +0.02% -1.19%
    1 Year
    Juki Corp. 6440 0.19% -0.19% -0.77%
    2 Years
    Total as % of Net Assets 96.0%
    Cash & Other Holdings % of Net Assets
    Cash & Other 4.1%
    Total as % of Net Assets 4.1%

    Country Allocation

    as of 3/31/21
    • Japan

      93.8%

    • Cash & Other

      6.2%

    Japan 93.8%
    Cash & Other 6.2%
  • Distributions

    The Hennessy Japan Small Cap 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
    12/29/2020 $0.04183 -- -- $0.04183 $18.01
    12/27/2019 $0.20725 -- -- $0.20725 $15.92
    12/07/2018 -- $0.00020 $0.46558 $0.46578 $14.25
    12/27/2017 $0.05212 -- -- $0.05212 $15.86
    12/07/2017 -- -- $0.27962 $0.27962 $15.28
    12/28/2016 $0.12049 -- -- $0.12049 $10.88
    12/07/2016 -- $0.10008 -- $0.10008 $11.08
    12/09/2015 -- -- $0.34086 $0.34086 $10.05
    12/08/2014 -- $0.21469 $0.69576 $0.91045 $9.42
    12/10/2013 -- $1.75115 $0.76336 $2.51451 $9.35
    12/07/2012 -- -- $2.34302 $2.34302 $8.79
    12/27/2011 $0.04299 -- -- $0.04299 $9.96
    12/29/2009 $0.41788 -- -- $0.41788 $8.76
    12/18/2007 $0.07000 -- -- $0.07000 $10.16

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    Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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    Date Paid Income Short-Term Gain Long-Term Gain Total Per Share Reinvest Price
    12/29/2020 $0.11625 -- -- $0.11625 $17.78
    12/27/2019 $0.26554 -- -- $0.26554 $15.72
    12/27/2018 $0.04450 -- -- $0.04450 $13.14
    12/07/2018 -- $0.00020 $0.45707 $0.45727 $14.11
    12/27/2017 $0.08096 -- -- $0.08096 $15.64
    12/07/2017 -- -- $0.27518 $0.27518 $15.09
    12/28/2016 $0.09525 -- -- $0.09525 $10.71
    12/07/2016 -- $0.33984 -- $0.33984 $10.88
    12/09/2015 -- -- $0.34170 $0.34170 $10.07

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  • Fund Documents

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    Japan Small Cap Fund Documents
    Fact Sheet
    Portfolio Perspective View
    Portfolio Updates
    Japan Small Cap Fund Portfolio Update - March 2021 View
    Japan Small Cap Fund Portfolio Update - February 2021 View
    Japan Small Cap Fund Portfolio Update - January 2021 View
    Japan Small Cap Fund Portfolio Update - December 2020 View
    Summary Prospectus
    Full Prospectus
    Statement of Additional Information
    Japan Small Cap Fund Shareholder Reports and Quarterly Holdings
    Q1 Holdings
    Semi-Annual Report
    Q3 Holdings
    Annual Report

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