• 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 36 Japan Stock Funds (Based on risk-adjusted returns, as of 3/31/20)

    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 5/28/20
    • Investor Class (HJPSX)
      • NAV

        $14.70

      • $ Change

        $0.08

      • % Change

        0.55%

      • YTD

        -7.84%

    • Institutional Class (HJSIX)
      • NAV

        $14.53

      • $ Change

        $0.07

      • % Change

        0.48%

      • YTD

        -7.75%

    Average Annualized Total Return

    as of 4/30/20
    Name 1 Mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (8/31/07)
    Investor Class (HJPSX) 7.76% -17.24% -7.78% 4.03% 7.80% 10.21% 8.40%
    Institutional Class (HJSIX) 7.76% -17.14% -7.46% 4.47% 8.17% 10.40% 8.55%
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index 6.63% -15.21% -6.67% 0.48% 4.43% 6.55% 4.51%
    Tokyo Stock Price Index 5.33% -12.20% -3.12% 2.26% 2.87% 4.96% 2.06%

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    as of 3/31/20
    Name QTR YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (8/31/07)
    Investor Class (HJPSX) -23.20% -23.20% -12.36% 1.64% 6.80% 9.89% 7.82%
    Institutional Class (HJSIX) -23.11% -23.11% -12.04% 2.04% 7.16% 10.08% 7.96%
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index -20.48% -20.48% -11.76% -0.93% 3.74% 6.18% 4.01%
    Tokyo Stock Price Index -16.65% -16.65% -7.21% 0.91% 2.50% 4.44% 1.66%

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    Hypothetical Growth of $10,000

    as of 4/30/2020

    Value of $10,000 invested between 4/30/2019 and 4/30/2020

    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJPSX) $9,222
    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJSIX) $9,254
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index $9,333
    Tokyo Stock Price Index $9,689

    Value of $10,000 invested between 4/30/2017 and 4/30/2020

    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJPSX) $11,259
    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJSIX) $11,402
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index $9,973
    Tokyo Stock Price Index $10,693

    Value of $10,000 invested between 4/30/2015 and 4/30/2020

    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJPSX) $14,561
    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJSIX) $14,810
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index $12,209
    Tokyo Stock Price Index $11,520

    Value of $10,000 invested between 4/30/2010 and 4/30/2020

    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJPSX) $26,447
    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJSIX) $26,899
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index $18,550
    Tokyo Stock Price Index $16,232

    Value of $10,000 invested between 8/31/2007 and 4/30/2020

    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJPSX) $27,788
    Japan Small Cap Fund (HJSIX) $28,263
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index $17,189
    Tokyo Stock Price Index $12,952

    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 (HJPSX)
    23.99 -4.17 12.76 33.17 8.75 11.59 8.52 49.58 -12.51 19.95
    Institutional Class (HJSIX)
    23.99 -4.17 12.76 33.17 8.75 11.81 8.62 50.27 -12.13 20.42
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index
    17.73 -2.34 6.37 25.28 -0.50 15.49 7.74 35.34 -18.12 18.34
    Tokyo Stock Price Index
    14.44 -11.82 8.06 26.48 -2.95 10.97 3.69 26.56 -14.30 19.67
    Year
    Investor Class (HJPSX)
    Institutional Class (HJSIX)
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index
    Tokyo Stock Price Index
    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 3/31/20
    Investor Class (HJPSX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha 2.49 3.19 3.88
    Beta 0.96 0.92 0.94
    Upside Capture 108.45 104.94 105.69
    Downside Capture 95.14 88.63 85.68
    Institutional Class (HJSIX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha 2.89 3.53 4.05
    Beta 0.96 0.92 0.94
    Upside Capture 109.78 105.75 106.07
    Downside Capture 94.42 87.59 85.11

    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 (HJPSX) 0.07 0.46 0.71
    Institutional Class (HJSIX) 0.09 0.49 0.72
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index -0.10 0.25 0.46
    Japan Stock Category Average -0.07 0.16 0.35

    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 (HJPSX) 14.94 13.76 13.81
    Institutional Class (HJSIX) 14.94 13.75 13.81
    Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index 14.94 13.88 13.66
    Japan Stock Category Average 13.33 12.53 14.12

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

    Fund Expenses

    • Investor Class (HJPSX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        1.52%

    • Institutional Class (HJSIX)
      • 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 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. Institutional Class (HJSIX) received 4 stars for the three-year, 5 stars for the five-year and 4 stars for the ten-year periods ended 3/31/20 / Investor Class (HJPSX) received 4 stars for the three-year, 5 stars for the five-year and 4 stars for the ten-year periods ended 3/31/20 among 36, 28 and 15 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 five- and 10-year Morningstar Ratings are extended performance ratings 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 3/31/20. 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 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 3/31/20
    Inception Date (HJPSX) 8/31/07
    Inception Date (HJSIX) 6/15/15
    Total Fund Assets $83 Million
    Active Share vs. Russell/Nomura Small Cap Index 95%
    Portfolio Turnover 20%
    Median Market Cap $0.7 Billion
    Median Price/Earnings 11.7x
    Median Price/Book 1.0x

    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/Nomura Small Cap Index Difference
    Industrials 39.5% 25.6% +13.9%
    Information Technology 17.4% 11.3% +6.1%
    Consumer Discretionary 9.6% 17.2% -7.6%
    Consumer Staples 7.8% 10.5% -2.7%
    Materials 7.5% 10.3% -2.8%
    Communication Services 3.3% 3.8% -0.6%
    Real Estate 3.0% 2.2% +0.8%
    Financials 2.8% 9.6% -6.7%
    Health Care 2.8% 7.2% -4.4%
    Energy 1.6% 1.0% +0.6%
    Utilities 1.5% 1.4% +0.1%
    Cash & Other 3.4%

    Portfolio Holdings

    Top 10 Holdings

    as of 3/31/20
    Top 10 Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    Cosmos Pharmaceutical Corp. 3349 2.5%
    SBS Holdings, Inc. 2384 2.3%
    Daihen Corp. 6622 2.3%
    Digital Garage, Inc. 4819 2.3%
    Elecom Co., Ltd. 6750 2.3%
    Kobe Bussan Co., Ltd. 3038 2.2%
    Nihon Unisys, Ltd. 8056 2.2%
    METAWATER Co., Ltd. 9551 2.2%
    Tocalo Co., Ltd. 3433 2.2%
    Ship Healthcare Holdings, Inc. 3360 2.1%
    Total as % of Net Assets 22.5%

    Total Holdings: 57

    as of 3/31/20
    Equity Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    Cosmos Pharmaceutical Corp. 3349 2.5%
    SBS Holdings, Inc. 2384 2.3%
    Daihen Corp. 6622 2.3%
    Digital Garage, Inc. 4819 2.3%
    Elecom Co., Ltd. 6750 2.3%
    Kobe Bussan Co., Ltd. 3038 2.2%
    Nihon Unisys, Ltd. 8056 2.2%
    METAWATER Co., Ltd. 9551 2.2%
    Tocalo Co., Ltd. 3433 2.2%
    Ship Healthcare Holdings, Inc. 3360 2.1%
    Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. 1954 2.1%
    Mirait Holdings Corp. 1417 2.1%
    KAWADA TECHNOLOGIES, Inc. 3443 2.1%
    Senko Group Holdings Co., Ltd. 9069 2.1%
    Japan Pile Corp. 5288 2.0%
    Towa Corp. 6315 2.0%
    Sato Holdings Corp. 6287 2.0%
    Macnica Fuji Electronics Holdings 3132 2.0%
    Sun Corporation 6736 2.0%
    Okamura Corp. 7994 2.0%
    Stella Chemifa Corp. 4109 2.0%
    Pacific Industrial Co., Ltd. 7250 1.9%
    LIFENET Insurance Co. 7157 1.9%
    Nippon Signal Company Ltd. 6741 1.9%
    Saizeriya Co., Ltd. 7581 1.9%
    Star Mica Holdings Co. Ltd. 2975 1.9%
    Takeei Corp. 2151 1.9%
    Kito Corp. 6409 1.9%
    Transcosmos, Inc. 9715 1.9%
    Benefit One, Inc. 2412 1.9%
    Hanwa Co., Ltd. 8078 1.8%
    Kakaku.com, Inc. 2371 1.8%
    Bell System24 Holdings, Inc. 6183 1.7%
    Nihon Flush Co., Ltd. 7820 1.7%
    Matsuoka Corp. 3611 1.6%
    Nishimoto Co., Ltd. 9260 1.6%
    Iwatani Corp. 8088 1.6%
    Seiren Co., Ltd. 3569 1.6%
    Starzen Co., Ltd. 8043 1.6%
    Fuji Corp. 6134 1.5%
    EF-ON, Inc. 9514 1.5%
    Nojima Corp. 7419 1.5%
    Hito Communications Holdings, Inc. 4433 1.5%
    Hoshizaki Corp. 6465 1.5%
    Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. 4471 1.5%
    CyberAgent, Inc. 4751 1.4%
    Mitsubishi Logisnext Co., Ltd. 7105 1.3%
    Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd. 4186 1.2%
    Tosei Corp. 8923 1.1%
    Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. 6638 1.0%
    AEON Financial Service Co., Ltd. 8570 0.9%
    Kuriyama Holdings Corp. 3355 0.8%
    Juki Corp. 6440 0.8%
    Morita Holdings Corp. 6455 0.7%
    Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co. Ltd. 7220 0.7%
    CYBERDYNE, Inc. 7779 0.6%
    Kushikatsu Tanaka Holdings Co. 3547 0.4%
    Total as % of Net Assets 96.7%
    Cash & Other Holdings % of Net Assets
    Cash & Other 3.4%
    Total as % of Net Assets 3.4%

    Country Allocation

    as of 3/31/20
    • Japan

      96.6%

    • Cash & Other

      3.4%

    Japan 96.6%
    Cash & Other 3.4%
  • 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
    12/27/2019 $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
    12/27/2019 $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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    Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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  • Fund Documents

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    Fund Documents
    Japan Small Cap Fund Fact Sheet
    Japan Small Cap Fund Portfolio Perspective View
    Shareholder Reports
    Japan Small Cap Fund Summary Prospectus
    Full Prospectus
    Statement of Additional Information
    Japan Small Cap Fund Semi-Annual Report
    Japan Small Cap Fund Annual Report