• Overview

    Category
    Multi-Asset

    Hennessy Total Return Fund

    Quantitatively managed, the Fund maintains a portfolio of 75% of high yield, blue-chip companies and 25% U.S. Treasury securities.

    Investor

    HDOGX

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    • Investor
    • HDOGX

    Among Allocation--50% to 70% Equity Funds (Based on risk-adjusted returns, as of 12/31/19)

    Portfolio Manager Commentary
    Portfolio Manager Commentary

    Why Invest

    • Multi-asset fund with broad equity market exposure, but potentially lower volatility
    • Incorporates the contrarian "Dogs of the Dow" strategy
    • Focus on high dividend-yielding, potentially undervalued blue chip companies

    Investment Criteria

    The Hennessy Total Return Fund utilizes the "Dogs of the Dow" strategy, investing in the 10 highest dividend-yielding Dow Jones Industrial Average (“DJIA”) stocks. The Fund invests approximately 50% of its assets in the “Dogs of the Dow” equity strategy and approximately 50% of its assets in U.S. Treasury securities with a maturity of less than one year.

    The Fund then utilizes a borrowing strategy that allows the Fund’s performance to approximate what it would be if the Fund had an asset allocation of roughly 75% in the "Dogs of the Dow" equity strategy and 25% in U.S. Treasury securities. The Fund typically borrows money by entering into reverse repurchase agreements secured by its portfolio of U.S. Treasury securities.

    Portfolio Managers

    “I believe success can come from taking a contrarian approach to investing.”

    - Neil Hennessy

  • Insights & News

  • Performance

    Daily Pricing & Performance

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

        $11.64

      • $ Change

        -$0.13

      • % Change

        -1.10%

      • YTD

        -17.87%

    Average Annualized Total Return

    as of 2/29/20
    Name 1 Mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (7/29/98)
    Investor Class (HDOGX) -7.09% -11.05% -5.71% 2.86% 4.47% 8.02% 4.62%
    75/25 Blended DJIA/Treasury Index -7.28% -7.86% 1.10% 7.63% 7.61% 9.35% 6.29%
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg. -9.75% -10.55% 0.45% 9.42% 9.63% 12.20% 7.46%

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    as of 12/31/19
    Name QTR YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since Inception (7/29/98)
    Investor Class (HDOGX) 2.89% 12.56% 12.56% 7.80% 7.39% 9.24% 5.23%
    75/25 Blended DJIA/Treasury Index 5.10% 19.34% 19.34% 12.21% 9.75% 10.21% 6.74%
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg. 6.67% 25.34% 25.34% 15.73% 12.59% 13.40% 8.08%

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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

    Total Return Fund (HDOGX) $9,429
    75/25 Blended DJIA/Treasury Index $10,110
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg. $10,045

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

    Total Return Fund (HDOGX) $10,881
    75/25 Blended DJIA/Treasury Index $12,470
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg. $13,101

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

    Total Return Fund (HDOGX) $12,444
    75/25 Blended DJIA/Treasury Index $14,428
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg. $15,833

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

    Total Return Fund (HDOGX) $21,628
    75/25 Blended DJIA/Treasury Index $24,445
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg. $31,618

    Value of $10,000 invested between 7/29/1998 and 2/29/2020

    Total Return Fund (HDOGX) $26,534
    75/25 Blended DJIA/Treasury Index $37,294
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg. $47,304

    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 (HDOGX)
    14.09 10.81 6.77 18.52 5.85 1.00 12.92 11.17 0.11 12.56
    75/25 Blended DJIA/Treasury Index
    10.70 6.43 7.71 21.67 7.53 0.33 12.36 20.76 -1.97 19.34
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg.
    14.06 8.38 10.24 29.65 10.04 0.21 16.50 28.11 -3.48 25.34
    Year
    Investor Class (HDOGX)
    75/25 Blended DJIA/Treasury Index
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg.
    2009 16.92% 17.17% 22.68%
    2008 -31.76% -24.34% -31.93%
    2007 2.03% 8.00% 8.88%
    2006 21.83% 15.36% 19.05%
    2005 -0.11% 2.13% 1.72%
    2004 2.34% 4.35% 5.31%
    2003 22.57% 21.07% 28.28%
    2002 -8.69% -10.70% -15.01%
    2001 -0.25% -2.71% -5.44%
    2000 6.86% -1.96% -4.85%
    1999 1.80% 21.44% 27.21%

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    Yield

    as of 2/29/20
    Investor Class (HDOGX)
    Distribution Rate 1.32%
    30-Day SEC Yield 1.37%
    Distribution Frequency Quarterly

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    Returns-Based Statistics
    Relative to Dow Jones Industrial Avg.

    as of 12/31/19
    Investor Class (HDOGX)
    Type 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
    Alpha -0.93 -0.22 1.31
    Beta 0.51 0.57 0.57
    Upside Capture 53.96 60.30 62.43
    Downside Capture 58.87 61.50 54.56

    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 (HDOGX) 0.85 0.80 1.10
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg. 1.13 0.95 1.06
    Allocation--50% to 70% Equity Category Average 0.88 0.67 0.85

    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 (HDOGX) 7.18 7.91 7.76
    Dow Jones Industrial Avg. 12.11 12.23 12.04
    Allocation--50% to 70% Equity Category Average 7.33 7.40 8.09

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

    Fund Expenses

    • Investor Class (HDOGX)
      • Gross expense ratio

        2.32%

    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.

    Dividend Yield is calculated as the annual dividends paid by a company divided by the price of a share of their stock.

    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. Investor Class (HDOGX) received 2 stars for the three-year, 4 stars for the five-year and 4 stars for the ten-year periods ended 12/31/19 among , and Allocation--50% to 70% Equity 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 75/25 Blended DJIA/Treasury Index consists of 75% common stocks represented by the Dow Jones Industrial Average and 25% short-duration Treasury securities represented by the ICE BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. 3-Month Treasury Bill Index.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index commonly used to measure the performance of U.S. stocks. The ICE BofA Merrill Lynch 90-day U.S. Treasury Bill Index is an unmanaged index comprised of U.S. Treasury securities maturing in 90 days. One cannot invest directly in an index.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is the property of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Dow Jones & Company, Inc. is not affiliated with the Hennessy Funds or their investment advisors. Dow Jones & Company, Inc. has not participated in any way in the creation of the Hennessy Funds or in the selection of stocks included in the Hennessy Funds and has not approved any information provided.

    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 Allocation

    as of 12/31/19
    Allocation % of Net Assets
    Equities 73.10%
    Fixed Income 25.30%
    Cash & Other 1.60%

    Portfolio Characteristics

    as of 12/31/19
    Inception Date (HDOGX) 7/29/98
    Total Fund Assets $70 Million
    Portfolio Turnover 38%
    Median Market Cap $227.9 Billion
    Median Price/Earnings 17.7x
    Median Price/Book 5.5x

    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.

    Equity Sector Weighting

    as of 12/31/19
    Fund
    Consumer Staples 13.8%
    Energy 13.0%
    Health Care 11.6%
    Information Technology 11.4%
    Communication Services 7.0%
    Industrials 5.9%
    Financials 5.5%
    Materials 4.9%

    Portfolio Holdings

    Top 10 Holdings

    as of 12/31/19
    Top 10 Equity Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    The Coca-Cola Company KO 7.1%
    Pfizer, Inc. PFE 7.0%
    Verizon Communications, Inc. VZ 7.0%
    Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM 6.5%
    Chevron Corp. CVX 6.5%
    IBM Corp. IBM 6.2%
    J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. JPM 5.5%
    Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO 5.3%
    Dow, Inc. DOW 4.9%
    3M Co. MMM 4.7%
    Total as % of Net Assets 60.7%

    Total Equity Holdings: 15
    Total Fixed-Income Holdings: 3

    as of 12/31/19
    Equity Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    The Coca-Cola Company KO 7.1%
    Pfizer, Inc. PFE 7.0%
    Verizon Communications, Inc. VZ 7.0%
    Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM 6.5%
    Chevron Corp. CVX 6.5%
    IBM Corp. IBM 6.2%
    J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. JPM 5.5%
    Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO 5.3%
    Dow, Inc. DOW 4.9%
    3M Co. MMM 4.7%
    Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. WBA 4.6%
    Merck & Co., Inc. MRK 3.4%
    Procter & Gamble Co. PG 2.0%
    Johnson & Johnson JNJ 1.2%
    Caterpillar, Inc. CAT 1.2%
    Total as % of Net Assets 73.1%
    Fixed Income Holdings Ticker % of Net Assets
    U.S. Treasury Bill - (01/16/20) 912796TB5 10.1%
    U.S. Treasury Bill - (02/13/20) 912796TF6 8.4%
    U.S. Treasury Bill - (3/19/20) 912796TL3 6.7%
    Total as % of Net Assets 25.3%
    Cash & Other Holdings % of Net Assets
    Cash & Other 1.6%
    Total as % of Net Assets 1.6%

    Country Allocation

    as of 12/31/19
    • United States

      98.4%

    • Cash & Other

      1.6%

    United States 98.4%
    Cash & Other 1.6%
  • Distributions

    The Hennessy Total Return 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
    03/31/2020 $0.10427 -- -- $0.10427 $11.64
    12/27/2019 $0.04232 -- -- $0.04232 $14.32
    09/30/2019 $0.05615 -- -- $0.05615 $13.94
    06/28/2019 $0.06631 -- -- $0.06631 $13.97
    03/29/2019 $0.08168 -- -- $0.08168 $13.88
    12/27/2018 $0.03292 -- -- $0.03292 $12.88
    12/07/2018 -- -- $0.39762 $0.39762 $13.32
    09/28/2018 $0.06221 -- -- $0.06221 $13.86
    06/29/2018 $0.06279 -- -- $0.06279 $13.27
    03/29/2018 $0.07896 -- -- $0.07896 $13.04
    12/27/2017 $0.02860 -- -- $0.02860 $13.56
    12/07/2017 -- $0.13247 $1.38773 $1.52020 $13.34
    09/29/2017 $0.05802 -- -- $0.05802 $14.58
    06/30/2017 $0.05106 -- -- $0.05106 $13.90
    03/31/2017 $0.07003 -- -- $0.07003 $13.88
    12/28/2016 $0.01803 -- -- $0.01803 $13.79
    12/07/2016 -- $0.00673 $0.64969 $0.65642 $13.70
    09/30/2016 $0.03265 -- -- $0.03265 $14.15
    06/30/2016 $0.04075 -- -- $0.04075 $13.97
    03/31/2016 $0.07024 -- -- $0.07024 $13.46
    12/29/2015 $0.02283 -- -- $0.02283 $13.07
    12/09/2015 -- $0.01840 $1.20995 $1.22835 $12.80
    09/30/2015 $0.05081 -- -- $0.05081 $13.25
    06/30/2015 $0.05380 -- -- $0.05380 $14.03
    03/31/2015 $0.07628 -- -- $0.07628 $14.14
    12/31/2014 $0.02266 -- -- $0.02266 $14.24
    12/08/2014 -- -- $1.05659 $1.05659 $14.38
    09/30/2014 $0.04860 -- -- $0.04860 $15.30
    06/30/2014 $0.04954 -- -- $0.04954 $15.10
    03/31/2014 $0.07237 -- -- $0.07237 $14.75
    12/31/2013 $0.01962 -- -- $0.01962 $14.63
    09/30/2013 $0.03625 -- -- $0.03625 $13.87
    06/28/2013 $0.03993 -- -- $0.03993 $13.89
    03/28/2013 $0.06745 -- -- $0.06745 $13.56
    12/31/2012 $0.01798 -- -- $0.01798 $12.49
    09/28/2012 $0.03703 -- -- $0.03703 $12.88
    06/29/2012 $0.04694 -- -- $0.04694 $12.48
    03/30/2012 $0.06978 -- -- $0.06978 $12.23
    12/27/2011 $0.02291 -- -- $0.02291 $11.90
    09/30/2011 $0.04224 -- -- $0.04224 $10.85
    06/30/2011 $0.04576 -- -- $0.04576 $11.49
    03/31/2011 $0.06437 -- -- $0.06437 $11.21
    12/30/2010 $0.02175 -- -- $0.02175 $10.86
    09/30/2010 $0.03750 -- -- $0.03750 $10.40
    06/30/2010 $0.01776 -- -- $0.01776 $9.34
    03/31/2010 $0.09361 -- -- $0.09361 $9.95
    12/29/2009 $0.01659 -- -- $0.01659 $9.78
    09/30/2009 $0.03863 -- -- $0.03863 $9.17
    06/30/2009 $0.03741 -- -- $0.03741 $8.00
    03/31/2009 $0.05538 -- -- $0.05538 $7.25
    12/30/2008 $0.02894 -- -- $0.02894 $8.35
    09/30/2008 $0.08635 -- -- $0.08635 $10.38
    06/30/2008 $0.07602 -- -- $0.07602 $10.31
    03/31/2008 $0.08600 -- -- $0.08600 $11.66
    12/28/2007 $0.05863 -- -- $0.05863 $12.78
    09/28/2007 $0.08189 -- -- $0.08189 $13.49
    06/29/2007 $0.08714 -- -- $0.08714 $13.48
    03/30/2007 $0.09930 -- -- $0.09930 $12.80
    12/28/2006 $0.06809 -- -- $0.06809 $12.79
    09/29/2006 $0.07243 -- -- $0.07243 $12.33
    06/30/2006 $0.06475 -- -- $0.06475 $11.44
    03/31/2006 $0.09246 -- -- $0.09246 $11.11
    12/22/2005 $0.07109 -- -- $0.07109 $10.83
    09/29/2005 $0.07024 -- -- $0.07024 $10.61
    06/30/2005 $0.05559 -- -- $0.05559 $10.73
    03/31/2005 $0.08885 -- -- $0.08885 $10.84
    12/22/2004 $0.01631 -- -- $0.01631 $11.08
    09/29/2004 $0.05008 -- -- $0.05008 $10.54
    06/29/2004 $0.05540 -- -- $0.05540 $10.61
    03/30/2004 $0.01836 -- -- $0.01836 $10.87
    12/23/2003 $0.02660 -- -- $0.02660 $10.78
    09/29/2003 $0.02395 -- -- $0.02395 $9.77
    06/30/2003 $0.04490 -- -- $0.04490 $9.65
    03/28/2003 $0.02573 -- -- $0.02573 $8.66
    12/23/2002 $0.02789 -- -- $0.02789 $9.14
    09/25/2002 $0.01919 -- -- $0.01919 $8.27
    06/27/2002 $0.02956 -- -- $0.02956 $9.68
    03/28/2002 $0.00730 -- -- $0.00730 $10.52
    12/14/2001 $0.02900 -- -- $0.02900 $9.80
    09/28/2001 $0.04200 -- -- $0.04200 $9.62
    06/28/2001 $0.04000 -- -- $0.04000 $10.42
    03/30/2001 $0.06200 -- -- $0.06200 $9.90
    12/29/2000 $0.06700 -- -- $0.06700 $10.18
    09/29/2000 $0.06800 -- -- $0.06800 $9.10
    06/29/2000 $0.07000 -- -- $0.07000 $8.80
    03/30/2000 $0.05900 -- -- $0.05900 $9.20
    12/06/1999 $0.04800 -- -- $0.04800 $9.95
    09/29/1999 $0.04700 -- -- $0.04700 $10.07
    06/29/1999 $0.07700 -- -- $0.07700 $10.66
    03/30/1999 $0.07200 -- -- $0.07200 $9.84
    12/16/1998 $0.09500 -- -- $0.09500 $9.78
    09/29/1998 $0.06100 -- -- $0.06100 $10.03

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    Total Return Fund Fact Sheet
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    Total Return Fund Summary Prospectus
    Full Prospectus
    Statement of Additional Information
    Shareholder Reports
    Total Return Fund Semi-Annual Report
    Total Return Fund Annual Report