Heartland Small Cap Value Strategy

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  • Portfolio Management Team
  • Performance
  • Commentary
  • Portfolio Composition
  • Risk Analysis

Overview

Investment Focus

Pursues long-term capital appreciation by investing in micro- and small-cap companies

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Invests in stocks with a market capitalization of less than $2 billion and can have a significant allocation to micro-cap names
  • Designed for investors who seek a portfolio with micro-cap exposure and additional liquidity provided by small-cap stocks
  • Benchmarked to the Russell 2000® Value Index
  • Typically holds 30-50 stocks
  • Inception date: 1988

Investment Minimum & Standard Fee Schedule

Minimum: $1 million

Account SizeAnnual Rate (%)
First $5 million1.00
Next $10 million0.85
Above $15 millionNegotiable

Investment Process

All stocks are evaluated based on our proprietary, consistent, and time-tested 10 Principles of Value Investing™. These criteria are central to Heartland’s value investing philosophy and provide a framework for evaluating securities.

The Investment Team applies a bottom-up research approach, combining traditional fundamental analysis and meetings with more than 1,000 company management teams in a typical year. The 10 Principles™ are designed to help the Team assess a company's valuation, but also focus on metrics associated with financial soundness, management team strength, and future outlook.

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Portfolio Management Team

Heartland Advisors Small Cap Value Strategy Portfolio Management Team

73 years of industry experience
49 years of experience at Heartland

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Bill Nasgovitz

Nasgovitz is Chairman and Portfolio Manager of the Value Fund and its corresponding separately managed account strategy. He also is President and Director of Heartland Funds. He has 49 years of industry experience, 35 at Heartland.

Eric Miller

Miller is Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the Heartland Value Fund and its corresponding separately managed account strategy. He has 24 years of industry experience, 14 at Heartland.

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Investing Perspectives

Video
11/17 - 2:58
Heartland Advisors Portfolio Manager Bill Nasgovitz

Digging Deeper With Each New High

Opportunity exists for investors willing to roll up their sleeves. Portfolio Manager Bill Nasgovitz shares two examples from the small- and micro-cap portfolio.

Heartland in the News
8/10/17
Heartland Advisors Value Investing Bill Nasgovitz and Jeffrey Strong

Looking Under the Hood for Investment Opportunities

Portfolio Manager Bill Nasgovitz and Research Analyst Jeffrey Strong, CFA, discuss two under-the-radar, attractively valued companies playing a role in building the cars of the future.

Heartland in the News
5/24/17
Heartland Advisors Value Investing Portfolio Manager Bill Nasgovitz

A New Season for Small-Caps?

Portfolio Manager Bill Nasgovitz provides perspective on why wallflowers of the market could be ready to bloom.

Video
4/17 - 8:05
Heartland Mid Cap Value Fund Portfolio Managers Colin McWey and Will Nasgovitz

Why Value? Why Heartland? Why Now?

An interview with Founder Bill Nasgovitz.

PM Perspective
3/17
Heartland Value Fund Portfolio Manager Bill Nasgovitz

How Micro-Caps Add Value to a Small-Cap Value Strategy

Micro-caps can be an overlooked source of opportunities in a small-cap strategy. Portfolio Manager Bill Nasgovitz explores the advantages and our approach to the group.

Performance*

Average Annual Total Returns
  • Quarter-End
  • Annual
12/31/2017

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Since Inception (%)10-Year (%)5-Year (%)3-Year (%)1-Year (%)YTD (%)QTD (%)
Small Cap Value Composite (Net of Advisory Fees)**11.362.921.87-1.89-2.20-2.20-5.08
Small Cap Value Composite (Net of Bundled Fees)9.622.051.14-2.41-2.49-2.49-5.15
Russell 2000® Value10.888.1713.019.557.847.842.05

 

2017 (%) 2016 (%)

2015 (%)

2014 (%)

2013 (%)

2012 (%)

2011 (%)

2010 (%)

2009 (%)

2008 (%)

2007 (%)

2006 (%)

2005 (%)

Small Cap Value Composite (Net of Advisory Fees)**

-2.20 11.51

-13.41

-2.96

19.72

6.51

-4.32

23.54

73.03

-44.18

-10.54

20.09

1.99

Small Cap Value Composite (Net of Bundled Fees)

-2.49 11.19 -14.27

-3.92

18.54

5.45

-5.27

22.37

71.35

-44.75

-11.78

17.77

-0.01

Russell 2000® Value

7.84 31.74 -7.47

4.22

34.52

18.05

-5.50

24.50

20.58

-28.92

-9.78

23.48

4.71

 

*Source: FactSet Research Systems, Inc., Russell Investment Group, and Heartland Advisors, Inc. Performance data is preliminary. YTD and QTD returns are not annualized. The Strategy's inception date is 10/1/1988.
**Shown as supplemental information.

Commentary

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12/31/17
Heartland Advisors Small Cap Value Strategy Portfolio Manager Commentary

Heartland Small Cap Value Strategy 4Q17 Portfolio Manager Commentary

Investors responded to a murky economic outlook by gravitating toward growth-oriented names, defensive areas, and larger businesses.

Portfolio Composition

Characteristics
12/31/2017

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Weighted Average Market Cap ($)Median Market Cap ($)Trailing 1-Year Turnover (%)
Small Cap Value Composite1.4 billion430 million34.8
Russell 2000® Value2.1 billion737 million-

Source: FactSet Research Systems Inc., Russell Investment Group, and Heartland Advisors, Inc.

Valuation Analysis
Equity securities only, weighted median unless otherwise noted

12/31/2017

Source: FactSet Research Systems Inc., Russell Investment Group, and Heartland Advisors, Inc.
*Weighted average

Heartland Advisors Small Cap Value Strategy Valuation Analysis Charts 1Heartland Advisors Small Cap Value Strategy Valuation Analysis Charts 2

Sector Allocation

12/31/2017

Source: FactSet Research Systems Inc., and Russell Investment Group
Composite statistics shown as percentage of equity investments

Heartland Advisors Small Cap Value Strategy Sector Charts 1Heartland Advisors Small Cap Value Strategy Sector Charts 2

Top 10 Holdings in a Representative Account
12/31/2017

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TickerHolding% of AccountIndustry
LINCLincoln Educational Services Corporation5.49Diversified Consumer Services
HSONHudson Global, Inc.4.90Professional Services
SPCBSuperCom Ltd4.45Electronic Equipment & Instruments
TBBKThe Bancorp, Inc.4.05Commercial Banks
SRCISRC Energy Inc.3.82Oil Gas & Consumable Fuels
ACTGAcacia Research Corporation3.78Communications Equipment
CAGDFCenterra Gold Inc.3.64Metals & Mining
BBSIBarrett Business Services, Inc.3.55Professional Services
MTGMGIC Investment Corporation3.53Thrifts & Mortgage Finance
PESIPerma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc.3.46Commercial Services & Supplies
% of Total Net Assets40.67

Security-Level Attribution & Contribution

12/31/2017

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5-Year Risk Analysis

12/31/2017

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Alpha*Standard Deviation (%)*BetaInfo RatioSharpe RatioUpside Capture (%)*Downside Capture (%)*R-
Squared (%)
Active Share
Small Cap Value Composite (Net of Advisory Fees)-8.4915.670.90-1.150.1064.86114.5562.6098.57
Russell 2000® Value0.0013.761.000.000.93100.00100.00100.000.00

*Annualized
Source: FactSet Research Systems Inc., Russell Investment Group
Alpha, beta, and information ratio are versus the Russell 2000® Value Index.

The above performance, portfolio composition, and risk analysis data is preliminary.

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Past performance does not guarantee future results. Performance represents past performance, and current returns may differ.

Heartland Advisors, Inc. (the "Firm") claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). The Firm is a wholly owned subsidiary of Heartland Holdings, Inc., and is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For a complete list and description of Heartland Advisors composites and/or a presentation that adheres to the GIPS® standards, contact the Institutional Sales Team at Heartland Advisors.

The U.S. dollar is the currency used to express performance.

The inception date for the Small Cap Value Strategy is 10/1/1988.

The Small Cap Value Strategy invests in small companies selected on a value basis. Such securities generally are more volatile and less liquid than those of larger companies.

Value investments are subject to the risk that their intrinsic value may not be recognized by the broad market.

Portfolio holdings are subject to change without notice. Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk.

Sector and industry classifications as determined by Heartland Advisors may reference data from sources such as FactSet Research Systems Inc. or the Global Industry Classification Codes (GICS) developed by Standard & Poor’s and Morgan Stanley Capital International.

Representative account chosen based on composite membership, not on performance-based criteria. Other accounts within the strategy may have different holdings.

Representative account holdings are preliminary, may not be reconciled, and may be updated when reconciled.

Certain security valuations and forward estimates are based on Heartland Advisors' calculations. Any forecasts may not prove to be true.

There is no guarantee that a particular investment strategy will be successful.

Heartland’s investing glossary provides definitions for several terms used on this page.

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Separately managed accounts and related investment advisory services are provided by Heartland Advisors, Inc., a federally registered investment advisor. ALPS Distributors, Inc., is not affiliated with Heartland Advisors, Inc.

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