RYSEX Highlighted In Barron’s—Royce
article 04-09-2020

Barron’s Highlights Royce’s Special Equity Strategy

“The 5 Best Mutual Funds to Get Through the Coronavirus Crisis” on Barrons.com listed Royce’s Special Equity as one of five mutual funds focusing on strong balance sheets and losing less than its peers in these tumultuous times.

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On April 3, 2020, Reshma Kapadia published a piece on Barrons.com, “The 5 Best Mutual Funds to Get Through the Coronavirus Crisis,” that included Royce Special Equity Fund. The article featured five mutual funds that heavily focus on strong balance sheets and have outpaced their peers during the recent market downturn.

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The article mentioned how Royce Special Equity outpaced 96% of its small-cap value peers for the year.* “These fund managers’ focus on companies with the financial wherewithal to survive and thrive postcrisis is likely to serve investors well both now and in the future,” the article said.

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Average Annual Total Returns as of 3/31/20 (%) 

  2Q201 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR 15YR 20YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
Special Equity -24.62 -21.16 -6.09 -1.35 4.85 5.26 8.48 7.13 05/01/98
Russell 2000 -30.61 -23.99 -4.64 -0.25 6.90 5.71 5.28 5.43 N/A
Russell 2000 Value -35.66 -29.64 -9.51 -2.42 4.79 4.11 6.83 5.56 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: 1.18

1 Not annualized.

All performance information reflects past performance, is presented on a total return basis, reflects the reinvestment of distributions, and does not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, so that shares may be worth more or less than their original cost when redeemed. Shares redeemed within 30 days of purchase may be subject to a 1% redemption fee, payable to the Fund, which is not reflected in the performance shown above; if it were, performance would be lower. Current month-end performance may be higher or lower than performance quoted and may be obtained at www.roycefunds.com. Operating expenses reflect the Fund's total annual operating expenses for the Investment Class as of the Fund's most current prospectus and include management fees and other expenses.

Percentage of Fund Holdings As of 3/31/2020 (%)

  Royce Special
Equity Fund

Ennis, Inc.

2.3

Gencor Industries, Inc.

1.6

Company examples are for illustrative purposes only. This does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock. There can be no assurance that the securities mentioned in this piece will be included in any Fund’s portfolio in the future.

*The percentile ranking and number of funds in the Morningstar’s Small-Cap Value Category: for the 1-year 95th percentile out of 413 instruments; for the 5-year 61st percentile out of 341 instruments; for the 10-year 81st percentile out of 234 instruments as of 12/31/19. The universe consists of each fund's oldest share class only. ©2020 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete, or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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