EVUDX

Utility and Telecommunications Fund

$16.83
NAV
+$0.23 / +1.39%
$308.4M
Assets under management
2.75%
Year-to-date return
1/4/1994
Fund inception date
Data as of 4/19/2024
Fund overview
A dividend-focused approach to utility stocks
The Utility and Telecommunications Fund seeks total return consisting of current income and capital appreciation by investing principally in utility and telecommunication companies across all market caps.

The strategy invests in the utility and telecommunication space with a focus on rising dividend stocks and downside risk management during periods of market stress.  
 
Key differentiators

  • Focuses on dividend growers, primarily in the utility and telecommunication space, which have historically produced strong risk-adjusted returns over a full market cycle
  • Targets lower correlation to the broader market while providing the potential for a higher level of income
  • Conducts fundamental research focused on ensuring each company’s dividend is dynamic, durable, and decisive 

General facts

Morningstar category

Utilities

Lipper category

Utility Funds

CUSIP

94975P686

Fund number

3759

Benchmark name

S&P 500 Index

Gross expense ratio

1.07%

Net expense ratio

0.92%

Dividend frequency

Quarterly

Active share

30.97

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Morningstar Rating™

Out of 59 funds, Utilities As of 3/31/2024

Performance

Average annual returns Add Minus

Average annual returns

(as of 3/31/2024)
1/4/1994
1M
3M
YTD
1Y
3Y
5Y
10Y
Inception
Fund
5.29
4.52
4.52
1.87
2.15
5.33
6.83
8.44
S&P 500 Index
3.22
10.56
10.56
29.88
11.49
15.05
12.96
10.43
S&P 500 Utilities Index
6.62
4.57
4.57
0.42
4.14
5.87
8.35
7.65
Lipper Utility Funds
6.15
3.73
3.73
1.16
3.78
5.16
6.62
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Expenses (as of 8/1/2023)
Gross Expense Ratio
1.07 %
Net Expense Ratio
0.92 %

One-month, three-month and year-to-date returns are not annualized.

Figures quoted represent past performance, which is no guarantee of future results, and do not reflect taxes that a shareholder may pay on an investment in a fund. Investment return, principal value, and yields 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 may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted and assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. 

Net asset value (NAV) is the value of one share of the fund excluding any sales charges.

Administrator Class shares are sold without a front-end sales charge or contingent deferred sales charge.

Please keep in mind that high double-digit returns were primarily achieved during favorable market conditions. You should not expect that such favorable returns can be consistently achieved. A fund's performance, especially for short time periods, should not be the sole factor in making your investment decision.

The manager has contractually committed, through 7/31/2024, to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessary to cap the fund's total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers at 0.92%. Brokerage commissions, stamp duty fees, interest, taxes, acquired fund fees and expenses (if any), and extraordinary expenses are excluded from the expense cap. Prior to or after the commitment expiration date, the cap may be increased or the commitment to maintain the cap may be terminated only with the approval of the Board of Trustees. Without this cap, the fund's returns would have been lower. The expense ratio paid by an investor is the net expense ratio (the total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers) as stated in the prospectus.

Calendar year Add Minus

Calendar year

(as of 12/31/2023)
2023
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
Fund
-5.06
-3.34
14.08
4.36
27.71
3.46
13.87
12.85
-7.91
16.44
Benchmark
-7.08
1.57
17.67
0.48
26.35
4.11
12.11
16.29
-4.85
28.98
Morningstar
-4.36
-0.52
15.52
0.89
22.87
2.76
11.83
13.75
-9.86
17.08
Cumulative Add Minus

Cumulative

(as of 3/31/2024)

This chart shows the value of a hypothetical $10,000 investment in the fund over the specified time period up to 10 years or since its inception (for funds lacking 10-year records). The result is compared with benchmarks, which may include a broad-based market index and a peer group average or index. Market indexes do not include expenses, which are deducted from fund returns as well as mutual fund averages and indexes.

Does not include sales charges and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. If sales charges were included, returns would be lower.

Performance and volatility metrics Add Minus

Performance and volatility metrics

(as of 3/31/2024)
3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Alpha -1.63 0.14 -2.20
Beta 0.90 0.87 0.84
Excess Return -1.99 -0.54 -1.52
Information Ratio -0.64 -0.13 -0.31
Sharpe Ratio -0.04 0.21 0.41
R2 0.97 0.95 0.90
Tracking Error 3.09 4.17 4.85
Standard Deviation 15.61 15.25 13.40
Upside Market Capture Ratio 81.80 78.40 63.92
Downside Market Capture Ratio 94.97 91.73 93.85
Morningstar ratings and rankings Add Minus

Morningstar ratings and rankings

(as of 3/31/2024)
Overall
Utilities (Out of 59 funds)
Three Year
77th percentile (47 out of 59)
Five Year
43rd percentile (29 out of 58)
Ten Year
61st percentile (26 out of 51)

The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) ratings.

Morningstar rankings represent a fund's total return rank relative to all funds that have the same category. The percentile ranking is based on the fund's total return percentile rank relative to all funds that have the same category for the same time period. The highest (most favorable) percentile rank is 1% and the lowest (least favorable) percentile rank is 100%. Morningstar rankings do not include the effect of sales charges. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Prices and distributions

Historical prices

YTD high $17.12 3/31/2024
YTD low $15.82 2/13/2024
52-week high $18.21 4/24/2023
52-week low $15.33 10/2/2023
2023 high $18.91 1/11/2023
2023 low $15.33 10/2/2023
Best quarterly return 12.47% 3/31/2019
Worst quarterly return -11.76% 3/31/2020
Best annual return 27.71% 12/31/2019
Worst annual return -7.91% 12/31/2015

Distribution summary

Dividends Quarterly
Capital gains Annually

Distribution history

Distribution history Type Per share amount Re investment price
2024-03-25 Dividend $0.06208 $16.76
2023-12-27 Dividend $0.12344 $16.36
2023-12-11 Long-term capital gain $0.56923 $16.53
2023-12-11 Short-term capital gain $0.00253 $16.53
2023-09-25 Dividend $0.09624 $16.79
2023-06-26 Dividend $0.12325 $17.28
2023-03-27 Dividend $0.05292 $17.29
2022-12-28 Dividend $0.11006 $18.35
2022-12-09 Long-term capital gain $1.68174 $18.48
2022-09-26 Dividend $0.09448 $19.62
2022-06-24 Dividend $0.09601 $19.99
2022-03-25 Dividend $0.07491 $21.14
2021-12-29 Dividend $0.08937 $21.02
2021-12-09 Long-term capital gain $2.3976 $20.20
2021-09-24 Dividend $0.09376 $22.04
2021-06-24 Dividend $0.09178 $21.64
2021-03-25 Dividend $0.09643 $21.30
2020-12-29 Dividend $0.0968 $20.67
2020-12-09 Long-term capital gain $2.51625 $20.92
2020-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.01649 $20.92
2020-09-24 Dividend $0.10535 $21.83
2020-06-24 Dividend $0.07855 $21.11
2020-03-25 Dividend $0.07136 $18.90
2019-12-27 Dividend $0.12474 $22.92
2019-12-10 Long-term capital gain $3.86482 $22.33
2019-09-24 Dividend $0.08162 $26.55
2019-06-24 Dividend $0.09104 $25.65
2019-03-25 Dividend $0.06464 $24.10
2018-12-27 Dividend $0.14095 $21.31
2018-12-10 Long-term capital gain $0.05937 $22.84
2018-09-24 Dividend $0.0746 $21.88
2018-06-25 Dividend $0.09718 $20.81
2018-03-23 Dividend $0.09062 $19.90
2017-12-28 Dividend $0.11182 $21.22
2017-09-25 Dividend $0.06664 $21.38
2017-06-26 Dividend $0.12808 $21.04
2017-03-23 Dividend $0.10519 $20.03
2016-12-29 Dividend $0.05696 $19.11
2016-09-26 Dividend $0.09256 $19.46
2016-06-24 Dividend $0.1161 $19.54
2016-03-24 Dividend $0.02011 $18.38
2015-12-30 Dividend $0.08369 $17.24
2015-09-24 Dividend $0.13253 $16.85
2015-06-24 Dividend $0.08218 $17.50
2015-03-25 Dividend $0.06719 $18.08
2014-12-30 Dividend $0.13756 $19.20
2014-09-24 Dividend $0.06058 $17.56
2014-06-24 Dividend $0.10501 $18.46
2014-03-25 Dividend $0.0585 $17.52
2013-12-30 Dividend $0.11147 $16.54
2013-09-24 Dividend $0.10061 $16.02
2013-06-24 Dividend $0.10397 $15.18
2013-03-25 Dividend $0.09074 $15.55
2012-12-28 Dividend $0.0194 $14.16
2012-12-13 Dividend $0.0975 $14.30
2012-09-24 Dividend $0.093 $14.59
2012-06-25 Dividend $0.09115 $13.68
2012-03-26 Dividend $0.08225 $13.83
2011-12-15 Dividend $0.07428 $13.03
2011-09-26 Dividend $0.072 $12.44
2011-06-24 Dividend $0.09857 $12.65
2011-03-25 Dividend $0.06826 $12.41
2010-12-16 Dividend $0.09483 $11.72
2010-09-24 Dividend $0.04869 $11.43
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Composition

Portfolio statistics Add Minus

Portfolio statistics

(as of 3/31/2024)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Holdings 30
Median Market Cap 45.30 23.47
Dividend Yield 3.36 3.50
PE Ratio 18.39 18.89
PB Ratio 2.33 1.97
EPS Growth 7.73 7.39
Return on Equity 14.44 11.09
Portfolio Turnover 0.94 -

Equity Style Box

(as of 3/31/2024) Overview chart

Placement within the Morningstar Equity Style Box is based on two variables: relative median market capitalization and relative price valuations (price/book and price/earnings) of the fund’s portfolio holdings. These numbers are drawn from the fund’s portfolio holdings figures most recently entered into Morningstar’s database and the corresponding market conditions. The Ownership Zone is represented by a shaded area surrounding the centroid. This zone encompasses 75% of a portfolio’s holdings on an asset-weighted basis and is designed to be a visual measure of how wide-ranging the portfolio is.

Top 10 holdings Add Minus

Top 10 holdings

(as of 3/31/2024)
Security
Fund
NextEra Energy, Inc.
11.08%
Southern Company
5.38%
Constellation Energy Corporation
5.20%
Sempra
4.79%
Duke Energy Corporation
4.73%
American Electric Power Company, Inc.
4.49%
DTE Energy Company
3.82%
CMS Energy Corporation
3.36%
Exelon Corporation
3.35%
Atmos Energy Corporation
3.32%
Top 10 represents 49.52% of total net assets
Sector allocation Add Minus

Sector allocation

(as of 3/31/2024)
Type
Fund
Benchmark
Utilities
78.49% 100.00%
Communication services
5.37% -
Financials
3.84% -
Health care
3.59% -
Real estate
2.87% -
Information technology
2.65% -
Consumer discretionary
1.94% -
Consumer staples
1.26% -
Materials
0.00% -
Industrials
0.00% -
Energy
0.00% -

Sector diversification is a breakdown of the fund's investments based on the S&P Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS), a breakdown of market sectors used by Standard & Poor's. Sector weights are subject to change and may have changed since the date specified. Percent total may not add to 100% due to rounding.

Documents

Literature Details Date
Fact Sheet Institutional, Administrator, C, A 3/31/2024 Download Download
Regulatory Document Details Date
Annual Report Institutional, Administrator, C, A 3/31/2023 Download Download
Full Prospectus Administrator 8/1/2023 Download Download
Quarterly Holdings Institutional, Administrator, C, A 12/31/2022 Download Download
Quarterly Holdings Institutional, Administrator, C, A 6/30/2023 Download Download
Semi-annual Report Institutional, Administrator, C, A 9/30/2023 Download Download
Statement of Additional Information Institutional, Administrator, C, A 8/1/2023 Download Download
Summary Prospectus Administrator 1/24/2024 Download Download
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