Selected American Shares
- Manager Commentary
- First Quarter 2013 Update
- Fact Sheet
- 2012 Dividend and Capital Gains Distribution Information
Fund Statistics (Class S)
|Davis Advisors Management Date||5/1/93|
|Morningstar Stewardship Grade3||A|
|Manager Tenure||>15 years|
|Results from inception of management through 3/31/13:|
|Average Fund in Category||8.20%|
The goal of Selected American Shares is to provide investors access to attractive investment opportunities among large cap, durable, well-managed businesses. We seek to purchase these businesses at value prices and hold them for the long term. This approach makes Selected American Shares an ideal foundation for an investor’s portfolio.
Using our signature Davis Investment Discipline, the Fund has outperformed the S&P 500® Index by an average of 0.8% per year since Davis Advisors began managing the Fund.1 Click here to learn more about our historical record of attractive long-term returns.
Why Invest in Selected American Shares
Our investment discipline has compounded wealth for investors over six decades and three generations.
Long-Term Investment Results
Selected American Shares outperformed the S&P 500® Index since we began management of the Fund.1
Aligned with Shareholders
With more than $2 billion invested side by side with fellow shareholders, we experience the same risks and reap the same rewards.2
Morningstar’s Highest Analyst Rating
Selected American Shares has the highest Morningstar Analyst Rating possible: Gold.
Analyst Ratings are based on their conviction in the Fund’s ability to outperform its peer group on a risk-adjusted basis over the long term.3
Our Culture of Shareholder Stewardship
Of the 1479 funds graded, Selected American Shares is one of only 7 funds to receive Morningstar’s highest overall Stewardship grade of "A" and "A" grades in each individual component of the score.3
Lower than Average Expense Ratio4
Selected American Shares, 0.95%; Lipper category average, 1.16%
Lower than Average Turnover Rate4
Selected American Shares, 7%; Lipper category average, 72%
Performance as of 3/31/13
Compounding Wealth - By consistently outperforming the S&P 500® Index over time, a hypothetical $10,000 investment in the Fund on May 1, 1993 compounded to $60,808 as of March 31, 2013 vs. only $52,654 for the S&P 500® Index and $47,851 for the Average Large Cap Fund.5
|Average Annual Total Returns
as of March 31, 2013
|Selected American Shares Class S||12.01%||8.73%||3.24%||8.17%||5.25%||9.48%|
|S&P 500® Index||13.96%||12.67%||5.81%||8.53%||4.27%||8.70%|
The performance presented represents past performance and is not a guarantee of future results. Total return assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions. Investment return and principal value will vary so that, when redeemed, an investor’s shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. The total annual operating expense ratio for Class S shares as of the most recent prospectus was 0.95%. The total annual operating expense ratio may vary in future years. Returns and expenses for other classes of shares will vary. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance quoted. For most recent month-end performance, click here or call 800.243.1575.
A History of Consistent Long Term Outperformance
Since no manager can outperform over all periods, our objective has been to increase the probability of outperformance the longer an investor stays with us. As shown below, the longer one has invested with us, the more likely they have earned above-average returns.6
Percentage of Time Selected American Shares
Outperformed the S&P 500® Index
7/1/93 - 3/31/13
An Uncommon Record
While the likelihood of Selected American Shares outperforming the S&P 500® Index increased as an investor’s holding period increased, the chart below shows that Large Cap Funds (the tan bars) have not had the same level of consistent outperformance as Selected American Shares.6
Percentage of Time Selected American Shares and
Average Large Cap Fund Outperformed the S&P 500® Index
7/1/93 - 3/31/13
Portfolio Characteristics as of 3/31/13
|Selected American Shares||S&P 500®
|Forecast P/E Ratio||15.0||14.2|
|Weighted Average Market Cap ($bn)||69.7||106.3|
|Beta (3 year)||1.0||1.0|
|Standard Deviation (5 year, S Shares)||20.6||18.9|
|Number of Holdings||79||500|
|Selected American Shares||Lipper Category Average|
|Expense Ratio3 (S Shares)||0.95%||1.16%|
|Analyst Rating||Stewardship Grade|
Top 10 Holdings
|American Express Co.||5.7%|
|CVS Caremark Corp.||5.5%|
|Wells Fargo & Co.||5.2%|
|Bank of New York Mellon Corp.||4.7%|
|Google Inc., Class A||4.5%|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Class A||4.0%|
|Costco Wholesale Corp.||4.0%|
|Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.||2.9%|
|EOG Resources, Inc.||2.7%|
Top 10 Industries
|Food & Staples Retailing||9.8%|
|Food, Beverage & Tobacco||5.8%|
|Pharmaceutical & Health Care||4.1%|
|Fund Fact Sheet||Download Share||
Goals of the Fund, types of companies found in the Portfolio, top holdings, portfolio characteristics and historical performance.
|Important Facts||Download Share||
Key Fund attributes,
including historical long-term outperformance, below-average expenses and
turnover, experienced managers, and recognition for shareholder stewardship.
|Portfolio Composition||Download Share||
Quarterly update of portfolio characteristics.
|Insights into the Fund|
|A History of Long Term Outperformance||Download Share||Discusses the Fund’s growing success in beating the S&P500® as investor holding period increased (ultimately reaching 100%).
|Selected American Shares – An Ideal Foundation||Download Share||Discusses the Fund’s consistency in beating the S&P500 and what gives us conviction that future returns will be stronger.
|Distinctive Attributes||Download Share||How our unique culture of rigorous research and stewardship have produced important shareholder benefits, including attractive long-term results, low expenses, low turnover, high alignment of interests, and strong stewardship grades.|
|Morningstar Analyst Report: Selected American Shares||Download Share||Complete Morningstar Analyst report detailing why Selected American Shares merits its highest rating of “Gold”, which Morningstar believes “leads to funds that are more likely to outperform over the long term on a risk-adjusted basis”.
|Portfolio Manager Commentaries|
|Manager Commentary - Annual Review 2013||Download View Share||
An interview with Selected American Shares Managers Christopher C. Davis and Kenneth Charles Feinberg.
|First Quarter 2013 Update||Download View Share||
A quarterly discussion of the market environment, Fund performance, major positions, and investment opportunities.
|Manager Commentary - Semi-Annual Review 2012 (June 2012)||Download Share||Archived Portfolio Manager interview|
Manager Commentary - Annual Review
|Download Share||Archived Portfolio Manager interview|
|Manager Commentary - Semi-Annual Review (June 2011)||Download Share||Archived Portfolio Manager interview|
|Insights About Davis Advisors|
|Selected Receives Morningstar's Highest Stewardship Grade||Download Share||
Morningstar recognizes our unique commitment to shareholder interests.
|The Davis Investment Discipline||Download Share||
The evolution of our investment discipline over three generations of successful investors, examines what we look for in a company and profiles the investment professionals.
|2011 Financial Report of the U.S. Government||Download Share||
The 2011 update of the government report referred to in the Selected American Shares Manager Commentary.
This material is authorized for use by existing shareholders. A current Selected American Shares prospectus must accompany or precede this material if it is distributed to prospective shareholders. You should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objective, risks, fees, and expenses before investing. Read the prospectus carefully before you invest or send money.
1Class S shares. Returns discussed are from 5/1/93-3/31/13. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
2As of December 31, 2012.
3As of December 31, 2012. See Morningstar link below.
4See Expense ratio/Turnover link below.
5The Average Large Cap Fund is represented by the equities in the Lipper Average Large Cap peer group. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
6See "outperforming the market" link below.
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