Delaware VIP® International Series** (formerly, First Investors Life Series International Fund)

Key features

  • Seek securities that are potentially mispriced due to the market’s short-term bias
  • Disciplined process that seeks to identify underappreciated businesses
  • Investment philosophy that balancing valuation and quality can reduce downside risk


Delaware VIP Value Series seeks long-term capital appreciation.


The Series invests in securities of large-capitalization companies, seeking consistent long-term performance. The Series follows a traditional value-oriented investment philosophy using a research-based approach.

Series information
Inception date04/16/1990
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)Annually
Series identifier

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The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

Total returns may reflect waivers and/or expense reimbursements by the manager and/or distributor for some or all of the periods shown. Performance would have been lower without such waivers and reimbursements.

Average annual total return

as of month-end (12/31/2019)

as of quarter-end (12/31/2019)

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)24.91%24.91%13.42%7.66%8.11%n/a04/16/1990
MSCI EAFE Index (Net)22.01%22.01%9.56%5.67%5.50%n/a
MSCI EAFE Index (Gross)22.66%22.66%10.11%6.18%5.99%n/a
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)3.99%24.91%13.42%7.66%8.11%n/a04/16/1990
MSCI EAFE Index (Net)8.17%22.01%9.56%5.67%5.50%n/a
MSCI EAFE Index (Gross)8.21%22.66%10.11%6.18%5.99%n/a

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Index performance returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs, or expenses. Indices are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index.

Expense ratio

The performance and expense ratio information shown represent the performance and fees as they relate to actual shares of the Series. These examples do not include any fees or sales charges imposed by the variable insurance contract for which the Series is an investment option. If they were included, your costs would be higher and performance would be lower. Investors should consult the contract prospectus or disclosure documents for more information.

Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return

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Portfolio characteristics - as of 12/31/2019
Number of holdings27
Market cap (median) Source: FactSet$28.0 billion
Market cap (weighted average) Source: FactSet$90.4 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)50%
Beta, 3 years (relative to MSCI EAFE Index (Net)) (view definition)n/a
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)n/a
Portfolio composition as of 12/31/2019Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
International equities & depositary receipts97.9%
Domestic equities2.0%
Cash and cash equivalents0.2%
Top 10 holdings as of 12/31/2019

Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.

List may exclude cash, cash equivalents, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that are used for cash management purposes. Please see the Fund’s complete list of holdings for more information.

Holdings based by issuer.

Holding% of portfolio
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV7.11%
Novo Nordisk A S6.71%
Roche Holding AG6.62%
Danone S.A.6.55%
Nestle S.A.5.71%
Air Liquide S.A.5.59%
Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA4.97%
Publicis Groupe S.A.4.86%
Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd.4.85%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings57.49%

Top 10 countries as of 12/31/2019

List may exclude cash, cash equivalents, and exchanged-traded funds (ETFs) that are used for cash management purposes.

Country% of portfolio
United Kingdom10.0%
United States2.0%
Christopher Gowlland

Chris Gowlland, CFA

Vice President, Senior Quantitative Analyst

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 23

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Jens Hansen

Jens Hansen 

Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer — Global Equity Team

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 30

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Klaus Petersen

Klaus Petersen, CFA 

Portfolio Manager — Global Equity Team

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 22

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Claus Juul

Claus Juul 

Portfolio Manager — Global Equity Team

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 21

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Asa Annerstedt

Åsa Annerstedt 

Portfolio Manager — Global Equity Team

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 23

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The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Series. The fee table and example do not reflect any fees or sales charges imposed by variable insurance contracts. If they did, the expenses would be higher.

Annual series operating expenses
Management fees0.85%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.14%
Total annual series operating expenses0.99%
Fee waivers(0.13%)
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers0.86%

1The Series' investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), has contractually agreed to waive all or a portion of its investment advisory fees and/or pay/reimburse expenses (excluding any acquired fund fees and expenses, taxes, interest, short sale dividend and interest expenses, brokerage fees, certain insurance costs, and nonroutine expenses or costs, including, but not limited to, those relating to reorganizations, litigation, conducting shareholder meetings, and liquidations) in order to prevent total annual series operating expenses from exceeding 0.86% of the Series' average daily net assets from Oct. 4, 2019 through Oct. 31, 2021. These waivers and reimbursements may only be terminated by agreement of the Manager and the Series.

**On April 6, 2019, Foresters Investment Management Company, Inc. (FIMCO), the investment adviser to the First Investors Funds, entered into an agreement with Macquarie Management Holdings, Inc. (MMHI), whereby MMHI, on behalf of its affiliate Delaware Management Company (DMC), a series of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust (MIMBT), would acquire FIMCO’s asset management business (the “Transaction”). In connection with the Transaction, the Board of Trustees of the First Investors Trusts and the First Investors Fund shareholders approved, pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “Agreement”), the transfer of all assets and liabilities of each First Investors Fund to a corresponding, newly formed fund in the Delaware Funds by Macquarie family of funds. The Transaction closed on Oct. 4, 2019.

All third-party marks cited are the property of their respective owners.

Carefully consider the Series' investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Series' prospectus and its summary prospectus, which may be obtained by visiting or calling 800 523-1918. Investors should read the prospectus and the summary prospectus carefully before investing.

The Series' investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), may permit its affiliates, Macquarie Investment Management Global Limited (MIMGL) and Macquarie Funds Management Hong Kong Limited, to execute Series security trades on behalf of the Manager. The Manager may also seek quantitative support from MIMGL.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

International investments entail risks not ordinarily associated with US investments including fluctuation in currency values, differences in accounting principles, or economic or political instability in other nations. Investing in emerging markets can be riskier than investing in established foreign markets due to increased volatility and lower trading volume.

Narrowly focused investments may exhibit higher volatility than investments in multiple industry sectors.

“Non-diversified” funds may allocate more of their net assets to investments in single securities than “diversified” funds. Resulting adverse effects may subject these funds to greater risks and volatility.

Liquidity risk is the possibility that securities cannot be readily sold within seven days at approximately the price at which a fund has valued them.

Delaware VIP Series refers to Delaware VIP Funds. Delaware VIP Funds are not available for direct investment except for issuers of variable insurance product contracts. They are available only through the purchase of certain variable insurance products.

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Daily pricing (as of 01/27/2020)

Standard ClassPriceNet change
Max offer price$24.80n/a

Total net assets (as of 12/31/2019)

$166.2 million all share classes

Prospectuses and reports

Benchmark and peer group

MSCI EAFE (Europe, Australasia, Far East) Index (view definition)

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