Delaware International Fund** (formerly, First Investors International Fund)

Key features

  • Short term bias in the market leads to potential mispricing
  • Disciplined process seeks to identify underappreciated businesses
  • Balancing valuation and quality can reduce downside risk
Fund information
Inception date04/01/2013
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)November or December
Fund identifiers

Institutional Class shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

Please click below to view Fund performance:

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 (02/29/2020)

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

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-8.89% 4.93% 6.94% 4.23% n/a4.03% 04/01/2013
MSCI EAFE Index (Net)-10.94%-0.57%3.92%1.96%n/a3.90%
MSCI EAFE Index (Gross)-10.92%-0.05%4.44%2.45%n/a4.39%
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)3.89% 24.51% 12.95% 7.20% n/a5.57% 04/01/2013
MSCI EAFE Index (Net)8.17%22.01%9.56%5.67%n/a5.80%
MSCI EAFE Index (Gross)8.21%22.66%10.11%6.18%n/a6.30%

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Benchmark lifetime returns are as of the month end prior to the Fund's inception date.

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
Calendar year total returns @ NAV
YearAnnual return

Institutional Class shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

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Portfolio characteristics - as of 02/29/2020MSCI EAFE Index (Net)
Number of holdings27887
Market cap (median) Source: FactSet$25.3 billion10799190646.140000000
Market cap (weighted average) Source: FactSet$73.0 billion66533721302.470000000
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)76%n/a
Beta (relative to MSCI EAFE Index (Net)) (view definition)0.84n/a
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)1.72%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)1.72%
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)11.38n/a
Portfolio composition as of 02/29/2020Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
International equities & depositary receipts98.2%
Domestic equities1.8%
Top 10 holdings as of 02/29/2020

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
Novo Nordisk A S7.47%
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV7.33%
Roche Holding AG7.21%
Danone S.A.6.13%
Nestle S.A.5.97%
Air Liquide S.A.5.94%
Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA5.73%
Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd.4.95%
Publicis Groupe S.A.4.61%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings60.05%

Top 10 countries as of 02/29/2020

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

Country% of portfolio
United Kingdom8.9%
United States1.8%
Distribution history - annual distributions (Institutional Class)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)
YearCapital gains3Net investment

1If a Fund makes a distribution from any source other than net income, it is required to provide shareholders with a notice disclosing the source of such distribution (each a "Notice"). The amounts and sources of distributions reported above and in each Notice are only estimates and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. Each Fund will send each shareholder a Form 1099 DIV for the calendar year that will provide definitive information on how to report the Fund's distributions for federal income tax purposes. The information in the table above will not be updated to reflect any subsequent recharacterization of dividends and distributions. Click here to see recent Notices pertaining to the Fund (if any).

2Information on return of capital distributions (if any) is only provided from June 1, 2014 onward.

3Includes both short- and long-term capital gains.

Institutional Class shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

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 Fund.

Shareholder fees
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases as a percentage of offering pricenone
Maximum contingent deferred sales charge (load) as a percentage of original purchase price or redemption price, whichever is lowernone
Annual fund operating expenses
Management fees0.85%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.27%
Total annual fund operating expenses1.12%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursementsnone
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements1.12%

Institutional Class shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

1 The Fund’s 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 and dividend 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 fund operating expenses from exceeding 1.18% of the Fund’s 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 Fund.

**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.

Carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Fund’s prospectus and its summary prospectus, which may be obtained by clicking the prospectus link located in the right-hand sidebar. For investors investing in Delaware Funds by Macquarie (formerly First Investors Funds) please call 800 423-4026. Investors should read the prospectus and the summary prospectus carefully before investing.

The Fund's investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), may seek investment advice and recommendations from its affiliates: Macquarie Investment Management Europe Limited, Macquarie Investment Management Austria Kapitalanlage AG, Macquarie Investment Management Global Limited (MIMGL), and Macquarie Funds Management Hong Kong Limited (MFMHKL) (together, the "Affiliated Sub-Advisors"). The Manager may also permit these Affiliated Sub-Advisors to execute Fund security trades on behalf of the Manager and exercise investment discretion for securities in certain markets where the Manager believes it will be beneficial to utilize an Affiliated Sub-Advisor's specialized market knowledge. The Manager may permit its affiliates, MIMGL and MFMHKL, to execute Fund 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.

“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.

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

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.

Natural or environmental disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, and other severe weather-related phenomena generally, and widespread disease, including pandemics and epidemics, have been and can be highly disruptive to economies and markets, adversely impacting individual companies, sectors, industries, markets, currencies, interest and inflation rates, credit ratings, investor sentiment, and other factors affecting the value of the Fund’s investments. Given the increasing interdependence among global economies and markets, conditions in one country, market, or region are increasingly likely to adversely affect markets, issuers, and/or foreign exchange rates in other countries. These disruptions could prevent the Fund from executing advantageous investment decisions in a timely manner and could negatively impact the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective. Any such event(s) could have a significant adverse impact on the value and risk profile of the Fund.

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

Not FDIC Insured | No Bank Guarantee | May Lose Value

Fund Finder

Daily pricing (as of 03/30/2020)

Institutional ClassPriceNet change
Max offer price$11.07n/a

Total net assets (as of 02/29/2020)

$363.6 million all share classes

Overall Morningstar RatingTM

Institutional Class shares (as of 02/29/2020)
RatingNo. of funds
3 Yrs3405
5 Yrs3337
10 Yrs4244
Morningstar categoryForeign Large Growth

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The Morningstar rating is based on risk-adjusted returns.

Morningstar ranking (as of 02/29/2020)

YTD ranking386 / 502
1 year309 / 465
3 years230 / 405
5 years138 / 337
10 yearsn/a
Morningstar categoryForeign Large Growth

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The Morningstar ranking is based on historical total returns.

Lipper ranking (as of 02/29/2020)

YTD ranking144 / 228
1 year84 / 198
3 years79 / 183
5 years40 / 153
10 yearsn/a
Lipper classificationLipper International Large-Cp Gro Fds

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The Lipper ranking is based on historical total returns.


Prospectuses and reports

Benchmark and peer group

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

Morningstar Foreign Large Growth Category (view definition)

Lipper International Large-Cap Growth Funds Average (view definition)

Additional information