Delaware VIP® REIT Series


Delaware VIP REIT Series seeks maximum long-term total return, with capital appreciation as a secondary objective.


The Series invests primarily in real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Series information
Inception date05/01/2000
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)Annually
Series identifier

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 (03/31/2017)

as of quarter-end (03/31/2017)

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-0.71%0.37%8.47%8.53%4.36%10.47%05/01/2000
FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index1.16%3.56%10.26%9.99%4.85%n/a
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-0.71%0.37%8.47%8.53%4.36%10.47%05/01/2000
FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index1.16%3.56%10.26%9.99%4.85%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

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual distribution fee waiver from April 29, 2016 to May 1, 2017. Please see the fee table in the Series' prospectus for more information.

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
Portfolio characteristics - as of 03/31/2017
Number of holdings46
Market cap (median)$6.56 billion
Market cap (weighted average)$17.96 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)130%
P/FFO ratio (view definition)18.77x
Beta (relative to FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index) (view definition)0.96
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)14.38
Portfolio composition as of 03/31/2017Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Domestic equities98.6%
Cash and cash equivalents1.4%
Top 10 holdings as of 03/31/2017
Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Holding% of portfolio
Simon Property Group Inc.7.7%
Welltower Inc.5.4%
AvalonBay Communities Inc.5.3%
Equinix Inc.5.1%
HCP Inc.4.3%
Prologis Inc.4.3%
GGP Inc.3.5%
Equity Residential3.0%
UDR Inc.2.9%
Public Storage2.8%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings44.3%

Top sectors as of 03/31/2017

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

Sector% of portfolio
Regional malls11.8%
Shopping centers7.3%
Self storage3.9%
Manufactured homes1.8%
Bob Zenouzi

Bob Zenouzi 

Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer — Real Estate Securities and Income Solutions (RESIS)

Start date on the Fund: May 2006

Years of industry experience: 30

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Damon Andres

Damon J. Andres, CFA

Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: May 1998

Years of industry experience: 26

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Scott Hastings

Scott P. Hastings, CFA, CPA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: July 2016

Years of industry experience: 14

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

Annual series operating expenses
Management fees0.75%
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees0.30%
Other expenses0.09%
Total annual series operating expenses1.14%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements(0.05%)
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements1.09%

1The Series' distributor, Delaware Distributors, L.P. (Distributor), has contracted to limit the 12b-1 fees to no more than 0.25% of average daily net assets from April 29, 2016 through May 1, 2017. This waiver may be terminated only by agreement of the Distributor and the Series.

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.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

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

REIT investments are subject to many of the risks associated with direct real estate ownership, including changes in economic conditions, credit risk, and interest rate fluctuations.

A REIT fund's tax status as a regulated investment company could be jeopardized if it holds real estate directly, as a result of defaults, or receives rental income from real estate holdings.

The Series may invest in derivatives, which may involve additional expenses and are subject to risk, including the risk that an underlying security or securities index moves in the opposite direction from what the portfolio manager anticipated. A derivatives transaction depends upon the counterparties’ ability to fulfill their contractual obligations.

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

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 only available through the purchase of certain variable insurance products.

The Series is distributed by Delaware Distributors L.P., an affiliate of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust (MIMBT), Macquarie Management Holdings, Inc., and Macquarie Group Limited. Macquarie Investment Management (MIM), a member of Macquarie Group, refers to the companies comprising the asset management division of Macquarie Group Limited and its subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide.

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Daily pricing (as of 04/21/2017)

Service ClassPriceNet change
Max offer price$13.48n/a

Total net assets (as of 03/31/2017)

$468.5 million all share classes

Benchmark, peer group

FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index (view definition)

Lipper Real Estate Funds Average (view definition)

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