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

Key features

Short term bias in the market leads to potential mispricing

Disciplined process seeks to identify underappreciated businesses

Balancing valuation can reduce downside risk

Daily pricing as of 08/12/2020

NAV
NAV 1-day net change
Max offer price
$17.61

Total net assets as of 07/31/2020

All share classes
$149.3 million

Overview

Series information
Inception date04/16/1990
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)Annually
Series identifiers
CUSIP246493431

Benchmark

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

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 (07/31/2020)

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.

Performance shown prior to Oct. 4, 2019, are as of the predecessor fund and investment team. Please see the Updated Significant Fund Event and prospectus for more information.

Average annual total return as of quarter-end (06/30/2020)

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.

Performance shown prior to Oct. 4, 2019, are as of the predecessor series and investment team. Please see the Updated Significant Series Event and prospectus for more information.

Expense ratio

Gross
0.98%
Net
0.86%

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver of certain fees and/or expense reimbursements from Oct. 4, 2019 through Oct. 31, 2021. 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.

Calendar year total returns @ NAV

Year
Annual return
Year
Annual return
2019
24.91%
2018
-12.16%
2017
32.96%
2016
-4.20%
2015
3.49%
2014
2.39%
2013
6.77%
2012
20.85%
2011
0.64%
2010
13.45%

Portfolio

Portfolio characteristics as of 07/31/2020

Number of holdings
28
Market cap (median) Source: FactSet
$26.3 billion
Market cap (weighted average) Source: FactSet
$82.5 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)
144%
Beta (relative to MSCI EAFE Index (Net)) (view definition)
0.77
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)
2.17%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)
2.03%
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)
12.55

Portfolio composition as of 07/31/2020
Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.

International equities & depositary receipts
98.3%
Domestic equities
1.4%
Cash and cash equivalents
0.4%

Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/2020

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 Series' complete list of holdings for more information.

Holdings based by issuer.

Holding
% of portfolio
Holding
% of portfolio
Novo Nordisk A S
7.40
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV
7.36
Roche Holding AG
7.02
LAIR LIQUIDE SA POUR LETUDE ET LEXPLO DE
6.94
Nestle S.A.
6.65
Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA
6.32
Danone S.A.
5.60
KDDI CORP
4.51
Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd.
4.28
Diageo PLC
3.98

Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings - 60.06%

List of monthly holdingsList of quarterly holdings

Top 10 countries as of 07/31/2020

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

Country
% of portfolio
Country
% of portfolio
France
22.2%
Japan
20.4%
Switzerland
16.1%
Germany
9.6%
United Kingdom
8.9%
Denmark
7.4%
Netherlands
7.4%
Sweden
4.7%
Ireland
1.6%
United States
1.4%

Management

Jens Hansen

Jens Hansen 

  • 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: 23
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Claus Juul

Claus Juul 

  • Portfolio Manager — Global Equity Team
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 22
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Asa Annerstedt

Åsa Annerstedt 

  • Portfolio Manager — Global Equity Team
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 24
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Allan Saustrup Jensen

Allan Saustrup Jensen, CFA, CAIA®

  • Portfolio Manager — Global Equity Team
  • Start date on the Fund: May 2020
  • Years of industry experience: 23
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Chris Gowlland

Chris Gowlland, CFA

  • Senior Vice President, Head of Equity Quantitative Research
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 23
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Fees

Annual series operating expenses
Management fees0.85%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.13%
Total annual Series operating expenses0.98%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements1(0.12%)
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.86%

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.

Resources

**Updated Significant Series Event. 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 delawarefunds.com/vip-literature 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 (MFMHKL), 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 including fluctuation in currency values, differences in accounting principles, or economic or political instability. Investing in emerging markets can be riskier than investing in established foreign markets due to increased volatility, lower trading volume, and higher risk of market closures. In many emerging markets, there is substantially less publicly available information and the available information may be incomplete or misleading. Legal claims are generally more difficult to pursue.

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.

LIBOR risk is the risk that potential changes related to the use of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) could have adverse impacts on financial instruments which reference LIBOR. The potential abandonment of LIBOR could affect the value and liquidity of instruments which reference LIBOR.

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 Series’ 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 Series from executing advantageous investment decisions in a timely manner and could negatively impact the Series’ ability to achieve its investment objective. Any such event(s) could have a significant adverse impact on the value and risk profile of the Series.

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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