Delaware VIP® Investment Grade Series

Delaware VIP® Investment Grade Series

Key features

A high-quality, research-driven corporate bond fund designed for long-term growth

Leverages the team’s deep credit expertise and sizable presence in corporate bond market

An experienced management team and a time-tested process and philosophy

Daily pricing as of 02/03/2023

NAV
NAV 1-day net change
Max offer price
$8.89

Total net assets as of 12/31/2022

All share classes
$39.3 million

Overview

Series information
Inception date 01/07/1992
Dividends paid (if any) Annual
Capital gains paid (if any) Annually
Series identifiers
CUSIP 246493399

Benchmark

Bloomberg US Corporate Investment Grade 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 (01/31/2023)

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.

Average annual total return as of quarter-end (12/31/2022)

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

Gross
0.74%
Net
0.63%

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver of certain fees and/or expense reimbursements from April 29, 2022 through April 29, 2023. 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
2022
-17.06%
2021
-0.72%
2020
11.91%
2019
12.62%
2018
-2.03%
2017
4.72%
2016
4.65%
2015
-0.35%
2014
5.86%
2013
-0.80%

Portfolio

Portfolio characteristics as of 12/31/2022

Number of holdings
230
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)
110%
Effective duration (weighted average) (view definition)
6.52 years
Effective maturity (weighted average) (view definition)
10.69 years
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)
5.06%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)
4.74%
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)
10.36

Portfolio composition as of 12/31/2022
Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.

Credits
89.9%
U.S. government securities
7.8%
Other
2.3%

Top 10 fixed income holdings as of 12/31/2022

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

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

Holding
% of portfolio
Holding
% of portfolio
Goldman Sachs Group INC. 1.542 9/10/2027
1.39
T-Mobile Usa Inc. 3.375 4/15/2029
1.20
Branch Banking And Trust Company 2.636 9/17/2029
1.06
Jpmorgan Chase & Co. 4.851 7/25/2028
1.03
Verizon Communications Inc. 4.500 8/10/2033
1.02
Pacificorp 2.900 6/15/2052
0.97
Truist Financial Corp. 4.950 12/31/2049
0.96
Cdw LLC Cdw Finance Corp. 3.276 12/1/2028
0.95
Berkshire Hathaway Finance Corp. 3.850 3/15/2052
0.94
Athene Global Funding 1.985 8/19/2028
0.91

Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings - 10.43%

List of monthly holdingsList of quarterly holdings

Sector allocation as of 12/31/2022

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.

Sector
% of portfolio
Sector
% of portfolio
Financial institutions
32.0%
Utility
12.0%
Communications
10.2%
Energy
8.6%
Technology
6.9%
Capital goods
6.7%
Consumer noncyclical
6.2%
Consumer cyclical
3.0%
Basic industry
2.6%
Transportation
1.5%
U.S. government
0.7%
Noncorporate
0.3%
Other
2.3%

Credit quality as of 12/31/2022

Rating
Series
Rating
Series
AAA
9.9%
AA
3.0%
A
21.7%
BBB
53.3%
BB
7.5%
B
3.9%
Not rated
0.7%

Total may not equal 100% due to rounding. The Series’ investment manager, Delaware Management Company (DMC), a series of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust, receives “Credit Quality” ratings for the underlying securities held by the Fund from three “nationally recognized statistical rating organizations” (NRSROs): Standard & Poor’s (S&P), Moody’s Investors Service, and Fitch, Inc. The credit quality breakdown is calculated by DMC based on the NRSRO ratings. If two or more NRSROs have assigned a rating to a security the higher rating (lower value) is used. If only one NRSRO rates a security, that rating is used. For securities rated by an NRSRO other than S&P, that rating is converted to the equivalent S&P credit rating. Securities that are unrated by any of the three NRSROs are included in the “not rated” category when applicable. Unrated securities do not necessarily indicate low quality. More information about securities ratings is contained in the Series’ Statement of Additional Information.

Management

Michael Wildstein

Michael G. Wildstein, CFA

  • Senior Managing Director, Head of US Credit and Insurance
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 21
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Kashif Ishaq

Kashif Ishaq 

  • Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 20
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Wayne Anglace

Wayne A. Anglace, CFA

  • Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 24
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Fees

Annual series operating expenses
Management fees 0.50%
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees none
Other expenses 0.24%
Total annual Series operating expenses 0.74%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements1 (0.11%)
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements 0.63%

Please see the prospectus and SAI for additional information.

1Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver of certain fees/and/or expense reimbursements from April 29, 2022 through April 29, 2023. Please see the fee table in the Series' prospectus for more information.

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 0.63% of the Series' average daily net assets from April 30, 2021 through April 30, 2022. These waivers and reimbursements may only be terminated by agreement of the Manager and the Series.

Resources

The Series' 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, and Macquarie Investment Management Global Limited (together, the “Affiliated Sub-Advisors”). The Manager may also permit these Affiliated Sub-Advisors to execute Series 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.

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.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

Fixed income securities and bond funds can lose value, and investors can lose principal, as interest rates rise. They also may be affected by economic conditions that hinder an issuer’s ability to make interest and principal payments on its debt. The Series may also be subject to prepayment risk, the risk that the principal of a fixed income security that is held by the Series may be prepaid prior to maturity, potentially forcing the Series to reinvest that money at a lower interest rate.

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.

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

IBOR risk is the risk that changes related to the use of the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) or similar rates (such as EONIA) could have adverse impacts on financial instruments that reference these rates. The abandonment of these rates and transition to alternative rates could affect the value and liquidity of instruments that reference them and could affect investment strategy performance.

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.

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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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