Davis Financial Fund


    Investment Strategy

    The Davis Financial Fund seeks to purchase durable, well-managed financial businesses at value prices and hold them for the long term. It may also invest a small portion of assets in companies outside the financial industry. 

    We use the Davis Investment Discipline to uncover financial companies with competitive advantages, strong balance sheets, solid free cash flows and earnings growth potential, and proven outstanding management. We believe these types of businesses, purchased at attractive prices, should perform well for investors over time.

    Why Invest in the Davis Financial Fund

    Sixty Years of Experience

    The Davis family has compounded wealth for investors over six decades and three generations.

    Long-Term Results

    The Fund delivered an average annual return of 10.13% from its inception on May 1, 1991 through September 30, 2020 versus a return of 9.55% for the Lipper category average.1

    Aligned with Shareholders

    With more than $2 billion invested in funds and other accounts following the same investment strategy, we experience the same risks and reap the same rewards.2

    Lower than Average Expense Ratio4

    Davis Financial Fund A, 0.94%; Lipper category average, 1.52%

    Lower than Average Turnover Rate4

    Davis Financial Fund, 6%; Lipper category average, 61%

    Performance as of 9/30/20

    The chart below illustrates the attractive long-term performance for the Davis Financial Fund.

    Total Returns
    as of
    September 30, 2020
    YTD* 1
    Davis Financial Fund Class A Shares
    without a sales charge
    -25.88% -18.49% -4.24% 3.65% 7.04% 4.69% 4.30% 10.13%
    with a maximum 4.75% sales charge -29.40% -22.36% -5.78% 2.65% 6.53% 4.35% 4.05% 9.95%
    S&P 500® Index 5.57% 15.15% 12.27% 14.13% 13.73% 9.19% 6.42% 9.92%

    *YTD is not annualized.

    The performance presented represents past performance and is not a guarantee of future results. Total return assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions. Investment return and principal value will vary so that, when redeemed, an investor’s shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. The total annual operating expense ratio for Class A shares as of the most recent prospectus was 0.94%. The total annual operating expense ratio may vary in future years. Returns and expenses for other classes of shares will vary. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance quoted. For most recent month-end performance, click here or call 800.279.0279. The Fund received a favorable class action settlement from a company that it no longer owns. This settlement had a material impact on the investment performance of the Fund in 2009. This was a one time event that is unlikely to be repeated.

    Portfolio Characteristics as of 9/30/20

    Portfolio Composition

    Financial Fund S&P 500® Index
    Forecast P/E Ratio 15.2 23.8
    P/B Ratio 1.1 3.9
    Weighted Average Market Cap ($bn) 89.5 445.2
    Beta (3 year) 1.1 1.0
    Standard Deviation (5 year, A Shares) 18.5 14.9
    Number of Holdings 28 505

    Turnover and Expenses

    Lipper Category Average
    Turnover Rate4 6% 61%
    Expense Ratio4 (A Shares) 0.94% 1.52%

    Top 10 Holdings

    Capital One Financial 9.4%
    JPMorgan Chase 7.6%
    Berkshire Hathaway 7.4%
    U.S. Bancorp 6.4%
    American Express 6.4%
    Markel 6.3%
    Bank of New York Mellon 5.7%
    Bank of America 5.5%
    PNC Financial Services Group 5.1%
    Wells Fargo 4.9%

    Click here for month-end holdings.
    Click here for quarter-end holdings.
    Click here for N-PORT Schedule of Portfolio Holdings.

    Top Industries

    Banks 42.2%
    Diversified Financials 38.9%
    Insurance 16.5%
    Media & Entertainment 2.2%


    Fact Sheet
    Fund Fact Sheet Download

    Applying the Davis Investment Discipline to a broad spectrum of financial companies, Portfolio characteristics, top holdings, and performance.

    Portfolio Composition Download

    Quarterly update of portfolio characteristics.

    Insights into the Fund
    Davis Financial Fund Brochure Download Fund’s disciplined approach to an unloved sector, and its success in compounding shareholder wealth since 1991*.
    Portfolio Manager Commentary
    Manager Commentary - Fall Review 2020 Download View

    The Portfolio Manager offers his thoughts on the financial sector, individual companies in the Portfolio, and recent performance.

    Portfolio Manager Special Update - March 2020 Download View

    How the strong balance sheets and durable competitive advantages of the companies of Davis Financial Fund are helping them navigate these challenging times, and why we believe well-capitalized financials are significantly mispriced currently.

    This material must be accompanied or preceded by a current Davis Financial Fund Prospectus. You should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objective, risks, charges, and expenses before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information and can be obtained by clicking here or calling 800.279.0279. Read the prospectus carefully before you invest or send money.

    1Class A shares, not including a sales charge. As of September 30, 2020, the Davis Financial Fund had been categorized by Lipper as Financial Services. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

    2As of June 30, 2020. This includes Davis Advisors, the Davis family and Foundation, our employees, and Fund Directors.

    4See Expense ratio/Turnover link below.

    ^ Class A shares without a sales charge. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.  XLF is the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund.

    Davis Distributors, LLC, 2949 East Elvira Road, Suite 101, Tucson, AZ 85756