Christopher S. Beck, Lead Manager of Delaware Small Cap Value Fund, Marks 20th Anniversary amid Strong Performance

PHILADELPHIA--()--Macquarie Investment Management today announced that Christopher S. Beck, senior vice president and chief investment officer of the firm’s Small-Cap Value / Mid-Cap Value Equity team, celebrated his 20th anniversary as portfolio manager of Delaware Small Cap Value Fund.

“In the 20 years since I joined the firm, the number of small-cap value funds has jumped from more than 100 to more than 400”

Beck and his team of four manage both small- and mid-cap value equity styles including the $3.8 billion Delaware Small Cap Value Fund (DEVIX). The team manages more than $6 billion in assets on behalf of clients as of April 30, 2017.

Delaware Small Cap Value Fund (Institutional Class shares) holds a 4-star Overall Morningstar RatingTM against 347 funds in the Small Value category as of April 30, 2017. The Fund has generated consistently strong returns over Beck’s tenure. Morningstar ranks the Fund’s Institutional Class shares* in the 6th percentile among its Small Value Category peers over one year, 13th percentile over three years, 37th percentile over five years, and 14th percentile over 10 years, as of April 30, 2017. For more information on Delaware Small Cap Value Fund click here.

“In the 20 years since I joined the firm, the number of small-cap value funds has jumped from more than 100 to more than 400,” Beck said. “During that time, our focus has not changed. We have always believed that companies that consistently return capital to shareholders in some form, whether it be dividends, share buybacks, or debt paydowns, should outperform over time. We also believe that cash flow is the most honest way to measure the value of a company. In our view, this bottom-up, fundamental research has served our shareholders well over the long run.”

Beck joined Macquarie Investment Management, which acquired Delaware Investments in 2010, in 1997 as a vice president and senior portfolio manager. He is a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia and past president of the Wilmington Society of Securities Analysts.

About Macquarie Investment Management

Macquarie Investment Management is a global asset manager with offices throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As active managers, we prioritize autonomy and accountability at the team level in pursuit of opportunities that matter for clients. Our conviction-based, long-term approach has led institutional and individual clients to entrust us to manage US$236.6 billion in assets as of March 31, 2017. Macquarie Investment Management is a division of Macquarie Asset Management, a global asset manager with US$367.2 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2017.

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Delaware Small Cap Value Fund (Institutional Class shares) rated 4, 3, and 4 stars for the 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods ended April 30, 2017 among 347, 306, and 198 Small Value funds, respectively. There are 347 funds in the overall rating.

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*Delaware Small Cap Value Fund (Institutional Class shares) ranked 24/407 (6th), 45/347 (13th), 113/306 (37th), and 28/198 (14th) in the Morningstar Small Value category for the 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods ended April 30, 2017.

Institutional Class shares do not reflect a sales charge and are available only to certain investors. See the current prospectus for more information.

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