Overview

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Clipper Fund PM Commentary

  • The end of the "easy-money" decade and its market distortions
  • Why business fundamentals matter again
  • Why this makes us optimistic about the coming decade

Investment Strategy

The goal of the Clipper Fund is to provide investors access to attractive investment opportunities among large cap, durable, well-managed businesses, primarily in the U.S.

Using our signature Davis Investment Discipline, we seek to purchase these businesses at value prices and hold them for the long term. This approach makes the Clipper Fund an ideal foundation for an investor's portfolio.

"By being highly selective and rejecting the vast majority of companies in the index, we’ve uncovered businesses with solid earnings, yet selling at some of the lowest valuations we have ever seen. We believe this sets the stage for attractive returns in the years ahead.”

– Portfolio Manager Chris Davis

Selective Attractive Growth Undervalued

Clipper Fund invests in only a select group of well-researched companies

Clipper Fund's portfolio companies have solid earnings The Attractive Growth and Undervalued reference in this piece relates to underlying characteristics of the portfolio holdings. There is no guarantee that the Fund’s performance will be positive as equity markets are volatile and an investor may lose money.

Clipper Fund's portfolio companies are 40% less expensive than the index

Holdings The number of holdings in the Fund excluding cash positions. EPS Growth (5 Year) Five-year EPS Growth Rate (5-year EPS) is the average annualized earnings per share growth for a company over the past 5 years. The values shown are the weighted average of the 5-year EPS of the stocks in the Fund or Index. Approximately 0.85% of the assets of the Fund are not accounted for in the calculation of 5-year EPS as relevant information on certain companies is not available to the Fund’s data provider. P/E (Forward) Forward Price/Earnings (Forward P/E) Ratio is a stock’s price at the date indicated divided by the company’s forecasted earnings for the following 12 months based on estimates provided by the Fund’s data provider. These values for both the Fund and the Index are the weighted average of the stocks in the portfolio or index.
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The companies of the Clipper Fund have solid earnings, yet are 40% less expensive.

Fund Details as of 12/31/23

Detail Value
Long-Term Capital Appreciation
Total Net Assets ($M) 1,067.5
Benchmark S&P 500
Lipper Category Large Cap Value

A Shares

Detail Value
Ticker CFIMX
Inception Date 1/1/06 This is the date Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. took over management of this fund.
CUSIP 188850101
Fund Number 126
Net Expense Ratio 0.71%
Gross Expense Ratio 0.71%

Fund Managers

Chris C. Davis
35 Years Industry Experience
34 Years at Davis Funds
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Danton G. Goei
28 Years Industry Experience
25 Years at Davis Funds
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Resources

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PM Commentary
Factsheet

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Performance as of 12/31/23

Growth of $10,000 (Since Inception)

Clipper Fund

Clipper Fund Average Annual Returns

Clipper Fund: Quarterly (as of 12/31/23)

Share Class YTD* 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr
Clipper Fund 31.48% 31.48% 7.96% 12.39% 9.31%

The average annual total returns for Clipper Fund for periods ending December 31, 2023 are: 1 year, 31.48%; 5 years, 12.39%; and 10 years, 9.31%. 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. For most recent month-end performance, visit clipperfund.com or call 800-432-2504. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The total annual operating expense ratio as of the most recent prospectus was 0.71%. The total annual operating expense ratio may vary in future years. Clipper Fund was managed from inception, 2/29/84, until 12/31/05 by another Adviser. Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. took over management of the Fund on 1/1/06.

Clipper Fund: Monthly (as of 1/31/24)

Share Class YTD* 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr
Clipper Fund 1.61% 20.31% 8.60% 10.38% 10.01%

The average annual total returns for Clipper Fund for periods ending December 31, 2023 are: 1 year, 31.48%; 5 years, 12.39%; and 10 years, 9.31%. 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. For most recent month-end performance, visit clipperfund.com or call 800-432-2504. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The total annual operating expense ratio as of the most recent prospectus was 0.71%. The total annual operating expense ratio may vary in future years. Clipper Fund was managed from inception, 2/29/84, until 12/31/05 by another Adviser. Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. took over management of the Fund on 1/1/06.

Portfolio Characteristics as of 12/31/23

Portfolio Composition

Item Clipper Fund S&P 500®
P/E (Forward) Forward Price/Earnings (Forward P/E) Ratio is a stock’s price at the date indicated divided by the company’s forecasted earnings for the following 12 months based on estimates provided by the Fund’s data provider. These values for both the Fund and the Index are the weighted average of the stocks in the portfolio or index. 13.0x 21.8x
5 Year Earnings Growth 12.2% 14.8%
P/B Ratio Price/Book (P/B) Ratio is the weighted average of the P/B ratios of the stocks in a portfolio. The P/B ratio of a stock is calculated by dividing the current price of the stock by the company’s per share book value. Stocks with negative book values are excluded for this calculation. 2.4 4.1
Active Share Active Share is a measure of the percentage of stock holdings in a manager's portfolio that differ from the benchmark index. 86% N/A
Standard Deviation (5 year) Standard Deviation is a measure of the average deviations of a return series from its mean; often used as a risk measure. A large standard deviation implies that there have been large swings or volatility in the manager’s return series. 21.1 18.5
Number of Holdings 27 503
Weighted Average Market Cap ($bn) Weighted Average Market Capitalization is the portfolio-weighted mean capitalizations of all equity securities. 322.0 678.9
Median Market Cap ($bn) Median Market Capitalization is the midpoint of market capitalization of the stocks in a portfolio. 40.5 33.9
Clipper Fund Large Cap Value Category Average
Turnover Rate Turnover Rate is a measure of the trading activity in a mutual fund’s investment portfolio that reflects how often securities are bought and sold. These amounts are as of the most recent prospectus. Over the last five years, the high and low turnover rate was 25% and 7%, respectively. 9% 41%
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Portfolio Holdings The information provided should not be considered a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any particular security. Davis Funds has adopted a Portfolio Holdings Disclosure policy that governs the release of non-public portfolio holding information. This policy is described in the prospectus. Holding percentages are subject to change.

Top 10 Holdings: Quarterly (as of 12/31/23)

Holding Ticker Clipper Fund S&P 500®
Berkshire Hathaway BRK A 10.5% 1.6%
Meta Platforms META 9.5% 2.0%
Wells Fargo WFC 7.9% 0.5%
Alphabet GOOGL 6.7% 3.8%
Capital One Financial COF 6.7% 0.1%
Amazon.com AMZN 5.8% 3.5%
Markel Group MKL 5.7%
Bank of New York Mellon BK 5.2% 0.1%
U.S. Bancorp USB 4.7% 0.2%
Applied Materials AMAT 3.6% 0.3%
Top 10 Holdings Total % of Portfolio 66.2% 12.0%

Top 10 Holdings: Monthly (as of 1/31/24)

Holding Ticker Clipper Fund S&P 500®
Berkshire Hathaway BRK A 11.1% 1.6%
Meta Platforms META 10.4% 2.0%
Wells Fargo WFC 8.0% 0.5%
Capital One Financial COF 6.8% 0.1%
Alphabet GOOGL 6.7% 3.8%
Markel Group MKL 6.0%
Amazon.com AMZN 5.9% 3.5%
Bank of New York Mellon BK 5.5% 0.1%
U.S. Bancorp USB 4.5% 0.2%
Applied Materials AMAT 3.6% 0.3%
Top 10 Holdings Total % of Portfolio 68.3% 12.0%

All Holdings: Quarterly (as of 12/31/23)

Holding Ticker Clipper Fund S&P 500®
Berkshire Hathaway BRK A 10.5%
Meta Platforms META 9.5% 2.0%
Wells Fargo WFC 7.9% 0.5%
Alphabet GOOGL 6.7% 2.1%
Capital One Financial COF 6.7% 0.1%
Amazon.com AMZN 5.8% 3.5%
Markel Group MKL 5.7%
Bank of New York Mellon BK 5.2% 0.1%
U.S. Bancorp USB 4.7% 0.2%
Applied Materials AMAT 3.6% 0.3%
MGM Resorts MGM 3.5% < 0.1%
Cigna Group CI 3.3% 0.2%
Intel INTC 3.2% 0.5%
Viatris VTRS 3.1% < 0.1%
JPMorgan Chase JPM 2.7% 1.2%
DBS Group Holdings DBS SP 2.6%
Teck Resources TECK 2.2%
Quest Diagnostics DGX 1.8% < 0.1%
Danske Bank DANSKE DC 1.7%
Samsung Electronics 005930 KS 1.7%
Naspers NPN SJ 1.5%
Ping An Insurance Group 2318 HK 1.4%
Owens Corning OC 1.3%
AGCO AGCO 0.9%
DiDi Global DIDIY 0.8%
JD.com JD 0.7%
ASAC II ASAC LP < 0.1%
Cash 1.6%

All Holdings: Monthly (as of 1/31/24)

Holding Ticker Clipper Fund S&P 500®
Berkshire Hathaway BRK A 11.1%
Meta Platforms META 10.4% 2.0%
Wells Fargo WFC 8.0% 0.5%
Capital One Financial COF 6.8% 0.1%
Alphabet GOOGL 6.7% 2.1%
Markel Group MKL 6.0%
Amazon.com AMZN 5.9% 3.5%
Bank of New York Mellon BK 5.5% 0.1%
U.S. Bancorp USB 4.5% 0.2%
Applied Materials AMAT 3.6% 0.3%
MGM Resorts MGM 3.3% < 0.1%
Cigna Group CI 3.3% 0.2%
Viatris VTRS 3.3% < 0.1%
JPMorgan Chase JPM 2.7% 1.2%
Intel INTC 2.7% 0.5%
DBS Group Holdings DBS SP 2.4%
Teck Resources TECK 2.0%
Danske Bank DANSKE DC 1.7%
Quest Diagnostics DGX 1.6% < 0.1%
Samsung Electronics 005930 KS 1.5%
Naspers NPN SJ 1.5%
Owens Corning OC 1.3%
Ping An Insurance Group 2318 HK 1.3%
AGCO AGCO 0.9%
DiDi Global DIDIY 0.7%
JD.com JD 0.5%
ASAC II ASAC LP < 0.1%
Humana HUM < 0.1% 0.1%
Cash 0.8%

"We are highly selective. Few companies satisfy the characteristics of durability, competitive moats, growth and attractive prices we demand.

The result: Our portfolios look very different from the index."

Portfolio Manager Chris Davis

Sector Allocation The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) is the exclusive intellectual property of MSCI Inc. (MSCI) and S&P Global (“S&P”). Neither MSCI, S&P, their affiliates, nor any of their third party providers (“GICS Parties”) makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to GICS or the results to be obtained by the use thereof, and expressly disclaim all warranties, including warranties of accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The GICS Parties shall not have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of such damages.

Sector Clipper Fund S&P 500®
Financials 49.7% 13.0%
Communication Services 16.6% 8.6%
Consumer Discretionary 11.6% 10.9%
Information Technology 8.5% 28.8%
Health Care 8.3% 12.6%
Industrials 3.1% 8.8%
Materials 2.2% 2.4%
Consumer Staples 6.2%
Energy 3.9%
Real Estate 2.5%
Utilities 2.3%

Market Cap Breakout The Adviser considers companies with market capitalizations over $10 billion to be large-capitalization companies, between $3 billion and $10 billion to be mid-capitalization companies, and under $3 billion to be small-capitalization companies.

Clipper Fund
Market Percentage
Large 99.1%
Mid 0.9%
Small 0.0%
S&P 500® Index
Market Percentage
Large 99.5%
Mid 0.6%
Small 0.0%

PM Commentary

Portfolio Manager Commentaries

Document Description
Manager Commentary - Annual Review 2024 An interview with the Fund Managers.

Factsheet

Fact Sheets

Document Description Date
Fund Fact Sheet Goals of the Fund, types of companies in the Portfolio, top holdings, Portfolio characteristics, and historical performance. December 2023
Portfolio Composition Quarterly update of portfolio characteristics. December 31, 2023

Video

Video Insights

Video

How Clipper Fund is Benefiting in this Transitioning Market

The end of the easy-money era, why fundamentals matter again and drivers of recent performance

Video

The Return to Rationality

The bursting of the easy money bubble marks a huge transition for the markets

Video

Investor Implications of Rising Rates

How the end of the free money era is ending the distortions of the past decade and returning rationality to the markets

Video

What to Own and Avoid in Today’s Market

In our view, what types of companies should be avoided, and which stand to benefit from the end of the easy money era

Video

Investment Themes We’re Focusing on Today

Tech, Semis, Financials and other themes we expect to drive returns

Insights

Fund Insights

Document Description
Clipper Fund: Selective. Attractive Growth. Undervalued. Our companies are rigorously researched, offer attractive growth and yet are significantly undervalued versus the benchmark - A powerful combination.

Purchase Details

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You can invest with Clipper Fund in a number of ways:

  • Speak with your Financial Advisor
  • Open an account by mail by downloading the applications below

Account Minimums

Investment  
Minimum Initial Investment $2,500
Minimum Additional Investment $25

Distributions

2023 Distributions as of 01/08/24

This information on 2023 distributions is intended for existing shareholders.

As large shareholders ourselves, we are conscious of tax costs and make every effort to be tax efficient.

Capital gains result from appreciation in the portfolio. The funds’ long-term investment approach means that this appreciation may have occurred over an extended period of time. The majority of the gains are long term and generally subject to lower tax rates than short-term gains or dividend income.

Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Qualified Dividend Percentage Ordinary Income Return of Capital Short-term Capital Gain Long-term Capital Gain Reinvestment Price
6/26/23 6/27/23 6/28/23 100% 0.61 - - 3.00 116.96
12/7/23 12/8/23 12/11/23 100% 0.67 - 0.43 3.17 121.78

This information on 2023 distributions is intended for existing shareholders. Shareholders should not use this information for tax reporting purposes. Form 1099 will be sent at a later date for all tax reporting.

The table above includes the percentage of 2023 dividend and net short-term capital gain distributions, by fund, that are eligible for reduced tax rates as "qualified dividend income" (QDI). QDI-eligible amounts, including any net short-term capital gains, are reported to shareholders in Box 1b of Form 1099-DIV. For those shareholders who do not receive a Form 1099-DIV, QDI-eligible amounts can be determined by applying the relevant percentages from the table to the dividend and net short-term capital gain distributions shown on the shareholder's 2023 year-end account statement. Individual questions should be referred to your tax advisor.

Carefully consider the fund's investment objectives, strategies, risks, charges and expenses before investing or sending money. The prospectus contains this and other information and can be obtained by clicking here.


Before investing in the Clipper Fund, you should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the Fund. The prospectus and summary prospectus contains this and other information about the Funds. You can obtain performance information and a current prospectus and summary prospectus by visiting clipperfund.com or calling 800.432.2504. Please read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before investing or sending money. Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal.