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Ivy VIP Micro Cap Growth

  • $22.48 NAV as of 2/20/2018
  • ($-0.14) / -0.63% Daily NAV Change
  • 0.27% YTD (NAV)


Searching for opportunity in the smallest of the small

Looks for the smallest-sized companies, seeking to capitalize on those entering their greatest periods of growth acceleration. .
Strategic process
Focuses on a bottom-up, research-driven approach concentrating on fundamental financial strength, management vision, earnings surprise potential and extraordinary earnings growth.

Morningstar Style Box

Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

John Bichelmeyer, CFA

  • Ivy Investment Management Company
  • 3 Years with Fund
  • 21 Years in Industry
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John Bichelmeyer is portfolio manager of Ivy and Ivy VIP Micro Cap Growth Funds. He has been portfolio manager of the funds since 2015. Mr. Bichelmeyer joined Waddell & Reed in 2015 as vice president and portfolio manager. Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, Mr. Bichelmeyer was affiliated with Kornitzer Capital Management (KCM) as an equity analyst and portfolio manager from 2005 to 2015. Prior to joining KCM, he was an equity analyst and portfolio manager with Trilogy Global Advisors (formerly BPI Global Asset Management) in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Bichelmeyer graduated from Creighton University in 1997 with a BSBA in Finance. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2001. Mr. Bichelmeyer is a CFA charterholder. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Kansas City.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment
through 1/31/2018

Assumes an investment over 10 years or life of the share class, reinvestment of dividends and capital gains, and does not include the effect of sales charges or taxes.



Quarterly Fund Commentary

Daily Prices as of 2/20/2018

Net Asset Value (NAV) $22.48
Daily NAV Change ($) ($-0.14) -0.63%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.64 2.93%
Public Offering Price (POP) $22.48

Fund Facts

CUSIP 46600H844
Fund Code 863
Fund Type Domestic Equity
Fund Inception 10/1/1997
Class Inception 10/1/1997
Fiscal Year End December
Dividends Paid May
Fund Assets (as of 1/31/2018) $73.8 mil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 1/31/2018) 52
Total Holdings (as of 1/31/2018) 53
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 6/30/2017) 13%
Lipper Category Small-Cap Growth Funds
Morningstar Category Small Growth
Benchmark Russell 2000 Growth TR USD
Benchmark Russell Micro Cap Growth TR USD


Data quoted is past performance and current performance may be lower or higher. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Monthly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 1/31/2018
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Russell Micro Cap Growth TR USD 2.85% 21.31% 8.42% 12.99% 8.73%
Fund at NAV 2.98% 13.14% 6.76% 10.94% 8.03% 7.73%
Russell 2000 Growth TR USD 3.90% 24.90% 12.56% 14.62% 10.67% 6.36%
Lipper Small-Cap Growth Funds 4.52% 26.71% 12.91% 14.01% 10.20% 6.26%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 12/31/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Fund at NAV 8.83% 8.83% 3.85% 11.60% 6.41% 7.61%
Russell Micro Cap Growth TR USD 16.65% 16.65% 6.22% 13.82% 7.23%
Russell 2000 Growth TR USD 22.17% 22.17% 10.28% 15.21% 9.19% 6.19%
Lipper Small-Cap Growth Funds 24.34% 24.34% 10.27% 14.40% 8.69% 6.06%

Calendar Year Return

Russell 2000 Growth TR USD 43.30 5.60 -1.38 11.32 22.17
Russell Micro Cap Growth TR USD 52.84 4.30 -3.85 6.86 16.65
Class II 57.28 -1.74 -9.16 13.29 8.83

Morningstar Ratings as of 1/31/2018 Morningstar Logo

Category: Small Growth
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 607
3 Year out of 607
5 Year out of 542
10 Year out of 407

Lipper Ranking through 1/31/2018 Lipper Logo

Category: Small-Cap Growth Funds
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 90/90 99
3 Year 89/89 99
5 Year 79/83 95
10 Year 65/72 90

Expense Ratios as of 4/28/2017

Net 1.34%
Gross 1.34%

3-Year Standard Deviation as of 1/31/2018

Russell Micro Cap Growth TR USD N/A
Russell 2000 Growth TR USD 14.43

3-Year MPT* Statistics as of 1/31/2018

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -3.92
Beta 0.90
R-Squared 74.33
Sharpe Ratio 0.41
Capture Ratio Upside: 84.27%
Downside: 108.66%


Historical Prices Inception 10/1/1997

2/1/2018 $23.00 NO NO
2/2/2018 $22.52 NO NO
2/5/2018 $21.86 NO NO
2/6/2018 $22.12 NO NO
2/7/2018 $22.16 NO NO
2/8/2018 $21.50 NO NO
2/9/2018 $21.65 NO NO
2/12/2018 $21.84 NO NO
2/13/2018 $22.06 NO NO
2/14/2018 $22.41 NO NO
2/15/2018 $22.68 NO NO
2/16/2018 $22.62 NO NO
2/20/2018 $22.48 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 10/1/1997

5/18/2016 $0 Long: $2.139 Short: $0.000 $16.39 5/18/2016
5/20/2015 $0 Long: $4.159 Short: $0.000 $23.42 5/20/2015
5/21/2014 $0 Long: $3.996 Short: $0.072 $24.2 5/21/2014
5/22/2013 $0 Long: $1.089 Short: $0.000 $23.76 5/22/2013
5/16/2012 $0 Long: $1.802 Short: $0.000 $20.35 5/16/2012

*Special Dividend
The table includes the daily prices at NAV (net asset value) for the history of this fund's selected share class. NAV is the amount per share you would receive if you sold shares that day.


Top 10 Equity Holdings as a % of net assets 1/31/2018

8x8, Inc. Global provider of secure enterprise cloud communications solutions 5.30%
Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with glaucoma and other diseases of the eye. 4.71%
Mimecast Ltd. Mimecast Ltd. provides cloud security and risk management services for corporate information and email. 4.08%
MYR Group, Inc. MYR Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides electrical construction services in the U.S. and Canada. 3.72%
AxoGen, Inc. AxoGen, Inc. is a regenerative medicine company focused on the development and commercialization of technologies for peripheral nerve reconstruction and regeneration 3.65%
Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc. Tabula Rasa Healthcare, Inc., provides personalized medication therapy management and pharmacy services to reduce medication risk. It provides patient-specific, data-driven technology and solutions that enable healthcare organizations to optimize medication regimens to improve patient outcomes, reduce hospitalizations, lower healthcare costs and manage risk. The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Moorestown, NJ. 3.54%
GTT Communications, Inc. GTT Communications, Inc. offers telecommunications services. The Company does not own the infrastructure over which services are provided. GTT Communications designs and integrates data transfer and connectivity solutions and offers access to the networks and technologies of its vendor partners. 3.25%
Tactile Systems Technology, Inc. Tactile Systems Technology, Inc., develops and manufactures medical devices and offers technology for treating lymphedema and chronic swelling and healing of venous ulcers. It serves patients and the healthcare sector in the U.S. 3.22%
K2M Group Holdings, Inc. K2M Group Holdings, Inc. is a global medical device company focused on designing, developing and commercializing innovative complex spine and minimally invasive spine technologies and techniques used by spine surgeons to treat some of the most difficult and challenging spinal pathologies. 2.99%
Kornit Digital Ltd. Kornit Digital Ltd. develops, designs and markets digital printing solutions for the global printed textile industry. The company's solutions include digital printing systems, ink and other consumables, associated software and value-added services. Its customers include custom decorators, online businesses, brand owners and contract printers. 2.82%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Market Capitalization
as a % of equity assets as of 1/31/2018

Large 0.0%
Medium 17.0%
Small 83.0%
Median Market Cap (as of 1/31/2018) $806.3 mil

Top 10 Industry Allocation
as a % of Equity Holdings as of 1/31/2018

Internet Software & Services 17.0%
Health Care Equipment 11.6%
Pharmaceuticals 8.7%
Application Software 5.6%
Health Care Technology 5.3%
Building Products 4.6%
Construction & Engineering 4.5%
Semiconductor Equipment 4.2%
Industrial Machinery 3.0%
Auto Parts & Equipment 3.0%

Sector Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 1/31/2018

Information Technology 31.71%
Health Care 31.71%
Industrials 16.47%
Consumer Discretionary 7.14%
Energy 5.65%
Real Estate 3.45%
Consumer Staples 2.66%
Financials 1.21%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 1/31/2018

Domestic Common Stock 93.24%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 5.70%
Foreign Common Stock 1.06%

Equity Country Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 1/31/2018

United States 95.9%
Israel 3.0%
United Kingdom 1.1%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Data quoted is past performance and current performance may be lower or higher. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Risk Factors: The value of the Portfolio’s shares will change, and you could lose money on your investment. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, and it is possible to lose money by investing. Market risk for small-sized companies may be greater than that for medium or large companies. Smaller companies are more likely to have limited financial resources and inexperienced management. Stocks of smaller companies, as well as stocks of companies with high-growth expectations reflected in their stock price, may experience volatile trading and price fluctuations. Furthermore, when the economy enters a recession, there tends to be a “flight to quality,” which may exacerbate the increased risk and greater price volatility normally associated with smaller companies. The Portfolio’s performance may be more susceptible to a single economic, regulatory, or technological occurrence than if it had a more diversified investment portfolio. The Portfolio may invest in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), which can have a significant positive impact on the Fund’s performance that may not be sustainable. An investment in the Portfolio is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. These and other risks are more fully described in the Portfolio’s prospectus. Not all funds or fund classes may be offered at all broker/dealers. The IVY VARIABLE INSURANCE PORTFOLIOSSM, are only available as investment options in variable life insurance policies and variable annuity contracts issued by participating insurance companies. They are not offered or made available directly to the general public.

Index Description: Russell Micro Cap Growth measures the performance of the micro cap growth segment of the U.S. Equity market. It includes those Russell Micro Cap Index companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Index Description: Russell 2000 Growth is an unmanaged index comprised of securities that represent the small cap sector of the stock market. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Annuities are long-term financial products designed for retirement purposes. Annuity and life insurance guarantees are based on the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. The guarantees have no bearing on the performance of a variable investment option. Variable investment options are subject to market risk, including loss of principal. There are charges and expenses associated with annuities and variable life insurance products, including mortality and expense risk charges, management fees, administrative fees, expenses for optional riders and deferred sales charges for early withdrawals. Withdrawals before age 59 1/2 may be subject to a 10% IRS tax penalty and surrender charges may apply.

High recent returns are attributable, in part, to unusually favorable market conditions and may not be repeated or consistently achieved in the future.

Effective July 1, 2015, Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company, assumed direct investment management responsibilities of Ivy Funds VIP Micro Cap Growth Fund from Wall Street Associates, LLC, the Fund's former investment subadviser. In addition, effective July 1, 2015, John Bichelmeyer assumed investment management responsibilities for Ivy Funds VIP Micro Cap Growth Fund.

Original shares of the Portfolio were renamed Class II shares on April 28, 2017.

Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement: Through April 30, 2018, Waddell & Reed Services Company (doing business as WI Services Company (WISC)), the Portfolio's transfer agent, has contractually agreed to reimburse sufficient shareholder servicing fees to ensure that the total annual ordinary portfolio operating expenses (which would exclude interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses and extraordinary expenses, if any) of the Class I shares are at all times equal to the total annual ordinary portfolio operating expenses of the Class II shares less 0.25%, as calculated at the end of each month. Prior to that date, the expense limitation may not be terminated without the consent of the Board of Trustees.

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