Advantus Mutual Funds

ADVANTUS STRATEGIC
DIVIDEND INCOME FUND

Institutional Class - VSDIX

AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS AND CUMULATIVE RETURNS (AS OF 12/31/2017)

  3 months YTD 1 year 3 years 5 years Since inception (09/12/2012)
Institutional Class 0.37% 5.19% 5.19% 2.96% 7.36% 6.99%
Advantus SDI Benchmark 1.05% 5.09% 5.09% 4.02% 7.59% 7.10%
S&P 500 Index 6.64% 21.83% 21.83% 11.41% 15.79% 14.83%

Performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Fund performance current to the most recent month-end may be lower or higher than the performance quoted and can be obtained by calling 1.855.824.1355 x51495.

Alerian MLP Index - a composite of the 50 most prominent energy Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs).

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Inflation Linked Bond Index - an index that includes publicly issued, U.S. Treasury inflation protected securities that have at least 1 year remaining to maturity of index rebalancing date, with an issue size equal to or in excess of $500 million.

Advantus SDI Benchmark is a custom benchmark that is aligned with the Fund’s Principal Investment Strategy and is comprised of the following existing industry benchmarks: 54% FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index; 12% S&P 500® Utilities Index; 12% Alerian MLP Total Return Index; 12% Bloomberg Barclays US Government Inflation-Linked Bond Index; and 10% Wells Fargo Hybrid & Preferred REIT Index.

The S&P 500 Index consists of 500 large cap common stocks which together represent approximately 80% of the total U.S. stock market. It is a float-adjusted market-weighted index (stock price times float-adjusted shares outstanding), with each stock affecting the index in proportion to its market value.

S&P 500 Utilities Index - an index of those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS(registered symbol) utilities sector.

Wells Fargo Hybrid & Preferred Securities REIT Index - an index composed exclusively of preferred shares and depository shares designed to track the performance of preferred securities issued in the U.S. markets by Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).

FTSE NAREIT US Real Estate Index Series is designed to present investors with a comprehensive family of REIT performance indexes that spans the commercial real estate space across the US economy. The FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs index contains all Equity REITs not designated as Timber REITs or Infrastructure REITs and is free-float weighted.

It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

 

YIELDS (AS OF 9/30/2017)

Yields %
Distribution Rate1 1.79
30-Day SEC Yield2 3.85
30-Day SEC Yield Unsub.2 3.85

YIELDS (AS OF 9/30/2017)

Yields %
Distribution Rate1 1.79
30-Day SEC Yield2 3.85
30-Day SEC Yield Unsub.2 3.85

1 Distribution Rate: Most recent distribution paid out during the quarter divided by the month end NAV and multiplied by 365/90 and does not include borrowings or a return of capital.

2 30-Day SEC Yield: Yield is based on the most recent 30 day period. The yield figure reflects the dividends and interest earned during the period, after the deduction of the fund’s expenses. The SEC Yield formula is designed to determine an approximate amount of current income generated by the securities in the fund, and assuming that all dividends are reinvested, net of all expenses and expressed as a rate of return on the current maximum offering price.

 

COMMON REITS DIVERSIFICATION (AS OF 9/30/2017)

COMMON REITS DIVERSIFICATION (AS OF 9/30/2017)

TOP 10 HOLDINGS (AS OF 9/30/2017)

Top 10 Holdings % of Net Assets
Simon Property Group 2.7
Macquarie Infrastructure Company 2.5
Mid-America Apartment Communities 2.2
Prologis 2.2
Enterprise Products Partners 2.1
Welltower 1.8
Crown Castle International 1.8
U.S. Treasury Bond, 2.375%, 1/15/25 1.7
STAG Industrial 1.7
Exelon 1.6

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TOP 10 HOLDINGS (AS OF 9/30/2017)

Top 10 Holdings % of Net Assets
Simon Property Group 2.7
Macquarie Infrastructure Company 2.5
Mid-America Apartment Communities 2.2
Prologis 2.2
Enterprise Products Partners 2.1
Welltower 1.8
Crown Castle International 1.8
U.S. Treasury Bond, 2.375%, 1/15/25 1.7
STAG Industrial 1.7
Exelon 1.6

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Fund holdings and sector allocations are subject to change and are not recommendations to buy or sell any security.

 

SECTOR WEIGHTINGS (AS OF 9/30/2017)

Sector Weightings % of Portfolio
REIT Common (see pie chart) 46.1
Preferred Stock 9.9
Energy/MLPs 13.4
Corporate Bonds/TIPS/Closed-End Fund 12.4
Utilities 9.8
Infrastructure/Telecom 6.5
Other 1.9
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Total 100.0

SECTOR WEIGHTINGS (AS OF 9/30/2017)

Sector Weightings % of Portfolio
REIT Common (see pie chart) 46.1
Preferred Stock 9.9
Energy/MLPs 13.4
Corporate Bonds/TIPS/Closed-End Fund 12.4
Utilities 9.8
Infrastructure/Telecom 6.5
Other 1.9
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Total 100.0

FUND FACTS

Institutional - VSDIX

Inception Date
09/12/2012

Gross Expense Ratio
1.09%

Net Expense Ratio*
0.77%

Class A - ASDNX

Inception Date
12/16/2014

Gross Expense Ratio
1.35%

Net Expense Ratio*
1.21%


*Advantus Capital Management, Inc. has contractually agreed to reimburse expenses through December 28, 2018.


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