Active Equities

Small Cap Value Fund (Class A)  (PSLAX)

Pursuing capital appreciation through undervalued small companies

Highlights

Objective

The fund seeks capital appreciation.

Strategy and process

  • Small companies: Often overlooked by Wall Street analysts, the stocks of small companies can represent attractive opportunities.
  • Active value strategy: The portfolio manager seeks attractively valued companies with improving fundamentals or catalysts that may unlock value.
  • Rigorous research: The portfolio manager and a team of senior research analysts offer the collaboration of a boutique with the extensive resources of a large, global firm.

Fund price

Yesterday’s close 52-week high 52-week low
Net asset value $10.48
0.48% | $0.05
$14.27
09/20/18
$8.60
12/24/18
Historical fund price

Fund facts as of 08/31/19

Total net assets
$212.84M
Turnover (fiscal year end)
534%
Dividend frequency
Annually
Number of holdings
117
Fiscal year-end
February
CUSIP / Fund code
746802610 / 0053
Inception date
04/13/99
Category
Value
Open to new investors
Ticker
PSLAX

Management team

Portfolio Manager



Performance

  • Total return (%) as of 06/30/19

  • Annual performance as of 06/30/19

Annualized Total return (%) as of 06/30/19

Annualized performance 1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. 10 yrs.
Before sales charge -9.65% 7.59% 3.97% 12.04%
After sales charge -14.84% 5.49% 2.75% 11.38%
Russell 2000 Value Index -6.24%9.81%5.39%12.40%

Current performance may be lower or higher than the quoted past performance, which cannot guarantee future results. Share price, principal value, and return will vary, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares. Performance assumes reinvestment of distributions and does not account for taxes. Returns before sales charge do not reflect the current maximum sales charges as indicated below. Had the sales charge been reflected, returns would be lower. Returns at public offering price (after sales charge) for class A and class M shares reflect the current maximum initial sales charges of 5.75% and 3.50% for equity funds and Putnam Multi-Asset Absolute Return Fund, 4.00% and 3.25% for income funds and 2.25% and 0.75% for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, Short-Term Municipal Income, Short Duration Bond Fund, and Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund, respectively. Class B share returns reflect the applicable contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC), which is 5% in the first year, declining to 1% in the sixth year, and is eliminated thereafter (except for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, which is 3% in the first year, declining to 1% in the fourth year, and is eliminated thereafter). Class C shares reflect a 1% CDSC the first year that is eliminated thereafter. Performance for class B, C, M, N, R, and Y shares prior to their inception is derived from the historical performance of class A shares, adjusted for the applicable sales charge (or CDSC) and, except for class Y shares, the higher operating expenses for such shares (with the exception of Putnam Tax-Free High Yield Fund and Putnam AMT-Free Municipal Fund, which are based on the historical performance of class B shares). Returns at public offering price (after sales charge) for class N shares reflect the current maximum initial sales charge of 1.50%. Class R5/R6 shares, available to qualified employee-benefit plans only, are sold without an initial sales charge and have no CDSC. Class Y shares are generally only available for corporate and institutional clients and have no initial sales charge. Performance for Class R5/R6 shares before their inception are derived from the historical performance of class Y shares, which have not been adjusted for the lower expenses; had they, returns would have been higher. Class A and M shares of Putnam money market funds have no initial sales charge. For a portion of the periods, some funds had expense limitations or had been sold on a limited basis with limited assets and expenses, without which returns would be lower.

Performance snapshot

  Before sales charge After sales charge
1 mt. as of 08/31/19 -7.55% -12.86%
YTD as of 09/13/19 15.29% 8.66%

Risk-adjusted performance as of 07/31/19

Alpha (3 yrs.) -1.85
Sharpe ratio (3 yrs.) 0.27
Treynor ratio (3 yrs.) 4.75
Information ratio (3 yrs.) -0.43

Volatility as of 07/31/19

Standard deviation (3 yrs.) 17.56%
Beta 1.01
R-squared 0.94

Capture ratio as of 07/31/19

Up-market (3 yrs.) 89.10
Down-market (3 yrs.) 93.97

Lipper rankings as of 07/31/19

Time period Rank/Funds in category Percentile ranking
1 yr. 178/262 68%
3 yrs. 121/234 52%
5 yrs. 106/211 50%
10 yrs. 66/139 48%
Lipper category: Small-Cap Value Funds

Morningstar Ratings as of 07/31/19

Time period Funds in category Morningstar Rating
Overall 380
3 yrs. 380
5 yrs. 338
10 yrs. 232
Morningstar category: Small Value

Distributions

Record/Ex dividend date 12/06/18
Payable date 12/10/18
Income $0.217
Extra income --
Short-term cap. gain $1.465
Long-term cap. gain $0.268

Lipper rankings are based on total return without sales charge relative to all share classes of funds with similar objectives as determined by Lipper. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The up-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has risen. The ratio is calculated by dividing the manager’s returns by the returns of the index during the up-market, and multiplying that factor by 100. The down-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has dropped. The ratio is calculated by dividing the manager’s returns by the returns of the index during the down-market and multiplying that factor by 100.


Holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/19

Premier 1.50%
Cedar Fair Lp 1.45%
Mesa Air Group 1.39%
Allete 1.35%
William Lyon Homes 1.33%
Synnex Corp 1.31%
Federal Signal Corp 1.29%
Scorpio Tankers 1.27%
Brookdale Senior Living 1.22%
Tronox Holdings 1.19%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 13.30%

Full portfolio holdings as of 06/30/19

PREMIER INC-CLASS A 1.54%
SCORPIO TANKERS INC 1.52%
VERMILION ENERGY INC 1.43%
CEDAR FAIR LP 1.39%
TRONOX HOLDINGS PLC- A 1.36%
WILLIAM LYON HOMES-CL A 1.32%
SYNNEX CORP 1.29%
JABIL INC 1.26%
ALLETE INC 1.23%
MESA AIR GROUP INC 1.22%
BROOKDALE SENIOR LIVING INC 1.17%
PERFICIENT INC 1.15%
PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC CO 1.14%
STERLING BANCORP/DE 1.14%
ZAGG INC 1.14%
VECTRUS INC 1.13%
ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL 1.13%
LADDER CAPITAL CORP-REIT 1.12%
UNITIL CORP 1.11%
QTS REALTY TRUST INC-CL A 1.10%
FEDERAL SIGNAL CORP 1.10%
J2 GLOBAL INC 1.10%
WESCO INTERNATIONAL INC 1.09%
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN CO- A 1.09%
SP PLUS CORP 1.09%
CACI INTERNATIONAL INC -CL A 1.08%
CHEMICAL FINANCIAL CORP 1.08%
SYNOVUS FINANCIAL CORP 1.07%
FIRST HORIZON NATIONAL CORP 1.07%
HERMAN MILLER INC 1.05%
HANCOCK WHITNEY CORP 1.04%
PARSONS CORP 1.04%
SPIRIT REALTY CAPITAL INC 1.02%
COLUMBIA PROPERTY TRUST INC 1.02%
HERITAGE INSURANCE HOLDINGS 1.02%
GRANITE POINT MORTGAGE TRUST 1.02%
IBERIABANK CORP 1.00%
REXNORD CORP 1.00%
PROPETRO HOLDING CORP 0.99%
WILLSCOT CORP 0.99%
MAGELLAN HEALTH INC 0.98%
PAR PACIFIC HOLDINGS INC 0.97%
MAGNOLIA OIL & GAS CORP - A 0.96%
BIG LOTS INC 0.96%
UNIVEST FINANCIAL CORP 0.94%
DINE BRANDS GLOBAL INC 0.93%
GAMING AND LEISURE PROPERTIE 0.93%
WESTERN ALLIANCE BANCORP 0.91%
WALKER & DUNLOP INC 0.90%
BOISE CASCADE CO 0.90%
MYR GROUP INC/DELAWARE 0.88%
OMNOVA SOLUTIONS INC 0.88%
IMAX CORP 0.88%
CHATHAM LODGING TRUST 0.86%
WINTRUST FINANCIAL CORP 0.86%
DONNELLEY FINANCIAL SOLUTION 0.85%
NETGEAR INC 0.85%
JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORP 0.84%
ENCANA CORP 0.84%
CLARUS CORP 0.83%
HEIDRICK & STRUGGLES INTL 0.83%
ARCH COAL INC - A 0.83%
TRIPLEPOINT VENTURE GROWTH B 0.83%
VERSO CORP - A 0.83%
CHEESECAKE FACTORY INC/THE 0.83%
LUMENTUM HOLDINGS INC 0.82%
COHU INC 0.82%
STERLING CONSTRUCTION CO 0.81%
COOPER TIRE & RUBBER 0.80%
PHOTRONICS INC 0.80%
PREFERRED BANK/LOS ANGELES 0.80%
HOMESTREET INC 0.79%
APOGEE ENTERPRISES INC 0.78%
FIRST MERCHANTS CORP 0.78%
TPG SPECIALTY LENDING INC 0.76%
AMERIS BANCORP 0.76%
COLUMBUS MCKINNON CORP/NY 0.76%
SHOE CARNIVAL INC 0.75%
MEET GROUP INC/THE 0.74%
QUANEX BUILDING PRODUCTS 0.72%
OLIN CORP 0.72%
EAGLE MATERIALS INC 0.71%
PALOMAR HOLDINGS INC 0.71%
BLOOMIN' BRANDS INC 0.70%
CONNECTONE BANCORP INC 0.70%
ATLANTIC UNION BANKSHARES CO 0.68%
FRANKLIN FINANCIAL NETWORK 0.68%
MAYVILLE ENGINEERING CO INC 0.68%
PAPA JOHN S INTL 0.68%
OFG BANCORP 0.65%
SHENANDOAH TELECOMMUNICATION 0.65%
BAIN CAPITAL SPECIALTY FINAN 0.64%
CAPITOL INVESTMENT CORP IV-A 0.64%
ACADIA HEALTHCARE CO INC 0.64%
CECO ENVIRONMENTAL CORP 0.63%
INVESTORS BANCORP INC 0.63%
ARES CAPITAL CORP 0.59%
HERCULES CAPITAL INC 0.58%
QUAD GRAPHICS INC 0.57%
CARS.COM INC 0.51%
NEWMARK GROUP INC-CLASS A 0.51%
RANGE RESOURCES CORP 0.51%
LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT-A 0.50%
CRAFT BREW ALLIANCE INC 0.49%
MASTERCRAFT BOAT HOLDINGS IN 0.49%
CONSOLIDATED WATER CO-ORD SH 0.48%
SELECT ENERGY SERVICES INC-A 0.46%
OCEANFIRST FINANCIAL CORP 0.44%
CAMDEN NATIONAL CORP 0.43%
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS 0.41%
RLJ LODGING TRUST 0.41%
SAIA INC 0.40%
FIRST DEFIANCE FINL CORP 0.37%
STORE CAPITAL CORP 0.33%
MANITEX INTERNATIONAL INC 0.30%
COASTAL FINANCIAL CORP/WA 0.17%
BEL FUSE INC-CL B 0.16%
TREASURY BILL 00.0000 07/25/2019 0.09%
CAPITOL INVESTMENT CO-CW25 0.03%
ADVANSIX INC 0.02%
BANCTEC INC-144A CONTINGENT VALUE RIGHTS 0.00%
FERROGLOBE REPRESENTATION & 0.00%

Prior top 10 holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/19
Premier
Cedar Fair Lp
Mesa Air Group
Allete
William Lyon Homes
Synnex Corp
Federal Signal Corp
Scorpio Tankers
Brookdale Senior Living
Tronox Holdings
Holdings represent 13.30% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 06/30/19
Premier
Scorpio Tankers
Vermilion Energy
Cedar Fair Lp
Tronox Holdings
William Lyon Homes
Synnex Corp
Jabil
Allete
Mesa Air Group
Holdings represent 13.58% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 05/31/19
Cedar Fair Lp
Premier
Vermilion Energy
Scorpio Tankers
William Lyon Homes
Mesa Air Group
Sp Plus Corp
Hancock Whitney Corp
Caci International
Allete
Holdings represent 13.54% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 04/30/19
Vermilion Energy
Cedar Fair Lp
Scorpio Tankers
Tronox Holdings
Synnex Corp
Hancock Whitney Corp
Iberiabank Corp
Sp Plus Corp
Premier
Perficient
Holdings represent 13.56% of portfolio

Portfolio composition as of 07/31/19

Common stock 99.37%
Cash and net other assets 0.63%

Equity statistics as of 07/31/19

Median market cap $1.35B
Weighted average market cap $2.33B
Price to book 1.48
Price to earnings 12.03

Fund characteristics will vary over time.

Due to rounding, percentages may not equal 100%.

Consider these risks before investing: Investments in small and/or midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. Value stocks may fail to rebound, and the market may not favor value-style investing. The value of investments in the fund’s portfolio may fall or fail to rise over extended periods of time for a variety of reasons, including general economic, political or financial market conditions, investor sentiment and market perceptions, government actions, geopolitical events or changes, and factors related to a specific issuer, geography, industry or sector. These and other factors may lead to increased volatility and reduced liquidity in the fund’s portfolio holdings. These risks are generally greater for small and midsize companies. From time to time, the fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related industries or sectors, which would make the fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting those industries or sectors. You can lose money by investing in the fund.

Top industry sectors as of 07/31/19

Financials 29.82%
Industrials 16.65%
Consumer discretionary 9.65%
Information technology 9.50%
Energy 7.89%
Real estate 7.37%
Materials 5.48%
Communication services 4.62%
Health care 4.24%
 
Other
4.78%
Utilities 4.15%
Cash and net other assets 0.63%

The unclassified sector (where applicable) includes exchange traded funds and other securities not able to be classified by sector.

Sectors will vary over time.


Expenses

Expense ratio

Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
Total expense ratio 1.44% 2.19% 2.19% 1.94% 1.69% 1.11% 1.01% 1.19%
What you pay 1.44% 2.19% 2.19% 1.94% 1.69% 1.11% 1.01% 1.19%

Sales charge

Investment Breakpoint Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
$0-$49,999 5.75% 0.00% 0.00% 3.50% -- -- -- --
$50,000-$99,999 4.50% 0.00% 0.00% 2.50% -- -- -- --
$100,000-$249,999 3.50% -- 0.00% 1.50% -- -- -- --
$250,000-$499,999 2.50% -- 0.00% 1.00% -- -- -- --
$500,000-$999,999 2.00% -- 0.00% 1.00% -- -- -- --
$1M-$4M 0.00% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
$4M-$50M 0.00% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
$50M+ 0.00% -- -- -- -- -- -- --

CDSC

  Class A (sales for $1,000,000+) Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
0 to 9 mts. 1.00% 5.00% 1.00% -- -- -- -- --
9 to 12 mts. 1.00% 5.00% 1.00% -- -- -- -- --
2 yrs. 0.00% 4.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
3 yrs. 0.00% 3.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
4 yrs. 0.00% 3.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
5 yrs. 0.00% 2.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
6 yrs. 0.00% 1.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
7+ yrs. 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --

The Russell 2000 Value Index is an unmanaged index of those companies in the small-cap Russell 2000 Index chosen for their value orientation. You cannot invest directly in an index.

Consider these risks before investing: Investments in small and/or midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. Value stocks may fail to rebound, and the market may not favor value-style investing. The value of investments in the fund’s portfolio may fall or fail to rise over extended periods of time for a variety of reasons, including general economic, political or financial market conditions, investor sentiment and market perceptions, government actions, geopolitical events or changes, and factors related to a specific issuer, geography, industry or sector. These and other factors may lead to increased volatility and reduced liquidity in the fund’s portfolio holdings. These risks are generally greater for small and midsize companies. From time to time, the fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related industries or sectors, which would make the fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting those industries or sectors. You can lose money by investing in the fund.