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Diamond Hill High Yield Strategy Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary with Top Percentile Ranking in eVestment Peer Universe

COLUMBUS, OHIO, Jan. 29, 2020 – Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc., an independent active asset manager and subsidiary of Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DHIL), recently celebrated the five-year anniversary of its High Yield strategy with a top percentile ranking in eVestment’s U.S. High Yield Fixed Income universe.1 eVestment is a Nasdaq company and a global leader in institutional investment data and analytics.

The Diamond Hill High Yield strategy, launched in December 2014, seeks to generate high current income with the opportunity for capital appreciation. William (Bill) Zox, CFA, and John McClain, CFA, who have managed the strategy since inception, focus on evaluating the underlying business fundamentals and credit risk of high yield securities. They generally invest at least 80% of assets in a diversified portfolio of corporate debt securities that are rated below investment grade or are unrated. In addition to Zox and McClain, the portfolio team includes assistant portfolio manager Suken Patel, CFA, and Douglas Gimple, senior portfolio specialist.

The strategy ranks in the top 1% in its eVestment peer universe for the five- and three-year periods, and 14th percentile for the one-year period, through Dec. 31, 2019.

For the five-year period through Dec. 31, 2019, the Diamond Hill High Yield strategy returned 8.92% annualized before fees and 8.49% net of fees, compared with 6.13% annualized for its passive benchmark, the ICE BofA U.S. High Yield Index. The strategy returned 9.55% annualized for the three-year period ended Dec. 31, 2019 before fees and 9.02% net of fees, compared with 6.32% for the index. For the one-year period ended Dec. 31, 2019, the strategy returned 16.18% before fees and 15.63% net of fees, against 14.41% for the ICE BofA U.S. High Yield Index.

“We are pleased with the results we have delivered to our clients and optimistic about the future as high yield is an inefficient asset class getting less efficient over time,” said McClain.

“This is another example of Diamond Hill’s edge in navigating the financial markets on behalf of our clients and we are committed to maintaining that edge for the long term,” said Zox, who also serves as Diamond Hill’s chief investment officer for fixed income.

Download the Diamond Hill High Yield strategy fact sheet.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

1Source: eVestment Analytics. Ranking within eVestment. U.S. High Yield Fixed Income universe based on monthly returns gross of fees. Ranking data calculated on 1/20/20 (as of 12/31/19) and is subject to change as additional firms within the category submit data.

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