Objective

Long-term capital appreciation by investing in companies selling for less than our estimate of intrinsic value.

Investment Strategy

  • To estimate intrinsic value, the business must be understandable, and we must be able to reasonably forecast its cash flows. We seek businesses with sustainable competitive advantages, conservative balance sheets, and management with an ownership mentality.
  • Investments are sold when the stock price reaches our estimate of intrinsic value, our estimate of intrinsic value is revised such that there is no longer a discount to intrinsic value, a holding reaches our stated maximum position size, or to raise proceeds for a more attractive opportunity.

Team

There are specialized risks associated with small capitalization issues, such as market illiquidity and greater market volatility, than large capitalization issues.

An investor should consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus or summary prospectus contain this and other important information about the Fund(s) and are available at diamond-hill.com or by calling 888.226.5595. Please read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before investing. The Diamond Hill Funds are distributed by Foreside Financial Services, LLC (Member FINRA). Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc., a registered investment adviser, serves as investment adviser to the Diamond Hill Funds and is paid a fee for its services. Diamond Hill Funds are not FDIC insured, may lose value, and have no bank guarantee.

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As of 9/30/20, there were 2 gold rated, 11 silver rated, 5 bronze rated, 5 neutral rated and 120 not rated funds in the U.S. Small Value category based on the cheapest share class for each fund as defined by Morningstar. The cheapest share class does not necessarily equate to the highest rated share class. Class I shares are not the cheapest share class for the Diamond Hill Small Cap Fund.

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