Nicholas Equity Income Fund, Inc.


Equity Income with Growth

Nicholas Equity Income Fund, Inc. (NSEIX) was designed to invest in dividend-paying stocks across the market capitalization spectrum. The Fund launched in 1993 and is managed by co-portfolio managers Michael L. Shelton, CFA, CPA and Albert O. Nicholas, CFA. The Fund has tended to own more small- and mid-cap stocks. We believe the focus on smaller companies allows the Fund to enhance its potential return by combining the long-term principal appreciation of smaller stocks along with the power of dividend income.

As is true with the other Nicholas Funds, a critical component to the Fund’s style is seeking to buy stocks with dividend yields greater than the market, valuations offering the best opportunity for capital appreciation over the long-run and a margin of safety to offset the risk of price declines. The Nicholas philosophy has strongly maintained the benefits of buying stocks at valuations that are afforadble relative to their long-term potential. The Fund’s history suggests this approach can produce more consistent, risk-adjusted returns over time. 

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  • Distribution History
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Investment Approach

Nicholas Equity Income Fund seeks to provide investors with a reasonable stream of income along with long-term capital growth through a diversified portfolio of stocks with attractive dividend yields. The Fund will invest in small- to large-sized companies with capitalizations generally between $1 to $100 billion. The Fund is typically benchmarked against the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Fund Facts

Co Portfolio Manager: Albert (Ab) O. Nicholas
Co Portfolio Manager: Michael L. Shelton
Style: Equity Income, Growth
Fund Inception: 11/23/1993
Fund Assets (millions): $522.6*
Number of Holdings: 48*
* as of 06/30/2016  
Minimum Initial Investment: $500
Fiscal Year-End: March 31
Prospectus Date: July 31
Cusip: 653734103
Ticker NSEIX


Weighted Avg Forward P/E Capped: 14.17x
Weighted  Avg Trailing P/E Capped: 15.00x
Weighted Median Mkt Cap (million): $10,386.7
Weighted Avg Mkt Cap (million): $64,367.4
Weighted  Harmonic Avg. Price/Book: 2.54x
Turn Over Rate: (03/31/16) 24.92%
Standard Deviation: 10-Yr(2) 14.13%
Sharpe Ratio: 10-Yr(2) 0.66   


Sector Diversification*

Sector Diversification

Top Ten Holdings*

Holdings % Net Assets
Pfizer Inc.  3.60%
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.   3.43%
Cardinal Health, Inc. 3.02%
W.P. Carey Inc.  3.01%
Nielsen Holdings plc  2.96%
Chubb Limited  2.94%
AbbVie Inc. 2.87%
Time Warner Inc.  2.85%
Apple Inc. 2.64%
TEGNA, Inc. 2.49%
Total 29.81%

(1) Annualized
(2) Average Annual

* Data as of 06/30/16 unless stated otherwise.


Morningstar Ratings

  Rating # of Funds
Overall 408
3 Year 4 star ranking 408
5 Year 4 stars 348
10 Year 5 star 240

Morningstar Category: Mid-Cap Value
Source: Morningstar, as of June 30, 2016.
The Overall Morningstar Rating™ for a fund is derived from a weighted average
of the risk-adjusted performance figures associated with its three-,five- and ten year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating™ metrics. (3)

Lipper Rankings

  1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Ranking 70% 48% 42% 2%
# of Funds 518 427 312 208

Category: Equity Income
Source: Lipper, as of June 30, 2016.
Lipper Ranking Scale: 1% equals highest; 100% equals lowest (based on total returns).

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Past performance does not guarantee future results.


Nicholas Equity Income, Inc. Investment Objective

The Nicholas Equity Income Fund, Inc. seeks to provide investors with a reasonable stream of income. Its secondary purpose is to provide moderate long-term growth of capital. The Fund pursues its objective by investing in a diversified portfolio of income-producing equity securities and fixed income investments.

Investment Policies & Considerations
Historically, dividends paid by companies to their shareholders have accounted for almost half of the total returns earned by common stocks. This has made dividend-paying stocks an attractive way to provide investors with superior total return.

Our policy is to invest primarily in income-producing securities, such as common stocks, preferred stocks, and convertible securities. We will generally select securities with dividend yields that are expected to be higher than the current dividend yield of the S&P 500.

  • Combined growth rate and dividend yield of 10% or better
  • A history of consistent earnings
  • Return on equity (ROE) of 15%, or an improving ROE
  • Debt to total capitalization of less than 50%
  • A price to earnings ratio lower than two times the growth rate
  • An enduring franchise or brand
  • Honest, capable management
  • Significant management ownership of stock
  • Long-term and short-term business momentum

This portfolio may include investment grade and non-investment grade, as well as rated and non-rated securities. Our manager and analysts perform in-depth credit analysis to determine which investments are appropriate for the Fund. Our analysis considers the issuer’s financial resources, sensitivity to economic trends and conditions, operating history, management, and other factors. In general:

  • We do not attempt to predict interest rate movements.
  • We hold bonds with short to intermediate maturities in order to help portfolio stability while pursuing competitive returns.



  •  Quarter-End Performance
  • Month-End Performance
  • Quarterly Performance Presentation

As of June 30, 2016

Average Annual Returns

Fund 3 Month YTD  1 Year  3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Nicholas Fund (NICSX) 1.87% 0.35% -8.53% 10.96% 12.30% 8.97%
Nicholas II - Class I (NCTWX) -0.28% 0.08% -5.72% 10.02% 9.69% 7.86%
Nicholas II - Class N (NNTWX) -0.33% -0.04% -6.04% 9.66% 9.32% 7.50%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class I (NCLEX) 2.88% 2.70% -3.94% 7.58% 8.03% 8.16%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class N (NNLEX) 2.75% 2.51% -4.31% 7.20% 7.65% 7.81%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund (NSEIX) 3.62% 6.30% 0.34% 8.75% 9.97% 9.65%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class I (NCINX) 2.75% 5.13% -1.88% 2.13% 4.30% 5.14%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class N (NNHIX) 2.64% 4.98% -2.25% 1.74% 3.94% 4.83%


  1 Year 5 Year 10 Year 7-Day Yield 7-Day
Nicholas Money Market (NICXX) 0.00% 0.00% 0.96% 0.00% 0.00%  


The 7-Day Yield quotation, rather than the Total Return quotation, more closely reflects the current earnings of the Fund.

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.  Performance current to the most recent month end may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

As of July 31, 2016

Average Annual Returns

Fund 3 Month YTD  1 Year  3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Nicholas Fund (NICSX) 2.84% 2.71% -8.67% 9.60% 13.45% 9.24%
Nicholas II - Class I (NCTWX) 3.72% 3.72% -3.93% 9.43% 11.70% 8.42%
Nicholas II - Class N (NNTWX) 3.65% 3.52% -4.27% 9.05% 11.31% 8.05%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class I (NCLEX) 7.20% 7.94% 0.92% 7.25% 9.88% 8.90%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class N (NNLEX) 7.10% 7.72% 0.55% 6.88% 9.50% 8.56%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund (NSEIX) 5.62% 9.57% 2.56% 8.29% 11.73% 9.96%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class I (NCINX) 3.28% 7.37% 0.58% 2.28% 4.57% 5.33%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class N (NNHIX) 3.16% 7.22% 0.25% 1.92% 4.19% 4.98%


  1 Year 5 Year 10 Year 7-Day Yield 7-Day
Nicholas Money Market (NICXX) 0.00% 0.00% 0.92% 0.00% 0.00%  


The 7-Day Yield quotation, rather than the Total Return quotation, more closely reflects the current earnings of the Fund.

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.  Performance current to the most recent month end may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

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Quarterly Performance Presentation


Nicholas Fund's Expense Ratio: 0.72%
Nicholas II – Class I's Expense Ratio: 0.61%
Nicholas II – Class N's Expense Ratio: 0.96%
Nicholas Limited Edition – Class I's Expense Ratio: 0.86%
Nicholas Limited Edition – Class N's Expense Ratio: 1.21%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund's Expense Ratio: 0.72%
Nicholas High Income Fund – Class I's Expense Ratio: 0.71%(1)
Nicholas High Income Fund – Class N's Expense Ratio: 1.06%(1)
Nicholas Money Market Fund's Expense Ratio: 0.51%

The Adviser has agreed to voluntarily absorb management fees of 0.30% of Nicholas Money Market Fund's average net assets on an annual basis during the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016. This absorption continues today; however, the Adviser may decrease or discontinue it at any time.  The most recent expense ratios can be found in each funds current annual or semiannual report.

(1)The expense ratio may not correlate to the "Ratio of expenses to average net assets" provided in the Financial Highlights in the Fund's Annual or Semiannual Report. The information in the Financial Highlights reflects the operating expenses of the Fund and does not include Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses. "Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses" are those expenses incurred indirectly by the Fund as a result of acquiring investments in shares of one or more other investment companies.

Nicholas Money Market Fund has fee waivers in effect. Investment performance reflects these fee waivers. In the absence of such waivers, total returns would be reduced.


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Michael L. Shelton, CFA, CPA

Co-Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst
Industry experience: 20 years
Nicholas Company Tenure: 10 years


Michael joined Nicholas Company in 2006. He serves as Co-Portfolio manager of Nicholas Equity Income Fund and a senior research analyst. Michael has a depth of knowledge following years of following the healthcare, technology and industrial sectors.


Prior to joining Nicholas Company, Michael worked for the Department of Defense Financing & Accounting Service as a financial analyst. He spent three years with Robert W. Baird as a research analyst and at McDonald Investments for one year focusing on healthcare companies. Before starting his investment career, he worked with Ernst & Young as an auditor and tax consultant.


Michael has earned his CPA and CFA designations. He graduated magna cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and obtained his MBA from The Ohio State University. He is a member of the CFA Society Milwaukee.



Albert O. Nicholas, CFA

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Portfolio Manager
Industry experience: 61 years
Nicholas Company Tenure: 49 years
Lead Portfolio Manager - Nicholas Fund, Inc.
Co-Portfolio Manager - Nicholas Equity Income Fund, Inc


Ab Nicholas has always had great interest in analyzing companies and the stock market. He considers himself an investment analyst first and foremost, but he also has been recognized for his skill as a portfolio manager. His extensive tenure studying the markets and investments through numerous market cycles has fortified his belief in the benefit of investing in stocks for the long-term.  Ab’s experience offers tremendous insight and value when assessing the challenges of today’s markets.

Ab began his career with Northwestern National Insurance Company, where he worked as an investment analyst. He also spent several years at Marshall and Ilsley Bank.

Ab founded the Nicholas Company in 1967 with the idea of offering his investment philosophy and process to a wider group of investors.  He launched the flagship Nicholas Fund in 1969, in order to give individual investors greater access to a diversified portfolio of stocks through a mutual fund.  The Nicholas Fund has been acknowledged over the years by publications such as Forbes, Money Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

Ab is the lead managers of the Nicholas Fund handling the day-to-day investment decisions and he is the co-manager of the Nicholas Equity Income Fund.

Ab earned a Bachelor’s in Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, while playing guard for the Wisconsin Badger basketball team. After spending two years in the military, he returned to the University for an M.B.A. in Finance and Investments. He is a member of the Milwaukee Investment Analysts Society, and a Chartered Financial Analyst.



NOTE: None of the distributions included income from U.S. Treasuries, U.S. Agencies, state government or municipalities.

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Distribution History 2016

Pay Date Net
Investment Income
Short Term
Capital Gains
Long Term
Capital Gains
12/27/2016 TBD TBD TBD TBD
11/03/2016 TBD TBD TBD TBD
08/04/2016 0.0999 0.0000 0.0000 0.0999
05/05/2016 0.0851 0.0000 0.3955 0.4806

TBD = To Be Determined



Distribution Year
  • 2016

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c/o U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
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Milwaukee, WI 53201-0701

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Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Diversification does not assure a profit nor protect against loss in a declining market.

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