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 lead portfolio manager Michael L. Shelton, CFA, CPA, and co-portfolio manager David 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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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

Lead-Portfolio Manager: Michael L. Shelton
Co-Portfolio Manager: David O. Nicholas
Style: Equity Income, Growth
Fund Inception: 11/23/1993
Fund Assets (millions): $503.3*
Number of Holdings: 60*
* as of 12/31/2017  
Minimum Initial Investment: $500
Fiscal Year-End: March 31
Prospectus Date: July 31
Cusip: 653734103
Ticker NSEIX


Weighted Avg Forward P/E Capped: 18.23x
Weighted  Avg Trailing P/E Capped: 20.04x
Weighted Median Mkt Cap (million): $22,717.1
Weighted Avg Mkt Cap (million): $103,529.8
Weighted  Harmonic Avg. Price/Book: 3.25x
Turn Over Rate: (09/30/17) 29.50%
Standard Deviation: 10-Yr(2) 14.04%
Sharpe Ratio: 10-Yr(2) 0.71   


Sector Diversification


Top Ten Holdings


Holdings % Net Assets
Microsoft Corporation 3.27%
Pfizer Inc.   2.99%
Apple Inc.   2.91%
Snap-on Incorporated 2.87%
Northern Trust Corporation   2.78%
Intel Corporation 2.61%
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (The)  2.41%
Abbott Laboratories 2.38%
Home Depot, Inc. 2.35%
Ryder System, Inc. 2.17%
Total 26.75%

(1) Annualized
(2) Average Annual

* Data as of 12/31/17 unless stated otherwise.


Morningstar Ratings

  Rating # of Funds
Overall 366
3 Year 4 star ranking 366
5 Year 4 stars 311
10 Year 5 star 221

Morningstar Category: Mid-Cap Value
Source: Morningstar, as of December 31, 2017.
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 81% 79% 65% 2%
# of Funds 545 467 374 238

Category: Equity Income
Source: Lipper, as of Decmeber 31, 2017.
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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 December 31, 2017

Average Annual Returns

Fund 3 Month YTD  1 Year  3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Nicholas Fund (NICSX) 4.64% 17.54% 17.54% 4.81% 13.23% 9.76%
Nicholas II - Class I (NCTWX) 6.69% 25.63% 25.63% 9.96% 14.45% 9.41%
Nicholas II - Class N (NNTWX) 6.61% 25.19% 25.19% 9.58% 14.06% 9.04%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class I (NCLEX) 3.08% 19.92% 19.92% 9.78% 13.45% 9.44%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class N (NNLEX) 3.04% 19.57% 19.57% 9.41% 13.05% 9.10%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund (NSEIX) 4.82% 12.41% 12.41% 6.82% 12.00% 9.82%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class I (NCINX) -0.73% 4.28% 4.28% 3.05% 3.33% 5.18%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class N (NNHIX) -0.78% 4.03% 4.03% 2.70% 2.99% 4.85%

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 January 31, 2018

Average Annual Returns

Fund 3 Month YTD  1 Year  3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Nicholas Fund (NICSX) 8.16% 5.11% 19.77% 7.30% 12.94% 10.90%
Nicholas II - Class I (NCTWX) 9.76% 4.70% 26.91% 12.66% 14.24% 10.43%
Nicholas II - Class N (NNTWX) 9.62% 4.64% 26.44% 12.26% 13.84% 10.05%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class I (NCLEX) 4.91% 2.66% 20.67% 12.45% 12.96% 10.40%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class N (NNLEX) 4.86% 2.63% 20.29% 12.07% 12.58% 10.07%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund (NSEIX) 8.08% 4.36% 14.74% 9.10% 11.71% 10.70%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class I (NCINX) -0.35% 0.11% 3.48% 2.98% 3.12% 5.39%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class N (NNHIX) -0.44% 0.00% 3.14% 2.63% 2.76% 5.05%

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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Nicholas Fund's Expense Ratio: 0.72%
Nicholas II – Class I's Expense Ratio: 0.61%
Nicholas II – Class N's Expense Ratio: 0.94%
Nicholas Limited Edition – Class I's Expense Ratio: 0.86%
Nicholas Limited Edition – Class N's Expense Ratio: 1.23%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund's Expense Ratio: 0.72%
Nicholas High Income Fund – Class I's Expense Ratio: 0.69%(1)
Nicholas High Income Fund – Class N's Expense Ratio: 1.05%

(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.

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Michael L. Shelton, CFA, CPA

Senior Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager
Industry experience: 22 years
Nicholas Company Tenure: 12 years
Lead Portfolio Manager - Nicholas Equity Income Fund, Inc.
Co-Portfolio Manager - Nicholas Fund, Inc.


Michael joined Nicholas Company in 2006. He serves as lead portfolio manager of Nicholas Equity Income Fund, co-portfolio manager of Nicholas Fund and is a senior research analyst. Michael has a depth of knowledge following years of covering the healthcare, technology and industrial sectors.  Michael has had the opportunity to work alongside Dave and Ab Nicholas analyzing companies for each of the investment strategies.  This experience has provided a sound basis for his adoption of the long-held Nicholas investment philosophy and process. 
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 M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. He is a member of the CFA Society Milwaukee.


David O. Nicholas, CFA

Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager
Industry experience: 35 years
Nicholas Company Tenure: 32 years
Lead Portfolio Manager - Nicholas Fund, Inc., Nicholas II, Inc. and Nicholas Limited Edition, Inc.
Co-Portfolio Manager - Nicholas Equity Income Fund, Inc.


Dave Nicholas joined Nicholas Company as an investment analyst in 1986.  He serves in a leadership position for the company as CEO and President, while primarily focusing his efforts day-to-day on investments as a Portfolio Manager and the Chief Investment Officer.   Dave has developed his philosophy and skills over the past thirty years under the guidance of the long-held investment philosophy and process developed by Albert O. Nicholas, the founder of Nicholas Company.  This opportunity has allowed Dave to gain a deep experience and knowledge analyzing companies and the equity markets.

Dave’s approach is aligned with the Nicholas core investment philosophy and process, while adjusting it to meet the characteristics of various capitalization growth companies.  Core elements to the philosophy include identifying companies with secular growth capabilities, consistent earnings growth, strong balance sheets and solid management teams.  Dave also shares a preference for non-consensus strategies when market opportunities arise.

Dave is the lead portfolio manager of Nicholas Fund, Nicholas II and Nicholas Limited Edition, while serving as co-manager for Nicholas Equity Income Fund.  As Chief Investment Officer he guides the firm’s investment process and the investment team on a day-to-day basis.

Dave earned a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed his M.S. in Finance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is a member of the University’s Business School Advisory Board. He has earned the right to use the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society Milwaukee.



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Distribution History 2017

Pay Date Net
Investment Income
Short Term
Capital Gains
Long Term
Capital Gains
12/28/2017 0.0388 0.0000 0.8782 0.9170*
11/02/2017 0.0100 0.0000 0.0000 0.0100*
08/03/2017 0.0857 0.0000 0.0000 0.0857*
05/10/2017 0.3979 0.0000 0.0000 0.3979*




Distribution Year
  • 2017

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

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