Nicholas Fund, Inc.


Multi-cap Growth

Nicholas Fund, Inc. is our flagship fund with its long history beginning in 1969. The lead portfolio manager is David O. Nicholas, CFA with Michael L. Shelton serving as co-portfolio manager. Nicholas Fund was launched two years after Albert “Ab” O. Nicholas started Nicholas Company, Inc. Nicholas Fund utilizes a multi-cap growth strategy that allows the portfolio manager to pursue the best growth opportunities in the market without being constrained by arbitrary market capitalization guidelines. Nicholas Fund is generally focused on mid and larger capitalized stocks, but will invest in smaller companies where the investment team finds opportunity.

While the entire market spectrum is a target universe for this strategy, Nicholas Company has long had a primary focus on stocks with mid and small capitalizations. Early on we recognized the potential for these smaller sized companies to offer greater growth potential than larger cap stocks, and greater opportunity to identify companies that Wall Street may have overlooked. The Fund will invest in larger cap stocks that we believe may have fallen out of favor with Wall Street, offer significant valuation or growth opportunities and may lend stability to the portfolio with their consistent growth. Nicholas Fund offers a mix of companies with varying capitalizations, and the mix can change as stock valuations change. A critical component to the Fund’s style is buying stocks at valuations that offer the best opportunity over the long-run and that we believe may provide a margin of safety against declining stock prices. Nicholas has long been a proponent for buying stocks at valuations that are affordable relative to their long-term potential and owning them for the long-term… years, not days or months. We believe the Fund’s history suggests this approach can produce more consistent, risk-adjusted returns over time.

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Investment Approach

Nicholas Fund pursues long-term capital growth through a diversified stock portfolio of 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 Manger: David O. Nicholas
Co-Portfolio Manger: Michael L. Shelton
Style: Multi-cap Growth
Fund Inception: 07/14/1969
Fund Assets (millions): $3,353.3
Number of Holdings: 64
Minimum Initial Investment: $500
Fiscal Year-End: March 31
Prospectus Date: July
Cusip: 653735100
Ticker NICSX


Sector Diversification


Nicholas Fund Sector Diversification



Top Equity Holdings


Alphabet Inc. - Class C 4.38%
Microsoft Corporation 4.13%
Apple Inc. 3.12%
Aon plc 2.85%
Visa Inc. - Class A 2.62%
Cintas Corporation 2.57%
Home Depot, Inc. (The) 2.46%
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. 2.43%
Mastercard Incorporated - A 1.91%
Fiserv, Inc. 1.88%


Morningstar Ratings

  Rating # of Funds
Overall Two Stars 1,186
3 Year 2 Stars 1,186
5 Year 1 stars 1,065
10 Year 2 stars 788


Morningstar Category: Large Growth
Source: Morningstar, as of March 31, 2021.
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. 

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Past performance does not guarantee future results.


Investment Objective

Nicholas Fund, Inc. strives to increase the value of your investment over the long-term (“long-term growth”) by investing in a diversified portfolio that includes primarily medium- and large-sized companies. Small companies also may be considered. Our goal is to find what we believe are great companies and hold them for the long-term.

Investment Policies & Considerations

Nicholas Fund’s management team believes that company selection is a key to providing superior returns over time. Our goal is to find growth companies that are reasonably priced by identifying stocks that have low price-to-earnings ratios relative to their earnings growth or those that are attractively priced relative to book value. Above average earnings growth and strong future growth potential are important characteristics in the companies we consider. When selecting portfolio holdings, from among the stocks that meet our criteria, we often take a contrary view and choose lesser known or out-of-favor companies as they generally offer the best values. Some of the factors we consider in assessing companies include:

  • Growth rate of 10% or better
  • 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

It is our strong conviction that superior long-term results are achieved by minimizing capital losses in adverse markets. We do not attempt to forecast short-term market swings, but work to preserve gains and minimize losses using long-term, fundamental valuation techniques. Our portfolio turnover is moderate as our goal is to find, and hold, great companies. However, if a company’s stock is not meeting our expectations, or has become over valued, we will sell it.

At Nicholas, our watchword is patience. We believe it is a key to superior long-term results. 

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As of March 31, 2021

Average Annual Returns

Fund 3 Month YTD  1 Year  3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Nicholas Fund (NICSX) 3.96% 3.96% 51.97% 17.38% 14.36% 13.27%
Nicholas II - Class I (NCTWX) 5.04% 5.04% 58.57% 15.50% 15.44% 12.66%
Nicholas II - Class N (NNTWX) 4.98% 4.98% 58.14% 15.13% 15.07% 12.28%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class I (NCLEX) 2.60% 2.60% 62.23% 16.72% 16.47% 11.92%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class N (NNLEX) 2.53% 2.53% 61.85% 16.45% 16.14% 11.57%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund (NSEIX) 9.08% 9.08% 51.18% 14.15% 12.74% 11.20%

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 May 31, 2021

Average Annual Returns

Fund 3 Month YTD  1 Year  3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Nicholas Fund (NICSX)9.08%9.66%34.34%18.61%14.84%13.55%
Nicholas II - Class I (NCTWX)9.12%11.09%35.95%17.01%16.31%13.02%
Nicholas II - Class N (NNTWX)9.02%10.93%35.54%16.62%15.93%12.64%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class I (NCLEX)4.33%5.75%37.55%15.81%16.49%12.03%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class N (NNLEX)4.28%5.65%37.25%15.54%16.18%11.69%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund (NSEIX)13.31%16.55%40.23%16.02%13.51%11.54%

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: 0.60%
Nicholas II – Class N's Expense Ratio: 0.90%
Nicholas Limited Edition – Class I's Expense Ratio: 0.86%
Nicholas Limited Edition – Class N's Expense Ratio: 1.07%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund's Expense Ratio: 0.73%
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David O Nicholas

David O. Nicholas, CFA

Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager
Industry experience: 38 years
Nicholas Company Tenure: 35 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.



Michael Shelton

Michael L. Shelton, CFA, CPA

Senior Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager
Industry experience: 25 years
Nicholas Company Tenure: 15 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 earning his CPA designation in 1995.
Michael graduated magna cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and obtained his M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. 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 2021

Pay Date Net
Investment Income
Short Term
Capital Gains
Long Term
Capital Gains
06/02/2021 0.0862 0.1193 5.3397 5.5452
12/29/2021 TBD TBD TBD TBD


Distribution Year
  • 2021

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Nicholas Family Of Funds
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P.O. Box 701
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0701

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615 East Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Mutual fund investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. Small- and medium-capitalization companies tend to have limited liquidity and greater price volatility than large-capitalization companies. Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. This risk is usually greater for longer-term debt securities. Investment by the Funds in lower-rated and non-rated securities presents a greater risk of loss to principal and interest than higher-rated securities. 

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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