Nicholas II, Inc.

NCTWX - (Class I)

NNTWX - (Class N)

Mid-cap Growth

Nicholas II, Inc. was the second equity fund launched by Nicholas Funds in 1983. The investment strategy focus is on mid-cap growth stocks of companies with sound business fundamentals, attractive earnings prospects and valuations priced at a discount to their long-term potential.  David O. Nicholas, CFA is the lead portfolio manager for the Fund and has been at the helm since 1993.  He also serves as the Chief Investment Officer for Nicholas Company.

The Fund’s focus on mid-cap stocks sits firmly in the Nicholas investment philosophy. Mid-cap stocks with market capitalizations generally between $3 billion to $35 billion often present greater growth potential compared to larger stocks and greater stability compared to smaller stocks.  At times, Nicholas II may own smaller companies that we believe can successfully grow their business and capitalization into the mid-sized universe. In our opinion the blend of growth and consistency creates an investment strategy that can serve as a core holding for investors with an investment objective with a growth bias.

As is true with the other Nicholas Funds, a critical component to the Fund’s style is buying stocks at valuations that offer the best opportunity for capital appreciation over the long-run, but also provide a margin of safety against declining stock prices. The Nicholas philosophy has strongly maintained the benefits of buying stocks at valuations that are affordable relative to their long-term potential. 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 II pursues long-term capital growth through a diversified stock portfolio of small- to medium-sized companies with capitalizations generally between $500 million to $10 billion. The Fund is typically benchmarked against the Russell Midcap Growth Index. 


 

Fund Facts

Lead-Portfolio Manager: David O. Nicholas
Co-Portfolio Manager: Brian J. Janowski
Style: Mid-Cap Growth
Fund Inception: 10/17/1983
Fund Assets (millions):  
    Class I $762.0*
    Class N $99.1*
Number of Holdings: 78*
   
* as of 06/30/2018  
Min. Initial Investment Class I: $100,000
Min. Initial Investment Class N: $500
Fiscal Year-End: September 30
Prospectus Date Class I: January
Prospectus Date Class N: January & April
Cusip Class I: 653740100
Cusip Class N: 653740209
Ticker Class I: NCTWX
Ticker Class N: NNTWX

 

Sector Diversification

(06/30/18)

 


 

Top Equity Holdings

(06/30/18)

   
Holdings % Net Assets
TransUnion   2.13
FleetCor Technologies, Inc.   1.98
US Foods Holding Corp.   1.93
Verisk Analytics, Inc.   1.87
Fiserv, Inc.   1.80
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.   1.79
Fidelity National InformationServices, Inc.  1.79
IHS Markit Ltd.   1.76
Westinghouse Air BrakeTechnologies Corporation  1.72
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.   1.71
FleetCor Technologie  

 

Morningstar Ratings

Class I    
  Rating # of Funds
Overall 541
3 Year 541
5 Year 5 stars 480
10 Year 5 star 344

Morningstar Category: Mid-Cap Growth
Source: Morningstar, as of June 30, 2018.
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)

 

Class N    
  Rating # of Funds
Overall 541
3 Year 541
5 Year 5 stars 480
10 Year 5 star 344

 

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Past performance does not guarantee future results.

 

Investment Objective

Nicholas II, Inc. strives to increase the value of your investment over the long-term (“long-term growth”) by investing in a diversified portfolio of small- and mid-sized companies. The Fund looks for established companies with the potential for superior sales and earnings growth that are positioned to benefit from emerging, long-term social and economic trends. Our goal is to find what we believe are great companies and hold them for the long-term.

Investment Policies & Considerations

Nicholas II's management team believes that company selection is a key to providing superior returns over time. Our goal is to find companies that have the potential for outstanding earnings and sales growth, and are positioned to benefit from long-term economic and social trends. Some of the factors we consider in assessing companies include:

  • Growth rate of 12% or better
  • High return on capital
  • Strong cash flow
  • 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, stock in great companies. However, if a 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.

 

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

As of June 30, 2018

Average Annual Returns

Fund 3 Month YTD  1 Year  3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Nicholas Fund (NICSX) 2.50% 2.98% 10.41% 3.65% 10.71% 11.52%
Nicholas II - Class I (NCTWX) 2.57% 3.98% 15.09% 8.87% 12.76% 10.75%
Nicholas II - Class N (NNTWX) 2.47% 3.80% 14.71% 8.49% 12.38% 10.37%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class I (NCLEX) 7.50% 7.33% 15.20% 10.60% 11.89% 11.22%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class N (NNLEX) 7.46% 7.15% 14.82% 10.23% 11.51% 10.88%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund (NSEIX) 3.43% 2.63% 9.52% 7.03% 9.47% 10.79%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class I (NCINX) 0.18% -1.38% -0.86% 1.81% 2.75% 5.20%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class N (NNHIX) 0.21% -1.54% -1.08% 1.48% 2.40% 4.87%

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, 2018

Average Annual Returns

Fund 3 Month YTD  1 Year  3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Nicholas Fund (NICSX) 7.23% 7.48% 13.09% 4.27% 10.32% 11.75%
Nicholas II - Class I (NCTWX) 6.08% 7.16% 17.30% 9.36% 12.27% 11.05%
Nicholas II - Class N (NNTWX) 6.03% 6.96% 16.97% 8.99% 11.89% 10.67%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class I (NCLEX) 8.92% 8.59% 16.85% 11.01% 10.84% 11.22%
Nicholas Limited Edition - Class N (NNLEX) 8.85% 8.37% 16.49% 10.64% 10.46% 10.88%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund (NSEIX) 8.15% 6.68% 13.23% 8.12% 9.37% 11.16%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class I (NCINX) 0.87% -0.52% -1.04% 2.23% 2.59% 5.39%
Nicholas High Income Fund - Class N (NNHIX) 0.78% -0.78% -1.34% 1.88% 2.23% 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: 1.19%
Nicholas Equity Income Fund's Expense Ratio: 0.72%
Nicholas High Income Fund – Class I's Expense Ratio: 0.69%
Nicholas High Income Fund – Class N's Expense Ratio: 1.02%

 

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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.


 


 

Brian J. Janowski, CFA, CPA

Senior Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager
Industry experience: 16 years

Nicholas Company Tenure: 2 years
Co-Portfolio Manager - Nicholas II, Inc. 

 

Brian joined Nicholas Company in 2016 as a senior research analyst. Brian was named co-portfolio manager of Nicholas II, Inc. in April 2018.  Brian is focused on stocks of all market capitalizations with a particular emphasis on consumer staples, utilities and financials including financial technology.
 

Prior to joining Nicholas Company, Brian served as a senior equity analyst and co-portfolio manager for the BMO Small and Mid Cap Value Funds for eight years.  Before that, Brian was an equity analyst and co-portfolio manager at American Family Insurance for six years.
 

Brian graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has earned the right to use the CFA and CPA designations.  He is a member of the CFA Society Milwaukee. 
 


 

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Distribution History 2018 - Class I

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12/26/2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD

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Distribution Year
  • 2018
Share Class
  • Class I

Distribution History 2018- Class N

Pay Date Net
Investment Income
Short Term
Capital Gains
Long Term
Capital Gains
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12/26/2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD

TBD = To Be Determined

Distribution Year
  • 2018
Share Class
  • Class N

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Nicholas Family Of Funds
c/o U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
P.O. Box 701
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0701

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Nicholas Family Of Funds
c/o U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
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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