Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund September 2017 Update

10/16/2017, 8:06 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Below is the September 2017 Monthly Update for the Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund. (NYSE:USA)

   
Liberty All-Star Equity FundMonthly Update
 Ticker: USASeptember, 2017
Investment Approach 
 
Fund Style: Large-Cap Core 
 
Fund Strategy: Combines three value-style and two growth-style investment managers. Those selected demonstrate a consistent investment philosophy, decision making process, continuity of key people and above-average long-term results compared to managers with similar styles.
 
Investment Managers: 
Value Managers: 
Aristotle Capitol Management, LLC 
Macquarie Investment Management 
Pzena Investment Management, LLC 
   
Growth Managers: 
Sustainable Growth Advisers, LP 
TCW Investment Management Company 
 
Top 20 Holdings at Month-End 
 (29.1% of equity portfolio) 
 (Rank from previous month) 
1Alphabet, Inc., Class C (1)2.2%
2Facebook, Inc., Class A (2)2.1%
3Visa, Inc., Class A (3)2.1%
4Salesforce.com, Inc. (4)1.8%
5Mondelez International, Inc., Class A (6)1.7%
6Adobe Systems, Inc. (5)1.6%
7Amazon.com, Inc. (7)1.5%
8The Priceline Group, Inc. (8)1.5%
9Halliburton Co. (18)1.4%
10Bank of America Corp. (11)1.4%
11Equinix, Inc. (9)1.3%
12State Street Corp. (13)1.3%
13Lowe's Companies., Inc. (15)1.3%
14Oracle Corp. (10)1.2%
15Chubb Ltd. (14)1.2%
16Starbucks Corp. (12)1.2%
17PayPal Holdings, Inc. (16)1.2%
18DowDuPont, Inc.1.1%
19Celgene Corp. (19)1.0%
20American Tower Corp. (17)1.0%
 Holdings are subject to change. 


    
Monthly Performance
PerformanceNAVMarket PriceDiscount
Beginning of month value$6.48$5.63-13.1%
Distributions 
End of month value$6.65$6.03-9.3%
Performance for month2.62%7.10% 
Performance year-to-date16.25%25.23% 
    
The net asset value (NAV) of a closed-end fund is the market value of the underlying investments (i.e., stocks and bonds) in the Fund’s portfolio, minus liabilities, divided by the total number of Fund shares outstanding. However, the Fund also has a  market price; the value at which it trades on an exchange. If the market price is above  the NAV the Fund is trading at a premium. If the market price is below the NAV the Fund is trading at a discount.

Performance returns for the Fund are total returns, which includes dividends, and are net of management fees and other Fund expenses. Returns are calculated assuming that a shareholder reinvested all distributions. Past performance cannot predict future investment results.

Performance will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data shown. Performance information shown does not reflect the deduction of taxes that shareholders would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. Shareholders must be willing to tolerate significant fluctuations in the value of their investment. An investment in the Fund involves risk, including loss of principal.

Sources of distributions to shareholders may include ordinary dividends, long-term capital gains and return of capital. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund’s investment experience during its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. If a distribution includes anything other than net investment income, the fund provides a Section 19(a) notice of the best estimate of its distribution sources at that time. These estimates may not match the final tax characterization (for the full year’s distributions) contained in shareholders’ 1099-DIV forms after the end of the year.
    
    
Net Assets at Month-End ($millions)   
Total$1,277.1  
Equities$1,248.6  
Percent Invested97.8%  
    
Sector Breakdown (% of equity portfolio)*
 
Information Technology 23.4% 
Financials 17.6% 
Health Care 16.3% 
Consumer Discretionary 12.1% 
Energy 9.0% 
Consumer Staples 6.9% 
Industrials 5.9% 
Materials 3.4% 
Real Estate 2.9% 
Utilities 1.3% 
Telecommunication Services 1.2% 
Total Market Value 100.0% 
*Based on Standard & Poor's and MSCI Barra Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS).
 
    
New Holdings  Holdings Liquidated
Wells Fargo & Co.  M&T Bank Corp.
   Regions Financial Corp.
    
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