9 important things you should know about Virtus AZBAX mutual fund
Updated: December 06, 2021
Bull case
5-year return above the benchmark
Bear case
Low net assets
3-year return below the benchmark
High expense ratio
Sales load and/or distribution fees

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Are you looking to buy or sell AZBAX? Or perhaps you’re looking for AZBAX fact sheet, and learn about its alternatives? If so, you came to the right place.

In this AZBAX mutual fund review, we’ll address key questions our readers have been asking us about this fund, above and beyond what you can find in its prospectus, and on Morningstar or Yahoo Finance.

Here is what you’ll be able to find in this review:

  • Fact Sheet: AZBAX performance, returns, expense ratio, holdings and dividend yield;
  • Analysis: AZBAX buy or sell; the pros and cons of investing in AZBAX mutual fund;
  • Alternatives: other ETFs and mutual funds you should consider as alternatives to AZBAX.

And here is the list of questions we’ll answer:

  1. Describe Allianz Funds: AllianzGI Small-Cap Blend Fund; Class A Shares (AZBAX).
  2. What are AZBAX holdings?
  3. What is AZBAX performance? What are AZBAX historical returns?
  4. What is AZBAX dividend yield?
  5. What is AZBAX minimum initial investment amount?
  6. Does AZBAX have any sales loads or 12b-1 distribution expenses?
  7. What is AZBAX Finny Score? AZBAX buy or sell?
  8. What are the pros of investing in AZBAX? What are AZBAX buy reasons?
  9. What are the cons of investing in AZBAX? What are AZBAX sell reasons?

So let’s start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Allianz Funds: AllianzGI Small-Cap Blend Fund; Class A Shares (AZBAX).

The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation. The Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus borrowings made for investment purpose, in companies with smaller market capitalizations in U.S. companies. The Fund expects to invest principally in U.S. companies but may invest to a lesser extent in non-U.S. companies.

2. What are AZBAX top holdings?

AZBAX has 389 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 11.63% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
LHC Group Inc LHCG 1.46%
YETI Holdings Inc YETI 1.43%
Meritage Homes Corp MTH 1.36%
Catalent Inc CTLT 1.16%
PennyMac Financial Services Inc Class A PFSI 1.16%
Immunomedics Inc N/A 1.10%
Hibbett Sports Inc HIBB 1.03%
Repligen Corp RGEN 1.01%
Louisiana-Pacific Corp LPX 0.97%
Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc APAM 0.95%

3. What is AZBAX performance? What are AZBAX historical returns?

AZBAX has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -8.06%;
  • 3-month return is -4.29%;
  • 1-year return is -4.29%;
  • 3-year return is 12.90%;
  • 5-year return is 12.97%.

4. What is AZBAX dividend yield?

AZBAX yield is 0.09%.

5. What is AZBAX minimum initial investment amount?

AZBAX minimum initial investment amount is $1.00K.

6. Does AZBAX have any sales loads or 12b-1 distribution expenses?

AZBAX 12b-1 distribution fee is 0.25. AZBAX front-end sales load is 5.5. AZBAX back-end sales load is 0.

Analysis

7. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 20. Our quantitative analysis shows 1 reason to buy and 4 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 20.

8. What are the pros of investing in AZBAX? What are AZBAX buy reasons?

The following are AZBAX strengths from our perspective:

  • AZBAX 5-year return is 12.97%, which is higher than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 2000 TR USD), 12.36%.

9. What are the cons of investing in AZBAX? What are AZBAX negatives?

The following are AZBAX weaknesses from our perspective:

  • AZBAX net assets are $85.30 million. This fund is not a popular choice with retail investors.
  • AZBAX 3-year return is 12.9%, which is lower than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 2000 TR USD), 14.36%.
  • AZBAX expense ratio is 1.17%, which is not negligible. Is the fund expensive to you, and does it align to your investment strategy?
  • Warning: this fund has a 12b1 and front-end sales fee. The maximum 12b1 fee is 0.25%, while the maximum front-end sales load is 5.5%. A 12b-1 fee is an annual marketing or distribution fee on a mutual fund. Front-end sales load, also known as sales charge, is a fee paid when mutual funds shares are purchased. Those fees are subtracted from your total investable assets.
In the AZBAX review, we covered AZBAX key stats (return, performance, yield, expense ratio, and holdings), buy and sell analysis, and alternative investments. If this review was helpful to you, feel free to check out other mutual fund and ETF reviews.