9 important things you should know about Virtus AZBCX mutual fund
Updated: November 29, 2021
Bull case
3-year return above the benchmark
5-year return above the benchmark
Bear case
Low net assets
High expense ratio
Sales load and/or distribution fees

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

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

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

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

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 AZBCX top holdings?

AZBCX 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 AZBCX performance? What are AZBCX historical returns?

AZBCX has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -1.42%;
  • 3-month return is 1.97%;
  • 1-year return is 1.97%;
  • 3-year return is 14.58%;
  • 5-year return is 12.46%.

4. What is AZBCX dividend yield?

AZBCX yield is 0%.

5. What is AZBCX minimum initial investment amount?

AZBCX minimum initial investment amount is $1.00K.

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

AZBCX 12b-1 distribution fee is 1. AZBCX front-end sales load is 0. AZBCX back-end sales load is 1.

Analysis

7. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 40. Our quantitative analysis shows 2 reasons to buy and 3 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 40.

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

The following are AZBCX strengths from our perspective:

  • AZBCX 3-year return is 14.58%, which is in line with the 3-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 2000 TR USD), 15.73%.
  • AZBCX 5-year return is 12.46%, which is higher than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (Russell 2000 TR USD), 12.2%.

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

The following are AZBCX weaknesses from our perspective:

  • AZBCX net assets are $4.90 million. This fund is not a popular choice with retail investors.
  • AZBCX expense ratio is 1.92%, 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 deferred sales fee. The maximum 12b1 fee is 1%, while the maximum deferred sales load is 1%. A 12b-1 fee is an annual marketing or distribution fee on a mutual fund. Deferred sales load is a back-end sales charge and is imposed when an investor redeems shares.
In the AZBCX review, we covered AZBCX 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.