Investable Theme: Opportunities increasing for small caps tied to U.S. defense spending

Ivy Small Cap Growth Fund

An increase in spending by the U.S. Department of Defense over the next several years is providing opportunity for a number of small-cap companies offering technology and other services to the government.

The U.S. defense budget is transitioning from a period of decline to a period of multi-year growth. 2013 was the inflection point in the overall budget and we think this trend should continue as the past two “up cycles” have lasted 10+ years each. Technology and cyber spending within the budget is growing faster than the overall budget. In addition, the competitive environment within Federal IT Services is also improving as many of the large prime contractors are either exiting the business or de-emphasizing this area, which is allowing smaller companies to gain market share. As a result, we are seeing record backlogs (which represents orders) for small-cap IT service companies.

Investable Theme in Action: Ivy Small Cap Growth Fund

The Ivy Small Cap Growth Fund portfolio management team believes the increased spending in the U.S. defense budget is just one of a number of tailwinds helping today’s small-cap companies in the technology and services sector.

A closer look at the Ivy Small Cap Growth Fund

Below are three examples of technology and services companies that we believe may benefit from increased U.S. defense spending.

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (BAH)

Mercury Computer Systems Inc. (MRCY)

Woodward, Inc. (WWD)

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BAH: 2.0%, MRCY: 2.2%, WWD: 1.7% of net assets as of 12/31/2018. Holdings are for illustrative purposes only to demonstrate the Fund’s security selection process. This information contains the opinions of the firm, which are subject to change without notice and should not be considered as investment advice or a recommendation to purchase or sell a specific security. It should not be assumed that any securities holdings discussed will prove to be profitable or that investment decisions we make in the future will be profitable.

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