Value Fund

Overview

Objective

Seeks capital appreciation and, secondarily, current income.

Strategy

Invests in a diversified portfolio of equity securities of companies that represent excellent value relative to their current price. The Fund seeks a higher return than the market index over time as the stocks it purchases rise in price to more normal valuations.

The Management Team

The Fund is managed by the Equity Strategy Team, a group of senior-level investment professionals who average 31 years of experience.

Risk/Return

LOW - - - • - - - HIGH

In general, greater returns are associated with greater risks.

Fund Statistics

Inception Date 03/03/97
Ticker Symbol CFVLX
Cusip 200626828
Minimum Initial Investment $1,000

Commentary

In the first quarter, market volatility continued, fueled by rising interest rates, however, with additional fiscal stimulus and better than anticipated COVID-19 vaccine rollout the equity markets climbed higher.

The Russell 1000 Value Index led the way with a continued rotation into value stocks and out of growth. For the first quarter, The Commerce Value Fund’s return of 11.29% outperformed the Russell 1000 Value Index of 11.26%.

Stock selection was the largest contributor to the Fund’s outperformance. The Fund’s strongest stocks were Hanesbrands Inc. (1.87%), Chevron Corporation (4.75%), and MetLife, Inc. (2.19%) returning 36.04%, 25.80%, and 30.63%, respectively. The Fund’s top detractors were Merck & Co., Inc. (1.95%) and PepsiCo, Inc. (1.94%) returning -4.94% and -3.86%, respectively.

The Fund’s sector allocation had a slight negative impact on performance. The Fund was overweight 1.05% to the Index’s weight of 7.18% in the Consumer Staples sector, which was among the worst performing sectors for the quarter returning 3.11%. In addition, the Fund was underweight 0.93% to the Energy sector, which was the best performing sector returning 31.11% for the quarter. The Index had a 4.95% weight to the Energy sector. Helping performance, the Fund had a large underweight to the Communication Services sector which was up only 6.05% for the quarter. The Index had a 9.52% position in the Communication Services sector while the Fund had a 6.39% weight to the sector.

The Fund maintains a portfolio of around 45 stocks with a history of solid earnings and dividends to provide both capital appreciation and current income.

Total Fund Assets as of 3/31/2021 $313,441,198
Net Asset Value1 $33.75
Asset Allocation  
Equities 99.2%
Cash 0.8%
Weighted Average Market Capitalization 125.08 Billion

Holdings

Top Ten Equity Holdings2 as of 3/31/2021

Chevron Corporation
4.8%
J P Morgan Chase & Company
3.4%
Duke Energy Corporation
3.0%
Dominion Energy Inc 2.9%
Verizon Communitcations
2.9%
Johnson and Johnson
2.4%
iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF
2.4%
Truist Financial Corporation 2.4%
U S Bancorp 2.4%
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter 2.4%

Footnotes:
1. The Net Asset Value represents the assets of the fund (ex dividend) by the total number of shares.
2. The composition of the portfolio is subject to change in the future.
3. The Russell 1000 Growth Index is an unmanaged index that measures the performance of those Russell 1000 companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. The Index figures do not reflect any fees or expenses.

Portfolio Holdings

The Fund is subject to market risk so that the value of the securities in which it invests may go up or down in response to the prospects of individual companies, particular industry sectors and/or general economic conditions.

Holdings and allocations shown are unaudited, and may not be representative of current or future investments. Holdings and allocations may not include the Fund's entire investment portfolio, which may change at any time. Fund holdings should not be relied on in making investment decisions and should not be construed as research or investment advice regarding particular securities.

Commerce Value Holdings

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