Neuberger Berman Value Fund Delivers Top Decile Performance in Eli Salzmann’s First Three Years as Manager

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Alexander Samuelson, Neuberger Berman, 212.476.5392, Alexander.Samuelson@nb.com

NEW YORK, March 20, 2014 – Neuberger Berman Group LLC, one of the world’s leading employee-controlled investment managers, is pleased to announce that in his initial three years as manager, Eli M. Salzmann has led the Value Fund (tickers: NVAAX, NVACX, NLRLX) (the “Fund”) to rank among the top 10% of performers in the large cap value category of 1059 funds*, as measured by fund tracker Morningstar Inc. as of February 28, 2014.

Salzmann, a veteran portfolio manager, joined Neuberger Berman in January 2011 as a managing director specializing in U.S. large-cap value strategies. He was named manager of the Neuberger Berman Value Fund on February 15, 2011. Over the three-year period through February 28, 2014, the Fund’s Institutional share class has outperformed the benchmark, the Russell 1000 Value Index, placing in the 5th percentile out of 1059 funds in Morningstar’s Large Cap Value category. As of February 28, 2014, Morningstar rates the Fund’s Institutional share class 4 stars overall, 5 stars for three years and 3 stars for 5 years out of 1059, 1059 and 946 Large Cap Value funds, respectively.

Applying a conviction-based investment approach, Salzmann and his team seek out industries with capital and capacity constraints, and companies they consider to be undervalued based on normalized earnings whose value could be recognized by the market over time.

“Looking ahead in 2014, we have many reasons to believe that the overall economic recovery will continue and that stocks will move still higher,” Salzmann said.

“Since joining us, Eli has added tremendously to our investment culture and fit in quite well. Most importantly, we think he has delivered terrific results to our clients,” said Joseph Amato, President and Chief Investment Officer of Neuberger Berman.

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Neuberger Berman is a 75-year-old private, independent, employee-controlled investment manager. The firm manages equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for institutions, advisors and individuals worldwide. With offices in 16 countries, Neuberger Berman’s team is approximately 2,000 professionals and the company was named by Pensions & Investments as a 2013 Best Place to Work in Money Management. Tenured, stable and long-term in focus, the firm fosters an investment culture of fundamental research and independent thinking. It manages $242 billion in client assets as of December 31, 2013. For more information, please visit our website at   www.nb.com

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*Institutional Class Morningstar Percentile Rank / #
Funds in Category as of February 28, 2014
1 year
48th/
1,123
3 year
5th/
1,059
5 year
59th/
946

Neuberger Berman Value Fund Total Returns (%) 

      Average Annualized as of December 31, 2013 Expense Ratios3
At NAV Feb 2014 Jan 1 - Feb 28 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Since Inception^ Gross Capped4
NB Value Fund Class A1 3.71 0.85 29.94 16.90 16.42 8.14 6.83 1.13
NB Value Fund Class C1 3.54 0.73 28.97 16.07 15.92 7.82 7.33 1.18
NB Value Fund Institutional Class1 3.63 0.92 30.41 17.31 16.66 8.30 5.95 0.77
With Sales Charge                
NB Value Fund Class A1 -2.23 -4.95 22.44 14.62 15.05 7.25    
NB Value Fund Class C1 2.54 -0.27 27.97 16.07 15.92 7.81    
Russell 1000 Value Index2 4.32 0.62 32.53 16.06 16.67 5.15    

Performance data quoted represent past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For performance data current to the most recent month-end, please visit www.nb.com/performance. Average Annual Total Returns with sales charge reflect deduction of current maximum initial sales charge of 5.75% for Class A shares and applicable contingent deferred sales charges (CDSC) for Class C shares. The maximum CDSC for Class C shares is 1%, which is reduced to 0% after 1 year.

Source: Morningstar, Neuberger Berman Management LLC

**        Prior to April 2, 2012, Neuberger Berman Value Fund was known as Neuberger Berman Large Cap Value Fund.

^ The inception date for Neuberger Berman Value Fund Institutional Class is 4/19/10.  Performance prior to 4/19/10 for the Institutional Class is that of the Trust Class which has an inception date of 11/2/06 and ceased operations on 4/19/10.  The inception date for Class A and C is 3/2/11.  Performance prior to 3/2/11 and 4/19/10 for Class A and C is that of the Institutional Class and Trust Class, respectively.  The date used to calculate Since Inception performance for all classes and the benchmark is that of the Trust Class.

  1. The inception date for Institutional Class is 4/19/10.  Performance prior to 4/19/10 is that of the Trust Class which has an inception date of 11/2/06 and ceased operations on 4/19/10.  Because Trust Class has higher expenses than Institutional Class, its performance typically would have been slightly lower than that of Institutional Class.  The inception date for Class A and C is 3/2/11.  Performance prior to 3/2/11 and 4/19/10 for Class A and C is that of the Institutional Class and Trust Class, respectively. Because Trust Class and Institutional Class have lower expenses than Class A and Class C, the performance of Trust Class and Institutional Class typically would have been better than that of Class A and Class C. Returns would have been lower if NBM had not reimbursed certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. Neuberger Berman Management LLC® (“NBM“) currently caps the Class A, Class C and Institutional Class expenses and absorbs certain operating expenses of the Fund. Absent such arrangements, the total returns would be lower. Shares of the Institutional Class may not be purchased directly from NBM; they may only be purchased through certain institutions that have entered into administrative services contracts with NBM. Results are shown on a “total return” basis and include reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains distributions.
  2. The Russell 1000® Index measures the performance of the 1,000 largest companies in the Russell 3000® Index (which measures the performance of the 3,000 largest U.S. companies based on total market capitalization). The Russell 1000 Index represents approximately 92% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Index. The Russell 1000® Value Index measures the performance of those Russell 1000 companies with lower price-to-book ratios and lower forecasted growth values. Please note that indices do not take into account any fees and expenses of investing in the individual securities that they track, and that individuals cannot invest directly in any index. Data about the performance of these indices are prepared or obtained by Neuberger Berman Management LLC. and include reinvestment of all dividends and capital gain distributions. The Fund may invest in many securities not included in the above-described indices.
  3. Information as of most recent prospectus dated December 16, 2013.
  4. Neuberger Berman Management contractually caps certain class expenses of the Fund through August 31, 2017 for Class A, Class C and Institutional Class.

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Value Stock Risk. Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.

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