An investor should consider the Fund's investment objectives, risks and fees and expenses carefully before investing. This and other important information can be found in the Fund's prospectus, which can be obtained by calling 877.628.2583. Please read it carefully before making an investment. The prospectus contains a more complete discussion of the risk of investing in the Fund.
The stocks of mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.
Because the prices of most growth stocks are based on future expectations, these stocks tend to be more sensitive than value stocks to bad economic news and negative earnings surprises. Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.
To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.
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.®
^* The inception date for Neuberger Berman Mid Cap Growth Fund Class A, Class C and Class R3 is 5/27/2009. The inception dates for Neuberger Berman Mid Cap Growth Fund Institutional, Investor, Trust, and Advisor Classes are 4/19/07, 3/1/79 (when Neuberger Berman Management Inc.® first became investment advisor to Mid Cap Growth Fund), 8/30/93, and 9/3/96, respectively. The inception date used to calculate benchmark performance is that of the Investor Class.
*Morningstar Average is the average of all the funds in the Morningstar category. The Morningstar category identifies funds based on their actual investment style as measured by their underlying portfolio holdings (portfolio statistics and compositions over the last 3 years). This category was chosen for comparison purposes because the portfolio compositions of the funds in this category are similar to the composition of the fund over this period.
1. Results are shown on a "total return" basis and include reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains distributions. Neuberger Berman Management LLC® ("NBM") caps the Class A, C, R3, Institutional and Advisor Class expenses. Absent such arrangements, the total returns would have been less. Shares of the Class A, C, R3, Institutional, Trust Class and Advisor 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. The inception date of Class A, C and R3 is May 27, 2009. The inception dates of the Institutional Class, Trust Class and Advisor are April 19, 2007, August 30, 1993 and September 3,1996, respectively. Performance prior to those inception dates is of the Investor Class, which has lower expenses and typically higher returns than all other class shares.
2. The Russell Midcap™ Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell Midcap™ Index companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. The Russell Midcap Index measures the performance of the 800 smallest companies in the Russell 1000® Index, which represents approximately 31% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 1000 Index (which, in turn, consists of the 1,000 largest US companies, based on market capitalization). 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 15, 2012.
4. Neuberger Berman Management contractually caps certain class expenses of the Fund through 8/31/2016 for Class A, C, R3 and Institutional Class.
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