497K 1 d499868d497k.htm DAVIS REAL ESTATE FUND Davis Real Estate Fund



Over 40 Years of Reliable Investing

Davis Real Estate Fund

A Series of Davis Series, Inc.

Class / Share: A (RPFRX), B (DREBX), C (DRECX), Y (DREYX)



   May 1, 2013

Before you invest, you may want to review Davis Real Estate Fund’s statutory prospectus and statement of additional information, which contain more information about the Fund and its risks. You can find the Fund’s statutory prospectus and other information about the Fund at no cost online at http://davisfunds.com/applications_and_prospectuses/, by calling 1-800-279-0279, or by sending an e-mail request to dvsinvestor.services@dsaco.com. The current statutory prospectus and statement of additional information, dated May 1, 2013, as may be further amended or supplemented, and the most recent shareholder report dated December 31, 2012, are incorporated by reference into this summary prospectus and may be obtained, free of charge, in the same manner as the statutory prospectus.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has not approved or disapproved these securities or passed upon the adequacy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.



Investment Objective

Davis Real Estate Fund’s investment objective is total return through a combination of growth and income.

Fees and Expenses of Davis Real Estate Fund

These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of Davis Real Estate Fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in Davis Funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your financial professional and in the “How to Choose a Share Class, Class A Shares” section of the Fund’s statutory prospectus on page 68 and in the “Selecting the Appropriate Class of Shares” section of the Fund’s statement of additional information on page 56.


Shareholder Fees

(fees paid directly from your investment)

   Class A shares    Class B shares    Class C shares    Class Y shares

Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases
(as a percentage of offering price)

       4.75%           None          None          None  

Maximum deferred sales charge (load) imposed on redemptions
(as a percentage of the lesser of the net asset value of the shares redeemed or the total cost of such shares. Only applies to Class A shares if you buy shares valued at $1 million or more without a sales charge and sell the shares within one year of purchase)

       0.50%           4.00%          1.00%          None  

Redemption Fee (as a percentage of total redemption proceeds)

       None           None          None          None  


Annual Fund Operating Expenses

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of
the value of your investment)


Class A shares


Class B shares


Class C shares


Class Y shares

Management Fees

   0.55%    0.55%    0.55%    0.55%

Distribution and/or service (12b-1) Fees

   0.21%    1.00%    1.00%    0.00%

Other Expenses

   0.25%    0.56%    0.31%    0.21%

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

   1.01%    2.11%    1.86%    0.76%


This Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.

The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:


If you sell your shares in:    1 Year    3 Years    5 Years    10 Years

Class A shares

       $573         $ 781        $ 1,006        $ 1,653  

Class B shares

       $614         $ 961        $ 1,334        $ 2,027  

Class C shares

       $289         $ 585        $ 1,006        $ 2,180  

Class Y shares

       $78         $ 243        $ 422        $ 942  
You would pay the following expenses if
you did not redeem your shares:
   1 Year    3 Years    5 Years    10 Years

Class A shares

       $573         $ 781        $ 1,006        $ 1,653  

Class B shares

       $214         $ 661        $ 1,134        $ 2,027  

Class C shares

       $189         $ 585        $ 1,006        $ 2,180  

Class Y shares

       $78         $ 243        $ 422        $ 942  

Portfolio Turnover

Davis Real Estate Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 50% of the average value of its portfolio.



Principal Investment Strategies

Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. (“Davis Advisors” or the “Adviser”), the Fund’s investment adviser, uses the Davis Investment Discipline to invest at least 80% of the Fund’s net assets, plus any borrowing for investment purposes, in securities issued by companies principally engaged in the real estate industry. The Fund invests principally in common stocks of domestic and foreign companies (including indirect holdings of common stock through depositary receipts).

A company is principally engaged in the real estate industry if it owns real estate or real estate-related assets that constitute at least 50% of the value of all of its assets or if it derives at least 50% of its revenues or net profits from owning, financing, developing, managing or selling real estate, or from offering products or services that are related to real estate. Issuers of real estate securities include real estate investment trusts (REITs), brokers, developers, lenders, and companies with substantial real estate holdings such as paper, lumber, hotel, and entertainment companies. Most of Davis Real Estate Fund’s real estate securities are, and will likely continue to be, interests in publicly traded REITs. REITs pool investors’ funds to make real estate-related investments, such as buying interests in income-producing property or making loans to real estate developers.

Davis Investment Discipline. Davis Advisors manages equity funds using the Davis Investment Discipline. Davis Advisors conducts extensive research to try to identify businesses that possess characteristics that Davis Advisors believes foster the creation of long-term value, such as proven management, a durable franchise and business model, and sustainable competitive advantages. Davis Advisors aims to invest in such businesses when they are trading at discounts to their intrinsic worth. Davis Advisors emphasizes individual stock selection and believes that the ability to evaluate management is critical. Davis Advisors routinely visits managers at their places of business in order to gain insight into the relative value of different businesses. Such research, however rigorous, involves predictions and forecasts that are inherently uncertain. After determining which companies Davis Advisors believes the Fund should own, Davis Advisors then turns its analysis to determining the intrinsic value of those companies’ equity securities. Davis Advisors seeks companies whose equity securities can be purchased at a discount from Davis Advisors’ estimate of the company’s intrinsic value based upon fundamental analysis of cashflows, assets and liabilities, and other criteria which Davis Advisors deems to be material on a company by company basis. Davis Advisors’ goal is to invest in companies for the long term (ideally five years or longer, although this goal may not be met). Davis Advisors considers selling a company’s equity securities if the securities’ market price exceeds Davis Advisors’ estimates of intrinsic value, if the ratio of the risks and rewards of continuing to own the company’s equity securities is no longer attractive, or to raise cash to purchase a more attractive investment opportunity, satisfy net redemptions, or other purposes.

Principal Risks of Investing in Davis Real Estate Fund

You may lose money by investing in Davis Real Estate Fund. Investors in the Fund should have a long-term perspective and be able to tolerate potentially sharp declines in value. The principal risks of investing in the Fund are:

Stock Market risk. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices, including the possibility of sharp declines.

Manager risk. Poor security selection or focus on securities in a particular sector, category, or group of companies may cause the Fund to underperform relevant benchmarks or other funds with a similar investment objective.

Common Stock risk. Common stock represents an ownership position in a company. An adverse event may have a negative impact on a company and could result in a decline in the price of its common stock. Common stock is generally subordinate to an issuer’s other securities, including preferred, convertible, and debt securities.

Large-Capitalization Companies risk. Companies with $10 billion or more in market capitalization are considered by the Adviser to be large-capitalization companies. Large-capitalization companies generally experience slower rates of growth in earnings per share than do mid- and small-capitalization companies.

Mid- and Small-Capitalization Companies risk. Companies with less than $10 billion in market capitalization are considered by the Adviser to be mid- or small-capitalization companies. Mid- and small-capitalization companies typically have more limited product lines, markets and financial resources than larger companies, and their securities may trade less frequently and in more limited volume than those of larger, more mature companies.

Headline risk. The Fund may invest in a company when the company becomes the center of controversy after receiving adverse media attention concerning its operations, long-term prospects, or management or for other reasons. While Davis Advisors researches companies subject to such contingencies, it cannot be correct every time, and the company’s stock may never recover or may become worthless.

Real Estate risk. Real estate securities are susceptible to the many risks associated with the direct ownership of real estate, including declines in property values, increases in property taxes, operating expenses, interest rates or competition, overbuilding, changes in zoning laws, or losses from casualty or condemnation.

Focused Portfolio risk. Funds that invest in a limited number of companies may have more risk because changes in the value of a single security may have a more significant effect, either negative or positive, on the value of the Fund’s total portfolio.

Foreign Country risk. Foreign companies may be subject to greater risk as foreign economies may not be as strong or diversified, foreign political systems may not be as stable, and foreign financial reporting standards may not be as rigorous as they are in the United States.

Depositary Receipts risk. Depositary receipts, consisting of American Depositary Receipts, European Depositary Receipts, and Global Depositary Receipts, are certificates evidencing ownership of shares of a foreign issuer. Depositary receipts are subject to many of the risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities. Depositary receipts may trade at a discount (or premium) to the underlying security and may be less liquid than the underlying securities listed on an exchange.

Variable Current Income risk. The income which the Fund pays to investors is not stable.

Fees and Expenses risk. The Fund may not earn enough through income and capital appreciation to offset the operating expenses of the Fund. All mutual funds incur operating fees and expenses. Fees and expenses reduce the return which a shareholder may earn by investing in a fund, even when a fund has favorable performance. A low return environment, or a bear market, increases the risk that a shareholder may lose money.



Your investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency, entity or person.

Performance Results

The bar chart below provides some indication of the risks of investing in Davis Real Estate Fund by showing how the Fund’s investment results have varied from year to year. The table shows how the Fund’s average annual total returns for the periods indicated compare with those of the S&P 500® Index, a broad based securities market index, and of the Wilshire U.S. Real Estate Securities Index. The Wilshire U.S. Real Estate Securities Index is a measure of the performance of publicly traded real estate securities. The Fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. Updated information on the Fund’s results can be obtained by visiting www.davisfunds.com or by calling 1-800-279-0279.

After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary. After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or individual retirement accounts.

Calendar year total returns for Class A shares

(Sales loads are not reflected in the bar chart and, if these amounts were reflected, returns would be less than those shown)

Davis Real Estate Fund

for the years ended December 31



Highest/Lowest quarterly results during this time period were:


Highest   32.10% for the quarter ended June 30, 2009
Lowest   (42.31%) for the quarter ended December 31, 2008

Total return for the three months ended March 31, 2013 (not annualized) was 3.69%.

Davis Real Estate Fund Average Annual Total Returns for the periods ended December 31, 2012 (with maximum sales charge)


      Past 1 Year    Past 5 Years    Past 10 Years

Class A shares return before taxes

       11.31 %        0.51 %        9.27 %

Class A shares return after taxes on distributions

       10.89 %        (0.04 %)        7.87 %

Class A shares return after taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares

       7.35 %        0.09 %        7.77 %

Class B shares return before taxes

       11.60 %        0.03 %        9.17 %

Class C shares return before taxes

       14.90 %        0.66 %        8.96 %

Class Y shares return before taxes

       17.14 %        1.82 %        10.19 %

S&P 500® Index

       16.00 %        1.66 %        7.10 %

Wilshire U.S. Real Estate Securities Index

       17.55 %        5.08 %        11.65 %

Neither index reflects deduction for fees, expenses or taxes


Davis Real Estate Fund 30-Day SEC Yield, Class A Shares as of December 31, 2012


30-Day SEC Yield      1.47%

You can obtain Davis Real Estate Fund’s most recent 30-day SEC Yield by calling Investor Services toll-free at 1-800-279-0279, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.


Investment Adviser

Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. serves as Davis Real Estate Fund’s investment adviser.


Davis Selected Advisers-NY, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Adviser, serves as the Fund’s sub-adviser.

Portfolio Managers


Portfolio Managers   Experience with this Fund   Primary Title with Investment Adviser or Sub-Adviser
Andrew Davis   Since January 1994   President, Davis Selected Advisers, L.P.
Chandler Spears   Since August 2002   Vice President, Davis Selected Advisers-NY, Inc.



Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

Class B Shares are no longer offered for new purchases. New Class B share account applications will be returned and any investments for existing Class B share accounts that are received will be made in Class A shares of Davis Government Money Market Fund. Investors may continue to exchange Class B Shares of other Davis Funds for Class B Shares of Davis Real Estate Fund and to exchange Davis Real Estate Fund Class B Shares for Class B Shares of other Davis Funds.


     Class A and C shares      Class Y shares

Minimum Initial Investment

    $ 1,000          $ 5,000,000 (1)

Minimum Additional Investment

    $ 25          $ 25  



Class Y shares may only be purchased by certain institutions. The minimum investment may vary depending on the type of institution.

You may sell (redeem) shares each day the New York Stock Exchange is open. Your transaction may be placed through your dealer or financial adviser, by writing to Davis Funds c/o State Street Bank and Trust Company, P.O. Box 8406, Boston, MA 02266-8406, telephoning 1-800-279-0279 or accessing Davis Funds’ website (www.davisfunds.com).

Tax Information

If the Fund earns income or realizes capital gains, it intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income, qualified dividend income, or capital gains by federal, state and local authorities.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase Davis Real Estate Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Fund and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.


Investment Company Act File No. 811-2679







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