Small Cap Opportunities Fund

KSCOX No Load Class


  • U.S. focused global small-cap fund seeking to invest in fundamentally undervalued companies with market capitalizations at or below the highest market capitalization of a component security within the S&P 600® SmallCap Index.
  • Investments are concentrated in companies that have a small market capitalization with the potential to expand to higher valuations either through revaluation, growth or a combination thereof.
  • The Fund targets companies with substantial barriers to entry, long product life cycles and sound capital structures; on occasion the Fund invests in less mature companies in the process of developing a superior product or market niche.

Small Cap Opportunities Fund Commentary

Read more about the Small Cap Opportunities Fund in this commentary.

Small Cap Opportunities Fund Fact Sheet

Learn more about the Small Cap Opportunities Fund in this fact sheet.

Performance Overview


The Small Cap Opportunities Fund No Load Class inception date is 3/20/2000. Figures include changes in principal value, reinvested dividends and capital gains distributions. Performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value will vary, and shares may be worth more or less at redemption than at original purchase.  The most recent month-end performance data is listed below, or you may obtain it by calling us at 1-800-930-3828. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Performance data does not reflect the deduction of the sales load or fee which, if reflected, would reduce the performance quoted. You will be charged a redemption fee equal to 2.00% of the net amount of the redemption if you redeem or exchange your shares 30 days or less after you purchase them.

Portfolio Characteristics

As of March 31, 2017

Portfolio Managers

Peter Doyle

Managing Director, President of Kinetics Mutual Funds, Inc., Co-Founder

Peter is a Managing Director and co-founder of the Firm.  He is a senior member of the research team, and a member of the Investment Committee and th...


Matthew Houk

Portfolio Manager, Research Analyst

Matt joined the Firm in 2008 and has responsibilities in both Research and Portfolio Management. Matt has responsibilities in the identification, anal...


Daily Performance

As of June 23, 2017
Benchmark Daily NAV One Day Return (%) Month to Date Quarter to Date Year to Date
KSCOX $41.79 0.97% 1.68% 4.27% 2.93%
S&P SmallCap 600 Index TR $1,091.43 0.92% 2.61% 1.33% 2.41%
S&P 500 Index TR $10,181.84 0.16% 1.21% 3.69% 9.98%

Total Return (Annualized)

As of March 31, 2017
Benchmark 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception
KSCOX 20.65% -0.17% 11.72% 3.98% 9.24%
S&P SmallCap 600 Index TR 24.59% 9.45% 14.25% 8.80% 9.65%
S&P 500 Index TR 17.17% 10.37% 13.30% 7.51% 4.90%

Historical Total Return

As of December 31, 2016
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
KSCOX 14.25% 30.63% -30.28% 66.51% 16.40% 13.17% 28.37% 19.65% -57.88% 58.16% 13.86% -13.65% 26.74% 59.40% -7.28% -12.26% 24.39%
S&P SmallCap 600 Index TR 11.80% 6.54% -14.63% 38.79% 22.65% 7.68% 15.12% -0.30% -31.07% 25.57% 26.31% 1.02% 16.32% 41.31% 5.76% -1.97% 26.56%
S&P 500 Index TR -8.57% -11.89% -22.10% 28.68% 10.88% 4.91% 15.79% 5.49% -37.00% 26.46% 15.06% 2.11% 16.00% 32.39% 13.69% 1.38% 11.96%

Class Information

Class Ticker CUSIP 12b-1 Fee Net Expense Ratio Gross Expense Ratio
No Load Class KSCOX 494613706 - 1.64% 1.73%
Advisor A KSOAX 494613839 0.25% 1.89% 1.98%
Advisor C KSOCX 494613748 1.00% 2.39% 2.48%
Institutional KSCYX 494613813 - 1.44% 1.68%

Fund Statistics

As of March 31, 2017
KSCOX S&P SmallCap 600 Index TR
Beta 0.88 1.00
Standard Deviation 19.86 18.54
Up Market Capture Ratio 0.86 -
Down Market Capture Ratio 0.79 -
Sharpe Ratio 0.38 0.43
Weighted Avg. Mkt. Cap ($mil) $3,332 $1,761
Median Market Capitalization $788 $1,086
Price to Book 1.82 2.20
Price to Earnings 22.13 23.60
Return on Equity 21.74% 9.56%
Active Share 99.50% -

Top 10 Holdings (%)

As of March 31, 2017
Holdings Percent
Texas Pacific Land Trust 22.5%
The Howard Hughes Corporation 9.1%
Icahn Enterprises LP 8.9%
Dream Unlimited Corp. - Class A 5.9%
The Wendy's Company 4.8%
Onex Corporation 4.3%
Tropicana Entertainment Inc. 4.2%
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. 4.0%
Associated Capital Group, Inc. - Class A 3.1%
Rubis SCA 2.4%

Top 10 Sectors (%)

As of March 31, 2017
Petroleum and Gas 22.5%
Finance and Insurance 16.2%
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 15.5%
Manufacturing 12.4%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 9.1%
Accommodation and Food Services 6.2%
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 4.0%
Utilities 2.4%
Retail Trade 1.2%
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 1.0%


The Small Cap Opportunities Fund is classified as a non-diversified fund. Therefore, the value of its shares may fluctuate more than shares invested in a broader range of industries. You should consult the Fund’s prospectus for a complete list of risks associated with your investment.

You should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the fund carefully before investing.  For a free copy of the fund’s prospectus, which contains this and other information, you may click here or call us at 1-800-930-3828.  You should read the prospectus carefully before you invest.

The Growth of $10,000 chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 investment made in No Load Class shares commencement of operations (3/20/00). It assumes reinvestment of capital gains and dividends. This chart is not intended to imply any future performance.
S&P SmallCap 600 Index statistics data is based on the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF for market cap, price to book, price to earnings, return on equity, and active share. iShares is a product of BlackRock, Inc.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index represents an unmanaged, broad-based basket of stocks. It is typically used as a proxy for overall market performance. The S&P 500 Index returns assume that dividends are reinvested. An investor cannot invest directly in an index.

The S&P SmallCap 600® Index is designed to measure the performance of 600 small-sized companies in the U.S., reflecting that market segment’s distinctive risk and return characteristics.  It is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global.

Holdings are expressed as a percentage of total net investments and may vary over time. Equity holdings are subject to change, and may not be indicative of actual market position due to the use of call and put options.

The Top 10 Sectors displayed represent a percentage of the net assets and excludes cash equivalents and other assets in excess of liabilities.

Assets represent the total net assets for the specified portfolio, which includes all fund classes.

Gross expense ratio listed for No-Load Class, Advisor Class A, Advisor Class C and Institutional Class are referenced in the April 30, 2016 respective prospectus.

The Fund’s adviser, Kinetics Asset Management LLC, has voluntarily agreed to waive management fees and reimburse fund expenses so that net annual fund operating expenses of the No Load Class do not exceed certain levels through May 1, 2017 and may be discontinued at any time by the Fund’s adviser after May 1, 2017.


Beta: A statistic that measures the volatility of the fund, as compared to the overall market. The market’s beta is set at 1.00; therefore a beta higher than 1.00 is considered to be more volatile than the market, while a beta lower than 1.00 is considered to be less volatile. It is important to note that a low beta for a fund does not necessarily imply that the fund has a low level of volatility, a low beta signifies only that the fund’s market-related risk is low.  The Beta has been calculated since inception.

Standard Deviation: A statistical measure of portfolio risk used to measure variability of total return around an average, over a specified period of time. The greater the standard deviation over the period, the wider the variability or range of returns and hence, the greater the fund’s volatility. The standard deviation has been calculated since inception.

Up Market Capture Ratio: A statistical measure of an investment manager’s overall performance in up-markets. The up-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has risen. The up-market capture ratio has been calculated since inception.

Down Market Capture Ratio: A statistical measure of an investment manager’s overall performance in down-markets. The down-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well or poorly an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has dropped. The down-market capture ratio has been calculated since inception.

Sharpe Ratio: A statistical measure that uses standard deviation and excess return to determine reward per unit of risk. A higher Sharpe ratio implies a better historical risk-adjusted performance. The Sharpe ratio has been calculated since inception using the 3-month treasury bill for the risk-free rate of return.

Weighted Avg. Mkt. Cap: The mean market capitalization (value of outstanding shares) of a basket of stocks, taking into account the relative weight of each investment.

Median Market Capitalization: The median market capitalization (value of outstanding shares) of a basket of stocks.

Price to Book Ratio: The harmonic weighted average of the price/book (P/B) ratios of the equity securities referenced. The ratio calculated by dividing the current price of the stock by the company’s book value per share (assets minus liabilities).

Price to Earnings Ratio: The harmonic weighted average of the price/earnings (P/E) ratios of the equity securities referenced. The P/E ratio is calculated by dividing the current price of the stock by the trailing one year earnings.

Return on Equity: The amount of net income returned as a percentage of shareholders equity. Return on equity measures a corporation’s profitability by revealing how much profit a company generates with the money shareholders have invested.

Turnover Ratio: A measure of how frequently assets within a fund are bought and sold by the managers represented over a one year period.

Active share: A measure of the percentage of holdings in a portfolio that differ from a benchmark index. It is calculated by taking the sum of the differences of the weight of each holding in the portfolio and the weight of each holding in the benchmark index and dividing by two. Active Share Ratio: Active share is measured against the iShares S&P 600 ETF.