CommoditiesPLUS Strategy Fund

PCLIX

Updated Jul 29, 2015

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  • DAILY NAV
    $6.83
  • DAILY YTD RETURN
    -10.63%
  • CLASS
    Commodities
  • FUND INCEPTION DATE
    05/28/2010
  • TOTAL NET ASSETS
    $3,681 MM
    (as of 06/30/2015)
  • TOTAL NET ASSETS
    $3,681 MM
    (as of 06/30/2015)
  • TICKER
    PCLIX
  • CLASS
    Commodities

Objective

The Fund seeks total return which exceeds that of the Credit Suisse Commodity Benchmark consistent with prudent investment management

Primary Portfolio

Commodity-linked derivative instruments backed by an actively managed, low volatility portfolio of fixed income instruments.

Overview

Fund Overview

Diversification and inflation-hedging potential

Harnessing two of PIMCO’s strengths, the fund offers investors broad participation in commodity-linked investing, with enhanced return potential from actively managed bonds.

Why Invest In This Fund

Enhanced index strategy

The fund captures the performance potential of commodities through derivative exposure to the Credit Suisse Commodity Benchmark, a broad-based index. The fund collateralizes its commodity exposure with a portfolio of high quality, short term bonds that serve as an additional source of return.

Inflation-hedging, diversification potential

Commodities have had a positive correlation with inflation, typically appreciating when inflation spikes; they also have had low or negative correlation with stocks and bonds, which can enhance portfolio diversification. It should be noted, however, that commodities may be volatile and that diversification doesn’t protect against loss.

Combined expertise

The fund maximizes PIMCO’s active management experience in commodity-linked portfolios and fixed income collateral. The management team looks to add value by avoiding the inefficiencies of passive commodity indexing and seeking out additional outperformance opportunities within commodity markets, while enhancing the return potential of the collateral portfolio.

Our Expertise

The strategy is managed by veteran real return investors Nicholas Johnson and Greg Sharenow. A leading global commodities manager, PIMCO launched its first enhanced index strategy two decades ago and its first commodity-linked strategy in 2002.

PRIMARY BENCHMARK

Credit Suisse Commodity Benchmark Index

PRIMARY BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

The Credit Suisse Commodity Benchmark Index is an unmanaged index composed of futures contracts on 30 physical commodities. The objective of the benchmark is to gain exposure to the broad commodity universe while maintaining sufficient liquidity. Commodities were chosen based on world production levels, sufficient open interest, and volume of trading. The index is designed to be a highly liquid and diversified benchmark for commodities as an asset class. It is not possible to directly invest into an unmanaged index.

DIVIDEND FREQUENCY

Quarterly

SHARE CLASS INCEPTION

05/28/2010

CUSIP

72201P175

Managers

Greg E. Sharenow

Portfolio Manager, Real Assets

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Nicholas J. Johnson

Porfolio Manager, Commodities

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Yields & Distributions

Historical Prices & Distributions

Distribution Yield (At NAV)1 as of 6/30/2015 4.00%
30 - Day SEC Yield2 as of 6/30/2015 0.93%
30 - Day SEC Yield2 as of 7/29/2015 -
Latest Dividend Distribution ($ Share)3 as of 6/18/2015 $0.03778
Dividend Distribution (YTD)4 as of 6/18/2015 $0.03778
Yields & Distributions Footnotes & Disclosures

disclosures

1The distribution yield for monthly paying Funds is calculated by annualizing actual dividends distributed for the monthly period ended on the date shown and dividing by the net asset value on the last business day for the same period. The distribution yield for quarterly paying Funds is calculated by taking the average of the prior four quarterly distribution yields. The quarterly distribution yields are calculated by annualizing actual dividends distributed for the quarterly period ended on the most recent quarterly distribution date and dividing by the net asset value for the same date. The distribution yield for annual paying Funds is calculated by taking the annual distribution divided by the Fund’s net asset value on ex-date. The yield is annualized if the Fund incepted less than a year ago. The yield does not include long- or short-term capital gains distributions.
2The 30-Day SEC yield is an annualized yield based on the most recent 30 day period.
3Data does not include special cash dividends.
4Data is based on distributions since the most recent calendar year end and does not include special cash dividends.
The SEC yield is an annualized yield based on the most recent 30 day period. The fund’s yield quotation includes an adjustment to the principal value of the TIPS securities to reflect changes in the government’s official inflation rate, if any; changes in the government’s official inflation rate can cause the fund’s yield to vary substantially from one month to the next. At times, including during periods of deflation, the SEC yield calculation may result in a negative number. If the current 30-day SEC yield is denoted with a “‡,” we believe it is attributable to a rise in the inflation rate, and might not be repeated. Due to the consolidation of operations and permanence of the fund’s fee waivers, such waivers do not materially affect the fund’s SEC yield.

Fees & Expenses

Total Annual Operating Expenses 0.87%
Net Operating Expenses5 0.74%
Fees & Expenses Footnotes & Disclosures

disclosures

5The net expense ratio reflects a contractual expense reduction agreement so long as a contract with a PIMCO subsidiary is in place.

Prices & Performance

Daily Statistics

All data as of 7/29/2015

NAV $6.83 One Day Return 0.44%
Daily Change $0.03 Daily YTD Return -10.63%
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  • Average Annual Returns
  • Cumulative Returns

All data as of

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All data as of

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Performance quoted represents past performance and is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Shares may be worth more or less than original cost when redeemed. Current performance may be lower or higher than average annual returns shown. Performance quoted does not reflect any sales charges, if applicable, and performance would be lower if it did.

Calendar Year Returns %

All data as of

Growth of $10,000 (hypothetical)

Since inception 5/28/2010 to 6/30/2015 = $9,863

Morningstar and Lipper

  • Morningstar Ratings
  • Lipper Rankings
Prices & Performance Footnotes & Disclosures

disclosures

Performance figures presented reflect the total return performance after fees and reflect changes in share price and reinvestment of dividend and capital gain distributions on the payable date. All periods longer than one year are annualized.
Daily YTD return is from the most recent calendar year end.
Growth of $10,000 is calculated at NAV and assumes that all dividend and capital gain distributions were reinvested. It does not take into account sales charges or the effect of taxes. Results are not indicative of future performance.
Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. For funds with at least a 3-yr history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a risk-adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees) with an emphasis on downward variations and consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating is a weighted average of the performance figures for its 3-, 5- and 10-yr (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. Morningstar, Inc.® 2015. All rights reserved. The information contained herein; (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its affiliates; (2) may not be copied or distributed; (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Hollow stars represent a class of shares with inception dates that is different than the inception date of the fund. For the period prior to the inception date of these shares, performance information is based on the performance of the fund’s Institutional Class shares, adjusted to reflect the actual distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees and other expenses paid by the newer share class.
The Lipper Category returns and rankings are calculated by Lipper Inc., a Reuters Company, which is a nationally recognized organization that compares the performance of mutual funds with similar investment objectives. The Category returns represent the average performance of included funds, while rankings compare an individual fund's returns to those of the other funds in its category. Both are based on total return performance, with capital gains and dividends reinvested, with annual operating expenses deducted, but without including front- or back-end sales charges. Rankings begin with the actual share class inception. Rankings are relative to a peer group and do not necessarily mean that the fund had high total returns.

Portfolio Composition

All data as of unless otherwise stated

Maturity %

0-1 yrs 84.16
1-3 yrs 9.21
3-5 yrs 6.77
5-10 yrs 3.38
10-20 yrs -5.11
20+ yrs 1.58
Effective Maturity (yrs) 0.70

Duration in Years

Effective Duration (yrs) -0.24

Risk Characteristics
(Trailing 3 Years)

Standard Deviation 15.60
Sharpe Ratio -0.34
Information Ratio 1.11
Tracking Error6 1.50

Sector Allocation
Market Value %

US Government Related7 -3.93
Mortgage 7.72
Invest. Grade Credit 6.32
High Yield Credit 2.69
Non-USD Developed -0.50
Emerging Markets8 10.48
Municipal/Other9 3.49
Net Other Short Duration Instruments10 73.73
Portfolio Composition Footnotes & Disclosures

disclosures

6Tracking error, a measure of risk, is defined as the standard deviation of the portfolio's excess return vs. the benchmark expressed in percent.
7May include nominal and inflation-protected Treasuries, Treasury futures and options, agencies, FDIC-guaranteed and government-guaranteed corporate securities, and interest rate swaps.
8Short duration emerging markets instruments includes an emerging market security or other instrument economically tied to an emerging market country by country of risk with an effective duration less than one year and rated investment grade or higher or if unrated, determined to be similar quality by PIMCO. Emerging Markets includes the value of short duration emerging markets instruments previously reported in another category.
9May include municipals, convertibles, preferreds, and yankee bonds.
10Net Other Short Duration Instruments includes securities and other instruments (except instruments tied to emerging markets by country of risk) with an effective duration less than one year and rated investment grade or higher or, if unrated, determined by PIMCO to be of comparable quality, commingled liquidity funds, uninvested cash, interest receivables, net unsettled trades, broker money, short duration derivatives (for example Eurodollar futures) and derivatives offsets. With respect to certain categories of short duration securities, the Adviser reserves the discretion to require a minimum credit rating higher than investment grade for inclusion in this category. Derivatives Offsets includes offsets associated with investments in futures, swaps and other derivatives. Such offsets may be taken at the notional value of the derivative position which in certain instances may exceed the actual amount owed on such positions.
Portfolio information in the charts is based on the fund's net assets. These percentages may differ from those used for the fund's compliance calculations, including the fund's prospectus, regulatory, and other investment limitations and policies, which may be based on total assets of the fund or other measurements, may include or exclude various categories of investments from those covered in the portfolio allocation categories shown in this report, and may be based on different classifications and measurements of the fund’s investments and other criteria.
References to specific sectors, securities or issuers are for illustrative purposes only. All holdings are subject to change daily. All share classes have the same portfolio but different expenses.
Duration is a measure of a portfolio’s price sensitivity expressed in years. Effective duration is the duration for a bond with an embedded option when the value is calculated to include the expected change in cash flow caused by the option as interest rates change.

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Disclosures

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the funds carefully before investing. This and other information are contained in the fund’s prospectus and summary prospectus, if available, which may be obtained by contacting your investment professional or PIMCO representative.  Click here for a complete list of the PIMCO Funds prospectuses and summary prospectuses. Please read them carefully before you invest or send money.
A word about risk:

Investing in the bond market is subject to risks, including market, interest rate, issuer, credit, inflation risk, and liquidity risk. The value of most bonds and bond strategies are impacted by changes in interest rates. Bonds and bond strategies with longer durations tend to be more sensitive and volatile than those with shorter durations; bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise, and the current low interest rate environment increases this risk. Current reductions in bond counterparty capacity may contribute to decreased market liquidity and increased price volatility. Bond investments may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. The fund will seek exposure to commodities through commodity-linked derivatives and through the PIMCO Cayman Commodity Fund III Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Fund organized under the laws of the Cayman Islands (the “Subsidiary”). The Subsidiary is advised by PIMCO, and has the same investment objective as the Fund. The Subsidiary (unlike the Fund) may invest without limitation in commodity-linked swap agreements and other commodity-linked derivative instruments. Mortgage and asset-backed securities may be sensitive to changes in interest rates, subject to early repayment risk, and their value may fluctuate in response to the market’s perception of issuer creditworthiness; while generally supported by some form of government or private guarantee there is no assurance that private guarantors will meet their obligations. Investing in foreign denominated and/or domiciled securities may involve heightened risk due to currency fluctuations, and economic and political risks, which may be enhanced in emerging markets. High-yield, lower-rated, securities involve greater risk than higher-rated securities; portfolios that invest in them may be subject to greater levels of credit and liquidity risk than portfolios that do not. Equities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic, and industry conditions. Derivatives and commodity-linked derivatives may involve certain costs and risks such as liquidity, interest rate, market, credit, management and the risk that a position could not be closed when most advantageous. Commodity-linked derivative instruments may involve additional costs and risks such as changes in commodity index volatility or factors affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments. Investing in derivatives could lose more than the amount invested. The Fund is non-diversified, which means that it may concentrate its assets in a smaller number of issuers than a diversified fund.
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