Steve Wymer of Fidelity® Growth Company Fund Honored as 2017 Morningstar Domestic-Stock Fund Manager of the Year

Wymer Receives Fidelity’s Record Eighth Manager of the Year Award

Steve Wymer of Fidelity® Growth Company Fund Honored as 2017 Morningstar Domestic-Stock Fund Manager of the Year (Graphic: Business Wire).

BOSTON--()--Fidelity Investments® today announced that Morningstar, Inc. has named Steve Wymer, portfolio manager of Fidelity Growth Company Fund, as its 2017 U.S. Domestic-Stock Fund Manager of the Year.

The annual Fund Manager of the Year award recognizes portfolio managers who demonstrate excellent investment skill and the courage to differ from the consensus to benefit investors. To qualify for the award, managers' funds must have not only posted impressive returns for the year, but the managers also must have a record of delivering outstanding long-term risk-adjusted performance and of aligning their interests with shareholders'. Managers' funds must currently have a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Gold or Silver.

In recognizing Wymer, Laura Pavlenko Lutton, Morningstar’s Director of Manager Research Practice, North America, stated, “Wymer’s success is a result of his time-tested investing approach, utilizing Fidelity’s research team and executing a thoughtful strategy that has played well in a growth-fueled market. Since Wymer’s start, the fund has beaten nearly all of its large-growth peers. Even in tough environments for active large-growth managers, it’s consistently outpaced its benchmark.”

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized for helping investors achieve their financial goals,” said Wymer. “This award is a reflection on Fidelity’s extraordinary equity research analysts who are critical to every portfolio manager’s success here at Fidelity.”

“We’re extremely proud that Morningstar has selected Steve as Fund Manager of the Year,” said Brian Hogan, president of Fidelity’s Equity and High Income division. “Steve is an exceptional investor who stands out even among Fidelity’s long list of outstanding portfolio managers. Fidelity Growth Company Fund is an excellent example of our heritage of active fund management, and the many Fidelity Funds that have delivered market-beating, long-term performance for their shareholders.”

Fidelity Growth Company Fund is a $42 billion fund with a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Silver, which last year beat 96% of its Morningstar peers in the Large Cap Growth category. Over Wymer’s 21-year tenure on the fund, Fidelity Growth Company Fund has beaten 96% of its Morningstar peers and outperformed its benchmark Russell 3000 Growth Index by 3.15% per year as of December 31, 2017. An investment of $10,000 in Fidelity Growth Company Fund over Wymer’s tenure would be worth $87,713 as of December 31, 2017 vs. $47,930 for the benchmark -- $39,783 of outperformance. Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Fidelity Growth Company Fund - Average Annual Total Returns as of 12/31/17

      1 Year     3 Years     5 Years     10 Years     Expense Ratio

Fidelity® Growth Company Fund

36.76% 16.06% 19.74% 11.44% 0.77%
Russell 3000 Growth 29.59% 13.51% 17.16% 9.93%
Large Growth 27.67% 11.06% 15.29% 8.31%
Rank in Morningstar Category 5% 2% 2% 4%
# of Funds in Morningstar Category     1363     1216     1109     787      

The performance data featured represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so investors may have a gain or loss when shares are sold. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. See the most recent month-end performance.

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Russell 3000 Index is a market capitalization-weighted index designed to measure the performance of the broad growth segment of the U.S. equity market. It includes those Russell 3000 Index companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth rates.

For the one, three-, five- and 10-year periods ending 12/31/17, Fidelity Growth Company Fund’s rank in the Morningstar Large Growth category was 5%, 2%, 2% and 4%, respectively. There were 1363, 1216, 1109 and 787 funds in the Morningstar category over the same periods, respectively. Percent Rank in Category is the fund's total-return percentile rank relative to all funds that have the same Morningstar Category. The highest (or most favorable) percentile rank is 1 and the lowest (or least favorable) percentile rank is 100. The top-performing fund in a category will always receive a rank of 1. % Rank in Category is based on total returns which include reinvested dividends and capital gains, if any, and exclude sales charges.

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The Manager of the Year award is presented each year to recognize a manager’s past achievements.
Morningstar fund analysts specializing in the fixed income field narrow the universe for the award to five nominees, and the winner is then selected by Morningstar’s entire team of mutual fund analysts. The award is presented to fund managers who have distinguished themselves over the past calendar year and have achieved strong risk-adjusted historical performance through the careful execution of a solid investment strategy and responsible fund stewardship.

The Morningstar Analyst Rating is a subjective, forward-looking evaluation that considers a combination of qualitative and quantitative factors to rate funds on five key pillars: process, performance, people, parent, and price. Gold is the highest of four Analyst Rating categories.
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Steve Wymer of Fidelity Growth Company Fund named as 2017 Morningstar Domestic-Stock Fund Manager Of The Year.


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